Democracy is based on individual rights and individual representation but that has been honored more in the breach than in the observance. In practice we have lost individual rights in favor of group rights and exchanged the democracy of the voting booth for the undemocratic representation by special organizations and lobbying groups.
Are you a senior, black, jewish, female, have cancer, catholic, liberal protestant, parent, child, rich, poor?If so there are people who claim to represent you and speak for you. People you did not vote for and cannot get rid of. I never voted for Abe Foxman and yet he speaks for me. Whoever you are, there are people speaking for you whose voices are paradoxically louder than yours.
How did things get this way? Part of the answer is that democracy itself is flawed and in the late 19th and the 20th century there were group injustices that needed to be corrected because entire groups were being discriminated against. But often when you try to correct one evil, the result is another unintended evil. Fighting for justice for groups also created group activism and advocacy as agitation on behalf of oppressed groups became the means of correcting democracy's flaws.
As this went on activism became the moral call and protecting group rights became the core duty of government and the organizations thrown up to protect those rights. Activists became politicians and politics became activism as social activism merged with the Tammany Hall machine of the Democratic party, which went from oppressing the Irish, the Jews or Women to "protecting their rights" through group entitlements.
The Culture of Grievance Must Run
The culture of activism was and still often is run by Eastern liberal protestants, rather than by the groups they claim to be agitating on behalf of. And it runs on victimology, each civil rights measure has only fed the culture of activism but also driven it to find new groups to protect as the earlier groups "went dry". Animals remain a popular group because animals can't talk back. Jews and Asians have managed to succeed on their own and so get the cold shoulder. As Blacks and Hispanics move up the ladder, the way the Irish and Italians and Jews have-- the Culture of Grievance has embraced Muslims.
The result has been the marriage from hell. The Culture of Grievance thrives on grievances and victims and the Muslims of today thrive on grievances and imagine themselves as victims.
Muslims need someone to blame for their failures and the Culture of Grievance is premised on a sovereign faith in American Racism and the inequality of the social system. Muslims at home and in the West could not ask for better enablers for their inability to take responsibility.
The dialogue runs something like this.
Muslims: It's not our fault that we're dictatorship, America is behind all our dictatorships.The Defective Maternalism of the West
Liberals: It's not your fault you're ruled by dictators, America is behind all your dictatorships.
Muslims: Terrorism is not our fault, we're oppressed and terrorism is the last resort of the oppressed.
Liberals: You're depraved on account that you're deprived. How could we possibly judge you?
Muslims: We're only rioting because we're angry.
Liberals: You're only rioting because you face social and political inequities.
Muslims: Israel is the problem.
Liberals: Israel is the problem.
The Culture of Grievance functions like some sort of defective maternal instinct coddling and smothering entire groups and speaking in their name and emitting a perpetual cry of, "Won't someone think of the children" while Muslims function as feral children, always angry and prone to violent tantrums. The Culture of Grievance insists on trying to nurture the feral Muslim child even as he claws at her breast.
The situation is worse in Europe where the process of reform was not nearly as gentle in America and the social and political oppression much worse, breeding socialism and a much more radical left flank. If America is the overcrowded foster family coping with an additional angry Muslim child-- Europe with its falling birth rates, static societies and angry left politics is the barren woman taking in the Muslim child off the street and determinedly ignoring his worst behavior, not in the name of love, but in the name of a kind of sterile determination to make things work.
As long as we are ruled by activism and the Culture of Grievance rather than by Democracy, fighting the Islamic invasion remains all but impossible. A system that prioritizes the rights of the oppressed over those who supposedly are not, the rights of the shrillest over the silent and the rights of the violent over the non-violent-- will always favor Islam and Muslims until the barbarians inside the gate finally overthrow it for good.
It's really easy to fall into group outrage and the cult of victimhood.ReplyDelete
To a small degree I see it even within journalism. Say a cop tells a reporter she can't across the crime scene tape at a crime scene. The reporter becomes indignant, rants about FIO laws, creates a disturbance and gets arrested.
Then the reporter becomes a martyr of sorts, standing up for their first amendment rights and for being persecuted. When all they'd really have to do is comply with the cop and then complain once they get back to the newspaper.
A good friend of mine got caught up in this. He's a great reporter, excellent news gathering skills and all. Trouble is, he's confrontational and has been arrested over a dozen times. Naturally, the Buffalo News did a front page, above the fold feature story on him.
For some reason there is something noble about being hassled over freedom of information or for reporting and sadly a lot of reporters like to be thought of as freedom fighters for the cause of journalism.
Same thing with Muslims. For example, say a group of Muslims work at an airport. They need somewhere to wash before prayers. A reasonable request.
But instead of asking Human Resources, filing a complaint with EEOC asking for reasonable accomodations they end up on CNN with CAIR saying how much they're discriminated against.
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I've been thinking about this Muslim entitlement thing some more. You know, immediately post Sept. 11 a lot of Americans assumed there'd be a huge backlash against American Muslims. And there was some minor incidents--women harassed at supermarkets, afraid to leave their houses and all.
The kicker is, the majority of American men, at least where I lived, were genuinely upset that anyone would harass a woman just out shopping and they offered to escort them to ensure their safety.
American Muslims and their advocates are now fighting the great backlash that never happened.
Good post. It is the loud over the majority.ReplyDelete
And our Secretary of State is right there with the rest of the "I've got a cause", self anointed saviours of the oppressed.ReplyDelete
Kelita: Too bad their self righteous indignation doesn't cover conservative speakers when they need police protection to enter a venue or are shouted down by the a hall full of ski-masked wannabee lemmings. (Look ma, I'm an urban terrorist hyuk hyuk!)
This Evil has a name and it's the Marxist dialectic. It opposes the establishment (the oppressor) against minorities (or victims, or the oppressed). The game is to shift the power of the establishment to the minorities with a view of making it weak enough for a revolutionary power grab. It works like positive action. Call it the "redistribution of power", to compensate minorities in proportion to their inequality. The more unequal (victim), the more compensation. It works with capital, speech, rights, whatever. After 2000 Marxism has re-invented itself with a vengance. See where we are today....