Trust

Lord but it is good to be back home. (Going back to work and having my extroverted colleague yapping in my ear all the time, not so much...) Yet I cannot help but feel a wrenching sense of loss at having left Eretz Israel. I have said it before, and now I will say it to my dying day- there is a powerful magic to the Land of David. Every rock, every tree, every stop that we made on the way, has stories to tell- stories of faith, of war, of blood and fire and death, of victory and loss, of courage and redemption.

Israel is a tiny country- you could drive the entire length of Israel in under three hours, and depending on where you are you can drive across it in under one. Hell, I've lived in Singapore- another tiny country with almost no resources other than an admirably resourceful people- for years, and I still find smallness of Israel difficult to comprehend. Yet this tiny country has more to see and more to learn in it than some of the biggest countries on Earth.

There are many truths to learn in the land that gave us all the Eternal Truth. Among these is a very simple but very profound and powerful concept: social trust.

Visiting Israel reinforced a point that modern secular democracies tend to get very badly wrong. Many if not most modern Western governments have spent the last 60 years, or more, believing that they could simply import talent from overseas and expect that the new brown brothers and sisters that settled there would eventually assimilate and adopt the cultural conventions and practices of their new home*.

The more stupid such nations also tend to subscribe to a dogma called "multiculturalism". This is an especially idiotic philosophy that teaches that, essentially, no one culture can be considered to have any greater value than any other. As I've pointed out before, what this means in practice is that Western Judeo-Christian culture- the most successful and vital one that the world has ever seen- must be pulled down so that other, inferior cultures, with provably inferior social norms, ideologies, and outcomes, can even be considered to have equal value. The end result is always barbarism.

The reason multiculturalism always fails is because it destroys the most powerful glue that binds a culture together: trust.

Trust comes down to a very simple but very profound concept: whether you are willing to accept, live beside, fight for, and even die for, someone else.

And of course, trust can be taken to many different levels and layers.

You can "trust" your colleague, insofar as you have a pretty good idea that he won't steal your own creations and call them his own- but can you trust him to have your back in a knock-down drag-out political fight when it comes time for year-end bonuses?

You can "trust" your colleague to borrow and return your lawnmower in good condition and in timely fashion- but could you trust him to look after your children when you're called away on an emergency?

You can "trust" your local policemen to obey the letter of the law, most of the time- but can you trust them enough to believe that they won't shoot you in the face given even a minor provocation?

The list goes on and on. Trust essentially comes down to one simple question: how sure can I be that the guy I'm dealing with is like me?

And this is where multiculturalism always falls over. By promoting the nonsensical idea that we are all equal, despite literally millennia of evidence telling us otherwise, multiculturalism forces upon us a severe case of cognitive dissonance.

We are told that our Hispanic and black and Asian neighbours are the same as we are. Yet we can see, with our own eyes, that they plainly are not. They do not observe the same social norms that we do. They do not eat the same foods that we do. They do not talk the same language that we do. They do not share the same values that we do. And they most assuredly do not share the same beliefs that we do.

How, then, are we to trust them when things get rough?

There was a study done some 20 years ago by a very liberal social scientist at Harvard named Robert Putnam. He was essentially trying to prove that multicultural neighbourhoods had higher levels of social trust than homogeneous neighbourhoods. His findings horrified him so much that he sat on his own data for years, only releasing his data in 2001 and only actually publishing his conclusions from the study in 2007. Even then, he concluded his scholarly article by giving what amounted to a finger-wagging lecture about the great benefits of tolerance and inclusion and kumbaya-style thinking.

I know, you're thinking, "my God, what a brain-dead liberal idiot". So did I, when I first read about this. That's the problem with looking at the world with a modicum of logic and common sense- you tend to have very little patience of the sort of bug-s*** stupidity that liberals like to use to justify their crazy ideas.

Unsurprisingly, Putnam's data showed that his hypotheses were not only wrong, they were colossally wrong. It was as if he'd tried to argue that the fundamental force of gravity can somehow be annulled.

The reality is that we trust those who are most like us- not only personally, but socially as well. We trust people who share our values, our ideals, and have common cultural touchstones with us. We are willing to risk our wealth, welfare, and even lives for those who would do the same for us- because they are like us, and we are like them.

Most importantly, we risk the most for those who most closely share our own personal beliefs and attitudes.

These are very obvious truths, and nowhere do you see it more vividly reflected than in a kibbutz in Israel.

There you will find all manner of different individuals- but they are all dedicated to one common goal: the mutual welfare and advancement of their society. I'm not saying that they always achieve this- socialism always fails eventually, by definition and by design- but only in the kibbutz and the moshav will you see people striving happily together for the common good, toward a common goal. The people of the kibbutz share basic yet profound cultural touchstones: they know that they live in the one country on Earth where the word "Jew" can never be used in derogatory fashion, and they aim to create a better tomorrow for their children than the today that they experience.

They aim to give their people the dignity and the freedom that, for so very long, was denied to them and their ancestors. They work every day for the promise that Israel holds for them.

This is the lesson from Israel that the West desperately needs to re-learn. The nations of the Anglosphere have allowed their borders to be overrun by millions of people who share almost nothing in common with their new host nations, and who have refused to assimilate and become virtually indistinguishable from their hosts. Because of this, the bonds of trust that a healthy society needs in order to grow and function are breaking down rapidly, before our very eyes, and Western societies around the world are becoming increasingly withdrawn, insular, and xenophobic- and with absolutely justifiable reasons for doing so.

The first step toward re-establishing trust is to acknowledge what a colossal mistake this entire false dogma of multiculturalism has been.

The second step is to understand, now and forever, that the West, built on Greco-Roman philosophy, Judeo-Christian social values, and Christian-based Enlightenment science, is superior to any culture before or since. Such a culture is worth fighting for.

If we fail to recognise this, if we accept the false divisions imposed upon us by the Satanic insanity of multiculturalism, then we will surely see the culture that we love and cherish descend into the long dark that its enemies so thoroughly desire.

*This may sound a bit disingenuous, given that I am, in fact, one of those "new brown brothers", quite literally. The difference between me and most imports to the USA from other lands is that I actually agree with the founding values and ideals of this land, and consider myself privileged to be here as a guest; I am here at the discretion of a good and decent people, and if they see fit to say that I am no longer welcome, well, that's my problem and not theirs.

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  1. Thank you.

    FWIW - Some of this material and some of these ideas are mentioned or leveraged in some of John Ringo's stuff, particularly the Last Centurion.

    Also - A lot of Bill Whittle's early essays from "Eject Eject" deal in tribes, and societies of trust. If you hadn't read them, it may be worth your time doing so.

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    1. Yup. Read 'em. Multiple times =)

      As you can see from the style and ideas above, I was heavily influenced by what John Ringo was writing in The Last Centurion. As a work of fiction, it has plenty of flaws, but as a crash course in sociopolitical reality, you can't get much better than that.

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