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Whom the Gods Would Destroy They First Make Mad: Douglas Murray's 'The Madness of Crowds'

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 17, 2019 17:24

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In his new book, Douglas Murray writes: "To assume that sex, sexuality and skin color mean nothing would be ridiculous. But to assume that they mean everything would be fatal." However, "Divide et Imperia" is a proven strategy. Leftists intend to drive men mad, in order to destroy them.

In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1875 poem "The Masque of Pandora," Prometheus declares: "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad." 

Now Douglas Murray argues in The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, that "Woke" trends in gender, race and identity cause madness that may lead to the destruction of Western Civilization.

In four chapters about controversial issues titled "Gay," "Women," "Race," and "Trans," Murray argues "crowd derangement" has made people "irrational, feverish, herd-like, and simply unpleasant."

This is his attempt to clear a minefield of Politically Correct shibboleths in order to present an alternative based upon Anglo-Saxon traditions of fair play and Christian forgiveness. 

Murray's mission is admirable, and his catalog of horrors, dogmatism, bigotry, and mob rule is persuasive, at least to those who have seen similar accounts on Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and magazines like Murray's own Spectator.

His carefully detailed description of rigged Google searches resulting in politically skewed results might be used as evidence in a wire-fraud trial for the internet giant, because it is so devastating. "Fake Search" could become a meme like "Fake News" after this account.

However, while Murray describes problems superbly, his solution appears to depend upon reasoning with madmen to change their ways.

He writes, very reasonably: "One of the ways to distance ourselves from the madness of our times is to retain an interest in politics but not to rely on it as a source of meaning...Using ourselves up on identity politics, social justice (in this manifestation) and intersectionality is a waste of a life."

But Murray's assumption of good faith may be mistaken.

"Social Justice Warriors" would be unlikely to be persuaded by such an argument -- since political mobilization by what Dr. Jordan Peterson called the “Postmodern Marxist Totalitarian Radical Left” has subverted mediating civil society institutions such as home, family, church, school, and work precisely as Gramsci had advocated.

"Social Justice" makes it impossible to live what used to be called a "bourgeois" life. It depends upon continuous agitation to subvert the current order.

That is why there are an endless series of crises like "Brexit" or "Impeachment," show trials over "racism, sexism, and homophobia," or "MeToo" accusations--because "everything is political."

Any dissident may be destroyed instantly.

No one is safe, none may relax, nothing can be forgiven, and joking about it could get you fired --unless the Party says otherwise.  

This is classic Marxist doctrine, alluded to in Murray's book, but unfortunately the word "Communism" is not in his index (Gramsci is cited once).

Murray concludes: "To assume that sex, sexuality and skin color mean nothing would be ridiculous. But to assume that they mean everything would be fatal."

Yet, Divide et Imperia is a proven strategy. The Left uses it effectively today to deconstruct "Deplorables," "whiteness," "heteronormativity," and "men." 

They intend to drive men mad, in order to destroy them, so more may be needed to clear the minefield than Douglas Murray's "The Madness of Crowds."

But it's a start.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 17, 2019 17:24

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