Proceedings Of The Royal Colonial Institute, 1907-1908, Vol. 39 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute, 1907-1908, Vol. 39But Mr. Oliver's purpose in depicting the circumstances and personalities of the great American struggle is to point the moral for his fellow Imperialists. A political organism, he argues in eﬂ'ect, does not exist without sovereignty or government, i.s. An authority having at some vital point a direct hold upon each indivi...
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ual in the community. He repeats, with approving emphasis, the saying of Washington that inﬂuence is not govern ment. Therefore voluntary co-operation - the futile alternative of the American Democrats - was no practical substitute for a central administration. Never can a United Empire exist unless there is an Imperial Government ultimately controlling every citizen. He recognises, however, an essential difference between Hamilton's problem and our own. His aim was to make a nation; our aim is to make an Empire and in our case any scheme of Empire which should ignore the force of nationalities is predestined to ruin. Nevertheless national sentiment does not, he contends, imply a popular repugnance in the scattered countries of the Empire to the thought of a strong central power. Instancing the union of Scotland with England, he declares that if we were in search of a type to illustrate the word nation,' we should turn to Scotland and concludes his stimulating book with an appeal, on the strength of this analogy, for confidence in the possibility of a firm Imperial union.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.