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Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Ghost of Marx

Karl MarxLeft/right, liberal/conservative, red/blue, what are the sociological/psychological roots of this divide? Leftists present themselves as super-altruists who simply want peace and justice for everyone, except maybe their arch-enemies - the greedy self-centered corporate fatcat idiot-genius Right Wingnuts oppressing the world. This Fjordman essay takes a long hard look from the other direction.
The Left have become ideological orphans after the Cold War, or perhaps we should call them ideological mercenaries. Although the viable economic alternative to capitalism didn’t work out, their hatred for this system never subsided, it merely transformed into other forms. Multiculturalism is just a different word for “divide and conquer,” pitting various ethnic and cultural groups against each other and destroying the coherence of Western society from within.
Multiculturalism. Political correctness. Victimology. Class warfare. Different faces of the same beast.
In Norway, a tiny Scandinavian nation that was until recently 99% white and Lutheran Christian, native Norwegians will soon be a minority in their own capital city, later in the whole country. And still, Norwegian politicians, journalists and University professors insist that there is nothing to worry about over this. Multiculturalism is nothing new, neither is immigration. In fact, our king a century ago was born in Denmark, so having a capital city dominated by Pakistanis, Kurds, Arabs and Somalis is just business as usual. The most massive transformation of the country in a thousand years, probably in recorded history, is thus treated as if it were the most natural thing in the world. To even hint that there might be something wrong about this has been immediately shouted down as “racism.”
Likewise is the US. Were the Native Americans who didn't like the White Man flooding his lands nothing but racist xenophobes?
In Germany, Hans-Peter Raddatz in his book “Allahs Frauen” (Allah’s Women) dissects the destructive attitude of Multiculturalism that is shared by many civil servants, journalists, politicians and lawyers in Germany and the EU. In particular, he documents how the German Green Party has a program for dismantling and dissolving the Christian “Leitkultur,” or common culture, that so far has been the foundation of Germany and the West. Raddatz thinks that the decades of Muslim immigration are used as an instrument for breaking down the institutions, norms and ideas that the Left has earlier tried to break down through economics. From powerful positions in the media, public institutions and the system of education, these Multiculturalists are working on a larger project of renewing a Western civilization that, according to them, has failed.
Green sitzpinklers Trojan Horsing Germany? Say it ain't so!
Much of the political Left is simply engaged in outing their opponents as evil, instead of rationally arguing against their ideas. Attaching labels such as “racist” or even “Fascist” to anyone criticizing massive immigration or Multiculturalism has become so common that Norwegian anti-Islamists have coined a new word for it: “Hitling,” which could be roughly translated to English as “to make like Hitler.” The logic behind “hitling” is a bit like this: “You have a beard. Adolf Hitler had facial hair, too, so you must be like Hitler. Adolf Hitler liked dogs. You have pets, too, you must be like Hitler. Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian. You like carrots, you are just like Hitler.”

Any “right-winger” can be slimed with such accusations. Curiously enough, the reverse is almost never true. Although Marxism may have killed 100 million people during the 20th century and failed in every single society in which it has ever been tried out, there seems to be little stigma attached to being a Leftist. The fact that Leftists can get away with this and claim to hold the moral high ground amply demonstrates that we didn’t win the Cold War. We let our guard down after the fall of the Berlin Wall and never properly denounced the ideology behind it. This is now coming back to haunt us.
Well, actually I can attest there is enough of a stigma attached to being a Leftist that simply using the word will get you some grief from anyone who feels their left-handed ideas are under attack. Personally I don't understand it. Call me a Rightist, wingnut, neocon, facist. Feel better now?

I have a blog. Adolf Hitler made bunkers out of big logs, I am just like Hitler.


Blogger flippityflopitty said...

Political correctness, victimology and class warfare aside...

Now multi-culturism is something to fear? Isnt it the basic tenet of our country? As much as some want to believe english is the national language and this is a "christian nation" - it's not. English happens to be the universal language and christianity happens to be the dominant religion.

Do you really want a mono-cultured society? Walmart, Home Depot, McD's (or if you prefer Taco Smell), coca cola, Starbucks, blah, blah... Keep it up and the Sal's Birdlands will all fade away to memory.

No one is asking you (all) to embrace the variety of cultures that fill our society, you can choose to avoid or ignore, but then you will miss some of the things that make this country special.

Yesterday, I heard a radio show where the caller was spouting he was so damn tired of buying products with directions in ten different languages ".. time to make english the national language!". Too bad he didnt take a millisecond to realize the multi-national corporation who made the product was catering to the global marketplace and could give a rat's ass about what language the purchaser could read.

Multi-culturism is a direct effect of the opening of the global market and rightwing nuts who fear it should think about the harvest before sowing their seeds.

6/20/2006 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

"English happens to be the universal language and christianity happens to be the dominant religion."

Cultural relativism like this is one face of multiculturalism. And it is a threat because it values a distorted truth.

I do not agree English or Christianity "happens to be". Our heritage is indelibly interwined with our success. Civilization south of English/French influence, down where Spanish/Portugese heritage dominates, is a political and economic basketcase. That doesn't just "happens to be" either.

Our government, imperfect as it is, and our methods of business, including the corporations you fear, are superior to all other rivals by a simple measure: they have produced a prosperity and longevity not only unmatched across this planet in the here and now, but as far back as recorded history goes. For that we should apologize, pretend it is not that way, or just "happens to be"?

I love to embrace the variety of other cultures, when I visit them. When visitors come to my home I would expect them to celebrate my culture and make it their own. We wouldn't want to turn the planet into a collection of McCultures now would we?

6/20/2006 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger flippityflopitty said...

"We wouldn't want to turn the planet into a collection of McCultures now would we?"

Wasnt that my point?

English "happens to be" for the same reason latin "happened to be" and sumerian and others infinitum. The dominant trading force appears to be the dominant language. There is no insult being directed, its fact.

The very principle of being american is accepting of all cultures - english, french, spanish, portuguese, german, nordic, swahili, chinese, whatever... It is exactly why our "multiculturist" society succeeds - we share a common thread and its not language, religion, dress, politics or economics. It is the desire to succeed and live freely.

Multiculturism isnt a threat.

Political correctness - overcompensation to bigotry.

Victimology - lame excuse.

Class warfare - there's a beast. A capitalist society is damned to have it. There's no utopia.

6/21/2006 07:57:00 AM  

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