The Royal Virus (Perfidious Albion)

Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

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Scholars believe
that the book of Samuel goes back to about 1050 B.C., before the age of Plato, Solon, or Homer. It traces a people's transition from a theocracy to a monarchy. History tells us that under certain kings by whom the connection between the spiritual background and the force of power had not been totally severed, the Hebrew nation prospered and enjoyed a certain amount of security. Except, this didn't last long.

The centuries between this time and the time of the Golden Renaissance in the 15th century A.D. became dark ages for humanity, during which the repressive predictions from the book of Samuel would have appeared like a salvation by comparison. Eventually, through the Renaissance, certain benign monarchies emerged, one of which even operated on the model of a nation-state, under the reign of King Louis XI of France (1461-1483). One could say that the principle of the nation-state was pioneered at this time, during which the prosperity of the so defined nation effectively doubled. Unfortunately, this monarchy was the exception from the broader stage where the monarchy became the center of imperial power. It appeared that almost every major monarchy of the post renaissance period aspired to duplicate the Roman model, but with an added twist.

It is an irony of history that the technological development that was born in the renaissance period became the foundation of this new imperialism. It provided ships and advances in navigation, without which the new imperialism could not exist. Where would the wealth come from to support the German Empire, the British Empire, the French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Ottoman, and other empires altogether at the same time? Europe couldn't support this pomp. The wealth was essentially stolen from the rest of the world by the colonial process. It was taken from Africa, India, Asia, and America. It was derived by a broad variety of methods of stealing.

Slavery, in all its many forms, was a large element in this process of thievery. During the 'golden' days of colonialism in the 1800s, when Britannia ruled the seas, the British merchant fleet became the biggest slave trader in the world. It transported, all by itself, 38,000 slaves a year out of Africa, which became the work force in its colonies. It also transported huge quantities of opium from India, which it forced unto China, that almost destroyed the Chinese nation which it then looted to the bone. The Empire's glory was derived, quite literally, from stealing of the labors and the lives of humanity. Still, this far flung thievery was not enough to satisfy the royal greed of a fast expanding Aristocracy.


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