The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

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The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

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For the most part, people aren’t suggesting we stop studying Shakespeare, and anyone who does should be ignored. The only cure for the warped and pathological view of justice that emerges from such resentment is gratitude. To actually identify who would need to be paid, and how much, would be an extraordinarily complex delve into family trees and genetics if it wanted to have any form of accuracy.

Thus, in Sweeney Among the Nightingales, the spectre of Agamemnon can stalk through modern Paris, and the seediest quartiers acquire a sudden and tragic depth. Yes, to act as though these institutions are irredeemable is ridiculous, but only fringe lunatics want to dismantle science as a whole, and Murray’s silly act of pretending the views of these people are significant is tiresome. Conservatives have a sense of the sanctity of their nation, their leaders, their history, but many young people don’t feel such an affinity, and it’s not out of some sort of immaturity or ignorance.If The Strange Death of Europe reads like a requiem for a stricken continent, War on the West is intended to be an act of defiance. Because when you are speaking into a great vacuum of ignorance, people with malign interest can run an awfully long way awfully fast. Every now and then I like to reach across the political aisle and see what they’re reading on the other side.

He believes that young people have been indoctrinated into an anti-western viewpoint which is uncivil, coddled, and wants to change the world by force. Murray’s book is not, of course, apolitical as a whole, and its political aspects account, I think, for some of its shortcomings. A lot of what’s happening now is simply the earth shifting under the old narratives as their flaws are pointed out, and a disillusionment with the way in which they’ve been presented as gospel when they’re anything but. The War on the West, Douglas Murray ( paperback March 2023) €13,95 In The War on the West, international bestselling author Douglas Murray asks: if the history of humankind is one of slavery, conquest, prejudice, genocide and exploitation, why are only Western nations taking the blame for it?Murray succeeds in combining this somewhat high-temperature argument with a looming sense of racial threat. Murray can come out with a glut of instances in schooling of antiracist overreach, but that’s because there are thousands of schools—finding a dozen that have gone too far won’t be hard. There is a great deal for all of us to be thankful for, but too many of us, in Murray’s view, fail to recognise this.

Among the strongest passages of the book are those concerning the artistic achievements of European civilisations.For a start, bringing Nietzsche into a debate about politics is something of a double-edged sword, because the arguments here deployed against the social justice warriors Murray disdains can just as easily be applied to things he values and respects, notably Christianity (a religion based, in Nietzsche’s view, on slave resentment).

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