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 Monroe Doctrine

At this point it seemed that the Americans could do nothing too audacious, and to prove it they brought forward the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. This incredible device was essentially an announcement by the United States that it was going to preempt half of the globe for itself. If conditions had not been ‘just so’, it would have had no effect whatsoever, but here again, the United States found itself conveniently situation outside-but-in-between continental tensions. Had England opposed the doctrine it would have meant nothing, but they supported it because it was in the British interest to dismantle the Spanish colonial empire in Central and South America. It served British policy and so it prevailed. Of course, on the American end this acquiescence was taken not as British instrumentalism but as an expression of fear on the part of the European powers.

What we have only briefly outlined here is the formation of a ‘tradition of success’ in American foreign policy, which could be explained by luck but was explained instead as superiority. This created a certain national boldness and confidence that would go unchallenged for almost a century and would in the meantime continue to affirm that Calvinistic predestined-to-rule sentiment that has been so central to the American identity. When the Monroe Doctrine was finally challenged, America had by that time given itself entirely to militarism and developed a standing army capable of defending what, originally, was a completely indefensible position

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