|Reviews for The Imperialist|
| kind-of-scared reviewer 4/26/07 . chapter 1
You don't like Europeans to much, which is odd beacuse alot of American people are decended from them. Also do you know what you are implying? The last sentences sound like you want America to take over the world! Why do you think we were in the Allies in WWII? One reason is to stop one(or a few) people from having to much power over the whole entire world! Also America needs to improve itself before it starts trying to inforce its own veiws on everyone else. Oh and few countries are ruled by any sort of goverment were it is inherited(like monarchy) anymore. The rest of the world is not horrible and you better not become a politican, or I will be fearing for this country. You are way to proud of your country, and to much pride is not good.
| serpentarius-sidewinder 12/21/06 . chapter 1
Somebody has to run the World better than it's being run now! Why NOT us?
Why? It is because people like you refuse to see the good in other countries and turn a blind eye to (most) of the flaws of your own (America). The democracy that you fantasize is pure fiction; I can imagine it on a grand scale, since it's like most of the content on this site: fiction.
Don't delude yourself thinking that America is the savior and rightful leader of the world.
"The Enemy", huh? Funny. I believe you're wrong, so should I call you 'The Enemy' since we contradict?
A "United States of Earth" (or "United States", period) is a prize that's well worth the effort and potential risk.
Hmph, instead of "United States or United States of Earth", call the world "Earth."
I'm not going to bother with the facts and statistics you placed in this piece, everything went wrong when you believed America is the only country worthy to rule.
We're all living in Amerika,
Amerika ist Wunderbar,
We're all living in Amerika
We're all living in Amerika
Coca-Cola, sometimes war
We're all living in Amerika
| the coffee fiend 10/25/06 . chapter 1
Politics aside for the moment, I think you make a good argument. A world government would be a great thing, I'm a big fan of Star Trek (geek alert!) so the whole concept is very appealing to me.
However (and here come the politics lol) I don't know if it's feasible under the current way we practice democracy. One of the brilliant things that modern democracy did introduce was the adaptability of its checks and boundaries, but I think that even in the States that system is not perfect.
I see (quite obviously) a lot of parallels between the United States government and the Roman Republican Government. But I also think that the lessons taught by the fall of the Roman Republic have not been learned by modern Republicans. One of the crucial political problems that the Romans faced was the gradual evolution of a firm oligarchy, something I don't think has been dealt to by the American system. Money still buys you your education, and political contacts and back scratching can pave the way for a hopeful upstart. As the gap between rich and poor increases, I think the (somewhat wide) oligarchy we see in America will be replaced by a much narrower select few, and then politics will run their course. Like Polybius said in his model of a constitutional evolution: kingship becomes tyranny, then an aristocracy emerges to take control and turns into an oligarchy, then democracy is instituted and becomes anarchy, then a leader emerges...and the whole cycle continues.
However, I would not have nearly enough arrogance to think I could solve this problem, I have no clue. I think there are huge social, political and economic factors at play also, and some of those will need to be amended also to make the system function. Just an observation.
Remember when people harrass the United States that Americans can be victims of racism too. I try not to be too critical (and when I do, I try and level the criticism at the government not the people) because I myself LOVE the stuff America produces (especially television, music and pop culture) and most people don't put it into perspective. Nice to see you sticking to your beliefs in the face of adversity, and being rational about it as well!
I observe American politics as much as possible, I actually hope that America manages to make their democracy and system work, but I still think that it has a way to go before possessing the greatest political system. However, I'm all for progress, and I'd love to see that Star Trek-esque Federation in practice, so here's hoping!
the coffee fiend
| Hutch 6/28/06 . chapter 1
your argument that britian and its former colonies which freely choose to keep the queen as there official head of state do not get to choose who represents them is dead wrong. In none of those countries does the queen have any power. we just choose to honor tradition. And on a more personal note i would definetly not feel more free under the united states then i do in canada and i would also be much more worried about crime and my ability to afford medical treatment. the homicide rate is 8.8 times higher in the united states then it is in canada and robbery rate is 2.4 times higher. If the US ever did try to take over the world(and obviously they never would) i would do everything in my power to kill any armed american that sets foot in my country
| RCS 6/5/06 . chapter 1
"And these so greatly fanfared tax cuts. If Bush was an intelligent man, he would understand that right now is a very bad time to be giving money away in handfuls."
"If you claim you will stop terrorist attacks and "secure the homeland", then you DO NOT spend money on tax cuts instead of anti-terrorist measures."
