"Islamic Europe or Western Spring?"
Report by Betty Sakai
British journalist, Melanie Phillips, delivered an explanation for the progressive philosophy of anti-nationalism instrumental in creating the European Union, and rejoiced that those living in the Anglosphere of Great Britain and America – two nations that understand what an independent nation is, what liberty is -- are beginning to regain their optimism and hope.
Introduced on the Forum’s website and by the Vice President of Programs, Melanie writes a weekly column currently appearing in The Times of London, and has been published over the years in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, and Daily Mail. She also writes for the Jerusalem Post and Jewish Chronicle, is a regular panelist on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze and speaks on public platforms throughout the English-speaking world. Melanie grew up in west London, the only child of British-born Jewish parents, read English literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, and trained as a journalist at a local paper. In 1996 she won the Orwell Prize for political journalism, but for three decades has been one of the most controversial figures in British journalism as an embattled apostate renouncing the Left.
As an author, Melanie Phillip’s works include: best-selling book Londonistan about the British establishment’s capitulation to Islamic aggression published in 2006 by Encounter, New York, followed in 2010 by The World Turned Upside Down, the Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, with forward by David Mamet, also published by Encounter, and updated edition of Guardian Angel, her personal and political memoir available in electronic and print format from Amazon. Follow Melanie’s work at www.melaniephillips.com, on Twitter @MelanieLatest, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelanieLatest
Masterfully at ease in front of a microphone, Melanie Phillips responded to laughter when she mentioned giving a talk yesterday at U.C. Berkeley, saying the response made her imagine some sort of a special operations person parachuting behind enemy lines. Smiling, she then added she wonders if conservatives might soon be needing their own sanctuary cities….
In rather formal English vernacular, quiet, restrained, and serious in tone, Melanie Phillips expressed great pleasure being with people who understand what freedom is. She began by stating, “I bring greetings from that hotbed of revolution, Great Britain,” and then went on to state we are living in momentous times. Collective choices are being made in Great Britain, in mainland Europe, and in America that people never thought would be possible, changing societies taken for granted for many years.
In Europe she said, Britain got these changes started with Brexit. Great Britain is widely regarded as America’s intellectual, philosophical, political parent, so what happens in Britain is important to America, and what happens in America is important to Great Britain. Britain voted last year to leave the European Union which many regarded as completely insane. Choices are being made which many thought would not be possible.
Britain is an island nation, the mother ship of liberty in the world. What happens in Britain has a great effect on the rest of the world. Unlike Europe, liberty in Britain means doing anything you want to do unless there is a law against it. Liberty in Europe means doing nothing unless you have permission to do it.
Change is on the horizon. France will soon decide on a new President. In the U.S. someone was elected that many said could not be elected to any responsible position in society whatsoever. All this has been happening against massive immigration from Islam. All these events are linked by a wave of populism sweeping across Europe, Great Britain, and the United States, sweeping away the established political order.
Populists and populism are words that define ordinary people -- in Britain thought to be a mob. Populists might be popular but they are not very nice to know. Progressives fear populism, fear instability, imagine dark forces are being released. Progressives fear national identity and borders will lead to war.
Journalist Melanie Phillips sees things differently. Populist upheavals she believes are opportunities for the West to save itself from cultural suicide. Populism is not just a protest against the political establishment but a protest against an entire world view of how the world should be structured. Progressivism is a world view which has been steadily undermining the West for half a century, a world view that has brought the West to its moral and political knees. Populist upheavals are saving the West from cultural suicide.
The anti-nationalism world view has been undermining the West for more than half a century. Progressives believe that nation leads to nationalism and this leads to exclusion, prejudice, fascism, and war. To be compassionate, to remove prejudice and bigotry from the human heart, to prevent war, progressives believe that independent nations must be eliminated. Progressives in Britain have equated Donald Trump’s rise to power to “Make America Great Again” with Nazism, white nationalism, white supremacy. The root of this great populist revolt is the desire for the restoration of Western national identity because Western Civilization is quite simply the best construct that has ever existed for life and liberty in the human race. National boundaries simply are best.
Far from being a threat to decency and order, the restoration of the nation is absolutely essential. Beginning at the end of WWII, the progressive view of politics was thought to prevent war and fascism from ever happening again. It was thought that nationalism, the nation, was blamed for what happened in Europe -- most particularly in Germany. Elevated were the supra institutions and laws which abdicate property, the trans-national institutions like the U.N. that have no dog in the fight. No western nation could go to war in its own interest. War had to be sanctified by the sacred United Nations. Universal human rights it was thought takes precedence over national rights and laws, upheld by the European Court of Human Rights and international law in general. International law would take precedence over domestic British law. The progressive view of politics was that we must never again have another situation that creates another holocaust, another world war. Nationalism creates barbarism, Nazism. Regardless of the fact that Europe and especially Germany were depositories of high culture, the West and European nations had to be protected from themselves.
