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Fiat justitia: F.W. Pomeroy’s statue of Justice at the Old Bailey (Rafesmar CC BY-SA 3.0)

Injustice, when it occurs, is overwhelmingly a product of racial, sexual and class prejudices. That notion, formulated in the abuse scandals of England’s northern towns, and developed by the willingness of the German and Swedish police to ignore migrant rapists, feels like the worst sort of right-wing propaganda.

It’s just “a good excuse to bash migrants and Muslims and tell feminists they don’t know what’s good for them,” said a writer on the New Statesman as she justified her silence. “If your interest in misogynist violence starts and ends with Cologne, you don’t really care about women at all,” said another, as she explained why she too had found pressing reasons to write about something else.

However cowardly and unprincipled their arguments were, a half-truth half-supported them. If you cheer on conservative journalists and populist politicians as they damn the politically correct for becoming the enemies of the very people they claim to defend, if you read the right-wing press, and have been persuaded that whites are discriminated against, or that new prejudices have replaced old corruptions, I’d ask you to calm yourself for a moment and look around.

In the 1970s, the courts convicted innocent Irishmen and women of the most atrocious terrorist offences. Judges and juries appeared to believe that one Irish suspect was as bad as another. If they weren’t guilty as charged, they were surely guilty of some other crime. Modern DNA evidence has revealed that at the same time black men in the United States went to their deaths because they were arrested by cops looking for an easy conviction and represented by lawyers too lazy, indifferent or drunk to defend them.

The most overpraised novel of the 1980s was Tom Wolfe’s inane, if well-written, Bonfire of the Vanities. It appealed to the ever-present paranoia and self-pity of the wealthy. Setting the scene for the police’s framing of an innocent Wall Street financier to appease the demagogues who whip up New York’s black mobs, a character cries:

You don’t even know, do you? Do you really think this is your city any longer? Open your eyes! The greatest city of the twentieth century! Do you think money will keep it yours? Come down from your swell co-ops, you general partners and merger lawyers! It’s the Third World down there!

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October 7th, 2018
12:10 PM
The west is in terminal decline. Too many of us revel in the prospect.

Stephen Fox
March 17th, 2016
2:03 PM
Surely this equating of injustice with self loathing is beside the point. Every society, whether human or animal distinguishes between insider and outsider, to the detriment of the latter. It is not merely understandable, but indeed is essential to survival. Self loathing, as it is currently practised in the West, is NOT survivable. We no longer really care about, for example, underage girls in Rotherham, Manchester, or Oxford, or women raped in Sweden, or people massacred in Paris. Oh, we have a candlelit vigil, and sing imagine, and three days later we move on. The corrosive effect of all this is huge. I have great respect for Nick Cohen, and What's Left was a big step for me in the migration from liberal to conservative that so many (and yet not nearly enough) have made in the last 20-30 years, but I now think the gap he attempts to bridge has become the Grand Canyon.

Roger Hicks
February 26th, 2016
9:02 AM
It is interesting to consider that in the past "nation states" were inclined, often ruthlessly, to suppress "diversity" in the interests of "national unity". Some "nation states", like China and Turkey, still do. So what caused Britain, America and other western "nation states" to flip to the opposite, of promoting and celebrating "diversity"? Did they do it from the goodness of their ruling elites' hearts, or was there a power-political motive to it? There was, of course, a power-political motive to it, in the form of the age-old strategy of “divide and rule”, whereby society is divided into a morally superior, now supposedly "colour-blind", elite and the morally inferior, naturally (human nature being what it is) less colour-blind, masses, who must submit to the authority of and domination by their "moral superiors". Post-racial multiculturalism is, in effect, a secular replacement for the power-political role of medieval church ideology, "original sin" (disobedience of divine, i.e. priestly/state authority) being replaced by "racial prejudice" (the natural human inclination - like original sin - to identity with members of one's own tribe, race or ethnic group, which absurdly was made responsible for the Holocaust and equated with the evils of Nazi racism), which only submission to priestly/academic/political/state ideology and authority can save us from eternal damnation for, not as heathens and heretics, as in the past, but as "bigots" and "racists". It began as an understandable overreaction Nazism, before being transformed into an instrument of socio-political intimidation, rewards, punishments, manipulation and control, just as medieval church ideology once served:

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