Are there any specific books you reccomend, Jason?
Two books I would start with: 'Hegemony or Survival' and the subsequent book, 'What We Say Goes'.
The latter makes for embarrassing reading. There is a lot on the US involvement in Latin America, and how the US has systematically undermined every single attempt at democracy in Latin America. The US has always supported the most brutal dictators (memories of Indonesia?), and has even tried to undermine the Catholic Church's attempt to help the citizens of those countries.
US Big Business can only thrive under a dictator with the backing of US dollars. Americans need to understand that their 'freedoms' and plush way of life come at a terrible price to the rest of the planet. But nothing new there, eh? Look at the British Empire.
For all that, no one forced me to move to the US back in April, and in early July no one forced me to apply for citizenship. Obviously there were some extremely powerful
factors involved. At 27 I made a life changing
decision to leave the UK and jump-start my life. How many people here have done something so drastic? I gave up everything, took the train to Heathrow with only two suitcases (plus my laptop!) and took British Airways flight 49 to the US. I will not be returning to the UK.