Over on his blog, CIP regretted the excesses of empire, but essentially endorsed their "civilizing" mission. Only half-tongue-in-cheek, I pointed to the collective insanity that is the United States and its worship of guns, as requiring the civilizing yoke of an empire. Little did I know how far the insanity has progressed, it appears to be easier for a convicted, mentally disturbed felon to get his gun ownerships reinstated, than to get his voting rights reinstated. The Republic after all needs more gun-toting, non-voting citizens! so the lunatics that run the asylum believe! Where is the jackboot of an empire when it could do some good CIP for one, thinks (seems to, at least) that the human cost might be worth it, what was good for India should be good for the USA, no?