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Evil Empire

This issue explores the surprising resiliency of empire, showing how the effects of U.S. power are far-reaching and, in many ways, self-defeating.


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What does it mean to live in a world in which history has rusted under the monstrous weight of the permanent now?

Maximillian Alvarez

The Cold War says more about how U.S. elites imagined their “freedom” than it does about enabling other people to be free.

Nikhil Pal Singh

In the 1970s, a bloc of Third World states forced the United Nations to take seriously the unequal distribution of global wealth. Could their example inspire a new generation?

Adom Getachew

An interview with Arundhati Roy on censorship, storytelling, and her problem with the term "postcolonialism."

Arundhati Roy, Avni Sejpal
The violent theft of land and capital is at the core of the U.S. experiment: the U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Americans.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Territory is not as important as it used to be.

Stuart Schrader
In the 1990s, Puerto Rico showed Washington how militarized policing and privatization can extract profits from poor people of color.
Marisol LeBrón

Wajahat Ali speaks with Pankaj Mishra on the devastating consequences of Western imperialism, globalization, and capitalism and the fate of liberal democracy.

Wajahat Ali, Pankaj Mishra

It reflects, like a funhouse mirror, a twisted image of U.S. imperialism.

Jeanne Morefield
Michael Kimmage

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Trump’s Space Force is a bad reboot of the old imperial fantasy of control from above.
Mark Bould

“Agent Probii’s first days as undercover agent were particularly disconcerting because within the city each resident spoke a different language.” 

Yuri Herrera

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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