Re: is imperialism the right term?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 20:39:44 MST

john grigg wrote:
> Mike Lorrey wrote:
> Imperialism involves using force to get done what you want done, and locking
> other industrial powers out of the resources in the nations you have power
> over. Offering a country aid money in return for help in fulfilling our own
> foreign policy needs is not imperialism.
> (end)
> Bribery is such a better means of getting things done! And in the old days
> great powers demanded tribute instead of giving it out! lol But considering
> the cruel exploitation of poor third-world workers by us and our major
> manipulation in the internal matters of other nations, can't we be
> considered a neo-colonial power? I think the shoe fits.

I would say that at the least, while there is significant influence upon
other governments, its a two way street. I mean, what other country
allows foreign governments to pay lobbying firms to represent them in
bribing the national legislature and presidency? In addition, what other
country pays as much respect to various immigrant groups as we do? Heck
the Cuban exiles have more influence on our government than the rest of
the Cuban people have on their own. At least we have the Foreign Corrupt
Practices act to indict our own politicians and business leaders when
they try to guy out other governments. Elsewhere its par for the course.

Mike Lorrey

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