(This article is published in Salon.)
Journalists have a peculiar tradition of selecting a “winner” in presidential debates, as if such an adjudication were objective, and not a politically motivated evaluation. Marco Rubio was declared by many to be the “winner” of the fourth GOP presidential debate, on Nov. 10.
The real winner of the debate, however, was not any individual, but rather a system: U.S. imperialism.
The Republican presidential candidates — and the widely proclaimed “winner” Rubio in particular — are absolutely enamored of U.S. imperialism. The candidates may disagree on some policies, but there is one issue (aside from the minimum wage, which they all refuse to raise) everyone save for Rand Paul agrees on: American empire is a good thing, and it must be maintained through violence.