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Is the US an empire today?
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April 18th, 2016
richard paul
miami, fl
yes Apparently we are being run by a government who has been lead to believe that World Domination is what will make us great.…Read More
yes Apparently we are being run by a government who has been lead to believe that World Domination is what will make us great. So like cowardly bullies we go around taking over countries and killing other people. In God We Trust? yeah, right. Read less
October 24th, 2015
ISABELLA VIGGIANO CHEVALIER
New Orleans, Louisiana
yes "empire" may not be how the US is directly seen but the nation significantly affects the global economy and even though…Read More
yes "empire" may not be how the US is directly seen but the nation significantly affects the global economy and even though the US is ruled by a democratic system, the control each state has over every aspect of the life of its citizens is oppressing. Read less
October 22nd, 2015
Julia / Ilan
New Orleans, LA
yes An empire is defined as "an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority". America fits this description;…Read More
yes An empire is defined as "an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority". America fits this description; we have a federal government that acts as a supreme authority, but also a state system that divides the country into parts. Read less
October 30th, 2014
LAST 1010
yes The US' interference in world affairs shows its power as an empire. Furthermore, the current state of imperialism also …Read More
yes The US' interference in world affairs shows its power as an empire. Furthermore, the current state of imperialism also proves this. Read less
September 17th, 2014
Submitted by SMS
yes The US has been and continues to be an empire that kills people. No way around it.
August 22nd, 2014
Alan Carpien
Washington, DC
no Ultimately the U.S. is a force for good, today, and certainly since WWII -- Eastern European countries liberated from Soviet…Read More
no Ultimately the U.S. is a force for good, today, and certainly since WWII -- Eastern European countries liberated from Soviet influence and Kurds, for example, surely appreciate the U.S. Unfortunately, we do not have staying power -- nor can we be the world's policeman. Read less
November 24th, 2013
Submitted by SMS
no it depends on how you define empire
March 11th, 2013
Submitted by SMS
yes Of course we have influnce and control many countrys through puppet goverments like Rome.
December 28th, 2012
Henry Lowendorf
New Haven, CT
yes Over 7 hundred U.S. military bases nailed into countries around the globe, wars every year, assassinations, violent government…Read More
yes Over 7 hundred U.S. military bases nailed into countries around the globe, wars every year, assassinations, violent government overthrows - all ensure markets, cheap resources and subservient labor for transnationals huge guaranteed profits. Is the U.S. imperial? What a silly question! Read less
December 13th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
yes Bossy and incapable of listening sincerely and without agenda.
December 11th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
no It does not have the moral fiber
December 7th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
no We're a leader and model for the world
October 26th, 2015
LAST LAST
yes The US Control of Guantánamo, along with the legacy of the Insular Cases, clearly shows that the US is still an empire. However…Read More
yes The US Control of Guantánamo, along with the legacy of the Insular Cases, clearly shows that the US is still an empire. However it has turned away from outright territorial conquest in favor of a more ambiguous, global power in which it twists the Constitution to rationalize its goals. Read less
October 22nd, 2015
LAST 1010
New Orleans , Louisiana
yes The US imposes its authority over other states through military interventions.
October 22nd, 2015
Savannah
New Orleans, LA
yes Because the US presence in Cuba is unwanted, we qualify as an Empire
October 28th, 2014
Submitted by SMS
yes US still exhibits characteristics of an empire in both political, economic and even cultural way
September 11th, 2014
Ashley Rose
Longview, TX
yes "empire: an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, formerly especially an emperor or empress."…Read More
yes "empire: an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, formerly especially an emperor or empress." The united states is no longer a true democracy. Only a few people hold the power, all of them wealthy. Read less
April 7th, 2014
gulsume oguz
istanbul, turkey
yes us is empire of power
November 13th, 2013
Steven Molloy
Villa Hills, KY
yes The US is an extensive group of states that make up a country under a single supreme authority of GOD so yes it is a Good…Read More
yes The US is an extensive group of states that make up a country under a single supreme authority of GOD so yes it is a Good Empire! Read less
February 6th, 2013
Submitted by SMS
yes i think the us is in over its head
December 13th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
yes There are very many people who think that there are many points of view about this...
December 13th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
yes US IS AN EMPIRE. FORMER RESIDENTS MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED. BASES SHOULD EXPIRE ASAP.
December 10th, 2012
Joe K.
NYC, NYC
no US influence is often important and manipulative, but mechanisms of influence have changed since the time of imperialism…Read More
no US influence is often important and manipulative, but mechanisms of influence have changed since the time of imperialism proper. Read less
October 26th, 2015
Jen Davis
LA
yes I would consider the United States an empire because it has a lot of power and authority over a large area of land and people.…Read More
yes I would consider the United States an empire because it has a lot of power and authority over a large area of land and people. Cuba and Puerto Rico are good examples of the authority the United States has. The U.S. must be careful and not abuse this power. Read less
October 22nd, 2015
LAST 1010
New Orleans, LA
yes The US is still an empire today because the outstretched influence of the United States on Latin American countries shape…Read More
yes The US is still an empire today because the outstretched influence of the United States on Latin American countries shape their ideologies, including culture as well as politics. The imperialistic practices of the United States is even more evident today in their involvement in the Middle East. Read less
March 10th, 2015
Matt Childs
yes Occupying another country without the consent of the inhabitants and not extending your laws to them is the classic definition…Read More
yes Occupying another country without the consent of the inhabitants and not extending your laws to them is the classic definition of an empire. Read less
October 28th, 2014
Submitted by SMS
yes are still technically involved in many foreign affairs and try to exert authority and dominion over weak countries
September 9th, 2014
Submitted by SMS
no Although the US isn't an empire in the strict sense of the word, certain US businesses are emperialist.
February 11th, 2014
Submitted by SMS
yes it's an empire of influence
October 23rd, 2013
Submitted by SMS
yes In many ways I do believe the US has made leaps from a super power to an empire as far as what I know about the political/military…Read More
yes In many ways I do believe the US has made leaps from a super power to an empire as far as what I know about the political/military tactics. Read less
January 30th, 2013
Natalie R.
no Military bases do not mean we own the country.
December 13th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
no But it strives to be
December 12th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
yes The US continues to rationalize military interventions today with paternalistic arguments from over a century ago.
December 8th, 2012
Submitted by SMS
no Imperial & arrogant, but not in direct, literal political control of other nations.

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