Monday, June 21, 2010

What is life without the Western Civilization?

Shelby Steele in an excellent article, "Israel and the Surrender of the West"-
.....the entire Western world has suffered from a deficit of moral authority for decades now. Today we in the West are reluctant to use our full military might in war lest we seem imperialistic; we hesitate to enforce our borders lest we seem racist; we are reluctant to ask for assimilation from new immigrants lest we seem xenophobic; and we are pained to give Western Civilization primacy in our educational curricula lest we seem supremacist. Today the West lives on the defensive, the very legitimacy of our modern societies requiring constant dissociation from the sins of the Western past—racism, economic exploitation, imperialism and so on.

West today is battered from without and eaten up from within.It's own leaders -political and intellectual- are hastening the decline. Some unwittingly but others, like Obama, with eagerness and relish.When the Western Civilization, as we commonly understand it, finally dies, it's replacement in the world and in the West won't be a pretty one. Despite all the talk of a multi-polar world, the non-western poles tilt towards despotism, even those that like India have a democratic veneer.