selective indignation

Incapable of renewing itself, powerless and disillusioned by the failure of its objectives, modern thought has slowly transformed itself into a form of ‘thought police’ whose purpose is to excommunicate all those who diverge in any way from the currently dominant ideological dogmas. Former revolutionaries have rallied around the status quo while carrying over a taste for purges and anathemas from their former lives. This new form of treachery relies upon the tyranny of public opinion, as fashioned by the media, and takes the form of cleansing hysteria, enervating mawkishness or selective indignation. Rather than trying to understand the approaching new century, they keep rehearsing outdated issues and recycling old arguments, which are nothing more than a means to exclude or discredit opponents. The reduction of politics to the sound management of increasingly problematic growth excludes the possibility of radically changing society or even the possibility of an open discussion of the ultimate goals of collective action.

Democratic debate thus finds itself reduced to nothing. One no longer discusses, one denounces. One no longer reasons, one accuses. One no longer proves, one imposes. All thoughts, all writings suspected of 'deviation’ or even of 'drifting’ are represented as consciously or unconsciously sympathetic to ideologies that are held to be highly suspect. Incapable of developing their own ideas or even refuting the ideas of others, these censors fight not only against stated opinions, but also against supposed intentions.

—  Alain de Benoist, Appendix II: Manifesto for a European Renaissance

In Iraq, they destroy, before the cameras, the remains of the ancient city of Nimrod. They are the extremists of the so-called “Islamic state”. A shame and horror against the respect for our human heritage, against memory, culture, art and common sense.

Silently, without a camera, the Saudi government is destroying the remnants of the past, places of memory of Arab civilisation, religions, even the history of Islam in the name of the “purification” of the rituals which should prevent idolatry, deviation from worshiping the only One. Vestiges and buildings are razed … in silence. And the world is silent. What is the difference?

A clue. Around the Center and the Kaaba in Mecca, designer Shops abound, Malls, McDonald’s and company … to the glory of the consumer culture. The “polytheistic idolatry of the market” does not seem to bother those leaders who want to “purify” the Muslim monotheism.

These economic considerations explain the selective indignation (Western or otherwise) of those who love art a bit … and money a lot.