actually, I don't think it tried any such thing anyway.

They held elections and put the people who got majority into positions of power.

In any case, you seem to be arguing for old-style colonialism based on crushing military superiority.

Old-style colonialism wasn't based on crushing military superiority, during the British Raj the number of British born troops in India was a tiny fraction the the native troops. Thus the British relied on the cooperation of large numbers of Indians and Indian troops.

Even leaving aside whether it will work in our times,

What do you mean by this? Are you saying that the laws of nature somehow changed over the past century?

They held elections and put the people who got majority into positions of power.

Elections are no big deal. Mugabe holds elections, Putin holds elections, hey, even Assad recently held elections.

Old-style colonialism wasn't based on crushing military superiority

Yes, it was. Certainly, it wasn't just military superiority, especially once the colonies were established, and the British, for example, became masters of control through political and financial means as well. However the military strength was the underlying bedrock.

Are you saying that the

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