More From The Broken Compass

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Still working my way through The Broken Compass a bit slowly but Hitchens is now on the subject of education and how he thinks it is being stealthily and systematically being undermined by Marxists. This segment really stands out:
There is interesting but fleeting evidence of the existence of a new educational establishment which refers to keep its debates private. According to the Sunday Telegraph of 27 June 1993, this faction is called the All Souls Group and it holds its 'clandestine thrice-yearly meetings' in an oak-panelled room at Oxford University. No minutes are kept of the meetings and no papers or public statements ever emerge. The discussions are protected by Chatham House Rules, which ensure that proceedings are off the record.
Hmmm. Sounds familiar. Hitchens is also scathing about the Conservatives ability to resist, describing how this anti-democratic trend bypasses the electoral system:
Rather than engage the enemy on this ground, they repeatedly plan and fight the battles of a previous war, while their radical enemies dash past them on either side, laughing.
So, me having begun to accept that Britain is being steadily undermined by Marxism, my thoughts are turning to how it manages to happen. The effect is so widespread and taking place over such a long time that I am sure that there is no shadowy cabal directing it, so how is it done?

I think that everybody probably has a concept in their mind somewhere of a perfect world where there is no suffering and everybody is eternally happy, a concept common in religion as the "promised land" or "heaven" and I think that Marxism taps into this on a primitive level. Democracy is hard work and takes a long time, and people have a nasty habit of disgreeing with each other, so when an opportunity is offered to people to bypass the effort of democracy, for lazy people with weak minds it seems natural to take the easier option, with some fuzzy concept of nirvana at the end of it.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.


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JPT said...

He's a good man I think. I will buy this book.

27 August 2009 at 19:32