Saturday, October 10, 2009

AMERICA'S Reckless Impunity: Time to recall the Anti-Imperialist League

America is in desperate need of these reminders and of the best this League had to offer:

"We deny that the obligation of all citizens to support their Government in times of grave National peril applies to the present situation. If an Administration may with impunity ignore the issues upon which it was chosen, deliberately create a condition of war anywhere on the face of the globe, debauch the civil service for spoils to promote the adventure, organize a truth-suppressing censorship and demand of all citizens a suspension of judgment and their unanimous support while it chooses to continue the fighting, representative government itself is imperiled…."

– from the platform of the Anti-Imperialist League, Boston, 1899

A look back at the Anti-Imperialist League offers a guide to moving forward today – if we're prepared to work together: "Recalling the Anti-Imperialist League" by Stephen Bender January 13, 2005 here

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