90 years on from Passchendaele, it’s the memorials that differentiate liberal societies from others.

12-03-07_1519.jpgThere There are about three chaps in Britain thought still to be living who fought in that great liberal-vs-socialist conflict, WW1. By contrast, there are about 70,000 memorials to those who failed to return. Many have later names carved on them; the most recent here was only last month. The 90th anniversary of the start of “3rd Ypres”, called Passchendaele, falls now. This is probably the last time such an event will mean much to anybody, as this war now passes fully into legend and memory.

This conflict should be seen as an unmitigated disaster for the British people; the start of our profitless entanglements with the European Mainland, and the theatre of our greatest single loss of life on any one day, 1st July 1916 – a still-open cultural wound that may never be fully healed. despite the best efforts and plans of their General Staffs including the honest and much-traduced Haig, entire regiments of voluteers, often recuited together from the same streets in places like Accrington, Kendal, Preston, Bradford, Newcastle, and round us here, and with their own semi-official Regimental names, were destroyed almost to a man.

I see this conflict as the natural response of a liberal pluralist nation to naked aggression and gangsterism of the worst collectivist – that is to say, European-ruling-elite- sort. We had no option but to “Do The Right Thing”. 

In keeping with our outlook, there is no memorial that is just like any other. the Lutyens thingy in Whithall is a plain, bland monolith almost, with hardly anything written thereon.  The one in Ormskirk down the road states, baldly; “THE BLOOD OF HEROES IS THE SEED OF FREEDOM”. Ours here is I think particularly fine; a 60-f00t obelisk on its own traffic island, with very fine classical Greek temples, each covered with names in its galleries, either side each on its own large landscaped garden, the whole occupying the broad centre of the town’s main boulevard. On the side of one temple is carved;

“Remember that the men whose names live on these walls, died in youth or prime that future generations might inherit a happier world, and a human society more righteous and more loving than those brave men and their generation knew.” I’ve uploaded a rather poor pic of it from my phone.

Austrian economists apart, this is a civilisation which gave the fully-articulated and at least partly-constructed, concept of individual liberty, which leads logically to Libertarianism, to the world. At the time of these memorials’ construction, it still thought the idea so important that it was in effect prepared to die, en masse, to bring it about. I am quite sure that no individual soldier wished to lose his life, but the collective will to overcome outright tyranny was present in an entire population, which I do not detect today. (mental note. Must rescue the word “collective” from the enemy – along with “liberalism” and “capitalism”.)

4 responses to “90 years on from Passchendaele, it’s the memorials that differentiate liberal societies from others.

  1. Haven’t we always had entaglements with the European mainland?

    The Crimean War. The Napoleonic/Revolutionary Wars. The Seven Years War. The War of the Austrian Succession. Etc, etc….

  2. You are quite right. However, the 1914 one was so complete, and so very deeply costly in both lives and gold. This ought to be taken together with its evil aftermath, in that we got involved in wrangling, together with the hapless illogical French in Versailles and later under the auspices of the evil League Of Nations, about the future of “Europe”. We got landed in 1939, as was then inevitable, with the second instalment of the European Civil War of 1866-to………..when do you think it will end? The third is yet to come. I am very depressed about it. When do you think it will start?

  3. From the time the Julius Caesar when he invaded Briton with the aid of the Gauls, we have had no less than 132 wars with the French, numerous tap dances with the dutch and quite a few spats with the spanish and germans.

    Over the past 1000 years it has been left to this island to sort the rest of europe out when they cannot get it together, to sort out the bullies and restore order.

    This time will come again, of that I am certain, but whether we will have the will or the balls as we have had in the past I am unsure, as there will be a struggle to maintain our own identity first, but struggle we will.

    We have always had the ability to waken the Lion from its slumber in the past, I pray that we have the ability to do so now.

  4. IanP, I am not certain you are right this time! Traditionally – at least in “modern” times, it has fallen to us to in effect keep order on the Mainland. it is important to us; it is right opposite, a short day’s swim away by any gormless Big-Charity-sponsored madman, and therefore constitutes a great strategic threat to a maritime nation if it should go lally, or fall into misfortune. this would involve coming under a pre-capitalist barbarian warlord, such as Philip II of Spain, Napoleon, the Kaiser or Hitler or Stalin, or even Brzhezhniev, or the KGB officer Putin.

    However, I don’t think the British are much interested in doing this any more. It’s too esay for them, lulled eliberately into this state, to see “Europe” as some sort of pleasant holiday or day-trip destination, for getting cheap pallets of beer or wine, or even where you buy a “second home”. This inbetween being politically-calmed by state-TV (that is to say, all channels without exception) which screens “Big Brother” etc, making the concept humorous and even harmless. Come on! Less than half of them even bother to vote now in general elections, let alone the ones that really matter!