America is an imperialist nation « Blue Linchpin

I’m tired of this myth that America is and has always been a paragon of freedom, a beacon of light, purely innocent and purely good in the world. Americans naturally object to the idea that their nation has historically been imperialist and continues to be so in the modern day.

Imperialism, in case you aren’t aware, is “he policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly : the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence”. [1] And yes, that makes pretty much any nation that has ever existed, imperialist. And that’s part of my point.

From the beginnings of U.S. history, settlers had their eyes on Indian territory, doing all they could to take it. [2] Once the nation was solidified, this became a slow march westward, which is now infamous. Yet we don’t ever really hear about the rest of America’s expansion, which happened to the north and south. This included the Mexican War, in which almost half of what was then Mexican territory became the American southwest. [3][4] And during the Spanish-American War, America began overseas territory acquisition.

Then we come to the myth of American isolationism during early global conflicts. While American people did not generally want to get involved, and our government avoided military conflict, we nevertheless extended our power and influence by covertly supporting our allies. Indeed, during the Russian Revolution we got involved as well, to save our own interests. [5] And of course, the Cold War. The very height of imperialism, in which we attempted to keep our control of the world against a just as imperialist enemy. America kept its control using…..

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2 Responses to America is an imperialist nation « Blue Linchpin

  1. wfoster2011 says:

    So true. America is a police state and has not been free forever. The powers that be would like us to believe otherwise. I hate what the U.S. has become. I will probably be arrested for saying this by the Washington D.C. goons. I expect a knock on my door, knock?, they don’t knock anymore, they swarm in with a SWAT team and . . .
    yours,
    Bill Foster

  2. Pingback: The Birth of American Imperialism by Thomas DiLorenzo « CITIZEN.BLOGGER.1984+ THE.GUNNY.G BLOG.EMAIL

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