Where goes the Empire now?
Its interesting to speculate about what the Empire will look like under President Obama. Last year talking with a friend, a former Attorney General of the State of New Mexico, we described Amerika as a great ocean liner, going through the ocean. “And its going over the edge of the earth, right?” I said as I ate my burrito. My friend said that a new regime could steer the liner a little to the left, or a little bit to the right, but that the liner would keep moving forward.
Will it? President Obama will not dismantle the Empire. I doubt he could , even if as President, he wanted to. But he will preside over an America that is no longer, first among Nations. England and France both lost Empires and remained real world powers, without being able to use the power of armies, which they no longer had.
How about a future of American culture? This is a legitimate and non-violent field in which Americans, if they wish and if they deserve to, can lead the world. It is a world in which minds replace missiles, filmmakers replace generals, quilts replace smart bombs, surfer boarding replaces water boarding.
Not a bad future at all.