Talk of U.S. imperialism, marginalized in this country as the rhetorical language of the “old left,” has made a mainstream comeback over the past few years. This Report intends to examine the interaction of U.S. power with the dissent and resistance it has engendered. The articles herein explore the ways in which forms of dissent and resistance have been generated by the activities of Empire, as well as the ways in which the contours of Empire have been given shape by opposition, resistance and disaffection. Empires—formal or informal, at any time or place—have usually instilled an uneasy fealty among their member states. The experience of the Americas has been no exception.
Empire and Dissent