August 22, 2007

Clue Train waiting on platform 10...

I found this piece intriguing, but I've been madly busy, and shan't blog much...

[Article summary] The writer Andrew Anthony was a committed member of the liberal left - until the attacks of 11 September, 2001. A veteran of CND and Nicaraguan solidarity campaigns, he was astonished at the liberal left's anti-American reaction. And so he began to question other basic assumptions about race, crime and terror - a political journey he charts here, in these exclusive extracts from his compelling new book...

OK, well, I found something missing in the article, and it's nettled me. But the piece is just an extract from the book. So maybe the missing something is really there, but wasn't included...

...Evidence both statistical and anecdotal suggests that in a 'community of communities' there is not enough social glue to create a sense of shared responsibility. Studies show that bystanders are less likely to come to the aid of someone of a different ethnicity from their own. The girl I saw stabbed was of Asian appearance. Her attackers were Afro-Caribbean. And nearly all the onlookers were, for want of a better phrase, white. Difference is all very well but it is with sameness, a common humanity, that we most pressingly need to reconnect. A 16-year-old girl is a 16-year-old girl in any culture and she deserves the protection of adults from all cultures. What was meant to be an embracing live-and-let-live acceptance of difference has hardened, over years of soft thinking, into a live-and-let-die indifference...

"over years of soft thinking..." The thing is, there's not much evidence of hard thinking by the author. Lots of questioning of leftist assumptions, and that's good, but what's he replacing them with? It's not there.

Maybe he needs more time. Maybe he's saving something for the next book. I think he ought to be reading Random Jottings. That would give him a whack with the clue-bat, but I suppose it would be more than he could deal with...

Posted by John Weidner at August 22, 2007 6:27 PM
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