For John, BLUF: Dhimmitude is the idea of the others being in a subordinate position. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The American Thinker and Mr Jeffrey Folks we have a discussion on the Liberal Society. Here the thesis is summed up:
"The jig is up." Liberalism no longer possesses the moral authority to control our national politics.But, that isn't the most interesting part of the argument. Here is an excerpt from Mr Stephen Green, at the InstaPundit:
A powerful mental construct – the liberal myth of a progressive utopia brought about by surrender of the individual to state control – is at risk of being swept away by a great movement to free consciousness from the controlling ideas of the liberal past. As Shelby Steele wrote in a remarkable March 6 op-ed (“The Exhaustion of American Liberalism”), we stand “at the end of something,” that something being the radical mindset that has dominated so much of American intellectual life since the 1960s.Mr Green compares this to the Soviet Union. I believe the real comparison is to Islam in nations where Islam is the majority religion. Dissent is not acceptable. If you are not part of the Umma you pay the tax and keep your mouth shut.
“The jig is up.” Liberalism no longer possesses the moral authority to control our national politics.
Liberals are terrified of Trump because they know that their great myth, once the light of consciousness has been shined on it, will dissolve as quickly as a grain of salt in water. As Steele puts it, the “president rolls his eyes when he is called a racist, and we all – liberal and conservative alike – know that he isn’t one.” Elizabeth Warren’s Jeff Sessions rant was just that: a hysterical rant, and everyone knows it. “White guilt,” and all that goes with it, is now just tiresome noise. There is no reality to liberals’ mental myth of the enlightened state. Once it comes under awareness, it dissolves.
If you wonder why the progressives are not bothered by the oppression of what we think of as civil rights in Muslim majority nations, it may be that they subconsciously see the logic of the political organization. Dissenters should be smart enough to keep their mouths shut and stay out of sight. And pay their taxes.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff