Barbarians at the door after the left’s long march, by Keven Donnelly.
The peace and prosperity we now take for granted and the fact that our legal and political systems enshrine the inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are products of this narrative — one that began with the philosophers and sophists of ancient Greece and Rome and that embraces Judeo-Christianity and epochal historical events such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Reformation. …
Beginning in the late 1970s and early 80s, the cultural left in England, the US and Australia attacked this liberal view of education as imperialistic, elitist, patriarchal, misogynist, racist and inequitable.
As noted by the American academic Christopher Lasch, instead of education involving a “universal transcendent truth”, the cultural left argues it simply cloaks the self-serving power of “white Eurocentric males”.
So, today’s education is all about who gets power in the here and now.
This gets to the nub of why the new left cannot abide by the notion s of truth and merit:” it doesn’t get them power. They’ve tried, and it wasn’t enough.
Meritocracy does not lead to equitable results, because not all groups of people have the same statistical properties. The new left furiously deny this, but are now resorting to openly discriminating against males and whites in order to grab more power for other groups.
Given the threat of Islamic fundamentalism it is also true that at the very time Western civilisation should be celebrated future generations remain either ignorant or hostile to what makes us unique and what must be defended.
hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific