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Imperialism. The Hon. William A. Peffer, ex-Senator from Kansas, makes the following important contribution to the discussion of this question: The arraignment of the national administration by certain citizens on a charge of imperialism, in the execution of its Philippine policy, brings up for discussion some important questions relating to the powers, duties, and responsibilities of government, among which are three that I propose to consider briefly, namely: First. Whence comes the right to govern? What are its sphere and object? Second. Are we, the people of the United States, a self-governing people? Third. Is our Philippine policy anti-American? I. As to the right to govern—the right to exercise authority over communities, states, and nations, the right to enact, construe, and execute laws—whence it is derived? For what purposes and to what extent may it be properly assumed? In the Declaration of Independence it is asserted that: We hold thes