The true legacy of Christopher Columbus: 'Western Civilisation' | George Monbiot

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Wayne Mc kenna : First Englishman I've heard verify that the so called irish famine was indeed a forced famine by the British,same as in india. Brilliant video.

Rob Williams : I'm horrified and embarrassed by my own ignorance of this subject. I find it sad that there are such horrid comments on here. Sadly it shows what one human is capable of inflicting on another. This video should be compulsory viewing in all schools.

Steve Cournane : It is censored because nothing has changed.

Angus Mac : The last colonial settler project was established in Palestine, and it's still ongoing with all the attendant crimes. No surprise that this project's main support comes from the settler colonies, the USA and Canada. One day in the future we may look back and say "how could we let that happen?"

Stephen Barlow : Excellent powerful presentation of these facts.

S Cin : People complaining of Palestinian suffering and ethnic cleansing are routinely banned from Facebook. What a lovely social network. And we thought The New York Times was terrible!

Slack : The British Empire .....the source of all evil

The Inner Minds Eye : Post colonial imperialism is now being conducted by transnational corporations, fossil fuel industry and the military industrial complex under the guise of interventionist wars, regime change operations and neo-liberal global trade deals. It is the same exploitation with devastating results for humans, animals and the environment.

William Lewis : The point really is: "It continues today", and those of us that participate are the problem, individually "WE" need to change our ways.

rina melendez : Thank you for educating us. May this help humanise people and fight against divide and conquer mentality.

Airis Dämon : Once again, the comments section is filled with the shite of people who could not care less about history, unless of course it glorifies the same subset of white conquerors and murderers they were taught to revere in primary school. Oh ... wait ... some actually do not mind the candidness when it is followed by "but that is not to say the brown skinned natives were not also a pack of murderous, rapacious wolves like their white, colonial overlords." Bothsiderism has the side effect of creating a sense of smug satisfaction and extreme apathy towards side issues which actually matter. Call now and find out if Ataraxia is for you.

jamesoneful : the brits. at home did not do well either.

jamesoneful : the entire british empire was built on the backs of small poor english children. i want this to be a balanced ideal. this is how elites work . kid sin england

Katie V : Thank you for making this. The horror.

jamesoneful : lets makes sure we understand the british people were treated as rubbish with children working ten hour days at age 6 in workhouses.

Carl Barron : #Capitalism at its very worst The true legacy of Christopher Columbus: 'Western Civilization' or did Blair & Bush surpass this in the Mass Murder for OIL in Iraq, Libya and Syria?

Forin Neim : I'm here for all the shook white folk.

M P : Good Videos, keep up the good work.

jamie fister : This is pretty much the way all europeans acted towards native populations wherever they encountered them. The sun didn't set on the British empire simply because they had good relations with everyone they encountered as they spread around the planet...if Asia hadnt been even better at warfare than the europeans they would have gone the same way as India, Kenya, most of Africa really...

gail zawacki : "We don't have to be like this". Which is a fantasy - it's how we ARE and how we have ALWAYS been. This is no doubt why the tale of horrors begins with Columbus, carefully ignoring the racism, slavery, mass murders and torture that humans of all locations on earth committed throughout history in the name of whatever tribe or religion they belonged to.

Nigel Gomme : Facebook are removing links to this video in a disturbing Orwellian act of political censorship and curtailment of freedom of political expression.

Dan Bloom : Facebook = Orwellian nonsense

Mark Time : This video should be compulsory viewing for EVERYONE in the western world!!!

Alom M. : Great video showing the true colours of columbus and the Brits. I give you respect for making this video. Can you provide some sources for the info in the video please. I have some people asking

Futures : it seems as human beings we are predators but there are psychopath predators and it would seem the world is being used as a giant chess board with ruling class psychopaths trying to gain power and control over other such groups - in the process they propagandise, bribe, manipulate and abuse essentially divide and conquer so everyone else through appeals to self interest and fear end up abusing ourselves and each other on their behalf

