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

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Something of this persists in Murray’s critique, which implies that everyone who is drawn to left-wing identity politics is actuated by a lust for retribution, as opposed to a genuine desire to create a fairer society. He says that 'few people wished to defend the maintenance of confederate statues' after the George Floyd protests erupted, yet many did defend the statues including the President of the USA. His answer is an astonishing several pages long monologue that encapsulates the source of Murray's angst. There are many attitudes that we take in our lives, some of which dominate at one point in our lives and recede in another. This distorted re-telling is designed to invert the glories of Europe and the US, turning civilisational triumphs, such as the advances of science and the enlightenment, into matters of shame.

Or to point out that neither the 1 nor the 0 are western inventions and that without them, computer science would be a little different. Once again, Murray has started by positing some plausible assertions without actually citing sources—of course, my experience may not be representative, but I think it would be fair to say that many Brits don’t learn about these subjects at an advanced enough level to have truly grappled with them.Take, for example, his remark that: “Demonisation of the west and of western people is now the only acceptable form of bigotry at international forums such as the United Nations. This is the hopeful message with which he concludes the book, in fact, insisting that “when people ask where meaning can be found, they should be encouraged to look at what is all around them and just beneath their feet … It is all that they will ever need. He’s certain that people are coming to decolonise maths and make it antiracist, although he can only cite some ridiculous quotes about people trying to prove 2+2=5, before telling the reader that such systems are being rolled out across the west (citation needed). In that moment, and for the only time in this book, Murray accurately describes his war on the west.

I liked the use of polling data on Americans and racial tensions surrounding the police and more generally. But the problem is rather insoluble—western governments don’t want to stand up to a country that has such economic power. On the other hand, while the defiant stance of his book necessitates a certain combativeness of tone, Murray seems at times to flirt with the notion that any criticism of Western society or foreign policy is an expression of a sinister, vengeful, anti-Western worldview. It makes some okay points about the achievements of western society, but some of it gets just plain old pig-headed.But probably the best right-wing political book I’ve read is The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray. It’s a sense that any sort of pride in one’s history is gatekeeped by people who are full of hatred and ignorance (I’d like to stress that this is how it’s perceived, it doesn’t necessarily mean those people are full of hatred and ignorance, though some certainly seem to be), and so reframings and reinterpretations of that history are borne of a sense of trying to find something to relate to within a murky morass of facts and figures that seem to bear little relevance to a present that has bred nothing but nihilism for many people under the age of forty. It seems a thorny philosophical question, and I haven’t read up on the case for reparations but I would certainly be interested in hearing it. Musical notation is considered to be changed because it's of Western legacy and upsets some people of color?

But Robin DiAngelo positively reveled in the naughtiness of doing it and getting away with doing it because she was doing it against white people. The trouble with many of these culture war arguments is that they present the most fringe voices as representative of a widespread movement. Indeed, he even compares Churchill to a religious figure, a moral figurehead for our age, rather than a two-time Prime Minister who accomplished something pretty big the first time, had an undoubtedly illustrious career but may have committed both good and bad across his many years.I liked the use of humour in the book, It helps lighten the tone of an otherwise very negative book. It has bought its way into the global stage and is able to level demands at western nations as a result. One of the tweeters being a maths teacher, Murray warns of the risk that mathematical standards in education “will be lowered or expunged altogether” as a result of such ideas and reminds the reader of the obvious parallels to be found in “George Orwell’s most famous book. It would not be fair, of course, to expect this from Murray, who, as a conservative, is naturally more suspicious of social reform than those of a left-wing temperament, a perspective that is perfectly valid in its own terms. Conservatism rails against victimhood culture and yet believes it’s beset by enemies on all sides even when it’s the ruling ideology.

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