The Fight to Preserve Western Civilization

By Rick Oltman
Volume 28, Number 4 (Summer 2018)
Issue theme: "Are there no limits? The crisis of overpopulation, mass immigration, and overconsumption"

Film review:

Defeating the Ideological War Against the West
Producer/Director: Gloria Z. Greenfield
Director of Photography: Richard Chisolm
Film Editor: Alain Jakubowicz
Original Music Composed/Arranged
by Jean-Michel Guirao
TRT: 66:13 Minutes | Color | 2018

A must-view documentary, The Fight of Our Lives – Defeating the Ideological War Against the West is a succinct, sixty-six-minute film by producer/director Gloria Z. Greenfield that examines the threats facing Western Civilization. Thirty-one scholars, historians, political commentators, journalists, lawyers, academics, and authors provide an unvarnished description of the current assault on the West in the early twenty-first century.

Niall Ferguson, noted British historian (currently at the Hoover Institution at Stanford via Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard) begins the video by reminding us that civilizations can, “…fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly like a thief in the night….” And, as if to underscore what we observe almost daily in the media, “We may, in fact, find that Europe falls apart quite fast…” because of mass migration and lack of integrating millions from non-European cultures.

The threats to the West are from many sources.

Melanie Phillips, British journalist and author, defines the two threats to the West quite simply as,

…the threat from within and the threat from without. And, the threat from without is made much more threatening from the threat from within. The threat from within comes from people who want to undermine and destroy the basis of Western Civilization…

She describes the strategy to destroy the institutions of the culture: the media, the universities, the law, the church.

Victor Davis Hanson, recounts the “postmodern” theories of human behavior that are contrary to human nature, but are believed by many. And the belief that because of the faults of slavery, racism, sexism, etc., the West, and the United States in particular, “…can’t be good because we’re not perfect…”

Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Marcus discuss concerns for the university, the training ground for our future leaders. Dershowitz opines that future leaders, “…are being miseducated in ways that completely undercut Western values….” as the “…light fog of fascism that seems to be descending on many universities poses a tremendous danger for the future of Western values.”

Microaggressions, safe places, playdough, coloring books, et al., are mocked laughingly while pointing out that what is prevailing today is the effort to teach students what to think, not how to think. That too little is being taught about the admirable aspects of Western tradition.

Lt. Col. Allen B. West described the abuse he suffered and how, as a freshman Congressman, he was brutally targeted by the left in his reelection bid because he was a successful black man, which was counter to their narrative of victimization and the welfare state, and they feared that his message about faith, freedom, individual responsibility, and service, would get out. He also says, “…the values and principles we hold dear in Western…societies cannot exist without the rule of law.”

One threat from without is the global jihad of Islamic extremism, which is responsible for about 80 percent of the terrorist attacks in modern times. They are recognized as a minority of the Muslim world, but nonetheless a threat to the West.

Niall Ferguson, an immigrant to America, makes the point that, “…you cannot have unfettered, unregulated migration. You cannot have a world without borders.” He advocates for the rapid assimilation of immigrants, saying that assimilation and integration should not be optional, and all migrants must accept that the U.S. Constitution is the ultimate law of the land.

He ends by pointing out how Western Civilization has more benefits than costs, especially the benefits of political freedom and economic freedom. “Everybody benefits from those freedoms…. They work everywhere, but will cease to work if we, the heirs of Western tradition, stop believing in them.” ■ has information on where this important film will be shown, and how to purchase a copy.

About the author

Rick Oltman, a frequent contributor to The Social Contract, has worked for immigration reform for almost twenty years. He has lobbied in Washington, D.C., and in dozens of state capitals for secure borders and immigration enforcement. He has been featured on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer, MSNBC Reports, CNN, including Talk Back Live, Lou Dobbs, and Anderson Cooper 360, and the FOX Business Channel and FOX News Channel. In 1994 Rick was Chairman of the YES ON 187-SAVE OUR STATE campaign supporting Proposition 187. In 2004 Rick worked with Arizona activists to qualify Proposition 200, Arizona’s state initiative that required proof of citizenship when voting or applying for public benefits. Prop 200 won with 57 percent of the vote.