Monday, December 12, 2011

Nationalism, Cultural Superiority, and the Century of Fear; Part the Second

Sorry to cut the last part off so suddenly, but it appears blogger has a word limit. Who'd a thunk it... anyways, back to the issue. 

To be sure, this idea like all ideas, can be used for evil when taken to the extreme and adopted by evil men with no regard for human life. This radical cultural superiority is called Social Darwinism. We witness this in the Holocaust and other atrocities of World War II and the Cold War, in the horrible deeds committed against the American Indians, and the exploitation of the Congo Free State. World War II claimed between 62 and 78 million lives. The Soviet Union is estimated to have killed as many as 20 million. Mao's China: 40 million. An estimated 8 million died in the Congo Free State.

 It is safe to say that the effects of this radical Social Darwinism are evil, and we are right to fear and loathe it. But, today's so-called progressives fear too much. In the scramble to avoid the slightest whiff of Social Darwinism, they shun any hint of Cultural Superiority. And thus, we become a society that refuses to condemn a country, people, or religion when it fails to protect the fundamental civil rights of its members. There are numerous examples I could give you, but I want to stay with the theme and talk about Britain, a stunning example of how far a people can fall in such a short time. Britain is being hit with a deluge of Muslim immigrants. They bring with them their customs and their values. As a result, British police are facing a growing wave of so-called "honor killings." These "honor killings" are what happens when a Muslim woman fails to hold up the standards of Islam, mostly in regards to sexual purity. In most cases, the victim's brother of father kills her, pre-meditated, so as to restore the family's honor in the eyes of the rest of the Muslim community. Even if the woman was raped, it is her fault, and she must be killed. But the British are loathe to confront this. It's not like this is happening in some backwater hell-hole the British happen to administer; it's happening right in their backyards! But the British are too progressive to call out this religion's savage practice. They are too progressive to hold the preposterous position that their culture is somehow better than an alien culture that thinks it right to murder their own daughters for being raped, to cut off a thief's hand, to stone to death a man who cheats on his wife. No, that would not be politically correct. 

And this brings me back to my main assertion: that the "progressive" is motivated by fear. It is the fear of conflict. the fear that standing for something may mean we have to fight for that which we stood for. It may mean we have to take a shot to the jaw and maybe a few good body blows before we run the filth out of town. No, the progressive is so paralyzed by the fear of what may happen if crazy, evil men get their grimy hands on such an idea, that he cannot stand for anything. And, inevitably, he finds himself giving up more and more ground to those who would see him dead. It is the same fear that rendered Neville Chamberlain incapable of standing up to the forces of Nazi Germany and led him to infamously appease the German war machine in the hopes of avoiding the good fight. Mr. Chamberlain's appeasement was not enough, indeed it never is, and he was ultimately forced to fight anyways. but by then it was to late and Germany had momentum and organization on its side. Believe me, we are coming upon a Clash of Cultures. The question is: Do we stand and fight, or continue to be paralyzed by fear until it is too late and we are forced on the defensive. 

Now back to studying... Damn. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nationalism, Cultural Superiority, and The Century of Fear; Part 1

I would like to apologize for my absence from this blog for a few weeks. It's finals time in Aggieland, and my brain feels like a puddle of mush right now. But, while I was studying for my History final tomorrow morning, an incomplete idea popped into my head and I needed to expound on it or else I think I would forget about it. This is not a fully formed idea yet, and there are sure to be mistakes in my logic. I know. Please, point out anything that doesn't make sense to you and I'll try to either explain the point further or fix it. Thanks and Gig 'Em. So, here goes.

Nationalism, Cultural Superiority, and The Century of Fear. That's a daunting title, and I hope I can live up to my own expectations for this post.

We are all well aware of those standards of "political correctness" that are so ever-present in our society. Indeed, it drives many less-evolved folks, such as myself, insane to see the way these standards so contradict common sense. We, as a society, are so worried about offending people that we bend over backwards to accommodate every possible viewpoint and end up making ourselves look like idiots to the vast majority of people. We are constantly bombarded by the message of Cultural Relativism, the less-discussed cousin of Moral Relativism, which claims that all cultures are equal. This, of course, brings about the idea that religion must be kept to yourself, a private affair, lest your public acts of devotion lead to a cultural clash. This idea, of course, is made manifest in the way that today's America insists we change to accommodate new immigrants of every race and creed and not that they assimilate. It is forced upon us under the term "multiculturalism," which along with "diversity" is lauded as the ultimate Good. And then there is the common belief that our country is not inherently better than any other country, we are just richer and more powerful but that still does not give us the right to act as the world's police force. And those great minds who impose these ideas have a name for themselves: "progressives." "Progressive," obviously derived from the word"progress," implies that these ideals are inherently better than their predecessors. That those holders of these beliefs are somehow more evolved (politically, morally, etc.) than their forebears. The term progressive implies that the holder of those ideas is destined to win the intellectual war because his belong to the future. But I believe the exact opposite is true. I posit that these "progressive" ideas stem from the most primal motivation of all: fear.

To explain, I must take us back a few centuries and to another continent.

The place: Europe. More specifically: London, England, Great Britain.
Time: 18th Century
 The late 18th Century marked the beginning of the dominance of the British Empire. Eventually, it would become the largest empire the world had ever seen, holding sway over one-fifth of the world's total population (458 million people), and laying claim to over a quarter of the Earth's total land-area. But that wouldn't come for some time. Britain's remarkable rise to dominance can be attributed mainly to two things: its Navy, and its people. I would like to focus on the latter.

In the Late 18th and 19th Centuries the British believed themselves to be the peak of human civilization. Their schools focused on turning intelligent, tough, well-educated young men under the assumption that, once they were done with school, they could go anywhere in the world and form their own version of Great Britain. And that is exactly what they did. When the British arrived, they did not avoid upsetting the natives at all costs. No, they made sure to bend the local cultures to their own. There is  a famous story of a tough-as-nails British Colonel in India, his name escapes me at the moment, who faced down the local custom of widow-burning. He told the natives no. The natives protested saying that it was their long-held custom that, upon her husband's death, the widow was to be thrown upon the funeral pyre and burned with him. The Colonel informed the locals that the British had a custom of hanging those who burned widows and that the locals were free to keep their custom so long as he could keep his custom. Bam! No more widow-burning. Much of this British culture was eventually absorbed by the Indian People and eventually they gained their independence from Great Britain. This kind of leadership is what allowed the British to rule so much of the Earth. Incidentally, this same idea (better known to us as Manifest Destiny) is also what helped America tame the West, whip the Mexicans, and the Spanish in the 19th Century.
The Empire at its Height