The British Empire was an impressive place run by impressive people. By Tucker Carlson.
Queen Elizabeth II died today in Scotland, as you likely know, at the age of 96. She was the longest serving monarch in British history. She was born in one world and died in another. It’s not easy to maintain your dignity while living in the public eye. Most of us could not pull it off for an afternoon. Queen Elizabeth did it for more than 70 years. …
To this day, Britain claims to have won both of the 20th century’s world wars, but together, they destroyed that nation forever. After victory came humiliation. The empire evaporated, and along with it, Britain’s self-confidence and ultimately its self-respect. 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 II was the last living link to a truly Great Britain.
Today on social media, the usual ghouls celebrated her death. “May her pain be excruciating,” a Carnegie Mellon professor called Uju Anya wrote on Twitter of the queen. “May she die in agony.” Various know-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, 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 is still being run into the ground by an incompetent kleptocratic called Cyril Ramaphosa. 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. …
British India versus US Afghanistan:
When the U.S. 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 once 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 produced the finest manufactured goods ever made anywhere at any time, including now.
Freedom and liberty grew in Britain because it was an island. It had no standing army for hundreds of years, so there was no army to interfere in politics. When it did fight a war, the monarch had to beg the nobles to fund it — and in return the nobles got freedom, which trickled down.
Britain was also where the intellectual revolution fist touched down, with societal trends that increased average IQ beginning from around 1100 AD. Average IQ reached it’s zenith around 1880, the height of the British Empire, but have slipped back by about 15 points since then. Britain was the first country into the industrial revolution, and invented more of the modern age than any other country — except perhaps its big offspring across the Atlantic — because it was the first place to develop a critical mass of sufficient smart people with the freedom and talent to invent their way out of the Malthusian trap that humanity had been in since the dawn of time. Britain shared their technology and uplifted the entire world. But given current leftist policies, we could well be back in that Malthusian trap within another hundred years, as IQs will drop another standard deviation by 2100 on current trends, and the population burgeons.
They won’t teach that history anywhere now, will they? There are some truths the PC mob will just not tolerate in public.
Now it’s all about how evil whites and men are, so let’s grab their stuff and their women, while assuming the goose that laid the golden eggs will just keep on laying.
[The British Empire] 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 would like to make certain that you don’t know it. And so they destroy the evidence, the evidence that 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 it. Slander 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.