More on pluralism
to make the point I made in my most recent entry:
- The problem with “pluralism” is that it only applies to other beliefs. Pluralism itself must be accepted universally. It is therefore monist and not pluralist.
- It is inevitable that there is a plurality of fundamental beliefs. Today, as always, that situation must somehow be dealt with. “Pluralism” is the attempt to deal with it in a universally applicable way that solves the problem once and for all. The way it does that is by requiring each belief to recognize the equal truth of all other possible beliefs and so abolish itself as a belief. No belief that is permitted to vary is permitted to be fundamental to anything that matters. “Pluralism” is thus in fact the most antipluralistic of philosophies.
It’s worth making the point in as many ways as possible, since the illusion of tolerance and pluralism are so basic to the ways
of thinking behind the current situation.
Posted by Jim Kalb at November 19, 2002 01:45 PM | Send
I will continue to enjoy reading about the illogic of pluralism and the other abstractions on this Website. But I was wondering if anyone could recommend a fiction novel or a novel based on a true story that illustrates one or more of the important ideas on this Website. For example, perhaps there are novels with the theme that it is self-destructive to believe that everyone must believe all cultures are equal. I think such a novel would probably explore the everyday consequences and morality of a world with and without such a belief. Such a novel with dialogue would put meat on the bones of the ideas here. The reader could feel what it would be like.
It is hard now to envision a world without these liberal beliefs. I can visualize a nonliberal world, a world with borders, segregation from lousy cultures, nationalism, patriotic classrooms, safe public transit, one language, and standards. I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and it was a much better society than today, until the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I can talk with older people who can better recall the peace and beauty of my home city back then. But since I was a child in those days, my views might be warped by nostalgia. I would like to read a modern book that moves me emotionally and intellectually, a book that would illustrate the evil in liberalism and construct a concrete world or way of life without liberalism.
A novel dramatizing the ruin brought on society from the belief that all cultures are equal is a marvelous idea. I don’t know of anything like that. What’s needed is an Atlas Shrugged that would be about multiculturalism and race instead of about egalitarianism and irrationalism. In fact, though I’m not at all in agreement with Ayn Rand’s philosophy, the distopia she portrays in Atlas Shrugged is filled with prophetic insights about today’s society. The problem with Atlas Shrugged is that there’s so much in it that’s atrocious that the reader must read very selectively to get at the good stuff. But the good stuff is of enduring value.
A good novel for what you seek is “The Lord of the World” by Msgr Robert Hugh Benson. You can get it from The Neumann Press.
Here’s what “pluralism” promises, and naught else:
“Western governments are undermining themselves by creating populations of disparate peoples with disparate rights. The resulting antagonisms are inconsistent with liberal democracy. The clash of civilizations is upon us from within our own borders. If China and Islam only bide their time, the world is theirs. It is not the end of history; it is the end of the West.”
( http://www.vdare.com/roberts/final_hour.htm )
“IF CHINA AND ISLAM ONLY BIDE THEIR TIME, THE WORLD IS THEIRS. … IT IS THE END OF THE WEST.” Truer words were never written.
I wonder what “Mister Pluralism-and-Diversity” himself, Abe Foxman, thinks about the prospect of tiny Israel staring up at a humongous and unstoppable China 60 or 70 years hence, with no USA or Western Europe around to back it up (these having been duly deconstructed in our own generation), receiving the — shall we say, disconcerting — news that it is going to be dismantled in the name of justice toward the Arabs. Does Mr. Foxman imagine Morris Dees, of the America-deconstructing SPLC, has got something cooked up to head off this unpleasant eventuality?
Thanks to Mr. Kozinski. (Great name.)