Sunday, July 03, 2005

 

Ah, Empire!

Why am I disgusted by Paul Harvey? And why should you be disgusted, too? One reason is his nostalgia for the good old days when empires kicked ass and didn’t give a hoot about human rights or other niceties. Harvey’s recent broadcast included a segment in which he waxes poetic on those good old days. Yes dear reader, according to Paul Harvey the American Empire is going down the tubes because we’re being too nice.

The gist of his remark seems to be that if you want to be a great empire, you have to use slave labor, exterminate the natives, and ruthlessly squash anything that gets in the way. Of course he is correct, but that does not make him right.



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