dannyboywhaa : When nations became corporations! Was it Dutch/English fractional reserve banking in the 17th century? (A desperate attempt to gain advantage over the Spanish and compete with their new world gold and silver and not end up speaking Spanish) Was it the English nationalisation of the Dutch East-India Company (A necessity due to French aggression and imperialism in India - don’t forget the British were trying to trade initially and sort of got forced into colonialism in India - it’s true if you’re aware of the nuanced history) Was is the creation of the federal reserve? (Intended, ironically, to mitigate the stronger nations using economic powers to bully smaller nations, ending with banking elites running the world and nations becoming mere corporations answerable to the banking cartel!) What I’m trying to point out is that it all seemed rather inevitable and that humanity has hardly enjoyed even the most fleeting glimpse of time without such behaviour throughout history? Were the people of antiquity not enslaving one another? Were the Arabs not enslaving Africans? Were the Africans and native Americans not behaving equally abhorrently to one another? Montezuma was hardly a saint, after all... How about the Mughals in India, how did they treat their Hindu and Buddhist subjects before the Europeans arrived? So what I’m asking is, is it right to frame this as uniquely a European practise over time? To concentrate on European/white atrocities alone and not give the historical context of equally abhorrent human behaviour of other population groups? I don’t think so... most of the evil and despicable things going on in the world today are not perpetrated by European/white nations - quite the opposite!

DAVE PLU MUSIC : Thank you so much for bringing this pure truth!!! I am "happy" I found out now I am not crazy... <3 PLU

Marks Moodie Mokwena : I wish more Videos of this nature can be made available to inform us about our Colonial past.

Mr.Meister : Now Europe is being driven into this madness... Lets drown Europe under other civilizations, which are brought here because they cant live where they lived, because it got too hard there... How did they live there in the first place? Can't we focus on not bringing those problems from there to Europe, but focus on building structure to handle those problems. Build a society where it is needed.

S.o.S Artist : this has been censored off facebook :(

Kentavious444 : History once again rears it's ugly head. It is difficult to accept that this is our heritage but it should be noted that this is the dark side of humanity that has the potential to grow within all of us. It is the duality of man. Good and evil.

Sasha Clarkson : Thank you for posting this.

Caelum935 : What is a history but a fable agreed upon.

Kris Hughes : Ah, George, you are so right as far as it goes, but you are forgetting the Roman conquest of Britain. You know how it goes, once abuse happens in a family, it just gets passed down.

NorthernStar : Genghis Khan anyone? Or look up the Narmer Palette. Narmer was a pre-dynastic Pharaoh, so before Egypt was truly established. Look at the decapitated bodies displayed. Similarly the birth of 'civilization' in Mesopotamia is drenched in blood. And in China. And in India. Everywhere the same. Or take the Mesoamerican cultures. The Aztecs had nothing to learn from the arriving Spanish when it came to torture, slaughter and genocide. Headhunters and cannibals in Indonesia, Africa, the Amazons. No matter where on the globe, archaeologists can hardly put a spade in the ground without finding a mass grave, stretching all the way back into the last ice age. And yet this 'project' somehow started with Columbus? His legacy? Give me a break.

MosinDisciple : "The legacy of Christopher Columbus", yet you only talk about Columbus for barely a minute using cherrypicked, sensationalized facts. Then you string together a bunch of unrelated episodes from history, conveniently ignoring other examples of non-european colonialism to try to frame it as a solely European phenomenon. This isn't historical journalism, this is historical propaganda.

MrJonnyl123 : The British working class were treated like Slaves as well by the aristocracy. Working in horrendous conditions. It was the ruling elite that was criminal not the people

Painbow : Did Africans never round people up and kill them, did native American tribes not ceaselessly slaughter one another, did Asians not invade their neighbours? I'm all for acknowledging past crimes but the narrative that those who did it most recently and most effectively (and most whitely) should bear the brunt of that acknowledgment is pure, fried... ballbags. Should we have a more 'nuanced' look at the racist Churchill? Sure. But first let's have a more nuanced look at the misogynist Ghandi and the homophobe Martin Luther King. Oh wait.

Oisin Murphy : anyone else here from KCS?

thecount25 : I've heard lots of contradictory information. Could you please provide your sources? I want to investigate and form my own opinion.

S. Kertanguy : Colombus was a crypt-jew , a marrane, an nothing has changed.

Din Sel : 2:05 "this was all done in the name of liberal free market Capitalism"... In the name of what? I see what you did there.. you associated an economic system with genocide... You are obviously very uspet about these attrocities.. that is why you use them to score cheap political points. As if people need Capitalism to be greedy or take other peoples resources by force.. because you know such a thing would never happen under Communism or Feudalism or any other system. 3:43 "From this arose the racism we see today"... you must be fucking joking right???? You think racism arose in the 1800's? You dont think racism was and is a part of any culture and race around the Globe?

Will Will : "Nothing Has Changed"............. THE WORLD WILL ONLY GET WORSE

Corina Bechira : Does anyone know the first scenes from the video... Name of the movie? Thanks in advance.

