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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 author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at  (more...)

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