France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes

Four officers were injured (two badly burned) when around 15 “youths” (Muslim gang-members) swarmed their cars and hurled rocks and firebombs at them. Police were aggrieved when the minister of interior called the attackers “little wild ones.”

Source: France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes

“Under this politically correct dictatorship, Western culture has established two principles. First, freedom of speech can be restricted any time someone claims that an opinion is an ‘insult.’ Second, there is a vicious double standard: minorities, especially Muslims, can freely say whatever they want against Jews and Christians.

“There is no better ally of Islamic extremism than this sanctimony of liberal censorship: both, in fact, want to suppress any criticism of Islam, as well as any proud defense of the Western Enlightenment or Judeo-Christian culture.”

I have striven to minimize, but not eliminate, contemporary political commentary in this blog, although I have never made any attempt to hide the fact that I am a traditionalist, and vigorously pro-Western, pro-European. But both tradition in general, and Western culture and values in particular, are unfortunately under vigorous assault in today’s world, both from radical, militant, ideological Islam, and from supposedly “liberal” activists on the political left, who are in reality anything but.

Classical liberalism could perhaps best be encapsulated in the old saying, rarely heard anymore, that “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Today’s “liberals,” so-called, seem to hold the opinion that “if I disagree with what you say, I will fight to the death to suppress your right to say it.”

It is hard to imagine a more illiberal point of view! Or one more calculated (whether intentionally or inadvertently) to facilitate the rise of militant Islamic ideology, by undercutting, indeed, by demolishing, traditional Western values and traditions: from Christianity, to intellectual and personal freedom, to the rule of law.

Yes, there have sometimes been, and will doubtless continue to be, tensions and disagreements between and among these spheres. But the classical, historic Western approach has been to attempt to resolve them through vigorous and open debate: not deciding ahead of time which is right, and silencing all opposition. When certain elements — such as the medieval Roman Church, or the Soviet Union — have attempted to stifle this spirit of debate, there has been push-back, and eventual reform… or even revolution.

We are starting to see that push-back developing today, and it is healthy and necessary. Unfortunately the purveyors of political correctness are pushing back themselves, labeling those who seek to defend Western culture, traditions, and values as Nazis, Fascists, and various types of “-phobes.” But like the boy that cried wolf, that only works for so long.

Just as water boiling in a closed container will eventually burst the boundaries of that container, so the human desire for freedom – of expression, of association, and much more – will eventually burst through the confines of the politically-correct bottle, and the longer and more vigorously confined and suppressed it is, the more dramatic that eruption will be.

Those on today’s ostensibly “liberal” left need to be more cautious, and more historically aware, if they wish not to be caught in an explosion for which they themselves have mixed the ingredients. The tide of history is not necessarily on their side; indeed, an objective look at our past would indicate quite the contrary!

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Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which out techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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