The belief that is destroying us

John D. writes:

In the entry on “toddler racism” in Britain, you wrote:

Unless there is an articulate belief system that forthrightly states that discrimination is not the main evil in the world, the anti-racist madness will just keep tightening its grip on us.

I wrote a letter to the editor in my local newspaper after they had published two front page articles in one week’s time, the first applauding the gay marriage decision in California and the second applauding a new law in New York that states that transsexual youths that are in juvenile detention must now be referred to as the gender they prefer, not the gender they are in actuality. When they published my letter, they entitled it “The Seeds of our Destruction.” I wrote that letter themed on a thought that you had provided and that is undoubtedly the most profound statement on this matter that I have heard or read. It is this:

Since the structure of the world consists of distinct things, each of which has its internal order or structure (even an alternative hair salon has its internal order), to ban discrimination is to destroy each individual thing and its order. Non-discrimination is destruction, perhaps the most efficient and thorough-going destruction ever known to man.

I think that if we were to articulate this concept and build on it, it would begin to tear down the merits of non-discrimination and show it’s destructive nature. It would begin to alter the belief system that discrimination is the ultimate evil.

LA replies:

Thank you.

I think you’re right about the centrality of the non-discrimination idea. Somehow we must get people to see that the liberal belief system to which they subscribe (or, at best, which they never challenge) will, if it continues, lead to the destruction of everything they have and love and are; and, further, that the reason anything of value in our society still exists is that the liberal program has not yet gotten its hands on everything, but it’s getting there. So there needs to be an intellectual and political movement that brings this understanding to the fore. Perhaps people weren’t ready to see it ten or twenty years ago, but when the British government announces that toddlers are racist if they don’t like unfamiliar food; when Catholic adoption agencies are forced to adopt to homosexual couples or go out of business; when a hip hair salon is fined for not hiring a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf, then maybe people are approaching the point where they can see that something is very seriously amiss, and to think outside their familiar concepts.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 09, 2008 01:15 AM | Send

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