The biggest way the Liberal/Left is trying to change America is in regulating acceptable thought and to tinker with societal makeup. These two ideas are generally known as Political Correctness and Multiculturalism.
The Left wants to control thought and discourse. Hence its support for such regulations as The Fairness Doctrine on talk radio, Net Neutrality and Hate Speech Laws. It wants to frame the discussion only within certain terms, only allowing it to progress with certain assumptions declared to be the one and only true way. Thus the Left would fine or jail Global Warming deniers because their position is harmful. They would prohibit any criticism of Muslims because it would be hurtful. Yet they will support open season on Christianity because that belief is “cultish” and outside mainstream thought.
The bottom line with liberals is that if you say certain things you will be disciplined privately and publicly you will be fined or jailed. So much for freedom of speech!
Instead of feeling the need to thoughtfully consider an idea, most liberal minds today work on automatic. One-word reactions to most issues are the liberal norm.
This is easy to demonstrate.
Here is a list of terms liberals apply to virtually every idea or action with which they differ:
And here is the list of one-word descriptions of what liberals are for:
These two lists serve contemporary liberals in at least three ways.
First, they attack the motives of non-liberals and thereby morally dismiss the non-liberal person.
Second, these words make it easy to be a liberal — essentially all one needs to do is to memorize this brief list and apply the right term to any idea or policy. That is one reason young people are more likely to be liberal — they have not had the time or inclination to think issues through, but they know they oppose racism, imperialism and bigotry, and that they are for peace, tolerance and the environment.
Third, they make the liberal feel good about himself — by opposing conservative ideas and policies, he is automatically opposing racism, bigotry, imperialism, etc.
Political correctness is defined by dictionary.com as “marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.” For example, if you want to be politically correct, you cannot use ethnic or gender stereotypes, or suggest that gay marriage is a bad idea. When Larry Summers, then the president of Harvard University, timidly suggested as a hypothesis to explain the underrepresentation of women at the highest levels of mathematics that women may perform less well in math than men, he was quickly out of a job. Suggesting that men and woman are emotionally or intellectually different is prohibited by political correctness. If a mob of young blacks attack pedestrians, or robs a store, in the politically correct media they become unruly teenagers of no particular race. If you criticize the computer models that predict a global warming disaster you are depicted as an ignorant climate denier.
The website of the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education contains numerous case studies of professors and students whose rights have been trampled because they stumbled on a political correctness land mine. For example, Professor John McAdams at Marquette University was abruptly suspended and prohibited from entering the campus because he dared to suggest in a personal blog that it was ok to discuss the pros and cons of gay marriage in a class. Some things cannot be discussed because that would imply that there are legitimate differences of opinion about the issue.
Under this standard, anyone who says much of anything can be disciplined if he authorities don’t like him. Rather than rules of behavior, the standard of bad behavior is whatever the person who complains says it is.
Global warming/ climate change is a field rich with hypocrisy and intimidation. The global warming alarmists believe that a climate disaster is imminent because we are burning fossil fuels and increasing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The official scientific backing for this thesis comes from the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. The IPCC is a politicized organization that should have zero credibility. The extensive lying and misrepresentations of the IPCC have been documented in the book: The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert. Numerous scientists have bitterly denounced the IPCC. The Norwegian politicians, who often award peace prizes to cut throats and frauds, gave a shared peace prize to the IPPC and Al Gore.
The heavy hand of political correctness is not limited to higher education and governmental agencies. In the politically correct media, single mothers are always hard working and devoted to the welfare of their children. Poor people are victims of circumstance who are earnestly trying to overcome the barriers to self improvement erected by the system or by the Republicans. It is politically incorrect to suggest that criminals, or down and out people, bear some responsibility for their plight. That is because, according to the progressive agenda, these people are blameless and only suffer from a lack of government help that would be provided if only more Democrats were elected.
Accusations of racism play a prominent role in the world of political correctness. If you were to suggest that many south of the border illegal immigrants are poorly educated and have weak English skills, you are opposing the progressive agenda to bring in illegals, grant them citizenship and thus get more political support for progressive policies from first and second generation immigrants, who tend to vote Democratic. By making any discussion of the qualification of illegal immigrants be politically incorrect racist talk, the progressives shut up potential opposition to their scheme. Timid Republicans cave on the immigration issue because they fear accusations of racism.
