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Utopianism is Not a Strategy

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As the U.S. rose to global power, it imposed its utopianism upon the world, a development which meant that international politics, no longer governed by the constraints of realism, was dominated by an all-embracing and inherently expansionist ideology. Carr identified what he called “the doctrine of the harmony of interest” as “the essential postulate of the utopian creed,” and one that had “become endemic in the U.S.” Simply put, this was the conviction that the interests of the U.S. were the same as the interests of the rest of the world, and the maintenance of its supremacy was therefore a duty that America owed to mankind. 

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Natylie Baldwin is the author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations, available at Amazon. Her writing has appeared in Consortium News, RT, OpEd News, The Globe Post,, The New York Journal of Books, (more...)

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