Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Theory of Late-Stage Objectivism

Europe is currently undergoing a tax payer funded Islamic invasion. The effects are clear: the rape of women and children, crime, terrorism, the general unpleasantness of life* caused by the presence of large number of people whose loyalty is to Islamic religion.

The entire Objectivist world has been largely silent on the cultural transformation Europe is undergoing at the hands of Muhammad's children. The only Objectivist I know who has discussed the abuse of women is Yaron Brook. Brook blamed the attacks on native women in Sweden and Germany not on Islam, but on the police. He specifically denied that Islam is a misogynistic religion which encourages abusive behavior toward women. He is not concerned about Europe becoming Islamic, but Europe becoming fascist with the Muslims being thrown into concentration camps.

Why would Brook say such things, given the 1400 year track record of Islam? Why would such a champion of "uncompromising individualism" not blame the perpetrators and the culture from which they sprung, but instead blame the police?

A few years ago a Vlogger who called himself Fringe Elements (I believe he now goes by the name "Ryan Faulk") presented a fascinating theory: human beings have an innate desire to hate. So whom should liberals hate the most? Of course it should be Muslims. Islam is the most "racist, sexist and homophobic" religion the world has ever seen. But the Left can't hate Muslims, because Muslims are a minority. Instead, the Left hates the bigots.

Yaron Brook, then, is basically following the Leftist narrative. Muslims are a minority and to the extent that they behave poorly, it is not their fault - it's the fault of (what's left of) Western Civilization for failing to assimilate them, deter them from committing crime, and giving them welfare. The people Brook hates are the bigots and fascists who actually believe that Muslim misbehavior might have something to do with Islam.
Harry Binswanger is another Leftist. He supports open immigration of Muslims into Europe (he exempts Israel, according to a former member of his HBList). Opposition to mass immigration of Muslims is based on racism. "I’m very afraid that the actual reason for limiting immigration is xenophobia, which is simply a polite word for racial bigotry."** And Binswanger can't bring himself to have a particular dislike of Islam: "I don't believe that Islam is any more violent than Christianity was when Christianity was at the same stage (i.e., pre- Enlightenment)."

I could quote similar comments from Amy Peikoff, Craig Biddle and others, but I'll save the effort. The point is clear: Objectivists are not fighting the Left, they are the Left.

Late-stage Objectivism is a combination of Peikoff style analysis (Kant is evil and leads to fascism) and the contemporary Leftist oppressor/oppressed narrative. ***
* Here is a recent description of Molenbeek, Belgium (where the mastermind of the Paris attacks was able to live for 4 months without detection):

"Over nine years, as I witnessed the neighborhood become increasingly intolerant. Alcohol became unavailable in most shops and supermarkets; I heard stories of fanatics at the Comte des Flandres metro station who pressured women to wear the veil; Islamic bookshops proliferated, and it became impossible to buy a decent newspaper. With an unemployment rate of 30 percent, the streets were eerily empty until late in the morning. Nowhere was there a bar or café where white, black and brown people would mingle. Instead, I witnessed petty crime, aggression, and frustrated youths who spat at our girlfriends and called them 'filthy whores.' If you made a remark, you were inevitably scolded and called a racist. There used to be Jewish shops on Chaussée de Gand, but these were terrorized by gangs of young kids and most closed their doors around 2008. Openly gay people were routinely intimidated, and also packed up their bags."

**Admittedly this wasn't in the context of Islamic immigration, but nowhere does Binswanger exempt opposition to Islamic immigration from his discussion.
*** Compare Rand: "The Arabs are one of the least developed cultures. They are still practically nomads. Their culture is primitive . . . [they are] savages." [Ayn Rand Answers, page 96.]

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