The Roots of Contemporary Imperialism argues that the presence of George W. Bush and the issues that accompanied his presidency, such as popular repression and business domination, are t the result of an authoritarian regression of U.S. politics but rather represent the continuation of an approach that came into existence during the age of the Founding Fathers. The creation of the federal presidential republic, whose main purpose was t as much to preserve the balance of power between the various branches of government as to hinder any radical changes in society, shows how the Fathers' main concern was t people's freedom but to devise constitutional mechanisms intended to defend the properties, wealth, and privileges of ecomic elites. In the author's view, Barack Obama's recent election as the minee of one of the two wings of the single business party, despite the rhetoric about change and hope, followed exactly the same pattern.
Valerio Volpi was born in Naples and raised in Cagliari, Sardinia, where he earned a degree in political science. He has an M.A. in international relations from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in comparative institutions and politics from the University of Bari. He is currently living in Rome.