Bruce Logan: Multiculturalism; Democracy’s Death Rattle

12 April 2019

Bruce Logan says that the sacred cow of multiculturalism has its own Trinity: diversity, inclusion and tolerance, none of which can be criticised because they are the foundation of the new faith. Not only are they beyond criticism but it is just and right that they be protected by law. Criticism must be hate speech because it attacks the essence of our autonomous humanity. Like the early Christians, critics of the diversity cult, become haters of mankind.


 

If democracy is not on its last legs in the Western world, including New Zealand, it certainly looks like it. In a working democracy citizens share a common understanding of the law’s foundation; what it means to be human. Indeed, the modern democratic process, significantly different from the Athenian model for example, is a consequence of the shared understanding of human dignity.

During the 20th century, sixty years of my life, confidence in democracy depended upon the belief in the transcendent foundation for human dignity. Every man and every woman is created in God’s image. Rights and responsibilities were shared in common. Indeed, it was that notion of dignity that gave rise to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1946. “Universal” rested on that belief in a transcendent authority which was, at the very least, suggested by natural law. Law was there to be discovered through a nuanced understanding of that authority and not declared by government fiat. There was no single country’s law sufficient to discern and condemn the complex evils of the Second World War.

In passing, it’s interesting to note that a crucifix in the Nuremberg court room was taken down during the trial and replaced after the trial was over. Also in Bavaria in January 2018 and judge ordered a crucifix to be removed from the courtroom during the trial of an Afghan migrant guilty of making made death threats to another who had converted to Christianity. Draw your own conclusions.

But in 2019, law has no universal foundation. The fantasy of moral relativism and its dogmatic pretender, multiculturalism, obscure it. I remember the first time I heard “multicultural”. I was living in Australia and talking to some friends in Sydney in 1972. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the doctrine of multiculturalism was really an exercise in smoke and mirrors. It presented as a method to facilitate the acceptance of the “New Australians”; immigrants mainly from southern Europe. It looked like a good idea, and for a while it was. But, as Western culture lost confidence in itself, instead of helping new arrivals assimilate into Australian society it became a dogma reinforcing group identity at the expense of social cohesion.

Significantly in New Zealand the legal porridge is even thicker. Multiculturalism competes with the older biculturalism while claiming to protect it. Partners in theory, but with an ever increasing number of special identity claims. The most recent of these is the claim that one’s sex, is a social construct. The equivocal use of “gender” for sex simply muddies the water. Diversity rules until it doesn’t.

Someone has coined “victimocracy” to describe the outcome of the “Progressive’s” panacea, diversity dogma; the political and cultural state of democracy on its last legs. Democracy only works when people have a shared commitment to truth, common history and a shared set of beliefs about the fabric of civil society and nationhood. The second person plural “we” must encompass a sense of nationhood meaningful enough to demand commitment.

Folly, it seems, carries with it, its own irony. Multiculturalism doctrine which claims to make us all free must in the end usher in the opposite because justice cannot be built on relativism. There will always be winners and losers determined by moral fashion; certainly not by an appeal to universal transcendent truth. Political differences must become increasingly fractious.

Multiculturalism, sustained by diversity propaganda, insists that we are no longer humble sinners, created in God’s image, to be saved, but blameless Promethean like victims to be rescued by a bureaucratic state; compassionate of course. Ordinary people are intuitively suspicious of a transfer of power away from the individual to the state. The sense the rise of a secular priesthood in the media, government and in a range of university faculties. Instead of having justice deal equally with individuals under the law we now have self-identifying groups demanding equality of outcome; some favoured and others unfavoured by the bureaucratic priesthood.

Of course, no one should be condemned to suffer injustice or violence because of his or her chosen identity. But that is the point. One’s identity is chosen. Every white person is not a white supremacist. Not everyone born into a Christian or Muslim environment chooses to remain a believer. Not everyone who is same-sex attracted comes out as “gay”. Neither does every Maori considers him or herself a victim of colonialism, nor every woman a third or fourth wave feminist.

One’s “identity” is a complex phenomenon; it is not a question of nationhood or even a matter of fate. It involves beliefs, what one believes to be true, passing ideas, issues of reason and imagination and accountability. Identity in any reasonable world must be open to criticism in the same way religion has always been. The present range of phobias such as Islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia are pejorative terms that more accurately describe the accuser than the accused. They are created to silence dissent or more significantly, to remind us of the folly of our “bigoted” religious roots.

