Can America Afford Independence?

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Can America Afford Independence?

In declaring its independence, America has taken the first step toward nationhood. But even after the war is over, the final step of winning the peace may be the most difficult of all. Thoughtful Americans are asking themselves a hard question: Can America survive economically without Britain?

A superficial answer is: Of course. In the basic necessities, America is more self-sufficient than any European country. Advocates of independence point out that 95 percent of the more than 2.5 million...

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