How the US Began Its Empire

NY Review

Sometimes writing a blog is as easy as falling off a log. All you have to do is provide a link to some of the good stuff on the Web. And this is definitely good stuff.

Here is a choice quote:


For Mark Twain and William James, the bullying mentality was epitomized in Theodore Roosevelt. Twain called him “clearly insane” and “the most formidable disaster that has befallen the country since the Civil War.” James marveled that TR

gushes over war as the ideal condition of human society, for the manly strenuousness which it involves, and treats peace as a condition of blubberlike and swollen ignobility, fit only for huckstering weaklings, dwelling in grey twilight and heedless of the higher life.

Both Twain and James rejected Roosevelt’s conflation of moral and physical courage—the confusion at the core of imperialist thought.


My Midwestern family knew nothing about this – and continues to know nothing about it. For them, ignorance was bliss.

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One thought on “How the US Began Its Empire

  1. – “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and success is sure.” – Mark Twain.

    It baffles me, but he may have been on to something.

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