I am grateful to my e-pal, Whitewall, for sending me a link to a site called 'Legal Insurrection' which featured a report on the activities of Dr. Bruce Gilley, a professor of political science at Portland State University. Before I go into details I should just make clear that I am exceedingly doubtful that politics can ever be scientific! Even so, Dr. Gilley, whilst he may not win any further awards after his PhD, or indeed, might not even be able to hang on to his PhD, deserves a medal of some sort for proposing - gulp! - colonialism wasn't that bad, and indeed, that it had some very positive advantages for the colonised. Cue: shrieks of 'shlock-horror' from the usual suspects. Here is a photo of Dr. Gilley and I can't help thinking that it would have been more in character if he had simply held up one finger!
Personally, I am not able to decide whether colonialism was, in the words of Sellars & Yeatman, "A Good Thing" or "A Bad Thing" and in any case it is a moot point because one thing is for sure - it was inevitable! In support of Dr. Gilley's opinion, I would simply say a word on behalf of Indian widows. Prior to us cruel Brits taking over their country, it was an established custom that any Indian wife who had the temerity to outlive her husband would be tied to a stake and burned alive! We put a stop to that. So there are quite a few Indian widows who should be most grateful!