Friday, August 17, 2007

Right Wing Nuts

This video is awesome. Details how the British ruined everything.

But let's see:

1. Churchill was pals with Hitler. Um? The truth, of course, is that Britain and the Empire stood alone against the Germans/Italians while the US sat on the side for 3 years. Twice.

2. Queen Elizabeth invested in the slave trade. No. Unless I'm really clueless, the slave trade wasn't all that large in the late 16th century. (Of course, they don't mention that it's Elizabeth I, to confuse people.) And: Britain banned slavery--and actively suppressed it--decades before the United States did. And did so without a civil war. And didn't have segregation into the 1960s.

3. Britain worships kings while the US is a democracy. Quite apart from having a President installed by a Court, that ignore the fact that the monarchy is symbolic and Britain has a far more vibrant democracy than the US (i.e. hated prime ministers don't stick around long.)

I could go on. But better to let you pick the holes in it yourself, fair reader.

Hat tip to Red Tory.


Anonymous said...

few things that is not mentioned, churchills concertation camps during the boer war, his love for chemical weapons, his beging for his life to hitler, while making the speach about we shall fight on the beaches so on, the english giving gifts of chicken pox blanket to my people(natives)...there was never a british empire it was in their own minds, real empires always had a foot in europe, the french always stoped them, even sweden had an european empire, get the point???

Dean P said...

This comment is so nonsensical it's not even worth commenting on, save to say no one is exactly clear of historial wrongdoing (it's not like the Americas were some idyllic garden of eden until Europeans showed up. Think Aztecs. Think native north americans torturing captives to death.)

And how eurocentric--to be an empire, you had to have a foot in Europe? Please.

Dean P said...

Oh, and: why does everyone pick on the British empire and let the Spanish get away with murder? The Spanish empire was huge and ruled all of South America, destroying the Aztecs and the Inca. They had the Inquisition. And the fruits of the British empire are, for large part, secular stable wealthy tolerant democracies (US, Canada, NZ, Australia) which can hardly be said for much of Latin America . . .