There's more to that poem that you quote that reflects Kipling's (and his century's) naive vision of (a) the racial superiority of Europeans and (b) the unproblematic benefits of colonialism. It doesn't take a whole lot of thinking to see who really benefitted from colonialism, starting in the 16th century and going on to the present.<br><br>I'm not dumb enough to think that Europeans are the only ones who've used colonial hegemony to advance their own interests, but it's been the Europeans for the most part who've mystified that self-advancement as something that's profoundly good for those whose lands and wealth they've expropriated.<br><br>And that's true too/--Shakespeare, King Lear
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