Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Some colonial situations are inherently unworkable. Nothing France did short of genocide could have made Algeria into an integral part of the Republic. British policies in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, however, demonstrate that there were approaches that the United Kingdom could have taken to the thirteen colonies that would have led to a workable form of political association. [link]Ouch. So what happened in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand was short of genocide. I'll be sure to let the natives know.
I know this is just a blind spot, and I don't think it means that Yglesias is some terrible racist or anything like that. But I will say that Yglesias often remarks that his readers are further to the left than he is and I'd suggest that maybe some of that has to do with blind spots like this one. Just a thought.