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is stride over to the coffee machine with an air of great purpose and authority.
hit me with an insult so deft and belletristic that I collapsed, instantly, into a blubbering mess of hot regretful tears. As I sat there, licking my wounds, he snidely berated me for consuming animal product.
I did not live under Margaret Thatcher; I was born far from Britain and her government, in a colony of the other significant empire of her time. I can write only from that limited perspective.
Margaret Thatcher was a rare person, a highly competent extremist. I do not mean to mock or belittle her accomplishments, which are impressive by any standard; nor do I deny, or want to deny, the very real and terrible prejudices and structural evils she overcame in her ascension to power. I want only to evaluate her as I imagine she would have preferred to be evaluated, by her actions and by what they meant for the world.
Margaret Thatcher used her considerable skill and intelligence to impose her ideology on a country that suffered for it. She destroyed Britain’s manufacturing industry, belittled and mocked her fellow women, criminalized homosexuality, and left her country a crueler and more fragile place. She befriended and defended murderers and tyrants. She mocked the deaths of innocents in her war of choice. She was one of the most significant world figures of our time; she shaped everything that came after. We are still living in her world, and in every sense we are poorer for it.
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