. . . we remember (gulp) Enoch Powell
Here Mr Weston discusses that speech of Enoch Powell's which was given 50 years ago. How has time treated Mr Powell's speech? In some ways not kindly, race was never the real issue. In some ways though he was definitely insightful. He identified the common mistake made in blaming insightful people who raise problems for being the cause of the problems they envisage; he warned of the legal double standards that de facto classify people into either A grade or B grade citizens, with the locals being B grade; and he noted the rise of vested interests concerned with sharpening racial and religious differences "with a view to the exercise of actual domination".
Nevertheless in some areas things are far worse than Mr Powell foresaw.
He didn't foresee the scale of deceit among a hugely pusillanimous & pathetically theoretical intelligentsia capitulating to the loudest Islamist voices for the sake of votes with nothing more than an unexamined belief that everything would, somehow, be alright. But hey, they'll be out of office in a few years and that will be someone else's problem won't it?
Neither did he foresee the prohibitions on freedom of speech placed on the common herd by a succession of governments. Whether Left or Right the attitude doesn't alter, only the intensity of opposition. Governments, Police, news media, intellectual and social leaders were determined first to ignore, then silence & defame members of the populous who drew attention to the greasy playground bar the school show-off was swinging from high above everyone's heads.
The political class seem to have no more ideas left. All they can do is to shame & silence critics - and that is done ever more loudly and cruelly. But fear & pride make poor counselors. This can't end well. We are supposed to be open societies - let's discuss the issues. Let's talk. Please.
So, while Mr Powell's speech still makes me nervous after all these years because I may be thought a racist for referring to it - rather than someone discussing a historical oddity and whether it might possibly have some sort of application for today - I find I must give Mr Weston some room to give tell some home truths as he sees them.
Maybe you'll agree, maybe you'll disagree, but I think you deserve to be exposed to the ideas.
While on the other hand
President Macron seeks a Brave new Europe
Below is a segment of a speech by President Macron dripping with emotion & sincerity as he pours out his heart over the need for the European experiment to succeed. Now this is important to note: the more emotional people get then obviously the more objectively correct & just their cause is. Obviously. So pay attention.
President Macron refers to those who are getting really worried about the direction of this brave new Europe with its increasing Islamic population - with the crime, the no-go zones, the envious political machinations - as evidence of ideological "leprosy".
That's a heck of a way to refer to a third of your own constituency isn't it President Macron? Shame & condemnation is how we build bridges & move ahead together as one people, is it?
After two World Wars Nationalism is perceived as a huge threat by many Europeans. How fascinating though that - for the sake of peace - the President, and many like him, began with a vision of a New Europe as a collection of countries without strong national identities and ends with a vision of a New Europe as a whole also being without any distinct identity. A distinct identity would invite contrast or even be a challenge. And that would be a bad thing. We must feel bad about ourselves. Obviously.
Though in the mind of the New Europeans this self effacingly takes the form of a well intentioned humility, to the aggressive Islamist newcomers it is merely a vacuum to be filled.
President Macron is oblivious to the reality that he and his confederates have been allowed the luxury of defining themselves in the broadest, shallowest and weakest possible terms only because they are embedded among like minded people.
So it seems to me that President Macron's speech is emblematic of those painfully naive, good-natured people who, with their own hands, tear down the edifice of our Western cultural inheritance and allow a new barbarism to form a quite different Europe than the one that had envisaged. Through their actions in trying to forcibly erase national identity they are giving rise to a forceful counter-response. They didn't see that coming either. Obviously.
What worries many Europeans is the influx of a very strong & confident group of people who not only do not seem to want to assimilate but instead seem very keen on imposing their own culture on the indigenous population (of whatever colour) to the point where the previously dominant culture is eradicated. Such is the pull of Islam and the extent of its control over the life of every individual Muslim. Unless, that is, they struggle to free themselves of Sharia, which the overwhelming majority of Muslims throughout history & around the world today have shown themselves quite incapable of adequately doing.
Today we see President Macron & friends defending their vision of the free & tolerant New Europe by having to defend the most intolerant religion in the world. Man that's ironic!
Meanwhile, right next door to them the liar & hypocrite President Erdogan is succeeding in his aim of becoming the new Caliph of a revivified Ottoman Empire - interesting isn't it how that video mentions the concerns many Turks have over their own "Syrian refugee" influx? Erdogan's opponent seemed to have appealed to them. They must also be racists I suppose Mr President? Whatever, that's obviously not as worrying as a love of Western civilisation & love of country falsely characterised by the pejorative "Nationalism". It is barely noticed that Erdogan constantly appeals to Islam for legitimacy. Obviously.