Leo Cellini : This is a horrific look at the psychopathic treatment of fellow humans. Whether it be perpetrated by regimes, institutions and corporations. Which still goes on today in secret societies, homes, tribal warfare and so on and so forth. The same crimes turn up all over the world in criminal abuse records of murder and mayhem in regions, countries and cities against humans and animals. Babies being dragged from mothers and their heads smashed to death and women being tortured and beaten, whipped and stoned to death. People being shot and crude amputations executed without painkillers continue to this day. The west, east, south and north of our globe execute slavery and trafficking of men woman and children. No one is exempt . No colour of said persons are excluded. History has fuelled the same activities and in cases barbaric traditions. This video is compelling for indigenous peoples of the past and their treatments by empires. But, to exclude the barbarism that is persistent today in many African countries , the Middle East and South America to name a few. Western countries are destroying lives of those who fight against inhumanity in science and the maiming of men women and children through experiments and the use of experimental chemicals placed on our food, injected and forced upon people by corporations and governments. Roaming armies of Africa to this day perpetrate crimes so horrific in torture against children, women and men. This is a continuing program that many European countries are inviting to their own homelands when such atrocities still go on in their own countries and with added fuel are escalating the situation and displacing people, communities and cultures at the same time. Barbarism has no boundaries, no ethnicity and doesn’t come in particular colours. It’s perpetrated by those who lead, those who are complicit and those who do or say nothing or those who promote a cultural barbarism out of traditions. We are now now smarter than that and each individual has a duty to think and reason their actions on ethical standards of humane integrity. This is our turning point to reflect. To consider punishment of others in gulags for political prisoners, prisons built by contractors to make money with complicit legal systems bribed to fill the prisons, even of innocents to make the quotas. The list of animal cruelty is hard and long. WE must look at the action of ourselves and others to understand how brutality is perpetrated and why peace on earth doesn’t exist. This has gone on through Egyptian, Roman, Aztec and throughout periods of history back to where it began in early mans culture and societies or communities. It’s been here a long time and now is the time to reform different the forms of brutality and violence and remove it. Whether it be traditional, institutional or taught. It can be removed if we find and study the agenda’s that use and perpetuate and perpetrate this to further their agenda’s.

Andy Her : Ah, synchronicity. The next video in the queue here is called "In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil." Ain't it wunnerful, just how strongly we resist the true story of how this doomed world pronounced the death sentence hanging over all our heads? The weird thing about this to me is just how resistant my fellow European-descended Americans are, both to an honest re-evaluation of how we came to this sorry pass and to the very idea of changing the course we're embarked upon. When I read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee as a very young man, it was a profoundly disturbing experience, but I pressed on, and I think it made it much easier to accept the awesome books by Charles Mann (1491 and 1493, respectively), which go into far more detail than Monbiot can here in 5 minutes, as well as providing a much broader context and evaluation of the repercussions with which we are now dealing, whether we want to or not. My only question, again, is why this is so difficult for so many people, especially my fellow Americans. Wouldn't you rather look truth in the face, in order to make a new plan, than to deny and avoid this process? Why are we so invested in hanging on to our ridiculous, counter-productive myths?

Ducoo : This is original US/English propaganda!!!! The facts what really happened to the natives is seen perfectly today by the ethnicity Americas. The places where the british colonists got their hands on is till today ethnically NOT mixed, natives were erased just a fraction survived under white rule! The places where the Spanish ruled (3/4 of American continent) are to this day ethnically Mixed!! Especially the natives not just survived they run today modern states like Bolivia, Peru and others.  THIS is the truth British Mass Murdered the Natives not another one!!!  this guy in the vid is a degenerated paid propagandist!!

Starr Wilson : Thank you for this video and your honesty. Unfortunately, no one is going to do anything to change it. It's been proven. They continue sleep walking and dreaming about "freedom" and "democracy". Neither of which we have. They would have to sleep walk because how can you sleep at night knowing you haven't done a damn thing to help? I don't.

tikataka 11 : My Love & respect for great video TRUTH must COME OUT and TRUE HISTORY learn from Start ! Now 55 and LI reserche and learning from start ! Thank you for Your time and effort to make this video and share Truth ! From Croatia , Europa ................Love & Respect .........................XXXX

Kevin Borge : There is nothing "free" when a State is involved. If you want this presentation to be more impactful and scholarly, please cite sources. Full blown egalitarianism enforced by the State is just as idiotic has it's counterpart, fascism. Ultimately the problem herein lies the belief in authority and people bowing down to people, whether that's politicians or religious leaders. Spontaneous order is what is needed, not "order" from literal psychopaths (politicians).