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The Glorious Twelfth

The Glorious Revolution is arguably the most significant single advance in the provision of good government that the world has ever seen. This has been overshadowed by concentrating on its quite peripheral impact on the divisions among Christians. But the Calvinist Prince of Orange who became William III was driven by his fear of absolutist French hegemony over Europe, not by worries about Catholicism whose leader, the Pope, was his temporal ally.

The point is that the freedoms ensured and the benefits gained from the Glorious Revolution far exceed anything gained from any other single event , including the mistakenly more celebrated French Revolution.

The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution was bad enough; but the loss of life from the resulting years of war which ended only in 1815 compares with the First World War, and that with a smaller population. The other great so called Revolution, the Russian, was more a coup d’état by the Bolsheviks, with equally disastrous imitations in Europe and Asia which led to the death of about 100 million.

The American Revolution was derivative and confirmatory of the Glorious Revolution.

The Glorious Revolution was in many ways England’s great gift to the world. It established those fundamental principles of good governance which best allow man to achieve and to exercise his fundamental rights.

It is of particular significance not only in the constitutional development of Britain and the Commonwealth, but also the United States.....

...since the Glorious Revolution, the Anglo-Americans have been on the winning side in every major international conflict. .

This indicates some advantage in the Anglo-Saxon system of governance. There is no evidence that this has anything to with race but rather, it is to do with the endorsement of what we may call political culture. Mead makes the point that not only is the United States a nation of immigrants, but so was England even at the time of the Glorious Revolution. This augurs well for the current massive immigration into the Anglo-Saxon countries. Good sense will make most realise that the system they have come to works and works well – the great majority will have little inclination to change it.

It is important to stress that the great advantages of the Glorious Revolution were not the result of some philosopher sitting down and designing them. That was what directed the French and Bolshevik Revolutions, near crazed men designing schemes to save the world that came close to ruining it. The style of the Anglo-Saxon is pragmatic; the style of the major continental powers has hitherto been more theoretical.

The wisdom of the Anglo Saxons has been in allowing institutions to evolve gradually over time and through trial and error. By way of contrast to continental thought, I would refer to the story of the French énarque who when the benefits of something we are familiar with were shown to him said: “Yes, it may well work in practice, but does it work in theory?” .....

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The great irony for the French was that they supported the American Revolution to spite the British.

Their reward was to have their treasury exhausted and to suffer a revolution of their own. A revolution far, far more tyrannical and murderous than the rather genteel American one that inspired it.

My own ancestors seemed to have a clear knack for getting on the wrong side of history. The family joke is that, having supported Bonnie Prince Charlie in the '45, we ended up in the American colonies. When the War of Independence came along, the clan chief decided we'd better stick with the Crown this time.

That's really rather interesting - time to look into this.

JJM...why is sticking with the crown being on the wrong side of history?

"JJM...why is sticking with the crown being on the wrong side of history?"

Just being facetious!

"since the Glorious Revolution, the Anglo-Americans have been on the winning side in every major international conflict" - so they won in Vietnam, the creation of Taiwan was a victory, and they're winning in Afghanistan?

"Good sense will make most realise that the system they have come to works and works well – the great majority will have little inclination to change it."

I suggest that this - sadly - is no longer true, or possibly it is just about arithmetically true, but is no longer the salient point.

The facts are that we now have a huge number of genuinely alien immigrants, geographically concentrated to such an extent that they can never be assimilated, and that many of them actively refuse to assimilate. Within that huge number is a small but significant minority who hate the system they have come to, work actively and ruthlessly towards its overthrow, and will not rest until their own medieval ways are imposed on the rest of us by force, violence, electoral fraud, and favourable (to them) demographics.

Our ruling elite steadfastly refuses to do anything about this, or even take it seriously, while at the same time denying the bulk of our younger generation any real knowledge of our history and values - going so far, in fact, as to denigrate and scorn those things at every turn.

We are sowing the wind. The whirlwind will follow in due course, as it always does.

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