Author: Sam White

You Can’t Build Walls Around a Culture

Cultural appropriation fanatics are operating under a fatal error — that culture belongs to anyone. Here’s the reality: it doesn’t. Just to be absolutely clear about that, your culture isn’t yours, and mine isn’t mine. You can’t build walls around culture, because once an idea has been transmitted, whether willingly or not, it can no longer be restrained. It’s beyond ownership. It will be bounced around, split, mutate, crossbreed and reconfigure. It will be appropriated, reappropriated, misappropriated, changed and then changed back, but different. After being cooked, flipped and reformed, it will unexpectedly give birth to something entirely new, to which the same process will occur, over and over again. This is a part of the evolutionary process. It’s progress. It’s the constantly expanding intellectual and social capacity that has led human civilization to every single one of its most mind-blowing achievements. The best music, the best literature, the greatest scientific, technological and political advancements — none have been achieved in a vacuum, all have been reached through a process of cross-pollination, co-operation and mixing. …

How Low Can The Regressive Left Sink?

How much further does the left wing have to plummet before that emancipating, rock bottom realization sets in: the depths have been plunged, and there is no further substratum to be drilled into. It’s a muddied, stickily dragging vortex in which the left now finds itself — sparse of reason or popular support. Its only course of action now might be to fall unconscious and wait for the next generation to revive it. Then perhaps a realigned version will find itself spluttering back to life, ready to steady itself and contribute again to meaningful discussion. But we are nowhere near that point of rehabilitation yet, so what does the left look like at the moment, as it swashes broken around its sluggish whirlpool? First, it is censorious. It has painted itself into a corner, from which it can no longer address decisive matters such as immigration, integration and Islam. Having thoughtlessly yelled at all its enemies that they are racists if they dare to pick up on these topics, the left itself has no point …

Who Will Stand Up To The PC Extremists?

As free markets ride out multiple global crises, the Conservative government discusses bringing back grammar schools, Ukip maintains its position as Britain’s third most popular party, and Labour continue their downward plunge in the opinion polls, you might be forgiven for thinking that the right wing is on a roll. But that depends on what your definition of right wing is. There’s economic left and right, and in that field we can say that the right is more or less dominant. But it feels now like having conceded defeat in the economic arena, the left has decided to wage war in another area, and is currently crashing forward erratically in the culture wars. This all began perfectly normally. In an effort to secure an end to discrimination of all kinds, and guarantees of equality and fair treatment, a relatively relaxed, acceptable form of political correctness was formed throughout the 1980s and 90s. However, those initial aims secured, rather than congratulating itself on a job well done, the left decided to push on, and is now …