Not HiringFrom my childhood I have been a willing subject of the US Empire. From Abbott and Costello, Mickey Rooney , Shirley Temple, Elvis, Dobie Gillis, Gomer Pyle, Madonna to knowing knowing what a constitutional amendment is. The US is the only empire that has ruled without the conquest of land. Yes, it’s been in a few wars and such, but the US empire was created fundamentally by what has famously been called ‘Cocacolonisation. In other words, the US colonised the world by culture. For that, I think the US needs congratulations. An empire created without (well not too much) bloodshed.

Now though, it is disturbing to see that the US empire is in decline. The reason? Quite simply, the capitalist economy. The US now boasts near or just over 10% unemployment and the almighty dollar isn’t worth a peanut. China, India and even the UK are out performing the US economically. In a way, I think the US problems are similar to Japan, who have also declined. When you decide you are so cool that you don’t need to make things anymore and send your manufacturing off to some cheap labour third world country in the name of excessive and disgusting levels of corporate profit, you sign your death warrant. Western economies, and their corporate sponsors, are proof that greed is indeed not good. Apple may be one of the world’s biggest companies, but how many jobs do they create in the US? Well while your calibrating, consider that they create a lot of jobs in China, but probably none in Alabama.

The US is in crisis. I must say I had high hopes when Obama was elected after the dreadful years of Bush. Alas though, he has proved to be, well, a dud. A misfiring skyrocket. So much hope, and so little delivery. I must point out that as an outsider, I have no allegiance to either side of politics in America, but I will say that both have been as seriously as bad as each other for far too long.

From a ‘B’ grade actor to a peanut farmer to an oil man with no political knowledge to a president who thought oral sex was the way to pass his time in office to an idiot who needed a vice president to make decisions for him and now to a really nice guy who has no idea what he is doing.

Please America. Get back to being an empire, but for god sake, please elect someone who knows what they are doing next time.

Is The US Empire Dying, Or Dead?
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15 thoughts on “Is The US Empire Dying, Or Dead?

  • 03/09/2011 at 4:37 pm
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    “When you decide you are so cool that you don’t need to make things anymore and send your manufacturing off to some cheap labour third world country in the name of excessive and disgusting levels of corporate profit, you sign your death warrant.”

    Just like the US Derek, the UK has high unemployment and a bad track record for moving manufacturing offshore. In this country it is a fact that anyone over the age of fifty has little to no chance of ever finding employment these days.

    The rot set in here when Maggie Thatcher took power, closing down industries at a frightening pace.

    Now we have son of Thatcher(David Cameron, a public school chinless wonder) in power who seems hell bent on destroying what’s left of a once great nation.
    The destiny of the UK is now in the hands of political idiots. :(

  • 03/09/2011 at 5:44 pm
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    Pretty much says it all. I’m fed up with the whole lot of them in DC.

    btw – you reversed Reagan the actor and Carter the peanut farmer… ;-)

    • 03/09/2011 at 8:31 pm
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      Ooops sorry Cyndi! lol But unfortunately politicians are not entirely to blame. Banks have killed the US economy, But they have because of weak political leadership. Wasn’t Obama playing golf with the head of UBS as people were being kicked out of the homes because of the Sub-Prime disaster?

  • 03/09/2011 at 8:20 pm
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    The problem is that their economic model isn’t all that different from what the ancient Romans relied on. Without expansion, they’re bound to stall. They’ve already used up most of their room for growth so they need to adjust to a more stable model. Talk about a painful prospect.

    It will be hard to reform the economy when it’s so riddled with questionable players. Everyone has heard of Madoff by now, but how many realize that his company helped to develop the systems used by the NASDAQ? He even went on to chair the board of directors.

    • 03/09/2011 at 8:28 pm
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      Good point Andrew. So we live in a Madoff ponzi economy? Pretty accurate it would seem.

      But I think the basic issue is that you can only prop up an economy with credit for so long. The end of a prosperous US economy happened with the collapse of Sub-Primes.

      When banks stoop so low as to lend money to people who have no hope of repaying, you’re basically dead in the water. It was like trying to squeeze blood from the last remaining stone. And I might add the Swiss banks had no small hand in it. However, they managed to leave all their losses in the US. Thus avoiding paying company tax. Nice huh?

