Nineteen Public Bads of Empire, Nation Building, and the Like
By Christopher J. Coyne, Stephen J. Davies
This article appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of The Independent Review

Although some writers have argued that imperialism can supply a “public good,” such as the enforcement of a secure property-rights regime, few have examined systematically the many “public bads” that tend to accompany this sort of foreign interventionism. A comprehensive list of the potential social harms associated with empire, nation building, and the like is long overdue.

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