The Future Shows Up

The Future Shows Up. By Mark Steyn, on last weekend’s remembrance day in London.

The future belongs to those who show up. Well, on the streets of London, the future showed up.

This is the past:


And this is the future:

The future belongs to those who show up:

You’re not going to be able to vote your way out of this. As the state turns on you, it will be necessary to stand up and reject the constabulary and the bureaucrats and the teachers and the media and many more.

Remembrance day?

In the years immediately after the Great War, “remembrance” was easy — because they were your sons, husbands, fathers, fiancés, and they’re not around. Then the decades roll by, and for newer generations, even though you never met those you’re “remembering”, they’re still your great-uncles or great-grandfathers, and thus part of the bond that connects you to your country and its inheritance.

And then a few more decades drift on and now we’re all multicultural, and diversity is our strength, and a nation is no more or less than whoever happens to be standing around in it, like Gate 87 at Heathrow or LAX. And the bond is non-existent — because the Glorious Dead are not your kith and kin — and, even if they were, you’ve been taught since kindergarten that they were irredeemably racist and colonialist. …

Duh. What does the British leader say?

Rishi Sunak said: ‘I condemn the violent, wholly unacceptable scenes we have seen today from the EDL (English Defence League) and associated groups…’ …

From Allison Pearson in the Telegraph:

“The Home Secretary may have a point when she says the Metropolitan Police have favourites. Peter, a sweet, deeply courteous man who had been helping me hold up the British Friends of Israel banner, popped over to invite a couple of coppers to pose for a picture with our group. They declined.”

Back to the great Mark Steyn:

On the other hand, if your kid’s dolled up as a jihadist waiting to self-detonate, no problem.

And why were so few police officers wearing poppies?  … It is surely significant, after a month in which stooped, aged Royal British Legion poppy-sellers have been bullied and shoved away from their traditional street corners and railway stations, that this hideous, treacherous constabulary could not bring itself to show any kind of solidarity with the old soldiers. …

Even the Met’s official evenhandedness — of trying to ensure that both the Royal British Legion and Hamas get to share the public space — is taking a side, is it not? Because it enables Islam to achieve its aim — of appropriating one of the most solemn days in the national calendar for its own purposes.

Whether hijacking Armistice Day should be legal or illegal, it would not, in a healthy polity, be considered seemly. …

In the realm of manners, the citizenry don’t need a law forbidding competing groups from swamping and desecrating Armistice Day because you couldn’t find enough people willing to do anything so obviously inappropriate.

But multiculti diversity rots out the realm of manners — because the population no longer has enough in common to sustain social cohesion and so you need an ever bigger and more powerful state to mediate the competing interests of different identity groups.