The Inherent Injustice of Empire

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“There have been many attempts over the centuries to sanitize and sanctify empire by investing it with some higher purpose. In every case, it is an exercise in assuaging the consciences of people that should know better that empire is tolerable and even admirable. It seeks to console the empire’s supporters that they are doing the right and necessary thing when they have good reasons to suspect that they are doing the opposite. In fact, it aims to deaden their consciences and encourage them to prize power over truth. When confronted with the injustice and destruction that empire always involves, the defenders of empire will resort to the usual dodges: our empire is different from and better than every other empire, and if not for our empire the world will fall into chaos or darkness or the rule of some other empire.” (09/13/22)