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Old 11-21-2011, 11:43 PM   #11
jason taylor
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Default Re: 'Imperial Culture' (non-canonista)

Originally Posted by combatmedic View Post
I tend to assume that, much as in the real world, all that jazz about 'human rights and democracy' and 'defending freedom' provides a smokescreen for dominating "the wogs" and stealing their stuff.

So, yes, I suppose there's some early 21st century America in there, just not the nice parts.

I find the idea that globalization made all the billions of people on Earth into good little Americans or, even less likely, Europeans, to be too hard to swallow. There would be a lot of cultural, national, economic, ethnic, and religious conflicts simmering under the surface, even as the ISW raged on.

In my conception, the TC government deliberately exploited and magnified fears of the Vilani in order to get people on Earth and in the colonies to obey its edicts.

Of course, such shenanigans don't fool everybody, and they can't work forever.

This helps explain why the TC lost power so soon after the wars ended. The 'Great Satan' was gone and the propaganda had long ago worn thin, in any case. Hiroshi saw the opportunity, and he took it.
Myself, I couldn't buy that. It sounds to much like, well, like something Smurf would think up. Besides I really don't see the TC deliberately encouraging a war against a power several hundred times it's size just to keep the proles in line.

Moreover the TC didn't exist until after the Vilani were a clear threat.
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