Anti Imperialist League

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agree that if I were alive at the end of the 19th century I would have supported the Anti-Imperialist League for the following reasons: First, imperialism is inherently antithetical to values upon which this nation was built. The United States Constitution explicitly states "...governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, to whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it...". Clearly, to impose foreign rule on any population is a decidedly undemocratic act and a violation of the fundamental human rights identified by the founding fathers. Sources: Declaration of Independence www.archives/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html.…show more content…
As a result, the Anti-Imperial League proposed that the United States ' imperialistic interests were not compatible with the U.S. 's moral frame of reference and thus could not be justified. The Leauge stated "our reliance is the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is the spirit to which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men in all lands. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just God cannot retain it", sentiment I would have agreed with. Sources: "Platform of the Anti-Imperialists" "Imperialism: Meaning, Policy and Arguments" Third, imperialism is often founded on the premise that one culture is more evolved another. In light of America 's history with slavery and the disenfranchisement of its native people, the Anti-Imperialist League saw the potential for future atrocities while attempting to "civilize" other populations. Unfortunately this proved to be the case during the Philippine War when villagers were placed in concentration camps and subsequently tortured. Sources: "US War Crimes in the Phillipines"
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