Pip Miller – Was He A Prophet?
Pip Mill, a well-known British publisher and translator, was born in 1886 and died at the age of 33. A devout Catholic, he was known as a strong and outspoken critic of World War ll and the Spanish occupation of Ireland. His anti-imperialist views made him many enemies. However, his work and translations made him well-known throughout the world and his death inspired his fans to continue his tireless work. A review of his works will reveal his wide-ranging talent.
It was not until years later that I discovered that Pip had lived a very full and fulfilling life. Born into a poor family in Ireland, he became a translator and lived for several years in America. He married two American women and spent much of his later years traveling and writing.
Although he wrote under a pen name and exercised free speech as far as possible, no contemporary writings are available that include any criticism of the British government or leaders. Some of his Anti-Imperation materials remain highly controversial today and they must have been important and influential to him. His life and work are an impressive example of how resistance to empire can be indefinitely sustainable if it is based on moral grounds. Although the First World War was considering the watershed that forever changed the course of human history, many events and circumstances have transpired since then. The same goes for the Second World War.
Pip was certainly no shrinking violet and his anti-imperation writings standortly among the best in our literature. Some of them were deeply disturbing indeed. Others were highly intelligent and insightful. It is important to recognize how his anti-imperation stance affected his international dealings and evaluations of other nations and leaders.
We now know that he held prominent offices in the British and American governments as well as serving as a translator and reporter. But it is just as important to note how he saw the world and how he dealt with those who came across his path. These writings reveal a character completely at odds with the bombast of modern civilization. There were many shades of moderation and realism in his work. He had a clear appreciation for freedom and peace but was rather firm on preserving and promoting what he considered to be the best values of civilization and government.
We will never know exactly what prompted him to write these words, but we do have plenty of motivation to read them now. What we do know is that many people of the past including ourselves found their way to freedom and peace through his words. It’s easy to draw conclusions from his writing but it is also important to view the man as he really was. In the end, it will be up to us to choose the decisions we make in the wake of this tragic and inspiring period in which we find ourselves.