Sunday, December 05, 2010

What sort of society do we want?

It's been a while, and I am grateful to my beloved reader for enquiring after the absence of posts, but it seems like an appropriate period in which to allow dust to settle as the coalition took its bearings and made its first moves. It's been an interesting period, in which Labour have been presented with an open political goal on many occasions, but Ed Milliband has justified every concern that his embarrassing appointment by the Trade Unions would be a brief and dull one.

However, underlying all the distractions arising from the stark financial reality that there really is no money, there is a sense of some effort be exerted to get back some of the ground lost to Labour's "project" via control of education and the BBC.

The issue inspiring this piece stems from the very real perception that a pendulum has swung in our society, thanks to the tireless "reforming" efforts where some now feel that it's almost necessary to hold Straight Pride marches in order to re-establish the idea that it's still actually legal and permissible to promote heterosexuality, and families with married parents of different sexes.

It's a fascinating conundrum that much of the 20th century was spent in conflicts where millions were killed to promote democracy based on "majority" rule, yet we now find ourselves in the thrall of a cabal of vociferous minorities that no one voted for, but that have managed to influence our society through hijacking the liberal media and thereby gain effective control of the BBC's ability to undertake massive social engineering projects at the licence payer's expense.

Indeed, the "majority view" is deemed pure heresy to the chattering classes and dismissed as the grubby populism of the tabloid press. Freedom of speech and expression - coupled with the right to reply - should come ahead of attempting to discourage others from saying what they think, and thereby enriching our connection with the real world through the use of "direct" language.

Unlike the mind-controlling efforts of politicians whose existence now depends on offending the least number of people, no longer daring to try and inspire the majority, I would prefer people to make their own minds up on all issues, as the result of taking part in a big debate where anyone can say anything about anything.

By all means engage in debate and criticise an idea, but not the way the idea is expressed, or the debate will always be restricted to an articulate and fluent minority (aka "chattering classes") who are not easily ashamed by self-conscious concerns of their literacy.

The guardians of political correctness tend to chide in that wonderfully condescending "school mistress" mode that has become the trademark psychology of mind control projects such as "Common Purpose" over the past 15 years. As a result, political correction has become the dominant hobgoblin of the feeble minded.

Kids protesting today have only ever known a UK dominated by the left's woolly notions of the "tolerant society". As one who has been around longer, let me assure you that the past 13 years have been a period of unprecedented stupidity, where an ever-expanding welfare state was used to buy elections, using the fairy money that ran out.

This "beyond criticism" welfare state, far removed from financial reality, was a perfect place to nurture and promote the ideas of entitlement that spawned vociferous minorities, and their desire to promote inclusivity and positive discrimination of all sorts, where an individual's abilities were of secondary importance to their score on the scale of PC acceptability.

And now, in order to repay the cost of Labour's failure, we are entering a far more realistic and brutal period where the rules of the life game are going to be dictated by the need to compete with the likes of the Chinese for basic commodities such as food and energy.

Some of us might not like all the consequences of a return to genuine majority rule, but in order to create and manage a society that can survive the challenges coming our way over the next years, we will need to be carried along by genuine majority opinion and not divided by political correctness in all its myriad distractions.

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