Russell on colonialism

I just ran across this quote from Bertrand Russell: “it is in the nature of imperialism that citizens of the imperial power are always among the last to know – or care – about circumstances in the colonies.”

This is from the early 1970s, but it holds true today. Indeed I think it sums up the situation in America quite nicely. The problem is, “the colonies” are shifting from being a geographic entity to being an economic entity. The people of the US — and indeed people all over the world — are becoming “the colonies,” and the economic elite are the colonizers.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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