‘Time To Ditch The Guilt’

For all Canadians who are carrying around guilt about what their ancestors — and not themselves personally — did to the Aboriginal peoples, please read this and then just let the guilt wash away: 

“It was not a contest between Indian cultures and European civilization, but rather one between Indian cultures and all the civilizations of the Old World taken together. Because the peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa had been in contact with each other for millennia, European civilization had incorporated within itself the advances of other civilizations past and present, including Babylonian astronomy, Jewish monotheism, Greek philosophy, Roman law, Indian mathematics (the decimal system), and Chinese technology (printing, gunpowder, the compass). 

“Also part of this pooling process was the disease experience of civilization. Life in dense agricultural communities allowed diseases such as smallpox, influenza and measles to leap from domesticated animal hosts to become crowd diseases of human beings. By early modern times, all societies of the Old World had acquired some resistance to these diseases, which became lethal when transferred to the inexperienced populations of the New World. All over North and South America, aboriginal populations went into a steep, prolonged, and demoralizing decline that has only been reversed in the 20th century. Demographic disaster on the aboriginal side multiplied the advantage that civilization conferred upon the European colonists.

“The civilization gap shows how ill-suited the…equality framework is for depicting the contact between natives and newcomers in North America; the frame doesn’t fit the picture. Two frames that fit better come from historical experience throughout the world:
(1) the displacement of hunter-gatherers by agricultural peoples, and
(2) the extension of rule by organized states over stateless societies. The two coincide in the case of Canada

“…the entry of Europeans into North America, as into Australia, was the last act of a great drama — the spread of agriculture around the world. Meanwhile, another play was being enacted as organized states extended their sway over stateless societies…

“Both of these processes are so prominent in human history that it seems almost beside the point to raise questions about morality. It is like asking whether it is right or wrong that childbirth is painful, or that everyone eventually has to die, or that floods and droughts occur.

“Moreover, agricultural expansion and state aggrandizement were both happening in the Americas before the Europeans arrived. Fortified with increased food production from horticulture, the Iroquois were pushing hard against their Huron and Algonquian neighbours when the French and English arrived. 

{‘What Happened To The ‘Neutrals’?’
   “This is the tribe that occupied southwestern Ontario until the 1650s, when fellow Iroquois tribes from what is now the U.S. rendered them extinct. In modern terminology, they were ‘victims of genocide’…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/what-happened-to-the-neutrals/ }

“Further south, the Aztecs and Incas were forcibly incorporating neighbouring peoples into their civilized and growing empires…”

–Tom Flanagan, “First Nations/Second Thoughts” (p.38-39)


See also:
Enough Of Us Hating Ourselves’ (Conrad Black):
   “Europeans and those from other continents who immigrated legally to Canada and their descendants, have a right to live here equal to that of any ‘indigenous’ person.”

How We Teach History Matters Most’:
“Canada’s most prolific living historian, on the falsification of Canadian history:
   “…to anyone with eyes to see, Canada is not a failure, but an overwhelming success. What is happening in our schools is political indoctrination, grounded in unbalanced historical nonsense.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s