A serious discussion of the state of black America is impossible because there is only one politically correct answer, namely that black people are oppressed by white racism. It is in the interest of the Democratic Party to keep blacks in an agitated state of dependency because without the monolithic black vote, the party would lose much of its political base. If the black minority became better educated and more prosperous, many blacks would drift away from the Democratic Party. Thus, a race agitator like Al Sharpton is placed on a pedestal by Democrat politicians. He is a frequent visitor at the White House.
The other way the Left seeks to transform America is to remake its society. This they will do by Multiculturalism. There is a rather large misunderstanding of what this term means. Common use of the term multiculturalism means a respect for all cultures and their celebrations.
But the Left uses the term to mean something else. It says that multiculturalism means that all cultures are of equal stature. So non democratic Radical Islam that believes women are property and that they can be genitally mutilated, whipped, stoned and even murdered does not prohibit Leftists from saying that culture is equal to western democracies that provide women with equal status. Or to make an extreme example, Australian aboriginal canabalistic cultures are equal to American society.
This kind of thinking has consequences. The Left believes, therefore, that if all cultures are equal, that different cultures can live together side by side without any mixing or assimilation. And…and… that each culture should be able to create its own rules and laws within its own community. So in Great Britain, for example, the Left would allow Sharia Law and British common law to exist simultaneously within separate but equal communities.
Such thinking has had disastrous results for Western Europe. For if one culture would like to overrun and destroy another culture that it lives side by side with, the consequences are tragic and brutal. The only way for a country to exist peacefully is to insist on assimilation to be its official policy not multiculturalism.
Sweden’s coat of arms shows two fierce, roaring lions. But a few years ago, Swedish feminists successfully campaigned to castrate the rampant lions (on a local version of the royal coat of arms), because their penises were too obviously ready for business.
Swedish politicians obligingly removed the offending members. They have done much the same thing to themselves.
And thereby hangs a tale of feminized Sweden and the Muslim rape epidemic.
My visit to Sweden came to mind recently when I read that a parliamentary party leader in Stockholm just proposed that Sweden’s Jews (who have lived there for centuries) should either renounce their religion or leave Sweden. After the predictable public uproar, he clarified his comments by saying everybody should take on a specifically Swedish identity and leave his or her old one behind.
Bjorn Soder was desperately trying to dodge telling the truth. The problem isn’t peaceful groups of Swedish citizens practicing their faith. The problem is violent religious groups whose name starts with an “M.” But just as with Obama, Mr. Soder could not allow himself to say the M-word.
And the ruling coalition is now trying to abolish all religious schools – not because they worry about Jews or Lutherans educating their kids the way they want to, but because they know perfectly well that violent jihad is being taught in all the Wahhabi mosques and madrassas.
Jihad is one of the five “pillars” of Islam, the obligatory duties of every Muslim. Like Obama and all the rest, Sweden’s political class is trying to say the obvious – no hate preaching, no violence – without actually saying so.
Violence. The city of Malmö, with a Muslim majority, is now the violent rape capital of Sweden. Socialist politicians are directly responsible for the suicidal mass immigration policy in Europe, where 44 million Muslims now live. Some of them seem to be assimilating to their host culture. Many are not. But the political elite everywhere in Europe can’t admit to their suicidal immigration policy mistake. Which makes it impossible for Europe to fix their self-inflicted death sentence.
In Sweden and Europe generally, nobody is yet allowed to talk about reducing mass immigration of violence-prone Muslims coming from the tribal lands of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the rest.
Because that would be racist.
But back to my Swedish professor. For some reason he took the trouble to show me a lesbian café, where gorgeous young blondes, looking like identical milkmaids, were passionately kissing each other. I assume he was trying to prove how progressive and liberated people were in Sweden. I asked where the teenage boys were hanging out – there were none to be seen – but he dropped the subject.
In fact, many of the boys were busy doing the same thing in gay gathering places. Non-traditional sex is very, very prized in PC Sweden. LGBTs are a protected victim group, which means they have the power to expose, scapegoat, and, if possible, even fire dissenting heterosexuals from their jobs.
Which is why Muslim migrants from the tribal lands of Central Asia see their hosts as ripe for religiously sanctioned violence and rape. So the Swedes are caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
When politically correct ideologues can actually quote these verses from the Quran, they may begin to address the problem:
Qur’an (33:50) – “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee”
Qur’an (8:69) – “But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good”
But just as Obama can’t talk sensibly about jihad warfare in Islam, neither can the European socialists.
