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The British Empire managed to do something most others have failed at. They were able to successfully get people from many different ethnic and cultural groups to get along (who would normally have killed each other). They used an imperial framework that was not overly heavy handed (as compared to other European nations), but a firm, fair model.

The inconvenient truth that most of these “anti colonialists” have to face, is that the pre-colonial societies were absolutely barbaric before contact. Here on the west coast it’s a well known fact that tribes would have ruthless wars and keep slaves. I know of indigenous people whose PARENTS were raised by slaves, this is in living memory.

Too often anti colonialists use a relativistic argument along the lines of “you imposed your system on us, but those are your values, and we value things differently”. The problem is, slavery, murder, human sacrifice, social caste systems, ritual mutilation, and more EXISTED under their indigenous cultural systems. They cannot argue those cultural artifacts are immoral without reverting to western morality in some way.

The British Empire was a massive force for good in the world. It pulled millions out of slavery, poverty, illiteracy. Ended the caste system and widow burning in India and left many functional (yet flawed) democracies.

Sure, it did some cruel things at times, but those acts were no different than what indigenous tribes have been doing for millennia. Unlike those tribes the empire evolved and moved away from them.

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