Repost from the old site.
I received this graphic in an email from an interesting colleague, Vijendra Rao, a fellow journalist in Mysore, India.
His interesting and intelligent blog, though written in impeccable English, is nevertheless rather difficult and somewhat inaccessible to non-Indian viewers due to the Indian English discourse style and the fact that it is deeply seated in Indian culture and politics.
Click it and read the MacAulay quote, if you are interested.
Note: I am a little upset, for it appears that I have been taken again. Research reveals that this quote is apparently a fake quote, made up out of whole cloth by devious Hindu nationalists. Nationalists, of course, being some of the worst liars on Earth. See here for an analysis of this quote that seems to reveal its fabricated nature.
Piss on the Hindu nationalist dog who made up this crap and knowingly distributed this lie across the Internet, and shame on all the Hindu nationalist liars who either don’t have the guts or who are too twisted by nationalist mental illness to figure out when they have been had.
Anyway, whether or not he actually said this, British colonialism, like any colonialism, was not exactly beneficial to the Indian people, no matter how much those nostalgic for colonialism may swoon.
You may be interested to know that there is still an element of British and Anglophiles out there (often in former colonies like Canada) who yet swoon for the lost days of the British Empire. They continue to carry on about how glorious Her Majesty’s imperial reign was to all of her poor backwards subjects.
Many of those in Britain tend to call themselves Conservative and vote Tory. Niall Ferguson, apparently a native of Canada and a professor of Financial History at New York University, is a particularly dangerous example of this trend, although Ferguson has decided that the United States is now the de facto Former British Empire and needs to grab the baton.
Look, darn it. Colonists have never been saints. All colonialism has always ultimately been about one bottom line item – the loot! Any reasonable historical analysis of the history of colonialism, from Rome to Iraq, ought to make that clear.
Sorry for getting taken again, but at least I have the decency to admit when I’ve been scammed.
I would like to make this post as an example for the “There are no conspiracies” crowd. This disgusting mindset has wormed its way deeply into the mindset of US and Israeli citizens and their supporters in all over the world.
But in most of the rest of world, there is much more support for conspiracy than in the US, where the oh-so-educated elite classes have a strong dislike of conspiracy theory.
In Israel too, and amongst its supporters worldwide, there is a strong dislike of conspiracy theory, which is odd considering that the nation has an incredibly sleazy business class and an ultra-devious political class, both of which engage in machinations with the same casual unthinkingness that rest of us apply to tasks like eating and eliminating.
The ferocity and puzzlement with which most Americans and Israelis reject all conspiracy theory implies that those who are some of the worst conspirators will always be among those who condemn conspiracy theory most strongly. It’s just a case of denial and projection, Freudian defenses widely used by abusers and aggressive personalities everywhere.
In the rest of world, even on the Right and amongst the elites, rich and business classes, there is strong support for conspiracy theory, which is an interesting phenomenon. Most of the world resents Western (especially US) imperialism and a lot of the world has had a negative experience with Western colonialism pretty recently (in the past century).
We could probably plot on a graph the hostility of a given nation to US imperialism and its history of being colonized by the West to that population’s support for conspiracy theory.
This is something that needs to be explained. Leaving aside for a moment that many conspiracy theories are flat out wrong, we still need to examine the enthusiasm for conspiracy theory in those countries, especially amongst elites who one would expect would deny most conspiracy theories (since elites the world over tend to spend much more of their time engaging in actual conspiracies than your average person).
Once a nation has had a recent history of being colonized or has had the “mugger with a gun to your head” feeling of being threatened by a major imperialist state (nowadays, the US), afterwards, that nation no longer seems to trust anyone, has a cynical view of international relations and expects the worst out of most other countries, especially powerful countries.
This must be akin to the distrust, cynicism, rage, heightened suspiciousness and wariness that we see in people who have been victimized by some sort of victimizer. The formerly colonized countries, and those abused and menaced by imperialism, develop something like Crime Victim Syndrome, along with an attitude of “never again”.
Just as victimizers seldom or never admit their abuse and always blame the poor soul they are abusing, so do the imperialist countries and guilty defenders of Western colonialism whitewash colonialism and deny that imperialism even exists in our modern era. Even if they say it exists, they will often counter with something silly like, “The only imperialists were the Soviets”, or “The only imperialists are Muslims”.
There are also a few other insipid rejoinders, including the notion that US imperialism only applies to the period, reaching its peak with Teddy Roosevelt, when the US actually held colonies and waged blatantly imperialist wars. Any attempts to build on that foundation to note that one does not need colonies to be an imperialist country are met with anger and blank, uncomprehending stares, even from strong liberals.
The notion that one’s nation is a vicious, criminal, imperialist bully of the most cruel, menacing, domineering and exploitative type is just too much for most Americans to bear. Since most Americans are patriots, valid criticism like that feels like a kick in the gut. Americans like me who point out the obvious are told that we hate our country, love the enemies of our nation and need to get the Hell out of the US now.
Americans need a crash course in imperialist theory. After all, why not study imperialism? It only undergirds out entire planet, like the moon, the tides, the weather and the axis we rotate on. One could start with Lenin’s seminal essay, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, but there are many others one could dip into, including Noam Chomsky, Gabriel Kolko, Chambers Johnson and John Pilger.
The problem is it takes a long time to fully comprehend US imperialism; such are its convoluted, deceptive and torturous contours. I spent years in deep study of it before I even began to connect the dots. Most people don’t have the interest or the time to do that.
The story of imperialism is not an argument about the veracity of a quote by a British colonist 170 hours ago. It is powerful countries and nations all over the world in 2006, and in every year going back for centuries. Imperialism now is much the same as the imperialism of decades or centuries ago.
We could almost state that imperialism is normative human behavior, like wars and wife-beatings and homicide. Not a good behavior at all, but a human tendency that needs to be combated by all progressive humans who do not wish to morally devolve.