Month: March 2015

The Draught of Dominion: Power, Reason, and the Liberal Justification of Empire

by JOSEPH LOCASCIO Francis Fukuyama argues that “most ‘liberal’ European societies were illiberal insofar as they believed in the legitimacy of imperialism, that is, the right of one nation to rule over another nation without regard for the wishes of the ruled.”[1]Imperialism, so the argument goes, is fundamentally illiberal. A nation cannot both rule despotically over ...