In his latest essay, Nick McAvelly deconstructs the logical fallacies derived from the false premise of Multiculturalism.
Analysis of Radical Multiculturalism
by Nick McAvelly
‘But since my intention is to write something useful for anyone who understands it, it seemed more suitable for me to search after the effectual truth of the matter rather than its imagined one. Many writers have imagined republics and principalities that have never been seen nor known to exist in reality. For there is such a distance between how one lives and how one ought to live, that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done achieves his downfall rather than his preservation.’ — Niccolo Machiavelli 
The pre-Machiavellian assumptions traditionally used to frame any enquiry into political philosophy were described many times by Isaiah Berlin. Those assumptions were ‘in the first place that, as in the sciences, all genuine questions must have one true answer and one only, all the rest being necessarily errors; in the second place, that there must be a dependable path towards the discovery of these truths; in the third place, that the true answers, when found, must necessarily be compatible with one another and form a single whole …’ 
If those propositions are correct, then it is theoretically possible for all peoples from all cultures, with all kinds of religious beliefs, to co-exist in a happy and harmonious utopia. If such a fabulous vision were to exist only within the imagination of a small group of shallow thinkers, then that would harm no one. Unfortunately, there are a lot of radical people who believe in that utopian vision, and therein lies the danger, for they will do absolutely anything to bring that dream-world about.
As Berlin reminded us: ‘One belief, more than any other, is responsible for the slaughter of individuals on the altars of the great historical ideals — justice or progress or the happiness of future generations, or the sacred mission or emancipation of a nation or race or class, or even liberty itself, which demands the sacrifice of individuals for the freedom of society. This is the belief that somewhere, in the past or in the future, in divine revelation or in the mind of an individual thinker, in the pronouncements of history or science, or in the simple heart of an uncorrupted good man, there is a final solution. This ancient faith rests on the conviction that all the positive values in which men have believed must, in the end, be compatible, and perhaps even entail one another…’ 
Multiculturalism claims that all cultural and religious values are compatible with one another; therefore it is possible for all human beings to live in peace and harmony. Radical multiculturalists believe that by creating such a fabulous utopia, they will be implementing the final solution to the age-old question of how human beings are to live together here on earth.
However, if the foundational premise of multiculturalism is false, then not only has the utopia that radical multiculturalists believe in ‘never been seen nor known to exist in reality’, it cannot exist, because it is a logical impossibility. And the assertion that all cultural and religious values are compatible is indeed false. Consider the case of Khan vs. The United Kingdom, in which a 21-year-old Muslim living in Britain persuaded a 14-year-old girl to marry him in ‘an Islamic wedding ceremony’. The records of the case state that: ‘Under Islamic law, a Muslim girl may marry without her parents’ consent on attaining the age of 12 years.’ In pre-PC Great Britain, Khan was arrested and charged with abduction and having sexual intercourse with an underage girl, under the Sexual Offences Act 1956. Khan was found guilty on both counts in a British court, but appealed to a European court, where he argued that he had the right to have sex with an underage girl, because his religion (Islam) approved of the practice of underage marriage. Khan’s appeal failed. The convictions under the 1956 Act stood.
The Islamic values cited by Mr. Khan in support of his appeal were clearly not compatible with the values of 1980s Britain, where abducting underage girls and having sex with them were understood to be criminal acts. That one example illustrates what Isaiah Berlin said on this point: ‘What is clear is that values can clash — that is why civilisations are incompatible. They can be incompatible between cultures, or groups in the same culture, or between you and me.’  It follows that the final solution of multiculturalism is nothing more than, as Berlin once put it, a ‘metaphysical chimera’. 
The realisation that there are incompatible sets of human values came to Berlin after reading Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. In that book Machiavelli not only argued that the virtues of the classical world must be abandoned by a prince when necessary, he undermined the assumption that those qualities are virtues in the first place. There are undoubtedly many people living in Britain today who are not familiar with Berlin, who have managed to avoid being brainwashed into accepting the doctrines of multiculturalism, and who are quite aware that there are incompatible sets of cultural and religious values. It goes without saying that where the subject term is individuals who cross our borders, and the predicate term is individuals who commit illegal and evil acts, the universal affirmative proposition (sometimes called an A proposition) is false. However, the corresponding I proposition (Some S are P) is undeniably true. And one does not need to have read any of Isaiah Berlin’s essays to understand that grooming, abducting and sexually abusing little girls is not just illegal, it is evil. To put the matter politely, the values of the perpetrators of such crimes are not compatible with our own.
The radical multiculturalists in our midst will never be able to create their fabulous utopia. As we have seen, the key premise they need to build on is false, so their entire project is an impossibility. These radicals may not be able to create the world they believe in, but what they can do is destroy everything around them, and we need to realise that they are intent on doing so. We are at war with a ruthless and deadly enemy, just as surely as we were at war between September 1939 and May 1940.
During that period, known as ‘the phoney war’, Neville Chamberlain decided that the RAF should send bombers over Germany to drop leaflets for the general public to read. Halifax is on record as saying that the Germans were ‘natural readers’, and Chamberlain himself believed that dropping leaflets was ‘good and useful’. Meanwhile, the Nazis were making their own military preparations. As we now know, Germany invaded western Europe on 10th May 1940. (They used tanks.)
As Machiavelli advised, we have to acknowledge what is actually happening in the real world, and we have to live our lives accordingly, whatever that might entail. To that end, we would do well to remember Churchill’s words: ‘Mr. Chamberlain can’t seem to understand that we live in a very wicked world. English people want to be left alone, and I daresay a great many other people want to be left alone too. But the world is like a tired old horse plodding down a long road. Every time it strays off and tries to graze peacefully in some nice green pasture, along comes a new master to flog it a bit further along.’ 
In light of the way things are today, some people may be of the opinion that they can’t do anything about it, and they can’t protect themselves from the forces at play in the world anyway, so it’s not worth making any effort here. They may just as well leave everything to chance, or fortune, or whatever deity they believe in.
However, it would be better, Machiavelli argues, to take the view that we can still choose to act in a meaningful way. As Machiavelli wrote, ‘It’s like one of those raging rivers that sometimes rise and flood the plain, tearing down trees and buildings, dragging soil from one place and dumping it down in another. Everybody runs for safety, no one can resist the rush, there’s no way you can stop it. Still, the fact that a river is like this doesn’t prevent us from preparing for trouble when levels are low, building banks and dykes, so that when the water rises the next time it can be contained in a single channel and the rush of the river in flood is not so uncontrolled and destructive.’ 
The great social engineering experiment of the radical multiculturalists is well under way, and things are almost certainly going to get worse before they get better. The anti-rational river of destruction that is running through our society may yet burst its banks, and that day may not be too far away, but there is still room for us, as individuals, to act. We must each decide for ourselves what we can do to preserve our own spiritual and intellectual integrity, our homes, our families, perhaps even some kind of remnant of our society. But there is one thing that we must all take into consideration, as we face up to the reality of the world today: We are running out of time.
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