I guess the most surprising discovery was how long Gandhi remained loyal to the ideal of the British Empire, even in India.
President Reagan was a leader at a time when the American people most needed leadership. He outlined a vision that captured the imagination of the free world, a vision that toppled the Communist empire and freed countless millions.
Ideas have unhinged the gates of empires.
London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
The reason is that a military defeat of Britain will bring about the disintegration of the British Empire. This would not be of any benefit to Germany.
There's no longer a monolithic evil empire somewhere, spreading a different philosophy of life. That doesn't exist.
It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.'
How is the Empire?
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
The price of empire is America's soul, and that price is too high.
Empires inevitably fall, and when they do, history judges them for the legacies they leave behind.
An empire that extends itself selectively is just being prudent about its own limitations. A republic that supports democratization selectively is another matter.
A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.
I have restaurants, bookshops... but it's not an empire, more... a puzzle. If it were an empire, all my restaurants would be the same.
Every empire eventually falls.
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