Expansion and the Philosophy of Power

Hanna Arendt

Publisher: The Sewanee Review

Published: Jan 1, 1946


EXPANSION as a permanent and supreme aim of politics is the central political idea of imperialism. As it signifies neither the temporary looting nor the more lasting in corporation of conquest, it is an entirely new concept in the long history of political thought and action. The reason for this surprising originality?

surprising because in the field of politics entirely new concepts are extremely rare? is simply that this concept does not really belong in the realm of politics at all, but has its origin in the domain of business speculations, where