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Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy Hardcover – October, 2002
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Fortunately, the paleoconservative movement has such a scholar in Dr. Paul Gottfried. Prof. Gottfried focuses on trends such as "diversity," "multiculturalism," and "sensitivity" showing that there is a theology behind them. The Christian view of sin and redemption is replaced by a secular counterpart of "insensitivity" and psychological manipulation. Based on Prof. Gottfried's approach, the desire of the left (old left and neocon "right") becomes understandable. American foreign policy (which was historically based on the idea of American interest, however misguided at times) is now focused on fighting "intolerance." The love affair of the left with immigration likewise becomes understandable. What better way to apologize for your nation's alleged sins then slowly destroying your culture through a change in the population? This fact isn't lost on European conservatives, who - as Prof. Gottfried notes - realize that these new voters aren't likely to vote conservative.
For some reason, the Jewish holocaust takes center stage in this new religion, in which both liberals and their alleged opponents seeks to draw lessons from this event. That nearly three million Poles died at the hands of the Nazis is ignored. Likewise, Stalin's murder of millions of Ukrainians in the name of egalitarianism gets short shift.Read more ›
It's a theocracy, as Gottfried explains, in part because of its concern with reforming and reshaping the individual conscience. The cultural preconditions for this have been within Western civilization for some time, Gottfried shows, but it is now, with the rise of the managerial-therapeutic state, that they have become truly virulent. Multiculturalism is not simply an attitude or a set of beliefs, but a policy that governments are enforcing upon unwilling invdividuals.
Gottfried is a careful scholar whose work cannot be reduced to an easy ideological pigeon-hole. He's a firm conservative whose analysis can be apprecaited by thoughtful readers of any persuasion. The depth of analysis in *Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt* makes it more profoundly politically incorrect than any of the more superficial, sensationalistic treatments of multiculturalism offered by most other writers.
The relationship between religion--particularly the "Protestant Deformation" Gottfried cites--deserves more attention than it receives. Historians have noted the role of the 19th century "Social Gospel" and Finneyite Christianity, while theologians have described many 20th century political movements as basically religious in their motivation. Gottfried describes multiculturalism as an American export, but he also discusses how the decline of traditional Christianity in Europe and European-derived societies provided fertile ground. On this point too, the book makes an important contribution that neither side of the debate can afford to neglect.Read more ›
The Protestant Deformation movement (liberal Protestantism), Gottfried says, is one of the major players in the progressive self-destruction of European and American traditionalist institutions. He warns that the new internationalism put into practice by modern leaders "aims at nothing less than a transformation of human consciousness."
This excellent book is perhaps the most courageous one of its kind, and certainly, the only book to so deftly challenge the therapeutic statists on their own turf.
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The oppression many of us feel comes, Mr. Gottried ponderously explains, from an Orwellian therapeutic state apparatus, determined to forcefully mold its guilty subjects into a... Read morePublished on January 7, 2004
This is a good book but there is not enough emphasis on the Jewish role in the rise and spread of multiculturalism. Read morePublished on August 23, 2003 by Thomas G. Montgomery
This book will be of interest to those who voted for Pat Buchanan AND who have a high tolerance for bad writing. Read morePublished on March 18, 2003 by Jane Dore
Like Pat Buchanan, Paul Gottfried understands that Western civilization is dying from within. There is the matter of low birth rates and high third world immigration. Read morePublished on March 6, 2003
Whilst the observation is hardly original, it still deserves emphasizing: America's finest, most courageous university presses are the late twentieth and early twenty-first... Read morePublished on March 4, 2003 by R. J. Stove
Dr. Paul Gottfried has performed a great disservice to his country. By critiquing the latest recipe for the Great American fruit salad, the greatest food for the greatest number,... Read morePublished on March 1, 2003 by J. Lilly
...I first heard of Gottfried when a Jewish Neoconservative called him a 'self-hating' Jew. Leftist Jews and Neoconservative Jews call each other 'self-hating' Jews who know... Read morePublished on March 1, 2003 by James Cantrell
This richly-learned and thought-provoking book seeks to explain how and why multiculturalism has acquired an iron grip on the governments, schools, churches, and so on of the West. Read morePublished on March 1, 2003
After having read D'Nesh D'Souza's "Illiberal Education" and Lynne Cheney's book on political correctness I was hoping for something of the high caliber of those two... Read morePublished on February 23, 2003 by Janet Rose