Although the ideal is the creation of truly independent states through secession, progress in the near term requires only that Americans demand independence from Washington on all domestic policy, even if Washington continues to control foreign policy.
America’s founders did not envision the federal government as the domineering senior partner in almost everything. What was once best described as “sovereign States, united solely for specified joint purposes” has been largely eviscerated.
What seems to me the great strength of Pankaj Mishra's new book is its demonstration that the atrocities of imperial conquest and rule prefigured the horrors of the European wars of the twentieth century and later wars of conquest as well.
Foreign policy apparatchiks are adept at gaslighting the public into believing they’re bringing troops back home when in reality they’re either shifting troops around or just biding their time until a new round of "boots on the ground."