Bruce Gilley of Portland State University (image above) published an article titled “The Case for Colonialism” in the decidedly anti-Colonial journal Third World Quarterly (home of the [despicable] Edward Said Award [and having notorious Noam Chomsky as a co-editor]).
In the Third World Quarterly piece, Gilley argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Western colonialism was “as a general rule, both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate in most of the places where it was found.” Gilley doesn’t claim that colonialism was free of costs and human suffering, rather that, when judging the legacy (and desirability) of colonialism, the costs must be measured against the benefits and must be judged on how colonialism fared relative to what would have happened in its absence (and what happened in its wake).
Since the publication of The Case for Colonialism in September 2017, Dr. Bruce Gilley has been a target of a smear and intimidation campaign waged mostly by academics in the U.S. and abroad. Two petitions on Change.org against him attracted thousands of signatures. The social media took an active part in the persecution. Unable to refute his arguments, his detractors resorted to what they consider insults: “The article, ‘The case for colonialism’, is a travesty, the academic equivalent of a Trump tweet, clickbait with footnotes.” (London School for Economics and Political Sciences, 1)
Finally, PSU opened an investigation against Dr. Bruce Gilley. I suggest PSU administration to remember: what goes around, comes around.