[UPDATE002] And over at Brussels Journal a piece entitled: Why Western Art is Unique, and Why Muslim Immigration Threatens It. The title is self-explanatory, methinks.
[UPDATE001] Yet another piece at the Gates: On Bureaucracy, Liberty and the Rule of Law, in which Fjordman tries to explain why Sweden is in the shape it is in, and what lessons can be drawn from her example. But Hirsch Ballin, our intrepid minister of Justice also receives some Fjordman attention (and rightly so):
Meanwhile, real criminals who actually do get caught receive lenient punishment. Dutch Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin is to introduce house arrest, monitored by an electronic bracelet, as a main punishment for the majority of criminals. Those convicted will be able to leave their homes for two hours every day for shopping, sports activities or a visit to a mosque. They will also receive welfare payments.Read it all.
When does the rule of law break down? It breaks down when laws are no longer passed with the consent of free people, when citizens no longer feel that the law is just, when regulations become so numerous that it is virtually impossible even for decent individuals not to break the law on a regular basis and when the authorities are incapable of protecting their country’s borders while criminals rule the streets. It breaks down when the law appears increasingly arbitrary, when it invades the most intimate details of the life of law-abiding citizens while it allows great freedom to criminals. In short, it breaks down when it no longer corresponds to reality and to the sense of justice experienced by ordinary people.
Unless current trends are changed, I fear parts of Western Europe could reach critical mass soon.
Starting a long weekend this afternoon, I will leave you all with a new FF published at Gates of Vienna: A Communism for the 21st Century.
We are told to treat cultural and historical identities as fashion accessories, shirts we can wear and change at will. The Multicultural society is “colorful,” an adjective normally attached to furniture or curtains. Cultures are window decorations of little or no consequence, and one might as well have one as the other. In fact, it is good to change it every now and then. Don’t you get tired of that old sofa sometimes? What about exchanging it for the new sharia model? Sure, it’s slightly less comfortable than the old one, but it’s very much in vogue these days and sets you apart from the neighbors, at least until they get one, too. Do you want a sample of the latest Calvin Klein perfume to go with that sharia?That's it from me. I'm leaving. See you all on Monday.
We should remember that this view of culture as largely unimportant is essentially a Marxist view of the world, which has now even been adopted by segments of the political Right, united with Leftists in the belief that man is homo economicus, the economic man, the sum of his functions as worker and consumer, nothing more. Marxism doesn’t say that cultures or ideas are of absolutely no consequence, but that they are of minor or secondary importance next to structural and economic conditions.
The Great Conversation
Why Western Art is Unique, and Why Muslim Immigration Threatens It
On Bureaucracy, Liberty and the Rule of Law
A Communism for the 21st Century
Do we want an Islamic Reformation?
What Do We Fight For?
Conservative Bloggers Fight for Free Speech
Towards a Totalitarian Europe
The End of the American Dream?
Fjordman Asks, “Isn’t Glossocracy Great?”
More Fjordman Files here.