The new American Century, by Arundhati Roy

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  1. macrumors regular

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    http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040209&c=1&s=roy

    Very good article on the new imperialism.

     
  2. macrumors regular

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    another good article on the new imperialism is
    Power Rangers
    The New Yorker
    http://newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/?040202crat_atlarge

    basically it says the new empire by force policies of administration hardliners is actually weakening the empire we already have. Neo-cons have begun calling for a new British style empire. The article looks at that empire and draws paralelles with our situation today. Interesting.

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  3. macrumors newbie

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    An empire by force is even dumber in today's world than it was in the 16th and 17th centuries, much less on into the 19th and 20th. Remember that Spain went broke, in spite of all the gold and silver taken by force from the New World. The big factor is the cost of extending power. That originally was cheap, until the British got into the act. (Same for the Dutch, for that matter.)

    Today, it's the relative costs of our airpower or artillery vs. a SAM or a car bomb, as examples. Factor in the cost of supplying a military effort at long distance. Vietnam was a shining example of this same package of problems. It cost us a lot more to keep our troops supplied than it did the Chinese and Russians in their supply of North Vietnam.

    The USSR was an empire by force. Where is it, today?

    "Those who will not learn from history..." You know the quote...

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  4. macrumors 68040

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    Yes 'Rat it is dumb. Is that whole ramble above to suggest that this is not happening, or that you think it is happening?
     

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