Last fall:

Hundreds of student protesters rallied at Oxford University’s Oriel College on Friday, calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a past pupil and benefactor of the school who made his fortune in diamonds while helping Britain seize control of southern Africa in the late 19th century.


University students will vote on whether to construct a 250ft iron statue of ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

For goodness’s sake, let’s hope this doesn’t spread over to this side of the ocean. It’s been over a decade since I read Jared Diamond’s Collapse, but I’m pretty sure this was his message about how Easter Island destroyed itself — identity politics leads to competitive statue-building, and before you know it, you’ve used up all your natural resources constructing mile-high representations of Reagan and FDR squaring off in a wrestling match.