His support keeps growing in Turkey. Imagine! Kemal Ataturk's secular, modern Turkey, the country he fought to forge so it could compete intellectually & financially with modern Western countries, could not resist the pull of Islam for even 100 years before the religion's intrinsic magnetism coalesced enough new followers to make it a threat once again to the region. Ataturk described Islam thus: "This theology of an immoral Arab ... is a dead thing". Erdogan is bringing it back. And as Churchill once said: "No stronger retrograde force exists in the world" than Sharia compliant Islam.
But come on . . . Religion? Who needs to understand that stuff in modern political or social affairs in the West eh? Not these days mate. Obviously.
Indeed there is another quote of Churchill's which seems particularly apropos at this point,
A wide humanitarian sympathy in a nation easily degenerates into hysteria. A military spirit tends towards brutality. Liberty leads to licence, restraint to tyranny. The pride of race is distended to blustering arrogance. The fear of God produces bigotry and superstition. There appears no exception to the mournful rule, and the best efforts of men, however glorious their early results, have dismal endings, like plants which shoot and bud and put forth beautiful flowers, and then grow rank and coarse and are withered by the winter.
It's a terrible pun, but the sign on his podium struck me as prophetic: Europe won't die with a bang, but with a Quimper.
00:00 Try not give anything up — in these troubled times we are living in — from your love
00:04 of Europe. I say that
00:08 with much power and emotion,
00:12 because in these territories
00:16 about a little more than twenty-five years ago, we, I think, saved Europe.
00:20 Without the great French trust, the euro wouldn’t have existed.
00:24 And sometimes things are being played for nothing.
00:28 And here, this is one of those
00:32 soils of the Republic, we vibrate while we talk about Europe.
00:36 We love Europe. And we know that when you love the local,
00:40 when you love your fishing, your region,
00:44 your production, your field, your Republic, you also love your Europe,
00:48 and you carry her. And you defend her.
00:52 And I say unto you with much gravity in the moment we live in.
00:56 Many hate her.
01:00 But they’ve already hated her for a long time. And you see them surge
01:04 like leprosy, a little bit everywhere in Europe. In countries where we thought it was impossible
01:08 to see it reappear; and neighboring friends,
01:12 they say the worst and we’re getting used to it!
01:16 They make the worse provocations and NOBODY,
01:21 and NOBODY is scandalized by that! We are turning
01:25 on ourselves: you aren’t enough this or that. They come to accuse Europeans
01:29 of not being European enough, or not exactly the way they would like them.
01:33 And they forget to denounce those who aren’t at all European any more, who hate her, and are
01:37 ashamed of their projects. We get used to all the extremes; in countries that
01:41 for years have been pro-European, like us! And for that
01:45 our economic, journalist, political elites
01:49 bear a HUGE responsibility!
02:01 Therefore I say unto you this,
02:05 that everyone…
02:09 that everyone watches the reality of what is going on!
02:13 At the same moment the challenges: economic, humanitarian, human;
02:17 challenges that we face, but without forgetting the everyday challenges
02:21 of our society. Look! I’m telling this to all the lesson-givers.
02:26 Come and tell me that we have to welcome everybody!
02:30 Today! But have a look at French society and her fractures!
02:34 Look what we are also doing, and we have no reason to blush about it, and I can defend it
02:38 point after point and detail by detail before you. And I want France
02:42 and national cohesion to stay in place, and our middle classes to find their place!
02:46 And at the same time to be up to the task
02:50 of our tradition of hospitality, especially concerning asylum. Which doesn’t mean
02:54 everything and whatever. But look elsewhere when others betray
02:58 that very asylum, cause the worse kind of humanitarian provocations.
03:02 That’s what we have to combat! And denounce. Not in dividing ourselves. It’s against that
03:05 we have to scandalize ourselves: against nationalism which is being reborn, against
03:09 the closed border that some are proposing. Therefore I say this unto you, today
03:14 with — you can tell — a great deal of passion attached to my body:
03:19 I need those territories that believe in Europe. I need
03:23 French men and women who believe in this project, because they know
03:27 our history, because they know the price of nationalism,
03:31 because they know the costs of stupidity, because they know that you can
03:35 confront your fears, [you can] try to treat them in a way that is increasingly difficulter
03:39 because nobody is ever happy. But who is more responsible
03:43 than he who plays with fears? Therefore, my friends,
03:47 this request is strong and vibrant, but in the coming months
03:51 in the coming years, don’t ever forget to be
03:55 European with strength. Not a self-complacent European, no! Europeans as demanding as you are,
04:00 precisely, Europeans from Brittany, like you, [who] know how to be [demanding], who request
04:07 a good common agricultural policy, who will ask
04:11 to be protected
04:15 against the excesses of detached work, legitimately! Who will request
04:19 to have their region protected, as they should be. I do believe in this Europe that protects,
04:23 and in this ambitious Europe. But let’s not forget
04:28 our principles, our values, our history.
04:32 So, yes, in order to protect her, I will need YOU.