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"I'll admit that
writing doesn't always come, but I'm totally against walking around looking
at the sky when you're experiencing a block, waiting for inspiration to
strike you. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov didn't like each other and
agreed on very few things, but they were of one opinion on this: you had to
write constantly. If you can't write a major work, write minor trifles. If
you can't write at all, orchestrate something."
Minor trifles delight as well
feasts broad spread.
The grandest is not all there is;
one's daily bread.
Give us daily bread this day
For this is how a life lives on
and how that
the evil past
"The urge to save humanity is
almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it." H.L. Mencken
(1880-1956), Minority Report, Johns Hopkins University, 2006.
Uproot the evil past; rewrite its
Old truths must die, though their substitute quick fails.
Tear out the old foundations; the house must surely fall.
Topple now the edifice, and conjure up the squall.
Uproot what's civil, that anarchy might reign,
As interim, plodding step steps towards a modern pain.
Tear up ancient values; man becomes his god
Though quickly turns each man to godless, lifeless sod.
Uproot with roiling rage; all must be now new,
Even when the newest is patently untrue.
What was, what is, and what will be
Revives again, as new uprooting fails anew.
Left to their own devices
"Venezuela took its strongest step
yet toward one-man rule under the leftist President Nicolás
Maduro as his loyalists on the Supreme Court seized power from the
National Assembly in a ruling late Wednesday night. The ruling
effectively dissolved the elected legislature, which is led by Mr.
Maduro’s opponents, and allows the court to write laws itself, experts
said. The move caps a year in which the last vestiges of Venezuela’s
democracy have been torn down, critics and regional leaders say, leaving
what many now describe as not just an authoritarian regime, but an
outright dictatorship." In "Venezuela Muzzles Legislature, Moving
Closer to One-Man Rule," by Nicholas Casey and Patricia Torres, New York
Times, 30 March 2017.
Left to their own devices,
One-man rule entices, demanding myriad lies.
Left to bold, based tactics, democracies deflate
As swirls Leftist didactics to dictatorships elate.
Left to the crudest antics, rule is Left to rule;
Complete the Left's semantics; read each wordy tool.
Right one is to now take note the Left leads in this way.
What's then the antidote? Swing right when leftists play?
Right and Left confusion spill words which fumble, fail,
Such speech is just illusion and power their wholly grail.
Left to their own devices is Right in teetering words,
For politics chops and dices what plain sense undergirds.
Left and Right mean little, ever less and less.
Left, like Right, is a brittle shard of emptiness.
Left to their own devices, dictatorships arise.
One-man rule entices, demanding myriad lies.
Each revolution eats its own, and is no a great grand mystery
As time and times again have shown to those willful who'd refuse to see.
Each trend follows that trend line which curves to spiral down,
Collapsing in deliriums' tremors as whole nations gasp and drown.
Addendum of the Socialist Government: "Many
people carried signs reading 'No to dictatorship!' and 'Capriles for
President'. In the Caracas protest there was a moment of silence in
memory of a young man shot dead on Thursday by police during
demonstrations. ...Mr Maduro's socialist government have said that a
US-backed business elite is responsible for Venezuela's economic
downturn and that it is trying to organise a coup to impose right-wing
rule." In "Venezuela opposition march over Henrique Capriles ban," BBC,
8 April 2017.
[ 1 ]
of the Socialists' Strategy: "Venezuela's
move to bar two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles from
public office for 15 years looked like an unusually brazen blow at the
opposition but is just the logical extension of a strategy that has
emerged as the last, best hope of President Nicolas Maduro's Socialists
for maintaining power. A nearly identical maneuver was used ten years
ago to halt the rise of former mayor Leopoldo Lopez, who in polls
remains one of the most influential opposition leaders despite being
jailed three years ago for his role in anti-government protests." In "Venezuela
Socialists' election strategy? Block adversaries," by Brian
Ellsworth, Reuters, 9 April 2017.
[ 2 ]
of Tightening the Leftist Grip on Power: "Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the
volatile country braces for what his opponents vow will be the "mother
of all protests" on Wednesday. Maduro, who has faced violent protests
over recent moves to tighten his grip on power, ordered the military
to defend the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by his late
mentor Hugo Chavez in 1999. 'From the first reveille (on Monday
morning), from the first rooster crow, the Bolivarian National Armed
Forces will be in the streets... saying, 'Long live the Bolivarian
revolution,' ' Maduro said Sunday night in a televised address." In "Maduro
orders Venezuela army into streets," Agence France Presse, 17 April
of the Generals: "...at least one person at the
meeting, whose voice was not identified on the recording, raised
objections to the idea of snipers. 'General, with all due respect, if we
keep going with the issue of the snipers, all of us here will end up in
jail,' protested one of the generals in attendance. He warned that
snipers or expert marksmen should not be used because if anyone was able
to photograph a sniper, the 'media war is going to kill us.' But
Torrealba said he did not care about public perception and, while saying
that he had no plans to use the snipers immediately and acknowledging
that it would be unconstitutional, the general ordered those present to
go ahead with preparations to use snipers. He said snipers would keep
demonstrators off the streets." In "In secret recording, Venezuelan
general pushes for snipers to control demonstrators, by Antonio Maria
Delgado and Sonia Osorio, Miami Herald, 18 May 2017.
Addendum of the Dead Caused by Repression:
"Government moves — through the Supreme Justice Tribunal — to 'take the
constitutional faculties from the National Assembly,' while at the “same
time giving the president a series of super powers,” said Urosa Savino,
have 'worsened' the political crisis in the last months. Despite a
partial u-turn by the top court, the latest stream of protests has been
non-stop since April 4th. The ranks span all social classes. The death
toll numbers above 70 with the wounded in the thousands. 'The dead
have been caused by the repression, created by state forces and civilian
groups armed by the government acting to strengthen government
repression, which is something criminal,' said Cardinal Urosa Savino.
Poverty, unrest, impunity, corruption, and widespread shortages in food,
electricity, medicine, and basic goods now define what had once been one
of the richest countries in Latin America. Polls show that 80% of the
population wants Maduro out through new presidential elections." In
"Venezuela Bishops Give Pope 'Cruel' Realities - 'The dead have been
caused by the repression' — Cardinal Urosa Savino," by Charlette Sosa,
Latin American Herald Tribune, 12 June 2017.
of Rebellion: "They’re increasingly demanding a
change in government, infuriated by mismanagement and Maduro’s proposed
constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution -- and perhaps seize
total control. 'Everyone protests, without differences, because the
hunger of the stomach and the hunger for democracy have been united,'
said Carlos Julio Rojas, a La Candelaria activist who has been menaced
by pro-government militants called colectivos. He said that
opposition activists have been joined at protests by government
supporters, public employees, housewives and the unemployed." In
"Venezuela’s Poor Rebel, Roiling Maduro’s Socialist Strongholds," by
Fabiola Zerpa and Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg, 3 July 2017.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Pro-Government Activists Attacking a Government's Elected
Legislators: "Dozens of pro-government activists
stormed into the grounds of Venezuela's National Assembly Wednesday and
attacked lawmakers, leaving several hurt and bleeding. Intruders
brandishing sticks and dressed in red broke through the front gate and
set off fireworks in the interior gardens of the building, AFP
journalists at the scene said. The government supporters reached as far
as the corridors of the congressional building, striking and injuring at
least three lawmakers. The attackers ordered journalists to stop filming
and taking photographs and leave the premises." In "Venezuela govt
backers attack lawmakers in congress," Agence France Presse, 5 July
of Accelerating Economic Collapse: "The decline
has been dizzying -- yet largely ignored by the government, which uses
an official rate fixed weekly that is currently 2,870 to the dollar.
Ordinary Venezuelans, however, refer only to the black market rate they
have access to, which they call the 'dolar negro,' or "black dollar.'
'Every time the black dollar goes up, you're poorer,' resignedly said
Juan Zabala, an executive in a reinsurance business in Caracas." In "Venezuela's
currency crumbles at dizzying speed," by Alexander Martinez, France
24, 4 August 2017.
of So Shall Ism by Unmatched Power and Privileged Force:
"Venezuela's military accumulated unmatched power and privilege in
the past two decades of socialist rule, and Maduro has been increasingly
relying on the armed forces as his own grip on power weakens. Last
week, with the support of top generals, he plowed forward with a plan to
seat an all-powerful assembly mandated with rewriting the constitution.
Political opponents and dozens of foreign governments consider it an
illegitimate power grab that will strip Venezuela of its last vestiges
of democracy." In "Venezuelans watch the military for signs of fraying
loyalty," by Jorge Rueda and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press, 7 August
of Venezuelan Socialism's Corruption: "It has
been estimated that between the mid-2000s and the mid-2010s, over $300
billion dollars were misused by the Bolivarian government. The
opposition-led National Assembly estimated that about $87 billion had
been embezzled between multiple projects, including $27 billion by the
Ministry of Food, $25 billion by the Ministry of Electricity, $22
billion for unfinished transportation works $11 billion by PDVSA and
$1.5 billion by the Ministry of Health." In "Corruption in Venezuela,"
Wikipedia, n. d.
of Maduro, Left to His Own Devices:
"Let them eat rabbits. That was basically the message from
President Nicolas Maduro to Venezuelans starving and struggling through
severe food shortages...." In "Can Rabbit Meat Save Venezuela From Going
Hungry?" by Patrick Gillespie, CNN Money, 14 September 2017.
of the Columbia Marxist Student Association's View of the Press Reports
Above: "Capitalist media bombards us every day
with scare stories about Venezuela, as 'proof' of the 'failure of
socialism'. The press present nothing but distorted reports about
what's really happening." In "What's Going on in Venezuela?" a
Facebook post by the Columbia Marxist Student Association, 18 September
[ 4 ]
[ 1 ] The
terminology long in use positing a verbal handle for
political realities --
Left and Right
-- fails. The New York Times notes specifically that current
head of the Venezuelan nation is moving "toward
one-man rule" and that this is "under the leftist" Maduro.
Moreover, he employs the Left-Right model to justify his
actions in which opposition to the Left is deemed 1) Right
and 2) criminal, as one reads: "...President Nicolás
Maduro called the protesters 'terrorists and vandals.'
'We have them all identified. They're all identified. They
will fall one by one and they will go straight to face
justice,' Maduro said. The president said 30 people had
been detained, but the Venezuelan human rights group Penal
Forum reported Saturday there had been 115 detentions since
Tuesday. Opposition lawmaker José Guerra, who participated
in Saturday's protests, said the march was peacefully
advancing on Francisco de Miranda Avenue, one of Caracas'
main thoroughfares, when 'tear gas bombs started raining on
us'." In "Violent clashes in Venezuela as thousands
protest socialist government," by Rafael Romo, CNN, 9
It becomes reasonable then to notice that the political
jargon is -- crudely put -- bullshit. This is all the
more true when one observes that, under various forms of
editorial-laced news reporting,
Left is Right, as Right is Left
Yet political terms meaning little or intended to confuse
the public abound. As an example, one may consider the
historical lesson in which
We might have called ourselves the Liberal Party
As to the Bolivarian revolution, this socialist revolution
is nothing like the original. The CNN article notes utter
mismanagement, as one reads further: "Shortages of
basic food products and medicines are commonplace. Inflation
is expected to rise 1,660% this year and 2,880% in 2018,
according to the International Monetary Fund. Earlier in
March, data from the country's central bank revealed
Maduro's government is running out of cash. Venezuela has
$10.5 billion in foreign reserves left. Given that the
country owes $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments, it
means Venezuela will run out of cash at some point,
depending on the fluctuation of oil prices. Almost all (96%)
of Venezuela's exports are oil products."
One sees, yet again as in history, that
which hides behind political jargon. One take on this is
found in an editorial which asks: "Why do reporters
ignore the obvious? We'd surmise that it's largely because
liberal journalists are infatuated with the idea of
socialism. Here's how the AP lovingly described Chavez:
'a political outsider promising to upset the old order and
funnel some of the country's enormous oil wealth to the
poor. Poverty rates fell sharply during his administration,
and many people continue to see him as a beloved Robin Hood
figure who gave them houses, free health care, better
education and a place at the table in government'."
In "What Caused Venezuela's Collapse Is No Mystery — Except
To Economically Illiterate Journalists," Editorial,
Investor's Business Daily, 4 May 2017.
That editorial noted: "Today Venezuela is the third
least free economy in the world, ahead of only Cuba and
North Korea. As a direct result of those actions, Venezuela
went from being on the wealthiest countries in South America
— one rich in natural resources — to a country where people
are literally fighting for scraps of food. Last year,
Venezuela's economy shrank 18%. The unemployment rate is 25%
and climbing. Inflation could reach 2,068% next year. Riots
have become routine. As we have noted many times in this
space, it is socialism, not oil prices or the weather or
greedy businessmen or any other such factor that's to blame
for Venezuela's economic crisis. This is what socialism
produces. Always and everywhere. It is as close to an iron
law of economics as there can be. Yet reporters continue to
obfuscate, if not totally ignore, this economic reality when
they try to explain to readers what is going on down there."
Another complaint about mainstream media in the US is found:
"...out of the 50,000 total evening news stories on the
three networks, just 25 covered Venezuela, and only seven
mentioned 'socialism.' In addition, NBC Nightly News only
broadcast 13 stories spanning 16 minutes and 54 seconds,
ABC’s World News only covered 8 minutes and 34 seconds over
seven stories, and CBS Evening News only offered 3 minutes
and 11 seconds over five stories. 'The network evening
news programs seem allergic to reporting on the ongoing
crisis in Venezuela,' Ciandella told LifeZette in an email.
'Even worse, the few times they have managed to cover the
widespread poverty, starvation and government oppression in
that country, they somehow find ways to do that without
mentioning the word ‘socialism'." In "Media Yawn at
Venezuela’s Spiraling, Socialist Nightmare," by Kathryn
Blackhurst, Polizette, 31 May 2017.
Rule Under the Leftist
And yet, as seen above the New York Times specifically that
Venezuela moves "toward one-man rule under the leftist"
while the BBC above labels Maduro's government as
"socialist." That this is not clear enough to some is
politics. That it is clear to the Venezuelan people
protesting against Maduro in mass demonstrations is reality.
Hunger trumps definitions in words, and the ideology which
has led to "one-man rule" under a "leftist" is proven toxic.
What is "going on down there" is what has gone on many times
before from National Socialism to Soviet Socialism to Sino
Socialism and beyond. Socialism has never proved benign,
peaceful, incorruptible and a maker of prosperity. But its
romance and promises lure the next generation of victims
into the same predicament. Left to their own devices....
...one learns the basic lesson: " 'The system is
created so you can’t win,' said Alberto Cudemus, who
heads the national association of pig farmers. 'The
government thinks its survival is in communism, not in us,
not with production. And that’s where they’re wrong'."
In "Venezuela is starving," by Juan Forero, Wall Street
Journal, 5 May 2017.
That one cannot "win" under such a socialist system is
proven untrue. Some do, as one reads: " 'This form
of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,'
says Capriles. 'Most of them are government officials or
people close to them -- and currently they are one of the
main things holding up the government'." In "Rich
Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos," by
Carolos Reyes, Agence France Press, 19 June 2017.
In a similar vein one can ponder
Capital for Communists
a story growing old.
[ 2 ] The
silencing of a political opposition is a hallmark of the
Other hallmarks include mass arrests and mass murder, given
power enough to totalitarians.
One lesson from history tells much: "Mao
launched the so-called Cultural Revolution (known in full as
the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution) in August 1966,
at a meeting of the Plenum of the Central Committee. He shut
down the nation’s schools, calling for a massive youth
mobilization to take current party leaders to task for their
embrace of bourgeois values and lack of revolutionary
spirit. In the months that followed, the movement
escalated quickly as the students formed paramilitary groups
called the Red Guards and attacked and harassed members of
China’s elderly and intellectual population. A personality
cult quickly sprang up around Mao, similar to that which
existed for Josef Stalin, with different factions of the
movement claiming the true interpretation of Maoist thought.
...Some 1.5 million people were killed during the Cultural
Revolution, and millions of others suffered imprisonment,
seizure of property, torture or general humiliation. The
Cultural Revolution’s short-term effects may have been felt
mainly in China’s cities, but its long-term effects would
impact the entire country for decades to come. Mao’s
large-scale attack on the party and system he had created
would eventually produce a result opposite to what he
intended, leading many Chinese to lose faith in their
government altogether." In "Cultural Revolution," History,
A+E Networks, n. d.
That current attempts to either rehabilitate or deny such
historical lessons may be seen shows the human tendency for
some towards supporting the totalitarian in grasping at what
the New York Times article above clearly states would be "one-man
Where political jargon of Left and Right fails is that each
"opposition" accuses the other of seeking such authoritarian
rule. Given this, the jargon must be deemed as hugely
flawed. In the case of Maduro, his accusation is that his
political opposition is attempting a "coup," all the while
Maduro's opposition -- now including the New York Times, BBC
and CNN reports -- suggests his is the attempt at a "coup."
the Democratic Order
One reads as example:
"The US state department spokesman Michael Fitzpatrick told
reporters: 'We have deep concerns about the motivation for
this constituent assembly which overrides the will of the
Venezuelan people and further erodes Venezuelan democracy.
What President Maduro is trying to do yet again is change
the rules of the game.' Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio
Nunes called the move a 'coup'. 'It's another step in
breaking the democratic order, which contradicts the
country's own constitution,' he said. In Venezuela itself,
in the opposition-controlled National Assembly, lawmakers
voted to reject the new body with many saying President
Maduro was attempting to sideline the legislature and avoid
new elections." In "Venezuela crisis: Opposition
condemns Maduro move," BBC, 3 May 2017.
So is the Left attempting a coup? Is the Right attempting a
coup? Again, the jargon fails. Left and Right are pretenses
at explanation, while greater freedom versus greater
governmental control speak more clearly to frame the
reality. The reality is that another dictator seeks to
arise, as have previous dictators arisen.
One reads: "The Venezuelan Supreme Court may have
amended part of its explosive decision to take over the
opposition-led congress, but it still gives embattled
leftist President Nicolas Maduro broad new powers over the
OPEC nation's vast oil wealth. The reversal on Saturday came
after political leaders worldwide and street protesters
at home accused the pro-government court of effectively
making Maduro a dictator." In "Venezuela's Maduro Wins
Power Over Oil Despite Court Reversal," by Alexandra Ulmer.
Reuters, 2 April 2017.
As to vocabulary, it conflates into a clear message,
irritating to those socialists and Communists who wish the
terms would confuse as long they have. One reads: "
'The Electoral Results must be respected,' she wrote in the
post, which included a photo of herself next to one of her
nephew. 'The Communist Dictatorship must go,' she
concluded. In the wake of violent anti-government protests,
Venezuela’s Socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, has
suspended the country’s constitution, declared a state of
emergency and delayed elections." In "Carolina Herrera
blasts Venezuela 'dictatorship' after nephew’s death," by
Isabel Vincent and Laura Italiano, Page Six, 13 May 2017.
Socialism, as in National Socialism and Soviet Socialism and
Cuban socialism and the so-called Bolivarian socialism links
cleanly and clearly to Communism, as in the Communist
Chinese and the Khmer Rouge and the Stalinist North Koreans,
and more. While the "Right" seems so evasive in terms of
definition except as a relative pejorative -- especially
given the historical proof that the National Socialists of
WWII Germany and the Italian Fascists of WWII Italy were
also socialists by their own documented words, the "Left" as
one reads above from the New York Times leads to "one-man
rule" and authoritarianism.
to their own Devices
"Left to their
own devices, dictatorships arise. / One-man rule entices,
demanding myriad lies." The lies are well serviced by
political jargon which obscures meaning, while pretending
towards being meaningful. If Left and Right both result in
dictatorships, as opposing proponents of such verbal models
assert, then the words mean nothing and serve no purpose.
More precision in the discussion would be warranted, though
the slogan-spewing enthusiasts would be annoyed that their
beloved Left-Right shenanigans would be revealed as nothing
but a wordy game of lies and the sowing of confusion. Rather
than leave this at a sort of postmodern confusion over
language itself, one would do well to conclude that
gathering, growing government power feeds this "Left" --
even that "Right" by which some Leftists mean National
Socialism. Government in all its largest and most powerful
forms leads away from freedom.
remaining question is to decide for one's self: which side
are you on?
The choices are
simple: opt for the
or avow that
Freedom is freedom is freedom
[ 3 ] A
word about a word: the "colectivos" as "pro-government
militants" has at its root the notion of the "collective."
Socialism purports to be for and of a collectivist political
Generally such a collectivist stance is arrayed
against the individual, and thus the Maduro government is
against the individual, using enforcers -- quite like any
organized crime syndicate -- to obtain its way by force.
The BBC tells it this way: "Venezuelan newspaper
Tal Cual blamed the attack on militias known as 'colectivos',
and said the group had fired rockets and bangers as they
forced their way in. Its report said some of the deputies
attacked 'fell to the ground and were kicked'. Photos and
videos circulating on social media showed victims of the
assault with bleeding head wounds. At least one, believed to
be deputy Americo De Grazia, was carried out on a stretcher.
AFP, whose journalists were at the scene, said reporters
were ordered to leave by the attackers, one of whom had a
gun." In "Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro
supporters," BBC, 5 July 2017.
choices become clear, with implications worldwide, as the
collectivist shows himself to be only for a small cadre of
people seeking and holding power, and against the greater
collective, which is a people, a citizenry, a human family.
True collectives are voluntary, and do not infringe on the
individuality of those participating. Therefore one
may correctly conclude that the Venezuelan "colectivos" are
gangs operating against individuals as against political
The real life
experiment in socialism is yet another failed attempt to
enforce a collective on those who do not "volunteer." Such
is the nature of
So shall ism
[ 4 ]
There is irony in the title, Columbia Marxist Student
Association, given that this small group of students attends
a university in New York which is expensive, not to mention
among the more elite universities.
Tuition is $52,478, with mandatory fees of $2,578,
room costs of $7,926, board at $5,318, for a total of
$68,300 per year. Source: Planning and Institutional
Research, Office of the Provost, "Undergraduate Term Bill:
Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Room and Board, 2007-2016," posted
21 November 2016. As a comparison, the "current per
capita income for New York is $34,297. Real per capita
income peaked in 2008 at $34,442 and is now $145 (0.42%)
lower." Source: Department of Numbers.com.
One may then question the economic privilege which these
bourgeois "Columbia Marxist students" enjoy.
As to their claim about "distorted
reports about what's really happening," one may look back at
a "report" from 2013, praising the economic record of
socialist Venezuela. One reads from only a few years
ago, "...Chavez racked up an economic record that a
legacy-obsessed American president could only dream of
achieving." In "Hugo Chavez’s economic miracle," by
Dave Sirota, Salon, 6 March 2013.
That "report" takes up the Columbia Marxist students' claim,
as it compares and contrasts: "When a country
goes socialist and it craters, it is laughed off as a
harmless and forgettable cautionary tale about the perils of
command economics. When, by contrast, a country goes
socialist and its economy does what Venezuela's did, it is
not perceived to be a laughing matter - and it is not so
easy to write off or to ignore. It suddenly looks like a
threat to the corporate capitalism, especially when said
country has valuable oil resources that global powerhouses
like the United States rely on."
One may judge for one's self, by beginning again at the
rhyme above and its following addenda and footnotes. The
"economic miracle" praised by Venezuelan socialists and
American sympathizers proves to have been a mirage. "Moving
Closer to One-Man Rule?" So reports the New York Times. "Venezuela
Socialists' election strategy? Block adversaries." So reports Reuters.
Army in the streets? So reports Agence France Presse.
"Poverty, unrest, impunity, corruption, and widespread
shortages in food, electricity, medicine, and basic goods
now define what had once been one of the richest countries
in Latin America." So reports the Latin American Herald
currency crumbles at dizzying speed?" So reports France 24. Maduro,
Chavez' hand-picked successor, " relying on the armed forces
as his own grip on power weakens?" So reports Associated
distorted reports about what's really happening?" So reports
the Columbia Marxist Student Association, enjoying their
luxurious $68,300 per year
education, almost twice the median incomes of New York
City residents. Let them eat rabbits.
in an open book - it couldn't hurt to take
"Today's lesson: Our flag
and what it represents... The red and black flag is the symbol of the
anarcho-syndicalist and anarcho-communist movements. Black is the
traditional color of anarchism, and red is the traditional color of
socialism and communism. The red-and-black flag combines the two colors
in equal parts, with a simple diagonal split. Typically, the red section
is placed on the top- left corner, with the black on the bottom-right
corner of the flag. This symbolizes the co-existence of anarchist,
socialist, and communist ideals within the anarcho-syndicalism movement,
and to symbolize the more socialistic means of the movement leading to a
more anarchistic end." Posted by Boston Anitfa, on Facebook.com/BostonAntifa,
20 August 2017.
Today's lesson was found to be
left in an open book;
this is why many simpletons
simply will not look.
What appears writ with clarity
is clearly not well seen,
requiring thought gymnastics
to clearly contravene
What is this lesson for today,
writ to simply
one lesson, well ignored,
circling back towards history's hell.
Antifascist symbols from Germany in the 1930s
[ 1 ]
and United States and other Western nations today
[ 2 ]
Addendum of an Urban
Dictionary's Definition I: "...a bunch of
skinhead brats living in their moms basements looking to beat the
crap out of anyone who doesnt [ sic ] follow their point of view. They
believe their tactics are for the greater good, but have pretty much ran
out of nazies to chase after so take it out on anyone else. They will
beat you up using mace, batons, boots, brass knuckles and anything else
at their disposal. They are the fascist anti fascists. Remember they are
cowards, will gang up on you, and only attack in groups. See a lone
antifa and they will run screaming. ...antifa looks at black man with
white straight laces "are you a nazi?" In "Antifa," posted by "anti-antifa,"
Urban Dictionary, 22 August 2011.
Masked and armed Antifa militants
Addendum of an Urban
Dictionary's Definition II: "Short for
(militant) anti-fascists. Middle-class champagne
socialist/communist/anarchist white boys who don't like nationalists or
fascists. They consider themselves to be rebelling against the
establishment, whilst upholding all of its ultra-politically correct
views. Antifa only dislike racism when its carried out by whites,
and do not have the bottle to stand up against anti-white racism;
leading to many people on the right to refer to them as 'traitors'. I'd
rather just call them morons. Most are teenagers and university students
who grow out of the fad when they start paying taxes." In "Antifa,"
posted by "scutterschoice," Urban Dictionary, 10 February 2012.
"No hate" shields used in attacks during Berkeley
riots by armed masked thugs
Addendum of Faces Hidden:
"Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies,
about 100 anarchists and antifa— 'anti-fascist' — members barreled into
a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic
Center Park. Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group
melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully
throughout the sunny afternoon for a 'Rally Against Hate' gathering.
Shortly after, violence began to flare." In "Black-clad antifa
members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley," by
Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, 28 August 2017.
of Experiencing Hate Firsthand: "I
experienced hate firsthand today. It came from these people dressed in
all black at a protest in Berkeley. Ironically they were all chanting
about no hate. Some had shields and gloves. Some had helmets. Some had
gas masks." In "KTVU anchor: 'I experienced hate firsthand' at
Berkeley rally," by Frank Somerville, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 August
of the Often Violent: "In May, police said
up to 50 masked and black-clad men and women sprinted through a changing
section of North Philadelphia, smashing windows in renovated buildings
and more expensive cars and throwing Christmas ornaments filled with
paint. They carried a banner that read: 'Gentrification is death and
revolt is life.' These outbursts reflect the Philadelphia presence of
antifa and its allies, a shadowy collection of extreme left-wing
activists who, in their most controversial manifestations, have embraced
property damage and street brawling as legitimate forms of protest.
Their advocates insist that the group acts primarily as a defensive
force, but also say a growing threat of homegrown fascism justifies an
aggressive punch or the outright silencing of hateful speech." In "Antifa,
black-clad and often violent, is strong in Philly," Philadelphia
Inquirer, 29 August 2017.
[ 3 ]
Left is Right, as Right is Left
and the strange twists of language as was declared
We might have called ourselves the Liberal Party
Consider additionally why so many
commonality - are so easily at
Home with a
- (To the melody, "Home on the Range," a classic Western folk song)
[ 1 ]
The Antifaschistische Aktion was
proclaimed by the German Communist Party (KPD) in the "Rote
Fahne" in 1932 with its first rally in Berlin, capital in
that time of the Weimar Republik. During the 1930s amidst
rising tensions between National Socialists and the
Communists, Berlin was a center of violent clashes between
the two groups. In 1932, the Communist paramilitary
Rotfrontkämpferbund was banned and the Antifaschistische
Aktion was founded to ensure that the militant wing of
Communists against the militancy of the rival Nazis whose
rose to power and banned it. The Antifaschistische Aktion
movement was revived in the 1980s, again set against the now
constitutionally banned National Socialists.
A German Antifa banner declares "Shitty
Germany. Viva Antifa for Communism."
One may then easily connect these dots, that the National
Socialists and the German Communists of the pre-WWII era
were both militant and murderous, and both sought power over
a citizenry through violent means. That one gained the upper
hand is historically factual, and that the other is now
reformed to seek the same is a valid observation as well.
As the ideological competition between National Socialism
and the German Communists before WWII was not a people's
revolution, but rather a competition for political power
(which the Nazis won in Germany though the Communists had
previously won in the still young Soviet Union), still the National Socialists and
Soviet Communists were allied early on, a fact today's
so-called anti-fascists either have not known, forgotten,
ignored or suppressed.
Detail from a 1953 editorial cartoon showing
the specters of Nazism, Communism and Fascism,
all participating in book burning -- the
repression of speech and ideas
Of this temporary alliance one reads:
"The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, also known as the
Nazi–Soviet Pact, the German–Soviet Non-aggression Pact or
the Nazi German-Soviet Pact of Aggression (officially:
Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics), was a neutrality pact between
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed in Moscow on 23
August 1939 by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and
Vyacheslav Molotov, respectively." In "Molotov–Ribbentrop
Pact," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Yet the Soviet Union then became allied with Western powers
against the National Socialists,
breaking the Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Allies turned enemies
is this tale, but neither sought liberty for a people, and
both powers have passed from the world.
