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    Have been very quite to correct me when I've pointed out that they were a dignified empire. They've carted out their own long lists of troubles and note that they only got their dignity back after they pulled back from empire building.

    Was rather surprising when I got that lecture - but they do internally still suffer racial and class tensions brought about by having been an empire.

    They are exceptional as one of the only if not only empires ever to peacefully scale back. They did NOT do it voluntarily at first. Gandhi had to make them see their empire for what it was. But after that, they did de-empire by choice.

    OMG, like, gag them with a multi-colored spoon. Like, ya know.

    by Jyotai on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:58:14 AM PST

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      despite the criticism of the Royals, I remind myself that the dumpy little great-grandmother in the head office carried off the relatively peaceful dismantling of her family's empire with grace and dignity.

      It must have been exceedingly difficult, especially given that she had been raised to preserve it. She was smart enough, and had good enough advice, to see reality instead of history. Would that other world leaders were the same.

      Great Questions of Western Philosophy: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

      by Mnemosyne on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:54:55 AM PST

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