A free people, by necessity, has to use their government to guarantee their freedoms. This is because a free people must make use of the greater power that comes with highly-organized government assets to defend attacks upon the sovereignty which is their natural right. It is not enough to be free to do things; you must also possess freedom from things, or the freedom to do things quickly becomes the obligation to do what your masters command of you. This is the justification for establishing intelligence, law enforcement and military assets- and there is no successful republic that did not, or does not, keep and maintain such institutions.
Now, if a free people have the right to defend themselves from criminal or military attacks upon their freedom why would they not possess the right to defend themselves against economic threats? The freedom to act, to speak, to work and so on mean nothing if hostile entities or foreign powers dominate your ability to participate in the other vital aspect of human life: economic activity. Yet today most of the world is so dominated, to varying degrees, by such entities and the governments that they've corrupted with their influence and monetary assets. The empires of today are not built on the model of Rome, but on the model of the East India Company; it's not based in the offices of the Prime Minister or President, but in the offices of the world's central banks and the salons of the world's elite- the goal being to transform the planet into a giant plantation or company town, with subservient governments used to enforce their will (in association with various mercenary companies). John Perkins's Confessions of an Economic Hitman
exposes the entire scheme; I strongly urge you to find it and read it.
Far from being crackpot theory, this was foremost on the minds of the American Founding Fathers during and after the American Revolution. They knew that military success against England meant nothing if they could buy up the former Colonies after the fact and reassert power through economic means; this was not unknown, as it led to the movement to eschew the import of finished goods from abroad in favor of domestic manufacturing. Alexander Hamilton, along with Issac Roosevelt, would go on to formulate the answer to the central bank system that seized control of Europe: the American School of Political Economy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_School_%28economics%29)
The key components of the American School directly confront, deny and refute the economic imperialism that the so-called "Free Trade" school championed then by England and imposed by means mostly foul upon Europe over the years. It rejects free trade by imposing a system of duties, tariffs and other measures designed to defend the nation against economic threats by foreign predators. It uses government-directed spending projects meant to provide the infrastructure necessary for individuals to develop into the highly-educated and highly-trained people capable of being the ambitious and enterprising productive people we are famous for being. It chartered a national bank, owned wholly by the government, that administered the lines of credit necessary to get all of this done and otherwise oversaw the monetary policy of the state- and thus remained utterly accountable to the people by way of Congress and the Presidency.
It is acknowledged that, when the United States adhered to the American System (as it came to be known), the United States thrived; when it instead turned towards the "Free Trade" alternative, the United States degenerated and declined. Seeking to replicate that same success back in Europe, Friedrick List brought the American School to Europe wherein he found audiences with Tsar Alexander II and Otto von Bismark; they adopted some of the school's tenants, as they deemed a best fit for their nation-states, and to the extent that they did so their aims met with success. In every nation where the American School took root, similar success occurred; in every nation that instead went with "Free Trade", a slide back into serfdom occurred and the people degenerated into slaves to the new feudal lords. This is known
; the records are available for review.
(Aside: The American School is a market system. In our parlance, it is increasingly a Fair Trade system because of its emphasis on using practical economic policy to create desired economic effects in pursuit of political goals and objectives. This is why it's called "Political Economy"; as the overall goal is to ensure the freedom of all the people, ensuring that there are well-regulated markets wherein individuals can engage in economic activity is quite obvious. The American history of economic regulation in favor of the population and its general welfare comes from this school.)
The United States all but utterly abandoned the American System during the Nixon Administration, and like a junkie whose habit had yet to ruin him, the United States slowly ate itself from within. This is the current face of Empire, and it is the most cunning ruse yet employed. Since the imposition of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, we've seen the erosion of economic sovereignty over generations through a creeping incrementalism. Control of the currency is now in private hands, hands that have no real oversight (as demonstrated this past year) and over which the people of the United States have no power. (No, the President's appointing of the Chairman does not count; the power disparity is such that, by now, the appointment is a rubber stamp.) Again, documented by John Perkins in the aforementioned book.
If the American people are to return themselves to greatness, then the Federal Reserve Act must be repealed and a new National Bank chartered to take its place so that power over the American Dollar (and through it, the entirety of the American economy) returned to where it belongs: the Federal Government of the United States. Then we've got to abrogate all free trade agreements, and go on to make any future attempt to impose "Free Trade" an act of treason. Trade with any foreign power or entity must be kept to a strict standard of reciprocity, with the U.S. keen to ensure that the people of the foreign power benefit in a manner consistent with and equal to the benefit that we'd enjoy from such trade. (This is the key that prevents the Race to the Bottom that "Free Trade" always produces as a system of control over its enslaved populations, as a gang/countergang scheme of Divide & Conquer.) Internally, we need to reassert a system that rewards and encourages the development of commerce (which is local) and used trade only as necessary to achieve the development of strategic national objectives (one of which is commerce).
You want a practical path to the destruction of Empire? There you are, readers: a proven, practical example of an alternative that not only works, but works better than any other system ever attempted. Return it to practice today and you will swiftly see that Empire Must Fall.