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Exodus From Empire: The Fall of America's Empire and the Rise of the Global Community Paperback – January 20, 2007
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There is no book quite like this, with its sweep and viewpoint, both critical and constructive, offering a positive alternative to the global empire project being presently pursued. There is a huge empire literature, pro and con, and it would be important to differentiate this book carefully so that it is not regarded as one more critique of the American empire project. Michael Mann, David Harvey, Andrew Bacevich, others have already contributed excellent critiques, but Paupp has achieved something more by coupling his critique with a well-articulated alternative vision of a future world order based on law, equity, and sustainability. David Held, Archibugi, and others have attempted this, but without the critique. -- Professor Richard Falk, Princeton University and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara My colleague Dr. Paupp's work amounts to the thinking man's Da Vinci Code. If it is a brilliant treasure trove of wisdom aimed at putting equity to work for all of mankind rather than a favored few and that all of the world's inhabitants should have equal access to its resources - both physical and intellectual. -- Larry Birns, Director, Council on Hemispheric Affairs Unfortunately, at a time when international cooperation is absolutely required, the American Empire is engaged in highly destructive confrontational behavior. It is this structural, on-going criminal behavior which is fully addressed so well by Terry Paupp in his new book. In so doing, he also proposes a comprehensive alternative strategy which calls for the development of a new global ethic based on a deep commitment to the idea of an inclusive global community. -- Bill Wickersham, Adjunct Professor of Peace Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia Exodus from Empire offers, confidently, a way to see that another world is possible. It's light in a time of darkness. It will definitely contribute to, if not shape, the current conversation about what to do regarding US hegemony. -- Professor Brian Foley, Florida Coastal School of Law
About the Author
Terrence E. Paupp has taught philosophy, international law, and political science at Southwestern College and National University. He is Vice-President of the Association of World Citizens and a senior research associate for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. From 2001-2005 he served as National Chancellor of the United States for the International Association of Educators for World Peace.
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It is punishing in it's comprehensiveness; ruthless in its expository; and sobering in its implications.
Be forewarned, however: There are no silver bullets.
I too agree with the reviewer, "Major Issue," in that the "great" religions will NOT save us. No they won't, they're corrupted, and what frustrates me most is Terrence Paupp knows this. For example, in the first 100 pages (38-40, 65, 73, 78, 81, 90, 94, 98 and 101) Mr. Paupp correctly identifies not only the mindset of US empire after WWII (quoting George Kennan, pg. 90), but also properly names some of the current US power elite, (PNAC members, pg. 100). BUT, he is so blinded by his disdain for "neoconservatives" that he turns off "conservative" readers like myself by laying the blame on "conservatives" just because he happens to be writing while a "conservative" is in office. (see pages: 44, 46, 49, 62, 68, 73, 82, 95, 97, 98, 101, 104 etc.) (Obama is playing the same games Mr. Paupp!!! This is an imperial issue, NOT a partisan party issue. No one running for high political office can get approval from those that fund candidates without a shared imperial vision for America.)
With all the books he sights, Mr. Paupp is obviously very well aware that the "High Priests of War" which makeup the dominant membership in groups like PNAC, The American Enterprise Institute, Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), which have dominated US foreign policy for well over 40 years now, all have one overriding affinity, their loyalty to Israel. Many of the signers of these group's "point papers" hold both US as well as Israeli citizenship. Am I the only one that finds it odd that a Mormon, Mitt Romney, staffed his foreign policy advisory board with 17 Jewish Americans of 22 total staff members? Especially when 80% of American Jews vote Democratic, and 80% of Mormon Americans vote Republican?
Although Paupp quotes 7 major religions on page 171 (and I love those quotes) as all claiming that humankind must keep the Golden Rule, I fear a good Jewish friend's statement to me is more accurate. He said, "Forgiveness is a Christian belief. Jewish law requires a fair recompense for injustice." I replied; "With that mindset, what nation on earth can Israel NOT justify in attacking after 2000 years of persecution?"
Regardless of the religious overtones, the reality is a huge majority of American foreign policy is controlled by people with duel loyalties, to the US and Israel. Mr. Paupp's book comes very close to disclosing this, but ultimately he'd rather blame it on "noe-conservatives" or the "Bush-II administration" instead of an elite cabal within the Pentagon and Washington with overwhelming sympathies to Israel. Thus when Paupp speaks of the desire of these folks to build a new "American century" the reality is that building is benefiting Israel. Which, according to many Americans is fine. I just don't like the fact that Mr. Paupp covers up this reality, even though it is obvious he's noted their control.
Richard Perle (Assistant Sec. of Defense, American Enterprise Institute)
James Colbert (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs)
Charles Fairbanks, Jr., (Johns Hopkins University/SAIS)
Doug Feith (Defense Department),
Robert Loewenberg, President, (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies)
Jonathan Torop, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
David Wurmser (State Department),
Meyrav Wurmser, (Johns Hopkins University)
Elliott Abrams (National Security Council),
Richard Armitage (State Department),
John Bolton (State Department),
Fred Ikle (Defense Policy Board),
Zalmay Khalilzad (White House),
Peter Rodman (Defense Department),
Donald Rumsfeld (Secretary of Defense - Zionist),
Paul Wolfowitz (Defense Department), and
Rabbi Dov Zakheim (Defense Department).
Frank Gaffney, (Director, Center for Security Policy; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces)
Hon. Fred C. Ikle, (Former Undersecretary of Defense)
Robert Kagan, (Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
Zalmay M. Khalilzad, (Director, Strategy and Doctrine, RAND Corporation)
I gave a two star rating though, and this is because of what I consider extreme moral ambiguity. There is a section, about how the worlds "great" religions will be a cornerstone of building alliances grounded in peace and equality. I am afraid that a quick glance at the newspapers and religious history, gives the opposite of his thesis. In fact all three of the monothesitic religions, are the worst corruptions ever founded upon Western civilization. There is very little evidence, to suggest, that the worlds religions will work together on common issues. With Christians, arguing for further funding of Isreal, and Muslims arguing for further jihads, how is this supposed to happen? I like how he points towards the liberal theologians, such as Tillich, but modern Christians read C.S. Lewis, not someone who is deep thinker.
The other issue, is that he seems to think that Darwinism, is a problem. I think he is really blinded by this fact. True, evolution, does favor capitalism-we are creatures of self-interest-but most Darwinists understand the need for government regulation. I can't find a single, MODERN, Darwinist, who would argue that humankind doesn't matter because of our coevolution with other species, you won't find one credible evolutionist stating that. He quotes to benefit his own work, and ignores the secular contribution to human rights.
With all that is known about U.S. imperalism and our corrupt military-industrial complex, I find very little credible solutions that he offers after his mea culpa to religion.
After many readings, and dialogues with others about this book, I firmly believe that a way out of the madness of Empire is possible. In going over the background of the causes of Empire, Mr. Paupp proposes a workable way to create global community anew. |Truly a light of great clarity amidst all the darkness.
Read this book. Talk with everyone you know about it. Peace does happen; when we create it.