Translated from Latin, the term expansio means “extension” or “distribution”. Expansions are different - cultural and biological, geographical and territorial, political, economic and military.
Many-sided and aggressive
Expansion is the submission or seizure, the adoption in someone's sphere of influence by someone. Thanks to the media, people every day hear about “cultural expansion”.
Now it is expressed by gross violent imposition of the cultural traditions of the United States - so, the products of Hollywood, whether it is interesting or not, have captivated everything. It is presented as the norm, the only one worthy of attention, study, imitation and "Oscar", preferably in the amount of 12 pieces. The rest of the world culture is nothing, you can simply not know it.
There is no less aggressive than the "Hollywood", biological and territorial expansion. The death of rivers due to the enormous spread of red or blue-gray algae, destroying other species of aquatic plants. Or the delivery to Australia from Australia of only 24 individuals of rabbits, which immediately spread over a large area, destroyed the food supply of local eared animals. This territorial expansion took place in 1859. A year earlier, the zoologist C. Elton called the seizure of areas by other types of "biological bomb" - so strong is the effect of their manifestation. This type of expansion includes periodic invasions of locusts, rodents, weeds, algae, and so on. But nowadays this phrase is more often used in the case of the appropriation of foreign territories by man.
Cheap labor and new markets - the driving force of expansion
Expansion is the seizure of markets located on foreign territories through economic and political, often military, pressure. What is the difference between expansion and occupation?
Nothing, even if the occupation of the Sudetenland by Hitler is now called expansion. Is that the police at the corners are not standing. But there are peacekeepers. Maybe the term sounds more acceptable to the ear of a contemporary, but does not change the essence
Expansion is almost complete destruction of the Indians at the opening of the New world, all the centuries-old Hiking the West with the aim of conquering Russia, the seizure of colonies all over the world and so on. In short, the strengthening of some at the expense of others. In biology, the expansion of one category of life through the destruction or displacement of indigenous or native species is called natural selection – survival of the fittest. Homo sapiens (or Homo sapiens) is very often in the behavior of such biomass.
Doubtfulness of imposed values
It can be concluded that expansion is a negative phenomenon. Forced seizure, imposing their worldview, their values is disgusting. Moreover, spiritual values are imposed in order to select material values.
High self-esteem, a ban even on the emergence of the idea that imposed concepts are completely uninteresting to someone - this is a tiny part of the charms that Western expansion fully possesses. For hundreds of years, the countries of Old Europe are trying by all available means, if not completely destroyed, then to enslave or at least subjugate the great country of all times in the east. The offensive is conducted on all fronts.
In some articles, it is noted that expansion is non-violent. A strange combination of words. Like “good devil.” This is probably when Western films impose to the senseless Eastern giant that toilet paper is more important than everything in the world. Things are being built into a cult, yet the rest is nonsense, without which the “air of freedom” in the blessed West breathes so well (“Moscow on the Hudson”).
Western expansion is violent (almost always), and non-violent does not stop for a minute since the formation of the Russian state, moreover, to the misfortune so generously endowed by nature with all its values. The West hates the very fact of its existence on earth, and before the gnashing of teeth it would be desirable to take away these real values from the “unworthy and uncivilized”.
If Russia the whole life is exposed to the Western expansion, many countries in other continents, has suffered from another attack, which is called "colonial expansion". The trouble came mainly from the same countries of Old Europe.
Live in it are exactly those species whose existence requires the constant expansion of the habitat. 12 European countries, since the era of the "Great geographical discoveries" (XV century), for centuries, owned most of the world. And even when the colonies began to work hard to throw off the yoke, they remained in the sphere of political, and often economic influence of the country-colonizer.
The first countries pursuing colonial expansion were Spain and Portugal, and later the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. Still later, Germany. All overshadowed the ongoing and global expansion of the United States. After President Clinton officially announced that the whole world was in the sphere of US interests, the expansion became global, including all kinds of exspansio or extensions.
It is believed that every phenomenon has positive and negative sides. Perhaps the conquests carried enlightenment to the conquered peoples or raised the colonies to a new economic level. True, there are few examples of this. But at its core, expansion is unjustified sacrifice, blood and tears, and it's hard to call it a plus.