And these comments by On Mercury are a perfect example of how a liberal views your money. To those of us on the right, the money you earn is yours, and a tax cut is the government taking less of your money out of your pocket so you can spend it on your own wants or needs. To a liberal like On Mercury, the money you work to earn is the government's money, and a tax cut is a government expenditure.
| Guest 6/2/06 . chapter 1
all you can do after reading this essay is laugh.. your kidding right? thats hilarious.. unfortunately its a hilarisouly sick joke cause noone should actually think their country should RULE the world..thats what makes it so funny though.. but sick at the same time.. but HEY how long do we have to wait for a reply..! iv been waiting over a month!
| Darkflare 5/24/06 . chapter 2
Huh...my History teacher was right. The Americans really *do* get fed a load of bull by their media.
I'm aware that not all Americans think like you, and I assure you it's something I'm extremely thankful for. I'll just have to pray that nobody with beliefs as extreme as yours ever gets into a position of international influence. Because if you do, I fear for us all, USA included.
| K. Hopkins 4/7/06 . chapter 2
just reading what you wrote about canada and australia etc not being able to choose who they have as PM, well we do. The queen of england is the figurehead, nothing more. she was very little power if any. her job is purely ceremonial now, the just wheel her and the corgies out for state visits and to sign forms shes given. so is the governor-general, he technically can sack a PM, but the people choose have their elections and then the G-G pretty much says the crown endorses the PM and government. only one prime minister, gough whitlam was dismissed by the G-G in 1975 and that was more out of the fact that the libral party opposition leader malcomn fraser pressured him into doing something about the crisis at the time. Australia had a referendum to decide whether or not we wanted to rif ourselves of the constitional monarchy and become an american like republic a few years ago and we democratically chose to stay the way we are. so just be careful when you interpret the ways of a governing system you know little about.
| K. Hopkins 4/2/06 . chapter 1
I can't help but think you really have no idea about this world besides the spindoctored crap you get fed down your throat through your television. i seriously dount you have ever been outside your country and have met or conversed with people of another culture. im sure you havent been to alot of places in a america like compton, or brown sub in miami where im sure your african american countymen would be living in conditions of grievious social inequality and what iraq veterans who come from these places describe as worse than bagdhad.i am an australian and my country becomes more and more american by the hour as our dickhead PM Howard has his head up Bush's arse. lucky for us the chinese are becoming powerful enough to recieve an equal sucking up to as america. but my point is im sick of american culture and dogma being pumped here. you wonder why foreigners dislike the americans so, its because we dont want to be little america's. we don't want to be the "deputy sheriffs" of the pacific or whatever the fuck Bush called Australia after the war which gave us the shits.
i wonder why the muslims dislike america? hm lets see, they aided the israelis by defending the country that displaced the palestinians. they have supported dictators in oil rich regions to smoothly keep the people in line and the oil flowing (more on that later) esp. the corrupt and cruel rulers of Saudi Arabia (might i mention that nearly all the 911 terrorists were saudis)the iraqis and afghanis have no concept of a western democracy, theyre culture has evolved for millenia as a tribal society and you expect that over night a system that doesnt make any sense and disregards thousands of years of traditions is going to make them jump for joy and join the great crusade for FREEDOMtm (haha i recommend you visit cuz its the same as your opinion but theyre joking)
You speek of you generosity to the third world, but i see neglect to the countrys that dont have oil, you havent seemed to give a flying fuck about the sudan, who for last few decades has had civil wars were over 20 million have been killed and the country's starved and homeless. here is an idea i put forward to you. i GUARENTEE you that this will end world terrorism and i would consider you the greatest country in the world. If you decided for the good of all mankind, to disarm all your newclear weapons, decommision your battle fleets, send your armies home and cut your defense budjet by a few $100 billion and diverting all that money into third world recovery and healing social injustice in america. If you stop trying to make the world america by forcing us we might like you and hey you might not need as much oil. maybe not at first but if you stick to not having your guns the rest of the world will see that youre making a positive diference and disarm aswell. you speak of a united states of earth, this is how to do it. i know that youre scared that the big bad world is out to get you, but it isnt. we're all just provoked and concerned when america starts sabre rattling. most terrorists are people from countries were they feel that they have no other way to resist the foreign powers that take their lands. even though in iraq, those cry baby liberal fag towel head arabs only lost several tens of thousands of citizens so Shell could take their oil, and haliburton has got defence contracts, theyve been given a democracy which doesnt work because of the three way ethnic politics where the sunni and kurds overule the shi'a and no doubt theyll be getting a mcdonalds soon they still bomb occupation forces and are on the verge on civil war. for some reason it doesnt sound like a people who are very happy. the insurgents are freedom fighters trying to resist your occupation. im sure in your revolution the british considered you terrorists. my point is you wouldn't like it if we took over your country and enforced our ideals on to you. so practise what you preach.