Even so, a new generation trots out the same bilge, as
one reads: ''Revolution means the long fight
for communism and nothing less. There are those who would
demand we surrender; between surrendering to developing
fascism and a death earned defending people from it, we must
unwaveringly choose the later. We must reconstitute
ourselves with communist morality." In "In These Times
Pacifists are Shameful," by Red Guards Austin (Texas), 16
Become a Communist
Demonstrated by the same old rhetoric and postures and
imagery, Marxist enthusiasm renewed lures a next generation
of militant, armed and masked anti-capitalists.
the Principle of Tyranny?
The previous century's history of Communism is all but
forgotten. Of that history, one learns that others learned
lessons. As example, "We had gone to Russia believing there
were good dictatorships and bad. We left convinced that
defending one dictatorship is in fact defending the principle
of tyranny. As long as the Rollands and G. B. Shaws and
Barbusses condoned political murder and mass exile and the
crushing of human decencies in one place and for one cause,
they were supporting those methods in all places and for all
causes. Everything else was sophistry and deception." In
"Assignment in Utopia (1937) by Eugene Lyons, Harcourt &
Brace, 1937, p. 621,
Today's "new" Communism is a repackaging of the same old
Communism, which is why piling on confusing terminology is
intended to obfuscate.
historical reality of some
Enemies of Capitalism
which the openly anti-capitalist Communists pretend were not
enemies of capitalism.
[ 2 ] One
reads: "One of the biggest antifascist campaigns in
Germany in recent years was the, ultimately successful,
effort to block the annual Nazi-rallies in the east German
city of Dresden in Saxony, which had grown into "Europe's
biggest gathering of Nazis". In October 2016, the Antifa
in Dresden campaigned on the occasion of the anniversary of
the reunification of Germany on 3 October for "turning Unity
celebrations into a disaster" („Einheitsfeierlichkeiten zum
Desaster machen“), to protest this display of new German
nationalism, whilst explicitly not ruling out the use of
violence." In "Antifaschistische Aktion," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
A recent Antifa logo with a Molotov cocktail
at its center
The dualistic notion that only two options are acceptable
Left and Right
yet both seek massive government control over a populace, as
were both the National Socialists and Soviet Socialists,
once allies at the beginning of WWII before becoming
enemies. A conclusion that both National Socialism and its
Axis ally at one time, Italian Fascism, and other forms of
socialism and Communism are the Janus faces of the same
human inclination to rule is rejected by both "sides" of
that same coin.
For all the seeming agitation against Nazis, especially in
Germany with grafitti demanding "Nazis raus," one reads that
the lessons of history fade. A "study by the Körber
Institute found that less than half (47 percent) of 14 to 16
year olds had heard of the death camp where over one million
people were murdered between 1941-1945. Their peers aged 17
or over were more likely to have heard of Auschwitz, but
three in ten still didn’t know what it was." In "Four in
ten German school kids don’t know what Auschwitz was, survey
finds," TheLocal.de, 28 September 2017.
It was and remains imperative that the so-called Right and
Left retain their appearance as opponents, but they are only
opponents to each other, both proclaiming an anti-capitalism
stance, while united in seeking
dictatorship over a people.
The fluidity of movement between
views is proven by the story of one man, as one reads:
"He is one of the most paradoxical and notorious figures in
modern German history: a social democrat lawyer turned
leftwing terrorist who went to prison, turned to Maoism and
then came out as a far-right nationalist. Now there is
another twist: Horst Mahler, a founding member of the Red
Army Faction, was also a Stasi informant. According to
German newspaper reports, the revelation comes from a leaked
report by state prosecutors re-investigating the shooting of
a pacifist by a Berlin policeman during a 1967 protest." In
"Baader-Meinhof terrorist may have worked for the Stasi," by
Helen Pidd, Guardian UK, 1 August 2011.
Murder as Protest as Murder
Thus one sees how easily the cloak of an extremist mantle
fits onto such an individual, as onto an entire movement. As
the Guardian article notes: "According to German
newspaper reports, the revelation comes from a leaked report
by state prosecutors re-investigating the shooting of a
pacifist by a Berlin policeman during a 1967 protest.
According to Bild am Sonntag, which claims to have seen the
report into the death of Benno Ohnesorg, Mahler was a
so-called inoffizielle Mitarbeiter (informal collaborator)
for the East German secret service up until 1970. The outing
of any public figure as an IM is a controversial affair, but
with Mahler, who is in a Bavarian prison for denying the
Holocaust, it is especially striking. If he really was
collaborating with the Stasi, it shines a whole new light on
his time with the Red Army Faction – better known in the UK
as the Baader-Meinhof gang."
The latest crop of anti-capitalists has not observed
history, for Germany's National Socialists as well as its
Communists of that era and today's Marxistisch-Leninistische
Partei Deutschlands, MLPD all stood for anti-capitalism.
Nationalist Redefinition of Socialism
Consider that the "term 'National Socialism' arose out of
attempts to create a nationalist redefinition of
'socialism', as an alternative to both international
socialism and free market capitalism. Nazism rejected
the Marxist concept of class conflict, opposed cosmopolitan
internationalism, and sought to convince all parts of the
new German society to subordinate their personal interests
to the 'common good' and accept political interests as the
main priority of economic organization." In "Nazism,"
Wikipedia article, n. d. Antifa and others on the Left hold
anti-capitalist stances coupled to "no freedom with
capitalism," as the banner carried in modern Germany
"No peace with capitalism"
Murderous political totalitarianism "murders"
democratic tolerance of other views and pacifism is
one meaning to this example. Another is that anti-Semitism
in the denial of the Holocaust -- a crime in Germany today
-- is a hallmark of such totalitarianism. Lastly, the
shifting of political identities becomes another identifying
marker, in the attempt to confuse a populace as to the
political ideology itself.
A summary of the political jargon might be read as an
equation of sorts. Far Left = Far Right = Political
Violence = anti-Semitism = Stalinist and Maoist Communism
= National Socialism and Italian Fascism = Stasi =
Khmer Rouge =
Islamic Socialism = Political Terrorism. It is all repressive
terror with ideological rationalization behind it. And
its stance is consistently anti-capitalist alongside the
call for some form of coercive government, from one kind of
dictatorship to another. What separates them? Which party
calling for dictatorship is to arise, and which opposing
party calling for dictatorship is to be quashed, each under
their own "intellectual" justification.
Self-Congratulatory Practice of Discriminating Tolerance by
In this time, one looks back at arguments for such. One
example: "For this struggle, I proposed the practice
of discriminating tolerance. To be sure, this
practice already presupposes the radical goal which it seeks
to achieve. I committed this petitio principii in
order to combat the pernicious ideology that tolerance has
already institutionalized in this society. The tolerance
which is the life element, the token of a free society will
never be the gift of the powers that be; it can, under the
prevailing conditions of tyranny by the majority, only be
won in the sustained effort of radical minorities, willing
to break this tyranny and to work for the emergence of a
free and sovereign majority -- minorities intolerant,
militantly intolerant and disobedient to the rules of
behavior which tolerate destruction and suppression." In
"Postscript 1968," in "A Critique of Pure Tolerance" by
Robert Paul Wolff, Barrington Moore, Jr. and Herbert
Marcuse, Beacon Press, 1969.
The "militantly intolerant" with masks and
an Antifa shield
The admission that such thinking is a circular argument
presupposing its conclusion at its outset -- the petitio
principii -- demonstrates the urge to employ the
"militantly intolerant" circles its own words, declaring a
majority both a "tyranny" and a potential "free and
sovereign" thing, a utopian vision that militancy will bring
about freedom, but from what? A new "majority" to replace an
older "majority." One form of socialist thinking
to replace another form, both opposed to free markets and
Majoritarianism itself is suspect, which
is why many civil societies already make "room" for minority
rights within a majority. Who defines what? Especially when
objectivity is denied, as some in the "new" Left argue with
their postmodern jargon.
One finds simply that the application of force -- violence
-- is justified by "begging the question" that violence is
politically justified against opposing political views --
that "might makes right." The tale is not new, but
to be Violent
And so one finds an awareness dawning again, that because "...their
methods are often violent. Antifa leaders admit they're
willing to physically attack anyone who employs violence
against them or who condones racism -- as long as force is
used in the name of eradicating hatred." In "Unmasking
the leftist Antifa movement," by Sara Ganim and Chris Welch,
CNN, 22 August 2017.
As to the "leftist Antifa movement" in Berkeley, one reads
further: "Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin has
called for authorities to tackle left-wing violence by
classifying members of antifa, the loosely organized group
of 'anti-fascists' who believe that violence is acceptable
in countering right-wing extremism, as a gang." In
"Berkeley Mayor Calls for Antifa to be Classified as Crime
Gang After Clashes at Weekend Protest," by Tom Porter,
Newsweek, 29 August 2017.
Mayor Arreguin noted they "come dressed in uniforms. They
have weapons, almost like a militia, and I think we need to
think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach."
Discriminating tolerance, so this is
"Discriminating tolerance" morphs quickly into intolerance
of others' view of what tolerance is. One reads of
"soul-searching" as the indiscriminating fascist behavior of
supposed antifascists is on full, violent display: "Gitlin
also described what he sees as a push by the anti-fascist —
also called 'antifa' — movement to put 'themselves on the
map of protest' by using violence to 'intimidate' both
political opponents and those on the left who promote
non-violence. One of the biggest banners at the Berkeley
demonstration carried the message 'Avenge Charlottesville'."
In "'Antifa' violence in Berkeley spurs soul-searching
within leftist activist community," by Paige St. John and
James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 29 August 2017.
Only Choice? Which Only Choice?
Yet the supposed distinction between violent National
Socialism and violent Communism was noted. One reads:
"It is obvious what the fraudulent issue of fascism
versus communism accomplishes: it sets up, as opposites, two
variants of the same political system; it eliminates the
possibility of considering capitalism; it switches the
choice of 'Freedom or dictatorship?' into 'Which kind of
dictatorship?'—thus establishing dictatorship as an
inevitable fact and offering only a choice of rulers.
The choice—according to the proponents of that fraud—is: a
dictatorship of the rich (fascism) or a dictatorship of the
poor (communism). That fraud collapsed in the 1940’s, in the
aftermath of World War II. It is too obvious, too easily
demonstrable that fascism and communism are not two
opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same
territory—that both are variants of statism, based on the
collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of
the state—that both are socialistic, in theory, in practice,
and in the explicit statements of their leaders—that under
both systems, the poor are enslaved and the rich are
expropriated in favor of a ruling clique—that fascism is not
the product of the political 'right,' but of the 'left'—that
the basic issue is not 'rich versus poor,' but man versus
the state, or: individual rights versus totalitarian
government—which means: capitalism versus socialism."
In " 'Extremism,' or the Art of Smearing," in "Capitalism:
The Unknown Ideal, 180," Ayn Rand, New American Library,
Rand, a voice despised by many on the Left, noticed that it
is also a polarity between violence and non-violence, with
violence the preferred "political" expression of both
fascists and communists. One reads: "When physical
force is banned, according to Rand, persuasion alone can
organize or coordinate human activity, and, consequently,
the use of reason is both liberated and rewarded. The
technological innovation which characterizes capitalist
systems is thus directly related to conditions of economic
freedom." In "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
Those who accept some polarity between Left and Right and
place themselves in some niche all the while holding to
non-violence have "persuasion" as their choice, and
persuasion through argument, documentation and citation has
its place in a civil society, while politically-motivated
violence has no place in civil society.
Antifa with its masked faces and protest
Eradicating hatred by employing hatred
and is that petitio principii
as noted above as Marcuse twisted words into philosophical
Marcuse, unlike Rand's notion of physical force being
banned, finesses the notion of encouraging it. Playing with
words and meanings, he opines: "Liberating
tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements
from the Right, and toleration of movements from the Left.
As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: ... it
would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion
and propaganda, of deed as well as of word." In
"Repressive Tolerance," Herbert Marcuse, in "A Critique of
Pure Tolerance," Beacon Press, 1970.
When persuasion with words fails, use fists and cudgels?
Call it action and answer with "intolerance against
movements?" Indeed, as Marcuse states that tolerance
is not tolerance per se: "The tolerance which enlarged
the range and content of freedom was always partisan
--intolerant toward the protagonists of the repressive
status quo. The issue was only the degree and extent of
intolerance. In the firmly established liberal society of
England and the United States, freedom of speech and
assembly was granted even to the radical enemies of society,
provided they did not make the transition from word to deed,
from speech to action."
By action, one should read political violence which is
"intolerant of the protagonists of the repressive status
quo." But who defines repression? Marcuse "persuades" with
words for "unequal treatment." He writes: "The
historical calculus of progress (which is actually the
calculus of the prospective reduction of cruelty, misery,
suppression) seems to involve the calculated choice between
two forms of political violence: that on the part of the
legally constituted powers (by their legitimate action, or
by their tacit consent, or by their inability to prevent
violence), and that on the part of potentially subversive
movements. Moreover, with respect to the latter, a policy
of unequal treatment would protect radicalism on the Left
against that on the Right."
A Pantheon of Communists
What Marcuse and others advocating such inequality failed to
connect was the political violence of the many icons whose
portraits were paraded in political movements.
Marx to Engels to Lenin to Stalin to Mao. Missing icons
would and should include Hitler and Mussolini, Pol Pot and
others, were correction to the Left/Right polarity made. The
polarity that corrects places all the repressive, cruel
regimes together on a poll set against individual rights and
freedom from the state. The Holocaust and Holomodor were
dwarfed by the Chinese Cultural Revolution, as objective
measures of state-driven, politically motivated cruelty.
All these supposedly iconic thinkers and socialist regimes
led to massive "cruelty, misery, suppression," in Marcuse's
accusing words. In the words of political scientist Rudolph
Rummel, these were massive examples of democide, not
Rand's words respond, as cited above and worth citing again:
"It is obvious what the fraudulent issue of fascism
versus communism accomplishes: it sets up, as opposites, two
variants of the same political system; it eliminates the
possibility of considering capitalism; it switches the
choice of 'Freedom or dictatorship?' into 'Which kind of
dictatorship?'—thus establishing dictatorship as an
inevitable fact and offering only a choice of rulers."
The lesson needs repeating, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
observed: "For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog.
For many people in the West, it is still a living lion"."
Ideology of Absolute Power
Rummel's words thunder as he links the Left and Right as
imagined by Marcuse to be opposites: "...totalitarianism
characterizes such ideologies as state socialism (as in
Burma), Marxism-Leninism as in former East Germany, and
Nazism. Even revolutionary Moslem Iran since the overthrow
of the Shaw in 1978-79 has been totalitarian--here
totalitarianism was married to Moslem fundamentalism. In
short, totalitarianism is the ideology of absolute power.
State socialism, communism, Nazism, fascism, and Moslem
fundamentalism have been some of its recent raiments.
Totalitarian governments have been its agency. The
state, with its international legal sovereignty and
independence, has been its base. As will be pointed out,
mortacracy is the result. Totalitarian governments are the
contemporary embodiment of absolute Power, as classically
understood. And Power is a continuum, with limited and
responsible power at one end, and absolute
Power--totalitarian governments--at the other end. In the
middle are authoritarian governments, that is monarchies or
dictatorships that leave social, economic, and cultural
affairs and institutions largely free, but squash political
opponents or critics (for example, in South Korean and
Taiwan until recently, or Thailand and Greece under various
military dictatorships). This then gives us a simple summary
of relevant findings in the literature. The more unlimited
the power of a government, the more likely it will kill.
This can be put as a principle: Power kills, absolute
Power kills absolutely." In "Democide in Totaltiarian
States: Mortacracies and megamurderes -- an Annotated
Bibliography," by R. J. Rummel,
, University of
One political "tolerance" to crush another
"tolerance" leads quickly to the
because misusing the word does not validate tolerance, but
twists it into that trick of calling for political violence against others
as "action," as "discriminating" and therefore "liberating"
Leading Ideological Cause of Death in the 20th Century
There is another, clearer path politically, as one thinks
Freedom is freedom is freedom
This is the true radical notion, for freedom is the
antithesis of those who promote political violence. The
principle of non-aggression and non-violence is that path.
It is a pathway away from the murderous 20th century history
of Communism. One reads: "According to a
disturbingly pleasant graphic from 'Information is
Beautiful' entitled simply '20th Century Death',
communism was the leading ideological cause of death between
1900 and 2000. The 94 million that perished in China, the
Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Eastern Europe
easily (and tragically) trump the 28 million that died under
fascist regimes during the same period." In "Communism
Killed 94M in 20th Century, Feels Need to Kill Again," by
John J. Walters, Reason, 13 March 2013.
This is why the parsing of terms is critical to those who
would obfuscate the cluster of Communism alongside Fascism
and Socialism, because they all work simply for power.
"To many who have watched the transition from socialism to
fascism at close quarters the connection between the two
systems has become increasingly obvious, but in the
democracies the majority of people still believe that
socialism and freedom can be combined. They do not realize
that democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last
few generations, is not only unachievable, but that to
strive for it produces something utterly different – the
very destruction of freedom itself. As has been aptly said:
'What has always made the state a hell on earth has been
precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven'."
Friedrich A. Hayek, "The Road to Serfdom," 1944.
[ 3 ] One
learns that the political theater is again not convincing to
many, if not most. "Voters are following the actions of the
so-called 'antifa' protesters and aren’t impressed with what
they see. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone
and online survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters
have a favorable opinion of the antifa protesters, with
eight percent (8%) who view them Very Favorably. Fifty-eight
percent (58%) share an unfavorable opinion of these
protesters, including 40% who have a Very Unfavorable." In "Voters
See 'Antifa' Protesters Chiefly as Troublemakers,"
Rasmussen Reports, 18 September 2017.
The perception seems apt, as one reads: "Refuse
Fascism describes itself as a national movement of
people from diverse political perspectives who believe the
U.S. president and vice president pose an existential threat
to humanity. It was founded by supporters of the
Revolutionary Communist Party in December and has chapters
in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and other
cities." In "Antifascist explains why she protests Trump
fans," by Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, 29
Oddly similar are these supporters of the Revolutionary
Communist Party, willing to employ fascist tactics to
"refuse fascism" with the intent of be "revolutionary." But
when learning of the demonstrable facts from Professor
Rummel and others above, that Communism in the guise
of Soviet Socialism and Sino-Socialism were
more murderous than the National Socialists -- who
claimed the term socialism for themselves -- and the
Italian Fascists -- who arose from the Italian socialist
ranks, and linked to the above mentioned Revolutionary
Communist Party in America, one sees a continuity which all
the non-stop political pretense of this moment in time
-- an original sin
"During a 1945 lecture series entitled The Soviet
Impact on the Western World (published as a book in 1946), the
pro-Soviet British historian E. H. Carr claimed that 'The trend away
from individualism and towards totalitarianism is everywhere
unmistakable', and that Marxism–Leninism was by far the most successful
type of totalitarianism, as proved by Soviet industrial growth and the
role in defeating Germany. Only the 'blind and incurable' could
ignore the trend towards totalitarianism, said Carr." In
"Totalitarianism," Wikipedia article, n. d.
The fists will clench.
The leaders shout.
Where to turn?
No exits are seen.
Run while you can?
Lessons to glean?
And much without.
Freedoms can grow.
Of this there's no doubt.
Addendum of a Slogan:
"Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing
against the state." Benito Mussolini.
Addendum of a Modern Complaint:
"The progressive forces of identity politics
started this poisoning of America’s favorite spectator sport last
year by making a hero of Colin Kaepernick for refusing to
stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' before games. They raised the
stakes this year by turning him into a progressive martyr because no
team had picked him up to play quarterback after he opted out of his
contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL is a meritocracy, and
maybe coaches and general managers thought he wasn’t good enough for
the divisions he might cause in a locker room or among fans. But the
left said it was all about race and class." In "The
Politicization of Everything," Editorial Board, 24 September
[ 2 ]
Addendum of an Individual's Tale:
" 'I know for a fact that her patients adore her, both
for her knowledge of the healing arts as well as her bedside manner
and her genuine concern for her patients,' wrote Newport resident
Lynn Boudreau. According to her resume, Konopka has practiced in
hospitals in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Suffolk County, N.Y., and
Jersey City, N.J. She opened a pediatric and internal medicine
practice in New Hampshire in 1989. Konopka, who speaks quietly with
a soft Polish accent, graduated from the Medical Academy in Krakow,
Poland. She said the United States medical system is approaching
that of communism. 'It’s fine if you are with the system. If you are
not,' she said, 'you are an enemy of the system'." In "New
London family doctor, 85, says state forced her to give up medical
license," by Mark Hayward, New Hampshire Union Leader, 25 September
of Canceling an Exhibit Over Threats Made:
"Out of concern for the safety of its staff, visitors, and
participating artists, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has decided
against showing the art works Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other
(2003), Theater of the World (1993), and A Case Study of
Transference (1994) in its upcoming exhibition Art and China after
1989: Theater of the World. Although these works have been exhibited
in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the Guggenheim
regrets that explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our
decision necessary. As an arts institution committed to
presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must
withhold works of art. Freedom of expression has always been and
will remain a paramount value of the Guggenheim." In "Statement
Regarding Works in 'Art and China after 1989: Theater of the
World'," official statement from the Guggenheim Museum, 25 September
[ 3 ]
of Defining the Free Society: "Střjberg
shared a screenshot of her iPad background displaying cartoonist
Kurt Westergaard’s drawing of the prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in
his turban. She did so in response to the decision by Skovgaard
Museum in Viborg to not display the 12 caricatures of Mohammed
published by Jyllands-Posten newspaper as part of an exhibition on
blasphemy. The integration minister said that the drawings,
particularly the one by Westergaard that has led to attempts on his
life, 'helped to define Denmark as the free society that we are'."
In "Danish integration minister praises infamous Mohammed cartoon,"
TheLocal.dk., 26 September 2017.
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The not-so-clever game of separating one kind of
totalitarianism from another lingers, and may be parsed
by simply examining which form of totalitarianism points
the accusing finger at another, as if a functional
argument or form of camouflage.
One reads more from the article simply: "Totalitarianism
is a political system in which the state recognizes
no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every
aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. A
distinctive feature of totalitarian governments is an
'elaborate ideology, a set of ideas that gives meaning
and direction to the whole society'. ...The concept
was first developed in the 1920s by the Weimar German
jurist, and later Nazi academic, Carl Schmitt, and
Italian fascists. Schmitt used the term, Totalstaat, in
his influential work on the legal basis of an all-
powerful state, The Concept of the Political (1927). The
concept became prominent in Western political
discourse as a concept that highlights similarities
between Fascist states and the Soviet Union."
A different detail from an editorial
cartoon, cited above, from 1953 linking the totalitarian
It is worth repeating: one need "highlight similarities
between Fascist states and the Soviet Union." And
between National Socialist Germany and its onetime
And between the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the tragic
Cultural Revolution in Communist China. As Carr is
quoted above: "Marxism–Leninism was by far the
most successful type of totalitarianism." The crushing
of Italian Fascism and German National Socialism by the
Allied powers cut short their dreams of "success." Yet
the Soviet Union imploded, and today's Communist China
as a one-party state spews out
Capital for Communists
a story growing old.
The similarities are many, which is why proponents of
one work rhetorically to separate these political
doctrines, though different cadres of leadership fight
for their own hegemony over another. But they all
intended and still intend to rule again, and by any
What irritates them all is that
Freedom is freedom is freedom
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about race and class?" The title links the editorial to
the slogan as above. With regard to the American
dialogue about race, consider the premise:
Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works).
What is interesting is how the speed to accusation is
accelerating. A sports fan's view is read:
"Left out of this equation — the metaphorical Joe and
Jane Sixpack and their two kids, Brady and Tammy Lynn.
They dropped $700 or so on four tickets, plus more on
concessions, parking and swag at Gillette. Their reward:
Tom Brady being Tom Brady. That was unfortunately
preceded by a visual lecture on how they do not
understand 'the struggle' — delivered by athletes whose
salaries average $1.9 million per year, supported by a
group of owners whose balance sheet is in the billions.
The '1 Percent' on steroids. And that 1 percent just
called Joe and Jane Sixpack racists." In "NFL
fumbles in its response to Trump," Bill Speros /
Obnoxious Boston Fan, Boston Herald, 25 September 2017.
When race is invoked as potential accusation, class will
also be invoked. The "athletes whose salaries average
$1.9 million per year" are indeed in the highest
economic class in the world, and therefore according to
classic Marxist thought fabulously bourgeois, "The
struggle" in terms of economic class remains for a Joe
and Jane Sixpack, which makes the "politicization of everything"
a game filled with fumbles. Among those who have fumbled
the political ball are those who are enormous winners in
the American game of massive
claiming some sort of solidarity with the losers in that
same game. When everything is politicized by one group,
it is a sure bet that everything will be answered with
politicization by an opposing group.
[ 3 ] "Explicit
and repeated threats of violence" against anything are
political, and only a step away from violence. That well
defines the methods of fascism, in this case over
perceptions of cruelty to animals. Yet threats of
violence and actual violence mark the many who pretend
to tolerance while demonstrating violent intolerance.
When one's political stance is expected to rule over
another by force, whether from a radical fringe or from
a government, the fingerprint of the
The similarities between fascism and Communism, as noted
above, are obvious to those who would accept the
historical record. Offended by an art exhibit? Don't go.
Offended by a speech or publication. Don't attend the
speech and close the publication. Offended by a
political gesture in a venue of any sort? Walk away.
After all, there are many instances of this simple,
non-aggressive act when
People walk away
Then the demand for "everything within" fails.
Totalitarianism in all its guises fails.
Pierre who is never really there
Pierre, Pierre who is never really
Why should Jean-Paul bother to ask where?
What does Jean-Paul with non-Pierre share?
They found no exit on their spiral-down stair.
What would have been, if being was not?
What would one get, if it was not got?
What is that story, which has not a plot?
What is that nothing, which we all have a lot?
What is remembered, when one has forgot?
What crackpots crack, when shatters their pot?
What can one do, when one just cannot?
What is distinguished by the tittle and dot?
What is extinguished when truly all is not?
Black and white and red all over
once was just a joke.
Now that Pander Bear is loosed,
clarity fogs with smoke.
Pander, bare, to feelings
and naked stand you, for
All houses firm on shifting sands
crumble on each shore
Where Pander Bear has fed
upon quite nothing much
And withered from such nourishment
while fumbling for a crutch
To hobble, wounded, weary,
from pandering while bare
And naked without standards
except its cry, "Unfair!"
Black and white and read all over
is a joke in the best of times.
Used to replace thinking,
it's among the best of crimes.
Wolves offer keen advice
"The Central States Pension
Fund was the first to actually be approved for this triage under a 2014
law known as the Multiemployer Pension Fund Reform Act. Many pension
advocates call it unfair. 'It was run through Congress in the dead of
night, and President Obama -- who was supposed to be for the working
class -- signed it,' complained Burruel. The fund is overseen by
attorney Kenneth Feinberg, known for dividing up huge settlements in
cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack and the BP (BP) oil spill in the
Gulf." In "Another blow for heartland workers: Slashed pensions," by
Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, 20 July 2017.
Wolves offer keen advice
guard the henhouse
price is steep.
Each predator will tailor
for pray such
is their nature;
in this they
That wolves must be allowed
must be praised,
or else it's
they which weep.
A variant for Amusement's Sake:
Wolves should shepherd sheep
And foxes guard the chickens,
Like politics' clever creep,
The plot that ever thickens.
Predators pray that their prey
Are dulled and lulled and lured,
Not alerted to run away,
So that preying is assured.
Lawyers should be trusted
To take what is allowed,
Except they're often busted
By a prying, eyeing crowd.
Wolves obey nature's laws
While lawyers make their own,
And a fox on stolen chickens gnaws
While lawyers gnaw men, it's known.
Once Upon a Time in Berkeley
"All these people talk so
eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an
old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values,
and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of
the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell
with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!" Kurt Vonnegut
Hate speech? Rate speech? Who
defines what rule?
Bait? Preach? Prate? Screech? What refines which tool?
Who hates hate speech? The hypocrite's a fool.
There's lots of room for all speech with freedom's fire's fuel.
Shut it down, say those clowns, worth our ridicule.
Recent chalked walkway at UC Berkeley
of a Powerful Concurrence: "If there be time to
expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil
by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more
speech, not enforced silence." Concurrence with Whitney v.
California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927), by Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941).
of a Dangerous Thing: "The hushing of the
criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of
the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort,
and others to burst into speech so passionately and intemperately as to
lose listeners. Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests
are most nearly touched, -- criticism of writers by readers, -- this is
the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society." In "The
Souls of Black Folk," W. E. B. DuBois, A. C. McClurg & Co., 1903.
the Rage Against
of the Right to be Offensive: " 'What is freedom
of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist,' wrote
Salman Rushdie. It's 15 years since Rushdie's novel, the Satanic Verses,
earned the Booker Prize-winning novelist death threats, but the question
persists." In "The right to be downright offensive,"
by Jonathan Duffy, BBC News Magazine, 21 December 2004.
of the Correct No: "No idea is above scrutiny
and no people are beneath dignity." In "Islam and the Future of
Tolerance: A Dialogue," Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz, Harvard University
of No Meaning and No Purpose: "It's now very
common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that
gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine.
'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has
no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so
fucking what." In "I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry," by
David Smith, Guardian UK, 5 June 2005.
of Urges Against Free Speech: "At UC
Berkeley, 177 professors and graduate students have signed an open
letter urging thousands of colleagues and classmates to boycott campus
for four days this month to ensure their 'physical and mental safety'."
In "UC Berkeley professors urge campus boycott during 'Free Speech
Week'," by Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 September 2017.
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Synthesizing a stance:
One need merely look for a legal definition of what constitutes
hate, much less hate speech, to understand that the pejorative
phrase is without definition. It is meant as a wholly relative,
user-defined and emotionally charged meme with which to manipulate
those who resist true critical thought in favor of critical theory,
a postmodern construction which merely falls back upon old
-fashioned socialist theory. When one's "feelings" define a word or
phrase., then the fracturing of language itself occurs, wherein a
word or phrase means whatever anyone chooses it to mean, such that
all and none are authorities, law collapses and the old argument of
?might makes right" is restated as "by any means necessary."
