November 06, 2014

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Deacon writes for the Telegraph on TV and party politics, both topics in which he is keenly interested. To quote the military placement officer in Starship Troopers, scrutinizing raw-recruit Rico’s high school transcript: “€œA boy who gets a C-minus in Appreciation of Television can”€™t be all bad.”€ The converse is also true.

Well, this reality-TV show “€œbrings together eight Leicester residents, four of them British citizens from various backgrounds and ethnicities, plus four migrants from central and eastern Europe. … [E]veryone will live together in one house … to explore their different senses of what it means to be British.”€

Michael Deacon thinks the program shows the Brits need to have a debate about immigration. A proper debate, not the bogus debate that’s been going on, where, he says, the restrictionist case is the only one heard and dominates all policy-making.

In Deacon’s bizarro world, you see, the Brits are utterly in thrall to nativist border-closers, so that those who favor mass immigration are derided and politically ignored.

Two-thirds of the way through the column we learn that one of the TV housemates is, yes, a dreamer.

Eduardas … was raised in poverty in Lithuania by an alcoholic father who beat him. Ten years ago, with just £300 to his name, Eduardas came to Britain, where at first he slept in a car with friends, then found work at a car wash, earning £30 a day. Now he’s opened his own beauty salon.

For the compulsory dash of ethnomasochism, the dreamer’s dreamfulness is contrasted with the dull, worthless, dreamless natives:

If only every British person possessed Eduardas’s determination and work ethic, Britain would probably be a lot better off.

Deacon’s main point comes at the end. This bogus “€œdebate,”€ he says”€”the one-sided debate in which, according to him, proponents of mass immigration can”€™t get a word in edgewise nor a foot in the policy door”€”is “€œa con designed to make poor British people blame their problems on poor foreign people, rather than on rich, powerful people.”€

A transatlantic version of Deacon’s thesis would argue that the “€œrich, powerful people”€”€”Mark Zuckerberg, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg”€”are whipping up anti-immigration passions in order to dupe poor clueless John Q. Public into thinking that our nation’s problems are caused by poor foreigners, not”€”as is actually the case”€”by native plutocrats.

You don”€™t often get such a clear reminder that Cultural Marxism remains tethered to actual Marxism, nor such a plain statement of the sheer counterfactual lunacy of the modern Left.  

I just wish it hadn”€™t been the Telegraph I read it in.


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