Now, next door to Sweden, Norway recently expelled almost a thousand Muslim immigrants for serious crimes, and behold! The violent crime rate dropped by 30% in Norway. Amazing but true.
Europe still suffers from a paralyzing multiculturalist hangover. It is awash in the mind-fog of PC, although here and there signs of sanity are gradually showing up like wildflowers after winter. The biggest trouble is that today’s political class rose to power on the multicultural reign of intimidation. “Racist” scapegoats were viciously smeared by politicians, the media, and the schools, enforced by eager volunteers – just like the PC commissars you and I have met in our own lives, the willing enforcers of politically correct lies.
Napoleon Chagnon’s important field studies of the war-obsessed Yanamamo tribe of Chile has now finally convinced anthropologists about something historians have known forever: namely, that human tribes are not inherently peaceful. Liberal fantasies about peace-loving Noble Savages have finally been shredded, at least in anthropology. It was always a rank delusion, of course.
In tribal cultures, war-making males commonly commit rapes while raiding enemy clans. Even chimp gangs do it. Chicago gangs do it, too – unless they are restrained by their own, or fear deadly retaliation.
Patriarchal tribes commonly circumcise boys at the beginning of puberty, in public, to test their courage and hardihood – and also to teach them to lay off the protected girls. Circumcision and sub-incision of the penis make for very effective warnings.
No human culture promotes rape against in-group women; it is usually committed against out-group women. In-group rape is taboo, because many tribes have strict rules of exogamy (having to marry and have children outside the clan to prevent inbreeding).
In Muslim tribal cultures, rape is sanctioned outside the family, the clan, and the faith, the umma.
However, rape and the worst kinds of violence are religiously authorized in jihad war against declared out-groups. Punishment for rape can be severe if the victim is a protected family member. But infidel women are free for all. That is what ISIS is telling the world, in Iraq and Syria.
Daughters are valued in tribal cultures – not for themselves, but to barter for marriage contracts with other families for expensive dowries and to cement political alliances. The virginity of daughters must be preserved until they are told to marry the right boy. That way the husband’s paternity is guaranteed. Those rules may seem inhuman to us, but in clans and tribes they are common.
Vendetta wars enforce those rules over generations, to exact revenge for the kidnapping and rape of unauthorized girls some time in the past. Homer’s Trojan War provides a famous example of a vendetta war in the Bronze Age, after the beautiful Helen was stolen from her family by Paris. The ancient Greeks and Trojans glorified warfare, as Homer shows.
The long history of human violence doesn’t contradict the existence of sincerely peaceful groups, like early Buddhist monks in India. But Buddhist monks were butchered en masse over multiple Muslim invasions, beginning around 1200, when the jihadi Ghurids celebrated ghastly mass slaughters of defenseless monks. The monks were sworn to absolute reverence for life, and they either accepted violent death at the hands of the jihadis or tried to run away.
Buddhism never recovered in India, where Gautama Buddha lived and taught, but it thrives elsewhere in Asia.
Early Buddhist pacifism was suicidal. It was wiped off the face of the Earth by one genocidal Muslim invasion after another.
Today, fantastically ignorant liberals often claim to be “Buddhists” – at least when they are not joining some media mob trying to destroy the good name of a conservative, like Justice Clarence Thomas or neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. Liberal “pacifism” is a very, very selective thing. It mainly shows up when some rising conservative needs to be destroyed as a “warmonger.”
Will and Ariel Durant’s Story of Civilization is a popular history, but the Durants were scholarly historians. They wrote:
The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history.
The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride the slaughters of millions of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction and rape of Hindu women and children to slave markets and concubines, and the destruction of thousands of temples carried out by the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD.
Millions of Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam by sword during this period.
History is repeating in Sweden today, and the political class is frozen – they don’t know what to do. So they launch perverse ideas as trial balloons, hoping to escape their own mental traps.
In Europe – and maybe America – we are trying to repeat the denial and pacifism preached by early Buddhism. But Buddhist groups that survive today in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia had to abandon radical pacifism. If they had not done so, we would never have heard the name of Gautama Buddha. It would just be another extinct religion.
Two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, Europe’s “Third Way Socialism” is crumbling from its own arrogance and conceit. It is a sad sight, and it’s obvious that our left suffers from the same mental trap.