I have had the happy experience this past week of being in a place which was 100% white, 100% Roman Catholic, 100% Austrian. We were in the province of Steiermark (Styria), which seems also to have its own distinct accent. Every tree seemed to have been grown with purpose and permission. People took care of their landscapes, their properties, their houses, their children. The whole place was ordered. People joked and laughed with each other – a sure sign of common culture. They erected houses that expressed their pride. Things were newly painted, straightened out, lovingly tended to. The stone work was precise. It was the total antithesis of what liberals say we should all want to live in: a slummy anti-white, high crime, Muslim infested, tattooed, and hostile state of being, with people carrying around grievances against all that is white, male, cis-gendered, and Christian.
Intersectionality, multiculturalism, safe spaces: they are bunk. They repudiate themselves by the intolerance and stupidity to which they inevitably lead, to which they are leading as you read.
Back in Vienna to the tattooed kids on the street and the multiculti. The Muslims and the Viennese pushing prams. The cheerful Nigerian taxi driver with 17 siblings and 7 children. All very modern European. Quite nice and much more familiar to me. But I cannot fail to see that the older all-white society, for all its intolerance, and its conformity, is a more pleasant place
Jonathan Haidt has once more written a compelling analysis of why kids these days in university experience the world as if they were balloons and the world was full of pins. He borrows freely the idea of Naseem Nicholas Taleb called “anti-fragility”, the strength which comes from being tested, and increases from being tested. In essence, the latest generation was raised under the influence of three very bad ideas. His lecture is well worth listening to.
The need to be safe ideologically is a disaster happening before our eyes. Haidt explains why.