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Standing up to Islam, the West redefines itself to death

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[html]<img src="/images/various_uploads/West_Redefines_Itself_600.jpg" width="600" height="402" alt="West redefines itself" /><p><strong>By Oleg Atbashian | First published in the <a href="https://www.americanthinker.com/article ... death.html" target="_blank">American Thinker</a></strong></p><p><em> If Ann Coulter were to live in Russia, her writing would probably be similar to that of <a href="https://www.americanthinker.com/article ... fight.html" target="_blank">Yulia Latynina</a>, one of my favorite Russian-language political commentators and critics of Putin's government.</em></p><p><em>Latynina's <a href="https://www.novayagazeta.ru/columns/66796.html" target="_blank">latest column</a>, I believe, must be shared with all people living in Western countries, or at least with those not yet trapped inside the intellectual maze of their own invention. In this conflict of civilizations, winning requires clarity of vision -- something the West no longer has due to its postmodernist obsession with recalibrating and redefining itself.</em></p><p><img src="/images/various_uploads/West_Redefines_Itself_Escher.jpg" alt="West redefines itself" width="300" height="289" class="img_right_10" vspace="4" /><em>Below is my somewhat loose translation of Latynina's column -- "loose" because, as you will see later, precision sometimes is the enemy of clarity.</em></p><p>"I'm all for free speech, but..." proclaims the chorus of Western intellectuals following the <em abp="1079">Charlie Hebdo </em>attacks in Paris, imagining that their role in this tragedy is to make simple things look complicated. They are gravely misguided: there are no "buts" in that script.</p><p>In the 1940s, as scientists began to develop the theory of quantum electrodynamics, they discovered a weird problem in their equations: the electron mass seemed to be correct in the first approximation, but all further attempts to define it more precisely resulted in impossibly divergent series. The more they tried to refine the number, the more absurd it became, with the electron mass growing to infinity.</p><p>Finally the American physicist Richard Feynman introduced a cut-off point, suggesting to subtract infinity from infinity. In a work that won him the Nobel Prize, Feynman came up with a procedure called "renormalization." Roughly speaking, it prohibits endless refinements and claims that the first approximate value is the most correct. In other words, don't kill yourself with infinite refinements and use Occam's razor.</p><p><img src="/images/various_uploads/West_Uncertainty.jpg" alt="West redefines itself" width="250" height="152" class="img_left_10" vspace="4" />It seems we now need a similar cut-off point in order to understand what is happening in the real world. Whoever brings "renormalization" into public life will also deserve a Nobel Prize because, frankly, we're killing ourselves with infinite refinements.</p><p>The facts are as plain as a road sign: the French journalists were murdered for exercising free speech. They were real live people. The Islamists did it in order to intimidate the free world and take away its freedom of speech.</p><p>"But..." we hear from all directions, "but..."</p><blockquote> <p>"...But those cartoons were offensive to believers."</p> <p>"...But they overstepped all sorts of boundaries."</p> <p>"...But this is merely a mutual misunderstanding of each other's cultural traditions."</p> <p>"...And anyway, let's not confuse terrorism with Islam, which is a peaceful religion."</p> <p>"...And are you saying that Islam somehow promotes extremism? Are you really equating Islam with terrorism? That sounds like fascism! Shame on you!"</p> <p>"...And aren't you forgetting that different cultures have different values?"</p> <p>"...And why all the fuss about those dead journalists when more people are getting killed in the Iraqi war?</p></blockquote><p><img src="/images/various_uploads/West_Redefines_Itself_Maze.jpg" alt="West redefines itself" width="300" height="225" class="img_right_10" />And so on and so forth, until after five or six loops of such "divergent series," the plain fact of a brutal murder transforms into an infinitely complex cultural phenomenon. And with it, anyone speaking against Islamic terrorism transforms into a narrow-minded bigot, ignorant of traditional cultures with their spiritual values, someone who unjustly smears all Muslims and forgets that the West is guilty before the Third World for colonialism.</p><p>Allow me another math metaphor. There is a mathematical concept of a "fuzzy set." It is vital in developing artificial intelligence and recognition technologies because our world, as it were, consists of fuzzy sets.