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  •  Can you be an exceptional power w/o bieng.. (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, palantir

    ..imperialistic?

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    by PatriciaVa on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 09:25:28 PM PST

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    •  Yes. I find many modern Social States (2+ / 0-)
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      isabelle hayes, RiveroftheWest

      in places like Europe to be highly exceptional but having given up their Imperial aspirations. Germany, which was only briefly unified (1871-1918, rogue from 1939-1945) has given up all Imperial aspirations but has become a model of democracy and manages to have better economic, healthcare, and political climates these days that we do.

      We're not "exceptional". We just happen to have more guns. Our standard of living, our press freedoms, our political freedoms and many other measurements are far below many other countries.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 09:31:24 PM PST

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    •  In a world of wide global trade, a. Country can (0+ / 0-)

      be exceptional without being imperialistic, unless you think offering innovative and good value for money goods and services as imperialism.  Germany and Japan are world powers, but not because of their military.

      We are heading to a world where the relationships between countries will increasing be like the relationships between the states.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 11:12:10 AM PST

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