Those who wields power avoid discussion, debate and willingly crush
freedom for others in favor of power for themselves. This is the old
and abiding domain of the
- in its present tense
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2016, UC Berkeley
faculty of over 1,600 full-time and 500 part-time members,
and about 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students
overall. Thus an "open letter" from 177 out of 42,100
students and faculty in total represents less than half a
percent of the university's population. Fears for "physical
and mental safety" seem an expression of a significantly
small group of the greater whole. At one time, the movement
of the student and faculty activists was for free speech,
and in full circle some now urge a boycott of the same.
rhymed paraphrase of Ilse
"Helga depicted the reality in her drawings, and because
the Germans forbade photographs, these drawings, which were recovered
after the war along with her Terezín journal, have become an important
testimony. She flicks through a book of them, pausing over an ink sketch
of a man checking his blanket for bedbugs or 'blechy'. She says: 'I
killed them by hand. They were small, but when they had eaten or drunk
they bloated up – and what is most terrible, full of blood.' Her
favourite drawing is of a funeral cart loaded with bread, and bearing
the logo 'Welfare for the young'. She says: 'It was the only vehicle
at Terezín. They wanted to decimate us psychologically too. Everything
was carried on it – luggage, old people, dirty linen – except dead
bodies.' As for those famous baskets of vegetables, which Helga and
other children spent their days cultivating, she snorts: 'It was all for
the Germans'.' In "Helga Weiss: an interview with a holocaust survivor,"
Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph UK, 19 February 2013.
The hearse of black-cracked lacquer
has served its many dead.
Four silvered columns heft
its ornamental roof overhead.
As dark, sepulchral friend --
it has carried its silent dead;
through ghetto lanes it carries now
its hundred loaves of hard-brown bread.
Snow softens white the silent earth,
wind sighing above this land,
as the wagon, drawn without horses --
no! -- children pull with tiny hand.
Each tugs the carriage traces
and plods in measured gait.
Sweat beads the children's brows and cheeks,
why is this heavy load their fate?
And childlike, earnest grimaces
in cheeks reddened with the cold
tell of their hardened labor for
meager blackened bread controlled.
The title to this picture?
With dark irony it black bleeds,
large is a sign fixed to the hearse:
"Welfare for the Young" it reads.
Welfare for the Young -- in the reality brought by the
Kleines Lied (2017)
I go I went
I go I went
I bend and bent
and time is now ticked by
I am I was
and this because
what's negotiable was I.
Thus was now is
for fool and whiz
are neither I deny
for I am naught
what I had ought
as life goes on to die.
"Al Arabiya said security forces
had found two groups of terrorists in Mecca and a third group in the
city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targetted worshipers at the mosque, it
said. Neither Al Arabiya nor Al-Ekhbariya gave any further details." In
"Saudi security forces foil attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca: state TV,"
by Omar Fahmy and Rania El Gamal, Reuters, 23 June 2017.
The rivals cried
there is one god,
the rival for which I fight.
The two sides lied,
the rent facade
showed war of eager might.
The veiled all vied
and all was flawed
with killing as god's right.
Heed not one guide;
as leaders laud.
as all seeds this worlds' plight.
of Militant Rivalry: "This year's commemoration
coincided with an intensifying battle for influence in the region
between Shiite Iran and its Sunni arch rival Saudi Arabia, which
severed diplomatic relations with Tehran in January 2016. 'Death to the
House of Saud and Daesh (IS),' the demonstrators chanted. 'Death to
America', 'Death to Israel', 'Death to the UK'." In "Chants against
Saudi royals as Iran marks Jerusalem Day," by Ali Noorani, Agence France
Presse, 23 June 2017.
Consider such rivalry in terms of
"After much discussion, debate,
and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is
post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting
circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping
public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ The
script was provided by a guest writer, the cultural commentator Neil
Midgley." In "Word of the Year 2016 is..." by Oxford Dictionaries, 2016.
on a spit,
Addendum on the Media:
"The media’s the most powerful entity on earth.
They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the
guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of
the masses." Malcolm X (1925-1965)
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Addendum of What's Left:
"...prominent representatives of the centre-left prepared the ground
for the post-politics of 'post-truth'. The irony is that some of
their closest relatives have been the first casualties of its
further realisation. 'Post-truth' is the latest step in a logic
long established in the history of ideas, and previously expressed
in the cultural turn led by middle-class professionals. Instead of
blaming populism for enacting what we set in motion, it would be
better to acknowledge our own shameful part in it." In "The
surprising origins of 'post-truth' – and how it was spawned by the
liberal left," by Andrew Calcutt, The Conversation, 18 November
of Fake News and Biased Sources: " 'The No. 1
skill that kids are going to need in this 21st century is media
literacy and the power of discernment,' said Stephen Balkam, founder
and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. 'What is real and
what is not real? What is reputable and what is not reputable? And
the willingness to go deep and not just read a headline.' For
students, it’s apparently an uphill learning battle. They’re
often taught in schools how to comprehend a written passage but less
frequently how to judge the source of the information presented
before them, Breakstone said. And because technology evolves
quickly, the teaching materials about news literacy haven’t kept up."
In "Students duped by fake news and biased sources, Stanford study
finds," by Queenie Wong, Mercury News, 22 November 2016.
of Amplification of Assertions and Suppression of Inconvenient
Facts: "Bader pointed out that most of the
anti-minority 'hate crimes' and 'hate incidents' cited by SPLC do
not legally constitute hate crimes, and many involve
constitutionally protected speech. 'It is simply ridiculous that
SPLC treats 'build the wall' as hate rhetoric,' he said. The center
counted people mentioning 'build the wall' as 467 incidents of hate.
'Alas, these days the SPLC is mainly a fundraising machine,'
said Gail Heriot, a US Commission on Civil Rights member who voted
against Friday’s resolution. 'The more it can persuade its donors
that hate groups have penetrated every nook and cranny of American
society, the more money it can raise. Now it wants us to believe
that the election has unleashed unprecedented waves of hatred and
violence among schoolchildren. Let’s stop and take a deep breath
before we assume that’s true. The SPLC has no credibility with
anyone — on the left or the right — who is familiar with its
methods.' While there no doubt are legitimate reports of hate
crimes against minorities — and even one is too many — hyping such
incidents recklessly fans the flames of anxiety among such
communities. And suppressing reports of crimes against Trump
supporters gives a one-sided and misleading view of post-election
discord." In "Report buried Trump-related 'hate crimes' against
white kids," by Paul Sperry, New Post Post, 5 December 2016.
of Orwell's Premonition: "Rolled
all-into-one; the Google and media conglomerate initiatives, the EU
parliamentary cadence against Russia, the NATO expansionism, this
new EU propaganda arm, and the western world’s old order exercise a
massive control. If George Orwell could imagine it, the elites
have set it in place. Standing back, viewing the policies and
rhetoric mimicked continually, we can see the real game behind.
Power, the continuation of it, is the ultimate goal, and it would
not surprise me to discover Google was a formulate entity of power
all along. The urban legend that such Internet monopolies as
Microsoft, Google, Amazon and the rest just 'happen' seems less
likely day by day. The 'Fake Story' parroted from the White House to
Whitehall and from the Bundeskanzlerin is a figment of the same
imagination that said Google will 'Do no evil'. At least this is the
view of a few millions. Me and scores of other dissenters are not
'faking', these corporate-government strategies, deals, and laws are
dangerous. This is what the 'free press' was originally tasked
with." In "The 'Godfather’s' Address to the EU: An 'Offer That
Cannot Be Refused'," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 6 December
of a BBC Admission of False Reporting: "Nearly
six months later, the BBC’s editorial complaints unit has now
concluded that the item was unfair. According to the unit, the
BBC reporter 'did not give due weight to public statements by
successive popes or the efforts made on the instructions of Pius XII
to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution, and perpetuated a view which
is at odds with the balance of evidence.' Pope Pius XII, who was the
pontiff during World War II, has been accused of silent acquiescence
to the Holocaust, most famously by a 1999 book, Hitler’s Pope, which
sparked a major controversy among historians. Its author, John
Cornwell, has since backed down on some of his claims." In "The
BBC conceded it was false to describe the Church as being 'silent'
in the face of Nazism," By Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald, 9
of the Press of Post-truth Meeting Plain Truth: "To
hear Obama wax poetic about ‘the politics of hope’ and ‘how ordinary
Americans can steer change’ feels deeply perverse coming from a
figure that has institutionalized a vast, unaccountable permanent
warfare state. In the face of Obama’s global covert assassinate
program, his numerous secret wars without congressional approval, a
mass electronic surveillance capability unprecedented in history,
the speeches reveal themselves as little more than banal platitudes
and vapid sloganeering. As the sun sets on Obama’s presidency, to
say the press has given him a pass is a grand understatement.
Some outlets have occasionally run criticism of Obama’s drone
policies or inconvenient relationship with Saudi Arabia. Other
voices invert reality altogether, chastising Obama for his
reluctance to militarily engage Syria, despite the US dropping over
12,000 bombs on the country in 2016 alone." In "Obama’s
Achievement was Whitewashing Permanent Warfare with Eloquence,"
Nile Bowie, New Eastern Outlook, 17 January 2017.
of Deceptions and Fake News: "While the West poses as the
premier champion of free speech, citizen participation, openness,
and accountability, the New York Times article reveals an unfolding
plan to utterly crush any narrative that deviates from Western media
talking points, thus controlling citizen perception, not encouraging
“participation,” and ensuring that the West alone determines what is
'opened' and held 'accountable.' No worse scenario can be referenced
in human history or even among human fiction than plans to determine
for the world through automatic algorithms and artificial
intelligence almost in real time what is heard and read and what
isn’t. It is even beyond the scope and scale of George Orwell’s
cautionary dystopian '1984' novel. In a truly free society, an
educated citizenry is capable of deciding for itself what is 'fake
news' and what isn’t. Because of the rise of alternatives to the
West’s monopoly over global information, many people are doing just
that – determining that Western narratives are in fact deceptions.
At no other point in modern history has the Western media faced as
many alternatives, and as much skepticism on this scale, as well as
an ebbing of trust domestically and abroad. It is no surprise then,
to find the West resorting to outright censorship, even if it
cushions mention of it with terms like 'fake news'." In "The
West’s War on Free Speech," by Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook,
5 June 2017.
of Failing to Report Honestly: "As
hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Germany in 2015 and
early 2016, daily newspapers took on the role of 'public
educators' rather than objective critics of public policy, a
team of researchers at the Otto Brenner Institute conclude,
according to a report in Die Zeit this week. The researchers, led by
former Die Zeit editor Michael Haller, studied thousands of articles
published between February 2015 and March 2016 by leading daily
newspapers, including Bild, Die Welt, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and
the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The report, which will be
published on Monday, criticizes 'the so-called mainstream media' for
lining up behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee
policies, and for uncritically taking on 'the slogans of the
political elite'." In "German media failed to report refugee
crisis honestly, study finds," TheLocal.de, 21 July 2017.
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of Checking the Facts: "...the two
co-founders were involved in a bitter divorce battle in which he was
accused of embezzling nearly $100,000 in company funds to spend on
personal expenses and prostitutes. Barbara asked a court at the time
to restrict Mikkelson's bank access, claiming his wild spending was
going to deplete the company's accounts." In " 'Fact checking'
website Snopes on verge of collapse after founder is accused of
fraud, lies, and putting prostitutes and his honeymoon on expenses
(and it hasn't told its readers THOSE facts)," by Alana Goodman,
Daily Mail, 26 July 2017.
of Refunds for Fake Traffic: "Alphabet
Inc.’s GOOGL 0.00%▲ Google confirmed Thursday it will issue refunds
for ads bought through its systems that ran on websites with fake
traffic, and said a handful of its partners have agreed to do the
same. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Google was
issuing refunds to some advertisers after ads purchased through its
DoubleClick Bid Manager tool ended up running on websites with
fraudulent traffic." In "Google and Its Partners Will Issue Refunds
to Advertisers Over Fake Traffic," by Jack Marshall, Wall Street
Journal, 21 September 2017.
of Blame for Fake News: "...Facebook should
be held to the same standard as traditional media companies that are
responsible for vetting the accuracy of stories before they publish.
The poll, she said, shows the public feels the same way: 73 percent
of voters said they think 'Facebook should hold itself to the same
standard as other media companies to only publish accurate stories
about candidates during election season. If you’re getting news from
social media, it makes sense you would think of it as a news
service,' Ryan said." In "Americans blame Facebook for fake news,
new poll finds," by Alex Roarty, Seattle Times, 28 September
of a Masterful Lie: "...I followed the
headlines and the trail of Russophobic nonsense back to an
organization called the Committee to Investigate Russia. The video
is part of a campaign by filmmaker Rob Reiner and his scary friends
to put the fear of Putin in every heart in America. Quoting the
Daily Beast on Freeman’s performance in the short: 'We have been
attacked. We are at war.' With all the sincerity and vigor the
Academy Award winning actor is famous for, Putin and Russia are
sizzling on the ultra-liberal hot plate. Freeman does a masterful
job as always, with one small problem. Everything he says in the
advertisement is a lie." In " 'Meathead' is Running the
Committee to Investigate Russia," by Phil Butler, New Eastern
Outlook, 28 September 2017.
of a Masterful Law to Accompany a Masterful Lie:
"Federal law currently exempts Facebook, Google and similar
companies from liability for material published by their users.
But circumstances are forcing the tech companies to accept more
responsibility for the information they spread." In "Fake news is
still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook," by Barbara
Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press, 9 October 2017.
of Fake News and the Stock Market: "The
Dow Jones newswires had a ‘technical error’ which caused the portal
to report several spurious stories including several headlines
claiming Google was acquiring Apple for $9 billion, and that the
deal was pre-arranged with Steve Jobs in his will. Obviously, every
element of the story is made up, but it’s pretty funny to see the
temporal blip on Apple’s stock price, which briefly spiked up to
$158. The fake stories have now been removed by DJ." In "Dow
Jones technical error spreads fake news story of Google acquiring
Apple," by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac, 10 October 2017.
Consider some truths about
- no doubt about it,
and muse on the assertion that
Thinking is not encouraged
[ 1 ] This quote
was used prominently in an opinion article. That
article concluded: "When you read Google News headlines
about Trump, Putin, Syria, Ukraine, or anything else for
that matter, understand your news has been put in
charge of the gatekeepers. And they are gatekeepers with
no qualms about punishing people for simply disagreeing.
This is where we are." In "When the Gatekeepers of
Press Freedom Deride Trump or Putin…" by Phil Butler,
New Eastern Outlook, 24 July 2017.
As the radical nature of the Internet and connectivity
erodes the grasp of the gatekeepers, the rage of the
gate keepers will become more apparent. Once the
post-modern assertion of post-truth is posited, then
objectivity diminishes. When subjectivity becomes all,
then one subjectivity will wage war, create alliances,
and assert post-modern sin as enthusiastically as in any
previous historical period. The brutal Hobbesian world,
not advocated by Hobbes,
will have again been achieved, intolerance elevated by
the advocates of tolerance to its secular theology.
[ 2 ] With news
from a number of nations showing their media's loss of a
people's trust is telling. On the state of the US media,
one reads: "Trust in the mass media is at
an all-time low. Two-thirds of Americans believe the
mainstream press publishes fake news. Yes, there’s still
much good journalism to be found, if you know where to
look. Yet, ask reporters who’ve been around a while,
and many will tell you that a lot of good journalism is
being left unpublished. Good journalists hate what’s
happening to the news. We have only ourselves to blame."
In "Americans don't trust the media, and for good
reason," by Sharyl Attkisson, The Hill, 18 August 2017.
If you've nothing
you have to hide,
serve well to guide.
If you've sin
some might spy,
to not be caught,
you have to lie.
If you're all in all
on the up and up,
there is no need
for a cover-up.
If your knots
all come undone,
what falls apart
is sure to stun.
If you conclude
life functions thus,
there'll come a time
you'll rage and fuss,
Lies in knots
all come undone,
while truths abide
Ollie Garx and Karly Marx
"The oligarchs of the Bay Area
have a problem: They must square their progressive worldview with their
enormous wealth. They certainly are not socialists in the traditional
sense. They see their riches not as a result of class advantages,
but rather as reflective of their meritocratic superiority. As former
TechCrunch reporter Gregory Ferenstein has observed, they embrace
massive inequality as both a given and a logical outcome of the new
economy. The nerd estate is definitely not stupid, and like rulers
everywhere, they worry about a revolt of the masses, and even the
unionization of their companies. Their gambit is to expand the welfare
state to keep the hoi polloi in line. Many, including Mark Zuckerberg,
now favor an income stipend that could prevent mass homelessness and
malnutrition." In "California’s descent to socialism," by Joel Kotkin,
Orange County Register, 11 June 2017.
Ollie Garx and Karly Marx
Played well together, friends,
Until remarks by these Pay-triarchs
Were heard as to what portends
For tomorrows' arcs of these bay monarchs
Who well served their own rich ends.
Billionaire Ollies with socialist views
Make words mean nothing much
Excepting that sought avenues
Play Midas with a Karly touch.
Enormous wealth enormous health
Serves few but serves them well;
The hoi-polloi must not be allowed to toy
With rebelliousness' toppling spell.
Billionaire Ollies with socialist words
Sell opiate to the people,
To keep them docile in this world
As well-sheared herds of sheeple.
of Billionaire Opinions I: "Gates, who is
currently the richest man in America, is far from the first tech
billionaire to speak out against capitalism. Richard Branson,
owner of the Virgin Media Empire, famously said 'capitalism has lost its
way' in the forward of his 2011 book, Screw Business As Usual. At the
book’s press launch, Branson said, 'The short-term focus on profit has
driven most businesses to forget about the important long-term role they
have in taking care of people and the planet.' Billionaire investors
Warren Buffet and George Soros have also criticized American
capitalism, as has billionaire filmmaker George Lucas. But many
call these moguls hypocritical — even if they start foundations or
pledge much of their own wealth to charitable causes, they still made
billions and now seek to devalue others who want to do the same, critics
say. 'Not by accident did the expression 'limousine liberal' enter
the American political lexicon years ago (in the late 1960s) as a
pejorative term to ridicule the hypocrisy of left-wing anti-capitalists
living the high life made possible by capitalism,' Richard M.
Salsman wrote in Forbes, reacting to Buffet’s critique of capitalism."
In "Bill Gates Bashes Capitalism — But He’s Not The First Tech
Billionaire To Do It," by Betsy Isaacson, Huffington Post, 14 March
Addendum of Billionaire Opinions II: "In a
2012 Pew Research survey, Democrats were far less inclined than
Republicans to think well of the wealthy, to the point that only 8%
thought they were more honest than the average American, and 65% thought
they were more greedy. But Steyer has worked to craft an identity beyond
hedge fund billionaire, with his work on climate change and income
inequality. Will that be enough? Or will voters look at him and see just
another rich guy?" In "Billionaire Tom Steyer is spending millions on
behalf of Democrats. What will he get out of it?" by Cathleen
Decker, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2016.
of Billionaire Opinions III: "Low-income Americans
(43 percent) are twice as likely as higher-income Americans (22 percent)
to view socialism positively, according to a Pew Research Center
survey from 2011. And among 18-to-29-year olds, 49 percent had a
positive view of socialism, while 47 percent had a positive view of
capitalism. The acceptance of socialism among younger Americans suggests
the presence of a generation gap." In "Bill Gates just endorsed
socialism, sort of: A boost for Bernie Sanders?" by Husna Haq, Christian
Science Monitor, 27 October 2015.
of Billionaire Options IV: "It’s the sort of brazen
move that might ordinarily trigger a front-page news story or an
outraged editorial — a bunch of rich individuals asking Congress to
write them a law that would give them better negotiating power against
other rich individuals. Yet in this case, the rich individuals wanting
special treatment are the newspaper owners themselves. Washington Post
owner Jeff Bezos (worth $83.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg
Billionaire’s Index), New York Times owner Carlos Slim (worth
$61.1 billion), and Buffalo News owner Warren Buffett ($76.9 billion),
publicly pleading poverty, are asking Congress for a helping hand in
their negotiations with Google, controlled by Sergey Brin ($45.6
billion) and Larry Page ($46.8 billion). In a Wall Street Journal op-ed,
David Chavern, president and chief executive of the News Media Alliance,
whose board has representatives of Bezos-Slim- and Buffett-backed
papers, complained about what he called 'an economically squeezed
news industry.' The Times, in a column sympathetic to the
effort, likened the news providers to 'serfs'" In "Bezos, Slim, and
Buffett, Publicly Pleading Poverty, Ask Congress for Help With Their
Newspapers," by Ira Stoll, New York Sun, 10 July 2017.
of Billionaire Opinions V: "Former U.S.
Comptroller David Walker on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's call for the
government to guarantee income for all." In "Zuckerberg’s universal
income is socialism on steroids: Fmr. U.S. Comptroller," by MSN, 26
of Billionaire's Company Subsidy: "The U.S. Postal
Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs. Like an
accelerant added to a fire, this subsidy is speeding up the collapse of
traditional retailers in the U.S. and providing an unfair advantage for
Amazon." In "Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery," by
Joseph Sandbulte, 13 July 2017.
[ 1 ]
of Billionaire Options VI: "The latest is
self-made multimillionaire Stewart Butterfield, the CEO and co-founder
of the workplace chat program Slack, which is reportedly in the process
of raising $500 million at a $5 billion valuation. Butterfield also
co-founded Flickr, which sold to Yahoo, reportedly for $35 million. He
joins Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and
Y-Combinator president Sam Altman, who all say society will both need
and benefit from universal basic income (UBI), a guaranteed cash payment
given to every resident irrespective of employment status." In
"Another tech titan joins Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg in supporting
free cash handouts for Americans," by Catherine Clifford , CNBC, 9
of Another Billionaire's Company Subsidies:
"Burning through taxpayer dollars, buying elections, and expanding a
network of crony capitalism has become so inherent to the SolarCity
model that $3 million to a public commissioner’s race, brazen though it
may be, is only a drop in the bucket for Musk and SolarCity. In 2013
alone, SolarCity received $127.4 million in federal grants. The
following year, in which it received only $342,000 from the same
stimulus package, total revenue was just $176 million and the company
posted a net loss of $375 million. Despite an expansion of operations
and claims to be the leader in the industry, SolarCity never has been
able to survive without serious help from government subsidies and
grants. The failure to responsibly turn taxpayer dollars into a
profitable renewable energy provider has led to SolarCity’s collapse
into the welcoming arms of Tesla. And with Tesla, SolarCity in fact will
be right at home, compounding a disastrous shell game that Elon Musk is
playing with government resources. It has been widely reported that
among SolarCity, Tesla, and the rocket company SpaceX, Elon Musk’s
confederacy of interests has gotten at least $4.9 billion in taxpayer
support over the past 10 years. This is almost half of Musk’s supposed
net worth—taken from the pockets of American citizens and put into
companies that can survive only by cannibalizing each other, spending
without end, and promising that success is always just beyond the
horizon and yet never arrives." In "It’s Time to Stop Spending
Taxpayer Dollars on Elon Musk and Cronyism," by David Williams, Daily
Signal, 13 November 2016.
Addendum of the Old New Harmony: "New
Harmony provided equality for all its inhabitants, male and female. This
manifestation of this equality was the responsibility of each citizen to
contribute to the labor force of the community. In order to provide
motivation for his workers in this system, Owen instituted a system of
'time money' and 'time stores'. New Harmony currency was worth the
amount of time that a worker had labored, and could be exchanged for
commodities worth the equivalent amount of labor. But although Owen
provided New Harmony with everything he could imagine that it would need
to succeed, it was missing the essential component that made other
communities, like the Shakers, cohesive. Because Owen did not believe in
God, their was no central covenant that committed the residents of New
Harmony to their enterprise. Although they were united by their
communal labor, and to the idea of utopian life, the very rational
concepts upon which Owen had based the community were antithetical to
communal life. Because they lacked the strong central belief which
served to unite other utopian groups, the members of the community were
lacking the commitment to carry out the mission that Owen envisioned.
New Harmony dissolved in less than three years." In "Robert Owen and
New Harmony," created by Kathleen M. Hogan, American Studies, University
of Virginia, n. d.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Insulation from Consequences and Protection by Courtiers:
"Democratic New York City mayoral hopeful Mario
Procaccino coined the term 'limousine liberal' to describe incumbent
Mayor John Lindsay and his wealthy Manhattan backers during a heated
1969 campaign. It was a populist and producerist epithet, carrying an
implicit accusation that the people it described were insulated from all
negative consequences of their programs purported to benefit the poor,
and that the costs and consequences of such programs would be borne in
the main by working class or lower middle class people who were not so
poor as to be beneficiaries themselves. In particular, Procaccino
criticized Lindsay for favoring unemployed blacks over working-class
white ethnics. One Procaccino campaign memo attacked 'rich
super-assimilated people who live on Fifth Avenue and maintain some
choice mansions outside the city and have no feeling for the small
middle class shopkeeper, home owner, etc. They preach the politics of
confrontation and condone violent upheaval in society because they are
not touched by it and are protected by their courtiers'." In
"Limousine liberal," Wikipedia article, n. d.
[ 3 ]
of How to Fund the Basic Income Proposed by Billionaires:
"Mr. Zuckerberg's concern for the marginalised in society is
commendable, as is his commitment to building strong communities. Unlike
most of the rest of us, he has the personal influence to help tackle the
problems of our age. He runs one of the world's most valuable companies
and has a ready-made digital pulpit from which he can make his case to
Facebook's 2 billion global users. He should now live up to his
rhetoric and launch a Facebook Permanent Fund to cover a broader
universal basic income experiment. He should encourage other data
businesses, such as Google, to contribute too." In "Why Facebook
should pay us a basic income," by John Thornhill, CNBC, 9 August
of the Basically Flawed Argument: "A universal
basic income would also destroy the conditionality on which modern
welfare states are built. During an experiment with a
basic-income-like programme in Manitoba, Canada, most people continued
to work. But over time, the stigma against leaving the workforce would
surely erode: large segments of society could drift into an alienated
idleness. Tensions between those who continue to work and pay taxes and
those opting out weaken the current system; under a basic income,
they could rip the welfare state apart. Lastly, a basic income would
make it almost impossible for countries to have open borders. The right
to an income would encourage rich-world governments either to shut the
doors to immigrants, or to create second-class citizenries without
access to state support." In "Basically flawed - Rethinking the
welfare state," Economist, 4 June 2016.
Consider the glories of
So shall ism
and another example of what is simply billionaire-creating
Capital for Communists
a story growing old
[ 1 ] That subsidy is estimated by some at over $2 million per day
going to one company from the US Post office, an arm of the
How rich is the CEO of and large shareholder in Amazon with
its government-subsidized shipping? One reads: "Bezos’
fortune has soared thanks to a sharp rise in Amazon’s share
price, which has gone up by one-third so far in 2017,
valuing the company at $475bn and Bezos’s stake of roughly
17% at more than $80bn. If Amazon shares continue to
rise at the same pace, Bezos will become the richest person
in the world within days." In "Jeff Bezos: the 'obsessive'
Amazon founder and world's next richest man," by Graham
Ruddick, Guardian UK, 2 June 2017.
Of this subsidized company operated by a billionaire, one
reads: "In one case, hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass
said government intervention could be imminent. 'I am
shorting Amazon today because I have learned that there are
currently early discussions and due diligence being
considered in the legislative chambers in Washington DC with
regard to possible antitrust opposition to Amazon’s business
practices, pricing strategy and expansion announcements
already made (as well as being aimed at expansion strategies
being considered in the future,' wrote Kass, head of
Seabreeze Partners Management." In "Amazon is getting too
big and the government is talking about it," by Tonya
Garcia, Market Watch, 14 July 2017.
The notion of "unfair advantage" because of subsidies flies
in the face of notions of a "free market." The article
notes: " 'My understanding is that certain Democrats
in the Senate have instituted the very recent and
preliminary investigation of Amazon’s possible adverse
impact on competition,' he said. 'But, in the Trump
administration we also have a foe against Jeff Bezos, who
not only runs Amazon but happens to own an editorially
unfriendly (to President Trump) newspaper, The Washington
Thus, the theme of oligarchs lobbying for money from the
government, whether via subsidized shipping or hopes for
subsidies for potential losses in the mews media, comes to
the same thing. Massively wealthy individuals seek
[ 2 ] Wealthy
Robert Owen invested in his utopian dream, and of him and
his dream is written: "Owen’s naďve belief in
the power of rational humanism was eventually denigrated by
Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels; but Engels once wrote of
Owen that, in the early 18th century, all social movements
and all real advance made in England in the interest of the
working class were associated with Robert Owen’s name."
In "New Harmony," America and the Utopian Dream, Yale
University Library, n .d.
The Yale University site identifies other American utopian
attempts at societal organization, all of which failed. The
list is informative, to explain the lure of consistently
failing utopian dreams attempted in practice.
Failed Utopian Dreams
1638 - New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, and
Pennsylvania German Colonies, Pennsylvania; 1694 -
Society of the Woman in the Wilder, Germantown,
Pennsylvania; 1732 - Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata,
Pennsylvania; 1774 - Shakers, near Albany, New York;
1805 - Harmony, Harmony, Indiana; 1825 - Nashoba,
Nashoba, Tennessee; 1825 - New Harmony, Harmony,
Indiana; 1841 - Brook Farm, West Roxbury,
Massachusetts; 1847 - Kingdom of St. James, Beaver
Island, Michigan; 1848 - Oneida, Oneida, New York;
1849 - Icaria, Navoo, Illinois; 1875 - Fountain
Grove, Santa Rosa, California; 1886 - Kaweah,
Tulare County, California; 1894 - Roycroft, E.
