Sean Gabb on Multiculturalism

by Sean Gabb

Multiculturalism is part of the legitimising ideology of our present ruling class. It serves many functions, which you will find laid out in some detail in my own book Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get it Back. One of the functions, however, goes like this:

1) You fill the country with strangers, who do not look like us and do not share our ways;

2) When these strangers have grown to a big enough portion of those inhabiting our territory, you announce that we are no longer a nation in the old sense, but a “community of communities;”
3) You then announce that a new kind of people needs a new kind of constitution;
4) You go ahead and produce a constitution that, beneath its headline talk about the protection of fundamental rights, leaves out all those outmoded things like freedom of speech and association, trial by jury, due process protections at common law, and the slightest chance of holding the authorities to account.

The result is the same for white and black and brown, for Christian and for Moslem – we all get stuffed forever. We are still several years from (2), but this book should be seen as part of the softening up process. Notice particularly how often the author uses the word “simplistic” to describe any critical views of his thesis. It is normally believed that facts are best explained by the smallest hypothesis – or, in other words, that simplicity is a sign of truth. This is not the case where legitimising ideologies are concerned.

I was sent this book as a review copy. I read it very carefully, so to avoid making it look used; and I am now offering it second hand on Amazon as a service to England. Anyone who buys the book from me will not be paying money to the author or publisher.

2 responses to “Sean Gabb on Multiculturalism

  1. There are other volumes in this series (Very Short Introductions, OUP) which appear to be excercises in ruling class legitimation, all written by typical right-on, lefty academics:

    Barthes; Critical Theory; Derrida; Engles; Feminism; Foucault; Freud; Human Rights; International Migration; Marx; Progressivism; Racism (also by Rattansi). etc, etc.

    And let’s not forget the volume on Ghandi by our old friend Bikku Parekh.

    Admittedly, other titles deal with less contentious subjects across the arts and sciences but given the inclusion of those mentioned above one has to question the editorial tone of the entire series. This is plainly not some new version of the excellent Home University Library series.

  2. In the olden days, you could get a wide variety of views from these standard sets. You got conservatives, liberals, socialists – even the occasional fascist. Nowadays, the only diversity you get is the colour of the writers’ faces.