30.1) More on Britain

Celtic, Germanic, Multicultural.  The relationships between the peoples of North-West Europe, including Ireland and Britain.  And remarks on their current religious beliefs.

The Legacy of Tony Blair.  Written in 2007, when he stepped down as Prime Minister.  Saying a lot about the Iraq War: “Anyone who wanted a westernised and secular Iraq but was against Saddam was a fool“.

Ed Miliband’s anti-state legacy.  The notions he probably acquired from his father, the non-Leninist Marxist theorist Ralph Miliband.  A man who shed fog and darkness on the matter of what the state should be doing.

Orwell Looking Down on British Workers.  How he creates a false impression by leaving out things he’d seen when writing The Road to Wigan Pier.  And was a fairly average colonial racist in Shooting an Elephant.

The Significance of the Year 1984.  The year should have been celebrated as the centenary of British democracy. Only in 1884 did a majority of adult males living in Britain have a vote.  George Orwell managed to give it a very different meaning.

The Royal Bank “of Scotland”.  Looking at how the National Westminster Bank was swallowed, and a crisis created.  Also the rise of Scottish Nationalism, considered in 2008

Petty on Real Capitalism.  Writing a much more authentic description than the later work of Adam Smith. How he anticipated the modern world much better than Smith did, including the possibility of Britain becoming a country mostly devoted to industry and commerce, with agriculture margainalised.  And was in favour of tax as part of the developing economy, accepting the necessary role of the state.

Main Menu for Britishness.

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