The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.


«The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.»

— Sir Winston Churchill


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10 thoughts on “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

      1. I know it sounds kind of silly but when you look at some of the themes in his work you can see his interest for the metaphysical aspects in life

        While the intent of this quote is more in line to how geopolitical conflicts were to evolve after WWI, one can also look at a prediction of the cyberpunk era (Gibson’s Neuromancer or Stephenson’s Diamond Age comes to mind)…

      2. Doesn’t sound silly at all, most I think are concerned with “being” in one way shape or form … my interpretation of his quote was to do with goal setting and imagination, “think it and you can do it”, as opposed to anything deeper 😀 …

  1. My turn for some of Churchill’s charismatic quotes:

    https://moonlithistory.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/winston-churchill-was-a-racist-ass/
    In December of 1910, while young Churchill was Home Secretary, he wrote: “The unnatural and increasingly rapid growth of the Feeble-Minded and Insane classes, coupled as it is with a steady restriction among all the thrifty, energetic and superior stocks, constitutes a national and race danger which it is impossible to exaggerate. I am convinced that the multiplication of the Feeble-Minded, which is proceeding now at an artificial rate, unchecked by any of the old restraints of nature, and actually fostered by civilised conditions, is a terrible danger to the race.” Churchill was all-for forcing “feeble-minded” people to labour colonies. January 19, 1899, Churchill wrote in a letter to his cousin: “The improvement of the British breed is my aim of life.” [1]

    Wait a minute, he was in favor of eugenics? This sounds really familiar to someone else in history, I just can’t remember his name. Anyway, moving on.

    As a young MP, it was well-known he believed that “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph.”—Okay, wait! He sounds just like that guy with the funny mustache!

    Quotes from an article by The Independent:

    “When concentration camps were built in South Africa, for white Boers, he [Churchill] said they produced “the minimum of suffering”. The death toll was almost 28,000, and when at least 115,000 black Africans were likewise swept into British camps, where 14,000 died, he wrote only of his ‘irritation that Kaffirs should be allowed to fire on white men.’”

    “As Colonial Secretary in the 1920s, he unleashed the notorious Black and Tan thugs on Ireland’s Catholic civilians, and when the Kurds rebelled against British rule, he said: “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes…[It] would spread a lively terror.” [2]

    And after Ghandi’s movement of peace was taking hold in the then British colony of India, Churchill was noted to have said: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” Churchill’s gross demeanor towards others not of his skin did not cease while the Bengali famine occurred in 1943 (which led to the death of nearly 3 million souls). He remarked the famine was not Britain’s fault, but it was “their” fault—because they “breed like rabbits.” He was talking about the Indians, of course. Amartya Sen, an economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1998, proved for a fact that the famine was due to the imperialist structure of the British Empire. [3]

    1. So basically you’re saying “Churchill was a biggot nazi-esk racist”

      Loving how you spin something I put out in a positive light into a negative one … BUT not really within the spirit of what my blog is about …

      Full marks for totally and completely missing the point, and for your skills in out of context character assassination … other than that an utterly pointless comment on my blog …

      The upside, you made me laugh, a lot 😀

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