The Grauniad, notable since its fall from being the rather splendid Manchester Guardian mainly for its slavish devotion to right-on hypocrisy and socialist lies and fake news (and tax avoidance), just occasionally manages to print a piece worth reading.
Via Guido, I commend to my reader this item by Ken Crawford (who must be smart as he went to St Andrews; cue chorus of “Gaudeamus Ignitur” etc ad nauseam!).
Bravely (in the Grauniad) he makes the point:
Somehow the role of the white male in ending Islam’s leading role in the slave trade never features, nor that of the men who argued for women’s equality in law and democracy. In the key disciplines that have shaped the western culture we all enjoy it is the white male we have most to thank. A world absent Galileo, Da Vinci, Newton, Darwin, Kant, Descartes, Fleming, Freud, Watt, Jung, Einstein and many others would be an unimaginably worse place, wracked with disease and scraping an agrarian existence.
Of course, some at the Grauniad think that wouldn’t be a bad result, but still. He goes on:
This ideology borrows strongly from Marxist doctrine and its dream of a Socialist utopia of equality. We don’t have to think too hard about where this road leads because it has already been trodden, a road slick with blood and corpses stacked on the verge as far as the eye can see. We learn in school about the dangers of right-wing identity politics, Hitler and the road to the gas chambers. Rightly so but the education system omits the equal danger from the leftist doctrine that has killed far more than the Nazis. Pol Pot, having been schooled by French intellectuals in the wisdom of Marxist doctrine, returned home to Cambodia and launched an equality programme …[in which]… perhaps 2 million perished. Stalin’s Russia accounted for perhaps 20 million deaths under its equality is driven collectivisation programme. Worse was to happen in China where around 45 million deaths can be attributed to Mao and the ‘Great Leap Forward’.
And Dolcis in fondo:
It is not perfect but the capitalist system is the best, most merit-based system humans have been able to create.
The article started off grumbling about identity politics. Which is all about Group Rights. There is no such thing as Group Rights. There can be only Individual Rights and these are endowed by our creator whoever he (she or it) is.
So-called Group Rights are nothing more than shorthand for legalised expropriation from non-members of the favoured Groups.
Martin Luther King, a very great man, one of the greatest men of the 20th century, would never have stood for this bollocks. In his words:
And when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’