Best Quotes About Imperialism

The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests. -Charley Reese

If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism, we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism. -Vladimir Lenin

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression. This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism. -Daniel Ortega

It is wrong to try to avoid the struggle against imperialism under the pretext that independence and revolution are important, but that peace is still more precious. -Kim Il-sung

We are opposed to the line of compromise with imperialism. At the same time, we cannot tolerate the practice of only shouting against imperialism, but, in actual fact, being afraid to fight it. -Kim Il-sung

The most important thing in our war preparations is to teach all our people to hate U.S. imperialism. Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S. imperialists who boast of their technological superiority. -Kim Il-sung

For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual, just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual. -Irving Babbitt

Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism. -Irving Babbitt

The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives. -Henry A. Wallace

Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation. -C. L. R. James

Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire. -Karl Liebknecht

The most disastrous phenomenon of the current situation is the factor that imperialism is employing for its own ends all the powers of the proletariat, all of its institutions and weapons, which its fighting vanguard has created for its war of liberation. -Clara Zetkin

These wars appear also to have given its death blow to colonialism and to imperialism in its colonial form, under which weaker peoples were treated as possessions to be economically exploited. At least we hope that such colonialism is on the way out. -Emily Greene Balch

I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler. -Paul Robeson

Often, these downplay the power of cultural imperialism – in that sense, playing the game of US interests – by reassuring us that the global success of American mass culture is not as bad as all that. -Fredric Jameson

In most of the European countries – France stands out in its resistance to this particular form of American cultural imperialism – the national film industries were forced onto the defensive after the war by such binding agreements. -Fredric Jameson

A true world outlook is incompatible with a foreign imperialism, no matter how high-minded the governing country. -Wendell Willkie

It has been a long while since the United States had any imperialistic designs toward the outside world. But we have practised within our own boundaries something that amounts to race imperialism. -Wendell Willkie

Today it is becoming increasingly apparent to thoughtful Americans that we cannot fight the forces and ideas of imperialism abroad and maintain any form of imperialism at home. The war has done this to our thinking. -Wendell Willkie

When it comes to combating imperialism we are all Stalinists. -Nikita Khrushchev

I've always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America. -Cindy Sheehan

Look at Ayatollah Khomeini's revolution and the slogans that they used: anti-imperialism; anti-colonialism; the struggle of the have-nots against the haves; the state monopoly over economy, which was very much patterned after the Soviet Union. All of these things did not come out of Islam. Islam is not that developed. -Azar Nafisi

Part of what is wrong with the view of American imperialism is that it is antithetical to our interests. We are better off when people are governing themselves. I'm sure there is some guy that will tell you that philosophy is no different from the Roman Empire's. Well, it is fundamentally different. -Paul Wolfowitz

What is wrong with the Iranians in addition to the nuclear bomb? This is the only country on Earth in the 21st century that has renewed imperialistic ambitions. They really want to become the hegemon of the Middle East in an age that gave up imperialism. -Shimon Peres

As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism. -Angela Davis

Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain. -Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

China has no desire to replace Western imperialism in Asia with an Oriental imperialism or isolationism of its own or anyone else. -Chiang Kai-shek

Personally, I regard myself as an intellectual 'rebel,' kicking against the 'old colonialism-imperialism paradigm' which has landed Africa in a conundrum. -George Ayittey

I shook Obama's hand and I said, 'I want to be your friend.' My hand is still outstretched. I am not Obama's enemy, but it's difficult not see imperialism in Washington. Those who don't see it don't want to see it, like the ostrich. -Hugo Chavez

So long as there is imperialism in the world, a permanent peace is impossible. -Hassan Nasrallah

British society has never been cleansed of the filth of imperialism. -Salman Rushdie

The liberal psyche wants to protect minorities, to apologize for imperialism, colonialism, slavery, and the appalling treatment of black people during the civil rights movement. At the same time, they want to continue to defend the rights of individuals. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

If imperialism is not banished from the country, China will perish as a nation. If China does not perish, then imperialism cannot remain. -Chiang Kai-shek

I think no one knows what humanitarian intervention means. If I were a person who was non-American, I would think humanitarian intervention is just another name for United States imperialism. -Stanley Hauerwas

American imperialism is often traced to the takeover of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii in 1898. -Noam Chomsky

The 1890s was an intensely patriotic decade for Americans. It was a time of neo-imperialism, when the European powers and the United States were establishing their flags around the globe. -Robert Dallek

As British and French imperialism ebbed following the end of the Second World War, America became the main outside player in Arab affairs. -Stephen Kinzer

The history of Chechnya is one of imperialism gone terribly wrong. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Chechens were among the few peoples to fend off Mongol conquerors, but at a terrible cost. Turks, Persians, and Russians sought to seize Chechnya, and it was finally absorbed into the Russian Empire in 1859. -Stephen Kinzer

