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A mixed report

The photography on this page is outstanding, its presentation still better. But I cannot let pass without remark the author’s assertion that the United States has always been in the forefront of the struggle for liberty.

However we may wish that this were so, history bids us remember an uglier truth: All too often, and especially in the years after the second World War, it is precisely against the agents of liberation and independence that our forces have been ranged. In Santiago as in Saigon, in Managua as in Manama, from the nineteenth century to the present day, American might has been projected around the world, not to defend liberty, but to protect against the just claims of an outraged populace the special privileges of American corporations.

If therefore we wish to call ourselves patriots, it is not to our state, our industry or our ruling elite and its uncouth demands that we owe our allegiance, but to the tenets boldly and eloquently proclaimed by the founders of our country; not to the equivocations of an economic aristocracy that built an edifice of unjust laws for the benefit of the ruling class, but to the ideals that still shine forth from the documents that once defined us.

Originally published as a review of an israeldavidgroveman.com photo essay on the American Revolution. Update: As of 15 April 2015, the photo essay is no longer available and redirects to a different page introducing another of the author’s projects.

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