Statues of limitations in the ‘free’ world
THIS whole business of knocking down statues. What's going on?
Where do those greenie, left wing, tree-hugging, whale-loving, socialist, NIMBY, girlie squat protesters get off? Sorry about the girlie bit, but clearly women are not important enough to be remembered thus.
Seriously, if the western world (or eastern world) wants a statue to celebrate a bloke (no women allowed remember) who bought a bunch of African natives and sold them at a profit so he could do things like build a big house, a big factory with a labour force of small children and a railroad to get to his beach house in summer, why not?
It's a free world, unless you're a slave, and that's exactly the sort of thing a civilised world likes to celebrate and memorialise.
It reveres capitalism as well as constantly reminds those who should be grateful for a job (even if they were stolen from their homeland, put in chains and forced to do it) who is really in charge.
A statue to a bloke like that is a pillar for little kiddies, when they knock off from their job down the pits, to one day aspire.
So what if Clive of India looted and pillaged that country for 400 years until it was threadbare and the country destitute? They gave it back when they were finished didn't they?
What could Russia have achieved without Stalin? A moot point perhaps, no better illustrated than the removal and subsequent replacement of his statues over the years.
Yes, like the great Russian leader, who didn't really kill too many people and surely made Russia the great country it is today, our Rhodeses and Churchills and Clives and Couttses, will surely come back into favour and flavour, and we'll just have to put up new statues.
However all this is irrelevant, the real question we should be asking ourselves is why are there statues of John Howard and Tony Abbott to knock down in the first place?
Did they commission their own?
Where are the statues of James Busby or Len Evans?
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