What a pile of racist drivel. And very inaccurate, Brythionic languages were of course Celtic languages and the genetic make-up of Britain is largely Celtic. And the Scots did not speak a Brythionic language at all but spoke Gaelic, being an Irish people. It may be that Pictish was a Brythionic language as was the language of Cornwall and Cumbria. What was remarkable by the standards of communication in history was how people of different ethnic backgrounds and different languages, expanded through trade and migration. In fact civilization can be measured by the extent to which peoples traveled, intermarried and mixed. The sea was the link between peoples and the ultimate domination of the world by Britain was based on the triumph of human curiosity, ambition and endeavor over the narrow inward looking chauvinism of the xenophobe.
Originally Posted by Anders Hoveland
Empire was at once an oppressor and liberator: its ships carried soldiers but also ideas (that shaped Sun Yat Sen for example), which Empire's exploiters could not contain. And so hundreds of millions of people now look to Britain with cultural affection (like Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese freedom fighter and daughter of great anti-imperialist) And rightly Britain welcomes this embrace. We have always been a hotchpotch though. We were ruled by foreigners and strangely this means that we always have been an incalcitrant and resistant people. As Tom Paine said: "Though not a courtier will talk of the curfew bell, not a village in England has forgotten it". We knew which foreigners were our enemies, they ruled us and made us foreigners in our own land. And eventually we broke them down and assimilated them, from Simon de Montford onwards.
So we have found much solidarity with the stranger, have developed a strong tolerance for the emigrant and have taken their ideas and melded them with our own. This is the greatness of Britain, that we really are a rich and diverse nation, and by the standards of every age, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman, Elizabethan, Victorian or today, we have been an outward looking people, looking out at the sea and its waterways, welcoming the new to our shores. Britain gave the world industry, liberty and law. And Britain stood up against the Nazi jackboot, the stunted brutality of a Teutonic myth, the grunting sheep of nations who would follow their leaders down the path of darkness, inward looking and cowards all. It was us half-breed, mischling, mongrels who gave the world modernity, whether Celt, saxon, Dane, Jew, gypsy, African, Hugenot or whatever. Those who lived looking in on themselves stagnated and withered. We have always had the right dreams:
Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.
Robbie Burns 1795
Last edited by Heroclitus; Jun 19 2012 at 06:55 AM.
Plus on aime quelqu'un, moins il faut qu'on le flatte:
À rien pardonner le pur amour éclate. Moliere
I think the term "classical liberal" is also equally applicable. I don't really care very much what I'm called. I'm much more interested in having people thinking about the ideas, rather than the person. Milton Friedman
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