While they trace their history back to wars that helped to ethnically cleanse Native Americans and to their exploits in the Civil War fighting for the South, the modern-day Rangers were created to help rejuvenate a defeated and demoralized U.S. imperialism after the war in Vietnam. -Brendan Sexton III

We can't allow any war for imperialism or greed to be fought in our names. This is what we need to keep fighting for. -Cindy Sheehan

The devadasis have a multilayered story, a story in which poverty, deprivation and injustice against women is central – but what has happened to them is absolutely an outcome of imperialism and the impact of British rule in India. -Beeban Kidron

Seventy years after China emerged from the Second World War, the greatest threat facing the nation's leadership is not imperialism but skepticism. -Evan Osnos

Realism implicated that imperialism and imperialist conquests or prestige can be pursued as part of the animus dominandi, the desire to dominate, which is the social force that determines political activity. -Nayef Al-Rodhan

I hate imperialism. I detest colonialism. And I fear the consequences of their last bitter struggle for life. We are determined that our nation, and the world as a whole, shall not be the plaything of one small corner of the world. -Sukarno

Caribbean literature only has to be true to itself. It doesn't need colonialism or imperialism. It's always been vibrant. -Marlon James

Like Nemesis of Greek tragedy, the central problem of America after the Civil War, as before, was the black man: those four million souls whom the nation had used and degraded, and on whom the South had built an oligarchy similar to the colonial imperialism of today, erected on cheap colored labor and raising raw material for manufacture. -W. E. B. Du Bois

We must all build national unity, build all revolutionary forces, into one powerful wave to sweep away our main enemy, political imperialism and economic imperialism. -Sukarno

I always start from the stand that it is imperialism that needs us, not we who need the imperialists. -Sukarno

If there is cultural imperialism, it is definitely American. -John Quelch

Millions of people gave their lives fighting fascism and imperialism, but Pearl Harbor was the event that forever changed the course of human history. -Sam Graves

Racism is very characteristic of imperialism. Racism is very characteristic of capitalism. -Hugo Chavez

The Russians as a people had no point of conflict with the Germans; the conflict came from their respective imperialistic policies. When the Russian people learned that imperialism was historically wrong, they set up a revolution in 1917 and overthrew imperialism at home. They then negotiated for peace separately with Germany. -Sun Yat-sen

Judging from the experience of the European War, imperialism renders no great benefit to any nation, whereas liberty for all nationalities is the only principle by which humanity will ever be saved. -Sun Yat-sen

Two thousand years ago, we abandoned imperialism and militarism. We have been peace-lovers ever since. -Sun Yat-sen

Reactionaries often describe both Marx and Lenin as theorists, without taking into consideration that their utopias inspired Russia and China – the two countries called upon to lead a new world which will allow for human survival if imperialism does not first unleash a criminal, exterminating war. -Fidel Castro

Socialism is a sacred cause for realizing the demand and desire of the masses of the people for independence; it is a revolutionary cause that advances amid a fierce struggle against imperialism and all other counterrevolutionary forces. -Kim Jong-un

We would consider it our moral duty to lend all support to the ending of colonialism and imperialism so that people everywhere are free to mould their own destiny. -Lal Bahadur Shastri

The neoconservative ideology supports American financial and military-political imperialism or hegemony. -Paul Craig Roberts

Growing up in the Libya of the 1970s, I remember the prevalence of local bands who were as much influenced by Arabic musical traditions as by the Rolling Stones or the Beatles. But the project of 'Arabisation' soon got to them, too, and western musical instruments were declared forbidden as 'instruments of imperialism.' -Hisham Matar

American global economic imperialism is a fact. It's a known fact. It's a simple fact. -Ry Cooder

In both British and American history, fervent imperialism has always coexisted with bouts of fierce isolationism. -Linda Colley

In the past, the imperialism of the West, like that of the rest, was often difficult – for the doers as well as for their victims – but western states were, nonetheless, usually able to dispatch forces overseas against non-western peoples without any fear of being attacked themselves. That kind of immunity is probably now a thing of the past. -Linda Colley

A free and democratic society is not the norm. When you look to the history books, world history was not based on great democratic societies but on imperialism, absolute rule, kings, queens, monarchs, dictators. -Rocky Carroll

Japan used to be an animistic society before Shinto imperialism was established. But most of us still have an animistic sense. -Ryuichi Sakamoto

The radicals who perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo attack were not motivated by Western imperialism but by members of a free society violating Islamic law. -Ben Domenech

The darkest aspects of imperialism are still very much prevalent in many cultures around the world; hundreds of years later, and we have a collective responsibility to encounter the deeds of our past. -Johan Renck

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