Identity Politics is the greatest threat to Western Civilisation since the Cold War
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BY TIM DAWSON
Back in the day, in the back of their minds, people worried they were going to be blown up. At any moment, the sirens may wail, the television picture cut and those ominous words disseminate across the land in fruity but grave tones.
“This is the Wartime Broadcasting Service. This country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Communications have been severely disrupted, and the number of casualties and the extent of the damage are not yet known. We shall bring you further information as soon as possible.”
It never happened. Freedom triumphed. But now we face a new ideological threat, the latest cadaverous incarnation of collectivist dogma.
The Woke Left.
Sure, there is no great arms race. Their weapons are tweets and outrage. But they’re relentless, expressionless, insatiable. And Conservatives need to step into the fray.
These Woke Warriors – clustered, often, in our artistic and cultural institutions – make no secret of their mission.
Everyone will be labelled according to their “identity”. Individual ability will take a back seat. The quota will be king. Gender quotas. BAME quotas. LGBT quotas. And anyone who disagrees with this vision? Well, they must be punished – with confected outrage and angry emails and, if all goes to plan, banishment from polite society. It’s called “diversity” – and its aim is to ensure diversity of everything. Except thought.
It seems impossible – I mean, genuinely completely unbelievable – but, this week, Twitter was alive with people who probably have an EU flag in their profile falling apart over the Bank of England’s decision to put Alan Turing on the £50 note.
Yes, that Alan Turing. The father of modern computing. The genius who saved the world and was cruelly persecuted because of his sexuality. Him.
You’d think Alan Turing was somebody we could all rally around, all celebrate. But, no – apparently he was too white. And too male. Even his gayness didn’t score him any points with these ahistorical sociopaths who are determined to fall apart over everything.
Civilisation flourishes when everybody is able to excel to the best of their abilities. This was the great lesson of the many battles for equality fought and won though the 20th Century. True equality, the equality that allows all of us to succeed; free from judgment because of our skin colour, sexuality or what hangs (or doesn’t hang) between our legs.
Something’s changed. People are being fired because of their political beliefs. The BBC is advertising positions to specific groups, rather than to everyone. A man recently lost his job in a supermarket for sharing a video of Billy Connolly.
Rules on free expression and free thought are no longer being applied equally. We are no longer allowing people to succeed on their own merit. Everyone is being boxed off – black, white, straight, gay, male / female / other. Crucially, it’s no longer about ‘the best person for the job’ but ‘the person who ticks the correct boxes for the job’. We are becoming obsessed with process, not with outcome. We are as a society deliberately diminishing ourselves and re-applying all the rejected discriminations of yesteryear in a new form.
We need to reintroduce free speech, free thought and fairness, or our devolution will be guaranteed – and justified. Let our culture be the freest on Earth. Freedom is, after all, what the West is supposed to be about.
There will be no 4 minute warning but we are being warned. The culture war is raging. Slumbering Conservatives need to wake up to the Woke, before it’s too late.
Tim Dawson is a writer and journalist and the Editor of Free Market Conservatives. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson