“After decades of considering this question [Why the Left Loathes Western Civilization], I have concluded the answer is this: standards. The left hates standards.” Dennis Prager
“Why does the left hate standards? It hates standards because when there are standards, there is judgment. And leftists don’t want to be judged.” Ibid
Dennis Prager, dennisprager.com, April 26, 2016
This month, Stanford University students voted on a campus resolution that would have their college require a course on Western civilization, as it did until the 1980s.
Stanford students rejected the proposal 1,992 to 347. A columnist at the Stanford Daily explained why: Teaching Western civilization means “upholding white supremacy, capitalism and colonialism, and all other oppressive systems that flow from Western civilizations.”
The vote — and the column — encapsulated the left’s view: In Europe, Latin America and America, it loathes Western civilization.
Wherever there is conflict between the West — identified as white, capitalist or of European roots — and the non-West, the left portrays the West as the villain.
I am referring to the left, not to liberals. The latter generally venerates Western civilization. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example, frequently spoke of defending “Christian civilization.” Today, the left would likely revile any Westerner who used such language as xenophobic, racist, and fascist. Continue reading