America: The Eagle and the Lion | John Michael Greer
Apr. 4, 2012 (Archdruid Report) -- Iíve commented more than once in these essays on the way that so many people on the leftward end of todayís American politics act as though Americaís current empire is unique in the history of the world, either in scale, malevolence, or some combination of the two.
In any form, this notion is impressively absurd, and it presupposes an equally impressive ignorance of history; still, Iíve come to think that there may be an unexpected factor behind that bit of historical blindness.
The factor? The complete inability of most Americans today to take Britain seriously.
Americans these days, by and large, think of Britain in much the same terms that the British think of Luxembourg: a darling little country, quaint and colorful, and of interest mostly as a destination for touristm -- oh, and theyíre stuck in a strategic position, poor dears, so we had to send the troops over there a few times, didnít we? If the technology existed to project the average Americanís notions about Britain onto a screen, youíd get to see a giddy collage of Big Ben, Befeaters, half-timbered houses, ivy-covered castles inhabited by ivy-covered aristocrats, Her Majesty the Queen imitating everybodyís grandmama as she waves to the crowd, and a mishmash of misremembered history in which King Arthur, Robin Hood, the other Queen Elizabeth, Lord Peter Wimsey, Jeeves, and maybe a blushing war bride or two, all jostle one another against the backdrop of a green, pleasant, and very small land.