Re: American Imperialism?

From: Robert Owen (
Date: Sat Mar 18 2000 - 22:37:55 MST

Zero Powers wrote:

> But even so the US is not even engaging in economic imperialism.
> Sure the world is our market, but it is also our supplier. In fact afaik we
> have the biggest trade deficit on the planet.

I actually agree with you, but there is something else involved in
this thread I'm having trouble putting my finger on. Maybe you can
help me sort things out.

Perhaps if we substitute for "imperialism" the word "power" things
might be less muddy. After all, technically there are no "empires"
in the world anywhere at this time.

Now, let's ask the question: can we assign actual centers of
power (or control) geographic locations anymore? Does the
power-grid, if any, "float above ground"? Is it an outdated
assumption that power centers are governments? If the
answer to either is "no" then we have to look at how power
IS actually distributed today, and whether the pattern we dis-
cern, if any, is actually significant of anything, or merely an
artifact of history?

There are more questions -- maybe you have some, but I'll
let this stand for now.


P.S. "I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past"
--Thomas Jefferson. I like this quotation --and I'm a student
of Jefferson. Do you happen to know it's location in his works?
Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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