I think one of the most important contributions that the reactionary blogosphere has done is disproving the common conservative myth that things in the West only started to go awry after the 1960s. While it is true that the counter-culture destroyed traditional religion and ethnic loyalty and brought anti-racism, feminism and welfare transfers, none of that came from a vacuum. The Left has been around a very long time.
The more you read the more it seems that the powers that be have been leftist forever. I owe to Jim Donald the great insight that imperialism was a leftist phenomenon, as opposed to the earlier colonialists. Imperialism happened when the Left nationalised the colonialists’ property, and introduced enlightened rule by state bureaucracy where ad-hoc arrangements had prevailed. Over time, as always imperialism became the status quo, a.k.a. the right, and the sanctimony rat-race advanced making anti-imperialism the new leftist cause. But don’t let that deceive you.
Imperialism was opposed as the evil mechanism of oppression and exploitation of foreign nations. Which partly was, because it’s the only way of making a profit out of the dominion of lands very far from home. That’s how the colonies started, but the shift into state led imperialism didn’t make them more profitable. The Left isn’t about making money, it’s about losing it.
See this testimony from a young man who migrated to Shanghai in 1910, aptly called Jim. He writes in a letter to his father:
The town is not at present prosperous, and one reason for the bad times now existing is that the Chinese cheat the foreigners in every conceivable way, and also in every inconceivable way, and if caught, which is seldom, are fined $5, or get a week’s imprisonment and immediate re-employment on release Even in prison they are generally better off than out of it. The penalty is so small that they consider the reward well worth the risk, corporal punishment being now abolished.
Should a foreigner, bowever, be discovered trying to cheat a Chinaman, he is awarded a long term of imprisonment which means ruin, of course; and if he happens to be a German, an American, or a Britisher, he is lucky to escape with his life.
Anarcho-tyranny, anyone? I’m sure this kid wasn’t for corporal punishment back home, but the reality of race conflict is a bitch. If it were 2012 he would have started a blog and linked to all of us.
This muddled state of affairs is principally owing to the fact that all Chinese have to be tried at a place called the Mixed Court, which title it has acquired because everything about it is so mixed up that no one understands what to do.
Any Chinaman can bring a suit against a foreigner before that foreigner’s Judge or Consul, but in cases where a foreigner has an action to bring against a Chinaman his only resort is the Mixed Court. The Mixed Court is designed to form a happy medium between the law of nations and the abominable, muddle-headed corruption of China. In this Court sit a foreign assessor of the same nationality as the foreign litigant whose case is down for hearing, and the Mixed Court Magistrate, a Chinaman, who is chosen by the native authorities on account of his uncompromising Chineseness. The judgment of these two arbitrators must coincide, and the time of the Court is mostly taken up by the Chinese Magistrate’s efforts to make the foreign assessor’s judgment coincide with his own. This can never happen until China has an army and navy sufficiently strong to make the Powers see the force of her arguments, whether they are reasonable or the reverse. Chinese arguments being usually the reverse, her only hope of getting the better of a discussion is by force, even as we did in the days of those persuasive debaters. Raleigh, Drake, Clive, Phip and Dampier.
The Germans, Americans, and British consider it their duty to administer justice tempered with mercy, not to say generosity, to the man who is lodging a complaint against any of their nationals, a diplomatic arrangement of which the wisdom is apparent to all who happen to live at home. As the Chinese idea would appear to most distinctly favour their own nationals in the Mixed Court, the whole arrangement is a hopeless failure, and like every other hesitating concession of a higher civilization to a lower obstructive to advancement by reason of the activity of opposing forces.
120 years after Macartney refused to kowtow to the Chinese Emperor, after having beaten them in war and taken their territory, the British administration in Shanghai had devised Affirmative Action for the 95% majority of Chinese in Shanghai. Which is bad enough, but why would German and American judges do the same? It’s not like they were part in smuggling opium and waging war against China. Little guilt to feel. Yet they appeased and favoured foreigners against their own kin.
And this isn’t about nationality or some sense of guilt about taking their land. Not even mercy for the poor native masses. It’s about race:
The Japanese is the only foreigner who can indulge in a misdemeanour with impunity, as in his case drunkenness and an assault on the police are only punished by a severe caution and perhaps $1 fine.
Not that I have a word to say against the Japs, for nothing could be farther from my intention, but they do love themselves with such an all-absorbing passion that they have no sentiment to spare for other races.
See how law enforcement was lenient toward non-whites just for the kicks. It is uncalled discrimination against whites. And against any concept of order and good governance. The fact is those judges got a bigger kick out of being nice to the downtrodden Chinese peddlers than from creating an orderly and wealthy city. This in 1910, 10 years before Lothrop Stoddard wrote his magnum opus, Affirmative Action was well established in Shanghai.
I recommend others to read old books, not only to gain more knowledge, but because it is comforting. It’s bad enough that your country is insane, but what really irks is the sense that things used to be alright and only we are getting screwed. Well let us rest assured, things have been bad for a long, long time.
Do read the whole thing.