I can understand that American conservatives and libertarians are upset at Mr. Obama’s reelection. It means another four years of government by someone who wants to make their country into a Third World dump. But my view as an English libertarian and conservative is that he is very good news for England.
First, he openly hates England. This reputedly has something to do with an ancestor in Kenya who may have been roughly treated when he took up arms against the Queen. Whatever the case, it is a welcome change from traditional American Anglophobes such as Franklin Roosevelt and George W. Bush.
The idea of a special relationship between Britain and America is a delusion confined to the British ruling class. The true relationship is one based on longstanding American hatred of England. This hatred showed itself prior to 1914 as resentment of British global hegemony. Since then, it has shown itself increasingly as patronizing contempt. While Britain remained an independent power, it was American policy to destroy our naval power—the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, for instance. Otherwise, it was to undermine our position in the world—for instance, the stab in the back at Suez. Once we had been broken to American control, the policy shifted to one of using our home territory as an unsinkable aircraft carrier against the Soviet Union and the use of our armed forces as sepoys in American-led wars.
The American self-image is largely defined by Anglophobia. Americans may fear or feel guilty about the descendants of their black slaves. They have periodic episodes of paranoia about the Yellow Peril. But their real hatred is for England. There can be only one successor state to the British Empire as it existed in 1763. There is no room in the American mind for a continuation of the historic England as an independent and powerful entity.
Every Fourth of July brings a fresh crop of hot air about “British tyranny” that the American film industry reinforces. English actors are mainly employed to play villains or buffoons. When not shown as individual psychopathic killers—Alan Rickman, Charles Dance, et al—we are shown as oppressors of the Irish or the Scotch or the American colonial rebels. (See films such as Michael Collins, Braveheart, or The Patriot.) Otherwise, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Alan Napier were allowed to make careers as plumy-voiced eunuchs. The James Bond films are tolerated so long as he and his employers are shown as junior partners in whatever crusade is uppermost in the American mind.
Actual American policy toward England has been ruthless. Enoch Powell always said that the Americans murdered Airey Neave in 1979 when it looked as if the next Conservative Government would take effective action against the Ulster’s Catholic rebels. I believe the Americans bribed or blackmailed the Conservatives to lose the 2001 and 2005 general elections because Tony Blair was seen as more reliably pro-American. It was nothing to them that Tony Blair was the most malevolent and destructive prime minister in British history. American regard for our ancient constitution was shown when they procured the 2003 extradition treaty that allowed British citizens to be shipped off for trial in America without any of the traditional safeguards. It is also shown by current American pressure on the British government to hold certain trials in secret.
This campaign of hatred has so far proceeded under a mask of cloying regard for a “common Anglo-Saxon heritage.” Mr. Obama has ripped that mask aside. It is much easier to deal with open hatred. It disabuses everyone of the notion that there is any bond of affection between our countries. It encourages the reassertion of our national independence.
Second, Mr. Obama is less likely than the grinning neocon he defeated to start a big war in the Middle East. This benefits more people than the English. I have no idea how many Iraqi civilians have died since the Americans invaded their country. It is certainly tens of thousands. It may be hundreds of thousands. An invasion of Iran might lead to millions of dead and millions more wounded. Unless I have misunderstood him, Mr. Obama will do all that he can to resist demands for war with Iran. I believe his opponent would have been ordering his airplane bombers into action within weeks of taking office.
There is something to the claims that America is the Great Satan. America is certainly the New World Order. The global government that so far exists is nothing more than a cartel of national ruling classes. It has no powers of compulsion but is a pretense through which national ruling classes insulate themselves from accountability. It has no tax-gathering or military capacities. It relies largely on American contributions of money and armed strength. It is largely driven by American obsessions. Political correctness, multiculturalism, “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” and the global campaigns to stop people from taking drugs and to abolish every trace of financial privacy—these are American exports. They are forced on the world by millenarian crazies who may have lost their belief in God but who have not lost their fatuous belief that they know how everyone else should be made to live. They are supported by amoral business interests and millions of lunatic semi-Christians who believe that a nuclear war in the Middle East will bring about the conversion of the Jews and the return of Jesus Christ in glory. The French, Germans, Russians, and Chinese have no interest beyond the pursuit of narrow and predictable national interests. It is the Americans who want to either remake the world in their own image or destroy it.
Take away America, and the New World Order becomes a fading ghost. A scaling back of the American federal government and a return to isolationism would be preferable for any number of reasons. Since this is not likely, we must hope that a second Obama presidency will hasten the forces of disintegration. Never mind the arguments about money and an impending federal bankruptcy. Sooner or later, continued mass immigration will bring about a nonwhite majority in many American states. White-majority states may then break away. Five or six mutually hostile successor states will not have the same capacity for global domination as the present United States. Even if there is no breakup, an electorate in which messianic white Protestants and post-Protestants are no longer the majority will eventually bring about radical changes in American foreign policy.
We need to look forward to a world of renewed diversity in which hundreds—or perhaps thousands—of nation states and other groupings can work out their destiny in ways consistent with their moral capacity and historic circumstances. This is not possible when American-backed death squads and remote-control murder weapons can be sent anywhere at the press of a button.
In England, we are oppressed by a ruling class that is effectively a committee of American satraps. The collapse of American hegemony will make possible throwing off that ruling class without having to face down overt American hostility and covert subversion.
If I were an American, I might tremble at the thought of having Mr. Obama back for another four years. He is Tony Blair with a brown face. His plain ambition is to destroy America as it has so far existed. But I am English, so never mind his domestic policies. Though he may hate us for personal reasons, he is the most pro-English president in his country’s history.
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