The most free countries were built by the descendants of England
In the previous post I listed a number of items that would make every day New Zealanders feel anxious about immigration. I did this to counter the frequent and ready allegations of racism that are thrown by govt propaganda agents at anyone who disagrees with their concepts on immigration. Underpinned as they are by the empty vacuous Orwellian slogan “diversity is strength”.
As I said, I did this to counter smears of racism. However there is a deeper issue here, and its at the root of my own feelings on immigration, and culture change. I know it is shared by many others. So what is that deeper issue?
There are many excellent writers and pundits who offer opinions on this. Roger Scruton Peter Hitchens Olivia Pearson (NZ). For a topical example here is a review of Daniel Hannan’s book “Inventing Freedom” that nutshells it excellently.
British politician Daniel Hannan’s Inventing Freedom is an ambitious account of the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great, and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled.
According to Hannan, the ideas and institutions we consider essential to maintaining and preserving our freedoms—individual rights, private property, the rule of law. and the institutions of representative government—are the legacy of a very specific tradition that was born in England and that we Americans, along with other former British colonies, inherited.
By the tenth century, England was a nation-state whose people were already starting to define themselves with reference to inherited common-law rights. The story of liberty is the story of how that model triumphed. How it was enshrined in a series of landmark victories—the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the U S. Constitution—and how it came to defeat every international rival.
Today we see those ideas abandoned and scorned in the places where they once went unchallenged. Inventing Freedom is a chronicle of the success of Anglosphere exceptionalism. And it is offered at a time that may turn out to be the end of the age of political freedom.
The italicized text is important. The bottom line is that every time New Zealand welcomes an immigrant who does not understand the benefit of individual freedom based English law and social customs, and derides such things or considers them inferior to their own cultural dictates, our liberty is reduced.
England and its descendants built the most free countries the world has ever seen. Immigrants who accept and respect this truth, and value it as it should be valued, are harmless. Liberty is our real strength.