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The Ideology of Failure

Author(s): Stephen Pax Leonard

How Europe Bought Into Ideas That Will Weaken and Divide It

We are living in unnerving times. Our societies are characterised by a social polarisation not known since the 1930s. At the same time, there is now one principal source of knowledge: Google, an omnipresent, omniscient (some might say) company embedded in the social justice warrior ideology. Just a handful of Californian companies control our digital lives. These companies and most public institutions employ the same commoditised speech code (diversity, inclusion etc.) that operates in a context of groupthink enforcing further the sense of polarisation.

Language is being increasingly policed and causing offence could now be a hate-crime in parts of western Europe. Amidst such infringements on the freedom of speech, a culture of silence is emerging. This can be seen in our universities. They should be theatres of open debate, but instead many shun viewpoint diversity. But, the toxic, zero-sum identity politics that currently plagues academia is spreading now to society at large.

This book explores the nuts and bolts of this identity politics that is weakening and dividing our Continent. The Ideology of Failure asks the most searching questions of the political correctness orthodoxy and gives the reader the tools to talk openly about the topics which we are made to feel awkward about discussing.

Travels in Cultural Nihilism (2nd ed.)

  • Hopefully, The Ideology of Failure, with its key ideas of national sovereignty and identity, and its critique of the woke Liberal-left, will be widely read and circulated throughout the “Anglosphere”.
    Leslie Jones, The Quarterly ReviewThe Quarterly Review
  • Leonard is a first rate academic, and much of the book concerns the fate of Sweden and its influx of migrants that led to the mass rape of Swedish women and children that the Swedish media neglected to report due to the government’s inane white guilt. He also covers the open door migration policy that has devastated France and Germany.
    Andrew Moody, Country Squire MagazineCountry Squire Magazine
  • What we have here is a highly original approach to the modern European condition, and Leonard’s diagnosis of the problems of the West, the ideology of failure itself, so to speak, cuts close to the bone in the best possible way, and given his wealth of personal experience, is unlikely to be easily refutable by those who dispute his analysis of the consequences of cultural Leftism. As a work in the tradition of moderate conservatism, steeped in common sense and a wide yet not unfocussed array of scholarship, this book will be invaluable to those seeking to better understand our present situation, caught between a political elite unsympathetic to the people of a rapidly changing Europe on one hand, and a deeply-embedded social culture of liberal orthodoxy which refuses to engage in any meaningful debate on the other.
    A. J. Illingworth, The BurkeanThe Burkean
  • Leonard describes the relationship between cultural nihilism, group think, political correctness and the Eurocrats, which together constitutes the "ideology of failure". He also describes an alternative [...] that goes deeper than just being a reaction to political correctness. (Translated from Swedish)
    Joakim Andersen, Fria TiderFria Tider
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I. The Groupthink Trap

II. The Political Correctness Folly

III. Freedom of speech

IV. Losing Those Essential Connections

V. What is going on in Sweden?

VI. Swedish Air Waves

VII. Societies at Risk

VIII. Don’t Just Point the Finger at Russia

IX. The Globalists in Brussels

X. In Denial

XI. Over the Brow of the Hill




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Arktos Media Ltd


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