Surely lighthouses are simply a good thing?

“From a conventional view of progress, there were few projects more useful and less problematic than building lighthhouses to save life and cargo. From the shore, however, this was not so obvious. Among the local population were wreckers, who waited for storms to drive vessels ashore which they looted for cargo and parts – or who even lured vesssels to shipwreck by posting false beacons….From their perspective, lighthouse beams projected the military power of the state and the economic power of global trade at the expense of the livelihood of local populations. What the engineer [who built the lighthouses] intented as a beacon of progress, could be experienced as an intrusion of empire….[albeit] soft imperialism….”
Rosalind Williams, The Triumph of Human Empire” – a recent and excellent book that helps us understand “globalization”

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