The following video is of former British MP and now journalist Louise Mensch’s disastrous interview with Andrew Neil on Sunday Politics. Ostensibly it concerns Mensch’s allegations concerning Trump and Russia but the reality is much deeper and disturbing than that.
Mensch: “If I report something and I say that this happened then I am making an assertion. If I describe a belief then I am describing a belief.
Neil: “If you want to be a journalist beliefs have to be backed up with some evidence.”
Long and uncomfortable pause.
Mensch: “Really? What … do you have a faith?”
Mensch goes on to describe herself as a literal superpower, (as in nation I presume), which Neil is rather flabbergasted about. It would be easy to dismiss Mensch as just another crazy but that is an easy way out of really examining just what is at play here. Because she is not crazy at all. Crazy people look and act a lot different than this as any of you who have watched the Pink Panther movies can attest.
No, Mensch is not crazy. What she is is a victim, and in a world overflowing with victim-hood that is a big call for me to make. I have no desire to add to the bottomless pit of victims out there but when I see a real victim then I have to say something.
This woman is a prime example of our culture’s terrible folly of abandoning the Church and God. People in general need to believe and if you don’t give them some form of guidance then second rate minds will believe in just about anything. Mensch’s belief is that Trump colluded with Russia. It is a real belief – it is in fact her faith as she asserts so painfully. Her role as a journalist has thus been subverted to one of doing anything possible to try and prove her belief in this matter.
This is because it is her faith. Her ego is invested in this outcome. She lives and breathes this every day and she spells out her belief on social media. In her own mind she is able to disassociate between her belief and facts but her actions betray otherwise. It only takes a few prescient questions from someone like Andrew Neil to reveal the absurdity of her position, an absurdity that she clings to despite all evidence to the contrary.
A key point to consider is that Mensch has only had this belief for a few months at best. What consumed her before this? Steerpike at The Spectator has been tracking her progress for some time.
In fairness, regular Steerpike readers will have already come to this conclusion. From suggesting that Theodor Herzl — the father of modern Zionism and author of The Jewish State — was an anti-Semite to tweeting that Charlie Hebdo was a person, it’s best to treat anything Mensch emits on social media with severe caution.
In a few months Mensch will believe in something else and on it will go. Crazy? No. Tormented? Most certainly. She believes in anything because she needs to believe in something. This type of person would have been relatively happy in the bosom of the Church. With a clear faith to guide her she would not have the gaping chasm that so obviously exists within her being.
There are millions like her adrift in the world. We mock her but by doing so we mock ourselves. Our mockery reveals the degeneration of our own culture that would abandon people like this and then humiliate them in the process. By mocking her we feel superior but just how superior are we? In truth she makes us feel uncomfortable because she displays our own weaknesses so prominently. We can substitute all manner of beliefs for those of Mensch. Climate change, diversity, equality, gender awareness, racism, the patriarchy, misogyny, feminism, open borders, the list goes on and on.
The list is so endless because of the fact that our culture has lost its faith. You are your culture. You are not above this. If you think you’re above this then what culture do you belong to exactly? You can’t have it both ways. We are all responsible for the Louise Mensch’s of the world. So stop laughing because it’s getting to the point where it’s not funny anymore.