The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

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The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

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The scars of apartheid are still fresh and I cannot and will never defend the atrocities that took place, but as Wiesenthal says (and I paraphrase here), quoted by Murray in the book, I also cannot take responsibility for something that I didn’t do.

Ferdinand Mount opens up a fascinating exploration of how and why Caesars seize power and why they fall.For the most part, people aren’t suggesting we stop studying Shakespeare, and anyone who does should be ignored. Murray’s description of the Tate’s decision to close a restaurant due to a Rex Whistler mural that includes an enslaved boy also makes for uncomfortable reading. We are told that the West is irredeemable, a fundamentally racist place, the institutions of which need to be either torn down or re-educated until they’re unrecognisable.

When he gets to the consequences of the decline of religion he somehow ends up talking about education. He levels a very weird and inconclusive critique at the long history of criticising the west, from Rousseau to Naomi Klein. At the same time, Murray is a neo-con and rather too cosy with Viktor Orban, so one must take what he says with a grain of salt. Murray succeeds in combining this somewhat high-temperature argument with a looming sense of racial threat. He seems to think that we’re not allowed to talk about the ideas of Hume, JSM, Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson or a wealth of other characters, when this simply isn’t the case.Yes, the backlash has its own propaganda to promulgate, but don’t act like you’ve got objective reality on your side because there’s no such thing. Murray, I think, is right to say that art is art and it sometimes depicts unpleasant things but that doesn’t mean it condones them. You can disagree with that if you want, but Murray going off on one about how they’re telling us how we all think seems a cheap retort at best. With rising panic, I hurried on, flipping page after page until finally, blinking cold sweat out of bulging eyes, I arrived at “Chapter 1: The Meaning of Numbers.

It has bought its way into the global stage and is able to level demands at western nations as a result. Science and technology, invented as tools to serve a transcendent purpose, end up destroying the dream that gave them birth, and the “Faustian” civilisation that dreamed it.

The War on the West serves a very narrow purpose: to confirm the biases of people who dislike left-wing politics and young people.

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