This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The genesis of imperialism

If it be asked when American imperialism was born, we can answer that it grew up naturally with the settling of the territories themselves. The State imperialism we know today is only the later expression of the individual imperialism of the early settlers who, as legend has it, fought back the savages and took what land they could. The underlying mentality was that ‘might makes right’, a domestic free-for-all.

Every man who had the gumption could conquer a territory and proclaim himself its master. This, again, was not always organized or overseen by a political authority but was based on individual will and determination. Not only does this set the stage for an inevitably imperialist mindset, but it ensures the formation of an individualist culture where no power is conceivable beyond the will of the isolated person. It is no wonder that the concept of community is mostly absent from this context where the obligations and ties it implies would be seen as oppressive. The ‘individualistic community’ of the settlers was something more like a temporary pact of mutual benefit between free actors whose bond is not so much a kinship as it is an informal business agreement, a pact between otherwise separate political entities for the sake of mutual defense and enrichment, as in a time of war.

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