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March 05, 2008

Political Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Hibernia Girl wonders why our elites so hate the idea of monocultural societies.

* Lester Hunt confesses that he's basically an anarchist, and is hilarious on the topic of contemporary political moderates.

* Fred Reed gives a talk to a gathering of the American Renaissance gang, and finds the experience not all that unpleasant.

* As nuts as he has been about the mideast war, Victor Davis Hanson nonetheless does a great job of spelling out the basics where immigration issues in the US and Europe go.

* It's one of the most taken-for-granted demographic/political assumptions around: that, because of the large number of soon-to-retire Boomers, the country simply couldn't go on without scads of immigrants. Well, it's also untrue. Dean Baker explains why.



posted by Michael at March 5, 2008


"Everyone needs a god; Europeans have turned their backs on the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and adopted in its place a Rousseau or Foucault as totems." Oh bother.

I'll be forever grateful to the producers of the movie "300" - if only because it describes, exactly, the mental universe armchair crusaders like VDH in live.

Being a Mexican-American with a large Mexican-American family, and having met actual, living breathing Frenchmen and Muslims, I can safely attest that, although there are obvious social rifts between immigrants and "natives" in America and Europe, the western world is not going to disappear before hordes of semi-civilized brown barbarians. Questions of assimilation and (in the case of Europe) religious extremism are valid; the sort of fear-based fantasy VDH and Mark Steyn peddle in their books are not.

VDH has fans to the extent he describes his fantasy in a vivid, arresting tones. His exact, commanding tones and Churchillian rhetoric make his daydreams very realistic, and assuming you listen to AM talk radio all day, it seems very imposing. But none of it should be mistaken for reality if you're one of those brave, intrepid people who actually live and talk to those strange invader Mexicans.

A little more posting about art and architecture, if you please.


Posted by: The Mechanical Eye on March 5, 2008 1:53 PM

MO -- I feel the same way about VDH myself so far as his war-mongering goes. But his presentation of facts and concerns about immigration strikes me as substantial. Skyrocketing population. Cultural worries. Ethnic upheavals. Increasing inequality. Assimilation being next to impossible in an era of all-but-official multiculturalism. And the whole thing happening in defiance of what most people want. So: divisiveness, squared if not cubed. I'm surprised that these would strike you (or anyone) as insubstantial concerns.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 5, 2008 2:12 PM

MB, I think that Hibernia might be asking the wrong question. I don't think that the Eiltes hate Mono-Culturism. I think that the Elites subscribe to Political Correctness and PC demand Multi-Culturism.

This may sound like a small semantic argument, but I do think it is an important distinction. People (most, at least) care about power. And ataining power with Politically Incorrect ideas is very difficult. So, you must subscribe to the PC Religion.

For me, the question is, "Why is Multi-Culturism PC and Mono-Culturism Un-PC?".

And I think that the answer has to do with Intelligent, Sensitive people knowing the consequences of loving traditional Mono-Culturism.

For instance, did all cultures add equally to the World's best Literature, Architecture, Political Science, Art, Sculpture, Music, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics over the last 600 years? Well, Charles Murray doesn't think so.

This is not a perfectly fleshed out theory. But, I think that the Intelligent, Sensitive People (i.e. the Elites) are able to see that it is difficult to be sensitive to everyone when everyone is not the same (and not equal in all ways).

Just think of some Teacher/Coach saying to some 5'6" 18 year old that it is extremely unlikely that he will fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA. Many people, especially girls/women, find this mean or possibly even cruel.

Yet, that Teacher is probably thinking about the boys' best interests. But his direct and honest approach with giving the kid advice is seen as bad. He is the bad guy.

"Follow your heart", "Never care what anyone else thinks", etc. This is the advice that he should have been giving. Yes, it is meaningless, but, well, that is the point. Each person is allowed to interpret generic advice any way they want.

Specific advice is built from specific ideas and values. Some ideas and goals are valued higher than others.

Most people I know seem to have no problem with America (or Canada) being influenced by, say, traditional British, French or Italian culture. The literature, music, science, name it. Most seem to have no problem being influenced by traditional Japanese culture, even though it feels more "foreign".

But most do not look at Mexico and long for the day that we have a more Mexican culture. And, for this, they must be racists. Why? Because they value some more cultures than others.

Well, with more and more Multi-Culturism, we will not need to worry about this.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on March 5, 2008 4:45 PM

Multiculturulism is simply the most aggregated level of the systematic destruction of mediating social structures practiced by political systems (and their intellectual toadies) throughout the twentieth century. Family? Weaken it, fragment it, shrink it, and make its members that much more isolated, atomized and controllable. Clan? Tribe? Locality? Same thing. Same outcome. Destroy everything between the naked individual and the state and you've got the perfect controllable mass of subjects, wide open and shivering in the flattened wind-blown social landscape, so bare, so empty now that they've cut all the trees down. And eager for someone (anyone!) to look after them, give them some...what? Warmth? Togetherness? Security, certainly, since they're not going to find it anywhere else in the dead flat world power has made for them.

The bureaucrats, technocrats don't hate mono-cultural societies. It's precisely genuine multi-culturalism that they hate, and a pulverized, atomized mono-culture that they want to impose EVERYWHERE.

Christ, I'm sounding like John S Bolton. I need some valium.

Posted by: PatrickH on March 5, 2008 6:34 PM

Spot on, PatrickH! No-one should assume that the chaos brought about by unchecked immigration, and state-funded multiculturalism, is accidental; rather, one should assume our elites know all too well, what they are doing, and that they are pursuing a deliberate policy of "dissolving the people", and "electing another", to borrow from Bertolt Brecht.

Posted by: Will S. on March 8, 2008 7:08 PM

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