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Reader’s comment: Our unparalleled civilisation


In response to Chris McGovern: Welcome, Baron Adonis, to British history (as taught by the Sex Pistols), Peter Evans wrote:

I wonder how many other civilisations would be open to revising their school history curricula so as to erase their achievements and depict other cultures as equal or superior? I can’t imagine that happening in, say, Islamabad, or Pyongyang, or Addis Ababa, or Riyadh or Harare.

Lord Adonis, possibly the reason why indigenous children have traditionally been taught predominantly about the history of Western civilisation is that a civilisation that delivered liberty under the rule of law, free market prosperity, freedom of civil association, freedom of speech, Habeas corpus and the presumption of innocence isn’t simply one of many civilisations of equal worth. It’s a miracle of human endeavour, an exception to the rule of tyrants, thugs, gangsters, theocratic warlords and dictators that still blights much of the rest of the world. We owe it to the dead who sacrificed themselves to secure these peerless civilisational treasures to conserve them in the hearts and minds of the young so that those yet unborn may also benefit from them.

But if you’re a virtue-signalling, patriotism-averse Leftie and you believe that a thousand years of English common law is merely ‘bourgeois justice, that British history is merely the history of oppression and enslavement and racism, that the customs and traditions of these damp little islands, where society is built from the ground up by free individuals, not structured and commanded from the top down by ‘progressives’, is simply so much dead wood to be burned away in order for ‘radical change’ to happen, then you’ll gleefully vandalise the curriculum and seek to obfuscate what is unique and remarkable about a civilisation that has never been paralleled anywhere else. We conserve these traditions out of gratitude, not arrogance and ‘raa-cism’.

It seems to me that immensely wealthy global interests may be rather more keen on that kind of ‘Leftie progressivist’ thing than indigenous people. Populations become far easier to control and far less able to resist the machinations of top-down power when their sense of national and historical coherence has been dispersed and thrown down a memory hole.

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