In writing about the need to dismantle multiculturalism, the advice of Sophocles from the fifth century B.C. comes to mind.

The Athenian playwright and author of the tragedy Oedipus the King counselled, "One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been."

It is with the evening of multiculturalism at hand that we can discern how utterly flawed is the liberal notion proclaiming equality of all cultures at the expense of individual freedom, which has guided governments in western liberal democracies for some time.

Those who engineered the idea of multiculturalism into liberal policy belonged to a generation in the West who took freedom for granted.

This generation inherited freedom -- with the ground laid for the greatest expansion of wealth in all of human history -- without breaking a sweat.

Consequently, they never understood fully what freedom means for those who yearn for it in its absence, and those called upon to sacrifice all that is most precious in its defence.

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