‘Virtue-signalling feelings without facts is a denial of reality’

April 29, 2018

CONFUSED STATE: “If the purpose of your culture is to celebrate multi-culture you are saying that our bedrock belief is to believe in everything which is the same thing to say that we believe in nothing. Our core value is that we have no core values and that is what they are teaching in schools.” – Political commentator Mark Steyn on the definition of multiculturalism. Picture courtesy of Jake Wright.



DO the doctrines of cultural relativism, multi-culturalism and diversity betray a cult of ignorance and denial of facts?

This is the view of Canadian conservative journalist Mark Steyn, who went to school in Birmingham, has worked for several UK newspapers. He was a former film critic for The Independent; theatre critic for The Spectator and columnist for The Telegraph.

He has written for many other publications and is a regular pundit on conservative-leaning corporations.
Steyn has argued that multiculturalism by its unclear definition, makes its slippery when trying to define it, which could easily done for doctrines such as Fascism, Nazism and Communism. The full exchange of his comments on the panel-based format debate is here.

He said: “Multiculturalism is the slippiest ism, because it doesn’t invite an argument because there is no point to having an argument. It says that if everything is of equal value, what is the point of talking about it?
“Every western country has signed up to Multi-culturalism. It is a unicultural phenomenon.

‘To believe in everything is nothing’

“You can’t be multi-cultural in Saudi Arabia – it’s impossible. If the purpose of your culture is to celebrate multi-culture you are saying that our bedrock belief is to believe in everything which is the same thing to say that we believe in nothing.
“Our core value is that we have no core values and that is what they are teaching in schools. I think multi-culturalism is a combination of two things, part of which is the cult of ignorance.”

In highlighting this point, I have had my own experience of this charge he has levelled at our establishment.

Through a third party, I briefly met a member of a Syrian religious minority. It doesn’t matter who he or she is. The story I will share is this person had lost family members to Daesh in Syria, and having been in this country for several years, they were offered a flat by a council in another part of the country.

‘Refugee put at risk in name of diversity’

The housing officer who offered to help this person, seemed to absolve his responsibility of knowing the politics of Syria, as they offered this person a place to live in an area of a city which was predominantly Sunny Muslim, the religious demographic that Daesh was acting in the name of.
Clearly that cannot be blamed on the community he was potentially going to be housed in in that city but it begs the question, if the housing person really knew the political lay of the land of what happened, surely they would have housed them away from that area?
Steyn goes onto speak about how his teachers travelled to parts of the world to learn about other cultures in order to give him and other pupils knowledge, but the people who are in charge of housing policy and triumphantly talk about diversity, yet can make such a basic mistake of potentially putting a genuine refugee escaping genocide at risk in a safe country here in the UK, doesn’t it put the doctrine into question because those officials appear by their actions not to know those facts.

‘Multiculturalism is devoid of knowledge’

Steyn said: “They were tremendously multi-cultural in the sense that they knew tons and tons about other cultures. They knew phenomenal things about obscure tribes that nobody else was ever going to hear about. They could speak all kinds of obscure languages that nobody else was going to speak. The fact was they knew about these other cultures and they knew which culture was objectively superior, now you don’t need to know about other cultures.

“The great thing about multi-culturalism is that it absolves you of knowing anything. If you go to a multi-culturalist and ask ‘what are the principal exports of Nepal?’. They can’t tell you. Multi-culturalism is not about knowing anything about other cultures, it is more about feeling ‘warm and fluffy’ about them.”

‘Hierarchical is a pejorative word’

Steyn claims his experience on radio call-ins and public debates, have shown proponents of multi-culturalism have based their stance on the basis of how they felt, rather than facts that don’t stand up to scrutiny.
“You give some speech or are on some radio show and somebody calls in and says ‘well, I think you are being very hierarchical’ – I never even knew that was a pejorative word. The guy asks me ‘you just said most Muslim countries aren’t free’.

Stating facts is just ‘your opinion’

When you reel objective off statistics about literacy, GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita, women’s rights, votes and democracy, these are facts. You reel off facts and the guy goes ‘that is just your opinion’.”

Discussing cultural relativism with cultural relativists is like playing tennis with some guy who says your ace is just a social construct. This concept is the most elusive thing we have to deal with in our society. It is simply impossible because it is a denial of reality.”

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