Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Journey to the Heart of Darkness – Indianapolis (Robert Higgs)

Robert Higgs visits a monument that celebrates our ancestors' bloodthirsty warmongering:

Rome, Paris, London, Indianapolis – hey, wait a minute! Something's wrong here. Or is it? Might Americans have overlooked a truth that has been staring them in the face from the very beginning of their residence on this continent?

Rome, Paris, and London were each in times past the capital of a great empire – vast territories conquered by bellicose Romans, Frenchmen, and Englishmen. Among many other monuments of these conquests, Rome has the Arch of Constantine, Paris has the Arc de Triomphe, and London has Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Indianapolis has the State Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.

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