It is an ever-growing matter of suspense how long it will take before there is general recognition of the fact that…most of the world worked better in colonial times.
—Former newspaper tycoon, member of the British House of Lords, convicted felon and, apparently, colonialism super-fan Conrad Moffat Black, pining for the good ol’ days when colonial empires, particularly of the British variety, knew what was best for the rest of the world. In the National Review this week, Black contends that nobody could possibly dispute that most of sub-Saharan Africa, all of North Africa (except Morocco), all of the Middle East (except Israel and Jordan and most of the oil-rich states) and the entire former British Indian Empire were better governed by Europeans. Sure, nobody save every single one of the aforementioned regions. Heaven forbid the good Baron actually consider that each of the places he cites as case studies fought against the colonial yoke in one form of another. Trifling details. Read the entire story [National Review] »