Revolt against coerced conformity

Sep 26, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips: Some Conservatives are realising what they must conserve. At long last, some Conservative MPs are raising their standard for conservatism. The Times reports today that up to 40 Conservative MPs will refuse to accept the “unconscious bias training” intended to tackle racism in the Commons, accusing the parliamentary authorities of “pandering to the woke agenda”. Such training has existed for parliamentary staff since 2016 and is now to be extended to MPs. Said one of the...

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The ‘sympathetic magic’ of identity politics has cast an awful spell

Sep 12, 2020 by

by Daniel Hannon, CapX: What, I wonder, will future generations make of us? We have spent the past three months raging against our ancestors, calling them racists and bigots, smashing their statues. But imagine turning a similar lens on ourselves. What might tomorrow’s historians have to say about the year 2020? I have a nasty feeling that they will record it as the moment when we turned our backs on an open society and embraced an illiberal form of identity politics. They will remember it as...

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Cultural Suicide Is Painless

Sep 2, 2020 by

by Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness: In February, New York was the world’s most dynamic metropolis. By August, the city was more like the ruins of Ephesus. It is not all that hard to blow up a culture. You can do it in a summer if you haven’t much worry about others. When you loot and burn a Target in an hour, it takes months to realize there are no more neighborhood Target-stocked groceries, toilet paper, and Advil to buy this winter. You can in a night assault the police, spit at...

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Why it’s time to take ‘wokeness’ seriously

Jul 30, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: “Wokeness is a religion”. How many times have we heard that recently? White officials washing the feet of Black Lives Matter protest leaders, kneeling groups reciting pledges to renounce their privilege, ritual chants, not to mention public punishment of heretics and a growing body of fiercely-defended and not particularly logical doctrine. The comparison is always meant as a criticism. The people who wield it see the story of the West as one of Reason advancing...

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Deconstructing Creation and the Better Story of the Creator

Jul 30, 2020 by

by David Ould: Call it “Cultural Marxism”, call it something else, there can surely be no doubting that there is a particular wave of Marxist-influenced leftism that is coursing through much of Western society today. While it may not be on the lips of everyone who is currently holding a protest banner, it’s proponents are obviously working away in the organisations that propel those protests forward. One of the main avenues in which this move progresses is through the deconstruction or...

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The culture war against the past

Jul 30, 2020 by

by Frank Furedi, spiked: Our elites have become uncomfortable with Western civilisation itself. The cultural conflicts that have engulfed much of the Western world threaten to detach our societies from their past. Almost seamlessly the numerous disputes that have erupted over identity, race, gender and family life have reinforced one another and intermeshed. But in the end the venom is directed towards one central target – Western society’s past. This project has little to do with the...

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