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    The Numbers that Shape Your Imperial Project..., 2003-07-02 13:34:24 | Main | Aside from my feelings about electroshock therapy..., 2003-07-06 23:40:20

    Independence Day reading:

    a fine time to reflect on the nation's imperial roots and the myth of the opposite we contracted in the process. Eric Hobsbawm plunks out a long list of solid observations in Wider Still and Wider - shall thy bounds be set; God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet. Indeed, "the policy that the crazies in Washington are talking about ... makes no sense." I don't know if I'd describe US exercises in colonialism as "brief", considering it starts with William Walker and Nicaragua in 1855 for five years, arguably begins again in 1867 with the purchase of Alaska and goes continuously until Hawaii is granted statehood in 1959 - with lengthy occupational governments in Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic along the way. I suppose the meaning of the term gets muddled when the nation itself was just one big, manifest colony to begin with. But America is 'Not an Empire'.

    To quote Booker T Washington: "You can't hold a man down without staying down with him." Think about that as we trapse off to Liberia to do god knows what. I'm going to go get a bottle of whisky and light up a sparkler, happy international dependence day.

:: posted by buermann @ 2003-07-04 19:06:29 CST | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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