We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Funny! Multi-culturalism, cultural relativism, deconstructionism, moral relativism and modern 'liberalism' (scare quotes because there's nothing liberal about it) are forms of personal insanity, slowly becoming a culture wide insanity. (There, I said it, hope I didn't 'offend' anyone.) The intellectual surrender to 'liberalism' and all of it's baggage is a mysterious process. From personal experience, the only common tendencies seem to be an emotionally based, almost unintelligible anger, resentment and self-hatred combined with a sense of entitlement justified by nothing but historical delusions and intellectual fakery. The left is nutty as a fruit cake, almost like some kind of cult which rejects common sense as a matter of dogma. Some of the strangest and most hysterically unpleasant folks I've ever met are the rabid true believers. Rabid enough, in fact, that fleeting concerns for my personal safety have entered my thoughts on occasion.
Always witty, rapier like mind slashing and poking holes in the arguments of those who aren't really prepared to debate a point but rather simply regurgitate slogans.
This is a nice thrust into the heart of multiculturalism. Toward the end Steyn quotes Robert Frost who said about certain poetry, "Free verse is like playing tennis with the net down" , a rather sharp rebuke of that style. Steyn is in agreement about multiculturalism. That it is a fraud.
Steyns point here is that most multiculturalists know nothing of what they speak. If you have ever engaged one in a conversation you understand his point. They lament the third world and lack of integration into the industrial world, held back by evil people who oppose multiculturalism. But they know nothing of the country they speak of or the entire construct.
As for me I believe if we moved back to an informal Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), it would create a more harmonious world. We are , after all the trying , in many ways still a de facto society in the Plessy mold. Simply not de facto enough for me.
So much for stare decisis when the Court deems it prudent to dump it as a guide.
If I have given the impression that I view cultures outside of the Enlightenment WASP mold as being inferior then I have done a good job in conveying my thoughts.
We've just passed Lincoln's birthday so perhaps this quote from ole Abe is apropos.
""I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race ."
- Abraham Lincoln
"The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary".
Habu- What's skin color got to do with anything? Color, national origin or former culture doesn't exclude anyone from the American story. Remember, '...all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator..." Words that describe the basis of a superior culture and, by the way, the death warrant for the ancient institution of slavery.
Skin color has zip to do with anything, however culture speaks volumes and in fact is the story.
Just look at post colonial Africa. What have any of the 60-100 tribes done since taking over Africa?
Perhaps I would be better off not measuring African tribes against European or other Northern Hemisphere countries, but then how does one measure? Should I attempt to measure?
I don't know the answers, my feeling (and I usually dislike going by "feelings") is that for all the help Africa has received they haven't accomplished getting out of a barbarian state of mankind.
While you look at the melanin enriched hues of the Carribean countries and they are producing some great cultures.
I am a racists in that I prefer the WASP culture above the African -American culture. That by no means makes me the Lone Ranger, it's just never spoken or written.
What I do however is take each person as an individual and go from there, but when the scope is enlarged and entire cultures are talked about then I fall into the category of being ethnocentric.
The metaphysical "all men are created equal " is a great basis for a multicultural stew but it's in reality bogus. That we all have the same God given rights...I'm 100% behind that.
I'm not quite that the all men created equal thing was the death warrant for slavery since it still exists in Africa to a fairly notable extent. Also those words had little effect on Russia freeing the serfs, or England and France repudiating and outlawing slavery. It remained in effect in the Orient past our emancipation also. So it wasn't the prime mover in ending slavery.
And we won't even get into the gulags and concentration camps thing except to say that was also slavery of the most vicious kind.
I think the 'equal' thing in Jefferson's formualtion throws folks off. All being equal in the eyes of the creator and thus before the law was the point. The declaration was the death warrant for chattel slavery in America. It was only a matter of time. The Declaration and the Constitution are products of culture and history. An American multi-culturalist/relativist has to create quite the fantasy world to support his delusions while building his road to universal serfdom. A palatable form of slavery to the confused followers of an angry left. If one can build support for the multi-cultural delusion it seems one could build support for almost anything.
Tom C ... Yes, the "equal" word in Mr. Jefferson's formulation may throw folks off. But. IMHO, the most important word in that statement "all men are created equal," is the word "created." We may be created equal, but from that instant of creation, we start to differentiate -- some of us into decent, worthwhile people, others of us taking a darker path toward violence and evil. In the end, each individual person becomes, in our free society, the person he makes himself. The miracle of a free society is that he himself can dig his own grave, or reach for the stars.