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In this essay written before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Vidal calls upon the United States and the USSR to "make common cause" and present a unified front against the emergence of "the Sino-Japanese axis that will dominate the future just as Japan dominates world trade today." The combination of the Soviet landmass with its natural resources and America with its technological know-how would not only benefit both societies, but the world, Vidal asserts.

The 71-year-old American Empire ended Sept. 16, 1985 when the Commerce Department declared that the United States had become a debtor nation because the U.S. empire rested on economic, not military, foundations, Vidal writes. The world money center shifted from London to New York in 1914 when the...

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