Posts Tagged ‘Multiculturalism’

“Pity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. . . .

“Canada is currently in the Barack Obama phase of self-immolation. Its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is—as Obama was—a fresh face with no real political past or established beliefs, a brand. Trudeau excels, like Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in empty symbolism. These ‘moderates’ spew progressive and inclusive rhetoric while facilitating social inequality, a loss of rights and the degradation of the environment by global corporations. They are actors in skillfully crafted corporate advertisements. . . .

“Lifestyle choices and expressions of personal identity are respected, even championed, while we are politically disempowered. The focus on multiculturalism and identity politics is anti-politics. It is accompanied by sterile reforms—such as more professionalized policing—that never challenge the underlying structures of corporate power . . .”

–Chris Hedges, “Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates‘” on Truthdig

MULTICULTURESE, n. The native tongue of cultural studies, women’s studies, and sociology departments in the fetid swamps and snake-infested wilds of the Ivy League. Though nearly incomprehensible to speakers of standard English, a number of Multiculturese terms—recognizable because of their awkwardness and imprecision—have become standard in the politically correct subculture, where failure to use them is considered a dark sign of political backwardness and latent racism. The use of these cringe-inducing terms by liberal politicians, journalists, and political activists is, of course, a sign of political and social enlightenment, and not, as some low-minded people of cynicism claim, craven conformity.

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary