You know, sometimes I wish I could go back and ask the people of those times if they really believed the bullshit justifications that came around. Not the politicians or the leaders, because obviously they knew it wasn’t true. Just the average British citizen during the 1800s going into the early 1900s. Did they really believe that the colonial system was one that was equitable? Oh, it doesn’t need to be a good reason. Just one that the killers believe. I mean, the belief in the innate superiority of Europeans over “savages” was enough to justify the continuing depopulation of the Americas. Lord knows that isn’t true. At least in the US, I feel like my nations foreign policy has been pretty well accepted to be self interested by most citizens. 43 Erik Jones Richard Petty Motorsports 2021 Shirt If you were to ask the average American if US troops were fighting in Iraq for our “freedom” as was often parroted 15 years ago, most people would tell you no. If pressed, they’d probably say the US was over there for oil or some other national interest It’s easy to go along with a cultural message that tells you you’re the greatest. And when everyone else appears to believes it, you’re even more likely to make the easy choice and fall in line.
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The entire culture of Europe was predicated about this assumption, and evidence for it was easy to find. “Why, look at their ‘primitive’ societies!” the European said, murdering the natives in a way that was apparently not primitive at all. Hence Switzerland arming itself to the teeth to deter invasion. Violence is pretty low within its borders last I heard, but holy hell are they ready to wreak havoc on anyone who dares attack them first. Actually Switzerland only spends 0.75% of its GDP on defense, there are very few regular soldiers, 43 Erik Jones Richard Petty Motorsports 2021 Shirt and the air force only operates outside of office hours since last year (and even then, only 2 aircraft are on rota). No one can tell justly the person dying what’s worth dying for. They have to decide for themselves. People die for the sake of cultural principles all the time, for honor and nation and fidelity. What makes this so different? Ancient peoples with no expansionary urge continue to exist in the world, and the 20% or so of the earth managed by indigenous peoples contains about 80% of wildlife diversity. We are now at a point where, as a global community, we could be putting acquisition and expansion behind us. we have the means to provide for all.