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.

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?"

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.

Stephen Barlow : Excellent powerful presentation of these facts.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

Dan Bloom : Facebook = Orwellian nonsense

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

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

Sasha Clarkson : Thank you for posting this.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Farzana Patel : Lol this idiot pretends that Columbus just killed for the sake of killing. Columbus was a conquerer, no different to any other people's anywhere in the world. Africans were warlords and conquerers amongst themselves as well. Indian mughals and Mongols were conquerers and warlords. The Muslim Ottomans were conquerers and warlords. The native Indians in America consisted of constant of warring groups like the Apache, Navajo, Cheyenne etc. There is no nation in the history of the world that did not engage in conquest, killing and pillaging of other nations, tribes etc. This attempt to demonize only a specific set of the global population for the same or similar crimes committed by almost all peoples anywhere in the world is indicative of the explicit anti European bias of the narrator.

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.

Ambesh Pratik : No wonder this video has been censored from Facebook. What's circulating is the PraegerU propaganda video about Columbus. The truth has to be whitewashed to manipulate people and turn them against each other.

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.

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

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?

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

RupePhoto : Carry on Monbiot, but surely we need to reduce the human population before mother nature does it for us.

Driving Guy Idaho : Very leftist video. Obviously had an agenda. Perhaps a lot of white guilt. You can easily make a video showing every country, tribe, or civilization as being brutal and inhumane. But when they do show a video of the brutality of a people, other than whites, they portray it as part of their culture that should not be judged. Yet they cant say "at that time it was part of the white (British or whatever) culture", and be portrayed in a more fyi point of view. Instead its more like "by the way what you always thought was false or just in case you didnt know, and your white, you do in fact belong to a racist, fascist, horrible race that has brutalized people all over the globe and continues to do so, so you should feel really bad for who you are even though you weren't even born and it happened in another country". Its not that whites didnt do bad things, but to portray them is being the evilest ethnicity in history is unfair. All races (ethnicities whatever) have done their fair share of atrocities. Btw white americans and brits don't go around saying "hey world you owe us because we brought you into the 21st century". Nobody says this. But leftist feel that we should feel no sense of pride. We should feel bad, shut our mouths, and maybe even pay people back (reparations). I am proud of my country's accomplishments while understanding that many times men failed and did do horrible things. Just as i look at offensive things other races have done, including indians and native Americans through a historical, cultural perspective - i do the same with my own race. So I'm going to focus on the positives of every race. Why learn how mankind failed in any race - and dont give me the whole "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it". I dont see an explorer in 2018 going to an island and feeding the local children to his dogs. I am a history major and learning of atrocities by any race has not enlightened me at all. Building a relationship with Jesus Christ has enlightened me and helped me help others. For everybody who liked this video, and is white, ask yourself how you felt while watching? Did you feel pride? Did you feel ashamed? Did you feel humbled? Probably ashamed and humbled. Now how is this new feeling going to help your life. Are you going to be nice to other races? Well, you should love all your brothers and sisters naturally. And here is a real world analogy you can use. Next time a friend or family member buys a new car and is excited and proud of their new vehicle - do a lot of research on all the negatives of the company, like poor collision rating, poor resale value, bad gas mileage, many recalls for faulty airbags, expensive maintenance, cheap materials, etc. Or perhaps the company just laid off 5,000 American workers. Are you really just giving some helpful fyi's or maybe you just dont like the company? Maybe your jealous? Whatever the reason did it help? Does it really help to expose the historical atrocities of any race or culture. I dont like reading how native Americans nations treated other native American nations. I know there were atrocities. Why learn about how brutal men can be? It doesnt help me. It just brings me down even though i know it was a whole 'nother world - with different values, different economical and social issues. As an instructor I'd like to say that maybe the guy doing the video just wants the world to see how intelligent he is. (Sometimes i do that) But perhaps he has deep negative feelings and wants you to feel the same. Maybe he really does have a lot of guilt and shame for what his ancestors did? Maybe he hates himself which makes it easier to hate others - especially other whites like himself. Why do i think such negative thoughts? Why do assume such bad things about this guy? Perhaps it is from years of being taught that white men are bad and have alterior motives. Kinda like what this white guy is trying to enlighten me about in his video. The very thing the leftist are trying to enlighten you on could be the very thing that is making you more synical, more racist, more negative, more paranoid, more judgmental? So either the leftist dont know what their doing to our precious psyche or they actually do know and have an agenda. I'm sorry but i cant give them the benefit of the doubt. I do believe that it is part of their agenda to destroy white history, especially positive white history, in order to gain power and satisfy their desire for revenge, which is based on an underlying hatred of whites. Yes i live in America, there are plenty of white people who would do anything not to be white. So please, next time you get curious, as i was, please move on to the next video. Dont let it put hate or fear into your heart.

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).

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.

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?

Mutabi Mubile : Christopher Columbus was found guilty for crimes against humanity and he was judged in 1500 for that. Witnesses were enemies , friends and indians. That's the reason we know about those atrocities. If some countries celebrate or remember October 12 it's because there is now a reality that you can't change. Those countries were founded by natives and people mixed with natives and spanish. Columbus Day is a creation of italian americans in a moment where explorers and colonialists where seen in a romantic way.

Massinissa Belkouche : Great gentleman, Mr Monbiot. That’s what our children need to be taught! Not about the atrocities of Stalin and/or Hitler but of the British Empire! An Irish man once said: The sun never sets on the British empire because God wouldn’t trust the British in the dark.... ONLY GOD WILL GIVE THEM AND OURSELVES JUSTICE