Introducing our first guest blogger: Devil’s Advocate. Devil’s Advocate is an acquaintance of The Realist and a regular reader of Liberal Elite, albeit one who often disagrees with us. True to the spirit of liberalism, we've offered him a guest spot to put forward a view point of his own. Over to you, Devil’s Advocate. . .
So the left are asking some ‘searching’ questions at the moment. . . or should be. Still in shock from the realisation that not everyone in the US agreed that Bush was a man-monkey hell bent on ‘Christianising’ the whole world when they re-elected him, they are now seeing their mish-mash of multi-culturalism, “human rights” and ‘isms’ blow up in their face (an unfortunate analogy).
July 7th was supposedly all about the invasion of Iraq, the absence of a free Palestine, etc, etc. No matter that the bombers (and their shit imitators two weeks later) were either British-born or living here - benefits and all. This is what the “philosophy” of multi-culturalism and human rights have left us with. Communities who feel they have a right to separate themselves from the rest of society, yet attack it because its government doesn’t meet with their view of the world. What a ‘free for all’ this country is turning into – is Britain becoming the slag of all countries?
After all those advocating integration were labelled as (insert your own ‘ist’ here), they have now been proved right. Even Trevor Phillips agrees . Nick Cohen, one of the few good writers on the left at the moment, brilliantly identified many of the problems. The left’s response? "He no longer blindly follows our failed train of thought. He’s obviously joined the right."
If the left wants to reclaim anything close to the mainstream, they need to look within for the solution. Where was their workable alternative to war in Iraq? There wasn’t one – just their usual fall-back of: "Comrades, it’s time for a protest. I’ll call Socialist Worker".
Accept the world has moved on. People will also no longer be labelled ‘racist’ because they believe in a basic set of shared rules and values, ‘selfish’ if they resent giving much of their wage blindly to the taxman and the rest of it. If the left doesn’t deal with this, then people like Bush and his “Christian Soldiers” will be only too happy to.