Shared Knowledge Common Knowledge and the Ceaușescu Effect

How many Muslim immigrants to Europe have assimilated? How many have turned white? How many have become liberals? How many of them have expanded their concerns beyond their own tribe or co-religionists? How many of them have become Christians? How many of them have changed their allegiance from the country they they couldn’t wait to leave and transferred it to the country they now reside in?

Not very many.

Did the politicians think this through at all? Did they expect that Muslim immigrants would just absorb our values and culture? We haven’t done much to make that happen. We have been far too soft with the immigrants, allowing them to congregate together in ghettoes and nominate their own community leaders. We have allowed them to bring in new partners from their old villages, often their close relatives, usually with no English skills. Why? Surely it is obvious what is happening there. There is no assimilation. If they want to marry their cousin from their old village I say fine, go ahead. Goodbye. I’m sure you know somebody who drives a taxi. I am all in favour of reuniting families split up by migration. Go back where you come from. By all means take what you learned about how to run a civilized modern country with you. But there’s no place for you or your backward culture and primitive ways here.

Why should we want people living here who feel they really belong and owe loyalty to another place?

It is utter madness to be continuing with a policy that we can see is failing. These days when trendy lefty comedians, and there’s hardly any other kind, want to imitate children they use an accent which is not regional, it’s ethnic. Innit. Children don’t speak like we do, they’re foreigners and we all know it but we don’t all know that we all know it. There is a difference between common knowledge and shared knowledge. At the moment the understanding that multiculturalism has failed and couldn’t possibly work is widely understood. It is shared knowledge. Angela Merkel knows it. David Cameron knows it. I’ll hazard a guess here and suggest that you know it. The radical Muslim preachers know it. The EDL know it. I know it. Most social workers and police know it. But they don’t all know that everybody else knows that everybody else knows that everybody else believes this. This is the tipping point that we need to reach. We need shared knowledge to become common knowledge. We need the equivalent of the little boy watching the parade to cry out that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. There is already a very widespread knowledge that multiculturalism is a complete failure and doomed to fail, a huge majority of the population knows it although far too many will not admit that they know it. But it hasn’t yet reached that tipping point where everybody knows that everybody else also knows that this is true.

Are you old enough to remember the fall of Ceaușescu in Romania? There was a vicious dictatorship in control of a country. For years everybody knew that Ceaușescu was a tyrant who was milking the people dry and living in luxury himself. Everybody knew that Ceaușescu was a man who should be toppled. But they didn’t know that the other people around them also knew and believed this. They suspected it, but they didn’t know for sure, and to act in a revolutionary or rebellious way it has to be known for sure. The revolution which toppled Ceaușescu wasn’t quite as spontaneous as the laughter which broke out when the crowd realised that everybody else also knew the emperor was naked but it was pretty fast. It was just over a week between him being at the height of his power and being executed after a show trial. Eight days from absolute dictatorship to being shot by his own people, on Christmas Day. That is the power of the tipping point when shared knowledge becomes common knowledge. They had known, each of them, for years that Ceaușescu was a tyrant, in those few days they realised that everybody around them also shared that belief and thus shared knowledge became common knowledge. Once the people know what their will is everything can change. We need not be too pessimistic about our nations future because it only requires a small change in our beliefs to allow everybody to know that everybody else also knows what we know and they have simply been too polite or too cowed by the threat of social censure to be honest about it. We may yet find that our world is turned upside down and the politically correct establishment is undermined by a genuine people’s revolution caused when shared knowledge becomes common knowledge. Because our governments are not tyrannies, and certainly don’t want to be seen to be tyrannies, there is an excellent chance that those who have been allowing the multi-culti phenomenon to grow will simply step down in the face of the common knowledge of the will of the people, or like Theresa May has done with British rejection of the European Union, implement the will of the people despite their previously held positions.

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