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The whole country can't be held over a longer period by a government imposing martial law. Indeed, a military coup seems just as likely to end up with multiple rival claimants for various shreds of Constitutional legitimacy and loyalty of various military branches and units as to end up with a single power bloc in control, while a single power bloc in control seems like a recipe for fracturing.

While a military coup seems like a quite plausible scenario for an effort to extend the American Empire, I don't see a military coup that successfully reforms the American Empire to the point of recovering viability as very likely at all.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 06:40:11 PM EST
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