The Guarded Domains Model
The term “empire” is riddled with bad connotations because of the western model of empire. Imperialism is essentially a western innovation in which one racial group of people rules over other racial groups of people. Exploitation and the often violent process of homogenization are systematically forced upon those who are the subjected peoples. A desire for a centralized bureaucratic empire is very new and very much a product of European imperialism. This form of empire breeds racism and has created the problems of today’s world. Once these western empires crumbled, nation-states were created where they should not have been created. The ideas of nationalism and the need to dominate minorities are very much a legacy of Europe’s Imperial Age.
Latif Simorghi is an activist, blogger, and author.