At the Council of European Canadians blog, there is a piece by Ricardo Duchesne, describing efforts by something called the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to address troublesome dissent against the ‘diversity’ agenda in Vancouver, B.C. The dissenter is a Canadian woman named Kerry Starchuk, who has simply objected to the growing use of Chinese-only business signs in that community.
It’s a familiar story to us now: a once-White, English-speaking community is gradually (or suddenly, as elsewhere) transformed into a polyglot, multiracial community, with long-time, generational residents being increasingly brushed aside to make way for Diversity. The message from the powers-that-be is: adapt or else. Things have changed and will change, regardless of your wishes. Resistance, as the saying goes, is futile.
Kerry Starchuk and other such citizens are the target of these ‘events’, meant to try to re-educate the original community members, conform them to the agenda, get them to adopt the proper politically correct attitudes — and platitudes.
Platitudes are the lingua franca of these kinds of officially-sponsored ‘symposia’ or ‘community dialogues’ as they are often euphemistically called in this country. A dialogue, however, is usually defined as a two-way exchange, and these PC-fests are never two-way exchanges. They are one-way only, with those in charge, plus their minority ‘clients’, talking down to the dissenting White English-speakers.
So the story here is not a novel one but it’s something that happens all over this country as well as in proudly multicultural Canada. But one thing I can’t help noticing as I read the article is the language, the verbiage, used by the PC commissars who put these things together.
“There is an “artistic rendition of workshop discussion,” which is even more revealing in capturing all the central tenets, feelings, and cliches of the diversity regimen. This work of “art” is the front image for this article, which can be found here. According to this artist, “community harmony” was agreed upon by the participants, and by this they meant “multiple sounds”, “empathy”, “inclusive”, “capacity for difference”, “understanding before judgment”, “addressing racism”, “multiculturalism”. These values are inherently inclusive and everyone agrees that they are good; capacity for difference does mean a capacity to think whether diversity may be entailing the radical dissolution of Eurocanadian communities, whether Richmond was already harmonious and democratic before the Asian invasion. ”
The tone of all of this reeks of sociological/psychological jargon, and it also has a scent of School of Education pablum, of the condescending way many elementary grade teachers are taught to talk to their classes. I have always found this ‘talking-down’ to actual children distasteful; even actual children can be spoken to in a less dumbed-down way, and minus all the whiny ‘feel-good’ cant about getting along, being good neighbors, and so on.
What I see, more and more in our politically correct Western regimes with their scolding PC ‘schoolmarm’ leaders is that the whole thing is redolent of the feminist/feminine influence that has been on the ascendant since the 1960s. Teaching and educational administration have been dominated by women for some decades now, and as such they are increasingly concerned with fostering ”cooperation” as opposed to healthy competitiveness, and on emphasizing “getting along” at the expense of open discussion, and on ”fairness” at the expense of justice. People’s subjective feelings and emotions are valued over objectivity and truth.
And it’s not just in the educational system, but the society at large is steeped in this kind of thing. The media, both our so-called ‘entertainment’ and our ‘news’ media are rife with pop psychology and sociology, with all the vacuous platitudes about ‘self-esteem’ and ‘loving ourselves’, ‘teaching peace’, ‘reaching out’, and all the rest of it.
Look (if you can stand it) at the ”social media”, at the memes coming form FB, Tumblr, and the others: every smarmy left-wing cliche is represented there. It’s all characterized by the ”social science” platitudes, plus every trite New Age trope. The influence of women is very obvious here. Women, specifically feminist schoolmarms, seem to be in charge. And even in the political world, look at many of the women ”leading” European countries. Dowdy, scolding schoolmarms, most of them.
Even the liberal men who are part of this crazy Reign of Lies are feminized and as my kinsman Carleton Putnam said, ‘castrated.’ Boys in schools are given pharmaceuticals to treat their supposed ”ADHD” (read: natural male energy) and every effort is made to make boys less masculine. Then, when adults, young people are encouraged to remain childish and juvenile. We have 35- and 40-year-old adolescents now. Androgyny is encouraged now, with ‘gender-fluid’ now seen as an option.
Trace all this crazy ‘tolerance’ back to the social sciences. These ‘sciences’ are not exactly scientific, being highly feminized in their approach, totally subjective and all about feelings. I do think that people often underestimate the depth of the influence psychology and psychiatry have exerted on our modern society. The therapeutic society has done a great deal to bring about the cult of ‘self-authorship’ and especially the exaltation of victimhood with its attendant sense of entitlement. It’s this that is being used so mightily against us in the West. As long as ‘refugees’ and immigrants, and our homegrown ‘Victim-Kings’, use the victimhood/reparations/entitlement bludgeon on us, we will be paralyzed to respond.
I get exasperated when so many pro-Whites blame Christianity for all this, but the influence of pop psychology, New Age twaddle and sociological pseudoscience have done so much harm to our thinking processes; without the omnipresence of those 20th century ideas, we would not likely be where we are now. And again, it’s a feminized society that adopts these values, not the manly society that typified Christendom of old.
Meanwhile, the unlucky original inhabitants of Richmond, B.C., once a very pleasant (and monocultural) place to live, have to sit and listen to a lot of sociological fantasizing about the wonders of diversity, of interracial, interfaith harmony, as their old world dissolves around them. It’s a familiar — and sad — story.