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I guess it's because if America really can be conceived of as an empire, that is as a transnational, institutionalized polity of some kind, then this means that the most effective arena for policy change is Washington -- it's core. Most of the rest of the periphery will eventually follow what happens in the core, allowing for various degrees of resistance and diversity among its constituents.  

And the space between neo-liberal policies and progressive-liberal policies is not really all that wide either. The institutional framework, I don't think, is the real problem.  It's just the present political leadership that needs tweaking and the institutions of the empire allow for a wide range of peaceful means for doing so within the present framework. I.e., it's the path of least resistance.

by santiago on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 06:09:26 PM EST
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