Each group has its self-identifying validity marked by sexual identity and orientation, or maybe immigration status. Unlike religion or race, the organising principle identifying the new groups is not responsibility, familial duty or a love of nationhood; it is autonomy.  Favoured groups are victims of hegemonic power. Unfavoured groups are exemplars of that hegemonic power and consequently must be silenced by ridicule at first and then by the law.

The “Patriarchy” is the current most unfavoured group created by the group fantasists because it is a reminder of commitment to a permanent established order; that tradition, culture, hierarchy and religion are the enemies of autonomy.

The creation of the imaginary Patriarchy is a catchall term to denigrate those with a conservative mind; Christians, defenders of Western culture, the unifying power of nationhood and classical liberalism. Slogans replace historical method and even science.

Into this cauldron of purifying multicultural dogma the identity myth makers would have us drink from the chalice of hate speech legislation. If that metaphor sounds religious that’s because it is. The attempt to create hate speech law is a religious act designed to prevent blasphemy of the new religion, which in defending the rising tribalism, attempts to substitute one notion of the sacred for another. The first commandment is definitively disconnected from the second and then abolished. The old sacred that declared human dignity rested in the transcendent is replaced by the new sacred of human autonomy. My mind is mistress of my body which is my own.

Autonomy is life’s wrong answer because it denies centuries of human experience. It ignores Biblical stories, classical mythology and philosophical reflection, and most literature, music and art up to the early 20th century. Indeed, the contemporary dogma of autonomy is little more than Narcissism without the poignant romance of Echo. Slavery might well have been abolished, but the new religion encourages us to be our own slaves. Of course it argues the opposite. That is what the Tempter has always done. He has always been in the business of wanting to establish his own religion. He even wanted Christ to worship him.

Autonomy, the grand submission to hubris that began in the Garden of Eden, has in the 21st century reached its maturity. It was for the snatching after autonomy that God consigned Mankind to toil in the dust and fear death after removing them from that Garden. Life is real, demanding toil, suffering and pain. It is from the experience of our ancestors that we learn to deal with these and not from our utopian dreams. Truth about the human condition is not discovered by one generation.

Autonomy, progressivism, multiculturalism, diversity, call it what you like, are attempts to create the unreachable utopian world to compensate for the paradise we know we have lost. Even those who consider the story of The Fall mere fairy-tale are forced to live out its consequences. Death remains an ever present mysterious certainty. There is no diversity in death.

Consequently, autonomy teaches us to pursue pleasure because there is nothing else to pursue. It’s not that Man is the measure of all things. Rather it’s the individual antinomian conscience that is supreme. The Sovereign Lord is the boring invention of the human imagination. The purpose of life is to live for the moment and to follow our deepest desires. The paradox of sacrifice and the comfort of shared responsibilities is anathema while euthanasia and abortion are more than reasonable. They have to be because the sacred is to be found in one’s self. Life has to be lived out in the context of the most obvious of ironies. Everyone is condemned to live a life of suffering while assiduously trying to avoid it. Richard Lovelace’s “I could not love thee (Dear) so much, Lov’d I not Honour more.” makes no sense to the autonomous mind. But then, he is a dead white man from the 17th century.

The new sacred has its own Trinity: diversity, inclusion and tolerance, none of which can be criticised because they are the foundation of the new faith. Not only are they beyond criticism but it is just and right that they be protected by law. Criticism must be hate speech because it attacks the essence of our autonomous humanity. Like the early Christians, critics of the diversity cult, become haters of mankind.

Multiculturalism is a house divided against itself. On the one hand it claims to abhor “judgementalism” while being profoundly judgemental itself. Its favourite weapon is condemnation of those who criticise its Trinitarian parody of diversity, inclusion and intolerance. Although it could only have grown out of Western culture it despises its roots like the rebellious adolescent who can’t wait to leave home.

The new religion claims to be more “Christian”, loving that is, than the old Christianity it must get rid of.  It is all about love; embracing difference providing those differences subscribe to the maudlin paradigm; “Love is love.” Life is just one long sentimental moral tautology to be lived on the surface. It deifies self-love, not love of the other, because it demands the dissenting other must be silenced. Discernment is reduced to that fundamental evil; “judgementalism”.

The new religion is quicksand that will eventually suck everyone down. First of all there is the clash of “victimocracies”. The overwhelming authority of sentimentality will not prevent violence, indeed will guarantee it. The last verse of the book of Judges is worth quoting. “In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Bondage was inevitable.

Secondly the new religion is built on the desire for revenge which exhibits itself in a variety of ways. Feminists want revenge on the patriarchy. Discontented indigenous people want revenge on their colonial oppressors. Homosexuals want revenge on the Christian moralists who condemn them. Transgenderists want revenge on the sexual realists who deny them. And so it goes on. Hate speech becomes a “logical” necessity because it is an act of revenge to punish the intolerant and hateful unbeliever.

