The Instrumentalities of Imperialism
Edited by Maximilian C. Forte
Friends and allies, partners and protégés, extensions and proxies—the vocabulary of US power in the form of multiples of itself has become so entrenched that it rarely attracts attention, and even less so critical commentary. Force multiplication is about “leverage”: using partners and proxies in an expanding network, but where power still remains centralized. Forces are conceptualized in multi-dimensional terms. Anything in the world of cultural systems, social relationships, and material production can become force multipliers for imperialism: food security, oil, electricity, young leaders, aid, social media, NGOs, women’s rights, schoolgirls, democratization, elections, the G8, the European Union, NATO, the IMF, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, AFRICOM, development, policing, borders, and epidemics, among others. This takes us to related conceptualizations of “full-spectrum dominance,” “three-dimensional warfare,” and “interoperability,” in what has become an imperial syndrome. Chapters in this volume present diverse examples of force multiplication, ranging from Plan Colombia to Bulgarian membership in NATO and the US-Israeli relationship, from the New Alliance for Food Security to charitable aid and the control of migration, to the management of secrecy.
Contributors to this volume: John Talbot, Mandela Coupal Dalgleish, Robert Majewski, Lea Marinova, Chloë Blaszkewycz, Iléana Gutnick, and Maximilian C. Forte.
Hard Cover ISBN 978-0-9868021-7-1
Paperback ISBN 978-0-9868021-6-4
E-book ISBN 978-0-9868021-8-8
To order the hardcover (library edition) click here.
To order the paperback (trade edition) click here.
To obtain a basic version of the free e-book, click here.
To obtain a bookmarked version of the free e-book, or individual chapter files, click here.