Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A funny thing happened on the way to "Hesperado's Fourth Law"...
I got bogged down by too much information.
The problem is, there are so many interlocking parts to the particular dynamic of this fourth law, the formulation quickly becomes encumbered, and threatens to morph into an elaborately lengthy paragraph (if not a whole damned blog essay).
My fourth "law" has to do not with Muslims, per se (as did my first three laws -- see the previous three essays immediately below this one), but rather with the Westerners who enable Muslims.
Specifically, politically correct multi-culturalist Westerners (PC MCs) who, unfortunately, seem to be the mainstream majority throughout the West.
With this fourth law, as I said, I am having difficulty following one important general rule for formulating such "laws" -- keeping the formulation short and sweet.
So, at this point, I will merely adumbrate all the interlocking parts and put them on the table, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and invite the reader to go through this thought experiment with me, to see if we can't devise a concise formulation of a "law" that best captures the phenomenon.
At the end of the day, I may have to subdivide this fourth law into multiple laws; but I'd rather try to avoid that.
I hope I needn't remind my reader that this is no mere abstract intellectual exercise, but concerns a phenomenon that is enabling the revival of the worst enemy which the West, and which modern human rights, have ever had.
Pieces of the Puzzle:
a) PC MC is not synonymous with Leftism: it is a much broader sociocultural phenomenon, including in its orbit innumerable conservatives, centrists, and that more amorphous category of vaguely apolitical individuals.
b) Leftism is less significant than PC MC: Leftism is a comparatively small piece in this puzzle -- much smaller demographically than PC MC. While Leftism may perhaps be persuasively argued to be more significant ideologically in this regard, the logic of our puzzle leads us swiftly to the next piece:
c) The significance of Leftism as a part of the puzzle would be relatively inert, without the added help of PC MC: Whatever ideological significance Leftism has, and therefore whatever role it plays in the problem of Western myopia to, and continued enablement of, the problem of Islam, all of this would be a comparatively insignificant problem, if Western society at large had not become reconfigured over the past half century into a dominant and mainstream worldview of PC MC.
d) Leftists are a tiny minority in the West. I.e., the kind of Leftists who are purported to be literal traitors -- who literally hate the West (as opposed to hyperbolically and paradoxically and hypocritically and parasitically "bite the hand that feeds them") -- are a tiny minority in the West, because:
e) The modern West is relatively the healthiest collection of democratic polities in the history of Mankind.
f) Healthy democratic polities are not secretly controlled by cabals of evil people behind the scenes. Unhealthy ones, deeply deformed throughout their sociopolitical institutions and culture by Gnosticism, on the other hand -- like Hitler's Germany, or Stalin's Russia, or Mao's China -- are. The modern West, for all its faults, is not in the same category as the aforementioned diseased entities that flared up in recent history. To imply that it is qualitatively contiguous with them is to begin to succumb to that same disease of Gnosticism.
g) The vast majority of Westerners are not sheep: In a healthy collection of polities such as the modern West, the people of the non-Leftist majority (i.e., conservatives, centrists, and the amorphous category of vaguely apolitical people) are not sheep who allow a tiny minority of radical Leftists to tell them what to think and how to feel.
h) The vast majority of Westerners are not stupid -- at least, not that stupid. In fact, most educated academics, for example, are PC MC about Islam; so obviously, mere intelligence is not the crucial factor here. A more complex intellectual/psychological/cultural phenomenon is going on here, which I have in a previous analysis dubbed Quantum Ignorance which (as I say in that essay) may also be termed, paradoxically, "intelligent stupidity".
i) The vast majority of PC MCs are relatively good, decent, intelligent people. Thus, just as we must rule out sheep-like passivity on a mass scale, and simplistic stupidity, so we must rule out evil: evil cannot be a motivating factor for why the vast majority of Westerners continue to defend Islam and Muslims.
Put that all together -- (a) through (i) -- and then try to explain why the modern West persists in whitewashing and enabling Islam and Muslims. But I have put great effort over the years in lengthy, detailed analyses on this blog trying to do just that, and I've pretty much exhausted this very complex topic.
More pertinent to today's effort is: how to put all that together -- (a) through (i)-- into one pithy formulation.
I'll put on another pot of coffee.