Melanie discussed the process of Progressivism working its way into Great Britain. The British ruling class felt demoralized after WWII as the country sank economically and politically. They became vulnerable to the Progressive idea that the West was inherently bad. The Left considered the USSR a failure and realized they could not rely on workers from developing nations rising up to seize economic and political power. So the Left proposed to seize power from within, by seizing the power from institutions of power: schools, universities, law schools, churches, and the media. In Britain this was called “the long march through the institutions” as they were infiltrated and converted from within.
The idea grew that anything the west did was innately bad. Anything developing nations did was innately good. Moral and cultural relativism developed so that no-one could sit in judgement of another person’s values. Multiculturalism became the idea that no culture can be better than any other culture. To judge makes one a racist. To look down on another culture is to be a racist. Anti-racism became the ‘get out of jail free card’ for those who are not white. Not being white meant you could do nothing wrong -- are not morally responsible for your actions. The West could not say that its values are better than the values of others. To these things, Melanie Phillips questioned, “If you give anyone immunity, is this not a racial act?”
Progressives became unchallengeable. Ideologies of the Left do not permit argument. They begin at the conclusion and cannot be challenged. It starts with the governing idea. If you are a progressive, you stand for progress, for compassion and virtue. If you try to argue with this, it doesn’t matter because you cannot argue with a person who is the embodiment of virtue. Truth is a right-wing concept. The ideologies of the left are inimical to reason. They talk backwards. After years of self-flagellation over slavery and racism, America became demoralized. Progressive elites believed America was born in original sin. This cultural, emotional, spiritual demoralization hollowed out the society we are living in. Witness the birth rate: One of the side effects of demoralization is that people stop having babies when the future becomes bleak.
Enter Islam – that socio-economic ideology that has for centuries sought to conquer the West. Islam used the vacuum created by Progressives as an opportunity to migrate into Europe. In America, Islam has not been as successful because it has experienced fight-back. Islam identified a spiritual void and responded by causing mass migration of Muslims into Europe. There has been a decline in the non-Muslim population in Europe. Muslim populations have increased. Projections are that in the Netherlands, France, and Belgium there will be 30 million Muslims by 2021 and Muslims will make up 10% of the population. A million young Muslims have poured into Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is extremely concerned about the social problems created, but when she could prevent them from entering Germany, she said, “Let them in”. Geert Wilders from the Netherlands did not make it on the national scene. He is much more liberal than most of us, but he is called a fascist simply because he dared to defend the West and dared to name Islamic fascism as being truly dangerous.
Muslims refuse to integrate. Sheer force of numbers overwhelm public services. They demand European societies accommodate them. Their values are inimical to core western values of freedom, equality, and democracy. And a very large proportion of Muslims hold very severely anti-Jewish attitudes. To be fair, however, Melanie Phillips added we must recognize that there are millions of Muslims who do not subscribe to this extreme inimical interpretation and came to Britain in the 1990s to enjoy western values, to have a good job, to raise their family. Regardless, there are millions of Muslims who have violent intent, who intend to force Western society to adapt to Islamic beliefs.
In the West, even given all the attacks that have happened, there is still refusal to acknowledge what this is, that this is a form of religious fanaticism. Describing the mowing down of people by a truck by the House of Commons, Ms. Merkel said the attack was Islamist, not Islamic. This takes linguistics to a new level. That form of Islam that threatens everyone else is a part of Islam. It is an interpretation of Islamic doctrine. One of the terrible things is that Islamic reformists are not being recognized. These are some of the bravest people in the world today.
The people are fighting to get their culture and country back. They want to live in a culture they can identify with and share. They are fighting for freedom and all the values the West embodies, struggling to recapture their own identity. The Brexit was a revolt against the world view of the Left. The Left is desperate, feeling it cannot lose the fight against Brexit. For the Progressive Left, it feels like the world is turning back on its axis.
The Progressive believes that – despite the retreat from leadership these past few years -- war to defend a nation’s interests is never justified, does not solve anything, is not justified because the West is not justifiable. Because of what the West has done to the developing world, the West cannot do anything to them and they can never be held accountable. The West must negotiate and be contra-revolution -- use peace protestors. War never solves anything. In 1939 these people said war was not the answer.
