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The Poverty of Multiculturalism by Patrick West

By Patrick West

The hot orthodoxy of multiculturalism decrees that no tradition is stronger or not as good as one other, so it truly is most unlikely to assert what's actually correct and what's flawed. notwithstanding, cultural relativists occasionally wish it either methods. They concurrently assert that no tradition is healthier than one other, yet they are going to fortunately cross directly to say that Western tradition is admittedly inferior, and draw back from celebrating it for worry of inflicting ‘offence’.

Multiculturalism is an indication of the counter-Enlightenment instances we are living in. because the Holocaust and Hiroshima, the West has misplaced religion in its ability to exploit cause and technological know-how to make our international a greater position. as a result of their perverse self-loathing, many left-liberals lend their tacit or overt help to oppressive cultures that deny equivalent rights to its inhabitants or condone the killing of homosexuals and the digital enslavement of girls.

By residing at the frustrating points of our historical past, like slavery and colonialism, the denigrators of the West forget about its wealthy and admirable culture of social liberalism that says that one can be rendered as a lot freedom as attainable within the deepest sphere. it's time we loved the culture of the Enlightenment, with its aspiration that the prizes of liberty, democracy, colour-blindness, equality of chance and growth might be shared between all. . Western tradition has spawned the main open, liberal and revolutionary societies. due to its Enlightenment, it has unshackled itself from oppressive and barbarous régimes, developing states within which common franchise, loose speech and democracy are the norm and the expectancy. it's time those values have been adored. it's also time to show the poverty of multiculturalism.

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The Poverty of Multiculturalism

The recent orthodoxy of multiculturalism decrees that no tradition is more advantageous or not so good as one other, so it really is most unlikely to assert what's actually correct and what's incorrect. in spite of the fact that, cultural relativists occasionally wish it either methods. They concurrently assert that no tradition is best than one other, yet they're going to fortunately cross directly to say that Western tradition is basically inferior, and shrink back from celebrating it for worry of inflicting ‘offence’.

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As Samuel Huntingdon argues in his book Who Are We? America’s Great Debate (2004), any society requires a core set of common values to function; a nation wracked by ethnic division is likely to be doomed, as Yugoslavia demonstrated. ’8 David Goodhart, editor of Prospect magazine, recently argued that this is something that should concern the Left as well as those on the Right. Goodhart, a man of impeccable left-liberal credentials, put forward the contention that a welfare state can only function when those who contribute to it feel it will be redistributed to those with whom they feel an affinity.

Science does not contain eternal truths; it is shaped by who is practising it and by the concerns of the culture from which it springs. After Nietzsche, who argued that truth is merely the solidification of old metaphors,38 and Derrida’s theory of deconstruction, in which words are deemed not to refer to outside reality, science is no longer deemed to contain logical coherence and be able to discover any concrete truths. Consequently, the claims of Western science must be treated with suspicion.

There is a more glaring paradox. Hard Multi-culturalism, as formulated by Herder and the German Romantics, and systemised by anthropologists such as Franz Boas in the 1930s, is itself a Western ideology. The notion that ‘all cultures are equal’ was conceived uniquely in the Euro-American school of philosophy, and is thus self-contradictory. To say ‘we mustn’t judge other cultures’ is ironically a eurocentric statement. Hard Multiculturalism legitimises global and domestic injustice: we are loath to criticise the oppression of women at home and abroad for fear of being admonished with the riposte: ‘but that’s what they do in their culture.

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