Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Empire Struck Back

Winning the World War in 1945 made America top dog, positioning the US to assume the imperial role previously held by Great Britain. As the US soon learned, however, ruling the world is no cakewalk. Some countries like to rule themselves, and find the notion of foreign armies setting up military bases in their homeland repulsive.

Still, social democracy was popular in the aftermath of the World War, and the US went to great pains to quash it. In countries like Greece, Iran and Chile, the US CIA had to work with some nefarious characters to derail social democracy. Many innocent people died, but the American empire was preserved.

With social democracy dead except in Scandinavia, the door was open for fascists and religious fanatics to recruit the disillusioned and downtrodden. Which brings us to the present. For six months, Bernie Sanders breathed life into the gasping philosophy that saved Americans from the Great Depression, but alas, the empire struck back.

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