Aurora, New York; 1897 - Point Loma, San Diego,
California; 1903 - Halcyon, Oceana, California; 1919
- Holy City, near Santa Cruz, California; 1919 -
Peace Mission of Father Divine, Brooklyn, New York; 1965
- Drop City, Trinidad, Colorado; 1966 - Hog Farm,
Taos, New Mexico; 1967 - Twin Oaks, Louisa, Virginia;
1968 - Family of Mystic Arts, Oregon; 1967 - The
Diggers, California; and 1971- The Farm,
[ 3 ]
Amusingly, the American political Left and Right square off
as to what the notion of "limousine liberal" means. As
New York City mayoral hopeful Mario Procaccino coined the
term 'limousine liberal' to describe incumbent Mayor John
Lindsay and his wealthy Manhattan backers during a heated
One finds an argument that the term is right-wing, as if
Left and Right
as a political model is not failing. One reads:
"No political metaphor in recent American history—not even
potent ones like silent majority—has enjoyed the longevity
of limousine liberal. It remains part of the lingua franca
of our political debates today. It has managed to mobilize
an enduring politics of resentment directed against most of
the major reforms of the last seventy-five years, everything
from civil rights to women’s liberation, from urban renewal
to the war on poverty, from gay rights to the welfare state,
from affirmative action to environmental regulation. It
remains at the heart of an aggrieved sense felt by millions
that they have been passed over—their material needs
ignored, their cultural preferences treated with contempt—by
a cluster of elites that run the country." In "One of
the Most Successful Right-Wing Myths of All Time: 'The
Limousine Liberal'," by Steve Fraser, Basic Books, AlterNet,
9 May 2016.
So Democrat-coined "limousine liberal" is a successful
right-wing myth, for its seemingly "successful" use by some
political factions. Yet the sentence highlighted above is
As the billionaires above who must be considered "elite"
make their political pronouncements, one notes that within
the pendulum of political power, these same are in fact "a
cluster of elites that run the country." Drawing off the
three card monte game of words and their continual
redefinition, one finds "elite" applying to both sides of
politics, such that assertions of right and left becomes
silly. Oligarchs have a close relationship to government,
and ultimately to Marx whose dreamed-of dictatorship of the
proletariat was a step towards some sort of utopian vision.
That so many
of the billionaires as
cited above are insulated from the consequences of their own
political proposals and at the same time protected by their
courtiers demonstrates the postmodern fact of
The Privileges of Intellectuals
for whom power over others is their utopian dream. Pity the
poor others, who once again will be "helped" by these
powerful men of wealth.
to living off
gobbled up the most,
which devour all
too must come
for such is
the basic nature
Killing a host simply means
too will die;
relationship functions thus,
parasites wonder why;
wallets never try
to learn the
"Left-of-center opposition parties
claimed the tax cuts would benefit the richest and boost inequality.
Jonas Gahr Store, the wealthy Labor Party contender who is
leading in the polls ahead of the September 11 elections, has so far
refused to take up the government’s offer. Ironically, it was Store,
whose net worth is $8 million, who prodded the government into action by
complaining earlier this year that he had ended up paying less taxes
under the current administration." In "Norway’s ‘Voluntary’ Tax Plan
Brings In Just $1,325," by Sveinung Sleire, Bloomberg, 6 July 2017.
Thanks, no thanks, because of why?
Raise taxes, but on some other guy.
Who shall pay? That question's sly.
Given the chance big mouths reply,
Not I! Not I! Not I!
Thanks, no thanks, the clear reply,
When comes the chance to well supply
The state with cash and so thereby
Prove the words, but they reply,
Not I! Not I! Not I!
Thanks, no thanks, they testify,
For words are cheap yet verify
That big mouths preen to identify
With plain folks, yet they falsify.
Pay more freely? Advocates reply,
Not I! Not I! Not I!
Addendum of Tax Burdens versus Encouraging People to Work:
"By encouraging more people to work, the government
expects to generate more revenue via sources such as value-added tax,
Jensen said during a press conference in Copenhagen. 'There’s still room
for growth in public spending, and room to prioritize, as this
government does, welfare for Danes,' Jensen said. He said critics of the
government’s plan were guilty of a 'simplification' of economic
principles. 'This is not a zero-sum game' between taxes and welfare, he
said. Denmark boasts the planet’s highest tax burden relative to gross
domestic product (the OECD estimates the figure was about 47 percent in
2015, the fattest ratio in the rich world). That revenue is used by the
state to make sure Danes have universal access to free education,
hospitals, childcare and elderly care." In "Denmark Decides to Make
It 'More Attractive to Work'," by Peter Levring, Bloomberg, 29
[ 1 ]
1 ] "Who
should pay" can turn into "who should not be given public
monies," such that those who would otherwise "receive"
something for nothing end up receiving nothing. Ergo, this
can be deemed "paying."
Thus goes the logic, as one reads: "Denmark’s
government is seeking to introduce requirements which will
limit the access of foreign residents to the country’s
welfare system. Savings made from new curbs could help to
finance tax cuts in several areas announced by the
government on Tuesday, reports broadcaster DR. New
regulations proposed by the government would prevent in
principle non-Danish citizens from being eligible for
certain welfare payments (known in Danish as
overfřrselsindkomster) from their first day in the
country." In "Foreigners can help to pay for tax reform:
Danish finance minister," TheLocal.dk, 30 August 2017.
Given those "Left-of-center"
rich in Norway who eschewed the "opportunity" to pay more to
support social welfare, and given the Danish view that "not"
paying to some potential recipients of public monies based
on residency requirements, one finds the simple situation as
argued by a Swedish economist.
the Times - such paradigms
"The sign in question,
which can be seen from the southbound lanes on I-465 near the Washington
Street exit, claims to list the characteristics of 'the perfect man.'
Among the traits listed on the contentious sign are "'married 6 year
old,' 'slave owner,' 'rapist,' 'beheaded 600 Jews in one day,' '13
wives, 11 at one time' and 'tortured and killed unbelievers. 'By now,
you've likely figure out that the traits listed here are anything but
those of an ideal human being -- and opponents of the sign are saying
that it degrades the Muslim prophet Mohammad." In "Muslims appalled at
'perfect man' billboard on Indiana highway," by Alex Lasker, AOL News, 6
A sign of the times serves as
Such a sign signs not with names.
A sign serves as a symbol, a shape,
A signal that imperfectly frames
What one might notice -- some perfect portent
Which figuratively proclaims
That which speaks in volumes,
Referring to word-stuffed games
Of chapter and verse to validate
That signs speak of significant claims.
A sign of the times might well appall.
What refutes what a sign proclaims?
Addendum of Refutation by Taking Islamic Text and History Out of
Context: "At the bottom of the billboard in yellow
sits the words 'Educate Truthophobes.' A search of Truthophobes online
leads to multiple anti-Muslim groups, specifically an Australian group
with similar messaging. Indiana representative Andre Carson said he
believes the billboard is untrue and that the billboard's author
takes Islamic text and history out of context 'just like Al-Qaeda, ISIS
and the Klan do to religious texts to justify their bigotry'." In "Indy
Muslims call out creators of local billboard that insults Prophet
Muhammad," by Fatima Hussein and Justin L. Mack, IndyStar, 6 June 2017.
[ 1 ]
of Muslims and Sparked Outrage: "The billboard
also sits within the jurisdiction of Congressman Andre Carson, who is
one of two Muslims serving in Congress. The other in Minnesota Rep.
Keith Ellison. 'I think there's a way to debate and be Socratic without
being disrespectful or undermining people and causing a sense of
isolation,' Carson told the Indianapolis Star, adding that he is
disappointed that people have decided to use their free speech
protections as a platform 'to spread hateful, vile things that are
divisive to people.' Shahid added that incidents like this could be
better translated into a dialogue. 'I would love to meet the person who
put up the billboard just so I could sit down with them and just have a
conversation about it,' Shahid said. 'It does hurt, but we will
respond to it the way the Prophet would, with a positive approach and
peaceful conversation'." In "Billboard Disparaging Prophet Sparks
Outrage From Indianapolis Muslim Organizations," by Safia Samee Ali, NBC
News, 6 June 2017.
Addendum of Muslims Agreeing About Very Few Things:
"Chaudhry told us that all accounts of the Prophet’s life, which
occurred 1,400 years ago in 7th-century Arabia, were written at least
200 years after his death, and their reliability for accuracy is shaky:
Muslims believe the Prophet is an excellent example, and deeply disagree
about the kind of man he was and the things he did. There are very
few things all Muslims agree on — there is one God, the Prophet is his
messenger, and the Koran is the word of God. That’s the closest we can
come to agreeing." In "Are Indiana Muslims Appalled By an 'Accurate'
List of Muhammad's Deeds?" by Bethania Palma, Snopes, 19 June 2017.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of ISIS as Not Bad People: "Zameer
Ghumra 'brainwashed' two primary school-age youngsters, instructing them
to not have non-Muslim friends and asking if they wanted to join the
terrorist group. The 38-year-old was convicted on Thursday of
disseminating 'terrorist propaganda' in the form of a graphic Twitter
video on his mobile phone between January 2013 and September 2014." In "Pharmacist
who claimed Isis were 'not bad people' and showed child beheading video
jailed," by Patrick Grafton-Green, Evening Standard, 6 October 2017.
[ 1 ] The argument asserting truth
is empty, without examining assertions and citations for and
against such assertions and citations. The statement by a
politician is political, more than instructive of truth when
what is omitted is a direction to prove or disprove. The
life of Muhammad is not contained in the Koran, but in other
Islamic documents to which no reference was made in the
assertion of a statement deemed "untrue."
One reads: "Sunnah, ( Arabic: “habitual
practice”) also spelled Sunna , the body of traditional
social and legal custom and practice of the Islamic
community. Along with the Qurʾān (the holy book of Islam)
and Hadith (recorded sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), it is
a major source of Sharīʿah, or Islamic law." In "Sunnah,"
Encyclopćdia Britannica, n. d.
Additionally, "These varying sources, which created
differing community practices, were finally reconciled late
in the 8th century by the legal scholar Abū ʿAbd Allāh ash-Shāfiʿī
(767–820), who accorded the Sunnah of the Prophet
Muhammad as preserved in eyewitness records of his words,
actions, and approbations (the Hadith) normative and legal
status second only to that of the Qurʾān. The
authoritativeness of the Sunnah was further strengthened
when Muslim scholars, in response to the wholesale
fabrication of hadiths by supporters of various doctrinal,
legal, and political positions, developed ʿilm al-ḥadīth,
the science of attesting the authenticity of individual
traditions. The Sunnah was then used in tafsīr (Qurʾānic
exegesis) to supplement the meaning of the text and in fiqh
(Islamic jurisprudence) as the basis of legal decisions not
discussed in the Qurʾān."
The billboard's assertions -- which some believe true and
others untrue -- seem to refer in large part to this "major
source of Sharīʿah, or Islamic law." Thus to adjudicate
between true and untrue, there are references to consult. Or
to ignore, if one believes this the best expression of
[ 2 ] One may
refer to examples of whatever Islam is asserted to be by a
variety of news and opinion sources, as are surveyed under
the heading of
revisited - a thumbnail sketch of tolerance and inter-religious
dialogues. What goes without argument is that Islam is not ably
represented by one authoritative position, because Islamic
sources, authorities and stances disagree among themselves.
For this those for and against Islam both assert that Islam
-- "surrender" -- is
The religion of peace
The statements and definitions sampled from a wide range of
sources agree -- to disagree. Such is an assertion of
"truth" on the one hand and "hate speech" on another.
Among the several assertions on the billboard which have
sparked reaction is the first. But one reads: "The
majority of traditional hadith sources state that
Aisha was married to Muhammad at the age of six or seven,
but she stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine,
or ten according to Ibn Hisham, when the marriage was
consummated with Muhammad, then 53, in Medina." In "Aisha,"
Wikipedia article, n. d. By modern standards in many
nations, nine is legally too young, so the tribal practice
of an "perfect" example becomes imperfect in a modern age,
there being no "truth" for one without the other.
As to another two assertions, one reads in one quote:
"When a Muslim is allowed to marry a maximum of four wives,
how is it that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had eleven wives?
The Qur’an, in Surah Nisa, chapter 4 verse 3, states that a
Muslim is allowed to marry a maximum of only four wives.
Another verse in the Qur’an makes Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) an
exception to this rule. In Surah Ahzab chapter 33 verse
52: 'It is not lawful for thee (to marry more) women after
this, nor to change them for (other) wives, even though
their beauty attract thee, except any thy right hand should
possess (as hand maidens) and Allah doth watch over all
things'. [Al-Qur’an 33:52] This verse clearly gives
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) the permission to keep all his
previous wives but prohibits him to marry any more women
except those which his right hand possessed i.e. slave girls."
In "Why did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had 11 wives?" by Anas
Challiwala, Knowledge Sharing, 14 October 2010.
Wherever You Find Them
As to questions of
violence -- which can be an accusation leveled against all
human society throughout the ages, and especially in the
twentieth century -- one reads: In 2.191 "And kill
them wherever you find them, and drive them out from
whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than
slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque
until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you,
then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers."
As comment to such, one reads further: "Quran scholars
claim that the textual context of this particular passage is
defensive war. The historical context of these verses where
as defensive war. The previous verse says: 'Fight in the
cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress
limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.' Quran 2:190
This has been used to argue that fighting is only
permissible as a form of defence. There are two points
made in verse 2:191 that may cause some debate. The first is
that the killing of others is authorized in the event of
'persecution;' the second is that fighting may persist until
'religion is for Allah' and there is no more 'fitnah' (fitnah
having many possible interpretations, the most likely being
'trial' or 'testing'). Quran (2:191–193)." In "Violence
in the Quran," Wikipedia article, n .d.
So the challenge is about fighting until "religion is for
Allah" and there are no more disagreements, though as above
and in these addenda, disagreement within various strains of
Islam has been and remain a truth about Islam itself, rather
like the many other schisms throughout history, religious
and political both.
[ 3 ]
"...the closest we can come to agreeing" is a phrase rivaled
text and history out of context 'just like Al-Qaeda, ISIS
and the Klan" as was quoted from Andre Carson. A definitions
fail, discussion fails. A discussion of Muhmmad's life leads
to the Sunnah, far more than the Koran.
Of the Sunnah, one reads: "In the 800s, Sunni jurist
Muhammad al-Shafi'i ( 767 – 820 ) sought to establish a
strict definition of the term. He believed that the
sunnah complemented the Qur'an by illustrating the
principles of the sacred text, and he wanted to use it as an
additional basis for Islamic law. He insisted that scholars
study the hadith very closely to document the authoritative
sunnah. Al-Shafi'i's definition of the sunnah created a
formal, rigorous, and text-based framework for Muslim
jurisprudence and legal practice. Sunni Muslims eventually
accepted the notion that the sunnah of the Prophet was best
preserved through this type of framework. Shi'i Muslims,
however, continued to believe that the ideals of the Prophet
could best be realized by following the teachings of the
divinely guided imams, who interpreted the sunnah." In "Sunnah,"
Oxford Islamic Studies, n. d.
Discussion of Islamic terms and personages must include this
source. One reads further: "The second most important
source of authority for Muslims is the Sunnah. This
refers to the practices, customs and traditions of the
Prophet Muhammad that are considered to be a perfect example.
They are found in Hadith and other texts. Many of Muhammad’s
followers memorised his teachings while he was alive. These
were later written down and scrutinised and then collections
were made of them. Different groups of Muslims accept
different collections of Hadith as reliable sources of
authority." In "The Sunnah and belief about Allah,"
Religious Studies, BBC, n. d.
In short order one learns that "different groups of
Muslims accept different collections," and therefore what
one believes, another may not. Schism is driven as one
"As a way of life, Islaam is perfect and complete.
However, such are the times that we live in, that some of
the liberal elite from the Muslims choose to deny aspects of
Islaam to suit their own desires. It is even more sad, that
many choose to deny the Sunnah in particular. However
this is clearly wrong, as the saying of the Prophet
indicates: 'I have been given the Qur'aan and something
similar to it besides it. Yet a time will come when a man
leaning on his couch will say ‘follow the Qur'aan only; what
you find in it permissible, take as permissible, and what
you find as forbidden, take as forbidden’. But verily what
the Messenger of Allaah has forbidden is like what Allaah
has forbidden'. The words of the Arabian Prophet ring
truthfully in our ears again. Today there are a group of
people in Pakistan called the Pervezies who say exactly as
the Prophet foretold. They firmly insist that the Qur'aan is
the only source of law to be followed. Thus, they neither
consider the Sunnah a source of law, nor a regulation of our
daily affairs. This has led to many Muslim scholars
declaring (and rightly so) that the Pervezies are not
Muslims." In "What is the Sunnah," Islamnet, n. d.
In a very different direction as regards schism in Islam,
one reads: "Münster, Germany -- Muhammad Sven Kalisch,
a Muslim convert and Germany's first professor of Islamic
theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, doesn't like
to shake hands with Muslim women and has spent years
studying Islamic scripture. Islam, he says, guides his life.
So it came as something of a surprise when Prof. Kalisch
announced the fruit of his theological research. His
conclusion: The Prophet Muhammad probably never existed.
Muslims, not surprisingly, are outraged. Even Danish
cartoonists who triggered global protests a couple of years
ago didn’t portray the Prophet as fictional. German police,
worried about a violent backlash, told the professor to move
his religious-studies center to more-secure premises. 'We
had no idea he would have ideas like this,' says Thomas
Bauer, a fellow academic at Münster University who sat on a
committee that appointed Prof. Kalisch. 'I'm a more orthodox
Muslim than he is, and I’m not a Muslim'." In "Professor
Hired for Outreach to Muslims Delivers a Jolt, Islamic
Theologian’s Theory: It’s Likely the Prophet Muhammad Never
Existed," by Andrew Higgins, Wall Street Journal, 15
Such disparity in "agreement" is proof -- truth -- that
Muslims disagree and disagree widely in their beliefs and
none of these beliefs can be "proved" as can their wide
divergence of opinion.
Referring to the original news article, it asserts
"opponents of the sign are saying that it degrades the
Muslim prophet Mohammad." What remains is not to
politicize with an aim to silence discussion, but to open
discussion even when problematic. Citing sources and
specific source materials would further a "truth." Any such
truth seems wholly dependent on which sources one relies and
in which one "believes." But since when did belief become
One might do well to be suspicious of those who militantly
- no doubt about it,
as one might do well to be suspicious of politicians and
- repeat the repetition
" 'We are doing our best in
dialogue with the administration and Congress to make the U.S.
understand that funding development aid, funding foreign
policy in general, funding organizations like the U.N., is also
in the interests of the American people,' Guterres told an event at New
York University." In "U.N. chief warns if U.S. pulls back, others will
fill leadership role," by Michelle Nichols, Reuters, 30 May 2017.
The fun ding
is a ding-dong battle
all about funding like milking
ding-a-ling sings of wished
tediously rings this prattle
the fun dings tell and thereby
of evermore whing-ding
of the Transitive and Intransitive Verb:
"to dwell on with tiresome repetition *keeps dinging it into him that
the less he smokes the better — Samuel Butler *1902* , 1 :
to make a ringing sound : CLANG; 2 : to speak with tiresome
of Replacement of Actors: "Asked about a new world
order sparked by the Trump administration’s actions, Guterres said: 'I
believe that if the United States disengages in relation of many aspects
of foreign policy and many of international relations, it will be
unavoidable that other actors will occupy that space. And I don’t think
this is good for the United States and I don’t think this is good for
the world,' he said." In "UN chief: US will be replaced if it
disengages from world," Associated Press, 20 June 2017.
Consider begging "with tiresome
reiteration" for money from
- the Debtor Man,
and then consider the tasty treat hungry for more "fun ding" --
sung to the children's tune, "Baa, baa black
Swelled Head Lines
Who needs the caustic Onion,
Times are sourly ripe?
Who needs some tearful laughter,
Herald airs each gripe?
Who needs to counsel caution,
When a Post's
dead set against?
Who needs uproarious vision,
When the News'
Who needs call a cop a cop,
When our Tribunes stand around?
Who needs a jug-eared jolly tune,
Journals' toots' resound.
Who needs believe their lying eyes
Observer watches all?
Who needs a skeptic's careful stance,
Inquirers stir each squall?
Who needs which what, where and why
Reporter rarely heeds?
Who needs grinning rhyme or reason?
bloody bleeds, it leads.
Addendum of Modeling: "The Onion's articles
cover current events, both real and fictional, satirizing the tone and
format of traditional news organizations with stories, editorials, op-ed
pieces, and man-in-the-street interviews using a traditional news
website layout and an editorial voice modeled after that of the
Associated Press. The publication’s humor often depends on
presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy, surreal, or alarming
(such as 'Rotation of Earth Throws Entire North American Continent into
Darkness'). In 1999, comedian Bob Odenkirk praised the publication
stating, 'It's the best comedy writing in the country, and it has been
since it started'." In "The Onion," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of Bodybag Journalism: "As a general rule
these days, local news is about local death. The more violent the death,
the higher it goes in the news show. The New York magazine writer, Eric
Pooley, explained what was happening. In a story called 'Grins, Gore and
Videotape,' he revealed the unspoken motto of local news: 'If it
bleeds, it leads.' In New York, of course, they have more bleeding
to lead with. Sometimes, they have a veritable supermarket of horrendous
crimes, and it's hard to pick just one or two for the scant time that
news is on the air." In "Bodybag Journalism - When Does Gory News Become
Too Much For Local TV Shows?" by Eleanor Randolph, Chicago Tribune, 5
All the news is screaming
Love the little lemmings
|Love the little lemmings
Tripping toward the cliffs;
Without them greater lemmings
Could not lead such stiffs.
|Hail the mob of lemmings
Drowning in the waves;
For their deep submission,
Submersion digs the graves.
|Follow little lemmings
Schooled to rush en masse
With herded, fixed devotion
To what then comes to pass.
those lips - a psalm for the future through a look to the past
O dear those lips
lied with each breath.
Sweet nothing slips
away in death.
O dear, each word
which dying mutes
Was loudly preyed
in loud disputes.
O dear, plain truth
survives such death.
Mute lies each now dumb
Addendum of a Strategy: "Defeating toxic ideologies
requires a multi-generational, multi-national, multi-faceted approach,
and an intellectual leap of faith to revisit and re-tailor the
traditional strategic levers of power that have been long hailed -
somewhat Jominianly - as the principles that guide the application of
strategy." In "The Battle for Minds. Defeating Toxic Ideologies in
the 21st Century," by Colonel R. J. Boyd, United States War College,
[ 1 ]
Toxic National Socialism and its Hitler Youth
Italian Fascism and its children
Toxic Soviet Socialism and its Young Pioneers
Toxic Sino-Socialism and its tragic Cultural Revolution
Islamic socialism and its training of children to be
soldiers and martyrs
[ 2 ]
Africa's child soldiers as another representation of
today's toxic ideologies
Child soldiers of Donetsk
Untainted Truths: "Science is to remain
untainted by the fountains of subjective feelings. As much as
possible, scientists need to be free to present their evidence without
fear of offending others. Science is the offense—it cares not about your
feelings." In "The Ethics of Science: Gagging Science in an Age of
Creationism, Homosexuality, and Toxic Ideology," by Moses Y. Mikheyev,
Existential Theory blog, 10 July 2015.
[ 1 ]
Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779-1869) is referenced in Boyd's
article cited above. One reads a most pertinent observation:
"War in its
ensemble is NOT a science, but an art. Strategy,
particularly, may indeed be regulated by fixed laws
resembling those of the positive sciences, but this is not
true of war viewed as a whole. Among other things, combats
may be mentioned as often being quite independent of
scientific combinations, and they may become essentially
dramatic, personal qualities and inspirations and a thousand
other things frequently being the controlling elements.
The passions which agitate the masses that are brought into
collision, the warlike qualities of these masses, the energy
and talent of their commanders, the spirit, more or less
martial, of nations and epochs, —in a word, every thing that
can be called the poetry and metaphysics of war,—will have a
permanent influence on its results." Mertsalov, A.N. "Jomini
versus Clausewitz", pages 11–19 from Russia War, Peace and
Diplomacy edited by Mark and Ljubica Erickson, London:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
[ 2 ]
Some socialist in this modern era
disagree that Islam is akin to socialism, while others argue
it is. What is without dispute is that the notion of a
caliphate -- a maximum leader like other historical maximum
leaders and Marx' dreamed of dictatorship of the proletariat
-- is like unto those whose children from many lands,
times and cultures are pictured above.
As to notions of Islamic socialism, one reads of Egypt's
Nasser: "Egypt was captivated, and the Arab World
watched closely as Nasser expanded on his brand of
socialism. He believed that if the people had real
equality they would feel more united and act as one entity.
Saadedine Ibrahim, an Egyptian political activist, says:
'One of the very early phrases that Nasser coined was
addressing the common man: 'Raise your head fellow brother,
the end of colonialism has come.' And that is the kind of
language, message that echoed very deeply with the average
man, because it was a simple language and people who were
downtrodden, people who were beaten, mistreated, felt
worthless, began to gain that kind of confidence, spirit
that they didn't have before.' Never before had an Arab
leader achieved such popularity outside his own capital." In
"Arab Unity: Nasser's Revolution," Al Jazeera, 20 June 2008.
Aims of Islam and Socialism Were Identical
Additionally, one reads of Egypt's religious authorities:
"...the religious leaders of al-Azhar University went
further, stressing that the aims of Islam and socialism were
identical—the achievement of social justice, equality,
freedom, and dignity, and the elimination of want. Al-Azhar
served as an organ of state propaganda, and Nasser himself
used mosque pulpits as a platform from which to proclaim his
policies. After the Arab defeat in the 1967 Arab-Israeli
War, when it seemed that Arab nationalism and socialism had
failed, Nasser appealed more strongly than ever to Islamic
values. Traditional Islamic themes and symbols were revived,
and he made frequent references to Allāh in his speeches. By
the time of his death he was trying to set Egypt on a
different course, less socialist, more accommodating, in
which religion would play a greater role." In "Nasser, Gamal
Abdel," by Derek Hopwood, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the
Islamic World, accessed 28 May 2017.
To add to the mixing of the terms Islam and socialism, one
reads: "The Ba'ath Party, and indirectly the Syrian
Regional Branch, was established on 7 April 1947 by Michel
Aflaq (a Christian), Salah al-Din al-Bitar (a Sunni Muslim)
and Zaki al-Arsuzi (an Alawite). According to the
congress, the party was 'nationalist, populist, socialist,
and revolutionary' and believed in the 'unity and freedom of
the Arab nation within its homeland.' The party opposed the
theory of class conflict, but supported the nationalisation
of major industries, the unionisation of workers, land
reform, and supported private inheritance and private
property rights to some degree. The party merged with the
Arab Socialist Party (ASP), led by Akram al-Hawrani, to
establish the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in Lebanon
following Adib Shishakli's rise to power." In "Arab
Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region," Wikipedia article,
And of the party of Yasser Arafat, one reads: "Fatah
has 'Member Party' status at the Socialist International and
has 'Observer Party' status within the Party of European
Socialists." In "Fatah," Wikipedia article, n. d.
After the defeat of Germany's National Socialism -- see
True socialism, oh yes, he said
-- and Italian Fascism, the socialist of that era took
pains to separate versions of socialism. Yet when the Union
of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed -- additional pains
were taken to separate that form of socialism from others.
When the enormous numbers of deaths were estimated from the
Sino-socialist rule in Communist China, again avid
socialists began to pare away that form of socialism from
another. With the documentation of Islamic socialism, again
socialists in the West are challenged to explain why their
form of socialism is not like yet another form of socialism.
Yet, as with the images of children enrolled in various
forms of ideological militarism shown above, similarities
leer out through toxic ideology. The various forms of such a
toxic ideology all come down to some version of the stern,
enforced dictates of
So shall ism
versus simple freedom in a plurality allowing live-and-let-live.
It is the dictatorship of a state ideology over a people as
the antithesis of individual freedom.
Mister I Know Best
Mister I Know Best
Proving, like the rest,
As we should have guessed,
Was to err by
sword and pen.
Mister I Knew Best
place and age
Failed in this age-old test,
as our gauge,
Showing I Know Best's a pest
Follow the book -
"Jihad (English pronunciation: /dʒɪˈhɑːd/; Arabic:
جهاد jihād [dʒɪˈhaːd]) is an Arabic word which literally means
striving or struggling, especially with a praiseworthy aim. It can have
many shades of meaning in an Islamic context, such as struggle against
one's evil inclinations, or efforts toward the moral betterment of
society. In classical Islamic law, the term refers to armed struggle
against unbelievers, while modernist Islamic scholars generally equate
military jihad with defensive warfare. In Sufi and pious circles,
spiritual and moral jihad has been traditionally emphasized under the
name of greater jihad. The term has gained additional attention in
recent decades through its use by terrorist groups." In "Jihad,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
[ 1 ]
London town is bloodied now,
-- kill some
more, kill some more --
is bloodied now,
This, "for Allah," shout.
[ 2 ]
Follow the book and kill some more,
-- kill some
more, kill some more --
book and kill some more,
Sharpened with just words.
[ 3 ]
Follow the clues through centuries,
-- kill some
more, kill some more --
Follow the clues through centuries,
Carved from one small book.
Tally the dead that this has claimed,
-- kill some more, kill some more --
Tally the dead that this has claimed,
Heed the words they say.
Addendum of a Changing
"Mr Phillips said the survey showed 'the
unacknowledged creation of a nation within the nation, with its own
geography, its own values and its own very separate future.' He said:
'For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become
like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral
ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and
gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape.' He
said that the integration of Muslims requires a more 'muscular approach
to integration'." In " 'Astonishing' two in three British Muslims
would NOT give police terror tip-offs," by Laura Mowat, Express UK,
11 April 2006.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of Unsocial Media:
"The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would
'deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online' and that technology
firms were not currently doing enough." In "Theresa May says the
internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack,"
by Jon Stone, Independent UK, 4 June 2017.
[ 5 ]
Addendum of a Sourced Citation
to Heed the Words They Say: "Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, 'I have been sent with the shortest expressions
bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with
terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping,
the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my
hand.' Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now
you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not
benefit by them)." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book #52, Hadith #220)
Addendum of a French
President's Dilemma: "It is up to you to fight
on foot theological and religious ground, to unmask whenever
necessary the usurpation of your values, the capture of the history of
your religion, the denial of fifteen centuries of interpreted work by
[ 6 ]
Addendum of the So-called
Islamic State: "In 2014, so-called Islamic State
fighters targeted the Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish group in northern Iraq,
killing the men and capturing the women and children. Ekhlas, who was 14
at the time, tried to escape up Mount Sinjar but was not fast enough.
She was captured and held as a sex slave for six months." In "Yazidi
survivor: 'I was raped every day for six months'," BBC, 24 July 2017.
[ 7 ]
of Calling It Jihad: "Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy
has condemned what he called a 'jihadist attack'. He has
announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence was
held at noon (10:00 GMT) on Friday." In "Spanish police kill suspects in
second attack after 13 die in Barcelona," BBC, 18 August 2017.
[ 8 ]
of Another Islamic State Maniac: "A
knifeman wearing a fake suicide belt has been shot dead by police after
stabbing seven people in Russia – with Isis claiming responsibility for
the attack. The man, named locally as 23-year-old Bobichel Abdurakhmanov,
was gunned down by cops after going on a horrific stabbing spree in
Surgut on Saturday." In "Russia attack – Isis claim responsibility for
knife rampage in Surgut as cops gun down maniac ‘wearing fake suicide
belt’ who left seven injured," by Brittany Vonow and George Sandeman,
Sun UK, 19 August 2017.
Addendum of Jihad
Across Europe: "Barcelona and Cambrils, Paris,
Stockholm, Berlin and London - these are just some of the horrifying
attacks which have taken 364 lives, severely injured victims, ripped
families apart and left communities devastated in Europe over the past
two years. Each attack - committed by ruthless jihadis - has shocked
and saddened the world, leaving people heartbroken and fearful about
the future." In "Two years of terror: As Spain is left reeling by
Barcelona attacks chilling map shows how more than 300 innocents have
lost their lives in 16 separate jihadist atrocities," by Isobel Frodsham,
Mail Online, 18 August 2017.
of Jihadist Propaganda in Switzerland: "Swiss
federal prosecutors have brought charges against leading members of the
country’s largest Islamic organization in a criminal probe into
jihadist propaganda. Swiss media reported on Thursday that the
president and two members of the governing board of the Islamic Central
Council of Switzerland (ICCS) had been charged with violating the ban on
groups including Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS)." In "Leaders of Swiss
Islamic organization face criminal charges," TheLocal.ch, 21 September
Addendum of Wanting to
Create the Next 9/11: "One man in the US and two
others in Pakistan and the Philippines are under arrest and face charges
of plotting the attacks which they hoped to carry out in the name of the
Islamic State group. One of the suspects allegedly said he wanted to
create 'the next 9/11'. The trio allegedly used chat apps to plan their
attack." In "New York City: 'Islamic State attack plot' is revealed,"
BBC, 7 October 2017.
Addendum of Seeing a Rising
Anti-Muslim Sentiment: "A leading Polish expert
on xenophobia and extremism, Rafal Pankowski, saw the prayers Saturday
as a problematic expression of Islamophobia coming at a time of
rising anti-Muslim sentiment in Poland, a phenomenon occurring even
though the country’s Muslim population is tiny. 'The whole concept of
doing it on the borders reinforces the ethno-religious, xenophobic model
of national identity,' said Pankowski, who heads the Never Again
association in Warsaw." In "Poles pray en masse at border; Some see
anti-Muslim agenda," by Vanessa Gera and Karel Janicek, Associated
Press, 7 October 2017.
[ 1 ] The notion of a
word which has supposedly so many variants that they
contradict one another shows the ideological use of such to
demonstrate evasion as to meaning. While Wikipedia, edited
by a number of volunteers, tries for accuracy, the opening
definitions speak to jihad as both inner and outer, peaceful
and militant, and now tinged by "its use by terrorist
Yet later in the Wiki article, one reads: "The context
of the Quran is elucidated by Hadith (the teachings, deeds
and sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad). Of the 199
references to jihad in perhaps the most standard collection
of hadith—Bukhari—all assume that jihad means warfare."
the New Interpretation
Then this supposedly modern time includes: "Based on
the 20th century interpretations of Sayyid Qutb, Abdullah
Azzam, Ruhollah Khomeini, Al-Qaeda and others, many if not
all of those self-proclaimed jihad fighters believe
defensive global jihad a personal obligation, that no caliph
or Muslim head of state need declare. Killing yourself in
the process of killing the enemy is an act of martyrdom and
brings a special place in heaven, not hell; and the killing
of Muslim bystanders, (never mind non-Muslims), should not
impede acts of jihad. One analyst described the new
interpretation of jihad, the 'willful targeting of civilians
by a non-state actor through unconventional means'."
And so in one article, "especially with a praiseworthy aim"
seems the latest which many nations and much world media now
easily define as terrorist. Additionally and with threat to
the whole of Islam in the light of modernity, such acts of
jihad are often described or defined away in the media as
psychologically insane. The discussion roils and continues
as one reads further:
Listen to me!
"During a recent televised interview with Grand Ayatollah
Ahmad al-Baghdadi, the leading Shia cleric of Iraq made
clear why Islam and the rest of the world can never
peacefully coexist. First he spent some time discussing
'defensive jihad,' saying that all capable Muslims are
obligated to fight for the 'liberation' of 'occupied'
territory, for instance, Israel (see here for a list of
European countries also deemed 'occupied' in the eyes of
Islam). He then explained 'offensive jihad,' Islam’s primary
bloodline, which forged what we now call the 'Muslim world'
over the centuries. According to the ayatollah, when they
can—when circumstance permits it, when they are strong
enough—Muslims are obligated to go on the offensive and
conquer non-Muslims (a fact to be kept in mind as millions
of Muslim 'refugees' flood the West). The Muslim cleric
repeatedly yelled at the secularized host who kept
interrupting him and protesting that Islam cannot teach such
intolerance. At one point, he burst out: 'I am the scholar
of Islam [al-faqih]. You are just a journalist. Listen to
me!' " In " 'Abducting Women' and 'Destroying Churches'
is 'Real Islam'—Iraqi Ayatollah," by Raymond Ibrahim, Human
Events, 20 October 2015.
Listen, it is advised.
[ 2 ] "One
eyewitness spoke of the men shouting 'this is for Allah'
as they stabbed indiscriminately. The death toll was
unclear at first but later rose to six; the number of
injured is over 30." In "'They shouted 'this is for Allah',
as they stabbed indiscriminately' - How the London terror
attack unfolded," by Robert Mendick, Telegraph UK, 4 June
Similarly, "Witness Erick Siguenza told BBC News that one of
the gang screamed 'This is for Allah' as he went on his
stabbing rampage." In "8 MINUTES OF TERROR London Bridge
attack – cops shoot three terrorists dead as six victims
killed after extremists plough into revellers at 50mph
before jumping out and stabbing people," by Mark Hodge and
Neal Baker, Sun UK, 4 June 2017.
Of this attack, one reads further: "The bridge is in
lock down and the area around it is closed with bus routes
being diverted, as armed police and a bomb squad attend the
scene and boats search the water. The attacks in the
streets of London come just days after armed troops were
pulled off the streets of Britain." In " 'Run, hide,
tell': Metropolitan Police issue warning as officers launch
hunt for attackers who went on a terror rampage in the
streets of London," by Anthony Joseph and Ekin Karasin, Mail
Online, 4 June 2017.
[ 3 ] One reads:
"ISLAMIC State (ISIS) has called for attacks in Britain
during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts tonight,
after the Manchester bombing which killed 22 and maimed
dozens more." In " 'Attack them in their homes' ISIS in
twisted call for bloodshed during Ramadan," by Zoie
O'Brien, Express UK, 26 May 2017.
Fro those who argue that such as the above is not
representative of Islam, then not only ISIS -- the Islamic
State -- is not Islamic, but neither are others.
Bid to Carve
As one reads: "Northern Cameroon has in recent years
suffered from the overflow of violence linked to Nigeria's
Boko Haram Islamist insurgents. Nigerian refugees
have flooded across the border and local residents have been
forced to flee their homes. Boko Haram launches frequent
cross-border raids in its bid to carve out an Islamic
caliphate. Its eight-year insurgency has killed more
than 20,000 people in the Lake Chad region and, according to
the latest U.N. refugee agency figures, displaced 2.7
million." In "Children strapped with explosives kill nine in
north Cameroon," by Josiane Kouagheu, Reuters, 2 June 2017.
So either violent jihad, an Islamic caliphate (or several)
and "bloodshed during Ramadan" are Islamic or they are not?
All the markers point to these as representative of Islam,
especially as "guest" in non-Islamic lands which experience
terror from Muslims.
[ 4 ] The
gathering of many reports together shows that the empty
now may be easily directed at Muslim nations, Muslim
populations and more.
As to Phillips' conclusion that Islam in the United Kingdom
is become "a nation within the nation, with its own
geography, its own values and its own very separate future"
and a number of jihadi attacks euphemized as "terror" by
some to parse Islam away from these, one may foretell a time
when a "nation without a nation" with its valuing of jihad
and the asserted "very separate future," war between these
civilizations must erupt and be settled as all wars have
been settled -- with a losing side.
"Follow the book" and "heed the words they say."
"This is for Allah."
One reads that some Muslims in the UK are attacked by other
Muslims over "stigmatizing Muslims." One reads: The former
chief crown prosecutor and the country's most prominent
Muslim lawyer has said British Islamic groups are
undermining fight against terror by peddling 'myths' about
the Prevent campaign. Nazir Afzal has claimed an
'industry', of Muslim groups was spreading misinformation
about the Prevent strategy, according to The Times." In "British
Islamic groups are undermining fight against terror by
peddling 'myths' about Prevent campaign, says top Muslim
lawyer," by Isobel Frodsham, Mail Online, 3 June 2017.
Such a report and complaint by a "most prominent Muslim
lawyer" reinforces Phillips' assertion that some significant
portion of a population believing in Islam is the now "a
nation within the nation, with its own geography, its own
values and its own very separate future." And its own
A report about London after the last attack: "The man,
of African origin, had recently purchased the machetes, and
made his way towards a largely Jewish neighborhood in the
Golders Green area of London. Police apparently followed the
man from the store where he purchased the machetes and
detained him as he entered the neighborhood. Less than a
month ago, a man brandishing a meat cleaver threatened
Jewish residents of the Stamford Hill neighborhood and
attempted to break into a kosher food store. After employees
of the store locked the door, the man entered a second
kosher grocery store shouting 'Where is the boss, I will
kill him!' The man then chased after two Jewish boys, aged
14 and 8, shouting 'You Jews run away form here before I
kill you,' JTA reported." In "Muslim carrying
machetes nabbed in Jewish neighborhood," by David
Rosenberg, Israel National News, 6 June 2017.
Britain has its share of this, as one reads further:
"The mosque where bomber Salman Abedi worshipped hosted
hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed
and gays and adulterers to be stoned to death. Didsbury
Mosque’s YouTube channel still features videos from clerics
including American Abdullah Hakim Quick. He called for
homosexuals to be killed and death for those who do not
follow Islam." In "Preachers at mosque where Manchester
bomber prayed called for homosexuals, British soldiers and
non-believers to be killed," by Ben Lazarus, The Sun UK, 28
And of one Muslim and his religious stance coupled to
terrorism: "When asked if he planned on
instructing a barrister, he replied: 'My legal
representative is Allah, but from your side, why would I
need any one?' Ali was arrested 100 yards from the spot
where Khalid Masood was shot and killed after mowing down
bystanders in a hired car driven over Westminster Bridge
five weeks before. He faces two charges under the Explosives
Substances Act 1883 on 28 January 2012 and 6 July 2012, and
one charge of preparation of terrorist acts on 27 April this
year." In "Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali was arrested close to
the Houses of Parliament," by Paddy Dinham, Mail Online, 19
It would appear that, as Islam splinters, some readers of
the Koran are considering and practicing attacks on
non-Muslims as in line with what they read. Follow the book.
Heed the words they say. It is not some generic "terrorism"
but terrorism rooted in an ideology incompatible with
In contradistinction to multiple murderous knife attacks and
attacks with bombs, one reads of a "hate crime" -- as it is
being defined in news media as by politicians: "TellMAMA,
which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, said: 'We have
received information that worshippers at the Omar Faruque
mosque in Kirkwood Road, Cambridge, came out from prayers to
find strips of ham on the windscreens of four vehicles'.
...'Clearly in the minds of perpetrators, they believe that
pork products are an insult to Muslims'." In "Security
stepped up at Cambridge mosques after early morning bacon
hate crime," by Raymond Brown, Cambridge News, 9 June 2017.
Thus one should conclude of the current climate of political
correctness that: "strips of ham" > murderous knife
attacks and bombings of concerts involving multiple killings
and serious injuries.
As to the sentence in the article cited which reads "in
the minds of perpetrators, they believe that pork products
are an insult to Muslims," one may check Islamic
"He has only forbidden you what dies of itself, and blood,
and flesh of swine, and that over which any other
(name) than (that of) Allah has been invoked; but whoever is
driven to necessity, not desiring, nor exceeding the limit,
no sin shall be upon him; surely Allah is Forgiving,
Merciful." In Qurʼan, Sura 2 (Al-Baqara), ayat 173," as
found in Islamic dietary laws," Wikipedia article, n. d.
So it is or it isn't, and the journalistic lack of clarity
shines brightly. Follow the book?
[ 5 ]
Based on the preponderance of evidence
as read in the UK media reports, "extremists" were involved
in the murders, as well as being characterized by reference
to the same book. The Prime Minister has called this "a
perversion of Islam." And so another non-Muslim stands
to define Islam? Not at all, for while May made her remarks,
they did not include a definition of what Islam is, in her
Together by the Single Evil Ideology of Islamist Extremism
The report: "...the London and Manchester
attacks were connected in 'one important sense. They are
bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist
extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes
sectarianism,' she said. 'It is an ideology that
claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human
rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an
ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of
the truth'." In "Theresa May says 'enough is enough' in
wake of London Bridge terror attack as she confirms General
Election will go ahead," by Jack Maidment, Telegraph UK, 4
Therefore there is, in her view, the religion of Islam and
"the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism" are not
connected, all the while the "London and Manchester attacks
were connected." At the center is a claim reported above
"This is for Allah." So if the "evil ideology of
Islamist extremism" is "connected" to Allah, the Koran and
Hadiths, and seems to involve those who would not cooperate
with the British government as regards terror -- a reported
two-thirds -- then what is connected is the fact that May is
not an authority for the Muslims in Britain, and cannot
define their religion for them, nor parse it away from that
"ideology" which is founded on Allah, and the Koran and
Hadiths, and practices militant jihad.
[ 6 ] The
original French and source are: "Il vous
appartient de combattre pied ŕ pied sur le terrain
théologique et religieux, de démasquer chaque fois que
nécessaire l'usurpation de vos valeurs, la captation de
l'histoire de votre religion, la négation de quinze sičcles
de travail d'interprétation réalisés par vos savants", a-t-il
ajouté." In "Macron appelle les dirigeants de l'islam de
France au "combat" contre le fanatisme," BFMTV with Agence
France Presse, 21 June 2017.
Macron asserts that "values" have been somehow usurped, a
common stance among many political leaders who have no
standing in deciding what vales are "fifteen centuries of
work." In those fifteen centuries, wars of conquest through
jihad as referenced above suggests a historical fifteen
years which do snot serve as testimony to the reality of
militant jihad, as expressed in many statements from around
the world, nor from demonstrable militant actions also found
around the world.
is Up to Who?
"It is up to you," as Macron says, and as Bush and Obama
have said before him. Yet militant jihad continues. Which of
these Muslim scholars will deny Sahih al-Bukhari, Book #52, Hadith
#220, as cited above?
For Macron and his "fifteen centuries of interpretive work,"
one might inquire about such as in found: In the
Sunnah, one finds as an example of "Prescribed Punishments (Kitab
Al-Hudud)." Among them, "Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: If
a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he
will be stoned to death. Abu Dawud said: The tradition
of 'Asim proved the tradition of 'Amir b. Abi 'Amr as weak."
(Sunan Abi Dawud 4462) How "weak" is tradition? In
whose view? Who decides? Shall one read or not read or read
and disagree when observing some
the Times - such paradigms.
review of the second footnote to
O dear those lips
- a psalm for the future through a look to the past
- suggests that a French president's appeal to Muslims
scholars and theologians might well be naive and uninformed.
[ 7 ]
The words? One reads: "In
late 2014 the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant released
a pamphlet on the treatment of female slaves, which used
a Quranic quote containing the expression ma malakat
aymanukum to argue that Islam permits having sex with female
captives." In "Ma malakat aymanukum," Wikipedia article,
enormous challenge for Islam in the modern world is to come
to terms with not only such slaving in the "so-called"
Islamic State, but elsewhere such as with the Boko Haram.
That an ancient text is supposed to be understandable and
yet arguments abound as to various readings, the source of
IS' sex slavery is rooted in their view to the text.
Apologists who aver that such is not Islamic are confronted
by their own varying views on what even the word, Islam,
means and what the tradition allows.
[ 8 ] The
word, jihad, has plainly entered the English language from
Arabic, and used in BBC reporting. It relates directly
to the parallel word, terrorism, and the two link to Islam,
in which terror is meant to advance the political religion.
Like guerilla warfare and asynchronous warfare, jihad is far
more evident as violent attack than mere inner struggle, as
apologists would have the world conclude. It is merely a
matter of connecting the language dots together. Follow the
book(s) as one considers the Koran and the larger compendium
of Bukhari which accompany it.
As to terrorism and the "jihadist attack" as a Spanish Prime
Minister identifies this, one reads: "Residents of the
Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils fled in terror in
the early hours of Friday after five terrorists wearing
suicide vests launched the second ramming attack in the
country in a matter of hours." In "Second vehicle attack:
five terror suspects 'wearing suicide vests' shot dead in
Cambrils," by Foreign Staff, Telegraph UK, 18 August 2017.
Follow the book(s) and the language which identify and
As to the notion that printed material can be dangerous,
those who make apologia for Islamic violence and claim the
"book" is not a source need consider the assertion that
other printed material is "dangerous."
Printed as Provocative
One reads: "French satirical weekly Charlie
Hebdo published a provocative front-page cartoon about Islam
and the recent terror attacks in Spain on Wednesday,
sparking fears that it could encourage Islamophobia. The
latest edition of the magazine, which was targeted by
Islamist gunmen in 2015, shows two people lying in a pool of
blood after being run over by a van next to the words,
'Islam, eternal religion of peace'." In "France's Charlie
Hebdo publishes provocative Islam cartoon," Agence France
Presse, 23 August 2017.
By the same logic, "provocative" words in the Koran "could
spark fears," too. The AFP article ends with ""Patrick
Pelloux, a former Charlie Hebdo contributor, defended the
paper, saying: 'We need to fight Islamist terrorism and
religious radicalism, not a magazine'." One can
follow a "book," and one can allege a "book" is
"provocative" and "spark fears" of some phobia and not just
the vapid charge of
as one can survey attacks on Muslims by Muslims, Muslim
nations on Muslim nations, and more. What is "provocative?"
What "sparks fear?" What is violence? What is war and what
Consider the postmodern assertion of
The religion of peace
The Barren and the Barrenness
"Societies are like
individuals, too; some are energetic and outward-looking during periods
of their life, while at other times, 'anomie' takes over. That’s
when individuals and societies go through life depressed and fearful
while trying to hide it with empty indulgences, whether it is drinking
or shopping, which one American philosopher called 'joyless hedonism'.
Until this value system changes, many “affluent” societies of today will
become so depressed that they will commit demographic suicide." In "Baby
dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic
suicide," by N. Balakrishnan, South China Morning Post, 20 May 2017.
[ 1 ]
Barren One and Barrenness Two
would lord over others, and
Each Barren and each Barrenness would shrink each fatherland.
Barrenness Left with Barren Right would pompously declare
As Barrens and as Barrenesses they were most aware.
Barren Left and Barrenness Right were childless; this because
Saving the world for barrenness was how they'd earn applause.
Decades passed and these royal types grew old and bent and gray,
Like the motherlands they ruled, which simply bred away.
Fruitless grows the oldest trees and then the orchard's burned.
And this is how demographically the simplest truths are spurned.
"In a society riddled with mindless materialism, purposeless
pressure, joyless hedonism, and devastating loneliness, Jews can
restructure the family to oppose the shallow ethos of mass culture."
In "In God's Mirror, Reflections and Essays" by Harold M. Schulweiss,
Ktav Publishing House, 2003.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of the Asylum Which Must Be Opposed:
"... millions of us shuffle to meaningless jobs, or are commanded to
search for them, in a collective act analogous to mass occupational
therapy: thousands of Nurse Ratchets, in council offices, MP surgeries
and Job Centres, massage our behaviour, preventing us from ever locating
the mechanisms at the root of our suffering. Parallel to our being
managed, we witness the expression of collective madness that is the
joyless hedonism of Leicester Square on a Saturday night. Beneath a
tissue-thin layer, we conceal an existential dread that for far too many
erupts into a disruptive and harmful breakdown. The asylum is here, and
we all live in it." In "Group Therapy," by Jack Dean, Occupied Times
29 March 2014.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Europe's Barrens and Barrenesses Sacrificing Children:
" 'Est regis tueri cives.' It is the king's duty to protect citizens. Or
do we think that, to continue enjoy our lazy lifestyle, we must feed the
Islamic Moloch, like the god of Carthage, which demanded the sacrifice
of children in return for the preservation of the city? And another
point: Is it possible that Europe's leaders have chosen to avoid
fighting because they are all childless? German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel
Macron, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg's Prime
Minister Xavier Bettel, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the
head of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, have one thing is
common: they are all childless. They don't have the most powerful stake
in the future of the country they lead. Having children and
grandchildren influences the desire to ensure that they are given
protection and the best chance to flourish in the future. Perhaps a
childless leader is unable to see further into the future apart from his
own life. In Israel it would be unthinkable." In "Europe chose to
sacrifice its children to the Islamic Moloch," by Giulio Meotti,
Arutz Sheva, 23 May 2017.
[ 4 ]
of Another View on the Barrenness of Europe: " 'Europe
today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even
take its own side in an argument,' writes Murray. 'Those in power seem
persuaded that it would not matter if the people and culture of Europe
were lost to the world.' According to Murray, the migrant crisis
perfectly encapsulates this exhaustion. In some ways, it’s a case of
competing virtues: the desire to be virtuous to the rest of the world is
competing against justice for the people of Europe. Increasingly, virtue
is winning out over justice because a misguided commitment to hollow
notions of 'respect,' 'tolerance,' and 'diversity' has supplanted the
deep roots of European civilization. The problem, argues Murray, is that
European values have 'become so wide as to become meaninglessly
shallow.' As the crisis deepens, it’s become obvious that Europe’s
leaders are now so ambivalent about the survival of their own
civilization they’re unable to speak of the bad things that have come,
and will keep coming, with mass migration." In "Unable To Confront
The Migrant Crisis, Europe Is Committing Suicide," by John Daniel
Davidson, Federalist, 18 July 2017.
[ 1 ] As
to "each Barren and each Barrenness," the article notes:
"...in the European Union – where an entire continent seems
to be marching like lemmings to demographic suicide –
many leaders are childless and may therefore be less likely
to promote child-friendly policies. Among the current
European leaders without children are Germany’s Angela
Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister
Theresa May, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Italian Prime
Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan
Lofven, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of European Commission."
One may see these Barrens and Barrenesses at work, rather
like their political forbearers, in
- a historical study.
[ 2 ]
While Rabbi Schulweiss offers an alternative
-- "to oppose" -- from and for the Conservative Jewish
perspective, one finds a parallel in a Christian's critique
of a supposedly "modern" culture.
"...modern humanism's determinist
view of the world and human nature, its misguided
educational and social ideals which jettisoned traditional
values, its eccentric economic utopianism which took no
account of the human sinfulness of both those who govern and
those who are governed, its identification of love with lust
and altruism with self-interest, and its hostility to
religion have produced only a thin, unsustainable
metaphysics and joyless hedonism -- a hedonism, along with
its residual frustration, which is strikingly portrayed in
Ecclesiastes chapter 2. This is a world view and life
style buttresses by mores which are based upon
self-gratification masquerading as morality. According to
the humanists, human beings are behaviorally conditioned and
determined creatures who should entertain no illusions about
the ultimate meaning of life." In "Theological Sentences:
Unveiling the Undeniable Impact of Sacrificial Obedience,"
by Samuel J. Mikolaski, Sava Communications, 2013.
As to the biblical citation, one reads: "Everything
is wearisome, more than one can express; the eye is not
satisfied with seeing, the ear not filled up with hearing.
What has been is what will be, what has been done is what
will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is
there something of which it is said, 'See, this is new'? It
existed already in the ages before us."
What has existed already in the ages before us is the urge
to power, to rule and to become masters over others.
[ 3 ]
As to a nation
led by a Barrenness oer the above comment by Balakrishnan,
one reads of the modern dystopian utopia:
"...factories have closed, people travel by car instead of
buses, use YouTube rather than the cinema. But these shifts
alone fail to explain the speed of our social collapse.
These structural changes have been accompanied by a
life-denying ideology, which enforces and celebrates our
social isolation. The war of every man against every man
– competition and individualism, in other words – is the
religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone
rangers, sole traders, self-starters, self-made men and
women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, who
cannot prosper without love, there is no such thing as
society, only heroic individualism. What counts is to win.
The rest is collateral damage. British children no longer
aspire to be train drivers or nurses – more than a fifth say
they 'just want to be rich': wealth and fame are the sole
ambitions of 40% of those surveyed. A government study in
June revealed that Britain is the loneliness capital of
Europe." In "The age of loneliness is killing us," by
George Monbiot, Guardian UK, 14 October 2014.
Postmodernism and its royals, contemporary politics and its
Barrens and Barrennesses, and "the shallow ethos of a mass
culture" as Schulweiss notes above, seek to rule, leading the
gullible to being ever more barren, in an age when the
"anomie" has led to that "life-denying ideology" in which
the ever more expensive social state, pretending to care for
its citizenry, makes the many dependent on the state and its
few who then
rule with an iron hand wrapped in a velvet glove, as
opposed to the naked violence as one sees from the many
example when such rulers are fully
Left to their own devices
An Italian journalist
who writes twice weekly for Il Foglio also writes a
column for Israeli news media and a commentator based in
Hong Kong note the same fact about so many of Europe's
ruling class, that they are barren.
The Judeo-Christian tradition celebrates children, as one
may see from the simple quote: "Children too are a
gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. The
children born when one is young. are like arrows in the hand
of a warrior. How blessed is the man who has filled his
quiver with them; he will not have to be embarrassed when
contending with foes at the city gate." Psalm 127:3-5.
The clarity of the narrative is also simple, when reading:
"Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she
became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, 'Give
me children, or else I die'." Genesis 30:1.
Me Children, Or Else I Die
The Islamic tradition also flies in the face of the current
crop of barren European leaders, as one reads a comment on a
verse from the Koran: "Undoubtedly the benefits of
increasing the nation’s offspring are obvious to everyone
who thinks about the matter. Hence nations who understand
this matter have been keen to encourage their people to
increase their numbers and also to make their enemies reduce
their numbers by means of specious arguments and sometimes
by using means that lead to infertility and having few
children, by means of drugs, contaminated food stuffs that
reduce fertility and so on. This is one of the means of war
used against the Muslim ummah by its enemies." [al-A’raaf
Thus one sees demographic tides shifting across the world,
with the "modern" arguments from some that population should
be reduced for fear of a coming
on the one hand, and
The Privileges of Intellectuals
on the other. "Naturally" not all intellectuals may be
allowed such privilege but only those approved within the
constraints of power and politics.
But cultures have seen children as the future, and indeed a
demographic-proven future. As an example from another
tradition, one reads: "If the woman has the
physical fitness and the meritorious luck to bear his
children, the family was a fortunate one. Villagers always
looked at sterility with a squinted eye, and its fault and
the misfortune lay solely on the woman's part. As such, a
childless woman often became culprit for her entire life."
In "The Master's Daughter," by Swarnakanthi Rajapakse,
Sarasavi Publishers, 2014.
Adopting this vocabulary, one could opine that each
"culprit" atop European governance in its barren demographic
modernity is, in fact, in part and by example culpable for
building up a quiver-empty governance unable to respond to "specious
arguments and sometimes... [ the use of ] means
that lead to infertility and having few children, as an
Islamic source has clearly stated.
Nurtured in the Wombs of Women
A modern writer notes: "God is building a mighty army
to vanquish the forces of darkness. These soldiers of the
light are initially conceived and nurtured in the wombs of
women. As such, an obvious strategy for the devil would be
to sabotage the womb to cut down the size of this godly army."
In "Hannah's Song," by Theresa Pecku-Laryea, Xulon Press,
Given such a torrent of imagery, one only need wait for the
outcome of which army "conceived and nurtured in the wombs
of women" will "cut down" an opposing army, depleted and
spent for having become barren. Islam has not forgotten
this, as above, while the "modern" liberal -- seeming
liberal but in fact losing ground as the demographic battle
rages -- has.
Fruitless grows the oldest trees and then the orchard's burned. /
And this is how demographically the simplest truths are spurned.
When the burden becomes too great,
Time comes to set it down.
This time turns yellowing pages' fate
Towards breaking, broken brown.
Life's humbled human clay erodes
Which breathed its breathless breath,
And shrouded clay just time corrodes;
Yet trust abides, beyond time's death.
"It doesn’t take much at all
for a white person to be considered good. As long as they avoid
killing someone themselves, no one is going to demand anything else of
them. Whites don’t need to do anything decent for anyone, especially not
people outside of their own family, and yet, everyone will assume that
they are good people. Even when whites do undeniably harmful things,
American culture explains it away. This is why our society subjects
impressive people of color to dehumanization that a white person who
behaves despicably doesn’t encounter." In "Low Standards for Whites.
That’s What’s Killing Us." by Koritha Mitchell, KorithaMitchhell.com, 10
Marx was white, oh yes he was,
And Lenin too was white.
Babeuf was white, and this because
Of French apartheid.
Lest one forget a little fact,
Engels was Caucasian light,
And helped white old Karl
To read, research and write.
Uncle Adolf and Old post-Tsar Joe
Were Hitler and Stalin bright,
Because they considered well
Their privilege was white?
Derrida and Foucault
Post-modernly were white
In their French enlightenment,
Philosophically so lite.
Hollande, Merkel and Trudeau
Today they're governing white.
Putin and Sweden's feminists
Play this hand of sleight?
Robert of the Senate Byrd
Was once KKK upright,
And Al Gore, the senior,
Was a segregationist's delight.
Clinton, Sanders, Durbin,
Pelosi and Schumer quite
Hold aloft white features
With Americanizing might.
Michael Moore is quite bright
And large among the lily white;
Meryl Streep acts brilliantly
As a very whitest knight.
Leftists, liberals, progressives too
Are sometimes so contrite,
Labeling white folks racist
With their racist peals of right.
One understands the pap
An English professor might
Write about such whiteness
In the glare of her small spotlight.
Showed half himself as quite
Black in public spectacle,
But his other half shows white.
White as just condemnation
Is a trendy sort of rite
In the height of folly's fiddling
With whatever it is to be white.
One can judge the gamers' game
Which plays as erudite
Is aging to decrepitude
In its guttering candlelight.
