Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: New Markets Equal New Opportunities For The White Man's Burden!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Markets Equal New Opportunities For The White Man's Burden!

"The United States cannot afford to adhere to a policy of isolation while other nations are reaching out for the command of these new markets....New markets and new opportunities for investement must be found in surplus capital is to be profitably employed."
-Charles A. Conant

In my opinion this quote from the article "The Economic Basis of Imperialism" is very important because around the time this article was written the New Industrial Revolution had occured and the Spanish American War was just around the corner. For many The White Man's Burden was a good cause for the U.S to get involved and help the less civilized nation of Cuba, but to many others the United States had other intensions that involved the economic benefits of getting involved in the spanish and cuban conflict and in many ways thier assumptions would be proven true when the U.S also went after Hawaii and the Philippines. What this article mainly refers to is the aquisition of Asian lands as new markets for the then economic boom, such as China which was just starting to be open to the western world after the end of dynastic rule. The author believes that the United States must get involved in conflicts in Asia and other lands in order to take advantage of these lands as new markets for American goods and also to take advantage of the benefits of having an economic and political stake in these nations.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. This is a discussion of the role of the mass media in the war of 1898. What were the causes of this war? Economic or political? How important was the pressure from the press in the end? Were economic motives more important? Were both necessary?

2/18/2008 10:23 PM  

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