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Colonialism was the same everywhere

February 26, 2008 Leave a comment

How Big Business and Big Government combine against the aam aadmi, the common man.

This book shows how French and British colonialism was just the same.

The same salt tax, the same Opium imports, the same killing of the local culture by colonial culture, the same replacement of traditional economy by a colonial financial system, the same exploitative landlord class, which impoverished the local people.

You could replace the French with the British and the Indian with the Viet.

The same type casting in Vietnam – “simplicity of Annamite, versus the suave sophistication of Saigonese or the ox-like toughness of the Tonkinese” like the colonial British did with Indians.

1975: Americans being evacuated from US embassy building after fall of Saigon. Picture credit not avaiable for now.  |  Click for image.

1975: Americans being evacuated from US embassy building after fall of Saigon. Picture credit not avaiable for now. | Click for image.

Same difference.

The colonial system has now been replaced by the Bretton Woods – and the Rest pay the West. Ho Chi Minh’s joke about British colonial rule being better than the French was just that – a joke. I dont believe that Ho Chi Minh saw grass being greener on the other side.


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