Costs of Empire
Program #PARM016. Recorded in Madison, WI on September 28, 1995.Discussions about empire are carefully controlled and constructed. It's fine to talk about the Byzantine, Ottoman and British varieties. However, the subject of U.S. empire, when not ignored outright, is couched in euphemisms like the "free market" or "free trade." Other favorites are "national interest" and "national security." U.S. global intervention is framed in terms of altruism and good intentions. The costs of empire are borne by Americans, but the profits go to the Fortune 500.
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