Readings in U.S. Imperialism

Readings in U.S. Imperialism

Readings in U.S. Imperialism

Readings in U.S. Imperialism

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BERTRAND RUSSELL

Peace through Resistance to U.S. Imperialism

Throughout the world today increasing numbers of people concerned with peace and with social justice are describing U.S. imperialism as the common destroyer of peace and justice. To some, the expression "U.S. imperialism" appears as a cliché because it is not part of their own experience. We in the West are the beneficiaries of imperialism. The spoils of exploitation are the means of our corruption. Because imperialism is not part of our experience we do not recognize the aptness of the description for the economic and political policies of what President Eisenhower termed "the military industrial complex." Let us consider briefly the nature of U.S. power.

Three thousand three hundred military bases and vast mobile fleets, bearing missiles and nuclear bombers, are spread over our planet to protect the ownership and control by U.S. capitalism of sixty per cent of the world's resources. Sixty per cent of the world's . . .

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