chapter  XIX
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United States and Socialist Parties

War, the occupation of Cuba and the Philippines, the enthu­ siastic reception of Admiral Dewey, which I witnessed while standing among the crowds of sightseers who lined Fifth Avenue to cheer the hero of Manila Bay on his triumphal return from the East-all this appeared to close a century of unentangled and localized Washingtonian politics, and to usher in an era of imperialist expansion. America seemed to turn its front from the Atlantic to the Pacific, which was expected soon to become the theatre of world politics. In home affairs the marvellous economic upswing, the vast trustification and centralization of American industries were phenomena that filled the European with amazement, and the American states­ men and political minds with a mass of problems. Immense volumes of kinetic energy were let loose on a virgin Continent, moulding and transforming the whole range of social activities. There is nothing like free capitalism to unchain productive forces. The Americanization of the world appeared to be imminent.