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The Goal Is Freedom: Laissez-Faire Anti-Imperialism

JULY 27, 2007 by SHELDON RICHMAN

[E]xpansion and imperialism are at war with the best traditions, principles, and interests of the American people, and that they will plunge us into a network of difficult problems and political perils, which we might have avoided, while they offer us no corresponding advantage in return.

These might be the sentiments of a contemporary left-wingintellectual whose notion of America's traditions, principles, and interestswould differ markedly from those held by advocates of thefreedom philosophy.But they're not. They were written 108 years ago byWilliam GrahamSumner (1840-1910), who, if he gets any attention at all, is usuallycastigated for his evolutionary (Social Darwinist) and laissez-faire views.Sumner, a founder of American sociology and a distinguished professor at YaleUniversity, was an uncompromising champion of economic freedom, unfetteredinternational trade, individual liberty, and limited government. It is fair tosay that in his time he was the best-known American exponent of individualist,classical-liberal ideas. More . . .

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