Monday, 20 October 2008

Getting to the root of the financial crisis, with Melanie Phillips

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You might have heard about this financial crisis we're currently in the middle of, and you may also have thought you knew some of the reasons for it – reckless bankers, greed, deregulation. It's a shame, then, that you're completely wrong. But that's what you get if you neglect the views of Melanie Phillips, who has just revealed the true reason for the crunch – atheism:
"I see this financial breakdown, moreover, as being not merely a moral crisis but the monetary expression of the broader degradation of our values – the erosion of duty and responsibility to others in favour of instant gratification, unlimited demands repackaged as ‘rights’ and the loss of self-discipline. And the root cause of that erosion is ‘militant atheism’ which, in junking religion, has destroyed our sense of anything beyond our material selves and the here and now and, through such hyper-individualism, paved the way for the onslaught on bedrock moral values expressed through such things as family breakdown and mass fatherlessness, educational collapse, widespread incivility, unprecedented levels of near psychopathic violent crime, epidemic drunkenness and drug abuse, the repudiation of all authority, the moral inversion of victim culture, the destruction of truth and objectivity and a corresponding rise in credulousness in the face of lies and propaganda -- and intimidation and bullying to drive this agenda into public policy."
Oh, and Phillips is also a fan of Sarah Palin, who "stands against the tide of secular nihilism in the culture wars":
"I don’t much care whether Palin believes in a hundred ridiculous things before breakfast -- because what she stands for is a defence of bedrock western moral values against the nihilistic onslaught. Although like many others I do not like the way she has used her family on public platforms, the fact remains that the reason the image of her cradling her Down’s Syndrome baby Trig was so electrifying was that she was making the most explicit statement possible that, in a society which has so lost its respect for human life that it believes it is actually a progressive act to destroy unborn lives 'on demand' (and Obama actually opposed anti-infanticide legislation in the Illinois state senate) she stands for a culture of life against our culture of death, which sees no innate value in human life and will destroy it with increasing abandon if it is not deemed to be ‘useful’ enough."
We all know Phillips writes some ridiculous things, but backing Sarah Palin as the figurehead of Western Civilisation? Surely she doesn't really mean that? Does she?


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Anonymous said...

Well, I'd rather point out an other parallel: the one between finance markets and religion. We had banks lending big money to each other, and i suddenly turned out that there is nothing at the bottom. And we have religions making big talks on big subject, with nothing at its basis :-)