This extended concluding chapter summarizes the argument made throughout the book and then tries to draw out some wider political implications. It does so by focusing on the reality of liberal and US imperialism today, how this relates to wider questions of liberalism and America, and how these in turn relate to the question of anti-imperialism. The first section develops further a theme briefly alluded to in the first section of Chapter 6, namely the utility of a critical focus on constructivist approaches to international relations. It does so by examining the questions of ‘America’ and ‘empire’, less as social realities, and more as political, or hegemonic projects. The second section then moves on to broadly summarize the nature of imperialism today, and provide some critical reflection on the nature of anti-imperialism. While suggesting that imperialism should indeed be rejected, the discussion suggests that anti-imperialism per se is not an intrinsically progressive alternative. This point leads to a much wider discussion, which draws on current debates concerning the crisis of ideological politics, the end of utopia, the utility of cosmopolitanism, and the question of solidarity.
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