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The Opportunity of the United States Andrew Carnegie strongly opposed the United States expansion into the Philippines He was the Vice President and generous financial supporter of the Anti-Imperialist League from its formation in 1898 until his death He expressed his opinions on the issue of Filipino independence in his address The Opportunity of the United States In this speech he gives many reasons why the war in the Philippines should be stopped and his thoughts on the British colonial experience in India as well as his opinion on the American idea of self-government Carnegie gives several reasons in his speech why stopping the war would benefit not only the Filipinos but the US as well He says that if the US gained control of the Philippines and Americans went to settle there indeed progress would increase in the new territory but only at the expense of losing progress in the original homeland He speaks about the loss of life on both sides and about how wrong it is for the US to invade a civilized Christian land Also he explains that history has proved that the rule of an inferior race by a superior only results in injury to both He tries to prove his point even further by using Britain and India as an example He brings up that after nearly 200 years of ruling it is still necessary for British troops to remain in India Also he says that if the troops left one day there would be scarcely a trace of British influence Carnegie is trying to prove by giving this example that despite Britains control over India for a long period of time they have had no noticeable gain He wants people to realize that even though one country may have control of another this does not ensure that the two races will become one or that they will even grow to respect each other Carnegie also addresses
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