Douglas Murray’s Pessimism

There’s a small group of polarizing figures who, in the process of being simultaneously embraced and vilified by competing political ideologues, take on two distinctly perceived personae. Author and speaker Sam Harris and University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson fall into this category, as does conservative Ben Shapiro. From the U.K., Douglas Murray, founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion and associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, qualifies as a British member of this dual-sided cadre of those few who speak their minds without fear of consequences.

Murray, whose most recent book is The Strange Death Of Europe, delivers blunt opinions with a piercing intellect and aggressive debating style reminiscent of the late Christopher Hitchens. His views, which fall well outside the mainstream media’s comfort zone, often shock those used to relying on predictable MSM pablum to stay informed. The death he writes about is engineered by ignorant politicians suffering from an acute case of short-termitis, coupled with a weak culture lacking belief in itself. These politicians are setting up a cultural suicide—the method of death is mass immigration from Muslim nations.

A white male offering such unvarnished opinions becomes a lightening rod, even though plenty of people must have caught at least a whiff of death in Europe after the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan theatre attacks in Paris, the Manchester Arena terrorist attack following the Ariana Grande concert, and the Bastille Day atrocity in Nice when a truck ploughed into a large group of people watching fireworks, all of which happened after November of 2015.