VALUES WORTH DEFENDING

Read what Konstantin Kisin an immigrant from Russia to England says about what he sees as the biggest threat to the country he has grown to love over the past 25 years. It is extracted from his new book “An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the West, by Konstantin Kisin”. 

I can still remember the day I arrived in the UK with a wonderful sense of promise and expectation. Twenty-five years on, that feeling of freedom has never gone away. Nor has my adopted country ever disappointed me. Despite all the ups and downs, it has always been wonderful to me. That’s why I’ve written this love letter to Western civilisation. In short, Britain – and the West in general – saved me from a terrible fate. Now, as people seek to destroy it, I want to save it in return.” [p. 26]
Konstantin Kisin was born in Russia and immigrated to England on his own as a child of eleven; sent there by his parents who knew his life would be much better there than in newly post-Soviet Russia. He has since become a prominent British comedian, social commentator, and podcaster, who has stood up to censorious mobs in his own field of comedy and lived, indeed, thrived to tell the tale. He describes himself as a political centrist and does not fit easily into either of the major British political parties. Kristin claims:

  • The biggest threat to the West is internal, especially accusations that Western institutions and heritage are intrinsically and irredeemably racist, sexist, and oppressive
  • ‘Woke’ ideology sees free speech as a threat to diversity, because ‘woke’ diversity is really uniformity of thinking about gender, sexuality, and race relations
  • To control the meaning of words is to control public debate
  • The ideological activism of the media has encouraged widespread distrust not only in the media but in other authorities, like science.
  • The prosperity and political freedom of the West has allowed people to live healthier, longer, and freer than ever in human history – the Christian and Enlightenment values upon which this is built are worth defending.

Several chapters should be required reading for all switched-on citizens, particularly the section on why people have lost trust in our institutions, which is a tour de force and worth the price of the book [96-104]. Kisin’s book is an especially ideal read for young people because it is written in a very engaging and non-technical style. For an engaging and honest introduction to what is good and bad in the modern West, and why it is worth defending against its critics, An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the West will be hard to surpass.

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