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Pros and Cons of American Imperialism

Pros and Cons of American Imperialism

| On 07, Jan 2018

The US has significant effects on other countries in terms of pop culture, technology, business practices, and more. However, the gravity of how much influence America has on other governments is evident in American Imperialism, which is the military, economic, and cultural influence of the US on other lands, usually going hand-in-hand with expansion on a grand scale into other territories.

The burning question is, “Does the constitution follow the flag?” and the answer is a resounding no. When they were conquered, the American territories did not enjoy the same rights that Americans in the mainland did. The US government operated on the idea that the peoples of these newly acquired lands were inferior to Americans, and thus not capable of holding the responsibilities of a mainland American citizen.

There are many pros and cons to American imperialism. One positive for the US is that it expands territories. The more territories you have, the greater power you have. It gives access to many resources, and presently the US dominates over Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, The Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. Imperialism also gives a boost to the economy, not just for the United States who uses the resources for trade, but for the territory itself. The United States brings technology, industries, government policies, and privileges American citizens possess to these territories. Also, the US has many military bases around the world, and in return the US aids these territories with protection.

However, there are many cons that follow American imperialism. American imperialism kills the tradition of the indigenous peoples, who lose their identity and tradition. In many cases, the territories’ own people grow to discriminate against what is local and originally of their own native culture.

Additionally, it can be argued that the possession of territories is not necessary and perhaps even counterintuitive, as the US spends so much money on bases scattered around the world and helping the economy of those islands. They are expensive to keep, and the US is already quite expansive.

American people talk so much about freedom and have fought a war over it, but the American territories don’t even have full freedom. The United States controls the islands and they cannot act on their own. The people there are expected to follow American culture or risk discrimination on social and economic playing fields.

How do you feel about American Imperialism? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Richard Garibell


    I liked your commentary on the United States and the US territories. My feelings are that it would be most important for those citizens that are native to the territory and reside there have the ultimate decision on their status. The vote in Puerto Rico was interesting. Their economy, even before the tragic hurricanes, was near bankruptcy. Would statehood help them? Would independence be the better option? Currently, statements nmade by our current President don’t help the situation. I think that the situation with Puerto Rico and the problems with their infrstructure certainly need to be addressed. I enjoyed your article very much.

    Mr. G

  2. Justin Williams

    What’s the point of the US owning these islands if they are so expensive to keep? Isn’t this just putting more stress on our US government?
    – From Justin Williams

  3. Anaya Khalid

    I feel as though this was an interesting topic to speak on. I wonder if the state itself can help Puerto Rico because before their country was destroyed it was many problems that they still did not overcome as a whole.


    I feel like there’s nothing wrong with the US owning different islands but , isn’t that harder for the US ? The US now have to take care of these islands they own .

    -Marcus chambers

  5. Kris Jacobsen

    I agree with American imperialism because I feel we need to keep our trade and military at the top of the charts. These two things are very big for America and is what helps us be a great country. I do agree that it can ruin culture and I also feel they can be better with other countries and support better without ruining their traditions. I also believe we could support more with natural disaster reliefs so we can help these low economic countries recover from such horrible disasters, for example Puerto Rico.

    -Kris Jacobsen

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