The Corner

Let Britain Burn


“The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.” — Lord Melbourne.

Why does the British government not do its duty? Because it is the government of a modern Western nation, sunk like the rest of us in trembling, whimpering guilt over class and race.

Through British veins runs the poisonous fake idealism of “human rights” and “sensitivity,” of happy-clappy multicultural groveling and sick, weak, deracinated moral universalism — the rotten fruit of a debased, sentimentalized Christianity.

When not begging for forgiveness and chastisement from those who rightfully despise him, the modern Brit is lost in contemplation of his shiny new car or tweeting new gadget; or else he has given over all his attention to some vapid TV production or soccer team.

I treasure my faint, fading recollections of Britain when she was still, for a few years longer, a nation.

Today Britain is merely a place, a bazaar. Let it burn!

In the late nineteenth century there was a great deal of hybridising between the three original species of Victorian romanticism — rational abstraction, evangelical religion and simple sentimentalism … Mankind was taken to be essentially good and kind and rational. His natural condition was believed to be peaceful harmony because the interests of all nations were naturally harmonious. That mankind’s history to that date had been mostly concerned with struggle, ambition, greed and violence was attributed to evil governments and social systems … The fundamental relationship between human groups was not competitive and strategic, but moral … Moral law was believed to be inherently capable of restraining the wrongdoer.

                       — Corelli Barnett, The Collapse of British Power, pp. 45-46

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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