Waiting for the left’s light bulb moment

Waiting for the left’s light bulb moment, by Janet Albrechtsen.

The boss of the Australian Human Rights Commission is the walking, talking, media-seeking epitome of the new class chasm in the West. In one package, Triggs represents the three Ds: the left’s disdain for large swathes of ordinary people, its delusional claims to righteousness, and the inevitable disunity that arises from the clash of values.

In an interview with The Age last weekend, Triggs cornered the market on the three Ds in one sentence: “The eye opener as an international lawyer has been to realise how isolated an exceptionalist Australia is in relation to human rights issues — that we don’t see things through the prism of rights and freedoms.”

Notice not just the values chasm but the disdain for those with different views to hers. It’s fine that the international lawyer prefers “international laws” that are no more than broadbrush ­aspirations drafted by UN bureaucrats not answerable at a ballot box. But why must Triggs demean those who believe full well in human rights and freedoms as ­enacted by our democratically elected parliament? After a while, disdain tends to sow the seeds of disunity because it’s tiresome to be treated as morally inferior. ..

“Anywheres” and “Somewheres”, a new terminology by author David Goodhart.

The Anywhere tribe: the well-educated, geographically mobile class bound together less by place than by socially liberal values and professional success. Accounting for about 25 per cent of the population, Anywheres cling to their values from anywhere in the world and are found most often in politics, higher education, the professions and, of course, the media. …

Stability-minded Somewheres … account for about half the population and are rooted by geography and community and hold strong values of tradition and country. …

Anywheres don’t argue with Somewheres, they just dismiss them as morally inferior. Which leads to conflict.

Rather than understand that Somewheres have their own ethnic culture and values, Anywheres deride opposing views as racist if you notice, discuss or feel uncom­fortable about immigration, homo­phobic if you don’t embrace the full gamut of same-sex, LGBTI politics, Islamophobic if you question Islam, and misogynist if you critique someone who happens to be female.

Rather than understand that Somewheres have their own ethnic culture and values, Anywheres deride opposing views as racist if you notice, discuss or feel uncom­fortable about immigration, homo­phobic if you don’t embrace the full gamut of same-sex, LGBTI politics, Islamophobic if you question Islam, and misogynist if you critique someone who happens to be female.

A good summary of much that has happened in the last few years. The rise of the Anywheres, or the new left, is threatening to lead to civil war in the US — where the rise of the new left on the back of immigrant votes is most advanced.

hat-tip Stephen Neil