So the left has finally found the only immigrant in history who had no right to come to America. The only one who did not improve the place by his presence. His name: Christopher Columbus. His crime: violating the sovereignty of the people who live here already. Plus he was the wrong ethnicity. Try making that argument about any other immigrant in America and see how long you keep your job. But whatever. Happy Columbus Day anyway (from yesterday)! Enjoy it while you can, our grandchildren won’t even know it existed. Progressives declared war on Christopher Columbus as they have on most things older than last week. This is year zero in the revolutionary calendar, history starts now. Ignorance of the past isn’t simply tolerated, it is required. Does the average protester know anything about Christopher Columbus? The left speaks only about Columbus’s genocide, mostly because of his ships brought “Old World” diseases to the “New World” (of course those ships were turned to Europe with syphilis and tobacco, which proves that only real history is much more complicated than the childish theology that children are now learning in school).
Now you can make those arguments to liberals if you wanted to, but save your breath. They do not care because none of this is really about Christopher Columbus. What we’re watching is full scale assault, from within, on the West itself. It is history, it is political intellectual legacy. It is not a debate, where one side tries to convince the other, it is a war: with one side trying to erase all remnants of its opponent, in this case Western civilization.
Consider what happened recently at an academic journal called “Third World Quarterly”. Professor Bruce Gilley of Portland State University published a paper titled “The case for colonialism”. Professor Gilley argued that Western colonization of the world, while flawed obviously, was “objectively beneficial”. He noted that countries that have embraced Western institutions, left behind by the colonial powers, have succeeded, while countries dominated by anti-colonial ideologies are significantly less prosperous. Now you might agree with his thesis, or you may not, but in this current moment of revolutionary passion, you are not even allowed to have thoughts like that. Gilley’s paper has since been pulled, after half of the publication’s board resigned in protest of it. Keep in mind nobody alleged plagiarism or inaccuracy, they just didn’t like the conclusion, so they silenced the person who wrote it.
Reason, tolerance, free inquiry. Those are Western civilization’s central gifts to this world. It shouldn’t surprise us that in places where the West is constantly under attack, those very principles are under attack too. So when they come for the Columbus statue in your town, it is worth fighting back, because its not about the statute, it is about something much deeper.
Also, one of my main men, William James O’Reilly Jr. (also know as Bill O’Reilly), had some great analysis and a miniature history lesson on Columbus: