"You shall submit. We are masters and we will make you acknowledge it!" These words express the sentiment which sways the British nation in its dealings with the Boer republics; and this sentiment it is which, definitely displayed in this case, pervales indefinitely the political feeling now manifesting itself as Imperialism. Supremacy, where not clearly imagined, is vaguely present in the background of consciousness. Not the derivation of the word only, but all its uses and associations, imply the thought of predominance--imply a correlative subordination. Actual or potential coercion of others, individuals or communities, is necessarily involved in the conception.
There are those, and unhappily they form the great majority, who think there is something noble (morally as well as historically) in the exercise of command--in the forcing of others to abandon their own wills and fulfil the will of the commander. I am not about to contest this sentiment. I merely say that there are others, unhappily but few, who