Origine: Citato in Aaron Eske, Le strade che portano a casa, traduzione di Sara Puggioni, Piemme, Milano, 2011, p. 121 https://books.google.it/books?id=80TVx1HPutoC&pg=PA121. ISBN 88-566-1438-3
Frasi di Cecil Rhodes
Data di nascita: 5. Luglio 1853
Data di morte: 26. Marzo 1902
Cecil John Rhodes è stato un imprenditore e politico britannico, celebre per il ruolo che ebbe nell'evoluzione storica dell'Africa coloniale.
Rhodes fu un abile uomo d'affari, e costruì la sua enorme fortuna sfruttando le ricchezze naturali dell'Africa meridionale. La sua sete di ricchezza è ben rappresentata da una sua celebre frase: "tutte quelle stelle.. quegli immensi mondi che restano fuori dalla nostra portata. Se potessi, annetterei altri pianeti" .
A lui fu intitolata la colonia britannica della Rhodesia .
Frasi Cecil Rhodes
„L'impero – io l'ho sempre detto – è una questione di stomaco. Se non si vuole la guerra civile, occorre diventare imperialisti.“
Origine: Da Die Neue Zeit, XVI, 1898, 1, p. 304; citato in Lenin, L'imperialismo fase suprema del capitalismo, Lotta comunista, Milano, 2002, p. 98.
„We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories.“
Teaching a “Racist and Outdated Text”: A Journey into my own Heart of Darkness, Wong, Melody, Western Washington University, 2008-09-20 http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Resources/CEP/eJournal/v003n001/a025.shtml,
[Britten, Sarah, The Art of the South African Insult, 30° South Publishers, 2006, 167, 9781920143053]
„In order to save the forty million inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, our colonial statesmen must acquire new lands for settling the surplus population of this country, to provide new markets… The Empire, as I have always said, is a bread and butter question.“
Quoted in Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/ch06.htm#bkV22P257F01.
[William Simpson, Martin Desmond Jones, Europe, 1783-1914. p. 237, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=AGxlZbfJdy8C&pg=PA237&lpg=PA237&dq=million, 2000, Europe, 1783-1914, Routledge, 2009-06-13]
said by Rhodes to Lord Grey. [Lewis, Michell, The Life and Times of the Right Honourable Cecil John Rhodes 1853-1902, Volume 2, 178, New York and London, Mitchell Kennerly, 1910, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc2.ark:/13960/t5m90j14v?urlappend=%3Bseq=194]
Often quoted in variant forms such as "To be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life".
„To and for the establishment, promotion and development of a Secret Society, the true aim and object whereof shall be for the extension of British rule throughout the world, the perfecting of a system of emigration from the United Kingdom, and of colonisation by British subjects of all lands where the means of livelihood are attainable by energy, labour and enterprise, and especially the occupation by British settlers of the entire Continent of Africa, the Holy Land, the Valley of the Euphrates, the Islands of Cyprus and Candia, the whole of South America, the Islands of the Pacific not heretofore possessed by Great Britain, the whole of the Malay Archipelago, the seaboard of China and Japan, the ultimate recovery of the United States of America as an integral part of the British Empire, the inauguration of a system of Colonial representation in the Imperial Parliament which may tend to weld together the disjointed members of the Empire and, finally, the foundation of so great a Power as to render wars impossible, and promote the best interests of humanity.“
1877 will, quoted in Cecil Rhodes by John Flint
Gordon Le Sueur, Cecil Rhodes the Man and His Work http://books.google.com/books?id=96AYdAqncoYC&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=%22equal+rights+for+all+civilized+men%22&source=bl&ots=m1cSqKQE0h&sig=r1b3XeSqYuVKlAfdmkBZ32mP3ps&hl=en&ei=97xgS6r1CJTatgO2u8XGCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CCMQ6AEwCDgK#v=onepage&q=%22equal%20rights%20for%20all%20civilized%20men%22&f=false (2009), pg. 76
Le Sueur states that Rhodes originally said, c. 1893: "Equal rights every white man south of the Zambesi", as reported in the press, and he later "clarified" it.
„Pure philanthropy is very well in its way but philanthropy plus five percent is a good deal better.“
Attributed by J. C. Johari, Voices of Indian Freedom Movement (1993), Anmol Publications, ISBN 9788171582259, p. 207
„The native is to be treated as a child and denied franchise. We must adopt a system of despotism, such as works in India, in our relations with the barbarism of South Africa.“
Magubane, Bernard M. (1996). The Making of a Racist State: British Imperialism and the Union of South Africa, 1875–1910. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press. ISBN 978-0865432413.
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„I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race…If there be a God, I think that what he would like me to do is paint as much of the map of Africa British Red as possible…“
[The Story of Africa, http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1624_story_of_africa/page26.shtml, BBC World Service, 2009-06-13]
„The world is nearly all parcelled out, and what there is left of it is being divided up, conquered and colonised. To think of these stars that you see overhead at night, these vast worlds which we can never reach. I would annex the planets if I could; I often think of that. It makes me sad to see them so clear and yet so far.“
Quoted in The Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes (1902) by William T. Stead (a compilation of Rhodes' legal will and other biographical material)