Thursday, 6 August 2015

IGNOBLE LIES: THE UNANSWERED QUESTION OF PONTIUS PILATE




Marxists always work in stealth mode to effectuate their revolution. They hide behind the mantle of social justice, fairness and equality all the while they are busy dismantling American principles and replacing them with Communist slogans, propaganda and social engineering strategies.

 

Napoleon and Yevtushenkov, A Look Inside the Playbook

 

At that time the humans still knew pretty well when a thing was proved and when it was not; and if it was proved they really believed it. They still connected their thinking with doing and were prepared to alter their way of life as the result of a chain of reasoning. But what with the weekly press and other such weapons we have largely altered that.

 

C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

 

 

The spider of fiction spins ceaselessly in the Leftist, progressivist imagination. Imagination is, in fact, the arena in which the contemporary Liberal-Left agenda begins its life. The advantage of the imagination as a nursery for a political agenda is that it is not impeded by a slavish adherence to the truth. For the Left, fiction will do just as well as fact, if not better.

Truth, of course, is the central philosophical concern of mankind, whether it knows it or not. “What is truth?” asked Pontius Pilate of Jesus, and then did not stay for an answer. Whatever the answer to Pilate’s question, truth is not the currency of the political Left.

What are the big Leftist lies currently on offer? That Islam is a religion of peace unconnected with vicious terror attacks occurring on a daily basis world-wide. That there is a racist assault on America’s black community by its police force. That the UK’s nominally Conservative government is in fact conservative and not a soft-left, high-tax, high-spend, multiculturalist, egalitarian, focus-group-driven bunch of failed PR technocrats. That colonialism is responsible for the ills of Africa. That we have and cherish freedom of speech. The list is long, and fully sanctioned by Western leaders and their client media.

It may be that these ‘leaders’, both elected and unelected, see themselves as exercising the famous Platonic ‘noble lie’ of The Republic. They are not; they are simply lying. They have found the truth to be inexpedient and decided, as policy, to utilise its other. Why truth? They have asked, in a perversion of Nietzsche. Why not rather error? Jean-Claude Juncker, one of the many unelected, neo-Marxist gauleiters of that dreadful institution, the EU, famously said that, “When it becomes serious, you have to lie.” Perhaps he agrees with T. S. Eliot, that mankind cannot bear very much reality. Perhaps not.

To paraphrase Zola, truth should be on the march, and nothing should be able to stop it. We should be seeking truth from our political elites, the fourth estate should be speaking truth to power, but instead we are forced to agree with Orwell, that in times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. And it is a revolutionary act which is being increasingly punished. As Guillaume Faye writes;

‘In times of indoctrinated lies and well-bred civil cowardice, the courage to tell the truth mutates into a cardinal sin, as the few who take on the challenge must share the heretics’ hopeless state of banishment.’ (Why We Fight)

If you would like evidence of the way the modern state punishes the truth tellers (and Plato’s myth of the cave stands in the wings here), look at the treatment of public sector whistle-blowers, look at the treatment of those who dare to address the truth about Islam, look at Tommy Robinson’s incarceration. Look at the military family in Lincolnshire who had threatening hate mail posted through their letter-box from ‘The Circle of Allah’ promising revenge for the man of the family’s actions ‘in the Holy Land’. Instead of investigating the threat, the local police warned military families not to use social media to flag up the threat, just as Robinson was warned against – and quite possibly re-imprisoned for – re-tweeting death threats he had received. Look at the persecutions of Geert Wilders, Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and others for telling truths to power. Look at the bans placed on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, while so-called hate preachers are able to come and go in the UK with impunity.

These lies have a sharp political purpose well described by Theodore Dalrymple;

‘I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.’

Correspondence to reality is a justified sacrificial animal for the rituals of the modern Left; lies are justifiable as means provided the ends are to be desired. And so, when we are told by our elites that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, that we need more immigration, that remaining in Europe is essential to business, that the BBC is politically impartial, that foreign aid is essential, that white people are inherently racist but black people cannot be so, that equality is best achieved as outcome not opportunity, that a yearly improvement in secondary education is accurately reflected in grade inflation, and that our governments are comprised of selfless public servants rather than self-serving PR people with their snouts in the trough of the public weal, we must have the courage to recognise lies and liars, and call them such. We are lost otherwise.

What we cannot allow is the persecution of those who expose the truth, just as the escaped prisoner in Plato’s cave myth is killed by his fellow prisoners, chained as they are in the dark and unable to see the lit world outside.

St. Anthony the Great, the saint who built the foundations of monasticism in 4th-century Egypt, provides a glimpse of these coming persecutions;

‘A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, “You are not mad, you are not like us.”’

 

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