Australia under attack from political correctness, by Kevin Donnelly.
While not as extreme [as Europe’s problems], the reality is that Australia is also facing an existential threat involving a virulent and powerful political correctness movement and, similar to Europe, the adverse impact of immigration and Islamic terrorism.
While examples like Qantas asking its flight attendants to stop using ‘mum’ and ‘dad’, Sydney University’s debating club enforcing gender diversity and Israel Folau being attacked as homophobic for criticising gays are recent examples, the political correctness movement has been active for years. The late 60s and early 70s was not only the time of Vietnam moratoriums, flower power, Woodstock and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch; it was also a time when the cultural-Left began its long march through the institutions.
Especially influential, as argued by the conservative British politician Michael Gove in Celsius 7/7, was the German based Frankfurt School where academics argued the Left could only overthrow capitalism by engaging in the culture wars. Gove writes ‘In place of anger at traditional capitalism, scorn was directed at the reigning value systems of the West’ and as a result ‘politics changed from an argument about economic organisation to a series of assertions of identity’.
Since the instigation of the culture wars, institutions fundamental to the survival, peace and prosperity of Western nations like Australia, including universities, schools, the media and the church and family, have been infiltrated and undermined. Surveys in England and the USA demonstrate that the majority of those in the media and education are left-leaning and hostile towards conservatives and the grand narrative associated with the rise of Western civilisation.
On the ABC, conservative commentators are rare as supposedly impartial and balanced current affairs shows including Q&A, RN’s Breakfast and Insiders showcase a never-ending parade of cultural-left acolytes including Paul Barry, Virginia Trioli, Jon Faine, Fran Kelly and Phillip Adams.
Week after week such commentators critique mainstream values and act as apologists for a litany of cultural-left causes involving: identity politics, victimhood, virtue signalling, global warming, environmental destruction and the foolishness of the ‘deplorables’ in electing a supposedly incompetent President. …
Identity politics ensures so-called minority groups and individuals are privileged in what is seen as a hostile white, binary, sexist and racist environment. In schools, the Marxist inspired Safe Schools gender and sexuality program indoctrinates primary and secondary school students with the mistaken belief that gender is fluid and that they have the power to decide what they want to be. And the alternatives, in the words of La Trobe University’s Roz Ward, are limitless on the basis that ‘Marxism offers both the hope and the strategy needed to create a world where human sexuality, gender and how we relate to our bodies can blossom in extraordinary new and amazing ways that we can only try to imagine today’.
At the same time the cultural-left and the political correctness movement are destroying pride in Western civilisation, much of the UK, Europe and to a lesser extent Australia are suffering from multiculturalism’s unwillingness to accept that aspects of the Islamic religion are hostile to our way of life. …
Whether London, Paris, Belgium’s Molenbeek or Western Sydney and Melbourne’s Tarneit, the reality is that immigrants from northern Africa and the Middle East represent a clear and present danger as they have failed to assimilate. …
At the very time Western civilisation is being attacked by Islamic fundamentalism, countries like Australia are being weakened and undermined by the cultural-Left. The irony, like Lenin’s useful idiots, is that those committed to political correctness are destroying the very values, institutions and way of life that guarantee their freedom.
hat-tip Stephen Neil