Quotation by Jane Kramer

Americans share with the English that conscientious befuddlement, that sanguine, profitable naivete, which has let the English make wars and build empires and plot whole continents like kitchen gardens—all the time ignoring the cost in human terms because they knew that the fellahin and the dukawallahs, and even the homegrown workers and soldiers of their adventure, had sacrificed themselves proudly in a common cause, and not out of poverty or desperation or surrender. England is America's lesson in an imperial liberalism worn like horse blinkers against the disconcerting truth of why people work and suffer.
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