August 29, 2003

Bring back the Doges ...

Various antsy people seem to be saying that we ought to become the British Empire, or avoid becoming the British Empire. Or hang our heads because we've become the Roman Empire, or because we aren't tough and ruthless like the Roman Empire...

I think the allusions are pretty useless, and there are other empire-comparisons that would fit our situation better. Possibly most people are unaware that there were more than two empires in history, since those two are the only ones that Hollywood is cognizant of. It would be refreshing to hear occasional mention of the Persian or Athenian or Dutch empires, or the Venetian colonies.

But on the British topic, Charlene noticed this quote you might like from John Derbeyshire, in the September 1 National Review:

...The trumpets are sounding, we are called to our imperial duty; we must take up the White Man's Burden. (It is worth noting Kipling's definition of "white man," given in 1897: "the race speaking the English tongue, with a high birth rate and a low murder rate, living quietly under Laws which are neither bought nor sold.")

Posted by John Weidner at August 29, 2003 5:31 PM
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