XXXIX. on cultural isolationism

A short plugging of the American Conservative University Podcast, first, which is a fountain of knowledge. It is rarely “fair”, as “both sides of the argument” are not considered on much of the excerpts that the podcast publishes, but if you have an interest in truth and justice (and parenting. I am 24 and I’ve got a number of years before raising children, but I have listened to probably ten hours of parenting tips over the past few months just because they are so radical and intriguing), you should listen to the podcast.

Anyway, cultural isolationism in all forms is harmful to a people, a society, and ultimately all of civilisation. All cultures nowadays are amalgamations of a traditional essence of a people (of which there are many forms) and a massive number of borrowed traits. Most of the time these traits can be mixed up and switched out depending on their effectiveness. For example, if an immigrant to another country can swallow his pride enough to learn the language and culturally appropriate the mannerisms of that country, while also keeping his own culture in his heart, he is more likely to succeed in that new home (look at the Jews, the Chinese or the Lebanese). This is not to say that one culture in essence is better than another, just that there are more preferable and less preferable traits within those cultures, an understanding which is ignored or intentionally suppressed in modern society.

The data is out there—for anyone interested, please read Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell—but I will give just one obvious example of cultural isolation: Spain translates more books into Spanish in one year than the sum of all the Arabic nations have translated books into Arabic in the last thousand years. This wide dispersion of culture teaches tolerance within western society over the past two hundred years has brought overwhelming equality, respect and insurmountable progress, things which a number of Arabic nations do not have, and even vehemently oppose. Nowhere is this clearer than in America, where positive cultural traits were adopted by all and negative traits were forgotten, in the Melting Pot, that experiment which has led to human prosperity, well-being and freedom the like of which no one on the Earth ever thought possible just one hundred years ago. The trick, which America (and all of humanity) is still learning, is how to know which cultural traits are good and which cultural traits are bad. The fact that there are drawbacks with this system (lost culture, diffusive minorities) does not always mean there is a better option.

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XXII. on misdirection in the lead up to the general election

I understand the stereotype is there for a reason, but it always surprises me how much politicians halflie and misdirect in their narratives in order to secure votes. If you dislike Labour you will have heard that they have turned their backs on the unions, are nonchalant about issues of debt, & wish to raise taxes instead of cutting even the least effective parts of government. If you dislike the S.N.P. you will have heard how they are nationalistic to the point of ignorance, have barely fleshed out ideals of progressivism, & imagine a future apart from the U.K. but closer to the E.U. If you dislike the Liberal Democrats you will have heard that they are a broken party run by a coward. If you dislike the Greens you will have heard how they cannot run one constituency properly, their fearmongering is patronising, and how their spending plans are almost satirical. If you dislike the Conservatives you will have heard how they wish to defund and privatise the N.H.S., cut frontline services almost for the sake of it, & cater specifically to billionaires. If you dislike U.K.I.P. you will have heard how they are all racists, how their supporters are all B.N.P. offshoots, & how they only have one policy. If you dislike Plaid Cymru you probably just don’t know anything about them. / Now, very little of this is based in any fact at all, & much of it is complete misinformation, & much of this is from the leaders of the opposing parties.

VIII. on anti-discrimination laws

In the last 5 years, out of about 500 cases of racial discrimination pertaining to employment disputes, only 3 have held up.

The non-verbatim quotation is from the B.B.C. Anti-discrimination laws, — like in America — do not help anyone in practise, make it harder for people of any race and gender to be hired, & ruin relations between staff. / Obviously I’m pro-Free Market, and wherever we’ve seen discrimination within the last fifty or so years, or wherever racism has come into public knowledge about any company or employer, they instantly get boycotted by everybody, not just those those racist or bigoted employers wish to ostracise. / Because people have become less bigoted overall, & if the race relations acts and the multiculturalism theories of the 90s and 00s have achieved anything, it’s at least to reduce stereotypes everywhere.

This is not to say that business prior to fifty years ago had an easy time of discriminating; in fact if a business owner wants to only employ (for example) straight cis white men, those white men will know that they can charge more for their work because their arsehole employer will employ only them. This will mean that their employer will lose money, be priced out of the market, — this has happened consistently throughout history in every sphere of business — & eventually that employer has to either change his hiring policy, resign and let someone better make those decisions, or they will go out of business (and the Free Market will be better off without them): this is not a naïve idea; this is a proven and inevitable economic pattern. / And that is without the effect of boycotts and peaceful protests by rational people, who should be legally allowed — and are morally obligated — to shame, boycott, protest, spread the word, campaign against, &c. bigots and racists.

People have changed, the human race has evolved into a better kind (at least the western world has), & I think these laws have always been counterproductive, but if I haven’t argued that, I think that they’re definitely outdated.