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It's The Snobs Versus The Slobs

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Aug 27, 2016 at 21:29

I read Hugh's article and I found that despite his initially gloomy assessment about "civilizational surrender", he did conclude that the German public would be broadly opposed to the proposed Arabic language project, which indeed they are. Maybe the real difference between Dr. Pipes's optimism about the ultimate defeat of Islamism and Hugh Fitzgerald's pessimism is not so much about Islamic influence, but about the ultimate power of the Western elites.

While it may be true that Islam and Islamism are becoming increasing unpopular among the proletariat, the trend seems to be running in the opposite direction among the elites, in academia, the media and in traditional Christian religious institutions. Just based on numbers, the masses should win the argument by their votes, don't underestimate the power of the wily and sanctimonious elites to impose their will anyway.

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