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American Empire?


Feb 28 2005
05:22 pm

To respond to eddie’s post:
While we are using movies in our examples, I think it is more accurate to think of America as Spider Man, as Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Many in the U.S. today would prefer to have the benefits of power without any of the responsibility … and that applies to their private lives just as much as to their view of world politics. I disagree with this worldview.

If I had a cure for cancer, it would be morally irresponsible to dole it out in such small quantities to drive up the price so that I made money off other’s suffering. Similarly if I have a cure for totalitarian regimes, ie the freedom that comes with democracy, then it would be irresponsible to be stingy with it.

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