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John Taylor on Imperialism

In an 1852 sermon, John Taylor gave his view on the rising tide of imperialism in world affairs. “The governments of [the] earth—to use the mildest terms—watch each other like bandit[s],” he said, “going abroad plundering each other like robbers.” The story of the Opium War between Britain and China, the Mexican-American War, and ongoing wars with American Indians boiled down to the same thing, President Taylor said. “Kings are making conquest to grasp possessions and wading up to the neck [in] blood to do it—and they die and are damned and don’t possess it.”


John Taylor, October 10, 1852: Reflections on Government and War,” history.lds.org