First They Came for the Statues. It Will Be People Next…

First They Came for the Statues. It Will Be People Next… By James Delingpole.

Perhaps not since the era of Oliver Cromwell, when Puritans smashed and burned any work of art or architecture they deemed impure, has Britain engaged in such a frenzy of iconoclasm.

Across the country, mobs of petty tyrants, puffed up with self-righteousness and moral fervour, are plotting which little piece of British history they can vandalise or destroy next. Ironic, perhaps, given Oliver Cromwell himself is now on the list of condemned statues. …

In London, they spray-painted (‘Racist’) a statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. The statue remains upright, so far …

Andrew Bolt: Only statues of white men are removed by the mob, but not some white men:

Black Lives Matter protesters haves a list of around 60 statues they want taken down for celebrating racists, colonialists and killers like Cromwell.

Odd, but missing from their list is the famous London bust at Highgate cemetary of notorious anti-semite Karl Marx, architect of mass murder.

Iconoclasm and the Erasing of History, by Alexander Adams.

The political activist reserves to himself the right to retrospectively edit our history for his satisfaction by removing monuments, those fixtures of civic life, embedded in the memories of generations. The activist often knows almost nothing about the object of his hatred– merely a garbled caricature of a person caught up in the conditions of her age …

In today’s mobs that assault monuments, we see people — educated in the victim narrative by politicians, schools and mass media — directed to correct history and prevent emotional injury to current and future generations through urgent and necessary action against effigies. …

Look at mobs which gather to smash monuments. These monuments may be the statues of deposed dictators who terrorized populations, causing untold death and suffering. They may be monuments to fallen soldiers who died defending causes that are no longer fashionable. The mob’s anger is the same. The viciousness and triumphant celebrations are the same. …

The activists of today heedlessly erase history they haven’t yet learned to read. They act as the hammer that extremists use to deface the cathedrals and museums our ancestors built.

Could this hammer soon be turned from smashing statues to killing people? It has happened before.

hat-tip Stephen Neil