How To Be Patriotic | Avoiding the British Empire 0

How To Be Patriotic | Avoiding the British Empire 0


Hey there. Over the next week, I am going to be talking
a lot about Empires and responsibility. In this new series I am going to be arguing
that the world we live in is largely the product of two empires, the British one that ran the
world between 1815 and 1914, and the US empire that runs the world today. I am super excited to get this series out
there, and I can’t wait to dive in to the discussion in the comments. But there is one category of comment I want
to talk about today that I am not looking forward to… “Wow, so everything is our fault now huh”
“Oh you’re just one of those Blame America First types”
“Why do you hate your country, love it or leave it man”
I have a pretty thick skin, I have been on YouTube for like 8 years now after all, but
this kind of comment legitimately irritates me. I find these comments personally insulting,
because I consider this channel, and what I have done with the past five years of my
life to be one big love letter to the principles of my country. If the United States is about anything, it’s
about being free to call it like you see it. Also, I think this instinct to treat the biggest
toughest country in the history of the world like a delicate flower kinda makes us weak
and stupid. If you take the position that the United States
is just another country, dealing with other countries as equals, and one that should be
desperately concerned about the machinations of Russia, Syria, Iran, and various jihadist
ne’er do wells, then yes I suppose my videos could be construed as unpatriotic. But that is not what the world actually looks
like. We pretend it looks like that to keep US defense
budgets high. The truth is that the United States is a lot
more powerful than our government or media will tell you. It’s polite to hide this, but the fact is
that the US runs the world. As of 2019, the United States is a whale in
a world of sharks. I do believe in potential threats. China, India, and European instability are
all things to look out for but all of those threats are decades off, possibly centuries
off if we play our cards right. Our duty now is to use the power we still
have to delay worldwide disaster as long as we can. So far this century we have not been responsible. As we will get into this week, The history
of the British Empire shows quite clearly that nothing is worse for the country on top
than war, yet the United States has spent the past two decades pursuing war with great
enthusiasm. Accusing people of being unpatriotic is a
big part of that process. These accusations help Washington DC to take
action on ridiculously paranoid definitions of national interest that do much more damage
to US interests than the threats they were imagining. Oh you don’t think Assad is enough of a threat
to justify creating ISIS? You must hate America. Oh you don’t think threatening to invade Venezuela
is worth throwing out 3 decades of better behavior and reminding every Latin American
of how much they hate US intervention? That’s unpatriotic! These accusations make us dumber, and the
paranoid actions they protect make the fall of the US system more likely rather than less
likely. I am not undertaking this project out of the
idea that the United States or the British Empire represent some unique evil. This series is rooted in the conviction that
all of human history has been one of ceaseless horror, and it would be very easy to slip
right back into it. As the most powerful country in human history,
the United States has the most responsibility for determining where we go from here. That makes constant criticism absolutely essential. I think that at this point in history, looking
at our foreign policy apparatus, taking a stand and yelling stop is the most patriotic
thing an American can do. If you want to know why I think this way,
you can buy Avoiding the British Empire, my new book, available now in paperback and ebook
on Amazon. Thanks for watching, and tune in tomorrow
when we answer the question, Is the United States an Empire? Thanks.

13 thoughts on “How To Be Patriotic | Avoiding the British Empire 0

  1. I AM WITH THE GUY DOWN DO PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO ABOUT HOW THE BRITISH RAISED THE SAUDIS ,,,YES I AM THE GUY WITH BROKEN CAPS LOCK BUTTEN

  2. Your book is not currently available for purchase in kindle format. I don't know if the fact I live in Brazil makes it unavailble. Hoping to purchase it soon.

  3. I WILL BE HONEST ….THANKS TO YOU I REALIZE THAT BLAMING A COUNTRY IS STUPID BUT BLAMING THE POLITICS THAT ARE RUNNING IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO,,,,,KNOWING YOUR PROBLEM IS THE FIRST STEP TO FIX ANY OTHER PROBLEMS ….AND THANK YOU .

  4. No one really disputes the modern world is an Anglo-American construct. Everyone from Napoleon to Hitler to the USSR have tried to fight this construct. And now China has re-emerged and taken up the challenge. But as good capitalists, Americans should welcome the challenge from China. China challenges America on all fronts, not just military and diplomatic like the old USSR. And this competition could make both stronger don’t you think?

  5. One of the benefits of being the most powerful is you can ignore your responsibilities and fuck up way more than anyone else and still be fine. Maybe not the best plan for 100 years later but no politician (or non-politician rich men) who run the country today will be alive 100 years later so you can see why they wouldn't care potential bad consequences that far away.

  6. There always will be world hegomons who could manage to lead the race one way or another. Destruction of the european continent after WW2 and weakening of the old world led to USA adopting this role. I don't believe USA is responsible in any way, but I also don't think world hegomons like British Empire or USA are explicitly evil. This is purely human nature to expand it's influence and increase their share in participating world's resources. As long as we preserve our "territorial animal" instincts, there will always be in species conflicts and as the nature of conflicts, there will be winners and there will be losers. this is simply what nature dictates us.

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