Shedding Imperial Conceit

by Jim Zogby in Washington Watch

I would argue that what Magna Carta and its successors, in fact, created was the veneer of liberalism, tolerance, and rule of law—which, while providing for the rights of a few, masked the horrors of colonial oppression. Donning the mantle of liberalism, Britain justified its imperial conquest and its subjugation of one-fifth of humanity as an enlightened and civilizing venture, the goal of which, they claimed, was to lift up the less civilized preparing them for self-rule.  Read more.

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