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The British Precedent


My new Policy Review piece, “Democratic Imperialism: A Blueprint,” expands on my argument in a current City Journal article, “After the War.” In this new piece, I review the history of British imperialism in India, drawing out lessons for our coming occupation of Iraq. The British empire brought democracy to India, and the two warring schools of British imperial administration were founded by the great political thinkers, Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill. Burke, Mill, and their administrative followers were, in a sense, the first democratic imperialists. Their experiences speak directly to our dilemma in Iraq today.


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