Modernity carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. Modern society, with its technology, ease, mobility, and wealth weakens the sinews of tribe, religion, family and tradition that have been the bonding elements of human society over many millennia. One of the chief sources of internal rot in modern society is multiculturalism. Multiculturalism arises out of a number of factors, including (a) the lack of understanding and instruction about how our bountiful time was created; and (b) the guilt of Western elites. Multiculturalism both creates internal rot, and finds itself easily intimidated by and unable to deal with pre-modern societies with deep tribal and belief structures such as the sharia societies of Islam.
The Multicultural World War
Please read the excellent thought piece by Fjordman at Gates of Vienna. He says about our recent troubles:
I fear this is a world war. Maybe future historians will dub it the Multicultural World War. Just as WW1 was caused by Imperialism, WW2 by Fascism and the Cold War by Communism, this one will be caused by Multiculturalism. The term “the Multicultural World War” has been coined by Fjordman. I find this to be more accurate than “The Islamic World War” because what will cause this world war is Western cultural weakness, through Multiculturalism and Muslim immigration, rather than Islamic strength.
This is a very interesting point, that it is Western weakness of Multiculturalism, rather than the particular strengths of militant Islam, that is causing the severity of the current strife. But he has hope this will change:
It should be noted that a revolution doesn’t usually come when the oppression is at its worst, but when the grip of the authorities and their totalitarian ideology, in this case Multiculturalism and Political Correctness, seems to be slipping. This was the case with the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and it will be the case with the European Union now. I see increasing signs that the idea of Multiculturalism is on the retreat.
We have been less successful in discerning the retreat of Multiculturalism, though we surely hope it is on the way.
Multiculturalism as an aspect of misunderstanding the modern world
We think that the West is choking on the modern world we have created. We have created in the last 130 years a world totally unlike anything that has existed in human history, where the average man in the West lives far more lavishly and longer than potentates throughout history. We wrote about this in our iPod article. And yet the West has put precisely zero resources into educating young people about the world we have created and the world we have lost in such a short time, and so we have created a mystery for young (and older) people. Out of this mystery come various utopian fantasies, as if this technological world, so hard in the making, had been here all along. Rubbish like multiculturalism, with its soft Marxism and undervaluing of liberty and achievement, serves the governments, corporations and universities that create and sustain it. Its flaws are many, but none is greater than its inability to cope with the authentic man of violence.
Is it any surprise that the nonsense of Multiculturalism is no match for militant Islam? We have seen that sharia societies are backward in technology and other areas of Western life, and have brutal and primitive practices, but this is their strength: these societies are pre-modern, and are unburdened with all the claptrap falsely taught in our schools and society. They produce youth who burn with belief and certainty, sorely missing in the West.
Nietzsche predicted it
In 1976 Harvard professor and sociologist Daniel Bell published The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, which sort-of makes the case that the Protestant ethic that built capitalism contained the seeds of its own destruction in the creation of the consumerist society that capitalism spawned. We wish to expand Bell’s argument to say that the modernness of the modern world — about which little is commonly understood and almost nothing is taught — has in some ways created the global war we have today. Bell began the book with a quote from Nietzsche which showed a remarkable understanding of how science creates a world separate from, and perhaps at odds with, traditional society:
In the spring of 1888 Friederich Nietzsche sketched the Preface of his last book, The Will to Power, which he planned to be his magnum opus, as follows:
‘What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism. This history can be related even now, for necessity itself is at work here. The future speaks even now in a hundred signs….For some time now our European culture has been moving as toward a catastrophe, with a tortured tension that is growing from decade to decade: restlessly, violently, headlong, like a river that wants to reach the end, that no longer reflects, that is afraid to reflect.”
The source of this nihilism for Nietzsche was rationalism and calculation…If there was a single symbol for him that summed up the force of nihilism, it was modern science.
For Nietzsche, what had happened was that tradition, the unwitting, unquestioning “means for obtaining homogeneous, enduring characters for long generations,” had been destroyed.
Multiculturalism is a belief in nothing, akin to the nihilism Nietzsche spoke of. It is an a-historical myth with which to explain and atone for the modern world created by science and capitalism and wealth. Today’s militant Islam is, among other things, a panicked reaction to a modern world of science and capitalism and wealth that outstrips a 1400 year old book’s ability to explain and rule. The multiculturalist feels guilty about the rich, lavish (and sinful) world he enjoys, does not understand and has done nothing to create. The Islamist feels anger at the world he does not understand, has done nothing to create, and which threatens his traditional beliefs.
So what happens?
We haven’t a clue. We wrote in our piece on Newton’s First Law that things are going to continue on their paths to extremes for some time and thus continue to get worse. Will the Islamists blow up the modern world, or get co-opted by modernity, as some of their co-religionists fear? Will the multiculturalists allow the modern world to be blown up in their passivity, or become fierce (or be deposed from Western power by those with a stronger survival instinct)? Will the outcomes be uniform or inchoate throughout the Western world? (These are some of the ideas that Fjordman grapples with.) We shall see.
Our guess is that things are going to get much, much worse before they get better. We observe, for example, from the disgraceful example of the Pulitzer Prizes, that our MSM elites still play footsie with the enemy and misunderstand the seriousness of our situation. Since they daily mislead the majority of our fellow citizens, we expect shock, rage and vengeance the day our real Pearl Harbor comes.