Anton Sherwood (
Tue, 17 Mar 1998 23:35:38 -0700

> Anton Sherwood wrote:
> > [...] the USA did not take advantage of WW2 to pursue
> > territorial expansion; that may be because the courts might make the
> > government treat its new subjects like citizens -- much more convenient
> > to occupy them as "military advisors" and/or rule through puppets.

Dwayne wrote:
> Even more convenient to do away with the overheads of occupation
> and rule and extract just as much money from unfair trade as you
> could have via tribute.

And what is "unfair trade"?

> I think this is by far the cleverest thing the US has done:
> instead of maintaining huge standing armies and colonial
> administration, with the associated costs, simply ensure that
> your domestic companies are the dominant players in the market
> and suck money out that way. bingo, all the benefits of an empire
> and none of the disadvantages.

And how do you pick winners in the marketplace, without governing it?

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