Thank you! American empire is indeed a very frustrating issue. Even though the tide is changing on many important domestic issues (Medicare for All, free public college, ending the War on Drugs, etc.), I still am not seeing any politicians that vehemently oppose imperialism. The recent vote in the Senate to end American complicity in Saudi Arabia’s genocidal assault on Yemen is exciting and promising, but it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. And judging by our consistent and delusional response to democracy in Latin America (example), we have a lot of work to do.
Unfortunately, absent some miracle, it seems like anti-imperialism and decolonization will be somewhat gradual. One of the only things that gives me hope is the progressive shift that has been happening (the emergence of Democratic Socialists of America on the political scene, and the subsequent election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress, for instance). I am a DSA member, and intend to become more involved in 2019. The more truly democratic our communities become, the less the capitalist class with be able to continue endless for-profit war and imperialism, because the people are fundamentally opposed to such barbarism. I honestly have hope that, if we’re able to change the conversation, address our history, and engage in a healthy mixture of direct action and electing anti-war progressives, we might be able to overcome the Military-Industrial Complex. The U.S. is by far the richest and most powerful nation in human history, and I believe that if we can force our government to pursue peace, the world will be a much different place.
Again, thanks for reading, and it’s nice to find like-minded folks like you on Medium.