Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
I'm glad to see you think that not an iota of honest effort ever went into building a superpower.
Honesty is the key word. It is mostly brute force and political deception, although certain ideals provide fuel for revolutions and overthrowing tyranny. The problem is that each system becomes corrupted with time. There have been no historical exceptions to my knowledge. If there is, I am unaware of it.