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Cambridge cancels civilisation


THE latest in woke nonsense from history experts at Cambridge University seeks to deny the existence of Anglo-Saxons as an ethnic group in an anti-racist movement emanating like a noxious gas from our most esteemed academic institutions.

If such is indeed the intention they should also strike from Medieval Studies curricula all the barbarian tribes who settled Europe and subsequently converted to Christianity. Amongst these were the Goths who, as well as the Anglo-Saxons, set up locally elected councils and a courts system with legislation protecting the rights of individuals as a precursor to the open and tolerant society we enjoy today. The sixth century Forum Judicum empowered women to inherit property and marry the person of their choosing, long before any ‘lovewins’ hashtag started trending for marriage equality on social media sites.

The Anglo-Saxons held a distinct cultural identity and comprised an ethnic group with social hierarchies, as did the Franks and Gauls. As was pointed out in a recent TCW article, the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity laid the groundwork for Britain to become a place where freedom of thought and individualism would flourish. A fusion of godly virtues with the self-reliant barbaric character shaped a nation which would be the only one in Western Europe to stand up to tyranny and genocide 13 centuries later. The British trait of keeping a ‘stiff upper lip’ through six years of devastating warfare, including two months of incessant bombing, must have originated at least in part from the fierce ancestors in these islands who refused to be subdued by their Roman conquerors.

The New Culture Forum’s superb six-part YouTube series The West, which you can view here, tracks the journey of Western civilisation from the first Christian converts in the Roman Empire through barbaric tribes who toppled it, and on to distinctive achievements in art, science and commerce in the medieval period and modern era. Against the backdrop of sweeping aerial shots of European monuments including the Roman Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower, and iconic images such as Michelangelo’s David and the Mona Lisa, NCF Senior Fellow Marc Sidwell explains why liberal democracy flourished in the West, and how the environment encouraged innovation leading to unprecedented economic prosperity.

According to Sidwell, such endemic features as respect for the rule of law, an emphasis on individual liberties and dominance of a pluralistic civil order over central authority grew out of such factors as continual warfare and the rebellious character of this continent’s inhabitants. The Anglo and Gothic tribes swore fealty to their rulers only for so long as they were deemed worthy of the position, and no one, not even Kings, were above the law.

Whilst the woke academics at Cambridge University clearly have the Anglo-Saxons and other post-Roman groups of the West in their crosshairs, they should heed the warning of Calvinist counter-revolutionary and eventual royalist Jacques Mallet du Pan that ‘the Revolution devours its children’. Du Pan made this famous observation in 1793 before escaping the aftermath of the French Revolution and Reign of Terror prior to his exile and eventual relocation to Britain.

Today’s cultural revolutionaries similarly risk being devoured by the fruits of their own anti-racism and critical theory in attempting to decolonise academia through value-driven judgments about which ethnic groups deserve to be recognised and which have to be cancelled.

Contemporary movements of woke corporate fascism, authoritarianism enforced by State surveillance and the death cult spewing lies to deny biology will, if left unchecked, become the wrecking ball of their academic cheerleaders. Rather than uphold their duty as protectors of intellectual freedom and diversity of thought, these university progressives are serving as useful idiots to support a narrative which benefits the consolidation of power in a ruling elite.

They need to wake up and smell the frappé latte before it’s too late!

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Bridget Jones 2024
Bridget Jones 2024
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