Europe: “The Era of Liberal Babble”

Uninhibited by the obvious fear [expressed by] their citizens, the EU nevertheless carries on its immigration policies. Ironically, Western political elites consider this clearly widespread sentiment against Muslim immigration “racist” and “Islamophobic” and consequently disregard it…

Source: Europe: “The Era of Liberal Babble”

“Europe, so many years after the Cold War, is ideologically divided into a new East and a West. This time, the schism is over multiculturalism. What Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has termed “liberal babble” continues to govern Western Europe’s response to the challenges that migration and Islamic terrorism have brought, especially to personal security.”

Despite repeated terror attacks by Islamic militants, despite ongoing and widespread criminal attacks – including sexual attacks against women – by the mostly-Islamic Middle Eastern and African immigrants (so-called “refugees”) that have been let into Europe in such great numbers, and worse yet despite the obvious distress of their own citizens at these attacks, the political elite of Western Europe continues to mash down hard on the self-destruct button.

“We are experiencing now the end of an era: a conceptual-ideological era,” this article quotes Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as telling supporters in 2015. “Putting pretension aside, we can simply call this the era of liberal babble. This era is now at an end.” Let us hope that he is right! But sadly, it seems to be going out kicking and screaming – and continuing to babble.

As someone with considerable German ancestry, on both sides of my family, I am particularly appalled to see the mess Chancellor Angela Merkel is making of the once-proud German nation. Kaiser Wilhelm I and his Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck – among many others – must be rolling in their graves! But the situation is no better in Sweden, France, and many other places on the Continent, and even in Britain, where a Muslim mayor tries to rule London as if it were not part of England, and Islamic enclaves in Birmingham and elsewhere function as de facto colonies and outposts of the Dar al-Islam.

It is difficult to understand what motivates this self-inflicted immolation. Part of it may be, at least in the case of Germany, their continued – and by now decidedly misplaced and neurotic – guilt over the Nazi era. Part of it may be a well-meant, but again misplaced and excessive, desire to exercise compassion. And of course a big piece is economically driven, rooted in Western Europe’s inability or unwillingness to constructively address the problem of their own declining birthrate. This is the 900-lb gorilla in the room that really does need to be dealt with; attempting to “solve” the problem by de-Europeanizing Europe itself is no solution at all!

Part of it, however, as regards Western Europe’s unwillingness to allow their citizens the means to defend themselves, may be reluctance to be seen as taking a page from the American playbook. Unfortunately, I fear that even now, 240 years on, many in Europe still see the U.S. as wild and violent children, with themselves as the wise and benevolent elders, practicing sober responsibility. If true, this is a rather ludicrous viewpoint, given events of the last century, and the current situation is Europe: their version of sober responsibility may yet destroy them! Will destroy them, if allowed to continue for too long.

But whatever the cause or combination of causes for the present debacle, something needs to change dramatically, and soon, before everything that has made Europe great for centuries – millennia – is submerged under a rising tide of barbarism. There is no time to waste!

What is cultural Marxism?

As a blog devoted to the defense and promotion of the traditional, the classical, and the enduring – or to put it another way, “the good, the true, and the beautiful” – The Anglophilic Anglican is obviously on the polar-opposite end of the spectrum from that pervasive and pernicious metapolitical phenomenon often known as “cultural Marxism.” But what is cultural Marxism, anyway?

The precise definition can vary with the individual or entity doing the defining, but it is fair to say that cultural Marxism includes at least these elements:

  1. Globalist and internationalist in scope and ethos, cultural Marxism opposes national or regional loyalty, pride, and patriotism, supporting instead transnational structures like the UN and EU.
  2. Cultural Marxism typically supports “open borders” and “liberal” (e.g., lax or nonexistence) immigration policies, employing euphemisms (such as “undocumented” instead of the factual illegal, and “refugees” rather than the more accurate “migrants”) to mask or justify its intentions.
  3. Deeply anti-traditional, cultural Marxism sees (rightly!) traditional cultural, spiritual / religious, and even political norms and values as antithetical, indeed hostile, to its goal of transforming society in its own image.
  4. Highly secular, even atheistic, cultural Marxism is opposed to traditional religious and moral values, particularly those rooted in the Christian faith, although it is willing to use quasi-religious rhetoric and the idea of interfaith “coexistence” to advance its agenda.
  5. Aggressively “multi-cultural,” cultural Marxism claims to champion “diversity,” but appears to fail to realize that making every place demographically identical is not in fact diversity, but homogeneity. Or perhaps it does realize this, and that’s part of the agenda…
  6. While claiming “individual rights” as the justification for much of its raison d’être, cultural Marxism paradoxically adopts strong-arm, authoritarian tactics – from shaming campaigns (accusing opponents of “racism,” “sexism,” “xenophobia,” etc.) to violent protests / riots – for squashing dissent and imposing its view of the world, in the process trampling the individual rights of those who do not agree with its ideology.
  7. Despite its antipathy to traditional moral standards, cultural Marxism is quite willing to use traditional terminology and concepts, such as “compassion” and “fairness,” to justify its attempts to overthrow traditional social and political structures and moral values.
  8. Cultural Marxism is methodical and gradual in its methods, and takes the long view of history, knowing that every moral or social innovation accepted makes it that much more difficult to justify opposition to the next step; it counts on its opponents becoming fatigued, and giving up the fight.

“The Revolution won’t happen with guns, rather it will happen incrementally, year by year, generation by generation. We will gradually infiltrate their educational institutions and their political offices, transforming them slowly into Marxist entities as we move towards universal egalitarianism.” – Max Horkheimer, leader of the “Frankfurt School”

Not coincidentally, the importation and juxtaposition in close proximity of people with widely (even wildly) varied cultural, political, social, and religious backgrounds (*), coupled with the deconstruction of traditional mediating institutions such as traditional families and churches, and traditional social, moral, and political norms and understandings, provides fertile ground for the imposition of radically innovative ideas and ideologies – such as cultural Marxism itself. This is a truth which is not lost on cultural Marxists.

(* On this subject, I wish I could find the account I read, several years ago, about a cruise company which proudly advertised the multicultural nature of its crews. The dark secret that “selling point” hid, as recounted by the author of the article, is that having a crew made up of people of  a wide range of ethnicities, cultures, national origins, languages, etc., meant that it was almost impossible for them to come together and organize for collective bargaining. As a result, the company was able to exploit them more-or-less with impunity! This is a lesson which should be recalled, when considering the ostensible “benefits” of aggressive multiculturalism and immigration.)

Nota Bene: Franklin Einspruch, at The Federalist, makes a good case that what are most commonly known, these days, as cultural Marxists are actually what he refers to as “pomofascists,” short for “postmodern fascists.” As Einspruch notes,

“The main impulse at work here is not Marxism, but megalomania. The pomofascist sees himself as the embodiment of good and worthy causes. The less everyone else supports those causes, the less human they are, and therefore deserving fewer rights and less entitlement to their own views. Lying to them or about them is of no consequence. Beyond a not-so-far-off point of disagreement, it is acceptable to attack them, rhetorically or bodily. In this context, Marxism is merely an exculpatory device.”

While I don’t disagree with the point, I think we can’t totally discredit or ignore the Leftist / Marxist attitudes and ideology espoused by most of these people, either (see Horkheimer quote, above). Also, I think he’s fighting an uphill battle if he seriously wants to change the designation: “cultural Marxism” has acquired a certain currency, despite repeated (and somewhat hysterical) attempts by its proponents to discredit both the term and those who use it.

But then, I have always argued that the political spectrum is less a straight line than a horseshoe: go far enough to either the Left or the Right, and you end in totalitarianism.

Queen set to approve Brexit Bill at breakfast tomorrow | London Evening Standard

Buckingham Palace

The Queen is set to give royal assent to the historic Bill authorising Britain’s exit from the European Union at breakfast time tomorrow, it was revealed today. A copy of the legislation will be rushed to Buckingham Palace in the sovereign’s red box to await her signature after final showdowns in the Commons and the Lords tonight.

Source: Queen set to approve Brexit Bill at breakfast tomorrow | London Evening Standard

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.

— excerpt from Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Day Message

Source: Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

Today The Queen marked Commonwealth Day by launching The Queen’s Baton Relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games and attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Forecourt of Buckingham Palace was decorated with 70 Commonwealth flags to celebrate the start of The Queen’s Baton Relay. The Baton will travel through all 52 Commonwealth countries for 388 days covering 230,000 kilometres. It will arrive in time for Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4th April 2018 which is being hosted by the Gold Coast in Australia.

In the afternoon The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex all attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom which embraces the diversity of the 2.5 billion Commonwealth residents. Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme upon which the Commonwealth Service is based. The 2017 theme is ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’, which was echoed in The Queen’s annual Commonwealth speech released today.

Source: The Royal Family @TheBritishMonarchy | Facebook