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Seena Mavaddat

BFA in Graphic Design

The American Empire: International Purveyors of Violence Video and Graphic Design




Throughout its history, Americans have echoed the mantra that the United States is a beacon of freedom, liberty, justice, and equality; that its actions abroad and at home are motivated by a sense of morality and justice, or simply through the idea that America is the greatest nation to ever exist. 
 

However, history tells us the opposite. The foundation of America was guided by violence and the desire for economic, political, and cultural hegemony. This is central to the dominant ideology of America, one that seeks to benefit a minority at the expense of a majority. Through conquest and genocide, motivated by economic need and white supremacy, America was a nation born in blood and terror. American elites have always destined for more, and they continued to expand and grow America through expropriation, occupation, invasion, and even through media control. 

Throughout this work I analyzed American history from a historical materialist perspective which focuses on class struggle and inequality. I then focused on three key factors that I believe uphold and sustain this violent empire: 

AMERICAN IMPERIALISM, which violently works to mandate and colonize lesser states for American economic benefit;  

the AMERICAN CARCERAL SYSTEM, a.k.a the American prison industrial complex and its police enforcers, which regulates and disempowers the American lower class and undesirables through repressive state apparatuses; 

AMERICAN CULTURE, the institutions, practices, and cultural products which reflect the dominant ideology of the US, and support the narratives of the  
American elites.

 

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