I was challenged the other day on the blog, by a commenter who was critical of an article where I criticised the Left for their silence on Islam. I hope this article will contribute to the discussion, as it shows why people like myself have gained that impression of the Left. It turns out that there actually are some on the Left who would combat Islamism but they are prevented from engaging in an honest dialogue because of the following problems within the Labour/Left-wing movement:
- Many share the racism of low expectations.
- Many feel that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
- Many support movements and ideology without understanding their beliefs or considering the consequences.
- Many feel self-loathing and “white guilt”.
- Many share a determined belief that an Islamist is just like them and isn’t actually motivated by the Koran.
- The Labour Party has lost its way and no longer represents the needs and views of the working classes it purports to represent.
It seems to me that the left wing here in New Zealand have a lot in common with the left wing in Britain. Perhaps we need a non-partisan think tank here in New Zealand, where conservative activists like myself can work with left-wing activists. Together we could promote a common cause and engage in an honest dialogue about the incompatibility of Islam with the values of our progressive, democratic society.