Below is a new guest-essay from our Russian correspondent Dimitri K.
The Left and Multiculturalism
by Dimitri K.
Recently there was an article in The Brussels Journal which blamed British multiculturalism, problems with immigration, and loss of values on the Left, the mentality of 1968, and students. I argued in the comments that a small group of adolescents is unlikely to have had such a huge impact on the country. I would rather blame it on the legacy of the British Empire: its ruling class had ruled barbaric and savage peoples for so long that may have adopted some of their habits.
If so, does the Left have any role, and what is that role?
Conservatives used to think that the Left and the media are the sources of all ills. Vice versa, the Left sees itself as some intellectual body, which diagnoses the ills of the society and offers the treatment. I partially agree and partially disagree with both opinions. I believe, the Left is actually a sensitive gauge, which reacts to the existing problems. Possibly without even understanding what they are exactly doing.
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Sensitive gauges always amplify the input signal. Those who are familiar with physics, or at least with audio amplifiers, know that if amplification is high, one gets much noise. If amplification is too high, you may get a lot of noise even without any input signal. But when the gauge is properly tuned, it helps to detect the signal, which you can’t detect without it.
Of course, we should not ask the Left what to do. You cannot expect, for example, that a fire alarm will give you a good advice. It will make as much noise as possible to force you out of the building. But if you are reasonable, you would try to stay and use a fire extinguisher. However, it is also unreasonable to blame the fire on the fire alarm.
If this is true, why does the Left promote multiculturalism and the feeling of white guilt? I believe those are the disturbing sounds of alarm. I don’t know why they took exactly those forms, maybe because they are unbearable.
But the real problem may lie behind that. The problem is that we became too self-confident and lost the sense of danger.
That we believe we can influence others without being influenced ourselves.
That we think we are so powerful that we can disregard limitations of our nature.