Imperialism Debate Essay

Topics: Political philosophy, Imperialism, Korea Pages: 2 (680 words) Published: July 17, 2014
Introduction:
The dominance came every now and then by force of arms, but frequently it occurred because of trade and businesses. At this point, it allowed imperial powers to the influence the selected civilization. While the imperials ruled, they usually ‘robbed’ the land of its resources with little payback. These schemes obviously allowed for the imperial powers to gain a large profit and gain dominance. Imperialism was an effective and successful way for civilized countries to gain control over an indigenous countries. So, America should not become an imperial power.

Core Democratic Value: Liberty

Liberty is the one of the core values of American Constitutional Democracy. But this Liberty should include personal, political, economic freedom of not only American but also all nations. Imperialism based on ideas of superiority and nationalism robbed liberty of the subject country and their human rights in order to gain political, economic, and military benefits. For example, by the late 1800s, Americans wanted to annex Hawaii because of its abundant natural resources and cultivatable lands. America, therefore, began a program of imperialism in Hawaii and forced political and economic change. Queen Liliukalani wanted to end America's influence over Hawaii and created a new constitution. However, the United States denied it, soon took over the government office at Hawaii, and established complete control over Hawaii. American imperialism robbed economic and political freedom of Hawaii.

Data: ‘If a strong people try to govern a weak one against its will, the home government will get despotic, too. You cannot maintain despotism in Asia and a republic in America. If you try to deprive even a savage or a barbarian of his just rights you can never do it without becoming a savage or a barbarian yourself.’ ~ Senator George F. Hoar

Under the pretext of spreading democracy and a Western value system, America’s military intervene causes our endless warfare...
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