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Friday, 28 October 2016

Conservative of the Day: Douglas Murray


“The problem for US officials is the same problem that filters through all the other sections of our societies. It goes something like this. Since we know – thanks to Salman Rushdie, who was forced into hiding for his life because of his novel about Islam, The Satanic Verses, Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film-maker who was murdered after making a critical film about Islam, and others – that there is a potentially high price to pay for criticising Islam, what reaction are we able to make in response to the religion? If we cannot criticise it at all, ever, for fear of being ‘phobic’ at best and beheaded at worst, we have to find some other attitude towards it.” 
― Douglas MurrayIslamophilia


I am going to take the time, on occasion, to highlight a conservative thinker or figure for public benefit. Today I chose Douglas Murray: a real hero, and a voice for conservatism in the Neo-Conservative strain. Murray has picked up the torch from people like Irving Kristol and Christopher Hitchens (I know Hitchens wasn't a conservative by a mile). He may in fact be the, new Enfant Terrible of the right, perhaps rivaled by Milo Yiannapolous, but Murray is infinitely more intellectual, successful and erudite.

British Conservative Douglas Murray (16 July 1979), graduated from Oxford (Magdalen College), and during his second year published his first successful book an autobiography of Lord Aflred Douglas before going on to publish books on Neo-Conservatism and Islam. He has won a number of literary prizes for his works.

Murray made his name as a commentator on the BBC and as the director of the Society for Social Cohesion and most his work has focused on opposition to mass immigration and polemic against Islam. Murray adheres to the notion that their is no moderate Islam, and Islam as currently accepted is an existential threat to the Western World.

Murray passionately supports Christianity despite the fact that he is no longer a member of the COE and is openly homosexual. Murray considers himself a 'Cultural Christian' not a comfortable idea for most conservatives, but nevertheless a position which many can see themselves reflected.

My sole criticism that I can immediately think of regarding Murray is his loyalty to the notion of enlightenment and reason. Murray is a little too credulous in his assumption of human freedom and human reason. 

Douglas Murray currently is associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, writes for the Spectator, and his books can be found online as well.