By Jamaica Kincaid
An excellent examine colonialism and its results in Antigua--by the writer of Annie John
"If you visit Antigua as a vacationer, this can be what you can see. when you come through aeroplane, you are going to land on the V. C. poultry overseas Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) fowl is the leading Minister of Antigua. you'll be one of these vacationer who may ask yourself why a major Minister would need an airport named after him--why now not a faculty, why no longer a clinic, why now not a few nice public monument. you're a vacationer and you have got no longer but noticeable . . ."
So starts Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which indicates us what we've not but visible of the ten-by-twelve-mile island within the British West Indies the place she grew up.
Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright via turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place can't support yet enlarge our imaginative and prescient of 1 small position and all that it signifies.
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Moralist Alan Wheelis says, “Morality is a wall. ”35 But if morality is a wall, it is a metaphorical or fake wall, a wall built with words, not bricks; a wall that will not stop us amoralists. So 34 Medlin, Brian, “Ultimate Principles of Ethical Egoism,” Morality and Rational Self-Interest, edited by David P. Gauthier, Prentice Hall, 1970, p. 58. 35 The Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary, Reader’s Digest Association, 1968, p. 880. 46 The Myth of Natural Rights and Other Essays if you want to be safe from us, Alan Wheelis, you’d better build some real walls.
I have never jumped off a cliff precisely because my experience with jumps from lesser heights leads me to agree that the natural consequence of jumping off a cliff (without something like a hang-glider to break one’s descent) is death or at least serious injury. However, I have plenty of experience 10 LeFevre, Robert, “Moral Law,” Rampart Individualist, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 15. 11 Konkin, Samuel Edward, III, “Reply to LeFevre,” Strategy of the New Libertarian Alliance,” No. 1, p. 28. 37 The Myth of Natural Rights with “invasion,” both as an invader and an invadee.
8 Bentham, Jeremy, Anarchical Fallacies, quoted in Maurice Cranston, op. , p. 18 35 The Myth of Natural Rights of the inventors. ” 9 It is misleading, therefore, to contrast natural law with man-made law, for natural law is just as surely man-made as any governmental law. The difference is that laws made by government are enforced by the punishment of detected violators by the government while natural laws are not enforced by the punishment of violators by nature. ” LeFevre writes: Here is a man who spends his life cheating, stealing and robbing others.
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid