A topical Churchill quote (and probably his greatest remark):
… every time we have to decide between Europe and the open sea, it is always the open sea we shall choose.
Such a Britain would not only be worth something, it would be worth everything. (But it’s gone.)
A relevant Sailer comment:
In the American mind, land powers are seen as militarist, brooding, and no fun: Sparta, Prussia, the Soviet Union, and now Putin’s Russia. In contrast, sea powers are the good guys, the cool kids: Athens, Holland, England, and America. […] With natural defenses and a high-tech military, sea powers generally didn’t need enormous conscript armies, martial discipline, and centralized economic control. Instead, sea power was conducive to liberty at home and adventure capitalism abroad. [There’s an additional ‘adventure capitalism’ link, which freaked out my antivirus program.]
… and a Dugin recollection.