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Author and Fox News contributor Douglas Murray’s new book “War on the West,” published Tuesday by Broadside Books, reveals a terrible reality: Westerners are committing an assault on themselves.
“[W]What we have seen in recent decades in the West has been a magnificent project of deconstruction and destruction driven by anger and revenge, “Murray writes.” This is a very unusual game to play. No community outside the West is engaged in the same self-defeating enterprise. “
Murray talks about how the anti-Western movement has moved from the fringes of academia to the mainstream. Today, many Americans are convinced that we are an irrevocably evil nation full of inherently racist people. This “monstrous” perception has been cultivated by our schools, cultural institutions, companies and media and magnified.
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“This is a thought virus that America exports,” Murray told Fox News. “The rest of the West is plagued by an American disease of self-hatred and frees us from our past.”
Young people in particular are susceptible to this virus, Murray says.
“I feel very, very bad for the young people because they will potentially waste years of their lives fighting imaginary dragons,” Murray said.
Murray tells of several examples of what he calls “the vengeful spin cycle,” in which Western societies are trapped, a cycle that destroys and purifies anyone and everything with a hint of sin, either real or perceived. Neither Winston Churchill, mathematics, nor botanical gardens, to name just a few, are spared being crushed by the “steam drum of modern political fashion.” Though, as Murray points out, Karl Marx in particular is.
These days, it’s more important to send the right signals than to be right in the facts, ‘Murray notes. This is largely because the dogmas of this era are “neither provable nor rebuttable.”
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The system being constructed by anti-Westerners today “is completely contrary to the idea of rationalism and objective truth; a system dedicated to sweeping everyone away from the past as well as the present that does not bow to the great god of today: ‘me . ‘”
“It’s up to adults and parents everywhere to fix this,” Murray says. “It is not solved by choosing a particular person. It can only be solved by adults everywhere deciding to stand up and say, ‘No, we know some things that are true and we will correct your lies’. “
How did the West get here, and more importantly, why?
“The attack on Western history succeeds because it speaks into a vacuum of great historical and contemporary ignorance,” Murray explains. Bad actors like Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be An Antiracist” and Nikole Hannah Jones from “The 1619 Project” can come up with bad faith arguments with impunity and rewrite the Western tradition as something “embarrassing and anachronistic” . [and] shameful. “
The West’s withdrawal from Christianity has left another void, claims Murray, who is now filled with the religion of anti-racism.
“[T]his new religion represents something to do, “Murray writes, and is appealing because it gives people” the opportunity to treat other people badly under the guise of doing good. “
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It is also the character of its crusaders that drives this war against the West. Murray describes them as outraged, vengeful, ungrateful and “mostly ignorant.” Their destructive actions allow them “to place themselves at the center of all things, to expect compensation forever and never to have to look to themselves to take hold of anything.”
Murray writes about what he sees as the cowardice behind their tactics.
“[R]Judging the past and judging it as harshly as possible seems so much easier than doing something practical about problems facing us all today, “he writes. For example:” What could practically change for people today, if we even spent part of the time focusing on past slavery instead of today’s slavery? ”
How does the West, which today finds itself so “self-inhibited” by its own “demented behavior and permissible bigotry”, begin to reverse this development?
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“I want Americans, especially white Americans, to realize that they do not have to fall for the traps into which they are invited,” Murray says, “who must be convinced that to be born white is to be born. evil and to be born in America is to be born a sinner. “
Murray resoundingly rejects this lie in his conclusion with a profound account of the remarkable goodness that the West has contributed to humanity.
“Into the silence left by the impossibility of saying what is true, anything and everything can roam,” warns Murray. “War on the West” is his contribution to filling this silence with truth.