Because individual autonomy is the foundation, social agreement around some kind of unifying truth becomes impossible to even consider. Life will be played out in a continuing struggle between the victims and the victimisers. Self-criticism, the primary essential of a working democracy will not be able to rise above the parapet. Consequently a new dark tyranny must be imposed by the bureaucratic state’s civil religion which cannot abide criticism.

Bruce Logan is a Board Member of Family First New Zealand

 

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2 comments for “Bruce Logan: Multiculturalism; Democracy’s Death Rattle

  1. Ishmael Warner
    16 April 2019 at 7:27 am

    CULTURAL SUPREMACY
    All cultures are not equal in terms of the outcomes they produce for those who live under them. Some cultures are just objectively better than others.

    The supremacy of the West’s Judeo-Christian culture that came to us by way of Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem, before being exported all over the world by white Europeans, is clearly evident to anyone but a moron.

    Adherence to Western cultural values has nothing to do with race or skin colour. Anyone can embrace their preferred culture. Indeed, many non-whites have benefited massively by adopting Western cultural norms. Nor does one have to be a Christian to benefit from Judeo-Christian culture.

    For example, it was only because an obscure Galilean carpenter declared Himself the Son of God, and that each individual human being had a unique, special value in the eyes of His Father, that modern concepts of human rights came into being.

    Before Christ, ‘human rights’ were whatever corrupt dictators and religious theocrats said they were. In many countries around the world — despite lip service paid to Western human rights norms in international forums – they still are.

    The things we take for granted in the West simply don’t exist in many other countries: a settled form of civil government, the rule of law, private property rights, democratically elected limited government, individual rights and freedoms, freedom of speech and conscience, religious tolerance and pluralism, science, literature, technology, schools and hospitals, houses that don’t leak, flush toilets and indoor plumbing, toilet paper, baths.

    All these things flow from Western culture, a culture anyone can choose to adopt. The fact that everybody who gets out of a Third World shithole votes with his feet and heads to the West is proof of the primacy of Western culture. The entire Third World wants to come live in the West, because the West has political, legal, and economic systems that actually work.

    But West-hating socialist traitors have subjected Western culture to decades of unrelenting attack. For upwards of 30 years, these people have been promoting salad-basket multiculturalism. Here, group identity trumps social cohesion.

    In this model, a variety of separate but equal cultures occupy the public square concurrently rather than the traditional “when in Rome do as Romans do” melting pot model of a single common culture to which all are required to broadly subscribe.

    Their agenda is to dissolve the nation state into a global multi-culture, then argue that since we are all one world demographically, we should also be one world politically.

    But the nation state displayed unexpected rehabilitative powers. While the first generation of immigrants from any destination wanted their children to marry others like them, succeeding generations were left to make their own choices, becoming increasingly assimilated via the melting pot.

    Enter Islam.

    While a Muslim man can marry a Jewish or Christian woman, any children are deemed born into Islam and raised accordingly. A non-Jewish or non-Christian woman can only be married if she converts to Islam.

    As for Muslim women, they can only marry a Muslim man. A Muslim woman marrying a non-Muslim man is according to Muhammad and the Koran required to be killed as an apostate. This will typically be done by her family as an “honour killing” for shaming them in the eyes of other Muslims.

    The number of Muslims living in the West is increasing rapidly, not just from immigration, but because Muslims are reproducing almost three times faster than Westerners. Current birth rates mean that in a few decades, Muslims will swamp us demographically. That’s why Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion, not because hordes of non-Muslims are converting to it.

    As Houari (Mohamed) Boumedienne, President of Algeria, 1965 – 1978, warned us in a 1974 speech to the United Nations: “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”

    Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi said: “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without swords, without guns, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists, we don’t need homicide bombers. The 50 million Muslims [in Europe] will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”

    Islamic scripture is replete with assertions of Muslim supremacy over non-Muslims, meaning Islam will never resign itself in any non-Muslim host country to being just one religion among many.

    As former Muslim, Ali Sina confirms in his book Islam and Understanding the Muslim Mind: “Muslims will never assimilate … for to do so would mean they would essentially have to relinquish their faith, to compromise for something that cannot be abided, nor allowed under Islam, which is full acceptance of the equality between Muslim and non-Muslim.”

    Let’s be quite clear here: immigration without assimilation is invasion.

    Even “moderate” Muslims grow up steeped in Islamic supremacism. Islam is very clear in teaching that there is no equality between believers and unbelievers. Hence there is no basis for friendship, which is a relationship between peers.

