Our fearful leaders are failing to stand up to the radical woke minority

Jul 13, 2020 by

by Nick Timothy, Telegraph:

The Left’s march through the institutions will continue until the majority organises its fight back.

How have we allowed things to get this far? How is it that a minority of extreme activists can dictate to politicians, broadcasters, universities, firms and the wider world what can and cannot be said, and who can and cannot say it? Why do they get to determine the true meaning of words written or spoken by others?

As the mainstream grapples with these questions, several old thinkers keep coming up. Michel Foucault, a post-modernist, argued that all discourse is oppressive. Antonio Gramsci, a Marxist, said that cultural hegemony perpetuates political hegemony. Rudi Dutschke, another Marxist, advocated a “long march through the institutions of power”, in which the Left would transform society by seizing control of organisations within and beyond the state.

Each of these thinkers, and more recent academics, such as Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American theorist of intersectionality, help us to understand where we are today. But we also need to ask ourselves a more prosaic question: how are we allowing an aggressive minority to dictate a new moral code that is intellectually incoherent, ethically dubious and deeply divisive?

The answer comes from another old political thinker. “An organised minority,” Gaetano Mosca once said, “inevitably forces its will upon the disorganised majority.” And while Left-wingers organise, often hiding their radical agenda behind apparently reasonable slogans like “Stop the War”, “Extinction Rebellion” and “Black Lives Matter”, their opponents are fragmented and disorganised.

From illegal direct action – disrupting traffic, occupying private property and vandalising monuments – to violent disorder, conservatives hate this trend of radical activism. But what are they going to do?

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Watch: How Do We Reverse The Left’s Long March and Take Back Control Of Britain’s Institutions? with Peter Whittle, Melanie Phillips, Mark Sidwell and Rafe Heydel-Mankoo

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