Dean, as I wrote on the “Times” to Paul Krugman on this topic:
BTW, Dean, did anything ever come from my suggestion to you of developing a GINI Coefficient Of Energy Inequality? Which, IMHO, would probably be pretty close to America’s high/bad GINI Coefficient of Income (or Wealth) Inequality — all of which sorta prove that the U.S. is really only the ‘nominal’ HQ of, and merely ‘posing’ as, our once promising and sometimes even progressing country — that is now what Professor Robinson so accurately diagnoses as:
“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from
dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global
capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall.
In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational
elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand,
defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less
to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.
We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident
historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]
[Of course by “U.S. state apparatus” Robinson means the hard and soft (economic) POWER of EMPIRE]
Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press.
BTW, the only point I have to pick with Chris Hedges is again that he only uses the ineffectual and uselessly vague term “Plutocracy” to push up as the problem and “disease of (democratic) Republics” — which every one of the founding fathers (because they read and understood the classics and Roman history) was really EMPIRE.
Chris, too often confuses folks here and certainly low information average Americans that the alternate ‘boggymen’ are; oligarchy (same as plutocracy), authoritarianism, totalitarianism, “inverted totalitarianism” (which would seem to be the polar opposite.eh?), ‘deep-state’ (which Emperor Trump has very effectively turned ‘as a weapon’ against the principled left), corporate-state, fascism (which is just a modern 20th century form of an Empire tactic), etc. etc. etc. et al, ad nauseam.
But I think Chris will come back to reality and finally focus on EMPIRE (and Emperor Trump) as being the deadly meta-cause of all these hundreds of little ‘identity-issues’, more serious, but still subordinate “symptom problems” (like never ending and expanding wars, Wall Street looting, racism, domestic spying, separating babies from immigrant mothers (which in the vein of Marie Antoinette is like Emperor Trump saying, “let them breath ‘our’ air” — and then put them in detention centers), domestic gun slaughter, destruction of our environment, etc. etc., and our entire “ailing social order” [Zygmunt Bauman]