Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Spain

"How the conquistadors' empire undermined stability at home" explained by The American Conservative's James P. Pinkerton — Yesterday’s Spain, Today’s America. The author does not mention the phenomenal 1899 essay, "The Conquest of the United States by Spain," in which William Graham Sumner explains:
    Spain was the first, for a long time the greatest, of the modern imperialistic states. The United States, by its historical origin, its traditions, and its principles, is the chief representative of the revolt and reaction against that kind of a state. I intend to show that, by the line of action now proposed to us, which we call expansion and imperialism, we are throwing away some of the most important elements of the American symbol and are adopting some of the most important elements of the Spanish symbol.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

It all goes back to Jefferson's bizarre dream of a hemispheric slave empire. Opposed to the Federalist & Lincolnian tradition of avoiding foreign expansionist wars.

January 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM  

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