Are the US currently an empire?

tjadams

Ad Honoris
Mar 2009
25,362
Texas
You mean Hollywood, McDonalds, COCA COLA. Starbucks isn't nearly as worldwide as Coke.
Good one and if the world's countries didn't want it there, they
wouldn't allow it so. Like a vampire, you have to invite us in. :)
 

WeisSaul

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
2,836
New Amsterdam
Modern Imperialism can best be defined by historical periods such as 19th century china and the cold war: expanding your sphere of influence and increasing the number of economically and militarily allied and/or dependent states you have.

Is the United States a colonial power? No. Is it a neo-colonial power? Yes.
America has countries such as Israel, Colombia, and Taiwan as loyal dependencies and client states. America has soldiers stationed near every major chokepoint on the planet and has soldiers stationed in dozens of countries. America can project influence in almost every region of the planet, and in Africa, a major source of the world's raw materials, America is very much a well loved country, with +90% approval ratings.

To define America as an empire, one has to redefine the word for a modern context. America practices a neocolonialist neoimperialism that is far more docile than the Imperialism hat Europe practiced so viciously.
 
Dec 2011
262
Las Vegas Nevada
Good one and if the world's countries didn't want it there, they
wouldn't allow it so. Like a vampire, you have to invite us in. :)
People love cheap stuff even though it goes against their National Interest or personal health. China learned that from us.
 

Inc

Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
2,608
Modern Imperialism can best be defined by historical periods such as 19th century china and the cold war: expanding your sphere of influence and increasing the number of economically and militarily allied and/or dependent states you have.

Is the United States a colonial power? No. Is it a neo-colonial power? Yes.
America has countries such as Israel, Colombia, and Taiwan as loyal dependencies and client states. America has soldiers stationed near every major chokepoint on the planet and has soldiers stationed in dozens of countries. America can project influence in almost every region of the planet, and in Africa, a major source of the world's raw materials, America is very much a well loved country, with +90% approval ratings.

To define America as an empire, one has to redefine the word for a modern context. America practices a neocolonialist neoimperialism that is far more docile than the Imperialism hat Europe practiced so viciously.
Good points, well written.
 

skizzerflake

Ad Honorem
Mar 2010
2,141
Baltimore, Maryland
Superpower yes, empire no. We might have been closer to an empire back in the Manifest Destiny era when the US was taking over places that were claimed by others, and which were not represented in our government but now, in the main, most people inside American boundaries consider themselves to be Americans, they can vote and we are not taking over anything new.

The only exceptions to this are a few small islands where we supply some security, but don't have much else to do with local affairs. In the case of Puerto Rico, they have periodically had the opportunity to change the current arrangement, but so far have preferred to stay in their commonwealth status, which gives them the benefits of citizenship and primarily local control without Federal taxes.

As for our projection of force, in a world where people can get anywhere in a day, defending our interests from outside our borders is just makes strategic common sense. Even dubious legally activities like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq do not involve any permanent annexation of these places into the US nor does it imply that those people will ever be Americans.
 
Apr 2010
591
Tennessee
Is the United States a colonial power? No. Is it a neo-colonial power? Yes.
America has countries such as Israel, Colombia, and Taiwan as loyal dependencies and client states. America has soldiers stationed near every major chokepoint on the planet and has soldiers stationed in dozens of countries. America can project influence in almost every region of the planet, and in Africa, a major source of the world's raw materials, America is very much a well loved country, with +90% approval ratings.
This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject. America is as much an empire as any country has been since the breakup of the British Empire.
 

WeisSaul

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
2,836
New Amsterdam
This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject. America is as much an empire as any country has been since the breakup of the British Empire.
Of course modern Imperialism is far more docile than the old manner. For example USA isn't going out and forcing other countries into being American colonies. Nor is it establishing Warsaw pact style satellites.

Also OP, when you refer to the United States, you say the United States is, not the United States are.
 

bunyip

Ad Honorem
Sep 2010
2,960
'Empire' in say the Roman or British sense? No.

In terms of spheres of influence and cultural imperialism? Yes.


Cultural imperialism is defined as the cultural aspects of imperialism. Imperialism, here, is referring to the creation and maintenance of unequal relationships between civilizations favoring the more powerful civilization.[1] Many scholars employ the term, especially those in the fields of history, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. The term is usually used in a pejorative sense, often in conjunction with a call to reject such influence. Cultural imperialism can take various forms, such as an attitude, a formal policy, military action, so long as it reinforces cultural hegemony.

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_imperialism]Cultural imperialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

An American cousin (I have dozens) gave me this quote:
Always be nice to America or we will bring you democracy (anon)
 

Baltis

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
4,006
Texas
As for our projection of force, in a world where people can get anywhere in a day, defending our interests from outside our borders is just makes strategic common sense. Even dubious legally activities like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq do not involve any permanent annexation of these places into the US nor does it imply that those people will ever be Americans.
In the modern era, we don't claim ownership of various third world countries but we consider them 'our interests' to defend.
 

Bismarck

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
2,847
rangiora
It is an empire insofar that one nation's culture (or whatever you want to call it) has more influence than any other.