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Dead Empires: How China May Overtake the U.S.

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Cooperation and specialization -- "the division of labor" -- are the forces that generated economic growth and prosperity. But those same forces led eventually to collapse, as monopolization of land and other natural resources directed more wealth into ever fewer hands.

Whack-A-Mole: Our Strategy for Permanent War

Jeff Faux | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Words like "empire" and "imperialism" do not appear in the mainstream media. We opt instead for the comforting euphemisms -- "exceptional," "unique," "indispensable." Neither will our leaders admit the obvious -- that we have volunteered to sacrifice our youth and our treasure to keep our right to be the world's policeman, judge, jury and executioner.

What Would Chal Think?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

"Chal" was Chalmers Johnson, who died in November 2010. I've regularly wished that I could just pick up the phone and get his mordant take on the vast global surveillance state Washington is building, another instance of what he called "military Keynesianism" run amok.

The Setting Sun and the American Empire

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

This will be the nature of the great Afghan drawdown. The words "retreat," "loss," "defeat," "disaster," and their siblings and cousins won't be allowed on the premises.

Who Will Drag Us Into the 21st Century?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

It is a struggle between those who have already entered the 21st century and those who are holding back because they are fearful of its faster pace, or have a great nostalgia for a much simpler, older America.

Joe Klein and Charles Krauthammer: Two Cheeks of the Same Backside

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

It is always good fun when beltway hacks attack each other, although at the higher end of the spectrum, the arguments are a little harder to decipher....