Living in a Backwards World

sharia-controlled-zoneA new meme or figure of speech has begun to circulate among conservative writers and thinkers with increasing frequency and appositeness—namely, that we are living in a world turned upside down, to cite the title of a major book by Melanie Philips, itself derived from Christopher Hill’s study of revolutionary 17th century in England. (The term “world” is used by these writers to refer primarily to the Western sociopolitical domain or provinces thereof.) Almost everywhere we look we see this trope corroborated by extensive empirical testimony, of which I will flag only a few significant instances.

It is a world, as we have just seen, in which respectable and knowledgeable anti-jihadist freedom fighters Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are forbidden entry to the U.K. as disturbers of public order and social peace while avowed terrorists are welcomed into the country and allowed to live handsomely on the public dole. It is in this same benighted nation that anti-Sharia activists Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll of the English Defence League are arrested for entering a Sharia-controlled zone in Tower Hamlets, a borough of London, on their way to Woolwich to honor Drummer Lee Rigby, slaughtered by Islamic terrorists. As reported on The Gates of Vienna website, “the Metropolitan police have now taken on the responsibility of enforcing the borders of these shariah-controlled zones, applying the rules laid down by the Islamic inhabitants.”

It is a world in which courageous media analyst Philippe Karsenty, who has shown beyond doubt that the infamous al-Dura event implicating Israel is an out-and-out hoax perpetrated by France 2 TV, finds himself convicted by the French courts for defamation—the Dreyfus affair redux. The Court of Cassation’s decision to remand the case to the Court of Appeals, which had originally acquitted Karsenty and then overturned its prior verdict, is not only “outrageous,” as Karsenty justifiably claimed, but legally problematic. As the JTA news source reported, “In returning the case to the appeals court, the high court said the appeals court had overstepped its bounds in ordering France 2 to send it the rushes of the report.” In other words, from the perspective of the High Court, soliciting evidence is impermissible. Shades of Canada’s Human Rights Tribunals and Supreme Court decision, which regard truth as unacceptable in their proceedings if it offends a member of a designated minority group. The same travesty exists in many European nations.

It is a world in which the adherents of catastrophic global warming deliberately ignore the massively accumulating evidence to the contrary and politicians are inaugurating policies, based on a fraudulent and corrupted science, that promise to destroy their economies.

It is a world in which powerful Democratic politicians in the U.S. oppose Voter ID laws on the grounds that such legislation would discriminate against black minorities. The facts that (1) I.D. is required for almost every other form of access to official institutions irrespective of caste or color, and that (2) the absence of such laws results directly in voter fraud and the skewing of electoral results, almost always in the Democrats’ favor, are conveniently forgotten or intentionally suppressed.

It is a world in which Iran chairs the UN Conference on Disarmament and Syria was recently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

It is a world that has fallen in love with a manifestly false Palestinian narrative to which it unthinkingly subscribes and that adamantly refuses to consult the historical muniments that are readily available to any interested mind—in other words, a Euhemeristic world that interprets “myths as traditional accounts of historical persons and events” (Merriam-Webster).

It is a world that insists on portraying Islam as a “religion of peace” when a prodigious number of its expressions in the theological canon, in the jurisprudential literature, and in actual and undeniable events on the domestic and international stages indisputably indicate the complete reverse. In this world, minority cultures and especially the Islamic community are, in effect, given precedence over the heritage cultures. Here the West could learn from Vladimir Putin who, in an address to the Duma on February 4, 2013, stated in part: “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia…should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law…we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation.”

Experiencing terrorist atrocities on our own soil; remarking how Islamic-inspired anti-blasphemy laws are gradually encroaching upon the bedrock principle of free speech; noting the rising incidence of Jew-baiting and antisemitic propaganda among Islamic groups and organizations; and witnessing the epidemic of Muslim rapes of non-Muslim girls and women in Australia, Britain and Scandinavia (to name only the most prominent examples), we know—or should know—that Putin is absolutely right. The ignominy is only compounded by the shameful response of our media and government apparatchiks who dismiss, cover over or explain away these abominations as the fault of an uncaring society that treats its immigrants badly.

