As cultural revolutionaries in and out of government take a sledgehammer to our living core -- our history, ancestry, memory and imagination -- we see quickly there is no end to their rapacious will to destroy Us, the People. Last week, it was Robert E. Lee in a park; this week, it's Christopher Columbus in a circle. Soon, it will be George Washington as a capital. There is no end in sight to this American Cultural Revolution, not while its leading edge of hysteria is still building.
Across the pond, jealous cultural revolutionaries are considering some cleansing of their own by possibly removing the statue (above) of one of Britain's greatest heroes, Lord Nelson, from London's Trafalgar Square -- named for the epic sea Battle of Trafalgar, which Nelson won, and where he perished.
This latest reminded me of a syndicated column I wrote a dozen years ago, back when "diversity" was still sold as "inclusion" -- not, as we experience it now, as the ethnic cleansing of our greatest "Caucasian" military leaders, explorers, and statesman from the Western public square. In 2005, the topic at hand was a plan to add a statue of Nelson Mandela to Trafalgar Square.
I now recognize that such tactics, even as applied in the cultural context, come straight from the Marxist playbook. Time and again, "unity," "inclusiveness" and the like have been used as wedges whereby Communists have entered non-Communist governments, which they then subverted and ultimately seized. In our cultural context, we are way past the "wedge" and "subversion" both, having lurched to a state of uncontrolled free-fall.
In this same Communist or Marxist context, it's worth recalling that it was the London mayor known as "Red Ken" Livingstone who introduced and executed the plan to insert Mandela into Trafalgar Square. Come to think of it, Mandela himself was a close ally of the South African Communist Party, and, in particular, Soviet-trained, South African Communist Ronnie Kasrils.
If you haven't seen it, do watch Mandela and Kasrils in that rousing round of "Kill the Whites" featured above, as sung in the Xhosa language. Note that after the song ends and Mandela puts his fist down, he speaks in English to reporters about "love" and "democracy" and "peace." Note also that all these years later, perhaps the most dangerous place on the planet for a white person to be is on a farm in South Africa, where brutal, murderous attacks by blacks are frequent occurences, triggering in 2014 "early warnings of genocide" from Genocide Watch. Now, South Africa's ruling African National Congress and president Jacob Zuma are calling for land expropriation from white farmers without compensation. That long march is almost over.
Meanwhile, it is hard not to notice (unless you are a journalist) that Charlottesville vice mayor Wes Bellamy, a catalyst for the Remove Lee movement, personally unmasked for all to see on Twitter his own white-hating, womanhood-bespoiling soul. Such gutter talk lost him his spot on a state education board where Gov. McAuliffe had earlier installed him, but it has been no bar to his remaining a City Father, and, further, becoming our newest Moral Overlord for Justice.
Tragedy to farce and back again.
From my syndicated column collection, No Fear:
"A Full Nelson for Europe" (2005)
What does the prospect of Turkey joining the European Union (EU) have to do with plans to erect a statue commemorating Nelson Mandela in London's Trafalgar Square?
In multiculti patois, both are "inclusive" acts. This means that they introduce non-Western elements (in Turkey's case, 70-plus million Muslims; in Mandela's case, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero) into historically Western milieus, such as Europe generally or London specifically. The result is what is currently known as "diversity." Contrary to definition, however, diversity of the multicultural kind actually means that every place becomes like any other. Or, rather, every Western place becomes like any other Western place.
For example, when more than a third of London schoolchildren speak one of 300 languages other than English at home, and 43 percent of New York City schoolchildren speak one of 170 languages other than English at home, both cities have achieved an indistinguishable "diversity." No longer singularly British or singularly American, they are interchangeably global. Grouping Nelson Mandela with Horatio, Lord Nelson and several other British military heroes in Trafalgar Square would have a similar, if symbolic, effect. No longer would Trafalgar Square conjure up the quintessence of British civilization. It would be, as London mayor Ken Livingstone puts it, a "world square."
Meanwhile, the rest of the "world" (the non-Western nations about which the West is so assiduously "inclusive") remains strikingly non-diverse--ethnically, religiously and culturally. So when Livingstone declares that a Mandela statue in Trafalgar Square "would signify the peaceful transition" from British Empire as symbolized by Lord Nelson "to a multiracial and multicultural world," what he's really talking about is the British transition to a multiracial and multicultural London.
No statue is necessary for confirmation of this cosmo-reality, but Mandela's likeness is probably on its way. Opposition is weak, bickering only over where (not whether) the statue should stand and other aesthetic concerns. It seems as if there are no British cultural or historical imperatives at issue here, because there are no British cultural or historical imperatives, period.
This new Battle of Trafalgar is a fitting backdrop for what appears to be the inevitable inclusion of Turkey into the EU, a political move with more than political consequences. If approved, Turkey, second in EU population only to Germany, would bring its tens of millions of Muslims into largely post-Christian, secular European society; with them comes a weighty Islamic influence on European affairs. This new demographic mix would inevitably hasten the transition, as Mr. Livingstone might put it, of Europe to a multicultural, multiracial and--more pertinent--Islamized continent of Eurabia.
Not that this salient point is ever raised. "Europe can either decide to become a global actor or it can fence itself off as a Christian club," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said, flipping the issue on its head shortly before the EU voted to open membership talks with Turkey. Particularly in light of the EU's deliberate omission of "God" or "Christianity" in its 439-page constitution, this was a fairly obnoxious comment. As a matter of fact, Turkey has long "fenced itself off" into such Islamic "clubs" as the Organization of the Islamic Conference. It is a signatory to the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, an Islamic version of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights that elevates sharia (Islamic law) over universal human rights, and declares that the Muslim community's role is to "guide" humanity. That's more than just clubby.
But there was another implication to the Turkish leader's words: that Western identity is merely a tribal expression of petty insularity. Free will, free conscience--the evolution of individual liberty--is the gift of Judeo-Christian civilization, and it is one that Islam has never accepted. Tragically, it is one that Westerners may be throwing away. Britain's foreign minister, Jack Straw, was equally dismissive of Europe's "so-called Christian heritage," while Britain's Lord Patten, a former EU official, pegged opposition to Turkish membership to "relics of Christianity"--a rather nasty way to belittle natural concern over a proposed event one European minister has compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall. "To define Europe today as though it were an introverted, cohesive, medieval Christian community is, I think, terrible," said Lord Patten, "and it sends not only awful messages outside, but it actually sends some pretty dubious messages to the 12 million or more Muslims who live within the European Union."
Maybe what he means is that to define Europe as European is terrible. Better to rework it as one big "world square," an "inclusive" place of "diversity," where no one can tell Nelson from Nelson.