With more than 1,000 military bases and installations spanning the globe and a foreign policy that causes almost every nation on earth to cower to its will, the United States of America is the most powerful Empire the world has ever known. But instead of being an Empire of benevolence and peace, the US has been at perpetual war and expansion since its creation.
Unfortunately for the imperial citizenry, warmongering and economic progress are anathema to each other. If economic progress leads to empire-building, sooner or later empire-building leads to economic catastrophe and bankruptcy; said woes are usually the upshot of foreign entanglements and unholy alliances that lead to unsustainable expansions and wars.
However, in the absence of such imperialistic formula, the opposite usually takes place.
When World War 2 caused the irrevocable dissolution of the Japanese and German Empires, the then emerging American hegemon quickly shackled these defeated countries with a trammel that paralyzed (and eliminated) their military machines which had facilitated their expansions. The happy result was that Japan became the economic power of Asia, and Germany that of Europe.
Today these two countries have more robust economies than the US. Both are major centers of technological achievements, years ahead of their American jailer.
Even China managed to surpass the US by becoming the No 1 economy in the world. That’s because China is not (yet?) building an Empire. Its focus is on profit, not war.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin understands the maleficent nature of Empires, and refuses to accept the United States Government as such (i.e., as the dictator/sovereign/god of this world); an immoral and amoral role that places a human institution squarely above the One true God and His anointed Christ – not unlike every Emperor who once existed and believed himself god.
“What is a unipolar world? However one might embellish this term, it refers to a type of situation where there is one center of authority, one center of force, one center of decision-making,” explained Putin at Munich in 2007. “It is a world in which there is one master, one sovereign. At the end of the day, this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within… I consider that the unipolar model is not only unacceptable but also impossible in today’s world…. the model itself is flawed because at its basis there is and can be no moral foundations for modern civilization.”