Sweden is often highlighted as ground zero for the suicidal multiculturalism of Europe, but in terms of oppressive politics, the United Kingdom goes further. It jails political dissidents, prosecutes comedians, and bans journalists from entering the country. However, unlike Swedes, who seem to be bending over backward to comply with political correctness and self-denigration, Brits still have some national pride left in them.
According to a recent Pew Research Center study, only 26% of Swedes regard their culture as superior to that of others, whereas 46% of Brits say the same. Only 21% of Swedes think nativity and ancestry are important to national identity, as opposed to 58% of Brits. The survey shows that the U.K. has among the most culturally resilient peoples in Western Europe.
However, despite the far-left government crackdowns on free speech and native British culture, the Brits are running up against a conundrum, a conflict of interest of their own making. In British public schools, children are indoctrinated with the postmodern ideology that sex is a social construct and that any gender or sexual orientation is equally natural and can be chosen at will like flavors of tea.
In Birmingham, 600 Muslim children were kept home from school by their parents in protest of LGBT lessons, which they claimed promoted homosexual and transgender lifestyles. Had this been done by native British Christian parents, they would have been branded by the media as hateful bigots, and the government would have put them under surveillance. But because the protests were initiated by a privileged intersectional minority, the progressives caved. The Birmingham school stopped the indoctrination program.
This case was special because it was spearheaded by a protected class. Had a non-Muslim family kept their child home from school on a mosque visit day, the child would have a permanent record, and the parents would have been reported to Child Protective Services. Nevertheless, the successful action of the Muslim parents in Birmingham shows that it is possible to push back against progressive oppression.
Author Nassim Taleb’s book Skin in the Game addresses this phenomenon. Its chapter titled “The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dominance of the Stubborn Minority” shows that a tiny fraction can dictate the premises for all – if the majority experiences only a minor nuisance.
One example is the prevalence of halal food. Next time you shop for groceries, check the labels. Don’t be surprised if it complies with Sharia law. The reason is that non-Muslims are more likely to not care about it being halal than the other way around. It is, therefore, cheaper and easier for the producers to exploit the majority’s tolerance to impose the standards of the choosy minority on all.
In the U.K. it took only 400 dedicated parents to overcome progressive indoctrination. That demonstrates the power of intolerance. If native British were to try something similar, they would have to have much greater numbers because they are at the rock bottom of the intersectional victim hierarchy. Nevertheless, among the West European nations, the Brits have the greatest cultural self-esteem and should be able to mount a sufficiently strong resistance to their oppressive government.