Empires Are a Secret until They Start Falling
Zeese, Kevin; Flowers, Margarethttp://dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/empires-are-a-secret-until-they-start-falling/
Date Written: 2019-09-16
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23797
Alfred McCoy says that it is only when empires are in decline that people begin to recognize they live in an empire and start to talk about it. While discussion of empire hasn't broken into the corporate media, it is certainly happening in the independent media. A concerted effort by a popular movement could bring it to the fore, just as Occupy changed the political dialogue about wealth inequality and the power of money. People in the US need to face some stark realities when it comes to declining US global power.
The United States uses unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) that are illegal under international law to wage war on other countries. The Treasury Department currently lists 20 countries sanctioned by the US, but the US also uses threats of sanctions to wield power. Sanctions are warfare, even though they are not commonly viewed that way. They result in the suffering and death of mostly civilians.