Chris Hedges on the Work of Sheldon Wolin
Tuesday 17 May 2011
James A. Little Theater
1060 Cerrillos Rd
Chris Hedges, who has written, “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a… Read full bio.
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Here is an excerpt from Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon Wolin.
While all empires aim at the exploitation of the peoples and territories they control, the United States is an empire of a novel kind. Unlike other empires it rarely rules directly or occupies foreign territory for long, although it may retain bases or “lily pads.” Its power is “projected” at irregular intervals over other societies rather than institutionalized in them. Its rule tends to be indirect, to take the form of “influence,” bribes, or “pressure.” Its principal concerns are military and economic (i.e., access to bases, markets, and oil). When policy-makers deem it necessary or expedient, domestic needs are subordinated to the requirements of global strategies and to the economic needs of Superpower’s corporate partners.
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