      • 03/09/2011 at 11:49 pm
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        Sad but true. It all comes down to debt.

        In a country where three quarters of the economy is based on buying stuff, debt is more disruptive than diarrhea at a hot tub party.

  • 03/09/2011 at 8:31 pm
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    I think this is an accurate description of the USA’s virtual empire although I imagine the native Americans would take issue with the comment that the USA is the only Empire built without the conquest of land without which it would not have thrived.

    I think that this malaise may be the fate of all successful empires throughout history.

    • 03/09/2011 at 8:37 pm
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      As an Australian Martin, I understand the issue of colonisation by force over an indigenous population. But I was referring to a cultural colonisation outside the shores of the US. A truly remarkable achievement. Hollywood, Levi’s Coke and Mickey Mouse instead of occupation.

      But as you say, Empires always end up suffering from their own greed and opulence. So they come, and then they go.

  • 03/09/2011 at 11:22 pm
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    No much bloodshed or territorial expansion?

    How the West was Won….

    The Spanish American War

    The Philippines Occupation

    The Vietnam War

    Iraq

    I could go on, but I won’t.

    • 03/09/2011 at 11:30 pm
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      All totally true Rafael. But unlike empires of the past, the US always leave. That’s not to argue the rights and wrongs of the wars they have waged, but this is a very different empire to the old colonists such as England, France (who still are colonists), Spain, Portugal, the Ottomans and of course the Romans.

      Yes there has been short term occupation by the US in many countries, but not colonialism. Probably smart too, as fully colonising countries has historically proven to be the downfall of many a powerful empire.

  • 04/09/2011 at 4:02 am
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    Need a real businesman! Dreamers led by dreamer perish, need a pragmatic leader…

  • 04/09/2011 at 8:10 am
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    “For that, I think the US needs congratulations. An empire created without (well not too much) bloodshed.”
    I’m trying to figure out if you are joking or not. Or were you just laying bait to see how many readers actually know or care about US History. Or maybe you wanted to know how many readers actually think. If not, then I’d have to presume that you consider MILLIONS of full-“blooded” Africans, Native Americans (and others) as merely roadkill as the US empire manifested its destiny around the globe, crimes against humanity. praise-worthy deeds, and an economy built primarily on the backs of America’s original sin of genocide, human bondage and forced free labor were an insignificant and necessary price to pay for this coveted empire status.
    Of course, if you were joking, then, I dunno, Haha.
    SMH

    • 04/09/2011 at 10:10 am
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      No I wasn’t trying to be trite or joking Loco. US history is not pretty at all but as I referred to in post, the physical colonising of counties and enslaving of the population by England, Spain and France, all of who had a hand in the creation of the US, and other empires contrasts completely with the 20th century US policy of colonisation by culture.

      As an Australian, I know full well the impact of English colonisation and the horrific effect it had on the Aboriginal population there. Unfortunately, in both the US and Australia, the governments that have followed independence were based on the English political system, thus ensuring inequity continued. As it has done successfully to this day.

  • 04/09/2011 at 6:22 pm
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    This sums it up very well in my opinion – “When you decide you are so cool that you don’t need to make things anymore and send your manufacturing off to some cheap labour third world country in the name of excessive and disgusting levels of corporate profit, you sign your death warrant.”

    Of course China’s economy is doing better than ours here in America. Just about everything you can buy (from luxury to needed items) says ‘Made In China’ on it. I know you as much said that already, it just irks me so I said it again.

    And I must say that people sort of got people riled up with this one eh?

  • 04/09/2011 at 7:35 pm
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    So true Joelle. When I was kid in Australia in the 60’s, we had an Australian made TV, washing machine, iron, refrigerator and wore Australian made clothes. And life was pretty good. From then on though through the 70’s, local manufacturing went slowly towards the cheap labour markets of Asia.

    The global economy is a political lie that has been designed to make big corporations bigger and richer and for them to be able to easily afford the donations to political parties to ensure they keep making disgusting profits, while exploiting the 3rd world’s cheap labour and sacrificing jobs in the developed nations. 10% unemployed in the US is simply the cost of the ‘greed is good’ mentality of corporate capitalism.

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