    Allah tells Muslims at Koran 3:110: “Ye are the best of Peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah.” Kafirs [non-Muslims], on the other hand are, according to Koran 98.6: “worse than beasts.”

    Koran 5: 51 states: “”Be not friends with Jews and Christians; for they are friends only of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them.” A Muslim who genuinely befriends a Kafir joins him in his unbelief, leaving him liable to be killed as an ‘apostate’ by any more pious co-religionist.

    Feigning such goodwill, on the other hand, is encouraged, but only if this is temporary and tactical. Koran 3: 28 allows Muslims to pretend friendship towards non-Muslims if those Muslims live in a non-Muslim society and fear for their safety.

    The evidence from other jurisdictions 30 years further down the track of encouraging mass-scale Islamic immigration is that once Muslims have achieved critical mass in a non-Islamic country, the more pious and observant begin to pressure those who are less so to segregate from their host community, and to flex their religious muscles.

    Judeo-Christian culture is a “guilt-based” culture, meaning if one has been correctly socialised, moral standards are internalised and self-policed. Islam, on the other hand, is a “shame-based” culture. Moral standards are externally imposed based on being seen by fellow-Muslims to be living in an Islamic manner. Put another way: if nobody sees you doing it, then you aren’t doing anything wrong.

    When just a handful of Muslims are living in a non-Islamic country, there’s no identifiable Islamic community to condemn how a “Muslim in name only” elects to live. This soon changes once there are enough Muslims to establish themselves as a separate Islamic community.

    As Islam takes greater root in a non-Islamic country — increasing its number of followers and constructing more mosques and ‘cultural centres’ – the greater the likelihood a certain number of its adherents will encourage one another to act on the requirement of the Sharia to use violent jihad as the vehicle to further Islam.

    Muslims who moved to the West to get away from the strictures of living in an Islamic society – those who welcome the religious tolerance and pluralism that is an essential part of Western culture – will find themselves marginalised in their own mosques by the hardliners.

    Many in the West are waking up to the likelihood of a planned Muslim demographic takeover referred to in Muslim Brotherhood documents as “Civilisation Jihad,” meaning the pace of Islamic immigration must be stepped up to reach a tipping point as rapidly as possible.

    Islamic Jihadists can be likened to the members of a pickpocketing gang who distract the mark so he doesn’t notice his pocket is being picked. ISIS is a convenient “radical” sideshow that has created a conflict displacing millions of “moderate” Muslims, who are flooding into the West apparently to get away from it.

    Socialist One-Worlders and their liberal “useful idiot” enablers then pressure the West to admit all these “migrants” on compassionate grounds, thus hastening the demographic advance of Islam.

    When I undertook advanced driver training to move from a restricted to a full licence more quickly, the instructor asked us: “if four cars arrive simultaneously at an uncontrolled four-way intersection who has the right-of-way?” All of us sat there stumped. He finally gave us the punchline: “The most aggressive driver.”

    Salad basket multi-culturalism mistakenly assumes that every culture is okay with being ‘equal’ and will play nice with every other culture. Sadly, the long-term outcome is not a bunch of separate but equal cultures peacefully co-existing in shared space. Whichever culture is the most aggressive will dominate the others.

    The lesson of Europe is that Islam has no long-term commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism beyond current convenience. Its entire programme is based on the theological assumption that Allah’s religion will eradicate all other religions, and that Allah’s sharia law will eliminate all man-made systems of law and governance.

    Allowing Islam to achieve sufficient critical mass to push such an agenda is a recipe for large-scale civil war, as conflicting cultures will eventually coalesce into separate like-minded citizen groups.

    If the West continues to import the Third World without asserting the primacy of Western culture, we could well end up living in the Third World.
    ENDS

  2. Bruce Logan
    16 April 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Interesting response Ishmael, although I think you overcook the cake somewhat. Not sure that failure to appreciate the “supremacy”of Western culture qualifies one to be a moron. Some people who are not morons condemn it with considerable vigor and some insight. I’m not suggesting they are right. Nevertheless, one has to be careful with suggesting the primacy of Western culture; far too easy to be misunderstood. That it has been the most influential is hard to deny.
    And in passing the foundation for human rights did not begin with “The obscure Galilean carpenter”. The foundation was already evident in the Old Testament’s emphasis on justice and the need for an honest judiciary, not to mention the foundation for human dignity stated in Genesis.
    Your comments on Islam go away beyond my piece. I’ll leave others more competent than I am to evaluate what you have to say.

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