This article on a remarkable blog explains American Imperialism in excellent terms. It outlines four unconscious myths that fuel the national psyche:
- the notion of Americans as the ‘chosen people’
- the existence of a ‘civil religion’
- the existence of a supposedly endless frontier which became an economic frontier and an imperial one
- extreme individualism or self-reliance.
Unfortunately, the fact that these notions are unconscious means that they are not questioned through self-reflection…