Excerpt from The New Empire Within Britain

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by Salman Rushdie

"It sometimes seems as British authorities, no longer capable of exporting governments, have chosen instead to import a new Empire, a new community of subject peoples of whom they think, and with whom they can deal, in very much the same way as their predecessors thought of and dealt with 'the fluttered folk and the wild', the 'new-caught, sullen peoples, half-devil and half-child', who made up, for Rudyard Kipling, the White Man's Burden. In short, if we want to understand British racism - and without understanding no improvement is possible - it's impossible even to begin to grasp the nature of the beast unless we accept its historical roots."

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