Independence and diversity have always been the enemy of progress

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers, Mark Zuckerberg says, from tribes to cities to nations. As we all know, independence and diversity have always been the enemy of progress:

For example, that’s why Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Dependence submitting the American colonies to the British Empire.

Similarly, the father of history, Herodotus, wrote to celebrate the mighty Persian Empire’s reduction of the various Greek city-states to a satrapy ruled from Babylon.

Likewise, every year Jews gather to admit that their stiff-neckedness provoked the Roman Empire into, rightfully, smashing the Temple in Jerusalem on the holy day of We-Had-It-Coming.

And, of course, who can forget Shakespeare’s plays, such as Philip II and Admiral-Duke of Medina Sidonia, lauding the Spanish Armada for conquering the impudent English and restoring to Canterbury the One True Faith?

Similarly, Oswald Mosley’s prime ministership (1940-1980) of das englische Reich is justly admired for subordinating England’s traditional piratical turbulence to the greater good of Europe.

Likewise, who can not look at the 49 nations currently united by their adherence to the universalist faith of Islam and not see that submission is the road to peace, prosperity, and progress? If only unity had prevailed at Tours in 732 instead of divisiveness. May that great historical wrong be swiftly rectified in the decades to come!


  1. Felix says:

    So, empire is the only way “we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers”?

    If Z had said “people like to live”, counter-examples could be found, too. So, can we all agree Z is an a**hole? We all agree, right? It’s true, isn’t it? That’s the real issue here, isn’t it?

  2. Graham says:

    If he meant that systems of states operating within a common cultural zone usually tend to come together as an empire/universal state, sure. Happens all the time and arguably it has already happened on the global scale; it’s just that loose version that we call globalization, what Negri called an Empire, or what neoliberals at the Economist’s politburo called the liberal international order. It has a few power centres, but then so did the Roman empire at times, and so have other regional systems.

    His theory of history may be sound, if whatever he effused could be called that. But as noted political philosopher William Munny might have said, “desire’s got nuthin to do with it”.

    Every people will cheer for the empire or for its opponents at different times, depending on whose ox is getting gored. The Britain that built an empire while Victoria was Queen also made Boadicea a national heroine. For that matter, the Jews who fell against Rome remembered the dim past of David and Solomon.

    A more important revelation- Zuckerberg is against Diversity!!

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