You are most likely right. A rare example to the contrary might be that of British Tories writing off the American colonies in the 1780s, no doubt some thinking that the colonists ought to be left to their own devices, to teach them a lesson. That turned out well, then. The outcome would be very, very different today, however, if that viewpoint prevailed and large parts of America were surrendered to the mind-disease of progressivism. The inheritors would not have the same constructive intentions as our own Founders, but would bring to any new political project the mentality of the rapist and the looter, for decades to come.