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I think once you become a colonial country (Phillipines[1], Hawaii[2], 
Alaska[3], etc) outside people will stop thinking of you as post-colonial, 
though you might still think of yourself as post-colonial (with the 
peculiar victorious-victim-menality it brings.)

Mind you, some people think of "colonial" as a mind-set[4] rather 
than a particular political/economic arrangement[5].

(Australia administered Papua New Guinea for a few decades until
independence, so some might consider us colonial too, however we didn't
buy or fight the natives for it. We also have a chunk of Antarctica,
but the penguins are poorly armed. Some people regard our sugar
company as having been colonial on some Pacific islands.)

Rick Jelliffe

[1] http://www.boondocksnet.com/ai/twain/mtws_stupendous_joke.html
[2] http://www.freehawaii.org/cleveland.html
[3] http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/BARTLETT/colonial.html
[4] http://www.cnmi-guide.com/info/essays/affiliation/5.html
[5] http://www.townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/jg20011012.shtml

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Cowan" <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
To: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@allette.com.au>
Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2003 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] If XML is too hard for a programmer, perhaps he'd b e better off as a crossing guard

> Rick Jelliffe scripsit:
> > Though perhaps that 1 cent topic is a symptom of a person from one
> > post-colonial country weary of the inescapable influence of another
> > country. A hundred billion dollar topic!
> Hmm.  Is the U.S. a post-colonial country too?  AFAICT, the English
> have never thrown off the Norman yoke, either, even if their monarchs
> are a bunch of Germans.
> -- 
> John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan@ccil.org
> To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
> are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
> that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
>         --_The Hobbit_


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