you mentioned it would be nice to have a world were the people of every country chose their own leader, but i think from the examples of many latin american countries when a people chooses a leader who has a polocy that doesnt benefit the americans they are soon assasinated... hmm funny that. look at old fidel. The US have been trying to kill him off decades but he always is one step ahead. funny enough the people rallied to depose a corrupt american backed dictator. sounds like the people had decided there...
why are we, the rest of the world, the enemy when we choose that our idea of liberty is not to live under your jackboot? you have an empire, not in the traditional sense but have redefined it. you rule primarily through the infiltration of every way of our lives. we see american culture in our tv's, magazines, movies your products. i think the only thing every country in the world is seeing cans of coke littering the ground. im sure in antarctica theres coke cans. my point is your everywhere and it chokes off local oppotunity. its cheaper to play a shity imported sitcom than to produce and make a good show with australians.
and you seem very vague as to who the enemy of america really is, i dont know who it is, if you know please tell me. if its al-quaeda you might find it interesting to know that the US is responcible for the origins of Al-queada. the USA supported and funded the organisation, no doubt providing arms to wage war on the russians, the war in afghanistan in the 1980s. now lets ask why there was a war in Iraq, cuz i can't see why. because saddam hussein supports terrosism... thats right. but al-queada hates hussein, when they invaded kuwait he asked king fahd of S. Arabia for permission to help fight against Iraq, but was refused when he opted for western forces to arrive and invade. this pissed osama off because of the infidels imposing on their holy land (the land of two mosques, mecca and medina) and the other reason was saddam had WMDs but hang on, did you know that in the 1980s iraq fought a great war against iran (who was you r enemy at the time, cuz the religious revolution toppled the american backed shah who provided a lucrative oil flow) the US not only funded him heavily, but provided arms and chemical and biological weapons and the precursors to nuclear armaments (look it up wiki/Iraq-iran_war#The_Tanker_War_and_U.S._entangl ement.)not to mention you seemed to unoffically atack the iranians as well esp. with "operation praying mantis" dont believe me look it up. so you were allies and you murdered people on a iranian passenger jet in july, the 80s you jumped on the saddam wagon and gave him the precursors for his WMD program which he USED on Iran. so telling me the USA was acting out of selfdefense over a decade later when all the weapons THAT AMERICA GAVE HIM were spent. when he stopped being your bitch and you needed more oil, the saudis probably decided they could profit from it there is no humane reason for your country's wars so you cant link it too 911. and havent you paid the price in life, 10s of thousands of locals dead (not that you care) and over 30 AMERICAN dead too. well lucky for you theres plenty of disavantaged blacks and hispanics that would love to join the army to escape their poverty or some xenophobic teenagers from a trailer park to get guns and become new bullet sponges in iraq. at least the profit being made is there it is, my point is your not helping to create the FANTASY you seem to have about america's place in this world. but if you do what i suggested above that would be the first step. i really hope one day we can stop our barbaric ways and live in a society where all peoples have their own right to choose how they are governed and how they want to think, just be careful not to be upset when it isnt the same is your way. remember the isnt out to get you, we want to protect our way of life as much as you do yours.
| No Trust 3/7/06 . chapter 1
There's already too much running of the world being done. But it's definitely beneficial to society and the economy when we export all our surplus violent retarded fucks to the other side of the world where they can be someone else's problem for a few years. As an added bonus some of them never come back at all.
Actual imperialism will never succeed in the long run anyway, as the exponential growth of wealth will tend to decentralize power to where nation-states don't matter. But in the meantime, we sift a few welfare sucking, true-believing baby-killers out of the gene pool, for a cost no greater than what we'd have to shell over to Uncle Sam anyway. So I'm all for the attempt.
| Andrew Joshua Talon 1/23/06 . chapter 2
Well, you've sold me. We should take over the world. I would be more comfortable with an 800-ship navy, myself, and higher-than-the-Cold-War troop levels, but we could do it.
Sweet. You've got my vote.
| Andrew Joshua Talon 1/23/06 . chapter 1
It would be nice to create a United States of Earth. Unfortunately, we just simply lack the manpower requirements to carry it out. Even with unmanned combat vehicles and such we couldn't incorporate everyone into our nation unless we re-instituted the draft, and the fact that our military is not designed for a draft is a considerable problem. If we could mass-produce F/A-22s and F-35s to numbers roughly equivalent to World War II production standards of combat aircraft (obviously we can't build ten thousand F/A-22s, but a number that's equivalent, for the firepower and capability of the aircraft to WWII terms), and mass-produce our advanced tanks and technology, and get out a couple more big carrier battlegroups, then hell yeah, we can take over the world. But it seems rather unlikely. No matter how advanced a military is, you still need a certain amount of units and personnel to be truly effective.
| Louise Pritchard 1/19/06 . chapter 1
Have you not considered that perhaps, just perhaps, some people have absolutely NO desire to be Americanised?
Hitler wanted to conquer the world. He was a fantasist.
Fantasists do not make good politicians.
| Itachi-kun 11/15/05 . chapter 2
"Oh, then you must mean Saudi Arabia, where all political and economic power is concentrated in the hands of a Royal clan that gets its wealth from the only thing its country produces: Oil. Oh, sure, the people of the nation get a stipend from the profits, but only if they're good, and their political discourse is limited to "Death to America and Israel!", "Long live the King!" and "God is Great!"...you know, just so long as nobody mentions that one family running an entire country is kinda wrong."
Bullshit. That's the only thing that I can say. You think that the United States of America has a problem with the fact that Saudi is being run by one family, as long as the oil keeps flowing? You really are naive! Don't you remember what happened when Saudi stopped oil flow last time?
"1973: Saudi Arabia plays a leading role in a oil boycott against those Western countries that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War. This resulted in oil prices four times higher than earlier."
Prices are four times higher. Think about what would happen now. Filling a tank takes about $50 right now. Multiply by four. (Whip out your calculator.) That's $200. Think disaster. No, America's fine with the way Saudi is governed. As long as it keeps that oil flowin'. And it's people be damned. It's not America's problem, huh?
| Itachi-kun 11/15/05 . chapter 1
I laughed when I first read this essay. It was just so pathetic. And then I read the reviews and I laughed some more. I want to thank you for writing such an amusing piece, even through I know it wasn't the way that you meant it to be interpreted. And the reviews, oh my God! Admiral, you are so very scary! Um, no, you're not so you can stop stuttering around, proud of the fact that you managed to put the admiration of U.S.A. in fictionpress.
Moving onto serious commentary of the essay.
"Americans are Greedy, Trigger-Happy, Power Hungry, Uncouth, Unfriendly, Uncooperative, Lawless, Destructive, High-Handed, Cynical, Soulless and just plain Unworthy of being the lone Superpower on Earth."
Have you ever thought of the fact that something was done to create this image? People don't just go and start hating a country for no reason. Have you thought of the fact that maybe people who have labeled America such have a true grievance against them?
Take Tunisia, for example. You realize that U.S. backs the government there? Religious freedom is not allowed. Women are not allowed to go out with a scarf. They could be arrested. Men are not allowed to keep a beard. I have a friend who's from there. One of her cousins went with a scarf and they refused to let her take her final exam. Four years of her schooling went down the drain. Yes, America supports this government. You think that my friend's cousin is going to agree with this essay? I think not.
What does America have that the rest of the world wants? Democracy? Wrong. People in Pakistan wouldn't even bother to spit on your democracy. Why should they? You think that America is going to allow democracy to be introduced in Saudi? If you do, guess again, buddy. What happens if they do introduce democracy and a hard line Islamic group wins? And they cut off the oil supply to U.S.?
I thought that somebody would mention X-Ray camp and Abu Graibh. I haven't seen anyone mention that. Don't think that it's the first time or the last time that America has done something like that. Read 'Rouge State'. It's what you precious country has done before 9/11. One of the methods of killing people in it's custody is by inserting a metal rod in you ear. Pretty soon it comes out the other ear and, voila, you're dead. (This was not written by a Muslim. I think the guy was British.)
The only thing that you have proved by writing this essay is that Americans are indeed, "Americans are Greedy, Trigger-Happy, Power Hungry, Uncouth, Unfriendly, Uncooperative, Lawless, Destructive, High-Handed, Cynical, Soulless and just plain Unworthy of being the lone Superpower on Earth." Congratulations!
Note: I do not have anything against America or it's inhabitants. It's the essay I disagree with. The author is trying to prove that His People are the Best and His Country is the Best.