For one thing I’m baffled as to why anyone who might profess themselves to be of a right wing political persuasion would want to belong to the National Party anyway. The Nats do nothing that could be considered remotely right wing.
If you are a right winger, the only reason you’d join the Nats would be to try and bring them back to the basic ideas they were founded on.
I see little evidence of this intent in the political faction calling themselves the “Young Nationals”. More the opposite. They seem driven by the same Cultural Marxist ideas as the Labour Party, just taking a slightly softer approach that is in reality only the same old gradualisation that has typified the National Party’s slide to the left for decades.
A recent opinion piece written by the young Nats Vice President garnered some public notice, and although I commend Katy Hendrikse on not siding with the far left whitebait on the idea of gender quotas, her argument is littered with references that indicate her subjugation to left wing thinking patterns, those patterns that continue taking the Nats and the country far left.
If one was really going to make an argument about gender quotas, and one fully understood why they exist, one cannot make that argument accurately forcefully and truthfully without any mention of Critical Theory.
Critical Theory is the main force driving the left and has been since the 1950s. Pushed by left wing academics in our universities its led to a vast number of graduates obsessed with criticising Western Society rather than seeing it for the what it truly is, (or was anyway) a magnificent development by humankind and one of the most productive free and open societies that has ever existed on the planet.
The left have picked Western society to death now ever since the Frankfurt school of the fifties. They will tell you again and again how much is wrong and simultaneously distract you from recognising what is good. The so called “gender gap” is one of thousands of ideas that have their roots in Critical Theory.
All of these ideas exist to try and create the impression that in order to be a decent and good society, we must change. Nothing is said about our achievements, what is good, there’s rather just a relentless drumbeat of criticism. One of these criticisms, to take the current example, is that women are treated in a grossly unfair manner.
Of course there are a thousand counter arguments that prove this is an untrue claim, but they don’t matter to the left anyway. One of the big advantages of Critical Theory is that is any criticism doesn’t at all need to be grounded in truth. True or not, as long as criticism adds to the general overall impression that Western Society is deeply flawed in many ways, it has fulfilled its purpose.
If one wants to point out the illogic of Critical Theory one can do so easily, and that is what Katy should have focused on. If you’re going to criticise Western Society on some point it is only logical to compare it with others. Let’s take as a random example, Muslim society. If we’re going to put Western Society in the dock over gender inequality, then where is the criticism of Muslim society?
Rather than being free to make this comparison, it is forbidden by our cultural watch tower guards. Worse, we are told that we must embrace Muslim society because it enhances our own society by making it diverse and vibrant. How does that work?
This question remains unanswered by the left. A fact that makes it clear that Critical Theory exists and is being used to weaken, divide, break down and destroy Western Society so that Western leftists can rebuild it according to their Utopian socialist/ communist blueprint.
The Young Nats can answer the left’s constant manipulative criticism of our society as they wish of course, but unless they understand where that criticism is coming from, they’re not going to do any good. The left will not be beaten back unless the strategies they use are recognised and fought with effective counter strategies. For decades now the Nats have failed in this regard. I don’t see much reason to think the Young Nats, when they eventually assume power within the party, are going to change this pattern of failure. They’ll just keep on reacting, when they should be proactive.
Further reading I recommend- An Introduction To Cultural Marxism, by Nick Short.