I’ve got to hand it to the left. They’ve got a brilliant scheme going. To take down western civilization on the basis of race alone will be the biggest parley of racism the world has ever known. And this after western thought had pretty much been running for half a millennium, by modest calculations, and had saved the world from absolute barbarism and abject poverty, not to mention universal illiteracy. To take her down now just when she was beginning to get a handle on the very real problem of racism, the last blight on an otherwise unprecedented pinnacle of civilization, seems particularly cruel.
However, nothing could be more brilliant really. Or more irresponsible – to yell fire whilst setting the fire yourself.
And what’s the new game then? Giving ground to all viewpoints with equal status and without criticism, except of course for the viewpoint of the old girl herself, is like unlimited horsepower without brakes. And stepping on her accomplishments and borrowing from her gifts, i.e., reason, language, technology, to do it is unfair. But then again, fair means something different now, doesn’t it? Arguing is slow going. An entire generation lulled to sleep by Disneyland is no match for intellectual rigor of any kind.
There is the prodigal analogy-borrowing early on the inheritance of the past to spend ahead into the future. The current hue and cry is all about using the platform of free speech hardwon by the blood, sweat and tears of their forefathers and foremothers if we must, to raise the battle cry against them all. But alas, all the good illustrations are outmoded.
It is as we feared, and what we should have known from 1945 (the first atomic bomb) if we were paying attention. Power is the ultimate tool.
There are many kinds of power and I am not alone in believing that words and ideas still have power. And if she’s going down, the old girl’s not going down without a fight.
Take up your pens, knights; they are mightier than the sword.