As Allan Lictman said in the conclusion of his spiel,
“The best way to predict the future is to choose it” — and that’s exactly what this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire has been doing since at least 1944 with the “Undoing of the New Deal” (ie. the torpedoing of Henry Wallace, by the DNC), and most recently the 2016 torpedoing of the most popular candidate, Bernie Sanders, again by the DNC.
Although the DNC was instrumental in killing the turn toward a truly populist progressive alternative to Empire from the FDR 3.15 terms all the way through to Emperor Trump — several of the killings of “promising” turns toward uncontrolled (small ‘d’) democracy, required the Empire to put its “thumb on the scale” more aggressively.
I’m a bit surprised that a noted history professor named Allan didn’t seem to focus on the seminal determining factor behind the curtain of Empire beyond the Second World War of Empires.