Rereading what I wrote, I suppose I subscribe to the UN model more than any other. American Imperialism is a growing problem worldwide, except in the USA where we just think we’re normal. I remind myself of that sometimes but not always easy to remember.
That’s a very good question. I’ll have to think about that one. We have had periods of Imperialism and isolationism in our 250 year history and we seem to be in an Imperialist phase.
Why that is, I’m not really sure. It’s a very good question.
There’s a documentary made by the BBC a couple of years ago about American Imperialism that’s on my “going to watch this sometime” list, as I’m trying to broaden my perspective about the impression of my own culture in other parts of the world, but i haven’t gotten to it yet.
I’d also like to find documentaries made in other countries as well, for while the “BBC Perspective” is common (and forms the basis for a lot of our own understandings of history), there’s other countries with other viewpoints of the USA as well that aren’t either US-centric or Anglo-centric.
Now I’ll go back to the torture I was in: I decided I’d get my brain around programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) from a ground-up perspective – relays to ladder logic, mostly because I always looked at circuitry and automation from a computer –> machine perspective and it’ll be good for me to go in the other direction.