Daily Archives: February 5, 2011
Multiculturalism posits that it is possible for immigrants to eschew the dominant culture and live within their own culture in a foreign land and everything will be hunky-dory. Except reality hasn’t supported the premise – anywhere.
One of the strengths of the US is it was a melting pot, not a mixing bowl. That means that those coming to the country were assimilated into the dominant culture, not that they set up “little India” or “little Mexico” or “little Somalia” and eschewed the culture of the US. And in fact, during that assimilation, the positive aspects of the imported culture may also be assimilated and become a part of the dominant culture.
But the left found that, well, non-egalitarian I guess. Instead, they decided, in their own morally relative way, that all cultures were equal and that instead of assimilation, the non-dominant cultures should establish themselves as a whole, with the goal of treating them as equally valid and thus allowing immigrants to cling to the cultural roots while still enjoying the benefits of the dominant culture.
Boy has that been a bust. And finally a politician of note has decided the emperor has no clothes and declared it to be so. David Cameron, the UK’s PM, while speaking about certain groups who are subsidized by the UK’s government to fight extremism among Muslims there but do little in reality, said:
"Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism," the prime minister said.
"Let’s properly judge these organisations: Do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?
"These are the sorts of questions we need to ask. Fail these tests and the presumption should be not to engage with organisations," he added.
Oh my goodness … heresy among the multiculturalatti. This is a serious challenge to the basic belief that all cultures are equal and coexist. And, of course, they have reacted as such:
Luton Labour MEP Richard Howitt, a keynote speaker at the counter-rally to the EDL demo in Luton, added: "The attack on multiculturalism surrenders to the far-right ideology that moderate and fundamentalist ideas cannot be distinguished from each other, and actually undermines respect and co-operation between peoples of different faith.
"The phrase ‘muscular liberalism’ in particular sadly endorses the climate of threat, fear and violence which is present on the streets of Luton today."
Does it really? Or does it address the reality of multiculturalism’s failure. What is a the dominant culture supposed to do when it’s very existence is challenged by a perniciously different culture that this so-called “tolerance” has allowed to get a foothold and attempts to subvert? Why is it the dominant culture must endure that challenge in silence and with inaction? Why must one culture be “tolerant” while the other remains “intolerant” and bent on the destruction of the former?
It certainly doesn’t take a rocket scientist to view and assess the aim of the challenging culture. It’s a bit like the zebra muscle – once native to Russian lakes, it has somehow been introduced to the Great Lakes. They are an invasive species. Left unchallenged and untreated, they will indeed take over the habitat of native species. Would anyone argue that the problem they pose shouldn’t be addressed in light of the possible outcome?
Muslim extremism is based in an invasive religious ideology that calls for dominance world-wide by any means necessary to include violence. The UK has experienced that violence. Yet the response has been to tap-dance around the real problem and pretend that the culture that supports and funds this sort of religious ideology (which exists right there in the UK) is somehow a minority not worth worrying about. And if you worry, well, you’re the bigot.
A genuinely liberal country "believes in certain values and actively promotes them", Mr Cameron said. "Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights, regardless of race, sex or sexuality. "It says to its citizens: This is what defines us as a society. To belong here is to believe these things."
Indeed. And if you don’t believe that’s worth fighting for, then the side that does believe in doing exactly that will eventually assimilate the other culture.
Anyway, I’d like to see this sort of challenge to the god of multiculturalism made more often with prominent people who have the guts to say such things as Cameron said, and stand behind it when the expected heat rounds come flying their way. It is a pernicious and false premise based in moral relativism and cloaked in the hide of “egalitarianism”. Another “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that needs to be killed (oh, forgive my violent rhetoric /sarc) and killed as quickly as possible.