Monday, February 04, 2008

It's That Man Again.


This time in The Spectator and it's a corker. Here are some highlights:

The Left, which had been shaped as much by the muscular Christianity of the 19th century as by anything else, was now being colonised by something very foreign indeed. The cherished values of generations, the foundation of correct, well-ordered structures and relationships were under attack from a formidable foe. The traditional family and education, sexual mores, artistic aspirations, religious belief — all were now seen as coercive strategies of the powerful, designed to enforce conformity and slavish obedience.

The ‘progressive’ liberalism of the new Left, its destructive atheistic iconoclasm, was miles away from the vision of the early Scottish socialists such as John Wheatley, Manny Shinwell and James Maxton.

Witness, for example, Harold Pinter’s descent into infantilism every time he mentions the United States, or for that matter decides to write poetry. Rather than being ridiculed for the embarrassing doggerel-merchant he has become, he is lauded to the highest by his fellow-travellers, easily impressed by easy rhetoric and equally determined to maintain their favoured positions in the back-slapping arts establishment.

As a Catholic artist I am sick of the smug ignorance, the gross oversimplification and caricature that serves as an understanding of religion, particularly Catholic Christianity, in so much that passes for criticism and analysis. The destruction visited on schools and universities, the degradation of the media, the vulgarisation of culture, the deliberate and planned dismantling of the family — all this is a result of liberalism, not socialism.


Read it for yourself here:

Unthinking dogmatism

Doff of the academic bonnet to that Pot Pourri of Popery Laodicea

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6 Comments:

OpenID berenike said...

Copy and paste into a word document before it disappears into the Spectaotr archove...

anyway, the reason I came here was to give you Seraphic's gerrums (did you do that at school? "eeuugghh, you've got Glen's germs" ekcetra)

The 123 Rules:
1. Pick up the book nearest you with at least 123 pages. (No cheating!)
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Count the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other bloggers.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Done it Berenike. It will appear tonight by the miracle that is t'interweb

6:45 PM  
Blogger la mamma said...

Well huzzuh for MaccyM. He's desperate to rid himself of that left-wing label, isn't he? And let's face it, and an article in the Speccy's the right way to go about it!.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Agellius said...

Wow, what a man! "There is a growing backlash against this bullying, hectoring and unthinking dogmatism." Hallelujah!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous oliver said...

The new elites have cleverly turned the rest of us into neutered spectators with countless laws, taxes and the creation of artificial gods. We now all labour to please these gods. And on Sundays we can visit social clubs laughingly called churches where we can hear more about being compliant and peaceful citizens.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

The new elites have cleverly turned the rest of us into neutered spectators with countless laws, taxes and the creation of artificial gods.

Only if we want them to.

12:55 PM  

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