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Thursday, August 05, 2004

The American Empire

I think the assessment of the US as an empire is to a large extent correct. It is not an empire in classical sense, not like the Roman Empire where the Emperor had an almost unlimited power and was appointed pretty much for life. However, the US foreign policy is much akin to that of an empire.

Don't exactly know why,- maybe, because I grew up in the USSR,- but the very idea of an empire makes me wary. I think it is very important for the US to work towards becoming just "power like many other" as opposed to a hyper power. It is just that people and states are fallible,- and none should have the temptation of being unconstrained.

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