Such instances of sheer malfeasance and, not to put too fine a word upon it, utter stupidity can be multiplied at will, leading many conservative writers to re-interpret George Orwell’s 1984, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints not as mere dystopian novels prone to exaggeration but as prophetically accurate visions of the future—a future which has become the present. I would add to this apocalyptic library Samuel Butler’s 1872 novel Erewhon, describing a world in which everything is done backwards and inefficiently. (“Erewhon” is “Nowhere” spelled approximately backwards.)

In Erewhon, for example, there are no machines (cf. our mounting legislation against successful industries in favor of unworkable “renewable resources”); coinage is trimmed (cf. our sinking currencies); offenders against the law are coddled as ill (cf. our pampering of lawbreakers as suffering victims of social indifference or oppression); the ill are regarded as felons (cf. the innocent are often criminalized); and so on ad nauseam. We live in a backwards world in which the decent are regarded as indecent, defenders of western institutions are considered as terrorists, correct naming is derogated and often prosecuted as slander and “hate speech,” violence is justified if committed by our enemies, unseasonable cold weather is interpreted as an infallible sign of global warming—the beat goes on.

It should be clear by this time that we have lost our bearings and have sacrificed both our sense of reality and our survival as a genuinely liberal culture on the altar of unreflected sentiment, a reluctance to deal with or even recognize unequivocal evidence, and a wholly mistaken conception of our fundamental interests. We have, for the most part, colluded in an agreement that upside down is right-side up, backwards is forwards, and madness is sanity, as if we had been stricken by the ideological version of the Black Plague. It is a world gone perhaps irreversibly mad, for certain forms of madness may be untreatable—in which case we are truly lost. Of course, the world has never been in its right mind, but we can say that the comparatively more enlightened sectors in the West have at least perambulated canzicrans, sideways like a crab.

Today, sideways would be a blessing, for we are moving inexorably backwards—toward the infancy of the mind, toward the re-medievalization of power relations, toward cultural dissolution, toward a renewed primitivism issuing in civilizational suicide, in short, toward our contemporary Erewhon, our “Nowhere,” which is also an anagram for: “Now here.”

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  • American1969

    Excellent article!
    It’s disgusting when Putin looks better as a leader than ObaMao. What does that tell you?

    • defcon 4

      I felt the same way after Putin defended his course of action in supporting the legitimate government of Syria over far worse jihadists and in so doing exposed the zero for what he really was.

    • montbrun

      It tells me that we are so full of you-know-what that soon the whites
      of our eyes will start turning BROWN, in line with the fact that soon
      enough, our babies will start coming from Beijing instead of Paris as
      we were led to believe when as children, we would ask about….

    • Rostis

      From my side of the ocean Putin doesn’t look much better. Maybe much more experienced, but nevertheless exactly as disgustingly uppity as your chief. Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

      • D.B

        Experience matters though.

      • Petr

        At least he is not a traitor. He will kill any foreigner for his country but he will not kill his country for foreigners like Obama. He is a bloody tyrant, but he is yours bloody tyrant. Would you rather have someone like British prime minister “there is nothing in islam that justifies killing” Cameron.

    • knowshistory

      how could putin not look better?

  • defcon 4

    I’m sure there are corrupt, amoral politicians and law enforcement entities on the federal level that are scheming to outlaw criticism of islam in deference to islamo-nazi petrodollars and perhaps many more who are entirely indifferent to whether this aspect of Sharia law is implemented in the US or not.

