The British Empire: A Force for Western Civilisation, and the Good By James Reed
The death of Queen Elizabeth II, was the end of an era in British history, a connection to the former British empire, now disintegrating into a migrant holding zone, with all the crime, mass rapes of children and people smuggling. But, it was not always like this, and indeed is only like this now because there is an infrastructure created by the greatest empire on Earth, which is now being mined. While the Left groans about colonialism, the people who were introduced to Western civilisation had cultures and customs quite inconsistent with woke feminist philosophy and Leftism, as documented below. The British Empire, whatever its faults, had a civilising effect, giving the world, science, technology, industry and arts, never before seen, and unlike China, shared with the world. And now it is always open to those nations who whinge, to go back to how they once lived, or kneel to the CCP. Nothing is stopping them.
“The queen was one of our final connections to a Western Civilization that believed in itself — a civilization her critics wish to destroy.
Hong Kong and Singapore; India and Pakistan; Egypt and South Africa; Australia and New Zealand; Canada and the United States.
These far-flung countries are all the powerhouses of their regions of the world, both politically and economically.
They have histories of law, order, and general liberty that, though certainly troubled and far from perfect, tower above those of their neighbors.
Finally: They were all once major colonies of the British Empire.
European empire had many exports. Some were ugly, including death and war (though European colonialism didn’t invent these things and was far from the first to introduce them).
Others, however, were beautiful. When the Spanish Empire collapsed 200 years ago, for example, it left lands more Catholic than even Spain itself. And as the British Empire receded in the years following its heroic struggle to defeat the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese, it left all around the globe strong and durable native institutions built in the British model.
Because where the British went, tribal justice was replaced with written law. One famous story from the Raj recalls Hindu priests complaining to a British officer that his soldiers wouldn’t let them burn a dead man’s widow on his funeral pyre, per local custom.
“My nation also has a custom,” the Gen. Charles James Napier answered. “When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property.”
Far from anecdotal, where the British ruled, slavery was eventually abolished, literacy rates improved, railroads were built, and elites were educated at universities. Theirs is a legacy that stands far apart from the barbarous Dutch, or murderous French — and the states the British left behind testify to this truth every day.
Queen Elizabeth II, of course, had little to do with this impressive history. She ascended to the throne just 70 years ago — as the empire was winding down in every respect. That didn’t stop the enemies of civilization from attacking her, of course.
Carnegie Mellon “blackness in multilingualism” professor Uju Anya wished “excruciating” pain on the queen in her final hours, accusing her of genocide and rape. In her own defense, the “antiracist, feminist” professor claimed the queen killed half her family — a good reason to be angry, were the claim not preposterous.
While Anya’s parents met at a university they were studying at in wicked England, “The View’s” Sunny Hostin was born to a Puerto Rican mother and a black American father in New York City. That did not stop her, however, from demanding reparations from the deceased British queen — or claiming the rocks in the Crown Jewels actually belong to black people.
Ithaca, New York-raised Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff, for her part, merely complained the queen was “a white face on all the coins.” Staggering.
Many who actually lived in and understood the former colonies were, of course, less likely to blame the queen for their troubles. Regardless of facts, however, apparent-historian Michael Harriot says attacking the queen in the days following her death “is not just OK, it’s actually an important cultural contribution.”
Why? Because the attacks serve the ends of “Critical Race Theory,” Harriot writes. Oh, and also because America had slaves.
The historical illiteracy is impressive, even for a bunch of hate-filled activists. But these professors and historians and activists don’t simply hate a woman who’s passed on: They deeply and viciously hate Queen Elizabeth II — a person they’ve never met and who, to much of the world, symbolized grace, dignity, and poise in the face of dramatic world events.
Where does this level of vitriol come from? It stems from the reality that the queen was one of our final connections to a Western Civilization that believed in itself — a civilization her critics wish to destroy.
When Queen Elizabeth II was first crowned, the prime minister was Sir Winston Churchill — a lion of the British Empire, defender of Europe, and ferocious enemy of Communism, Naziism, and any other ideology that would threaten our civilization.
She came from a time when patriotism was a virtue, presidents praised the God of the Bible, and Christendom’s cultures were rightly celebrated for their accomplishments in liberty, prosperity, and beauty. She came from a time when our elites, our politicians, and even our artists worked toward these noble goals.
She was one of the last living links to a day when men “set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”
She harkened back to a day when masculinity was vaunted, and femininity cherished and protected; when honor was respected, and duty was both answered and understood.
She could recall a time when the people of the West understood who they were and what they were about — and were willing to defend those things.
And so she represents everything the architects of our decline hate. She represents a culture and a society they wish to supplant with their own twisted governments, ruled by their own imagined grievances, based in their own fanciful histories.
