Did you know that the University of Notre Dame in South Bend just concluded a week-long symposium on the “new” Ireland? I didn’t either. When a reader sent me some information I was unable to find anything substantive on the web (I don’t think the Irish Daily Mail has a website, but if you know of one, I’d be happy to hear about it).
However, what I have instead is still the real thing, minus a URL. Our reader contacted Dr. Mark Dooley, who was kind enough to send me his editorial.
I am reprinting here in its entirety. Dr. Dooley demonstrates only too well the creeping Marxist rot that plagues academia in the West. I am sad that Ireland has succumbed, but then why should it be exempt from this moral decay? I know the trendy academics like to talk about “deconstructing the text” but all they’re really doing is destroying literature and history and philosophy…
Their work is a kind of decomposition; perhaps when it is entirely done, we can spread the resulting manure on the green, green grass of home.
“WHY THE IRISH LEFT WILL GO AS FAR AS AMERICA TO RUIN A WAY OF LIFE HERE”
By DR. MARK DOOLEY
IRISH DAILY MAIL
October 16, 2007
How would you react if I told you there is a conference entitled: Race and Immigration in the New Ireland, currently being staged at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana? I suspect it wouldn’t bother you too much, would it?
Well, perhaps this might change your mind. The sub-title of the event is: The world accepted the Irish. Will the Irish accept the world?
It is being addressed by Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson, the Minister for Integration, Conor Lenihan, and an array of radical left-wingers from academia, the trade union movement and the immigration industry.
Have I got your attention now?
Joining our esteemed former President in Indiana, is David Begg of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Philip Watt of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, and the Secretary of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Ali Selim. Yes, that is the same Ali Selim who last year declared that ‘Sharia law should rule in Ireland in the event of a Muslim majority’.
The conference is, moreover, packed with postcolonial, pseudo-Marxist professors from all the major Irish universities. It is being organised by the Professor of Irish Studies at Notre Dame, Luke Gibbons. Gibbons, a former lecturer at Dublin City University, is a fanatical postmodernist who thinks that Irish identity can and must be debunked.
Apart from Conor Lenihan, there is not a single person on the list of speakers who has cautioned against unlimited immigration into Ireland.
Why wasn’t someone on the other side of the argument asked to give a paper? I for one would have been happy to make the case. As both a journalist and academic, I have repeatedly dealt with the issue of immigration in depth. The reason is simple: I don’t believe Ireland either can or should ‘accept the world’.
Furthermore, why is a conference on race and immigration in Ireland, being conducted in the United States? Once again, the answer is crystal clear: the organisers knew that holding it in Ireland would invite unwelcome attention. [emphasis mine – D]
Voices like mine, as well as those of writers such as Kevin Myers and Mary Ellen Synon, would have demanded balance and serious debate. But in the States, they are shamelessly free to indulge their multicultural delusions without criticism or condemnation.
What this proves, is that Irish academia is in complete denial about the problems we face due to uncontrolled immigration. It shows that on this vital issue, they are intellectually redundant and morally vacuous. It highlights yet again what I have often said in these pages: Irish universities have been hijacked by a bunch of left-wing ideologues, for whom national loyalty is a cardinal sin. Like those on the Titanic, they prefer to party on while the ship slowly sinks.
Yes, the liberal establishment has declared war on the old values that formerly bound the Irish together. They sneer at those ordinary folk who remain faithful to their traditional customs. But have they considered, even for one second, the damage done to working-class communities by our lousy immigration policies? Have they ever asked what will become of this nation if tough integration models are not imposed?
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No, they have not. Why? Because they couldn’t care less. You see, for ideologues like Luke Gibbons, the world is neatly divided between the oppressed and the oppressors.
And who, pray tell, are the oppressors? Are they tyrants like Robert Mugabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Colonel Gaddafi? Oh no, according to academic Marxists, such scum are victims of colonial oppression, who bravely liberated their citizens from Western imperialism.
For them, the real oppressors are the great bourgeois democracies of the Western world. Why? Because it is they who invaded and plundered all the rest. The result? We in the West are morally obliged to give unconditional sanctuary to those who show up on our shores.
Utter nonsense. First, post-colonial powers like France and Britain do indeed owe something to their former colonies. But we don’t owe the world anything. Contrary to what those in Indiana contend, the world did not accept the Irish. Britain and America accepted our emigrants, and in return we constructed their cities and seamlessly integrated into their societies.
But we did not go in droves to Africa, the Middle East or Asia. Yes, our missionaries travelled to Africa to educate the destitute and relieve their suffering. But the Irish never sought sanctuary in such places.
So here it is in plain English: Ireland owes Africa nothing. Ireland owes Arabia nothing. Ireland owes Asia nothing.
Why then are we being called on to ‘accept the world’? True, we are obliged to share this state with our neighbours from Eastern Europe. That, however, is where our obligations stop.
But that is not how the postcolonial professor sees it. For him, a nation’s identity is a bourgeois fiction sustained by the ruling elite. As such, it must be unravelled until its false foundations are fatally exposed.
I agree that the idea of a pure Irish identity is a monstrous fabrication. But we are nevertheless bound together by common norms and customs. We are inextricably tied together through a shared history and heritage. We are, in sum, bound by a deep love for this place we call ‘home’.
Those who demand that we unconditionally ‘accept the world’, are what one philosopher calls ‘oikophobes’. ‘Oik’ is the Greek word for ‘home’ or ‘dwelling’. Hence, oikophobia, in contrast to xenophobia, means ‘the repudiation of inheritance or home’.
As George Orwell observed, left-wing intellectuals ‘take their cookery from Paris and their opinions from Moscow’. In other words, they despise their homeland, their common culture and traditions. As such, they are the quintessential oikophobes, whose principal aim is to ‘reinvent Ireland’.
Well, I have news for them: the ordinary people of Ireland will not be reinvented or deconstructed. Yes, the Irish are naturally a charitable people, and will grant hospitality to those that genuinely need it. But, in the end, this is their home, and they have no intention of casually surrendering it to any chancer who comes calling.
When will Irish intellectuals and their political cheerleaders get that message? When will they cease using immigration as a weapon to beat those of us who cherish what is our birthright? When will they stop trying to destroy this country with their mad ideology?
Never. Why? Because for them, creating a ‘new Ireland’ is an article of faith. And if that means trampling over the sensitivities of the silent majority, then so be it.
So no, those currently assembled in Indiana are not morally serious intellectuals. They are, in the words of Orwell, ‘purely negative creatures’ who assume, ‘as though it were a law of nature, the divorce between patriotism and intelligence’.
Had they invited someone with a different view to their shameful shindig, it would not have taken long to disabuse them of that ridiculous assumption. But they didn’t, which is why they now stand condemned as nothing more than condescending cowards.
Who sneak out of the country to have their meetings.
Don’t forget Notre Dame is the school which made a place for Tariq Ramadan to teach. Fortunately, his visa was denied so he had to settle for London instead. — D.