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The Imperial Coin


  • Heather Gautney,

  • Akim D. Reinhardt


This essay examines the ideological underpinnings of the Iraq War, especially in the pronouncements of the neo-conservative Project for the New American Century. It analyzes the varied rationales for the war, and the difficulties that it encountered, by reference to the concept of “empire” as elaborated by theorists Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. While noting the growing unpopularity of the war as a factor in the decline of the Republican Party from 2006 to 2008, the authors also argue that the Democratic Party in many ways holds the same problematic imperial ideals.