Colonialism is truly the greatest fuking scam of all time.
"It was a scam – theft on a grand scale. Yet most Indians were unaware of what was going on because the agent who collected the taxes was not the same as the one who showed up to buy their goods. Had it been the same person, they surely would have smelled a rat." Just literally sanctioned and violently enforced grifting.
Not being in/from the UK, to hear that the narrative of their fuckery in India is "well, actually, we LOST money," and that somehow justifies it is beyond absurd. Even if it were true, subjecting ppl to colonial rule isn't overridden by being shitty at managing your economy. Like, to think that the most face-saving narrative they can spin is that they were not only violently repressive, but also bad at money they invented? Goddamm...
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