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Gore Vidal
Once alienated, an "inalienable right" is apt to be lost forever, in which case we are no longer even remotely the last best hope of Earth but merely a seedy imperial state...

Joseph Nye
Rome wasn't taken down by another empire, but by the barbarians, and in a sense the new barbarians might be the terrorists.

Chalmers Johnson
Today it seems to me the term of art is globalization, which essentially means forcing the rest of the world to develop economic structures modeled after those of the United States.

Paul Kennedy
We will deny it. We will say we have no intention of being like the Roman or British empire, but we've had garrisons in Saudi Arabia for 10 years now.

Thomas Donnelly
America's understanding of its new, quasi-imperial role in the world has failed to keep pace with events.

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