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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Daniel Immerwahr Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30 (cloth)

Imperialism after empire

A new book reveals the extent of the “Greater United States,” but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism.

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Why Russia Is Growing Gold Reserves to Record Levels

Why Russia is growing gold reserves to record levels

According to Russian Central Bank figures, Russia’s total gold reserves amounted to 1,944 tons as of June 2018, with the regulator pointing to a steady rise in holdings of the precious metal over the last decade (total gold reserves amounted to less than 500 tons in 2008). In the same period, the share of gold in Russia’s total reserves grew from just 2.5 percent to over 17 percent.

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A history lesson for Paul Krugman…

Liberalism and empire

Paul Krugman had a column a few weeks ago called “Fall of the American Empire” about Donald Trump’s repudiation of “the values that actually made America great.” It is worth analyzing, because it is amusing and illustrative.

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