American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness (Video)

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We just bumped into this excellent overview of the US empire, presented by Colorado Public Television. While the material shows some limitations unavoidable in the age of complete corporate control of our media, including so-called “public” media, it still manages to deliver a reasonably well argued and therefore useful exposition of our dilemma, as the crisis detonated by an outright criminal US imperialism brings humanity—and Americans, as the nominal controllers of this monster—face to face with the biggest decision of their lives.—PG

American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness


RECOMMENDATION: Please watch this video and then read the superb essay by John Gerassi on the same topic, analysing the gradual development of US imperialism and its poisoned fruit across the globe.

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This essay, by a respected radical, packs many gems, to wit:
“The basic difference between American imperialism today and American imperialism a century ago is that it is more violent, more far-reaching, and more carefully planned today. But American foreign policy, at least since 1823, has always been assertive, always expansionist, always imperialist. Of course, it has rarely been pushed beyond America’s capabilities. Thus, when the United States was weak, its interventions abroad were mild. When its strength grew, so did its daring. Today, as the most powerful nation on earth, with a technological advance over other countries of mammoth proportions, the United States can be imperialistic on all continents with relative security…”

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A liberal, but not an American, Salvador de Madariaga, once explained its hold on Americans:

I only know two things about the Monroe Doctrine: one is that no American I have met knows what it is; the other is that no American I have met will consent to its being tampered with. That being so, I conclude that the Monroe Doctrine is not a doctrine but a dogma, for such are the two features by which you can tell a dogma. But when I look closer into it, I find that it is not one dogma, but two, to wit: the dogma of the infallibility of the American President and the dogma of the immaculate conception of American foreign policy.


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Things to ponder

While our media prostitutes, many Hollywood celebs, and politicians and opinion shapers make so much noise about the still to be demonstrated damage done by the Russkies to our nonexistent democracy, this is what the sanctimonious US government has done overseas just since the close of World War 2. And this is what we know about. Many other misdeeds are yet to be revealed or documented.

Parting shot—a word from the editors
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