Ex­am­in­ing the as­sault on West­ern civ­i­liza­tion

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

West­ern civ­i­liza­tion was founded on a set of philoso­phies that fo­cus strongly on the sanc­tity of in­di­vid­u­als and their power of logic and rea­son. This be­lief led to a de­sire to trust things that could be proven to be true or le­git­i­mate, from gov­ern­ment to science. Judeo-Chris­tian moral­ity has formed the ba­sis of most West­ern no­tions of ethics and be­hav­ioral stan­dards.

Thus, the at­tack on West­ern civ­i­liza­tion must be­gin with the at­tack on the church and Chris­tian val­ues, and, just as im­por­tant, the fam­ily unit must be un­der­mined. The rea­son why the church, Chris­tian val­ues and fam­ily are tar­gets of the left is they want peo­ple’s loy­alty and al­le­giance to be to the state. The church, Chris­tian­ity and the fam­ily stand in the way. Let’s

look at some of the left’s agenda.

Joe Bi­den, crit­i­ciz­ing sexual as­sault, said, “This is English ju­rispru­den­tial cul­ture, a white man’s cul­ture,” adding, “It’s got to change.” The West­ern world’s cul­ture isn’t per­fect but women fare bet­ter un­der it than any other cul­ture. Just ask your­self: If you’re a fem­i­nist, in which coun­tries would you like to live?

Would it be Saudi Ara­bia and other Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries, China or coun­tries on the African con­ti­nent, north or south of the Sa­hara? In those coun­tries, women en­counter all kinds of lib­erty re­stric­tions plus in at least 30 coun­tries on the African con­ti­nent, the Mid­dle East and South­east Asia, fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion is prac­ticed. You might ask Joe Bi­den what part of the “white man’s cul­ture” needs to be changed.

The great­est ef­forts to down­play the achieve­ments of West­ern civ­i­liza­tion start at our col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. An Amer­i­can Coun­cil of Trustees and Alumni 2016 study re­ported that “the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Amer­ica’s most pres­ti­gious in­sti­tu­tions do not re­quire even the stu­dents who ma­jor in his­tory to take a sin­gle course on United States his­tory or gov­ern­ment.” Be­cause of this ig­no­rance, our young peo­ple fall easy prey to char­la­tans, quacks and liars who wish to down­grade our founders and the Amer­i­can achieve­ment.

In 2012, 2014 and 2015, an ACTA-com­mis­sioned sur­vey of col­lege grad­u­ates found that less than 20% could ac­cu­rately iden­tify the ef­fect of the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion. Less than half could iden­tify Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton as the Amer­i­can gen­eral at York­town.

One-third of col­lege grad­u­ates were un­aware that FDR in­tro­duced the New Deal. Over one-third of the col­lege grad­u­ates sur­veyed could not place the Amer­i­can Civil War in its cor­rect 20-year time frame. Nearly half of the col­lege grad­u­ates could not iden­tify cor­rectly the term lengths of U.S. se­na­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The left in our coun­try of­ten sug­gests that peo­ple who stand up for West­ern civ­i­liza­tion are sup­port­ing a racial hi­er­ar­chy. The fact is that the his­tory of the world is one of ar­bi­trary tyran­ni­cal abuse and con­trol.

Poverty has been the stan­dard fare for a vast ma­jor­ity of mankind. Amer­ica be­came the ex­cep­tion to what life was like. That ex­cep­tion­al­ism in­spired im­i­ta­tors, and our vi­sion of freedom and lib­erty spread to what has be­come known as the West­ern world.

Many do not ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that freedom and com­pe­ti­tion in both the mar­ket­place and idea arena un­leashed a level of en­trepreneur­ism, risk-tak­ing and cre­ativ­ity hereto­fore un­known to mankind. Look at the mar­ket­place of ideas.

The No­bel Prize has been awarded to 860 peo­ple since its in­cep­tion in 1901. The prizewin­ner dis­tri­bu­tion: Amer­i­cans (375), United King­dom (131) Ger­many (108), France (69) and Swe­den (32); that’s 83% of No­bel Prizes won. The large ma­jor­ity of other No­bel win­ners are mostly west­ern­ers. I might add that Ja­pan has 27 No­bel Prize win­ners, but their first win­ner was awarded in 1949, af­ter WWII led Ja­pan to be­came more west­ern­ized.

There’s a rea­son why the West leads the world in terms of sci­en­tific in­no­va­tion, wealth and mil­i­tary might and it has lit­tle to do with ge­net­ics. In­stead, it’s the en­vi­ron­ment of freedom, both in the mar­ket for goods and in the idea mar­ket­place. Rig­or­ous com­pe­ti­tion brings out the best in mankind. Leftists and would-be tyrants find West­ern val­ues of­fen­sive.

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