This is hilarious. I love biting satire, especially when it represents a counterpoint to the dry, solemn preaching that normally passes for political analysis.
David Warren shows what would happen if Canada were not occupied by Canadians. They would act differently from Canadians. I wonder why? Maybe because they would actually be different.
The best part of this piece is that I had become so disillusioned by the repetitive and ignorant talk about Islam and Arabs that I had begun to wonder if there was anything interesting to say about our cultural differences. Well, there is.
It’s pretty much the same thing Robert Kaplan had to say in The Coming Anarchy, which is not much different from what John Gray wrote in Enlightenment’s Wake: What Americans call “democracy” is a historical fluke, a cultural phenomenon resulting from very specific, non-reproducible conditions.
American democracy is an extension of the Enlightenment project, a mass delusion which proposes that every person has a universal human nature covered up by layers of vestigial cultural chaff. All those people who seem to think differently are really identical inside, they just haven’t had their consciousness raised enough to throw off their encrusted social programming.
Now all that may be true, to some extent, but here is the insidious part: It is the job of the intelligentsia to remove the scales from everyone’s eyes, by whatever means necessary, whether through art, literature, music, punditry, federal law, or military force. Everyone must have their useless illusions trashed, especially those horrible religious myths. Everyone must have their “noble savage” inner nature exposed, so that it can be properly rationalized and normalized according to progressive ideals. This is to be the end purpose of democracy: to bring everyone into conformity with rational, liberal, universal ideals. The goal is to impose the ethic of secular enlightenment universally. I want to puke now.
Here’s a quote from Santayana to clear the head:
“Democracy is very well when it is natural, not forced. But the natural virtue of each age, place, and person is what a good democracy would secure—not uniformity.”
[Letter to Corliss Lamont, 6 January 1950]