Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest
Restorative justice for the victims of colonialism is an idea whose time has come. A few years ago, the Indian diplomat Shashi Tharoor suggested Britain pay India compensation to atone for centuries of colonial rule. â€˜Iâ€™d be quite happy if it was Â£1 a year for the next 200 years,â€™ he said.
In April, Cambridge University announced a two-year study into how buildings and wine cellars might have been constructed on the backs of slaves. â€˜There is growing public and academic interest in the links between the older British universities and the slave trade, and it is only right that Cambridge should look into its own exposure to the profits of coerced labour during the colonial period,â€™ said Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope.
Too right. Glasgow University has already conducted a study into its own links with slavery and concluded that Â£200 million worth of its wealth was ill-gotten in this way â€” though it...
While we're at it, the English Crown owes heaps of gold florins to Tuscany; those supposedly chivalrous Plantagenet kings Edward I, Edward III, and Edward IV all defaulted on war loans from Florentine banks: the Frescobaldis, Bardis, Peruzzis, and Medicis. It's well-documented. The banks collapsed. Moral #1: Never loan to princes.
The Frescobaldis and Peruzzis, at least, are still around and may be able to sue. The former's descendants even have a website, and the latter's founded Planter's Nuts. Now by Catholic rules, they can't ask for interest, but those crafty Florentines got around it back in the day via arbitrage. Even the Pope banked with the Medicis (not just when he *was* a Medici).
Mike wrote: Maybe the descendants of ancient Britons who got pushed west into Wales and Cornwall by the Germanic Saxon invaders could seek reparations from Saxon descendants. Let's see how far silly can go.
I'll settle for a Model T with a V8 engine - in black. Thank you.
I am absolutely convinced that sinful behavior has harmed someone else since the Fall. However, it will require Someone sinless to judge appropriately who will receive what from whom. For all have sinned, both toward God and toward other people. Instead, that Sinless One...the Second Person of the Godhead, the Lord Jesus...took on flesh to pay back the One to whom was owed the most: the Triune God.
While it is interesting to watch the supposed sorrow for mistreating others and saying that some restoration is due, the only way to truly fix it is to go back to the Garden of Eden and hogtie that serpent upon his wiley appearance.
Crud. My ancestors were among the invaders. Seems as if weâ€™re always on the wrong side of the track. By the way, when can I expect reparations for all them bluebellies conquering my folks back in the 1860s? Forty acres and a Mercedes would do nicely, thank you very much.