Does Sp!ked online know our tradition better than the Economist does?

SpikedIn contrast to the Economist‘s insulting conflation of anti-interventionism and xenophobia, Spiked — which according to Wikipedia "is a British Internet magazine focusing on politics, culture and society from a humanist and libertarian viewpoint" — ran a piece last fall by Patrick West called "A ‘Little Englander’ and proud."

Unlike Stephen Merchant or the Economist, our Spiked author does address the history: "The term ‘Little Englander’ was coined in the late-nineteenth century, an imperialist slur directed at members of the Liberal Party who were opposed to the Second Boer War (1899-1902)."

And the article’s subtitle highlights the irony of the ahistorical colloquialism: "Ignore the jibes of the pro-intervention crew: it’s the Little Englanders and ‘isolationists’ who are the true internationalists."


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