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We live in an empire

We live in an empire

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A lot of people say there's no difference between Democrats and Republicans. A lot of people point out the differences in social policy — abortion, gun control, immigration. But when you only look at foreign and economic policy, our country hasn't changed for many decades. That's because we live in an empire. We just don't say that part out loud.

Within the empire, it is tolerated to argue about abortion access or LGBTQ equality, gun control and immigration, because those things don't affect the structure of the empire. And when someone does talk about changing the structure of the empire, they are smeared as "Putin's puppet" or "Russian bot." One MSNBC host insinuated that Bernie Sanders would execute people in Central Park, if elected.

The empire propagandists on mainstream media report international stories through a lens of the empire that assumes the U.S. military is an international police force that holds other countries accountable for daring to go against U.S. interests, and millions of people are fooled into believing that it's normal for the U.S. military to be fighting against other counties' rebellions, overthrowing other countries' leaders or punishing countries for shipping goods to places the U.S. has sanctioned.

I am not okay with my government killing people in Iraq for lower oil prices. I cannot tolerate my government trying to coup leaders of other countries so those countries elect leadership that is friendly to U.S. interests. I am not fine with my government supporting the use of slavery, in prisons and in Third World nations, to harvest minerals used in cell phones and computers, or cacao beans or to sew Levis or Nikes. I cannot accept my country starving people with sanctions to cause civil unrest.

This is why there's such a huge difference between a liberal, who wants to use the system to get people more, and an actual leftist, who wants to change the whole system. We can have a system that works for everybody, a system based on justice. One that makes sure that no one dies from a lack of basic needs. Or we can have a global empire. We cannot have both.

Jason Kishineff

American Canyon

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