The new American Century, by Arundhati Roy

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  1. diamond geezer macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2004

    Very good article on the new imperialism.

  2. wwworry macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2002
    another good article on the new imperialism is
    Power Rangers
    The New Yorker

    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.

  3. Desertrat macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2003
    Terlingua, Texas
    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...

  4. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    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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