Race, all race, and all the time
Is not all racial plight,
When race as social construct
Teeters as birthright.
White Lincoln toppled slavery
And schools opened through Ike the white,
And oh so many examples
Prove goodness can be white...
...and black and all the colors
With which one paints polite
That race runs now on empty
In the racists' racist fight.
Revisiting a Statement: "It doesn’t take much at all
for a white person to be considered good."
Portraits in Shades of White Noise
[ 1 ]
of Moral Claims and Reparations: "The moral
claim persists because the brutality and stolen labor of slavery, and
the grim years of Jim Crow segregation that followed, have left a legacy
of lost wealth and opportunity. Such legacy continues to burden
African-Americans today. A quarter of our nation’s African-Americans
live in poverty. The tough part of making the case for reparations is
not showing that past racial crimes burden the present. No fair-minded
person denies this. The question is who should pay for them? The sad
truth is that the harms of slavery and Jim Crow are greater than the
wealth they created. Moreover, the primary beneficiaries of those
systems are now gone. Payments will have to come from taxpayers, who
have no culpability for those past crimes and little, if any, of the
benefit. The case for repair would be based on the federal
government’s traditional role of helping people in need, which has
inspired social welfare programs like the New Deal, the Great Society
and the 9/11 Victim Compensation fund. In those cases, there is no need
to show culpability by the government to make a compelling case for
doing something positive." In "Who Would Pay for Reparations, and Why?"
by Alfred L. Brophy, New York Times, 9 June 2014.
[ 2 ]
of Academia Working Against Whiteness: "Paul Dionne,
Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office for Academic
Diversity and Inclusiveness, gave a speech entitled, 'Working Against
Whiteness' as part of a 'Love Made Public' lecture series. The lecture
series started during the fall, but resumed this semester. To help
define 'whiteness,' Dionne instructed the student attendees to chant
'imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy,' a phrase
originating from feminist and self-avowed socialist bell hooks, who
spells her name with all lowercase letters. 'Working against
whiteness for me is interrogating myself and who I am and where I come
from and all of my privileges,' said the school administrator, according
to an audio file of the event obtained by The Daily Caller News
Foundation." In "University Admin: ‘Whiteness’ Goes Against
Christianity," by Rob Shimshock, Daily Caller, 21 March 2017.
[ 3 ]
of White Noise: "In discrete time, white noise is a
discrete signal whose samples are regarded as a sequence of serially
uncorrelated random variables with zero mean and finite variance; a
single realization of white noise is a random shock. Depending on the
context, one may also require that the samples be independent and have
identical probability distribution (in other words i.i.d. is the
simplest representative of the white noise). In particular, if each
sample has a normal distribution with zero mean, the signal is said to
be Gaussian white noise." In "White Noise," Wikipedia article, n.
[ 4 ]
of Non-White Noise Being Blackish: "Rachel Dolezal,
former president of the NAACP of Spokane, Washington, was 'outed' for
being White and apparently lying. That aside, the question remains:
can a person feel like or identify as another race in a way similar to
taking on a new gender identity? Our Census Bureau seems to think that’s
sufficient. The U.S. Census Bureau website states: 'The Census
Bureau collects racial data in accordance with guidelines provided by
the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and these data are based
on self-identification. The racial categories included in the census
questionnaire generally reflect a social definition of race recognized
in this country and not an attempt to define race biologically,
anthropologically, or genetically'." In "Being Blackish: Race and
Self-Identification," Mirah Riben, Huffington Post, 23 June 2015.
[ 5 ]
of White Mortality Rate Rising: "In 2015,
Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton made global headlines
after documenting a shocking rise in the proportion of white
non-Hispanic Americans dying in middle age. This year, as part of the
Spring 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity,
Professors Case and Deaton are following up on that research to further
investigate the rise and its causes, examining midlife mortality rates
of white non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth
cohort, and more." In "Working class white Americans are now dying in
middle age at faster rates than minority groups," by Alison Burke,
Brookings.edu, 23 March 2017.
[ 6 ]
of Becoming a Nation of Racist Scoundrels: "Social
media has become dominant in most of our lives, and what does social
media do if not reduce everything to the personal? 'How does this affect
me...here are my thoughts of the day…here are my feelings on that
issue.' Social media is total absorption with self. That’s pretty
much what a racial-identity-centered worldview is, too. There’s a reason
that 90% of the stories that go viral on social media deal with race or
other 'identity' issues. That’s what resonates with us now that the
political has truly become personal. If racism is indeed the last refuge
of scoundrels, we are certainly on the path to becoming a nation of them."
In "Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?" by David Cole, Taki's Magazine,
18 May 2017.
of Manifest and Open Evidence of Racial Discrimination:
"A white professor at a predominantly black university in St. Louis
was fired 'because of the color of her skin,' a state appeals court
ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals
affirmed a 2015 jury verdict that awarded nearly $5 million to Beverly
Wilkins, a former professor at Harris-Stowe State University. 'Rarely
have we seen such manifest and open evidence of racial discrimination,'
the appeals court ruling said." In "$5M award upheld in white
professor's discrimination case," Associated Press, 6 June 2017.
of Murderous Discrimination: "Scott, who is
black, has been charged with murder in the deaths of Steven Gibbons, 57,
and John Palmer, 54. On Tuesday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters
Baker announced those charges, also naming Scott as a suspect in the
killings of David Lenox, 67; Timothy S. Rice, 57, of Excelsior Springs;
and Mike Darby, 61, co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill at 103rd Street and
Wornall Road. All five were white men between ages 54 and 67. All five
were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked
dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street." In "
'Kill all white people': Suspect in killings of five white men made
threat in 2014," by Glenn E. Rice, Ian Cummings, Joe Robertson and
Toriano Porter, Kansas City Star, 30 August 2017.
of Identifying False Charges: "When
confronted with a phony charge of racism, not every American has the
financial resources, the institutional and legal support, or the
impenetrable hide of a politician. For an ordinary person, such a charge
is undeniably hurtful, and in some professional and personal contexts it
is devastating. It thus behooves all of us to reserve such claims to
instances where real, provable animus exists. 'Racism!' should not be a
throwaway line, to lob at anyone who dares to contradict you. It is
rather a serious offense against the American values of liberty,
equality, and individual dignity. It is often a crime. I implore all
Americans, therefore, to treat one another with civility, and to
address the arguments of the other side rationally and without
descending to personal attacks, especially when they are based on
assumptions rather than evidence. Simply put, a charge of racism is
not a weapon to be wielded casually, and neither is hate the answer to
hate. Surely as Americans we can do better." In "Unfounded charges of
racism are hate speech, too," by Nicholas L. Waddy, Lockport
Union-Sun & Journal, 25 August 2017.
[ 7 ]
of the Very Definitions:
"The very definitions of 'race' and
'ethnicity' are fuzzy, said Joseph Pickrell, a computational
geneticist at the New York Genome Center laboratory, affiliated with
Columbia University. 'Different people mean different things when
they say 'race,' ' he said. In the United States, for example, a
person with almost any African ancestry often is identified as black.
'That’s not necessarily the case in other parts of the world,' Dr.
Pickrell said." In "With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are
Rewritten," by Gina Kolata, New York Times, 28 August 2017.
of All: "In a lengthy Facebook rant, she wrote:
'Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white
people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya'll don't even
realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and
success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of
colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From
micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this
s***. Come see me when you realise that racism isn't learned, it's
inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege."
In "L'Oreal's first transgender model is SACKED by the cosmetics giant
after claiming 'ALL white people' are racist in extraordinary Facebook
rant," by Clemmie Moodie, Daily Mail, and Rory Tingle, Mail Online, 31
[ 8 ]
from a Black Conservative: "Hurricane Harvey
reveals an America that many in the media seem not to know exists: a
multi-ethnic, multiracial country where people, for the most part, get
along. ...If America were as racist as many in the media think, why
do blacks excel in two of the most competitive fields -- sports and
entertainment? On Forbes' list of highest-earning celebrities, blacks
occupy seven of the top 25 slots, including Sean Combs, who clocks in at
$130 million annually; Beyonce at $105 million; and Drake at $94
million. On Forbes' list of highest-earning athletes, blacks occupy 13
of the top 25 spots, including LeBron James at $86 million; Kevin Durant
at $60 million; and Stephen Curry at $47 million." In "Harvey shows
America's colourblind spirit — bad news for race hustlers," by
Larry Elder, Special to Postmedia Network, 9 September 2017.
Black Author Pens an Open Letter to a Black Author:
"When people give up the seductive idea that the world owes them
something, except the right to be left alone, they are given the power
of forgiveness—even of those who have historically oppressed them. This,
Mr. Coates, brings me to your June 2014 essay in the Atlantic arguing
for reparations for black people. You were and are wrong. No
self-respecting black person ought to take a single penny from the state
for the infliction of any ancestral damage. The very premise supposes
that blacks are wards of the state. If individual rights are currently
being violated by states that illegally discriminate against blacks,
that is a matter to be redressed in the courts. People who are possessed
of self-esteem, who are dignified individuals capable of supporting
themselves, do not seek any form of reparations. It is beneath them.
Reason indicated that you cannot codify either collective guilt or
collective entitlement. And reparations are predicated on the
attribution of collective guilt, which in turn is based on the worst
form of racism: biological collectivism." In "An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi
Coates, The Dream is real," by Jason D. Hill, Commentary Magazine, 13
of Liberalism Being White Supremacy:
"...protesters drowned her out with cries of, 'ACLU, you protect Hitler,
too.' They also chanted, 'the oppressed are not impressed,' 'shame,
shame, shame, shame,' (an ode to the Faith Militant's treatment of
Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, though why anyone would want to be
associated with the religious fanatics in that particular conflict is
beyond me), 'blood on your hands,' 'the revolution will not uphold the
Constitution,' and, uh, 'liberalism is white supremacy.' This went on
for nearly 20 minutes." In "Black Lives Matter Students Shut Down the
ACLU's Campus Free Speech Event Because 'Liberalism Is White Supremacy',"
by Robby Soave, Reason, 4 October, 2017.
of Slamming Political Correctness: "..he used a cast
of predominately white models to wearing dreadlocks in New York last
year. Speaking to around 400 students at the Oxford Union, Jacobs said:
I think it's very dangerous to say: 'You can't use this, you can't
look at that, you can't borrow from that, you can't be inspired by
that'. 'You know, 'stay in your own lane'. I don't really understand
that mentality and I think it's a very dangerous way of thinking'."
In "Designer Marc Jacobs hits back at 'dangerous' politically correct
complaints after he was slammed for using dreadlocked white models on
the catwalk," by Charlie Bayliss, Mail Online, 8 October 2017.
Consider the game of
White is black
and the odd argument, complete with addenda and footnotes that Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works)
[ 1 ]
While the selection of "portraits in shades of white noise"
is editorial, one can construct such a gallery to include
other "whites" seen as opposing the ideological Left with
its roots in socialist theory, such as America's Trump,
Britain's May, France's Le Pen, Germany's Petry and more,
based solely on the editorial attempt to identify by
association. Ultimately, attempts to sully by racial
accusation will fail, as one can find opposing voices in all
group identities based on the so-called democratic virtues
of race, religion, creed, gender and national origin.
That a voice from academia in the United States asserts 1)
racial identity as causality, 2) racial identity as
value-laden, and 3) racial identity as, in some instances,
dehumanizing is sadly amusing. It is a voice asserting
as above. For this, the editorial link from a white Marx
through the white French post-modernists through to those
who would apply deconstruction to much comes to its fumbling
Change for Many Reasons
As to fluidity of self-identification as regards race
categorization, one reads: "Previous research
on people’s racial self-identification has found that they
may change categories for many reasons, said demographer
Sharon Lee of the University of Victoria in Canada, at the
population conference. The question mode—whether people are
asked in person, on a paper form, on the phone or
online—makes a difference. Some people may change their
category after they find out they had an ancestor of a
different race, she said. Or they may decide there are
benefits (such as priority in college admissions) to
including themselves in a certain group. Some
category-changers were children in 2000 whose race was
filled in by their parents, but by 2010 were old enough to
choose for themselves, which may account for some of the
change. Children in some groups in 2000—for example, white
and black—were especially likely to be recorded in a
different category in 2010, Liebler said. (Although she
did not mention President Barack Obama, he chose to check
only 'black' on his 2010 census form, even though his mother
was white and father black.)." In "Millions of Americans
changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to
the next," by D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center, 5 May 2014.
Is Black and When Is Black Not Black Enough?
With a black father and white mother (as if race mattered as
much as the politics demands), one reads of a similar case
with a different end result. One reads: "Rachael
Malonson is biracial and said because of her skin tone, some
people don’t recognize that. In fact, some of her critics
have told her she’s not black enough. She said she
entered this pageant to feel more empowered as a black
woman, but after winning the competition she was met with
some criticism she didn’t expect. 'Someone literally asked
me are you black? Can you prove it to me?' Malonson said. 'I
was like yes, my dad’s black and my mom’s white'." In
"Miss Black University of Texas Criticized for ‘Not Being
Black Enough’," Erin Jones, KHOU vua Black Christian News, 5
What is the distinction between an ex-President with a black
father and white mother and a University of Texas student
with a black father and a white mother? Is one black enough
and the other not black enough?
When all is potentially fluid and all is social
construction, then indeed race itself is proven social
construction. That is the point. When skin color was a
signal of human value in the proponents of slavery, then
fluidly moved to the rationale for the advocates of Jim Crow
laws and segregationists, and now to such arguments as found
above, one finds all little more than racist assertion
across a swath of history and across many nations and
One should not forget, in the real struggle of mankind
exists. "Whiteness," whatever and however this might be
defined from the time of the segregationist Democrats of the
United States known once as Dixiecrats (two were
high-ranking Democrats pictured
above) until now, is not some single cause of slavery, a
phenomenon found over thousands of years of human history.
Doesn't Take Much At All For a White Man To Be Considered
As to Mitchell's assertion that
it "doesn’t take much at all
for a white person to be considered good," it also doesn't take much at
all for a white person to be considered evil. As one example
of this alternative conclusion, one reads of a view to deny
white men their "franchise."
"This would also
strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is
long needed. At the same time, a denial of the franchise
to white men, could see a redistribution of global assets to
their rightful owners. After all, white men have used
the imposition of Western legal systems around the world to
reinforce modern capitalism. A period of twenty years
without white men in the world's parliaments and voting
booths will allow legislation to be passed which could see
the world's wealth far more equitably shared. The violence
of white male wealth and income inequality will be a thing
of the past." In "Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The
Franchise?" by Shelley Garland, Huffington Post, 13
of global assets to their rightful owners? The assertion is
naive, as not even well-formulated Marxism, which suggests
class based on economic position. If "global wealth" is in
the hands of white men, then all white men are wealthy, a
fallacious conclusion. Additionally this sort of socialist
politics is underpinned by its very-white, European
theorists. If skin color makes criminal guilt
hereditary, then blatant racism is the underpinning of such
an argument. Does a philosophy student have information
enough to conclude who are "rightful owners," when ownership
itself is a legal and not political position?
The post seems to
have been a hoax of sorts, and Huffington Post deleted the
article after publishing it. The writer as identified seems
to have been a false name, but the sentiment was allowed to
stand for some time, suggesting a sympathetic resonance by
editors. But for what? Elements of old-fashioned Marxism.
elements of old-fashioned Marxism are essentially racist. In
one example from Canada, one reads of "white privilege
training": " 'If you took out the word ‘white’ and
used any other race, it would be perceived as racist,' she
said. 'It’s stereotyping in reverse.' I spoke with Ms.
Walker after the program. Other parents in the school were
also uncomfortable, she said, but were reluctant to speak
up. As a dark-skinned person, she felt she could stick her
neck out. 'A lot of people are afraid to say that this is
racism,' she told me. 'But it is'." In "The original sin
of white privilege," by Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, 27
Given notions of
redistribution camouflaged with unscientific race theory
assertions, what must one then do about academics
earning much more than the median income in any locale, as
seen when one's studies lead to
Doctor Oppression comes to call
What must one
then do about
Capital for Communists
a story growing old?
And as to the
province of rich, white men, one might do well to consider
"post-reproductive wealthy white men" leading the charge
that mankind is
The Scourge of the Planet
males who some consider to be good and others consider to be
evil, one might survey that form of white privilege which
places socialism and the call for redistribution of wealth
at the forefront of so many race-tinged arguments, as when
reading of that fellow who accused another of being a
[ 2 ]
The complexity of
arguments and multiplicity of views as regards reparations
for American blacks is a Gordian knot, which perhaps
suggests the ultimate solution.
Another New Times opinion notes: "If there were a
real consensus on how to turn black America around, there
could be some logic in heightening the effort with vast
influxes of cash – and over the virulent objection of a good
segment of the nation’s taxpayers. But we’re not at that
point of consensus. Instead, while there is serious
catharsis in this new reparations discussion, there is no
practical goal beyond catharsis itself." In "No
Consensus on Need or Possible Results of Reparations, by
John McWhorter, New York Times, 14 January 2015. One
might view the call from Professor Mitchell above as part of
a larger social catharsis.
It is seen that
the "proliferation of black politicians
in recent decades — which now includes a twice-elected black
president — has done little to narrow racial gaps in
employment, income, homeownership, academic achievement and
other areas. Most groups in America and elsewhere who
have risen economically have done so with little or no
political influence, and groups that have enjoyed early
political success have tended to rise more slowly." In
"Why Obama’s presidency didn’t lead to black progress," by
Jason Riley, New York Post, 17 June 2017.
Weakness of the Argument
Another view is found: "The weakness of the
reparations argument is not that we shouldn't talk about
racial classes, that African-Americans are not a racial
class, or that it cannot be true that one class of people
owes another class of people something. We already
accept all of these propositions in many other contexts. The
questions are whether reparations would actually do anything
substantial to solve the problems they claim to solve,
whether the costs they impose on those who would have to pay
them are justifiable or reasonable, whether there is any
conceivable political likelihood that they will ever happen,
or whether the effort to obtain them will lead to
undesirable side effects that outweigh whatever benefits
they promise." In "Cutting through the nonsense," Economist,
27 May 2014.
The coloring of the argument that "one class of people owes
another class of people something" is Marxist, and can be
traced further back to Gracchus Babeuf, an earlier French
socialist pictured in the
"white noise" portrait above. The complexity is that
post-modern, deconstructionist academics see so many classes
of people, oppressed by some power structure, that parsing
out one class from another, much less answering the question
of "who should pay" is that Gordian knot. And for
the most part very white, in the sense that Mitchell uses
the race-identifying term.
Were the competing claims to involve capital punishment of
incarceration for criminal guilt rather than claims for
money, the arguments would become clearer. Like the class of
kulaks among the peasants who were judged guilty in the
beginnings of Bolshevik tyranny in the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics, a failed state for economic reasons,
history is replete with one "class" attacking another
"class," with results worth historical understanding. But
reparations as a hydra of arguments cannot deal with
adjudicate criminal guilt, and suffices with arguments
through civil penalties. But for whom?
But for whom?
From whom? To whom?
As with so much of "class" oppression and "class" redress
today, the conversation ends always for the adjudicated
"oppressor" as "pay" and for the adjudicated member of an
"oppressed class" as "pay me." It reduces down to money,
as one watches the phenomenon overtake so many avenues of
The human phenomenon can be simplified as the many who would
seek their "freebies" from others by any and arguments
- nature's tale.
The argument from Brophy above notes: "...the
primary beneficiaries of those systems are now gone.
Payments will have to come from taxpayers, who have no
culpability for those past crimes and little, if any, of the
Other "past crimes" which spawn a class worthy of
reparations: American-Indian tribes, Japanese-Americans
interred during WWII, the victims of the Viet Nam war, and
all this is expected to be sorted out when some
Doctor Oppression comes to call
Slavery was a historical fact of the early United States, as
with many other nations. It continues today, and skin color
has little to do with this fact. One reads of Africa today:
"... a modern-day slave trade – plied along routes once used
by slaving caravans – that has engulfed tens of thousands of
lives. The new slave traders operate with such impunity
that, survivors say, some victims are being sold in public
markets. Most, however, see their lives and liberty
auctioned off in private. 'They took people and put them in
the street, under a sign that said 'for sale',' said
Shamsuddin Jibril, 27, from Cameroon, who twice saw men
traded publicly in the streets of the central Libyan town of
Sabha, once famous as the home of a young Gaddafi, but now
known for violence and brutality. 'They tied their hands
just like in the former slave trade, and they drove them
here in the back of a Toyota Hilux. There were maybe five or
seven of them'." In "Africa’s new slave trade: how
migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent
crime," by Emma Graham-Harrison, Guardian UK, 14 May 2017.
Africa is not alone as a nexus, as one learns additionally
from the Guardian: "GSI estimates that 58% of those
living in slavery are in five countries: India, China,
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. The countries with the
highest estimated prevalence of modern slavery as a
proportion of their population are North Korea, Uzbekistan,
Cambodia, India and Qatar. Research by the International
Labour Organisation suggests that more than half of the
victims are women and girls, mostly in domestic work and
commercial sexual exploitation. Men and boys are most often
exploited through work in agriculture, construction and
mining. A quarter of the victims are thought to be under
Given the multiracial, multicultural slave trade of today,
the focus on American whites today as somehow the most
heinous perpetrators shows that a "race grievance industry"
has matured into a respected academic enterprise in which a
well-paid elite feathers their "income inequality" nest by
rhetoric, ignoring the worldwide problem of centuries.
As to these academics' racist elite place in American
society, the footnote below and many of those which document
tell a tale of competition for inclusion into the upper
class by portrayal as champions of the lower class.
[ 3 ] The
quote is from a white male, for so does he seem to identify himself.
Bell Hooks, who spells her name in lower case letters which
do not replicate herein, was referenced in the phrase to
describe American society as an "imperialist, capitalist,
white supremacist patriarchy." Given the last
eight years of Obama serving as president, the "white
supremacist" nation's voters have seemed to have another,
less white supremacist
That women are represented is high office suggests the
"patriarchy" withers anyway. That the empire of the United
States has not actually conquered and annexed more land
suggests that "imperialist" better describes China's
annexation of Tibet. As to the adjective "capitalist," those
usually using the word as a pejorative root their thought in
the very white and patriarchal lineage from Babeuf to Marx
and Engels to Lenin and beyond. Might one conclude the
political sympathies of those who rage against capitalism as
socialist? Marxist? Revolutionary? An
Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office
for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness?
In the Upper 20
Percent of Income and Still Oppressed While Being Guilty of
A simple search for Beloit College salary information within
the public record yields this: "Professor Salary,
Average Effective Annual Salary: $104,062" As a
contrast, the median income in Wisconsin, $55,638
according to state records. Thus one learns that complaining
about the "capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy" in a
university pays about double the average citizen. Nice work
if you can get it. Most can't, which justifies a conclusion
that such university academics in the upper crust of society
are more oppressors than oppressed. Given so many university
academics are public employees, this simply shows the nature
Another report suggests a professorial salary at Beloit in
2015 was $103,608. ("Beloit College: Faculty &
Salaries," American School Search, n. d.) The average for
all faculty was seen as approximately $84,000.
However one looks at such numbers against the average
taxpayer in the state, the academic teaching that American
society is an "imperialist, capitalist,
white supremacist patriarchy."
Given the last eight years of Obama serving as president,
the "white supremacist" nation's voters have seem chosen a
black patriarch over a white matriarch (Clinton ran against
him in the primaries). So much for the chanted mantra of
But what of such rhetoric? It can lead to unacceptable
consequences, as one parses a news item. "An
elderly white man was shoved to the floor and derided as a
'honky motherf----r' by a black woman, who also told him to
sit in the back of the East Side bus they were riding,
police sources said Monday. The suspect, believed to be
between 30 and 40 years old, is still being sought." In
"Woman shoves, curses out 80-year-old man on city bus: 'You
white honky motherf----r'," by Rocco Parascandola, New York
Daily News, 11 September 2017.
Was he representative of
the "imperialist, capitalist,
white supremacist patriarchy?" Was she
representative of a younger generation's attitude toward the
"elderly." It would seem a better representative of a "imperialist, capitalist,
white supremacist patriarchy" might be well paid
Inclusive Success Coordinator who can make such claims,
being white, pulling in a nifty salary from a posh
organization, and as a male being patriarchal as opposed to
As to other public access database information one finds
this: "Mitchell, Koritha, Associate Professor,
English, Columbus campus, Annual base pay $99,000." (Cleveland.com
public access database.) As comparison, the median
income in Wisconsin is $51,075. Thus,
the "society [ which ]subjects
impressive people of color to dehumanization" is
dehumanizing Professor Mitchell by paying her twice the income of the
average Ohioan. Again, nice work of "dehumanization," if you can get it.
Work If You Can Get It -- and Most Cannot
Bell Hooks, cited above, as author using a pen name opined that a "...shift
that will undoubtedly emerge as the struggle to end sexual
oppression progresses will be decreased obsession with
sexuality...sexuality will no longer have the importance
attributed to it in a society that uses sexuality for the
express purposes of maintaining gender inequality, male
domination, consumerism, and the sexual frustration and
unhappiness that deflect attention away from the need to make a social revolution." In "Feminist Theory: From
Margin to Center,". Cambridge, 2000. Bell Hooks was
born Gloria Jean Watkins in 1952, and chose the pseudonym
for publishing. An institute housed by Berea College
promotes her work, with thirty-plus books, lectures and
public appearances as
well as gigs as visiting professor in other institutions.
All in all, quite oppressed in a most bourgeois way.
Only decades after the above quote was written, American
campuses are torn by an overflowing and variable protest
over sexual issues, including the
wondrous deconstruction which now justifies fluidity in
sexual orientation and gender identification, not to mention
race. Hooks' "decreased obsession with sexuality" is as yet
not shown to be true. Quite the opposite.
Hooks' stated "need to make a social revolution," as with
the many revolutions which Babeuf and the many white males
who underpin such thinking urged, is awaiting such leadership
as the academically exalted, postmodern Doctor Oppression comes to call
While the world awaits this next revolution, many academics
are doing quite well, far more than the average Joe in any
given locale. It is informative to note the taxpayer is never
deemed to be among the approved oppressed classes as defined
by our oppressed upper crust. And yet these
are well-paid (many in the upper five percent of all
citizens) and surround themselves with like-minded
revolutionaries, in meetings, seminars, institutes and press
conferences to declare "oppression!" From a
Babeuf would be
scandalized that the nouveau academic bourgeoisie is so
bourgeois. C'est vrai!
Proven in the black and white of
their press and publications and documented by annoying
public records showing them so well off. Are
people of color" in Mitchell's parlance oppressed while
earning twice the median income for a state in which they
live and work?
Let one review that so many academic anti-capitalists rake
in more than the median income of their locale.
reason enough to be skeptical of their pretense. And yet, in
time and under some specific circumstances,
I Shall Believe the Socialist
But not these.
[ 4 ] The rhyme
reflecting on the racial chatter in academia in the moment
is "White noise." White noise as a physical
phenomenon is used in a variety of ways, even to the
"capitalist exploitation" of it in manufacturing and selling
at a profit white noise generators touted to aid in sleep.
As to Gauss who is the namesake of Gaussian white noise, one reads: "Johann Carl Friedrich
Gauss (/ɡaʊs/; German: Gauß, pronounced [ɡaʊs]; Latin:
Gauss) (30 April 1777 Braunschweig – 23 February 1855
Göttingen) was a German mathematician who contributed
significantly to many fields, including number theory,
algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry,
geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy,
matrix theory, and optics." In "Carl Friedrich Gauss,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
As one considers this giant in so many scientific
disciplines, one might do well to contrast such as he with
the many postmodernist, deconstructionists and their
"contributions" to any field other than socio-political
roiling and "revolution." It turns out the most
revolutionary of men -- a generic term -- are those who have
advanced hard sciences, technology and engineering, for such
revolutions have had a lasting effect on the world, while
the socio-political revolutions' white noise has advanced
and retreated like the shifting tides, in their many "serially
uncorrelated random variables."
One's revolution, it seems, is not another's, and all the
causes gathered together create a white noise as one cancels
another out, leaving continual background noise across
[ 5 ] If a
Huffington Post author can assert "being blackish," the
question of verbiage and meaning leaps to the front.
The tale of Dolezal is curious, given that "whiteness" and
"being blackish" have been asserted in the public debate.
One reads: "Her new memoir, 'In Full Color: Finding My
Place in a Black and White World,' details her journey from
a poor white girl in Montana to what she refers to as a 'woke
soul sista' working in Washington. Dolezal, who
pretended to be a black woman for years before her parents
outed her as white in 2015, writes that she realized early
on in life that she needed to free her inner blackness,
in the memoir obtained by the Daily Mail." In "Rachel
Dolezal details her journey to becoming 'woke soul sista' in
new memoir about race," by Minyvonne Burke, New York Daily
News, 24 March 2017.
Too Black? Too
White? Social Constructs Collide With Celebrity
In an academically-driven conversation about cultural
appropriation, one could suggest that Dolezal appropriated
her self-identification as black. But there are apparent
degrees of what it means to be black, as one reads further
of this tragic comedy: "Her first marriage to an
African American man was rough because Dolezal writes she
was 'too black' for him. During a television interview
in November 2015, Dolezal acknowledged being born to white
parents, but also said she identifies as black." In "Rachel
Dolezal: I was ‘too black’ for my husband," by Ashley May,
MSN, 26 March 2017.
"Too black" for an African American to tolerate is quite an
assertion when considering racial identity and, now, racial
Apparently "too black" did not restrain from a magazine
identifying as "white." One reads: "Rachel
Dolezal, the white woman who made national headlines
in 2015 after she pretended to be black, is back in the
spotlight...." In "Rachel Dolezal Says She Was 'a Little Too
Black' for Her African-American Ex-Husband," by Caitlin
Keating, People, 28 March 2017.
Another take finds the assertion stated outright, though the
article's title disparages it. "The 'unapologetically
black' 39-year-old claimed she believes race is a social
construct and that she stands by her 'trans-black'
identity, in an interview on Saturday. She added: 'I haven't
identified as African-American. I've identified as black.
And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and
social view'." In " 'I believe that race is a social
construct': Race-faker Rachel Dolezal compares her
'trans-black' identity to Caitlyn Jenner," by Cheyenne
Roundtree and Kelly McLaughlin, Mail Online, 2 April 2017.