</p><p>We call some women "beautiful" and some others we call "ugly." We say that some countries are "free" and some others are "dictatorships." But if we begin to refine our arguments, we will often find out that "free" countries lack certain freedoms, or that an "ugly" woman has a shapely chin, an attractive nose, or at least a mysterious color in her eyes. That's because beauty and freedom are fuzzy sets. And if your goal is infinite precision, you'll find neither beauty nor freedom.</p><p>Some things don't need to be precise.</p><p>As for the mutual misunderstanding of each other's cultural traditions, let's make one thing clear: some traditions are better than others.</p><p>At one time India had a tradition of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_(practice)" target="_blank">self-immolation of widows </a>in the husband's funeral pyres. The British colonizers could say, as modern intellectuals do, that this was just a different cultural tradition they had to respect. But the British disrespected local traditions and put up gallows next to the funeral pyres. Anyone who tried to throw a widow into the fire was hanged right next to it. That was the end of the burning of widows.</p><p><img src="/images/various_uploads/Maori_Head.jpg" alt="West redefines itself" width="224" height="225" class="img_left_10" />The Maori in New Zealand had a cultural tradition of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibalism" target="_blank" abp="1138">cannibalism</a>. A young warrior would not obtain a proper social status until he'd cut off the head of a man from another tribe. Once again, the British could start talking about the drama of mutually misunderstood cultural values, but they chose to ban cannibalism and head-hunting.</p><p>The Aztecs had a tradition of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sac ... ec_culture" target="_blank">human sacrifice</a>. But the narrow-minded bigot Hernando Cortes, who conquered Tenochtitlan, was not a multiculturalist and so he told the priests, their hair covered in dried human blood, to knock it off. That almost cost him his life, his victory, and Tenochtitlan.</p><p>The world has plenty of other spectacular cultural traditions. Some cultures practiced artificial <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificia ... eformation" target="_blank">cranial deformation</a> by binding the heads of their infants. Others are still cutting out the clitoris of their young girls. The Etoro people of Papua New Guinea have a remarkable cultural tradition of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etoro_people" target="_blank">all-inclusive pedophilia</a>, as they believe young boys must ingest the semen of their elders daily from the age of 7 until they turn 17 to achieve adult male status and to properly mature and grow strong. The procedure is mandatory -- "it's for the children," don't you know.</p><p>So not all traditions are equal. Some traditions are absolutely evil. Europe, too, has given up on some of its traditions, like the burning of witches. And China has stopped the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_binding" target="_blank">foot binding</a> of little girls, along with its time-honored tradition of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingchi" target="_blank">death by a thousand cuts</a>.</p><p>Some may be surprised, but Islam at one point has also abandoned a few traditions. For the first two-thirds of the twentieth century Muslims didn't blow anyone up for free speech. On the contrary, their best leaders, such as Kemal Ataturk, or Mohammed Zahir Shah, or Reza Pahlavi brought their respective countries closer to Western standards. <br /> <br /> <span class="article_cont_u"><img src="/images/various_uploads/West_Redefines_Itself_Cube.jpg" alt="West redefines itself" width="280" height="240" class="img_right_10" /></span>It was only after the West betrayed its own standards by adopting moral relativity and multiculturalism, that former Ataturks and Zakir Shahs were replaced by Bin Ladens and the Kuashi brothers.</p><p>In this sense, the problem with the modern world is not the strengthening of Islamism. It is the weakening of the West, which keeps refining, recalibrating, and redefining itself to death.</p><p>It's a fool's errand, to look for precision in the world of fuzzy sets. As theoretical physicist Feynman once said, "it is really quite impossible to say anything with absolute precision, unless that thing is so abstracted from the real world as to not represent any real thing."</p><p>At this point in history, precision is the enemy of clarity. The West needs renormalization.</p><p><img src="/images/West_Lost_In_Maze.jpg" width="600" height="330" alt="West redefines itself" /></p><p><br /> [/html]

