Wokeness Isn't a Silly Distraction - It's Deadly Serious
There were two news stories that struck me yesterday in that they illustrate perfectly why many of us have been concerned about the radical progressivism which has taken over our media, political and cultural elites.
My principal critique of this ideology is that it encourages people to prioritise their subjective feelings about “doing good” and “being tolerant” over the reality of how the world actually works and these two stories demonstrate the fallacy of the woke worldview and the terrible consequences its application has for the rest of us.
First was the story of a Jamaican man who was saved from deportation last year by a passenger mutiny on a British Airways flight. Led by Cambridge graduate Hannah Gaffey, brave passengers prevented the injustice of his removal from the country after a protracted legal battle. Ms Gaffrey boasted proudly on Twitter that “she and other passengers refused to sit down before take-off and described receiving advice from Detention Action, a Left-wing human rights charity”.
If Ms Gaffrey and her fellow human rights campaigners had bothered to inquire as to why the man was being removed from the country they might have discovered that Lawrence Morgan was being deported because he had been convicted of a whole host of gun-related charges, including taking part in a shootout with other gangsters in which another man was brutally killed.
(Morgan shoots at rival gangsters in August 2020. His associate was killed in the shootout.)
Mr Morgan, it turns out, was a violent drug-dealing gangster and the only reason he hadn’t been deported faster was that he claimed his life would be in danger in Jamaica. From other gangsters, of course.
The second story which caught my eye was the report that the British Government has banned the Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir. The group’s stated aim is the re-establishment of the Islamic caliphate and imposition of sharia law on the world.
Why did the ban strike me as telling? Because the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir wasn’t already banned shows the absurdity of the approach our society is taking.
Do you know which countries banned Hizb ut-Tahrir long before Britain did?