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Forum VIII (Fall 2018)

Evil Empire

“All history,” writes Maximillian Alvarez in his contribution to this issue, “is the history of empire—a bid for control of that greatest expanse of territory, the past.” Evil Empire confronts these histories head-on, exploring the motivations, consequences, and surprising resiliency of empire and its narratives. Contributors grapple with the economic, technological, racial, and rhetorical elements of U.S. power and show how the effects are far-reaching and, in many ways, self-defeating. Drawing on a range of disciplines—from political science to science fiction—our authors approach the theme with imagination and urgency, animated by the desire to strengthen the fight for a better future. Purchase your copy today.

 

Essays

Maximillian Alvarez

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

Nikhil Pal Singh
The Cold War says more about how U.S. elites imagined their “freedom” than it does about enabling other people to be free.
Adom Getachew
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?
Arundhati Roy, Avni Sejpal
Boston Review speaks with Arundhati Roy on censorship, storytelling, and her problem with the term ‘postcolonialism.’
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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.
Stuart Schrader
A new book reveals the extent of the "Greater United States," but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism.
Marisol LeBrón
In the 1990s, Puerto Rico showed Washington how militarized policing and privatization can extract profits from poor people of color.
Wajahat Ali, Pankaj Mishra
Wajahat Ali speaks with Pankaj Mishra on the devastating consequences of Western imperialism, globalization, and capitalism and the fate of liberal democracy.
Jeanne Morefield
It reflects, like a funhouse mirror, a twisted image of U.S. imperialism.
Michael Kimmage

The Burden of Being Good

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Mark Bould
Trump’s Space Force is a bad reboot of the old imperial fantasy of control from above.
Fiction
Yuri Herrera
“Agent Probii’s first days as undercover agent were particularly disconcerting because within the city each resident spoke a different language.” 

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