The White Man’s Burden

Hold your horses and give this one a chance.

Ok, so in this episode, we’re taking a look at the poem “The White Man’s Burden” written in 1899 by Rudyard Kipling when the tide of American Imperialism was growing strong. It presents an idea that it is the “white man’s” responsibility to elevate the lifestyle and circumstance of the people native to the land’s they were conquering. Many would claim it was just a way to justify a horrible act, and some would say that the people advocating imperialism were doing so because they genuinely thought they were improving the lives of others and therefore contributing to the greater good. As we look at this poem, we’ll take the time to look at some of the meaning behind what’s being said, the environment of the time and the rightness or wrongness of their approach to “bettering humanity”.

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See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Beer:

Sanctimonium – True Vine Brewing Company

The Links:

The White Man’s Burden by Rudyard Kipling

2 thoughts on “The White Man’s Burden

  1. David says:

    I would argue that this is how the republican and democratic parties view the american people, child “deplorable” devil’s who’s lives will be improved the the wisdom of leader in the party, and the backlash to this social Darwinism set the conditions that allowed Trump to win.

    1. jwilford says:

      Wow, never thought of it like that before. I do think there is some merit to them thinking they are made of a finer clay as Frédéric Bastiat would say.

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