As I commented on the Intercept:
"This was apparent to a few from this 2003/5 time-frame on.
However, unlike what the ‘American Empire Projects’ books and authors suggested, this is not ‘per se’ an American Empire but the first in world history; ‘effectively-disguised’, ‘truly-global’, and crony ‘capitalist-fueled’ EMPIRE which is only nominally HQed in, and merely ‘posing’ as, our former country.
And an effective diagnosis of this unique Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE nominally HQed in America includes it’s seven (7) sectors; corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, CFR Plot-Tanks, and dual-party Vichy-political sectors.
A few dozen public intellectuals, academics, authors, and deep ‘students of Empire’ metastasis have known this for quite some years, like Morris Berman, Robinson, Shoup, Glennon, Gindin, du Rivage, Kinzer, Blum, Wolff, Hudson, Hedges, Parenti, and Scahill, et al."
Unfortunately fewer than the required 3% to 5% of Americans of the leftish-lite, pseudo-progressives, on the supposedly informed alt-media sites have shown any serious interest in understanding ---- nor certainly firing a; loud, public, sustained, but peaceful “Shout heard round the world” that “this is no kind of democracy, but is an EMPIRE ‘posing’ as a normal country” — then the citizens of America can non-violently bring down this Empire as fast or faster than average Russians bought down that ‘next-to-the-last’ “Evil Empire” on earth (which Ronald Reagan merely shouted "bring down that wall’ and called it an
“Evil Empire” without even understanding that all Empires are Evil).
The secret to the ease with which American citizens can bring down this truly last Empire-on-earth, is that since the Soviet Empire collapsed, and certainly since Francis Fukuyama wrote “The End of History” and mistakenly said that “free-market democracy” (whatever unicorn myth that is) had expunged the very concept of Empires any longer existing in history, the simple presence, shouting-out, ‘exposing’, and ripping the mask off the fact
that millions of American people are shouting that their country is a damn EMPIRE, will shine the light of truth that will cause that VEMPIRE to collapse in a New York 'Crooked Developer’s) minute ---- without the masses of people who follow your lead ever having to put their own lives on the line, as you have, Chris.
If as few as 3% of American people merely go out into the streets (as millions of women already have shown can be done) and used a focused, strategic, and unmistakable ‘message’ that the ‘media/propaganda-sector’ of the Empire can’t confuse or divide intodozens of divided voices and chanted some simple but plain-speaking confrontations against EMPIRE it will collapse simply because the U.S. can’t be called an EMPIRE by its own citizens — and only we Americans can do so without being shot down in unlimited numbers and with total impunity (which, as has already been proven in several Middle Eastern countries, this U.S. HQed and Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE can and has done to ‘others’ in the territory countries).
As Vonnegut famously said, " And so it goes"