Friday, April 10, 2015


Cecil Rhodes has been torn from his plinth in South Africa. Evidently the haters out-hated the non-haters and the University removed his statue. I have to wonder if the haters have any appreciation for history. If unregulated hate gets free to make all the grown up decisions it isn't going to turn out well in the long run. I can say that both as Dictator of Patagonia but also as one familiar with the broad sweep of history. I first read about Rhodes in the books by Wilbur Smith. I was intrigued enough to read a biography of the man. He was one of the giants in our history.

People are still privileged to be on the receiving end of a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford.


virgil xenophon said...

There is a lesson here for everyone who owns life insurance, annuities, Wills, "Estate Plans" Trusts and pension plans. If the government wants your money it doesn't matter WHAT the legal documentation says. The fact that Cecil's trust was broken (only white Christian males) to allow for scholarships for women and non-whites means NOBODIES will is safe. Don't leave enough to charities instead of one's children? Tough. Government knows better. Cecil was the canary in the coal mine..

HMS Defiant said...

You are quite right, as usual. He was Africa's Godzilla.
I'm leaving nothing behind that the state can sate themselves adjudicating.