The trans-racial politicking made it to South Africa, with
predictable friction. One reads: "Deriding Ms
Dolezal's claim to 'racial fludity', she was told by a
member of the mostly-black audience of students that ,
'Only a white person could claim blackness and tour the
world talking to blacks about blackness'." In "'Who let
her in? She is either SICK or a fraud!' White race faker
Rachel Dolezal causes outrage as she lectures black South
Africans about her 'struggle' with being 'trans black'," by
Jane Flanagan, Mail Online, 21 April 2017.
Interconnectedness of All These Themes
The interconnectedness of all these themes brings one to the
conclusion that there is no longer a valid taxonomy, when a
"white woman" is "too black"
for an African-American ex-husband. Does Dolezal as "white"
participate in Mitchell's accusation of "Low
Standards for Whites?" At the same time, if racial identity
is fluid, does a "woke soul sista" avoid such standards?
Does one then reject trans-racial self-identification?
cIs "black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social
view?" Is race a "social construct? If so is white also "a
culture, a philosophy, a political and social view" as
distinct from black? What then is "white" that Kortha
Mitchell assign is the view she does? Is Mitchell's
identification as black a social construct?
One seemingly minor article touching this kind of issue
created a firestorm. One reads in conclusion: "We
should want academics to write about complicated, difficult,
hot-button issues, including identity. Online pile-ons
cannot, however righteous they feel, dictate journals’
publication policies and how they treat their authors and
articles. It’s really disturbing to watch this sort of thing
unfold in real time — there’s such a stark disconnect
between what Tuvel wrote and what she is purported to have
written. This whole episode should worry anybody who
cares about academia’s ability to engage in difficult issues
at a time when outrage can spread faster than ever before."
In "This Is What a Modern-Day Witch Hunt Looks Like," by
Jesse Singal, New York Magazine, 2 May 2017.
Not all arguments can be reduced to
Black and white
One may take note that in almost no case in the moment, is
race defined clearly. As a concept employed in law in the
United States, it has changed from era to era, and now there
are inclusions for a variety of racial self-identifications
in the census, but additionally assertion that race itself
is fluid, as when someone "outed... as white" frees "her
inner blackness." So what does the terminology mean? Almost
everything and therefore almost nothing.
and Being Blackish?
When someone who could identify as a member of one race
identifies as another, a proven phenomenon according to
those who assert social construction as a basis for
identities, then racial
fluidity crashes against racial -- I assert racist --
terminology itself. The goal is not to more closely define
taxonomic words, but rather to muddy the waters with
socio-political fireworks, most usually to support the end
games of more invasive government and redistribution of
Fluidity and Changing Self-Identification
As to further insight into race fluidity, one reads: "Using
anonymized data for 162 million Americans who responded to
census surveys in 2000 and 2010, researchers at the
University of Minnesota and the Census Bureau concluded that
self-identified race and ethnicity are fluid concepts for
millions of Americans. If the data set were nationally
representative, researchers said, then the figure would
translate to roughly 8% of Americans self-identifying
differently over time. But such conclusions are difficult to
draw: if a certain racial group, for example, responded less
frequently to the 2010 Census than in 2000, that group would
be underrepresented." In "10 Million Americans Switched
Their Race or Ethnicity for the Census," by Jack Linshi,
Time Magazine, 7 August 2014.
The notion of racial fluidity -- a postmodern game -- might
be an antidote for another postmodern game. One reads of
something called racial fatigue. An example: "I just
spent the last 5 days at the American Library Association
annual conference in Chicago, and I am suffering serious
race fatigue. Race fatigue is a real physical, mental, and
emotional condition that people of color experience after
spending a considerable amount of time dealing with the
micro- and macro-aggressions that inevitably occur when in
the presence of white people. The more white people, the
longer the time period, the more intense the race fatigue."
In "Critical Theory: Post-ALA Race Fatigue," by April
Hathcock, a personal blog, 28 June 2017.
Therefore among the "social constructs" deconstructing even
the deconstruction of American society, one finds
"switching" of race and ethnicity a reality, and
perhaps the critical theory answer to a critical theory
"whiteness" and "blackish" alongside
"racial fatigue" being asserted, one waits for
greater fluidity, with new races asserted much as new gender
identities have been asserted. See the addenda and
- a eunuch's cluck,
while considering what such rapid growth in
is Already the Constant
The Time article notes further: " 'If social
science evidence is correct, people are constantly
experiencing and negotiating their racial and ethnic
identities in interactions with people and institutions, and
in personal, local, national, and historical context,'
the study said. 'Perhaps it is not surprising that people
change responses and instead it is surprising that so many
are consistent in their race and Hispanic origin reports to
the Census Bureau'."
Thus one response to various sorts of political arguments is
simply to morph -- to self-identify away per the various,
historically "white" arguments as those of Derrida and
Foucault, deconstructing one's self into just another
oppressed class, even should it be an oppressed class which
seeks to oppress by accusations of "oppressor!"
But as to racial authenticity allowing some authority to
make public policies, one finds messy facts. As an example,
"...the most recent statistics show that around 21
percent of white Americans have an admixture of black blood,
and 17 percent of blacks have an admixture of white blood.
This should surprise no one, since scarcely a week goes by
without some tabloid headline about a white supremacist
having black ancestors or Oprah being related to a Montana
rancher. And, of course, the biggest hypocritical denial of
them all emanated from the White House between 2009 and
2017, as a half-white, half-black president embraced the
heritage of his absent father and denied the heritage of his
loving mother, presumably in order to juggle his proud genes
the way the Tennessee faux-Cherokees do." In "Then Again,
Maybe I’m a Black Man," by Joe Bob Briggs, Taki's Magazine,
24 April 2017.
Dirty Secret of American Politics
And so Briggs makes the argument succinct: "...the
dirty secret of American politics: Race doesn’t exist!"
That skin colors vary is a physical fact, but that skin
color tells a tale of group identity is itself a social
construct, applied over generations by varying groups of
people and with various praise-filled or pejorative a
priori assertions, all fallacious. It was and remains
and argument of ranging from justifying enslavement to
justifying heavy tax burdens, in all cases taking something
from someone and assigning it to another.
That race exists as a valid taxonomic term based in
biological markers AND race does not exist based on
biological markers. Race is fixed AND race is fluid, by
simple declaration or politically-marked affiliation. With
the assertion that one can identify with another race and
therefore be of that new race comes conundrums. One needs
scapegoats, of course.
As so, one also reads: "I woke up this
morning, sneezed, and then suddenly every white person in
the world was a 'white supremacist.' And if they try to deny
it, well, that only means they are white supremacists who
lie about it. Still flailing desperately like a
half-crushed bug about its electoral defeat last November,
the modern left is tossing the term 'white supremacist' at
any suspected counterrevolutionaries with the same zealous
abandon that Antifa chucks urine-filled bottles at old white
ladies who wave American flags. We are led to believe
that race doesn’t exist—which would imply that white people
don’t exist, either—but that through some sort of socially
righteous prestidigitation, white people are easy to spot
and must be scapegoated for all human, animal, and plant
suffering across the universe from the dawn of time. And if
you think that’s a ridiculous burden to bear, that’s only
because you’re a 'white supremacist'." In "Where Are All
the White Supremacists?" by Jim Goad, Taki's Magazine, 28
and No and Yes and No
Thus race exists. Also race does not exist. Also that one
can change race by assertion of "fluidity." And race also
assigns value -- positive or negative - by skin color, but
also race cannot be used to assign value based on skin
color. Some races should pay other races, as some races have
enslaved other races, excepting that the history of slavery
is not race-conscious per se, and that all races have
enslaved all other races, should one wish to argue that race
is a meaningful term.
When shots of
rise to fever pitch, deconstructing even class and therefore
class guilt will become another incarnation of a
long-standing human phenomenon, as
People walk away
[ 6 ] While a
Koritha Mitchell, black professor of English at Ohio State,
writes a short essay titled "Low Standards for Whites.
That’s What’s Killing Us," two white professors of economics from
Princeton write a 60 page report titled "Mortality and
morbidity in the 21st century," in which one learns in
contradistinction to Mitchell's assertion that ""...mortality
for middle-aged black people converged with mortality for
middle-aged white people with low levels of education in the
late 2000s (though the white population overall is still
doing better than African Americans).
mortality rates among Hispanics continued to fall. These
other racial groups aren’t necessarily doing any better
economically than their white counterparts, which is part of
the reason Case and Deaton don’t accept a simple income
explanation for the death uptick. 'It is possible that it is
not the last 20 years that matters, but rather that the
long-run stagnation in wages and in incomes has bred a sense
of hopelessness,' they write. 'But ... even if we go back to
the late 1960s, the ethnic and racial patterns of median
family incomes are similar for whites, blacks, and
Hispanics, and so can provide no basis for their sharply
different mortality outcomes after 1998.' Instead, the
researchers think the fact that the overall life prospects
for white middle-aged people without a BA have declined over
time — they are doing worse than their parents on both a
personal and professional level, and probably worse than
they expected — is nudging mortality downward." In "Why
Middle Class Whites Are Dying Faster (In 6 Painful Charts),"
by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 26 March 2017.
Claims Suggest False Conclusions From Which To Profit
Of the study, "In 2015, Princeton Professors Anne Case
and Angus Deaton made global headlines after documenting a
shocking rise in the proportion of white non-Hispanic
Americans dying in middle age. This year, as part of the
Spring 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic
Activity, Professors Case and Deaton are following up on
that research to further investigate the rise and its
causes, examining midlife mortality rates of white
non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth
cohort, and more." In "Working class white Americans are
now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups,"
by Alison Burke, Brookings.edu, 23 March 2017.
Thus one finds two distinctly opposite messages from
academia. One in which "whiteness" according to a black is
"killing us," while another specifically finds whites "dying
in middle age at faster rates than minority groups."
In both cases, academic intellectuals make statements each
contradicting the other, while so many professors at
universities are in fact doing very well financially. From
Case and Deaton, one learns: "According to a Bureau of Labor
Statistics report from 2015, the average household income
of someone older than age 75 is $34,097 and their average
expenses exceed that slightly, at $34,382. It is not an
exaggeration, then, to say that even a modest reduction in
retirement income makes the typical budget of a 75-year-old
unsustainable — even when the average budget is far from
luxurious at current levels."
Moreover while well-paid academics wring their hands over
racial, and therefore racist, arguments, one finds most
Americans take little notice of this new version of a race
industry, as was noted a century ago. One reads of real
life, non-academic problems for the many of all races:
"Some 50 percent of people are woefully unprepared for a
financial emergency, new research finds. Nearly 1 in 5
Americans (19 percent) have nothing set aside to cover an
unexpected emergency, while nearly 1 in 3 Americans (31
percent) don’t have at least $500 set aside to cover an
unexpected emergency expense, according to a survey released
Tuesday by HomeServe USA, a home repair service. A
separate survey released Monday by insurance company MetLife
found that 49 percent of employees are 'concerned, anxious
or fearful about their current financial well-being'." In
"Half of US working families are living paycheck to
paycheck," by Quentin Fottrell, Marketwatch, 5 April 2017.
Reduces Down to Nonsense
So while upper-income intellectuals, many in "liberal" academic
institutions, are doing three times better than "someone
older than age 75," as above, and better than most
Americans, it seems all the racial comparisons
assigning group guilt reduce down to nonsense as many in
today's academic class justify their well-above-average
incomes. This is often
what is expected for many of those who enjoy so many of
The Privileges of Intellectuals
[ 7 ] False charges of
racism as hate speech? One references an authoritative
voice: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only
love can do that." In "A Testament of Hope: The
Essential Writings and Speeches," Martin Luther King Jr.,
ed. by James M. Washington, Harper Collins, 2003.
[ 8 ]
The argument that
"racism isn't learned" is asserted by a "transgender"
individual who has attempted to change gender. If fluidity
of gender is possible, then fluidity of race is possible as
examples above has asserted. If not, then a given component
of the human is not malleable but biologically fixed, and as
such the "social" argument demonstrates nothing about
reality and everything about this latest form of
which is the pursuit of power and that privilege which power
That the assertion by
a transgendered individual is stated in a language --
English -- which has been "learned" and that the wish to
present one's self in a specific manner, i. e. via style,
fashion choice and "beauty" standards are themselves
"learned," then such an argument carried out in "social
media" ends up demonstrating nothing more than Warhol's
observation that "In the future everyone will be
world-famous for 15 minutes."
Warhol's advice might prove apt here. "Sometimes
people let the same problem make them miserable for years
when they could just say, 'So what.' That's one of my
favorite things to say. 'So what.' 'My mother didn't
love me.' So what. 'My husband won't ball me.' So
what. 'I'm a success but I'm still alone.' So what.
I don't know how I made it through all the years before I
learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to
learn it, but once you do, you never forget."
And if Andy Warhol and Karl Marx and Johann Carl Friedrich
Gauss are termed white, so what. If Koritha Mitchell
and Idi Amin and George Washington Carver are thought of as
black, so what. If Confucius and Mao Tse-Tung and Kim
Jong-Un are said to be yellow, so what. If
Sacajawea, Cochise and Maria TallChief are supposed to be
red, so what.
If a publicity-seeking, Facebook-using transgender model is
whatever, so what. All this flows together into just
so much white noise, that "discrete signal whose samples are
regarded as a sequence of serially uncorrelated random
variables with zero mean and finite variance." Today's white
noise hisses on, random variables multiplying and variance
at odds with itself.
But shall we remark "so what" when considering the strange
case of the
< /sarc >
|Tongue in cheek,
Smile and wink,
What fools think.
|Poke fine fun,
Mock to smite.
With jolly jeer.
Taunt and grin.
Dick, you're supposed to have gone off somewhere
"A source told The Sun: 'It beggars belief why a
convicted double rapist like Jessica is allowed to mix with females
despite still have her penis intact. Prison bosses were worried
she would try it on with inmates and their fears have come true.
Inmates were furious to be lumbered with a convicted rapist in the first
place and they're even more angry now.' Discussing her sexuality in the
prisoners' newspaper, Inside Time, in 2007, Winfield claimed she was
targeted in prison because of her sexuality." In "Transgender rapist
who was moved to women-only jail despite still having a penis is
segregated after 'making unwanted sexual advances on female inmates',"
by Anthony Joseph, Mail Online, 5 September 2017.
Dick, you're supposed to have gone off somewhere
And more than that, your past foreswear,
But it turned somehow, somewhere,
Dick, many gals still cry: beware!
Cut it out! Don't bother me!
In tact, Dick did not agree.
She and Dick in a sentence wed
Tell of this time in which sense has fled.
Courage of your convictions, Dick?
"Women only" is your verbal trick.
Dick, you're supposed to be well behaved,
or, by absentia, not by Peter portrayed,
But Jessica -- so these names parade
some cosmetic, made-up charade,
As her and Willy, in one sentence wed,
Capture this time in which sanity's fled.
Courage of more convictions, Dick?
"Rape" is not a loving prick.
Surely, you're a victim in your own mind,
Of Dick, not Jessica, who's been much maligned.
Addendum of Predators and Names:
"Dane William Anderson, Mark Christopher Klein and Samuel Heineman were
part of a ring of sex predators who operated between 2007 and
2014, court documents say. All have pleaded guilty to pornography or
child-exploitation charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced later
this year in Asheville federal court. Before their arrests, several of
the defendants helped produce a vast online archive of sexually explicit
tapes involving hundreds of unsuspecting young men, according to
prosecutors and an investigation by the Department of Homeland
Security." In "Online they were Heather, Megan and Kylie – adult
men luring boys into making porn," by Michael Gordon, Charlotte
Observer, 5 September 2017.
of Danger: "The prosecution asserted Hambrook, a former
stripper and escort from Quebec, simply cannot control his deviant
sexual urges and that locking him up indefinitely is the best way to
protect the public." In "Predator who claimed to be transgender
declared dangerous offender," by Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun, 26
of Another Transgender Predator: "A
transgender registered sex offender is charged with raping a 15-year-old
Belgrade girl. Documents filed in District Court in Bozeman last week
say the girl’s mother told investigators that she consented to her
daughter’s relationship with 28-year-old Aliea Rose Brown, knowing she
was a convicted sex offender previously known as Albert Allen Brown." In
"Transgender sex offender charged with rape in Belgrade," by ,
Greta Falls Tribune, 24 November 2016.
of Becoming a Woman Convict: "Lilly, a former youth
pastor, was arrested Jan. 12, 2016 and later indicted on 28 counts of
first-degree sexual abuse as well as charges of third-degree sexual
assault and incest. After his arrest, Lilly told detectives with the
Bluefield Police Department that he was transgender and in the process
of becoming a woman." In "Transgender sex offender sentenced," by Greg
Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 17 May 17 2017.
Addendum to Define:
"A sexual predator is a person seen as obtaining or
trying to obtain sexual contact with another person in a metaphorically
'predatory' or abusive manner. Analogous to how a predator hunts down
its prey, so the sexual predator is thought to 'hunt' for his or her
sex partners." In "Sexual predator," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum of a
Difficulty: "The disgraced activist added that he is
filing a lawsuit against the right-wing activists for 'misusing'
information from the sex offender registry, as use for 'intimidation,
threats, or harassment of an offender' is banned. Melissa Morris, the
new President of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, admitted that the group
had been aware of his convictions for some time. She told the outlet: 'We’re
like a family, and as a family, it’s difficult for us to see any one of
us put in a bad situation. It’s disheartening that things had to
move in this direction, but as a family, we also recognize that we have
to look out for the best interests of the whole." In "Leading LGBT
activist outed as registered sex offender, resigns," Nick Duffy, Pink
News, 10 march 2016.
Addendum of Determining
Boundaries: "The research illustrates the utility of
staff collaboration with transgendered sex offenders on transgender
issues but also suggests some additional guidance is required when it
comes to determining the boundaries. Staff may also benefit from
more education on the possible ways in which a transgendered identity
can impact on criminogenic needs." In "Working with transgendered sex
offenders: prison staff experiences," The Journal of Forensic Practice,
Vol. 17 Issue: 3, by Katie Marlow, Belinda Winder an Helen Jane Elliott,
Threats - a commonality
" 'We do not want clothes covering
the face in nurseries, schools and universities,' Minister of Education
and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. 'These clothes
prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a
good education,' he added." In "Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil
in all schools," Agence France Presse, 12 June 2017.
Veiled threats are threatened
when unveiling veiled threats.
Identities masked and hidden
are unmasked, and this offsets
Those who would remain hidden
behind their veiled threats.
Let veiled threats be threatened.
of Turning Into a Hideously False Ideology:
"For Michael Behrle and many others like him, those are the battle lines
in post-Cold War, multicultural America: on one side, fascists, and
opposing them, the antifa. The word 'antifa' comes from Antifaschismus,
the German term for anti-fascism. Dressed in their preferred street garb
of black clothes, boots, balaclavas, and anti-Nazi patches are young
people, almost all white, driven by an ideology as powerful and magnetic
as communism. French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut has warned, 'I
think that the lofty idea of ‘the war on racism’ is gradually turning
into a hideously false ideology. And this anti-racism will be for the
21st century what communism was for the 20th century: a source of
violence'." In "The Antifa Fad: Totalitarian Anti-Fascism," by
Michael C. Tuggle, Taki Magazine, 24 March 2011.
Addendum of a Penal Code:
"...if someone wears a mask or disguise to avoid being
detected by the police he or she could be charged with a criminal
offense. Under California Penal Code Section 185 PC, it is unlawful to
wear a mask or disguise in order to evade the police." In "California
Penal Code Section 185 PC: Wearing Mask Or Disguise To Evade Police,"
Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers, n. d.
of a Delicious Irony: "In a twist of
delicious irony, a law originally enacted to deal with the Ku Klux
Klan led to the unmasking of several Antifa thugs on the streets of
Auburn, Alabama, Tuesday." In "Antifa thugs unmasked – by laws
originally passed against the KKK," by Nate Madden, Conservative Review,
20 April 2017.
for the Women: "Reports said the gunmen
had entered parliament via a public entrance, dressed as women." In
"Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum," BBC, 7 June
of a Fine Law: "Austria has passed a
controversial law that fines women who wear Islamic dress covering the
whole face, and takes away welfare benefits from immigrants who fail
to learn the language. 'Those who are not prepared to accept
Enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,' reads
the text of the law...." In "Austria Bans Islamic Dresses for Women,
Mandates 12-Month Integration Course," by Lukas Mikelionis, Heat Street,
10 June 2017.
of Booming Incidents: "...a suicide bomber
dressed as a veiled woman mingled with crowds of refugees before
detainating [ sic ] an explosive device and killing 14 and
injuring a further 13, Reuters reported." In "ISIS in Iraq: Suicide
Bombers Kill 15 in Baghdad, Mosul Attacks," Callum Paton, Newsweek, 3
of Islamic State Cross Dressers: "Hordes of Isis
fighters are desperate to dodge capture after the city was freed from
the brutal terror group. They have been resorting to all kinds of tricks
to slide past the authorities and many have taken to dressing-up as
women to elude detection. One painted his face with thick make-up and
wore a padded bra to give himself feminine curves." In "JIHAD TO BE
KIDDING! ISIS beast in escape bid dressed as GIRL ," by Ruth McKee,
Daily Star, 22 July 2017.
of Muslims Burning Their Veils and Shaving Their Beards:
"Women are burning their burqas and men shaving off their beards in a
show of defiance against ISIS after escaping from the terrorist group's
stronghold in Syria. Civilians in Raqqa tore off their traditional
dress and set it alight after being liberated from the city on Thursday.
And some of the men immediately began shaving off their facial hair in a
move to 'spite' Islamic State." In "Women burn burqas and men shave
their beards as they celebrate escape from ISIS stronghold in Syria," by
Kara O'Neill, Mirror UK, 23 July 2017.
Addendum of Showing One's Face
By Law: "The Austrian law — called 'Prohibition
for the Covering of the Face' — forbids off-slope ski masks, surgical
masks outside hospitals and party masks in public. Violations carry
a possible fine of 150 euros (nearly $180) and police are authorized to
use force with people who resist showing their faces." In "‘Burqa ban’
law signals rightward political turn in Austria," by George Jahn,
Associated Press, 30 September 2017.
I might look silly in what I
but I'll wear it anyway.
I might sound really rather dumb
but still I'll have my say.
I might and then I just might not
do this, think that or then
When time is passed along with me,
still want to try again.
I might, when might makes me right,
opt to be quite impolite.
'07 and then 4
"Barack Obama has only four
years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa
scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned
only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating
climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will
have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added. Soaring
carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and threaten to
trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and major disruptions
of weather patterns in the near future. 'We cannot afford to put off
change any longer,' said Hansen. 'We have to get on a new path within
this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to
set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead'."
In "President 'has four years to save Earth'," by Robin McKie, Observer
UK, 18 January 2009.
It was '07 and then 4
on Armageddon's watch;
and '17's now more -
the blurb is now a blotch.
4 was all, so urgent, stark,
when '09 heard its roar.
'17 makes new its mark
following millennia before.
Only 4 was cried aloud
and more are now gone by,
so the knowing Armageddon crowd
must see its end comes nigh.
Nigh for what? Now there's the rub
as saviors come to go;
was the 4 perhaps a
Prevailing winds will show.
It was '07 and then 4
in recalling numbering words,
and numbers now pour
like nightmare-crowing birds.
Only 4 years only now
is past, is spent away;
only 4 you must allow
is now grown old and gray.
Only 4 in old '09
is over; time has passed
into '17, 8 past whine
as time speeds by so fast.
Prophets come and prophets go
as history will show;
who will warm himself
by a failed Armageddon's glow?
More than Ten Years Ago:
“...ten years left to save the planet from a scorching.”
a Point of No Return Past 2014:
"Karl Mallon, a scientist with
Climate Risk and one of the key authors of the report, says 2014 has
been calculated as the point at which there is no longer enough time to
develop the industries that can deliver a low carbon economy. 'The
point of no return,' he said." In "Five years to save world from
climate change, says WWF," by Sarah Clarke, ABC Australia, 19
of a Point of No Return Past 2016:
"...unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken
within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return,
Gore said. He sees the situation as 'a true planetary emergency'." In
"2006: Al Gore Does Sundance," by Jaclyn Schiff, CBS News/AP, 26 January
Addendum II of a Point of No Return Past 2016: "But
given Stern's verdict that preventing climate change will cost 1 per
cent of global GDP - about Ł184 billion a year - and that it must be
done in the next 10 to 15 years, the question is: where will the money
come from? Green groups support people acting individually to do what
they can. But the answers will not all come from everyone becoming an
armchair environmentalist." In "Ten years to save the planet from
mankind," by Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian UK, 29 October
Addendum of the Next Point of
No Return in 2027: "The
planet, as we know it, has been given a deadline: 10 years. According to
the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, if humans
don't reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon
sinks, like forests, then the results will be catastrophic for the
climate." In "Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet,"
by Cassie Kelly, EcoWatch, 13 April 2017.
of an Odd Point of No Return and the Climate of Change:
"Since 2008, when Barack Obama first took office, Republicans have
gained somewhere around 900 to 1,000 seats overall. There are a lot of
reasons for this. But there's no way to spin some of these numbers in
a way that doesn't speak to the awesome unpopularity of the blue party."
In "The Democrats Need a New Message," by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 26
"When in Paradise Lost Milton’s
Satan stood in the pit of hell and raged at heaven, he was merely a
trifle miffed compared to how I felt that day. I felt totally alone,
with the world receding from me in every direction and you could have
used my anger to weld steel." In "Terry Pratchett: I'm slipping away a
bit at a time... and all I can do is watch it happen," by Terry
Pratchett, Mail Online, 7 October 2008.
The end is coming, all prophets
As heard for thousands of years;
The "end" placards serve each day
To gin up end days' fears.
The end is
near and is at hand,
gray each signing guy;
The end is oh
so near and nigh,
Not ever, no
never a worldly lie.
The world recedes for everyone,
As happened, and happens and will;
Such is our biodegradable state,
Our unavoidable mortality bill,
payable, when and where
come to call.
heaven from the pit of hell?
the point, after all?
The end is coming, the prophets said,
Having said so, yea, for years.
The "end is coming" signs speak loud,
And yet nothing interferes.
The end is
coming. Ponder this
And live well
diminish. Time ticks off.
We're all going to meet our ends,
Of this much we should be sure.
For some it's a sentence dour and
And for some its a loony lure.
For some it's just what it is,
For others it's just the same,
For whatever it is comes to be,
It's man's unavoidable aim.
of All Kinds of Ends:
"From catastrophic climate change to black holes and
robot wars, here are 10 apocalyptic visions that could end the world
as we know it… Global warming, Gamma ray burst, Pandemic, Robot
ascension, Black hole, Global war, Magnetic reversal, Supervolcano,
Alien invasion, Asteroid impact," In "Apocalypse now? Ten of the
greatest threats that could wipe out all life on Earth," by Matt Roper,
Mirror UK, 29 September 2015.
[ 1 ]
of Newer End Time: "Since the development of the
concept of deep time in the 18th century and the calculation of the
estimated age of the Earth, scientific discourse about end times has
centered on the ultimate fate of the universe. Theories have included
the Big Rip, Big Crunch, Big Bounce, and Big Freeze (Heat Death)."
In "End time," Wikipedia article, n. d.
of a Familiar Pattern: " 'There's a feedback loop
of noise and bias to the downside within the professional
investing/trading/media world. Every single time we have a downturn,
people go to the narrative of the the worst-case scenario,' said
Zachary Karabell, head of global strategy at Envestnet. 'It's a familiar
pattern'." In "What happened to the world coming to an end?" by Jeff
Cox, CNBC, 7 March 2016.
Addendum of Thinking in Narrative: "As soon as we are
old enough to want to understand what is happening around us, we begin
to live in a world of stories. We think in narrative. We do it so
automatically that we don't think we do it. And we have told ourselves
stories vast enough to live in." In "The globe: the science of Discworld
II," by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, First Anchor Books,
2002 p. 340.
[ 2 ]
of Death Being Funny: "Is death funny? It is. Death
is certainly present in my life, and there’s humor to be mined from it.
Somebody was saying to me last week that you can’t talk about death
these days without people thinking you’ve done something absolutely
antisocial. But death is part of the deal. Imagine if, before you came
to exist on Earth, God said, 'You can choose to stay up here with me,
watching reruns and eating ice cream, or you can be born. But if you
pick being born, at the end of your life you have to die — that’s
nonnegotiable. So which do you pick?' I think most people would say,
'I’ll give living a whirl.' It’s sad, but the whirl includes dying.
That’s something I accept." In "In Conversation: John Cleese (legacy,
Political Correctness, and the Funniest Joke He Ever Told)," by David
Marchese, New York Magazine, 17 September 2017.
Addendum of Riddles, not Solutions: "The
riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man." G. K.
Chesterton, "The Book of Job: An introduction," 1907.
[ 3 ]
I prefer a vital God
1 ] Amusingly, before
listing "scary things," Roper noted:
"Doom-mongers predicted a massive asteroid would slam into
Earth some time last week." But one might
have time to wait for an
Today this urge is rooted in many kinds of soil, and
The Privileges of Intellectuals
2 ] This
assertion that "we think in
narrative" may interpret Pratchett's end of life quote which
we read above. Contemplating life "slipping
away a bit at a time..." with the very personal response
"and all I can do is watch it happen," is to lose
hold on a
narrative which can bring hope rather than despair. Faith is
tested, as the grip on a positive narrative fails. One
response can be to hold fast to a narrative of comfort.
Those narratives which assert a nihilistic "end" challenge
at the minimum while bringing no "story vast enough to live
in," even at the end of life.
Pratchett with his co-authors write: "Science alone is
not The Answer. Science too has its myths. We have
shown you some of them, or at least we believe to be some of
them. The misuse of anthropic reasoning is a clear example,
as in the case of carbon resonance, but argued with no
thought for the fudge-factor of the red giant. The ideal of
the scientific method is often not realized. Its usual
statement is an oversimplication in any case, but the basic
worldview captures the essence. Think critically about what
you are told. Do not accept the word of authority
unthinkingly. Science is not a belief system: no belief
system instructs you to question the system itself. Science
Given the use of capitalization in Pratchett's other work,
"The Answer" becomes worth notice. What then is The Answer?
