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All good points, but it still leaves what I think is the fundamental question about America's Roman empire-like place in the world: Is the present power of the US the way it is because some elites have conspired to make it so? Or is it rather the way it is because people have actually liked to engage in more transnational relationships of all kinds, commerce, communications, cultural exchange, migration, educations, etc., and it turns out that having an effective political organization with the power to establish and maintain institutions facilitates transnational living?

if people have what they need for a happy life at home ...

That seems like a pretty big "if" to me. Maybe there will always be some people who aren't happy with life at home, and maybe it's those people happen to running things now more than others.

by santiago on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 01:12:13 PM EST
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