Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Greatest Country on Earth

'The English State then, in what direction and towards what goal has been advancing? The words which jump to our lips in answer are Liberty, Democracy!...If we stand aloof a little and follow with our eyes the progress of the English State, the great governed society of English people, in recent centuries, we shall be much more struck by another change, which is not only far greater but even more conspicuous, though it has always been less discussed, partly because it proceeded more gradually, partly because it excited less opposition. I mean the simple obvious fact of the extension of the English name into other countries of the globe, the foundation of Greater Britain. There is something very characteristic in the indifference which we show towards this mighty phenomenon of the diffusion of our race and the expansion of our state.'
Imperial apologist Sir John Robert Seeley The Expansion of England, 1883.

'This country is a blessed country. The British are special. The world knows it, we know it, this is the greatest country on earth.'
- Imperialist politician Anthony Charles Lynton Blair announcing his resignation, 2007.

'I think Tony Blair will go down in history as a great prime minister... after 9/11 he stuck to the war on terror and had the guts to support America when America most needed it. He had the guts to stick with that support and not resile from it, even though he came under enormous political pressure to do so. I admire him for that and think history will too. Time gives you perspective and you don't worry about things peripheral to the central issue. The central issue is foreign policy, which has been unlike normal Labour foreign policy. It's been a breath of fresh air to see Labour stick up for freedom around the world, as Blair has.'
Imperial apologist Andrew Roberts, author of A History of English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, 2007.

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