— The Erimtan Angle —

Even though Tom Engelhardt and Steve Fraser still declare on a dedicated website that ‘Americans have long believed that the very notion of empire is an offense against our democratic heritage’,[1] the reality of the American Empire has lately become acknowledged and even somewhat of a commonplace phrase.

Crash Course US History #28

The vlogbrother John Green tells us the following in his admirable online class Crash Course: ‘In the late 19th century, the great powers of Europe were running around the world obtaining colonial possessions, especially in Africa and Asia. The United States, which as a young country was especially susceptible to peer pressure, followed along and snapped up some colonies of its own. The US saw that Spain’s hold on its empire was weak, and like some kind of expansionist predator, it jumped into the Cuban War for Independence and turned it into the Spanish-Cuban-Phillipino-American War, which usually just gets called the Spanish-American War. John will tell you how America turned this war into colonial possessions like Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and almost even got to keep Cuba. The US was busy in the Pacific as well, wresting control of Hawaii from the Hawaiians. All this and more in a globe-trotting, oppressing episode of Crash Course US History’.

From the early beginnings in the late 19th century, over its complete articulation in the 20th and its current postscript in Afghanistan,[2] American Imperialism still persists today . . . and, as mentioned by John Green as well, not every American is in favour of this overseas empire. Today, one of its most vocal critics has to be Chris Hedges. Here he is talking on C-Span in 2012.

Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over


[1] “The American Empire Project” The American Empire Project. http://www.americanempireproject.com/.

[2] Cfr. “The Longest War or Endless Occupation: The U.S. Afghan Colony???” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (23 November 2013). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-longest-war-or-endless-occupation-the-u-s-afghan-colony/; “Ten Years in Afghanistan: Central Asia Blues or Building Bases”  A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (09 October 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/ten-years-in-afghanistan-central-asia-blues-or-building-bases/.

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