    • montbrun

      Glad you mentioned it, as I remember having read somewhere that
      a Saudi ambassador once said that the spreading of money at the
      right political circles had helped Saudi interests enormously…..
      Asides from that, the article is an panoramic X-ray of what is going
      on and to what our lack of “cojones” will bring us to…

  • 1Indioviejo1

    I too believe the world is upside down and in an Orwellian downward spiral. My question is, can anything be done about it? Or are we doomed to a quasi medieval existence in a “Mad Max” world?

    • montbrun

      For openers, quite a few things can be done about…
      First we should campaign nationwide to stop the building of the super
      mosque at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, continuing unabated in spite of the
      building authority stop order, on account of while the matter in handled in court…
      People succeeded on discarding the Ground Zero super mosque building
      in spite of the mayor and the council….
      Lets start stopping Muslims with the same legal weapons they use against us and stop bending over backwards to all their whims…
      If they don’t like it, the exit gates of our country are wide open….

      • knowshistory

        as dangerous as islam is, the real peril that we must overcome first is our own treasonous governments. when the shooting war with islam on our own turf gets started, we do not need our own governments shooting us in the back.

  • Kate Curry

    Wow! Perceptive, precise and polished.

  • The Dead Critic

    Got God? Enough said…..couldn’t hurt.

  • 1AmericanThinker

    Add “This Perfect Day” by Ira Levin (Stepford Wives, Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby) and “Harrison Bergemon” to the list of dystopian novels that are a blueprint of what the left is rooting for.

    Most of the sci fi writers predicted that as soon as speed and capacity of technology was available government would watch and record everyone in order to control all. Predictions accomplished. SCARY.

  • Steve Bryant

    You could go on for ever but how about adding, “women crying out for special protection in a military where they have just successfully convinced the powers that be that there are no differences between a man and a women in combat, or the Congressional Black Caucus discussing the topic of prejudiced exclusion.
    See what I mean?
    “Upside down” or “backwards” are adequate for describing 2013 American society but “A mad house” is better………………….

  • tokoloshiman

    very well put !

  • disqus_oOeA7ljEmL

    The Putin reference is from an online hoax, sometimes attributed to the Australian and French prime ministers. If only it were true. Still, an interesting article. See here:

  • Judenlieber

    Excellent article David! And thank you for the definitions on the fly.

  • Joe Picos

    The true crux of the problem is untouched. The only way the left can be understood, along with its coddling of Islam is through the recognition that the left is out to destroy Christianity. Anything that can weaken the hold that Christianity has on the West is a friend of the left. A Marxist and pre French revolution desire at its core.
    As good as this website is, thankfully it recognizes the persecution of Christians,
    It fails to definitively state that Christianity is the answer and must be saved.
    Even forces that are not typically aligned with Christianity must join with it in a pitched battle to avoid what is probably a jump into a true dark age and not the one alluded to in this article. The medieval world was light years ahead of our present world.
    Even an atheist can come to terms with this alliance if it saves civilization.

  • laurcardjus

    The author wrote so eloquently what I have been telling many of my friends.

  • Texas Patriot

    There’s a monstrous joke in all of this. If enforcing a Lie over the Truth is the only way we can hold our civilization together, the “collapse” that everyone is afraid of has already taken place, and at this point we’re all just pretending.

  • CJ Lawrence

    The fall of the Berlin wall was a red herring. By that time the progressive front had taken over the school systems of the western world from pre-school to collage and beyond. True critical thought and an understanding gained by a personal quest for a balance of ideas and morals were replaced with a one sided dogma and propaganda. True debate of ideas is dead, gone, just ask Spencer and Geller and thousand’s others who dare to speak their minds right or wrong without fearing for life and limb. To all who stand againist this rising tide of unblanced thought and dogma fight on you are a bright light in very dark times.

  • jmflannagan

    I thought everyone knew islam IS backwards.

  • tagalog

    Considering the recent 70-year history of Russia as an atheistic state, I never thought I would be thinking of Vladimir Putin as becoming in these latter days the avatar of Christian culture over the rising tide of Islamism.