My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bruce Bawer on the Peace Racket

Bawer is the author of "While Europe Slept" - essential reading on the problems facing Europe from radical islam. In this article, he looks at anti-west, anti-capitalist programs masquerading as 'peace studies."

The people running today’s peace studies programs give a good idea of the movement’s illiberal, anti-American inclinations. The director of Purdue’s program is coeditor of Marxism Today, a collection of essays extolling socialism; Brandeis’s peace studies chairman has justified suicide bombings; the program director at the University of Missouri authorized a mass e-mail urging students and faculty to boycott classes to protest the Iraq invasion; and the University of Maine’s program director believes that “humans have been out of balance for centuries” and that “a unique opportunity of this new century is to engage in the creation of balance and harmony between yin and yang, masculine and feminine energies.” (Such New Age babble often mixes with the Marxism in peace studies jargon.)

What these people teach remains faithful to Galtung’s anti-Western inspiration. First and foremost, they emphasize that the world’s great evil is capitalism—because it leads to imperialism, which in turn leads to war. The account of capitalism in David Barash and Charles Webel’s widely used 2002 textbook Peace and Conflict Studies leans heavily on Lenin, who “maintained that only revolution—not reform—could undo capitalism’s tendency toward imperialism and thence to war,” and on Galtung, who helpfully revised Lenin’s theories to account for America’s “indirect” imperialism. Students acquire a zero-sum picture of the world economy: if some countries and people are poor, it’s because others are rich. They’re taught that American wealth derives entirely from exploitation and that Americans, accordingly, are responsible for world poverty.

If the image of tenured professors pushing such anticapitalist nonsense on privileged suburban kids sounds like a classic case of liberals’ throwing stones at their own houses, get a load of this: America’s leading Peace Racket institution is probably the University of Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies—endowed by and named for the widow of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s, the ultimate symbol of evil corporate America. It was the Kroc Institute, by the way, that in 2004 invited Islamist scholar Tariq Ramadan to join its faculty, only to see him denied a U.S. visa on the grounds that he had defended terrorism.

Peace studies students also discover how to think in terms of “deep culture.” How to prevent war between, say, the U.S. and Saddam’s Iraq? Answer: examine each country’s deep culture—its key psychosocial traits, good and bad—to understand its motives. Americans, according to this bestiary, are warlike and money-obsessed; Iraqis are intensely religious and proud. Not surprisingly, the Peace Racket’s summations of deep cultures skew against the West. The deep-culture approach also avoids calling tyrants or terrorists “evil”—for behind every atrocity, in this view, lies a legitimate grievance, which the peacemaker should locate so that all parties can meet at the negotiating table as moral equals. SUNY Binghamton, for instance, offers a peace studies course that seeks to “arrive at an understanding of contemporary violence in its ideological, cultural, and structural dimensions in a bid to move away from ‘evil,’ ‘inhuman,’ and ‘uncivilized’ as analytical categories.”


Anonymous Shawmut said...

This work is well worth the price to get, read (maybe even re-read) and keep.
Not only does he cite the current dissolution of Europe, the de-facto Islamization and the significantly emerging anti-semitism, but he cites the abandonment by these social democracies of their natural constituencies. The role of the EU and the open borders is taken up as well.
I got the book when it came out, recommended it, unfortunately I recommended my own copy, and I've given five as gifts.
Of course, living in Boston, and known to be more than tokenly conservative, my enthusiasm was naturally suspect. So screw the future dhimmis.

10:26 PM  
Blogger kursk said...

You know, i've tried to jump on that moral/cultural relativism train, but i just can't bring myself to behead my first atheist..

am i a bad person?

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Shawmut said...

Hey, Kursk,
Look at this way. They get off easy. They don't have to answer to anyone. We do.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Snap! I regret not reading your blog in a while. I have bookmarked it so I will do so regularly from now on.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently picked up Bawer's book, While Europe Slept, and decided to take it back for a refund. While I agree with his argument about the danger in the spread of radical Islam I got so sick and tired of his Christian conservative bashing. The only reason I'm posting here is because Mr. Bawer gives no way (that I can find) to contact him. If this offends anyone, well, I'm sorry. The gay community needs to realize that America doesn't care what you do, we just don't want to see it or hear about it. This great nation was built on Judeo-Christian conservative values. Mainstream, everyday Americans don't want gay marriage. I believe most Americans don't mind gay unions, just don't think we are going to accept the term MARRIAGE. Even liberal states like California don't want it. If you can't accept that you can continue to get the Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reed's of the world to put your ideas on the ballot. However, America will continue to vote NO!. Don't think you're just going to change things because it's politically correct to do so. Political correctness is the equivalent of trying to pick up a piece of crap from the clean end, it's doesn't work. The gay community (or any other alternative community)is not going to hijack the Constitution by saying it's a living document; it's not! Gays need to be thankful they live in a country that tolerates homosexual relationships as much as the United States does. As Mr. Bawer states in his book, homosexuals would be murdered in the Islamic countries that so many on the liberal left choose to protect with civil trials instead of military tribunals for their terrorist nationals. The gay community should hope and pray, as every westerner should, that the U.S. military and intelligence agencies (with any help from nations that do not want to be consumed by radical Islam) continue to keep terrorism and radical Islam on the ropes. The gay community needs to understand that I, like most Christians, do not believe homosexuality is a sin anymore serious than the sins I commit everyday of my life. I believe a gay man or woman that is also a follower of Christ will enter the gates of Heaven like I will. I pray my brothers and sisters in Christ will be with me in heaven whether they are gay or not. I simply don't agree with gay relationships. I believe they are not what God intended when he made man and woman.


8:07 PM  

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