Martin Amis

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Martin Amis

Postby Gavin » 27 Aug 2014, 07:15

I just caught the end of a fawning Today Programme interview with leftie post-modernist author Martin Amis. He doesn't even live in the UK but explained that "its post-racialist society is a triumph". This is seems a very bad day to start saying that, but it's not the first time Amis has shown such a lack of tact.

He also expressed concern that America is becoming "more right wing". Um, has he seen demographic rates there? There is probably no possibility now of a Republican president ever being elected again. Of course, he was challenged on neither of these points by the BBC interviewer!

I thought his dad might have been okay, but he was a communist alcoholic serial adulterer, so not much to respect there, either, unfortunately.
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Re: Martin Amis

Postby Charlie » 27 Aug 2014, 08:26

I think Martin Amis is trying to once again earn the respect of the Left, who never quite forgave him - post 9/11 and 7/7 - for saying:

There’s a definite urge – don’t you have it? – to say, ‘The Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order.’ What sort of suff­­er­­­ing? Not letting them travel. Deportation – further down the road. Curtailing of freedoms. Strip-searching people who look like they’re from the Middle East or from Pakistan… Discriminatory stuff, until it hurts the whole community and they start getting tough with their children. They hate us for letting our children have sex and take drugs – well, they’ve got to stop their children killing people.

I forget whether it was Amis or Christopher Hitchens who attempted to brush the above remarks off as a "thought experiment", but Amis, in my view, has been doing his best to get back into the Left's good books ever since.
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Re: Martin Amis

Postby Elliott » 27 Aug 2014, 16:58

Yes, I was about to mention that anti-Islam remark by Amis, too. I remember thinking it was rather stupid. I am strongly against Islam, yet even I don't think there'd be any sense (or moral virtue) in "strip-searching" Muslims. Actually I think the fact that Amis advocated this gives a rather frightening glimpse into the mentality of the champagne Left. It suggests that, when the chips are down, they are childish, impetuous and without principle; actually exactly what is said in the Reactosphere about the R-type mentality.

As for the "post-racialist society", this phrase seems to be fashionable just now, and I can only say that it sounds like the epitome of upper-middle-class naivety. It really is remarkable how the trait one associates most closely with the upper-middle-class in our age is naivety. They seem to have been cosseted from reality for a very long time.
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