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.

Other Independent Review articles by Christopher J. Coyne
    Summer 2016   The War on Drugs in Afghanistan: Another Failed Experiment in Interdiction
    Spring 2016   Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America's Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes
    Fall 2014   Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control
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