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In this issue, our editor-in-chief Paul Weinberg recounts his experiences in “invading” Europe as an American. Check it out here!
“We of the Western World came. And, before long, we of the Western World took. Elgin took his marbles. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art took their pharaohs, Astors, their chateau. Morgan, his paneled English country library. Rockefeller, countless art.
Not content to just ‘invade,’ not content to just ‘loot’ as invading armies are wont to do, we did the next best thing: having discovered Swiss chocolates and English biscuits, and Jaguar, Saab, Volvo–No longer content to ship away marbles and chateau, tapestries, art, libraries, and cars, we consumed the very companies themselves that made the chocolates and biscuits and cars.
Of course, well before that, when North Americas was but thirteen disputatious swampy colonies, the Brits went on their own shopping spree, never thee mind trifles such as marbles, collecting whole colonies and spheres of influence from the Cape to Cairo, India to Indonesia, China to Canada. Not to be outdone: Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, among others, set up vertical industries called ‘colonialism,’ dispatching pioneers, armies, missionaries, fur-traders, spice-traders, slave-traders, ran the shipping infrastructure that moved raw materials across vast oceans continent to continent, shipped finished goods back across vast oceans and ultimately converted it all into middle-classes and democracy. On both sides of the transaction: initially giving birth to middle classes in the colonial power; subsequently, in the societies they seduced and violated.”
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