The Thoughtless Campaign against Western History

People climb on the Winston Churchill statue in Westminster during a Black Lives Matter protest in London, England, June 3, 2020. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
The attacks on Western civilization are about power, not progress.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n his recent cover story for National Review, Andrew Roberts, the most recent of many biographers of Winston Churchill, warned that, though their methods are “obviously not so appallingly extreme,” a new wave of zealots — as found among Instagram influencers and the dominant media class — are “now succeeding where Adolf Hitler and the Nazis failed” in undoing Western civilization. That’s a strong statement. And yet, these days, the examples bombard us.

Across Europe, as in America, many have taken to attacking statues of controversial historical figures. In Bristol, England, a 125-year-old statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader,

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