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Dawn of the American Empire
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jt Wrote:To expand on John L's remark more:

America is the polar opposite of historic empires. Those empires took most of the wealth of the lands they conquered and shipped it back to the homeland. They instituted taxes on the newly conquered that kept feeding the home country. They made sure that the governments in the new countries were run by their men or were clear puppets. They were as brutal as they needed to be to keep order and control.

So the word "empire" clearly does not apply to the US, in its historical meaning.

That is very true jt. Even the Union of Soviet Socialists did this exact thing with Germany, at the end of WWII. All other empires looked at wealth as a "zero sum game", with the pie being static and constant. With an economic empire, such as the US's, this theory is being refutted. Wealth is constantly being generated, and it continues to increase, to the point, where ALL participants put into the pot, and reap the benefits.

That is why China is going to have to eventually make a command decision in the near future. Is it going to pursue the new 'economic' path, or going to continue along the old road? And the last one will only lead to it's ruin, in the end. I suspect that this is why the US is playing soft with them, hoping that they will come to see the wisdom of 'trade' not 'conflict'.
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Dawn of the American Empire - by Yankeecat - 02-01-2007, 10:54 PM
[No subject] - by stroll - 02-02-2007, 08:41 AM
Stroll - by Yankeecat - 02-02-2007, 09:01 AM
[No subject] - by KenBean - 02-02-2007, 11:48 AM
[No subject] - by John L - 02-02-2007, 12:18 PM
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Re: Dawn of the American Empire - by track_snake - 02-03-2007, 05:41 AM
Re: Dawn of the American Empire - by SNK - 02-03-2007, 10:01 AM
[No subject] - by KenBean - 02-03-2007, 11:27 AM
Re: Stroll - by stroll - 02-03-2007, 12:15 PM
[No subject] - by jt - 02-03-2007, 08:17 PM
[No subject] - by John L - 02-03-2007, 08:44 PM
[No subject] - by stroll - 02-04-2007, 05:46 AM
[No subject] - by quadrat - 02-04-2007, 01:21 PM
[No subject] - by John L - 02-04-2007, 02:28 PM
[No subject] - by Monsieur Le Tonk - 02-04-2007, 08:18 PM
[No subject] - by John L - 02-04-2007, 08:38 PM
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[No subject] - by stroll - 02-06-2007, 10:19 AM
[No subject] - by John L - 02-06-2007, 11:42 AM
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