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> It is not clear which view of imperialism was more nearly correct.

It's also not clear which version is better. An argument can be made that an Empire run as a money making concern is going to be better tun than one run as a subsidized evangelizing humanitarian project for the same reason a company run as a money making concern is going to be run better than one run as a subsidized evangelizing humanitarian project.

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Most criticism of Rudyard Kipling smacks of jealousy. He was by far the most popular poet of his time. He wrote about ordinary people. He wrote especially well about soldiers. Military people to this day love his work. He refused the post of Poet Laureate.

These days poets and songwriters mostly write about themselves. We rarely get songs like “Wichita Lineman”.

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"We all live by robbing Asiatic coolies" is perfect, and true. Just look at your iPhone, and try to arrive at a realistic assessment of the gap between your lifestyle and that of the people who made it for you.

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Imperialism never made economic sense. It was a drive for control of land, and the people on it. Long after the industrial revolution, one could still raise troops. The British brought troops from all over the Empire to both world wars.

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The link for "The Knife and the Naked Chalk" is dead, but the Wayback Machine has a copy: http://web.archive.org/web/20080731115407/http://www.cyberwitch.com/Wychwood/Temple/knifeAndTheNakedChalk.htm

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I always enjoy your writing on classic literature. Thanks for posting

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Orwell probably considered Kim and Captains Courageous to be children's books, what would today be called Young Adult fiction. It is unlikely that he was unfamiliar with them.

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