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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. John
    April 18, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    "All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"

    …said Reg, a Jew oppressed by the Roman occupation of Jerusalem, but was actually a played by an actor from Britain, whose era of empire had pretty much just ended.


  2. Jack Graham
    April 18, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Interesting. I like that movie, and that's a funny sketch, but – to be humourless for a moment – it shows how pervasive the idea that empire brings the benefit of civilization to the conquered really is. Truth is, even in Rome proper, we know who really got the benefits. All those impressive aquaducts didn't bring sanitation and public health; the water went to the fountains of the rich.


  3. Lucy McGough
    April 20, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    "Gosh, don't you just love Roman civilization?" thought Jesus as he hung on the cross, looking down on the soldiers playing dice for his clothes…


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