 

 

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And I just wanted to post this separately, for our Cubist kollektive to ponder...

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OMG, Oleg, what a wonderful piece! I was in tears after reading it.

Somehow you manage to coalesce my random scattered observations of this world and place them into a petri dish of ideas where they can then develop into more focused observations on my part. This is most appreciated and a great relief!

(I hope that last paragraph made sense.)

This does remind of the first time I heard Rush. He was speaking my language.

Thank you!

 

 

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The problem isn't really precision, in my view. It's that the chattering class refuse to be precise. The continual redefining of the language makes the language completely meaningless. It's kind of an upside down Tower of Babel scenario. War is Peace. Truth is a lie. Unemployment is a blessing. The list of absurdities is almost infinite. And because the chattering class refuse to be precise, those who have a mindset that is absolute are always several steps ahead. Trying to reason with the unreasonable is folly. It doesn't matter why they hate us. It only matters that they do. There is only one solution to the kind of fanaticism that they display and it doesn't involve group hugs.

 

 

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A most brilliant distillation of the concepts surrounding the blight of multiculturalism in the West. The KGB have certainly exceeded beyond their wildest dreams of infecting Western intelligentsia with this claptrap. And by extension, the political leadership thereof. As Pamalinsky also observed, I too have grown increasingly skeptical and even hostile to the notion of "cultural equity", but I've never seen the whole concept placed into such stark contrast in a single, concise article. This is definitely a keeper and a sharer. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing it to our kollektive attention.

 

 

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Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt wrote:The problem isn't really precision, in my view. It's that the chattering class refuse to be precise.
I believe the chattering class thrive on using the mask of precision to obfuscate their true agenda which is simply Western traditions are bad/All other's traditions are good. Whatever mental gymnastics are required to achieve this outcome are acceptable. All other opinions are "unenlightened", period. And being unenlightened, by their definition, is the gravest of sins.

 

 

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Pol Potsy wrote:
Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt wrote:The problem isn't really precision, in my view. It's that the chattering class refuse to be precise.
I believe the chattering class thrive on using the mask of precision to obfuscate their true agenda which is simply Western traditions are bad/All other's traditions are good. Whatever mental gymnastics are required to achieve this outcome are acceptable. All other opinions are "unenlightened", period. And being unenlightened, by their definition, is the gravest of sins.
Before the Glorious Multicultural Revolution, this used to be known as cognitive dissonance.
If one plays one's (multicult) cards right, it can be quite profitable.

 

 


 

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We need to remember that Hitler was a vegetarian.

 

 

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I really think that this is a repeat of the Allied Powers' relationship with Nazi Germany before WWII. They came with peaceful intentions, "Oh, we're just a country, we don't want to take over other countries!", and we appeased them with gifts and complacency. But soon the Nazis were taking over many countries and sending people to concentration camps to be put to death. Islam isn't really different, they came with good intentions, "Oh, we're just a religion, we don't want to infringe on other religions!", and right now we're appeasing them with gifts of complacent, politically-correct junk that hails and protects them and denounces all that's good and decent in the world. If the Nazi narrative tells us anything, soon they'll be going after those of other religions, putting them in prisons via sharia law, and putting them to death. It's already happening with ISIS.

Although, political correctness is really Orwell's 1984 Newspeak come alive, and in the book Newspeak is really absurd when you look at it from an Oldspeak view. But, just like in 1984, the young are being taught the Newspeak of political correctness, and if 1984 tells us anything, soon it will be the only language they know.

And as for Comrade Red's example of "recalibration" in the 2nd to last paragraph, You can put a pound on a scale and recalibrate it to 0 and repeat, but if you do that enough, soon the scale will break from the weight, and you won't have a scale anymore. If you keep piling on more political correctness but say and get the public to accept that it's normal, and repeat, soon the PC will get so extreme that you can't even say a sentence without offending someone, and soon the PC system will break.

Komissar al-Blogunov wrote:We need to remember that Hitler was a vegetarian.
Huh. Never knew. Thanks Comrade Kommissar!

Although, the way that Vegetarians and Vegans act towards non-Vegetarians/Vegans is quite similar to how the Nazis treated the Jews & Allied soldiers. All with the "I have a better/more conscious diet than you evil meat-eaters!" attitude and all that...

 

 

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Komissar al-Blogunov wrote:We need to remember that Hitler was a vegetarian.

Those soup Nazis!!!!!

 

 

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Komissar al-Blogunov wrote:We need to remember that Hitler was a vegetarian.

I don't believe it has anything to do with being vegetarian. I'm vegan and I don't support socialist fascism. Each to their own and leave me alone is my approach to life.

 

 

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Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt wrote:
Komissar al-Blogunov wrote:We need to remember that Hitler was a vegetarian.