They wish to portray the queen as a monster. If on Monday — as a graceful, honorable, and dignified old woman is laid to rest in the traditions of her civilization — you struggle to see that monster, simply look around you. See the civilization our forefathers built, and what the trolls offer in its stead.
She’s no monster, because we’re not monsters. Let them rage, but we must fight them without the assistance of the departed.
In his first public address, a 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln lamented the passing of the last of those who lived the American Revolution, worrying what would befall a nation that no longer enjoyed the benefit of their living wisdom.
“They,” Lincoln said, “were a forest of giant oaks. … They were the pillars of the temple of liberty; and now that they have crumbled away, that temple must fall unless we, their descendants, supply their places with other pillars, hewn from the solid quarry of sober reason.”
So let them rage. If we’re to continue, we must busy ourselves with the hard work ahead for those living left behind.”
“Tucker Carlson nailed in the hours after the Queen passed away. He said:
“It’s hard to believe now, but Britain wasn’t always a regional banking center/refugee camp. It was a real place with a history and a language and a culture and a genuinely remarkable people. A country in the North Atlantic, the size of Alabama that somehow took over the world and ruled it with decency unmatched by any empire in human history.
The British Empire was not perfect, but it was far more humane than any other, ever. It’s gone now, barely even remembered. Queen Elizabeth the Second was the last living link to a truly great Britain.
On social media, the usual ghouls celebrated her death, “made her pain be excruciating”, a Carnegie Mellon professor called Uju Anya wrote on Twitter of the Queen, “may she die in agony.”
On social media, the usual ghouls celebrated her death, “made her pain be excruciating”, a Carnegie Mellon professor called Uju Anya wrote on Twitter of the Queen, “may she die in agony.” Various no-nothings in the media, including a columnist at the Atlantic and a couple of employees of NBC News seconded that thought. The British Empire was evil they wrote, apparently totally unaware of what came after it. And speaking of, what did come after the British Empire? How, for example, how did Africa fare after the British left? Let’s see, Uganda got Idi Amin, who was a cannibal. Rhodesia became Zimbabwe and then became the poorest country on the planet under the racist, lunatic Robert Mugabe. As of tonight, South Africa’s still being run into the ground by an incompetent kleptocratic called Cyril Ramaphosa poza. So it’s hard to see any of that as an improvement because it’s not an improvement, sorry, Atlantic magazine. And now of course, the entire continent of Africa has a new master, The Chinese government. China is the latest colonial power to dominate Africa. Its subjects will be pining for the British soon, assuming they are not already.
In an ideal world, they would not be empires, no empires – only sovereign nations, but we don’t have that world, and we never have had that world going back to at least the Assyrians 1400 years before Christ.In an ideal world, there would not be empires, no empires, only sovereign nations, but we don’t have that world and we never have had that world going back to at least the Assyrians 1400 years before Christ.
In the real world, the one that we live in, strong countries dominate weak countries, and that trend shows no sign of changing. The very least you can say abiout the English is that they took their colonial responsibilities seriously. They didn’t just take things, they added. When the US government withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years, we left behind airstrips, shipping containers and guns. When the British pulled out of India, they left behind an entire civilization, a language, a legal system, schools, churches and public buildings, all of which are still in use today. Here’s the train station the English built in Bombay, for example. There’s nothing like that in Washington DC right now. Much less in Kabul or Baghdad. Today, India is far more powerful than the UK the nation that was ruled it. And yet after 75 years of independence, has that country produced a single building as beautiful as the Bombay train station that the British colonialists built? No sadly it has not, not one.
So despite what they may be claiming on Twitter tonight, the British Empire was more than just genocide. In fact, the British did not commit genocide, except arguably against the Dutch during the Boer War. The British did give the world the Magna Carta, and habeas corpus and free speech. They helped end the transatlantic slave trade as well as the ritual murder of widows in India. The British Empire spread Protestant Christianity to the entire world. It published some of the greatest literature ever written and produce the finest manufactured goods ever made anywhere at any time, including now.
It was an impressive place run by impressive people. We will see many empires going forward, but we will never see one. So benign. That’s true. And because it’s true, the people who would like to run the world in a far harsher way. We’d like to make certain that you don’t know it. And so they destroy the evidence, the evidence that it ever existed.
Here they are tearing down a statue of a British philanthropist in the UK two years ago. Destroy the statue, erase the memory. That’s why they’re doing slandered the ruler, discredit the entire period she lived in. And that’s exactly why they’re attacking Queen Elizabeth tonight. Not because she was a bad person. She wasn’t a bad person, but because she lived during a better time.”