wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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The Lion & The Unicorn & Uncle Sam (Part 2)

I didn't think it was going to be almost ten months before I got back to the topic I brought up in this post, but there have been a few things going on in my life that have distracted me from the subject...

England in 1940 and the United States in 2001 - very different nations facing similar challenges, but we tend to have lost sight of the significant social differences between England and America in our eagerness to take inspiration from England's lonely stand against Naziism from June 1940 through December 1941. American Republicans tend to get conflated with English Tories, Democrats with the handful of Communists who -loyally following the dictates of their masters in Moscow- called for an end to hostilities against Germany. (While there are more obvious parallels with the Labour Party and its domestic agenda, the analogy falls apart when one realizes that Labor was just as pro-war as the Conservatives.) Granted that a lot of my insights are coming from Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples, I think it's really important for conservatives and "hard" libertarians to wrap our heads around the fact that England (and, by extension, Canada) is a very different society from ours here in the U.S., and not understanding those differences is going to cause problems when we try to model our current behavior on their past behavior.

[To be completed when I get home; ten hours is long enough to spend here.]
Tags: history

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