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031002 Arundhati Roy - Imperial Democracy

Hey! Step right up. Want some democracy? We got a great new brand right here on the shelf ready to go. Seal-wrapped straight from the factory. And we'll get it to you through the barrel of a gun. Shipping and handling is on us. US imperialism, like its predecessors, is based on the moral right to rule. In a newly packaged version of manifest destiny and white man's burden, America is delivering democracy to the benighted and bedraggled masses. The empire is rooted in the near-theological conviction that American values, whatever that might be, are good for the world. In fact, the Bush administration has declared, with a hubris that would make Roman emperors blush, that its vision for the rest of the planet is the only sustainable model. Emanating from Washington is a series of diktats telling other countries: Follow orders or else.

Arundhati Roy is the celebrated author of The God of Small Things, winner of the prestigious Booker Prize. Her latest book is War Talk. The New York Times calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalisation and American influence. She is the winner of the 2002 Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom. She spoke in May at Riverside Church in New York before an overflow crowd of 3,000.


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