No, I am not using the word "empire" because it is an easy way to garner attention! Rather, in my reading for the book I am writing on Augustine, I found the following quote in an essay by Michael Hanby, "Democracy and Its Demons," in Augustine and Politics (edited by John Doody, Kevin L. Hughes, and Kim Paffenroth).
And speaking of Michael Hanby, if one has not read his essay from First Things (February 2015), it is excellent.
Anyway, Augustine writes:
"I would therefore have our adversaries consider the possibility that to rejoice in the extent of empire is not a characteristic of good men." (Augustine's City of God IV.15).