Since the previous post on “monsters” (The Ten Worst Monsters of American History) proved diversionary for some, I thought a similar treatment of our cousins across the Atlantic would be of interest.
Since England’s history is longer than America’s, it stands to reason that it has begotten more villains. Consequently, it has been a more difficult chore to whittle the list down to ten. I have used the same criteria as the previous post, but do not have the confidence to order them as I did there. There is, though, something of a descent into greater turpitude (in terms of general influence) as the list progresses.
Archbishop William Laud (1573 – 1645). Absolute monarchist and persecutor of Puritans and Presbyterians. Not one to allow conscience or the law to get in his way, he performed a marriage for his patron and his patron’s divorcé lover. Small in stature, small is spirit, the jester of Charles I’s court punned, “give great praise to the Lord, and little laud to the devil.” And the devil finally had him; he is one of the few monsters to get what he deserved in the end.
John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1946). Sodomite, founder of the pseudoscience macroeconomics, main figure of the Bloomsbury Group. Keynes was the leading intellectual of the worst generation in modern history. Keynes did accomplish one positive thing: he was instrumental in bringing Wittgenstein back to Cambridge in 1929.
Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1475 – 1530). Hypocritical “reformer” who practiced pluralism, absenteeism, and simony. Absolutist and consummate politician, believed in centralizing authority, especially when it empowered himself. Brought back the Star Chamber and Court of Chancery which he, in turn, dominated. Gave his own epitaph: “If I had served my God as diligently as I did my king, He would not have given me over in my grey hairs.”
Mary Tudor (1516 – 1558). No Protestant could leave Bloody Mary off of his monster’s list.
King George III (1738 – 1820). No American could leave Mad King George off of his monster’s list.
H. G. Wells (1866 – 1946). Fabian, eugenicist, promoter of world government ruled by the elite. Wells revealed much of the cryptocracy’s play book in his The Open Conspiracy. Said of Stalin, “I have never met a man more fair, candid, and honest.” Fornicated with Margaret Sanger, proving he was bereft of both morality and taste. Even the homosexual Keynes showed more discrimination.
Cecil Rhodes (1853 – 1902). Malthusian, diamond tycoon (De Beers), founder of the Rhodes Scholarship, conspirator for English colonialism, lackey of the Rothschilds.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965). A complete revisionist treatment of Sir Winston is necessary. This will have to wait for a later post.
Dr. John Dee (1527 – 1609). The Queen’s conjuror. Cabalist, astrologer (he cast the horoscope for QEI’s coronation date), intellectual founder of the English empire, spy (the original 007), necromancer. Along with Spenser, Dee was the creator of the neoplatonic and hermetic Faerie Queene mythos. Dee was probably the inspiration for Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.
Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603). “Good Queen Bess” was anything but. I will save the details for a future post.
Honorable Mention — Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970). Russell did valuable work in logic, but everything he wrote on “social issues” (and his writings on these topics are legion) is rot. Wittgenstein had the right idea: “Russell’s books should be bound in two colors, those dealing with mathematical logic in red — and all students of philosophy should read them; those dealing with ethics and politics in blue — and no one should be allowed to read them.” Wittgenstein’s comment on Russell’s Marriage and Morals is the best single-sentence book review ever written. “If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no right to judge him, but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.”
A longer monsters list would include Sir Francis Bacon, John Stuart Mill, Sir Francis Galton, Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, Westcott and Hort, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur C. Clarke, Viscount Alfred Milner, Arthur Balfour, and every Stuart king and just about every post-Stuart monarch.