I don't believe it has anything to do with being vegetarian. I'm vegan and I don't support socialist fascism. Each to their own and leave me alone is my approach to life.
Tsk. This sounds dangerously Individualistic. Beware, comrade!

 

 

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Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt wrote:The problem isn't really precision, in my view. It's that the chattering class refuse to be precise. The continual redefining of the language makes the language completely meaningless. It's kind of an upside down Tower of Babel scenario. War is Peace. Truth is a lie. Unemployment is a blessing. The list of absurdities is almost infinite. And because the chattering class refuse to be precise, those who have a mindset that is absolute are always several steps ahead. Trying to reason with the unreasonable is folly. It doesn't matter why they hate us. It only matters that they do. There is only one solution to the kind of fanaticism that they display and it doesn't involve group hugs.
Dear Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt,

You are absolutely right! Precision of the language and the actual meaning of words is the left's enemy! They love to make a constantly moving target of ideas, using words and their redefinition as a means to their ends. In my experience, it is absolutely impossible to have a meaningful conversation with any of them. And, I mean ANY, including a lefty brother. Heartbreaking.

A few years back I worked with a guy who thought spelling words correctly was really unnecessary. He felt that if you can just "sound them out" people will get the idea, especially when texting.

When I calmly explained that correct spelling lets one know the origin and true meaning of the word, he just brushed it off as irrelevant.

I look up words all the time! I love doing it. It's fun. I like truth. It makes me happy.
Even if I'm wrong. ; • )

Good post, Kap. Thanks.

 

 


 

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Pamalinsky wrote:
Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt wrote:The problem isn't really precision, in my view. It's that the chattering class refuse to be precise. The continual redefining of the language makes the language completely meaningless. It's kind of an upside down Tower of Babel scenario. War is Peace. Truth is a lie. Unemployment is a blessing. The list of absurdities is almost infinite. And because the chattering class refuse to be precise, those who have a mindset that is absolute are always several steps ahead. Trying to reason with the unreasonable is folly. It doesn't matter why they hate us. It only matters that they do. There is only one solution to the kind of fanaticism that they display and it doesn't involve group hugs.
Dear Kapitan Kangaroo Kourt,

You are absolutely right! Precision of the language and the actual meaning of words is the left's enemy! They love to make a constantly moving target of ideas, using words and their redefinition as a means to their ends. In my experience, it is absolutely impossible to have a meaningful conversation with any of them. And, I mean ANY, including a lefty brother. Heartbreaking.

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The target for the left is the horizon, they even say it sometimes in speeches. "Climate change solutions are on the horizon" is an illustrative example you've probably seen an iteration of. The problem with horizons is that you can never get closer to them, you could infinitely go towards a horizon but you'd still never to the physical horizon. It's the same with the left, you can keep redefining and legislating and complying to their every whim but you'll never get close to their goal. And, as you said, their goal is a moving target, so they can tell you, using the horizon analogy again, "The goal is to the east!" and then a few minutes later say "The goal is to the west!", and since they essentially work the levers and control most in power and with influence, they don't have to worry about resistance. And if they ever do get resistance, they usually whine like babies and initiate massive internet campaigns that people don't have to actually accomplish anything to participate in to get what they want.

 

 

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Evil Smiley wrote:Still, women should not drive.

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I didn't know GEICO was now advertising in Saudi Arabia. It must be "Google Engineering Independently Carrying Occupants." Or maybe its "Gynecological Excursions Impeding Chick Ogling."

--KOOK

 

 

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KOOK wrote:
Evil Smiley wrote:Still, women should not drive.

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I didn't know GEICO was now advertising in Saudi Arabia. It must be "Google Engineering Independently Carrying Occupants." Or maybe its "Gynecological Excursions Impeding Chick Ogling."

--KOOK

That car looks small enough to be a Toyota. If that's the case, then maybe it's "Gooks Engineering Islamic Cooking Outings".

 

 

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Comrade Stierlitz wrote:.

Komissar al-Blogunov wrote:We need to remember that Hitler was a vegetarian.
Huh. Never knew. Thanks Comrade Kommissar!


It gets worse.

He loved dogs.






US Center for Random Statistics wrote:Ms Norman, you have now used your German degree in reading 5 books, correcting your siblings' German 2 times, and referring to cultural anomalies in the Third Reich 236 times!

 

 


 
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