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Pillars of US Hegemony
Pillars of US hegemony

It's the height of folly to take upon oneself the burden of the world's correction.

—Moliere, The Misanthrope

In February 1941, Henry Luce, the owner of Time and Life magazines, published what became a celebrated essay entitled ‘The American Century’. Luce defined the 20th century as the American Century in terms of the country's wealth, power and values, its commitment to a system of free economic enterprise, its readiness to be ‘the Good Samaritan of the entire world’ and its willingness to be the ‘sanctuary … for the ideals of Freedom and Justice’ (Reynolds, 2002: 243). The roots of American globalism can be found in the way the country was integrated and developed during its colonial and early national periods ...

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