Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Short on Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is a Western phenomenon. The problem is that the people immigrating to these countries want to change Western countries to be like the places they come from.

Complacent behaviour and passive attitudes towards external threat is widespread in the West. A loss of nationalism and cultural traditionalism has broken the bonds between people in nations and weakened their response to react to the aggressive cultural war that has been ongoing since the dawn of man. Our idea to embrace other cultures into our land has failed for obvious reasons because respecting other cultures moral values only works if they reciprocate this philosophy otherwise we are simply submitting and recognizing that their intolerant views are morally equal to our own views

Contrary to what modern Liberalists assert, we in the West do have a cultural identity of our own. A culture created by the amalgamation of all Europeans with Judeo-Christian democratic views; this is what makes us unique as a people. Had this great amalgamation not taken place there would still be an ongoing tribalistic feud between various European ethnicities as demonstrated during the era of the great imperialist empires.

A distinction needs to be made between personal equality and cultural equality. Multiculturalism, the idea of cultural equality within a state, was doomed from the start. Treating foreign cultures within our borders as equally legitimate as our own fuels a power struggle to see whose set of beliefs will come out on top. Intolerance is in fact a useful attitude for it protects our society from being socially dominated by those who wish to radically change it.

Today's example is our Liberal colleagues ceding power to the demands of minorities; in particular Moslems who are more aggressive and outspoken when it comes to trying to replace our values with their own. A well documented example of this has been their ongoing struggle to establish some form of Shar'ia Law in Canada. This is where intolerance is not such a bad word for Shar'ia law is anti-democratic, views religion and state as one governing body and legalizes the abuse of women and non-Moslems.

One of the many reasons the generations of today embrace the idea of multiculturalism is that they have never experienced the hardship of having to defend their own freedom. This was done in preceding generations: World War Two and the Cold War. None of these culturalists have been under personal threat or had to fight against an adversary whose moral code is fundamentally different than their own. Thus the 'idea' of a culturally diverse society seems like a noble cause but realistically that is not how the history of sociology has ever functioned. As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently put it:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants."

Excerpts of a speech given by Andrew Klavan:

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have all declared that Multiculturalism is a failure. Multiculturalism is the philosophy that every culture is morally valid and no one culture has the right to impose it's values on another.

Thus if someone escapes the hell-hole of their country and comes to your country to enjoy it's freedoms they shouldn't be forced to learn the principles and customs on which those freedoms stand, but instead should be able to retain the charming native language, religion and manners that turned their country into a hell-hole in the first place.

This system helps to avoid the cultural chauvinism implied by assimilation.

From broad-minded ancient writers like Herodotus, through canny conquerors like Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar to the philosophies of Jesus, tolerant acceptance of other cultures has evolved into a central Western value. Other cultures don't have that tolerance so we have to tolerate their intolerance...

Multiculturalism is based on the equally sound philosophy as moral relativism which holds that nothing is absolutely right or wrong... except that nothing is absolutely right or wrong (paradox).

As Shakespeare put it. "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." Actually, Shakespeare gave those words to Hamlet who was pretending to be insane when he said them which is to imply that moral relativism isn't just crazy it's fake crazy because no one's really crazy enough to believe it."

Excerpts from of speech given my Mark Steyn:

"To address multiculturalism more broadly what I find fascinating is you take traditionalisms: fascism, Nazism, communism. They are almost by definition 'isms' designed to provoke and argument:

Some guy comes up and says "I'm a fascist." and you say " Oh yeah? Well I'm a communist!"

They are designed to be oppositional. Multiculturalism is the slipperiest 'ism' because it doesn't invite an argument, it says there's no point to having an argument. It says basically that if everything is of equal value what the hell is the point of talking about any of it? And that is what makes it such an illusive enemy to get a hold on.

Now almost every Western country has signed up to full blown multiculturalism and I say just every Western country because the interesting thing about multiculturalism is that it's a unicultural phenomenon. You can't be multicultural in Saudi Arabia, it's impossible. And so if the purpose of your culture is to celebrate multiculture, you're in effect saying "Our bedrock belief is that we believe in everything." which is the same thing as saying we believe in nothing. Our core value is that we have no core values.

I think multiculturalism is two things; a cult of ignorance and I'm old enough to have been taught by all teachers who went back to the days when there was a big map in the classroom and there were bits of red in the map to mark the British empire. And these guys had spent a couple of years out in obscure islands teaching the natives about Shakespeare and the glories of Rome and all the rest of it. And they were very clear, they were tremendously multicultural in the sense that they new tons and tons about other cultures. They knew phenomenal things about obscure tribes that nobody else was ever going to hear about. They could speak all kinds of obscure languages that nobody is ever going to speak and yet the fact of the matter is they knew all about these other cultures but they knew which culture was objectively superior to that.

Now you don't need to know anything about other cultures. The great thing about multiculturalism is it absolves you of knowing anything. If you go to people who believe in multiculturalism and say, "What are the principle exports of Nepal?" They can't tell you.

A couple of days after September 11th I went to Dartmouth College, I had to look something up in the library there and outside the library there's a demonstration saying "war is never the answer", one of these things. They go. "This war's a terrible thing, what you best remember is you gotta address the root causes." And I go, "Oh yeah, what’s that?" and they go, "Well poverty breeds resentment breeds desperation breeds hostility.." and I said, "Oh yeah? What's the capital of Saudi Arabia?" Nobody knows anything.

Multiculturalism is not about knowing anything about other cultures, it's about feeling warm and fluffy about them.

I'm sure every member on this panel has had this experience. You're giving some speech somewhere, you're on some radio show, someone calls in, and I had this experience on NPR the other day somebody called up and said "Well I think you're being very heirarchical." and I said "What do you mean?" He said, "Well you just said most Muslim countries aren't free." and I said "Look, that is a fact. If you take for example countries where just 20% of the population is Muslim, only three of them qualify as free: Serbia and Montenegro, Benin and Surinam." and then the guy goes, "What do you mean they're not free?" And then you start reeling off objective statistics about literacy, about GDP per capita, about women's rights, about votes and democracy. These are facts, what we used to call before the multicultural age, facts. And so you reel off five facts and the guy goes, "Oh yeah, well that's just your opinion."

Robert Frost famously said writing free verse "it's like playing tennis with the net down."

And discussing cultural relativism with cultural relativists is like playing tennis with someone who says your ace is just a social construct. So that is why it is really the most illusive thing that we have to deal with in our society. It's all but impossible because it's a denial of reality."

"Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population, with many British elites patting themselves on the back for their tolerance and multiculturalism."
Linda Chavez

"The lax multiculturalism that urges Americans to accept the unacceptable from their fellow citizens is one of this nation's greatest vulnerabilities in the war on terror."
Richard Perle

"What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture."
Thomas Sowell


  1. I'd like to call myself a multiculturalist, since I'm rather proud of having read Moses, Paul, and Lao Zi in their original languages. But, because the term has been hijacked by those who'd celebrate ignorance, I refrain from calling myself such.

    BTW, I support myself as a professional swindler of the young--oops, public high school teacher who wants to protect his job by following the curriculum.