Thinking Challenge

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Americans are the good guys.

Could it be possible that this statement isn’t true including up to the present moment and beyond?

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In the past, when a conservative faction like the one “led” by George W. Bush behaved too aggressively outright, the “antidote” was for a “softer” liberal faction to come into power, gain popularity and give the false impression that they have made things right again only by padding all the brutality with lip-service to humanitarianism.  This is the way it was in India during British occupation.  However, nearing the end of Britain’s rule in India, we also began seeing problems that false-liberalism couldn’t fix.

Right now, Obama and the liberals are showing us they may be the more aggressive and less honest faction in reality.  The current conservatives aren’t going to be any “softer.”

Again, it’ll be interesting to see what transpires from here on out.

(Amy Chua had no problem expounding on this conservative-liberal pendulum-swing that accompanies the demise of a hegemon in her book “Day of Empire.” Ironically (and perhaps not so ironically,) Chua herself is archetypal of this type of fake-liberalism and intellectualism.  She only discussed this scenario in relation to British India and made absolutely no mention of any US imperialistic crimes in the same book.  How will she discuss this problem for contemporary Western society when she is a part of the problem herself?

See: The Daily Servant of Power: Amy Chua)

Mark Twain – Anti-Imperialist

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Mark Twain

I left these shores, at Vancouver, a red-hot imperialist. I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific. It seemed tiresome and tame for it to content itself with he Rockies. Why not spread its wings over the Phillippines, I asked myself? And I thought it would be a real good thing to do

I said to myself, here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves, give them a government and country of their own, put a miniature of the American constitution afloat in the Pacific, start a brand new republic to take its place among the free nations of the world. It seemed to me a great task to which had addressed ourselves.

But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the treaty of Paris, and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Phillippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. . .

It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.

-Mark Twain

From the New York Herald, October 15, 1900