The Truth About Western ‘Colonialism’

Language is the first casualty of wars over foreign policy. To paraphrase Thucydides, during ideological conflict, words have to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which is now given them.

One word that has been central to our foreign policy for over a century is “colonialism.” Rather than describing a historical phenomenon––with all the complexity, mixture of good and evil, and conflicting motives found on every page of history––“colonialism” is now an ideological artifact that functions as a crude epithet. As a result, our foreign policy decisions are deformed by self-loathing and guilt eagerly exploited by our adversaries.

  • DD_Austin

    There was a time people in the colonies could spell “Colonialism”

    not anymore

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s because they are all reverting to cargo cults.

  • ontario john

    On my Summer reading list is a book I just finished on Cortez and the Spanish encounters with the Aztec people. The Aztecs of course are held up as one of the greatest indian civilizations in North America(Mexico). Although Cortez and the Spanish were certainly no Angels, the written accounts are interesting. The tribes practiced human sacrifice on a grand scale, sometimes butchering victims in the hundreds or thousands depending on the occasion. Organs and body parts from the sacrifices were sold in the markets for consumption. Yes, eating people was common. Cages of children were kept in the markets for sacrifices and consumption as well. The Aztecs and other tribes spent a great deal of their time fighting and torturing each other. Yet the media and liberals continue the lie that indians lived some sort of Hollywood Avatar life until the white man came. Maybe the universities could be a little more honest about the history of whiny indian tribes in North America.

    • Clausewitz

      Universities, Honest? That’s never on the agenda. And it is an agenda.

    • Surprise Surprise!

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      The Cortez Spanish are in hell for what they did.

  • tom_billesley

    This is definitely not colonialism, or “occupied territory”.

  • Clausewitz

    Nuanced is one word that has changed meaning as the left has appropriated it. It used to mean that there are intricacies that have to be dealt with so everything can be discussed and mulled over. Now it’s just means “I really don’t have any answers, but I want to shut you up because you are making me look bad with your facts and opinions”.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Is there not one instance where the colonization by English speaking peoples DID NOT make the new land and its people better off?
    India, North America, Australia and New Zealand…
    Hell, even Hong Kong is light-years beyond the rest of China, and the Brits gave that back almost twenty years ago.

    There are more Indians alive today on the North American Continent than when Columbus arrived. Who has not benefited from out magnanimous presence and largess?
    We brought civilization to the uncivilized.

    • And Toilet Paper.

      • Maggat

        You’re on a roll!

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Bad pun deserves maximum up vote!

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Toilet paper is the cornerstone of Western Civilization.
        Wipe until it’s white.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And the aborigines still can’t figure out how to adapt in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
      Everyone else seems to get it.
      Except the Africans and the Arabs.

  • Xavier

    The truth is that colonialism is also the act of bringing culture and modernity to backwards societies, albeit sometimes whether they like it or not. If you consider history and human origins, whites and Asians are diverging from the root stock in Africa and are obviously more successful at adapting to the earth’s environment. Shame on us for trying to force savages to live better and longer lives.

  • Minicapt

    Note that India today is not a version of “India before Clyde”.


  • Billy Bob Thornton

    People on here believe colonialism is actually a good thing. It was the sorriest state of Western nations in their history pretty much since they wanted to conquer land for competition and didn’t care one iota about the people they conquered. They just wanted to steal resources, accumulate land and wanted a world order where they ruled all. Oh ya that is very selfless, not! Every country has the right to determine what they want to be like or is this another case of whitey can’t do wrong?! Sounds very fascistic this story because this seems like everyone sucks but us!

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Of course what is ignored about all this is all the death and colonialism that occurred from 1492 to 1918. I mean that could have resulted in hundreds of millions dying from Asia, to North America, to Africa, to South America and to the Middle East. Anyone defending this is defending mass murder.