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Arab World: Ignore The Mob. Support The Bourgeoisie.

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The Arab Spring in its initial eruption was seen, in some ways correctly, as a quintessentially revolutionary movement. We’re in the early stages of change and not much of what is happening now is pretty. But at least something is happening, just like at least something happened in the aftermath of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789.

Nobody would pretend that the French Revolution proceeded according to some organized plan. It was fraught with reaction, counter-reaction, fragmentation, factionalization, and unspeakable brutality. In some aspects, the French Revolution took on characteristics of a Civil War, with vast swathes of the nation unwilling to be brought under the Revolutionary banner.

In all revolutions of the modern era, it’s the power-struggle between the mob and the bourgeois instigators of rebellion that holds the key to success or failure. Which group will win out? Will it be the mob, fed by the bloodlust of the dictatorial Robespierre, or the principled positions held by so many who came before or were murdered by him, who understood and were prepared to die to uphold the enlightened freedom that was the key to the future of the Republic.

In France, it wasn’t until the arrival of the strongman, Napoleon, that matters returned to an even keel. There literally was no other man in France who could have done the job. Napoleon was an outsider, a Corsican, an Artilleryman ( the last professional arm of the French Army ), a brilliant and Machiavellian political mind, and a man with no compunction about turning the cannon on the mob.

There will be no Napoleon this time, but we should learn from the experience of late Revolutionary France in trying to forge a new future for the Arab World. It is up to us, America and Europe, the beneficiaries of enlightenment, to help bring it to our Arab neighbors, to actively support the secular, liberal forces that exist in every country, to make sure that they are not bypassed and manipulated by the mob and its Robespierrian leaders who feed the mob by pandering to extreme Islam, and running scared of Salafists. From Tunisia to Egypt, from Jordan  to Libya, From Iraq to Iran, the future lies not with Islamic government in any form, but with secular liberalism.

The President’s fury at Mohammed Morsi for remaining silent about the mob’s attacks in Egypt over a pathetic anti-Islamic video was probably so severe that he made a statement soon afterwards. Obama and all the leaders in the West need to continue that approach. After we’d dropped an ally in Cairo to enable the Egyptian people to find their own way, this is how they repay us?

Written by coolrebel

September 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Cameron and Multiculturalism – Let’s Unwrap the Word

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Pudge Gets One Right

In most senses David Cameron is the worst kind of Tory an oily, pudgy, acceptable-to-the-people, snake oil salesman for regressive, wrong-headed Thatcherism. But the other day, he got one right. His speech about the failures of multiculturalism was very nearly pitch-perfect.

There are only two problems. The first is theoretical. The second is very, very practical.

First, the theoretical concern.

The use of word “multiculturalism” is a PC derived misnomer which couches the problem in a self-defeating concept. It suggests that in any given country all cultures operate on a level playing field.

They don’t.

There is always a dominant culture. The issue is whether states enable other cultures to exist alongside it, or whether one of the duties of citizenship is to assimilate to an acceptable level to the dominant culture. When the culture is that of an enlightened, free society, such as 21st century British society, borne as it is from hundreds of years of development, then an acceptable level of assimilation must be the goal.

The first world has to fight back. In order to protect its future it must express what it has to offer in explicit terms. But it must also be bold. It must make clear that citizenship is a contract. And part of that contract is to fulfill and contribute to the high standards of liberalism and free thinking that a first world culture offers to its citizens and expects in return.

Secondly, the practical issue.

Nice speech, Dave, but what exactly are you going to do about it?

Written by coolrebel

February 6, 2011 at 12:06 am