National identity patriots defending the west are called racist, fascists, and white supremacists. A few may go to extremes to become dangerous. The hope is for Great Britain and America, not so much in mainland Europe where Muslimization has gone too far. Most European countries do not have the understanding of what a nation is, of what an independent nation is, what liberty is.
The nation brings people together and unites different people. Undermining the nation undermines democracy. No country can be sovereign unless it is in control of its own laws. America is lucky it does not have a European Court of Justice to deal with. President Trump, Melanie mused is clearly a work in progress but is a decisive figure who stands for the greatest values Man can aspire to: liberty, democracy, human rights. Under Trump’s leadership the people are prepared to make America Great Again, to fully realize those values that make it a beacon of light and help the world by simply being themselves. President Trump understands that if America’s interests are threatened, America will fight to defend itself. America is not fighting to right the wrongs of those historically oppressed. For the first time in many years, America is returning to health. President Trump’s instincts — and instinct to President Trump are very important -- are to defend America’s interests. He reverses the whole of progressive ideology.
People in Britain are terrified that if the European Union falls apart there will be a return of Nazism. Melanie tells them to look at what is happening. When national identify fails, there is a resurgence of obnoxious parties. Leaders have emerged that are more popular than their innate qualities of statesmanship. Teresa May became an accidental Prime Minister of Britain because her predecessor tried to bully Great Britain into staying in the European Union. All the other candidates knifed themselves in the front and the back simultaneously. Teresa May is popular and nobody was more surprised than Teresa May when she won. She is very British – very quiet, very restrained, very serious, doesn’t see politics as a game. She admits she is has never read history…. So how can you have a Prime Minister that has never read history? America has a new leader who is on a steep learning curve. Western Civilization is at a tipping point. Our leaders must be up to the task as so much rests on their shoulders.
In the Q & A, Melanie Phillips answered a number of questions. One question was why feminists do not protest female genital mutilation. She answered that political correctness does not permit criticism of the developing world. When you have two doctrines, you get a kind of paralysis, a suspension of decency. Until thousands of girls have been mutilated, mutilation will be ignored by people who call themselves feminists. More than this is the oppressive nature of developing world societies. Muslim society oppresses women generally. Women are considered half the value of a man. Homosexuals are oppressed. Muslims who try to leave Islam are murdered. None of this has any kind of effect on the Progressive conscious whatsoever because of the iron doctrine that you never criticize the developing world because the developing world is the victim of the western world.
Asked about why the kids of Muslims have become radicalized, she answered that the 1st generation were very poor from Bangladesh and Pakistan, settling in the north of England where there were cotton mills. Many of their religious institutions have become radicalized by the extreme Saudi version of Islam. Their children attending the Mosques have become radicalized. For many of these Muslim kids, morality is falling apart. They come from a type of village culture and attend schools that are devoid of morality. They are bombarded by sex and drugs. Confused and isolated, at the universities Islamists use people of the highest intelligence to approach Muslims boys to tell them they are dishonoring themselves and their people, are victims of the West. This has emotional and psychological resonance.
Asked what happened to Tony Blair, Melanie answered: “Please! Tony Blair is a wolf of a man. He got it right!” Then she compared him to a political hologram. A lawyer, he arrived on the scene of the Labor Party in the mid-80s as a Member of Parliament. He correctly understood --- like Bill Clinton—that the Left had a major problem buying into the free market. He was very concerned about the erosion of the family but he was sort of identified with this hollowed out Progressivism. He decided to transform Great Britain with mass immigration, sweeping away all moral restraints. He had to reform the Labor Party. He became identified being swept along while being concerned about the erosion of the family. What made him was the death of Princess Diana. The people felt she felt their pain. Blaire came out with an amazing soundbite. He called Diana “the people’s princess” and he saved the monarchy because people were turning against the Queen for not being sufficiently involved, which by his counsel she did. Thereafter, Tony Blair backed the Iraq war and was confronted by massive protests. People carried signs: B_LIAR. When 9-11 happened in America, British elites said America had it coming because America backed Israel that was widely thought to have suppressed the Palestinian people. Tony Blair is a fanatic for trans-nationalism. He told Britain to reverse Brexit or it would go down like a bucket of shit.
The Jews in Britain have not had bad things happen to them, but Jews in mainland Europe been experiencing continued attacks. One woman was thrown out of her window in France. Melanie sighed, the Jews in Europe do not have a long future. Many non-Jews are simply ignoring attacks on the Jews. Melanie lives in both Britain and Israel and feels more comfortable in Israel even though it is in a far more dangerous region of the world.
The Forum thanked Melanie Phillips with standing applause. Her work is illuminating and greatly informative.
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