Imperialism and World Politics, Parker T. Moore, 1926
“To begin with, there were the exporters and manufacturers of certain goods used in the colonies. The makers of cotton and iron goods have been very much interested in imperialism. Their business interests demand that colonial markets should be opened and developed and that foreign competitors should be shut out. Such aims require political control and imperialism.
Finally, the most powerful of all business groups are the bankers. Banks make loans to colonies and backward countries for building railways and steamship lines. They also make loans to colonial plantation owners, importers, and exporters.
The imperialist business interests have powerful allies. Military and naval leaders believe strongly in extending the white man’s rule over the ‘inferior races,’ To this company may be added another element – the missionary. Missionaries went forth to preach a kingdom beyond this world. But they often found themselves the builders of very earthly empires…Last, but by no means least, let us add politicians to our list of empire builders.”