Republic or Empire? Let's cut to the chase. No civilization has suceeded in creating both at the same time. Citizens of free republics make lousy conquerers and occupiers. So what are the advantages of setting aside this long running experiment in self-governance in in order to gain control of the world's resources? How will ordinary citizens' lives be different? Can military force replace moral force in the world? What price will those who still cling to liberty and tradition have to pay? Let's thrash it out on the field of ideas before events engulf us all.