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Why the West Loathes Civilization

Dennis Prager hits it out of the ballpark in his recent essay by this title.  (On a side note, Mr. Prager uses “liberal” is the historic sense compared to how I use it here on this blog.  Modern leftists tend to self-identify [inaccurately per Mr. Prager and reality] as liberals and progressives, thus I use the term.  In this latter sense, I would consider it pejorative in nature, whereas in Mr. Prager’s more historically accurate sense, it is not.)

A primary quote to whet your appetite (but please go read the whole thing in context), the answer to the question…

So, the Big Question is, why? Why is the left hostile toward Western civilization?

After decades of considering this question, I have concluded the answer is this: standards.  The left hates standards — moral standards, artistic standards, cultural standards.  The West is built on all three, and it has excelled in all three.

Why does the left hate standards? It hates standards because when there are standards, there is judgment. And leftists don’t want to be judged.

Mr. Prager then continues to demonstrate his thesis from the facts, of which there is an overwhelming plethora of examples.



  1. CW
    28 Jun 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Great post. I especially love the Orwell quote. Nothing truer was ever said.

    While I agree with Dennis Prager, the premise needs to go one step further. The modern day liberal/leftist/progressive is stuck in adolescence, mentally speaking, which means life for them is all about ego gratification. Liberals have an insatiable need for attention and ego stroking, hence their need to feel special and their insistence on being treated as special regardless of whether or not they’ve earned it. That’s why there can be no standards and no judgment. That’s why their children must receive trophies for anything they participate in, whether they stand out or not. It is, as many have rightly claimed, a disease of the mind.

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