Pratchett with his co-authors continue: "The most
dangerous myths and ideologies, today, are the ones that
have not yet been destroyed by the rising ape. They
strut their stuff on the world's stage, causing grief and
havoc -- and the tragedy is that it's to no purpose. Most of
it doesn't matter." Myths are stories, so failing to destroy
a story deemed "dangerous" is assigned as the guilt of "the
The vocabulary dallies in storytelling itself, for theories
are not facts. Nevertheless, the authors challenge: "We
need to invent the right stories. The ones we've got
have brought us a long way. Plenty of creatures are
intelligent, but only one tells stories. That's us, Pan
The authors expand: "The anthropologists got it
wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens ('wise man').
In any case it's an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say,
wisdom being one of our least evident features. In reality,
we are Pan narrans, the storytelling chimpanzee."
I don't agree with
being a chimpanzee per se, but it's a question of words and
storytelling after all. Much depends on the stories one
tells one's self about one's self.
As to storytelling and the invention of names, the generic
names for man have multiplied -- like rabbits -- over the
years. One reads of Homo absconditus, Homo adorans, Homo
aestheticus, Homo amans, Homo animalis, Homo avarus, Homo
combinans, Homo contaminatus, Homo creator, Homo degeneratus,
Homo demens, Homo deus, Homo discens, Homo domesticus, Homo
duplex, Homo economicus, Homo educandus, Homo ethicus, Homo
excentricus, Homo faber, Homo ferox, Homo generosus, Homo
geographicus, Homo grammaticus, Homo humanus, Homo imitans,
Homo inermis, Homo ignorans, Homo investigans, Homo laborans,
Homo logicus, Homo loquens, Homo loquax, Homo ludens, Homo
mendax, Homo metaphysicus, Homo necans, Homo neophilus, Homo
neophobus, Homo patiens, Homo pictor, Homo poetica, Homo
religiosus, Homo ridens, Homo reciprocans, Homo sanguinis,
Homo sciens, Homo sentimentalis, Homo socius, Homo
sociologicus, Homo technologicus, and Homo viator. Mensch
and Übermensch. Even chimpanzees are finding themselves
dropped into the genus as Homo paniscus, Homo sylvestris, or
So Pratchett, the storyteller who told stories about small
gods, seems to have adopted a story late in life. One reads:
"he said: 'It is just possible that once you have got past
all the gods that we have created with big beards and many
human traits, just beyond all that, on the other side of
physics, they just may be the ordered structure from which
everything flows. That is both a kind of philosophy and
totally useless - it doesn't take you anywhere. But it fills
a hole'." In "Terry Pratchett hints he may have found
God," by Rob Davies, Telegraph UK, 8 June 2008.
A storytelling chimpanzee, in one parlance, fills "a hole."
In what? In "the right stories," as one seems to have been
absent and in its absence aggravated the reality of "the
"I'm certainly not a man of faith, but as I was rushing
down the stairs one day... it was very strange. I suddenly
knew that everything was okay, that what I was doing was
right, and I didn't know why."
Accepting not knowing why can be a comfort. Another
high-profile atheist became a deist at "the end," seemingly
infuriating those not at their ends.
One reads of Antony Flew: "In 2007 a book outlining
his reasons for changing his position, "There is a God:
How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind"
was written by Flew in collaboration with Roy Abraham
Varghese. The book (and Flew's conversion itself) has been
the subject of controversy, following an article in The New
York Times Magazine alleging that Flew's intellect had
declined, and that the book was primarily the work of
Varghese; Flew himself specifically denied this, stating
that the book represented his views, and he acknowledged
that due to his age Varghese had done most of the actual
work of writing the book." In "Antony Flew," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
A story among stories, we revisit these words:
told ourselves stories vast enough to live in." And "to die
in." One may reflect, in Pratchett's words, "it fills a
It is worth considering.
3 ] Chesterton
offers further as to narratives, specifically. One
reads of fairy tales: "Fairy tales, then, are not
responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the
shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea
of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already,
because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give
the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give
the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of
bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever
since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides
for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the
fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of
clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had
a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the
knights of God, that there is something in the universe more
mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear."
G. K. Chesterton, "Tremendous Trifles," 1909.
That the doomsayers will parade with "the end is near" signs
and the overt atheists will parade too with mockery of those
with "fairy tale" faith, the notion that "limitless terrors
had a limit" is worth considering.
"...there is something in the universe more mystical than
darkness, and stronger than strong fear."
They - a tale of a gender non-conformist who
murders a gender conformist
" Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California,
Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus
activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular
elementary-school teacher. Soon, the crime that police described as
'very brutal and unusual' in a city that reported just two homicides
last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was
reported that Gomez preferred to be called 'they' rather than 'he.' Even
in famously liberal Berkeley, with its long history of protest, the
uproar came as a surprise, overwhelming the online news site,
www.berkeleyside.com, that first reported on Gomez's preference." In "Berkeley
killing renews debate over gender pronouns," by Paul Elias,
Associated Press, 26 March 2017.
[ 1 ]
Pablo Gomez, Jr. (right) with California's Governor Brown
and billionaire environmentalist, Tom Steyer
They was a singular Pablo,
a cocky junior male,
Who raged over they's pronoun
proving well they's frail.
They roiled at all those others
who did not submit to say
They in they's approved manner
of they's holy grail that day.
They was a student, youth-bright,
Berkeley-ish were they's smarts,
Declaring language forcefully forced,
They was brutal, so Berkeley's news
in detail did tell and dwell,
Over they's they-ish pronoun;
and thus they's path to hell?
They was meanly, murderously moved
to liberally kill a liberal gal,
And in so doing they'd now proved
They's murderously madly radical.
They's been caught, as stories tell,
And this tale's star's a boy fatale,
Who was active in so many things
Appearing awhile as rationale.
And so it goes and so it went.
Death lies there au naturale.
They's debate over pronoun gender
played they's part it all this madness.
They's debate over gendered pronouns
argues debate burns to excess.
This they's a singular Pablo;
debate and murder is this they's mess.
Addendum X Marks the Spot:
"Gomez Jr. is studying 'Chicanx/Latinx Studies' according to their
Facebook page, and is a senior climate action fellow at Alliance for
Climate Education. (The 'x' is a gender-neutral ending used to avoid a
binary designation.) They were deeply involved in the campus
activist community. One person told Berkeleyside she had seen Gomez
Jr.’s 'advocacy work from afar and was always really impressed about
it,' adding, 'a lot are still in shock right now and need time to really
process everything cause it’s so conflicting to [t[their]character'." In
"Suspect in custody after Berkeley homicide, stabbing," by Emilie Gauso,
Berkeleyside, 7 January 2017.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of a Question Regarding
the New and Deadly Grammar Rules: Is "they"
singular when referring to one individual?
One might consider a visit to the Hen Party
- a eunuch's cluck
[ 1 ] One
reads a blog post for some detail: "Gomez began
blogging at the site Tumblr.com in 2011, but archives for
his blog show he has been inactive on Tumblr since March. In
2016, Gomez’s activism seemed to shift toward supporting
'Black Lives Matter.' In July, he posted a rant to Facebook
about how 'infuriating” it is that people were 'not
getting' what he called 'a legacy of anti-Blackness' in
America, the causes of which he listed as 'colonialism,' 'cisheteropatriarchy,'
'capitalism' and 'imperialism,' among others." In
"Berkeley Student Activist Pablo Gomez Charged With
Homicide, Stabbing," posted in The Other McCain, 9 January
One notes how related the topics of activism and "not
getting" certain racially charged perspectives are found in
and around academia, as above in
That a murder suspect finds something "infuriating" is
nothing new in the long and murderous history of man. Nor is
it anything new in the history of murderous colors of
[ 2 ] A stated purpose
of Chicanx/Latinx Studies is to avoid a binary gender, and
one supposes a binary gender pronoun, especially those which
are proven to infuriate. Of the Berkeley "studies," one
reads "The taskforce is charged with addressing campus
climate issues including mapping, assessing, and providing
recommendations, and giving strategies to campus
administrators to address the various needs of the Chicanx
and Latinx communities on the Berkeley campus, including
undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and
staff. " In "Chicanx Latinx Taskforce," UC Berekely, n.
Among the "needs" of those who find gender and pronoun
activism appealing was Pablo. Apparently he also found
murderous violence appealing, though the legal stance in the
United States states that one is "innocent until proven
guilty." This standard did not apply to the murdered female
Exercise in Noticing Binary Pronouns
As to the "taskforce" which seeks by its "X" to avoid a
binary gender is chaired by an English professor. One notes
that the some speak of him with the very binary, male
pronoun, most clearly not avoiding a binary gender. Of
Genaro Padilla (Taskforce Chair), Professor and Chair of
English, one reads: "He is the author of 'My History,
Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography'
(1993), editor of 'The Stories of Fray Angelico Chavez'
(1987) and has co-edited numerous other books including 'The
Recovery of the U.S. Hispanic Literary Tradition' (1993), 'Nuevomexicano
Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies, and Discourse'(2004), and
'Power, Race and Gender in Academe: Strangers in the Tower'
(2005). Some of his influential articles include 'The
Literature of the Spanish Borderland,' 'The Catholic Church
in Chicano Literature,' 'The Mexican Immigrant as *: The (de)Formation
of Mexican Immigrant Life Story,' 'Myth and Comparative
Cultural Nationalism: The Ideological Uses of Aztlan,'
'Anthony Quinn's Autobiography: The Original Sin,' 'The
Recovery of 19th Century Chicano Autobiography,' “Imprisoned
Narrative? Or Lies, Secrets and Silence in New Mexico
Women's Autobiography.”" In "2006 Brock Prize Jurors," Brock
International Prize in Education, n. d.
The university website also uses the male binary pronoun.
More on Padilla, "From 1995 to 2006 he served as Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs, he then served for
two years as Associate Dean in the College of Letters and
Sciences and is now serving as Chairman of the Berkeley
English Department." In "Professor Genaro Padilla," Berkeley
Residential Life, n. d.
A special note should be made that these "studies" in
English is the arena in which new, non-binary pronouns is
being fought. One notes with irony that "Every noun in
Spanish is considered to have either masculine or feminine
gender for grammatical purposes." In "Grammatical gender
in Spanish," Wikipedia article, n. d.
and So English Language Based
Thus the Chicanx Latinx Taskforce to avoid a binary gender
identification in English indentifies its chairman with an avoidable
pronoun. One wonders whether this will "infuriate" those in
the Chicanx Latinx Berkeley community whose demands are for
genderless pronoun use. What might an activist who rages
against the "cisheteropatriarchy" be driven to do? What did
One also notes that Pablo's upset with capitalism did not
extend to Professor Padilla's "total pay" of $122,000
as of 2015, found in "State worker salary database,"
Sacramento Bee, n. d. One may compare that to
California's media per capita income of about
$30,318, and its
household income about twice that. It is assured that
Doctor Oppression comes to call
he, she or "they" will expect a professorial salary
commensurate with an activist stance against capitalism.
Given Padilla's enthusiasm for discussions of "Power, Race
and Gender in Academe," this English professor has his
For other English professors' issues, as mentioned see
As to the notion of not only Chicanx Latinx academia but
also Chicano Latino academia, without regard to the gender
game, as represented by an English professor, one
could consider the relation to that brand of politics which
Use a kid for politics
- political optics' tricks.
Joe and Donny Sermon tried lecturing today.
Those who hadn't asked for this, by clicking, strolled away.
Joy and Katie Talking-To nagged in their cute way,
such entertaining words managed not to sway,
For off folks went exhorted by an urge to simply stray
away from all harangues addressing men this day.
Addendum of a Defining Term:
"The label 'infotainment' is emblematic of concern
and criticism that journalism is devolving from a medium which conveys
serious information about issues affecting public interest, into a form
of entertainment which happens to have fresh 'facts' in the mix. The
criteria by which reporters and editors judge news value—whether
something is worth putting on the front page, the bottom of the hour, or
is worth commenting on at all—are integral parts of this debate. Some
blame the media for this perceived phenomenon, for failing to live up to
ideals of civic journalistic responsibility, while others blame the
commercial nature of many media organizations, the need for higher
ratings, combined with a preference among the public for feel-good
content and 'unimportant' topics such as celebrity gossip or sports."
In "Infotainment," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Consider simply that
People walk away
O so very
O so very
yes it was
I saw me
near that spot.
It's surely not
what I'd caught.
Yes and no less
was scrawled the
Look out the back
of one I,
who'd seen naught.
O so wary,
know it was;
life had seen
what was wrought.
Cardboard - depending on whose ox is being
|The cardboard man seems caring
and carries on a stick
his cardboard waving messages
to lay them on quite thick;
amateur seems his protest
and passionate seems his shtick
but see his pain and hear him howl
and watch him hurl a brick
when disagreement disagrees
with whoever's in his clique,
when others will not stand with him,
but pass on by, oft double quick.
The cardboard gal seems caring
and waves her cardboard loud
with others who'd align with her
in her cardboard waving crowd;
amateur plays her protest
yet she is haughty, proud,
and often very, very loud
to vouch for what she's vowed,
but watch her rage and grouse
when others are not cowed
and disengage from cardboard rage
out her all-too-cardboard cloud.
Cardboard is but paper
in plies enough to make
it seems as if its strength
is such it will not break;
and yet it is but paper
and sometimes strength is fake,
for who waves their cardboard
would try to make earth shake
with changes with which not all agree
for brittle cardboard's sake,
for as one sees in all of this,
not all each protest undertake.
Addendum of the Agonist:
"For animals, display is any behaviour modified
by evolution that is used to convey information. Animals display
particular signs, which recipients can use to infer something about
the mental and physical state of the first animal. To avoid the
heavy cost of fighting, animals have evolved sophisticated rituals,
which they use to bluff their opponents into backing down or
fleeing. The cost-benefit model of display makes three assumptions:
(1) type of display varies depending on the cost; (2) the risk of
the display increases as the effectiveness of display increases; and
(3) the value of resource being disputed over determines the choice
of display used. Animals have evolved to use their physical
attributes as a display of ability. If contests can be resolved with
ritual display, fighting is not needed. Display can be used to
dispute for mates, territory, and food through symbolic gestures
instead of battles to the death. If an animal can display without
fighting that he is more physically fit than his opponent, he will
have gained more than he would have if he had fought and in the
process possibly been injured." In "Agonistic behaviour,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
of Hovering Between Attempts to Forge an Identity:
"Every protest, every dissent, whether it's an individual academic
paper, Founder's parking lot demonstration, in [ sic ] unabashedly
an attempt to forge an identity in this particular age. That attempt
at forging for many of us over the past four years has meant coming
to terms with our humanness. Within the context of a society that we
perceive - - now we can talk about reality, and I would like to talk
about reality sometime, authentic reality, inauthentic reality, and
what we have to accept of what we see -- but our perception of it
is that it hovers often between the possibility of disaster and the
potentiality for imaginatively responding to men's needs." In
"Commencement Speech, Wellesley College," by Hillary Rodham,
Wellesley College, 31 May 1969.
Addendum to a Flock:
"In order to be a perfect member of a flock of
sheep, one has to be, foremost, a sheep." In "Essay to Leo Baeck
(1953)," Albert Einstein, 1953.
Addendum of When Protest
Is Wrong: "Some protests are always vicious
and never virtuous, such as violent protests against subjects that
have not shown any violence or incitement to violence, or protests
against legitimate democratic outcomes – one might not like
particular outcomes, but in any political system somebody must be
disappointed, so to turn that disappointment into a campaign against
a legitimate democratic outcome is anti-democratic. In a free and
fair democracy, the normative protests of our time are unnecessary,
aimless, counter-productive diversions from more virtuous,
old-fashioned forms of political engagement, such as researching the
issues, deliberating, and developing an argument before writing to
Congress. If that sounds burdensome, and protest sounds easier,
you’ve realized one of the reasons for the decline in our political
discourse. Protesting is the least constructive form of
engagement: it reduces discourse to what can fit on a placard or
into a chant, encourages in-group/out-group separation, prevents
discourse between groups, and encourages self-evaluations based on
noise and burden, rather than the quality of evidence or argument."
In "When “PROTEST!” is wrong," by Bruce Newsome, Berkeley Blog/UC
Berkeley, 2 February 2017.
For an political oddity of recent memory, consider
A Modern Observation on The Anti-War Movement
- "Where have
all the critics gone, long time passing?"
Home with a Mask - (To the
melody, "Home on the Range," a classic Western folk song)
[ 1 ]
[ 2 ]
"...we are witnessing the emergence of a dangerous new
norm for responding to speakers who challenge campus orthodoxy. Anyone
offended by the speaker can put out a call on Facebook to bring together
students and locals, including 'antifa' (antifascist) and black-bloc
activists who explicitly endorse the use of violence against racists and
fascists. Because of flagrant 'concept creep,' however, almost anyone
who is politically right of center can be labeled a racist or a fascist,
and the promiscuous use of such labels is now part of the standard
operating procedure. The call to shut down Mac Donald’s talk asserted,
without evidence, that her agenda is 'racist, anti-Black, capitalist,
imperialist, [and] fascist.' As with accusations of witchcraft in
earlier centuries, once such labels are attached to someone, few will
dare to challenge their accuracy, lest they be accused of the same
crimes." In "Intimidation Is the New Normal on Campus," by Jonathan
Haidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 April 2017.
[ 3 ]
Oh, we will rage crass using knuckles of brass,
Where each safe space is brittle as glass,
Where never is heard any unwanted word
As we dears and dear slogans harass.
Home, home with a mask
To riot as scholarly task,
All contrary views are hated taboos,
To submit is just all that we ask.
Oh, let us be tasked with our faces well masked
To build safe spaces ruled by the fist,
Where no one can spew any unwanted view,
Else we dears through our riots "resist."
Addendum of the Jackasses:
"Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a
carpenter to build it." Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the US House
of Representatives (1882-1961).
Addendum of the Fascism
of the Illiberal Left: "... this behavior must be
portrayed as it truly is, as a shameful and pedestrian surrender to
authoritarian political doctrine and mob mentality. Considering
this, 'fascist' works fairly well as a label for members of the social
justice mob. It drives home their authoritarian, ideologically-possessed
mindset and tactics which can only be described as systematic
brainwashing followed by witch hunts for any who would even think to
diverge from the social justice orthodoxy. And for those who think I’m
going a step too far and overreacting, watch the videos from
Evergreen State, as well as the endless additional footage of ‘social
justice warrior’ mobs and 'protests' of college speakers available on
YouTube. Witness the actions of these people and how no one steps
up to correct them. Watch as they hospitalize a female professor at
Middlebury College and receive minimal consequences. Watch as
they set University of California, Berkeley ablaze because of the
presence of a dissenting political voice. Now, you can watch as
they physically and verbally intimidate faculty and students at their
own institution, terrorizing them for the heinous crime of being present
while white." In "A Liberal’s Perspective: Evergreen College And The
Fascism Of The Illiberal Left," by Matt Teitelbaum, Huffington Post,
3 June 2017.
of Preemptive Violence against Possible Violence:
"Left wing 'antifas,' wearing red bandana masks alongside other far-left
protesters, have rioted multiple times and caused millions of dollars of
damage, with threats from left wing groups even forcing the cancellation
of a parade because it featured a float from the local Republican Party.
Eager to push back against the opposition, white nationalists have begun
mixing with anti-government militia members for 'free speech' rallies. A
man who attended one of these rallies would later stab to death two men
on a train when they intervened to stop his anti-Muslim rants against
two young women. The norms of protest and counterprotest—mostly verbal
shouting and sign-waving—are quickly crumbling in Portland. The left
wing antifa have even threatened preemptive violence in the name of the
defending the city from groups they say promote violence." In "How
Liberal Portland Became America’s Most Politically Violent City," by
Casey Michel, Politico, 30 June 2017.
[ 4 ]
Addendum from 1844:
"What I recently read, Fourier and the communists, has much to say in
the critical realm—in the organic realm it is always highly problematic;
and you are completely right, before one sees the 'how,' there is not
much to be said for the idea of a new reality. Heads are confused,
and the socialist parties don’t speak much more clearly than they think.
Neither the complicated proposals of the Fourierists nor the abolition
of private property of the communists can be formulated clearly. Both
amount in the end to a veritable police state or slave state. In
order to free the proletarians both spiritually and physically from need
and the pressure of need, they think of an organization that would make
all people experience this need and this pressure. One must accept the
challenge of ending the neglect of man at any price, and if it is
necessary that the privileged suffer for this, one must accept this too.
But is the practical problem even solved in this case? Is freedom
achieved when both need for and abundance from the state is evenly
distributed? And would men become more humane if some are relieved and
some are burdened in that way? The communists say 'yes' and dream of
a paradise as soon as the next revolution brings them to the helm, as
they believe will happen. The communists are so far removed from
humanity and from actual communism that living with them presents no
intellectual or social attraction.”
[ 5 ]
[ 1 ]
" 'Home on the Range' is a classic western
folk song, sometimes called the 'unofficial anthem' of the
American West. The lyrics were originally written by Dr.
Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas in a poem
entitled "My Western Home" in 1872. In 1947, it became the
state song of the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, members of
the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top
100 Western songs of all time." In "Home on the range,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
[ 2 ]
This banner was carried during the so-called
Berkeley riots of 2017. This suggests the intellectual and
scholarly naďveté of such students and their faculty and
political advisors, for whom the actual meaning of the word
'war' is lost, as they expect to be able to physically
intimidate others, but only up to a point long before the
use of the weapons of war is actualized.
How different was the original Berkeley Free Speech
movement, where "stand for what you believe" melded with
notions of "free speech" and the Constitutional protection
of that human right. A sign such as "This Is War" would have
seemed quite out of place in that era where to be liberal
was to be antiwar. Those who protested in the 1960s did not
hide behind masks, carry shields and weapons and violently
attack others while calling those who did not believe in
"lock step" viewpoints as fascists. "An injury to one is an
injury to all." Or it was.
[ 3 ]
As to "intimidation as the new normal on campus," one reads
a cogent observation: "The only thing anyone is
allowed to hear on campus is a slogan. Thinking is so 20th
century (and early 20th century at that). The adults paid to
be in charge have retreated to a safe place, where never
is heard an encouraging word and the skies are cloudy all
day. The First Amendment has been under the latest
assault for months, and this week Howard Dean, the former
governor of Vermont and onetime chairman of the Democratic
Party, finally said out loud what certain prominent
Democrats have hinted at and alluded to, that free speech
does not necessarily include extending it to anyone who
disagrees with them. This poison spread, like so much of the
toxic stuff polluting the body politic, from the campuses of
the elite." In "Spooked by the power of words, words,
words," by Wesley Pruden, Jewish World Review, 28 April
One would do well to recall: "It were not best that we
should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that
makes horse races." Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar, in "The
Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson," by Mark Twain (1894).
Difference of opinion also stirs free elections.
Without public debate, there is no debate, but there is also
no longer political disagreement as power to adjudicate
truth, engage in philosophical discussions involving
opposing views and make some speech illegal results in what
so often has become
It was opined in the article above that "There must be zero
tolerance for mob rule, intimidation of speakers, and
intimidation of political minorities among students as well
as faculty members."
Or it's inverse becomes reality, that there must be complete
tolerance for mob rule, intimidation of speakers, and
intimidation of political minorities among students as well
as faculty members.
And suddenly, one finds mob rule and "dancing bears." Of
another university in a mess, one reads: "Watching the
way George Bridges, the president of Evergreen, has handled
this situation put me in mind of a line from Allan Bloom’s
book '“The Closing of the American Mind.' Mr. Bloom was
writing about administrators’ reaction to student radicals
in the 1960s, but he might as well be writing about
Evergreen: 'A few students discovered that pompous
teachers who catechized them about academic freedom could,
with a little shove, be made into dancing bears.' At a
town hall meeting, Mr. Bridges described the protestors as
'courageous' and expressed his gratitude for 'this catalyst
to expedite the work to which we are jointly committed.' Of
course, there was also pabulum about how 'free speech must be
fostered and encouraged.' But if that’s what Mr. Bridges
really believes, why isn’t he doing everything in his
power to protect a professor who exercised it and condemn
the mob that tried to stifle him? The Weinstein saga is just
the latest installment in a series of similar instances of
illiberalism on American campuses." In "When the Left
Turns on Its Own," by Bari Weiss, New York Times, 1 June
The images above are of mob rule and
intimidation. They are the imagery of illiberalism. They are
the new images of the postmodern American Left. One must then consider that exemplary and well
documented process which occurs when
Left to their own devices
[ 4 ] The left-right
model is not failing. It has failed repeatedly. With mentions of "illiberalism"
in a NYTimes article testifying of this time "when the Left
turns on its own," and a Huffington Post article speaks of
"the fascism of the illiberal Left," one finds that the
postmodern "repressive tolerance" as preached in
universities since Herbert Marcuse coined the notion, one
finds repression and illiberalism showing their singularly
Way is Revolutionary Terror
What is that true nature? One reads:
"...developments will not wait for the bills of exchange
drawn by the European states on European society to expire.
The crushing counter-blow of the June revolution will be
struck in Paris. With the victory of the 'red republic' in
Paris, armies will be rushed from the interior of their
countries to the frontiers and across them, and the real
strength of the fighting parties will become evident. We
shall then remember this June and this October and we too
shall exclaim: Vae victis! The purposeless massacres
perpetrated since the June and October events, the tedious
offering of sacrifices since February and March, the very
cannibalism of the counterrevolution will convince the
nations that there is only one way in which the murderous
death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes
of the new society can be shortened, simplified and
concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror." In
"The Victory of the Counter-Revolution in Vienna," by Karl
Marx, Neue Rheinische Zeitung No. 136, November 1848,
translated by the Marx-Engels Institute (1994).
Marx Becomes an Icon, with Engels, Lenin
and Stalin in a cult of personalities
From 1848, the notion of "revolutionary terror" has
attracted the willfully violent, but it has repulsed the
non-violent majorities in various nations. Why? One
explanation comes from only decades after Marx fantasized
about revolutionary terror.
Mao Tse-Tung is added to the iconography
in international movements
From 1890, one reads: "The economic quintessence of
the socialistic programme, the real aim of the international
movement, is as follows. To replace the system of private
capital (i. e. the speculative method of production,
regulated on behalf of society only by the free competition
of private enterprises) by a system of collective capital,
that is, by a method of production which would introduce a
unified (social or 'collective') organization of national
labour, on the basis of collective or common ownership of
the means of production by all the members of the society.
This collective method of production would remove the
present competitive system, by placing under official
administration such departments of production as can be
managed collectively (socially or cooperatively), as well as
the distribution among all the common produce of all,
according to eh amount and social utility of the productive
labour of each." In "Quintessence of Socialism," by
Albert Schäffle, trans. by Bernanrd Bosanquet, Swan
Sonnenschein & Company, 1890.
If Marx had a value theory of labor, what was his value
theory of "official administration?" The bosses of this
"new" socialist program?
Schäffle observes: "As soon as you take out of the
theory of social democracy the two essential parts,
viz., granting to each one the whole and full profit of
his individual work, and measuring this profit according
to the extent of the contribution to the social quantity of
labour-time; as soon as you put a premium on economical
merit, take into consideration the use-value of the
contributions of work and the produce, keep in view the
assurance of a firm authoritative guidance of the immense
business of collective production, -- as soon as you do
this, you have scattered to the winds the spirit of
democracy; nothing more can then be said about the equal
share of every individual in the control, or about a
division of the produce of social labour which shall be
equally just to all or even equal throughout. Socialism has
then no further charm for the masses."
"No further charm for the masses" is obvious historically as
the "official administration," i.e. the bosses in the new
order, are quite like those in the former. They deem
themselves masters, and worth more on the basis of their
"official administration" offices, easily painting others as
as compared to their masterful positions as -- well -- the
new bosses. The "collective" dwarfs the largest capitalist
enterprise, and becomes a managerial nightmare. Yet, capital
measured in the millions and even billions becomes the new
bosses' goal, as may be seen in the odd phenomenon of
Capital for Communists
a story growing old.
for Real Radicals
Thus, images of masked violent protestors and a sign
declaring "this is war" remind of another socialist -- this
a National Socialist whose words should be remembered, for
they explain the strategy of those masked demonstrators of
today who have failed to learn the lessons of history, but
behave quite like those they supposedly oppose.
"Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the
state, for every form of power politics and any
dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street."
Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945).
The model as mere slogan --
Left and Right
-- has failed. Those who would "conquer the street" to
"conquer the state" hold a toxic ideology which stands
against the its opposite --
Freedom is freedom is freedom
[ 5 ] The many
militant activists in the moment know little of their
history. Arnold Ruges (1802-1880) was a colleague of Karl
Marx, who broke with him philosophically. Four years before
Marx' Communist Manifesto was published, Ruges noted that
Communism would eventually "amount in the end to a
veritable police state or slave state."
The original German (with the old "c" replaced by the modern
"k") for those interested is as follows: "Was
ich neuerdings gelesen, Fourier und die Kommunisten, hat im
kritischen viel Grund, im Organischen ist es immer höchst
problematisch, und Sie haben ganz Recht, ehe man das Wie
siehst, ist von einer neuen Realität nicht viel zu halten.
Die Köpfe sind konfus geworden, und die sozialistischen
Parteien reden bis jetzt nicht klarer, als sie befinden.
Weber die komplizierten Vorschläge der Fournieristen noch
die Eigentumsaufhebung der Kommunisten sind klar zu
formulieren. Beides läuft immer auf einen förmlichen Polizei-
oder Sklavenstaat hinaus. Um den Proletarier von der Not und
von dem Druck der Not geistig und körperlich zu befreien,
denkt man an eine Organisation, die alle Menschen an dieser
Not und diesem Druck teilnehmen lässt. Man muß die Forderung
zugeben, daß die Bewahrlosung der Menschen um jeden Preis
aufgegeben werde, und wenn es nötig ist, dass die
Bevorzugten dafür leiden, so muß man auch dies zugeben. Ist
nun aber das praktische Problem damit gelöst? Ist die
Freiheit erreicht, wenn die Not wie der Überfluss von
Staatswegen gleichmäßig verteilt werden? Und werden die
Menschen humaner sein, sobald die einen so erleichtert, die
andern so belastet find? Die Kommunisten sagen „ja“ und
träumen sich ein Paradies, sobald sie durch die nächste
Revolution ans Ruder kommen, wie sie glauben. Aber die
Kommunisten sind von der Humanität und von wirklichen
Kommunismus so weit entfernt, daß es wieder intellektuellen
noch geselligen Reiz hat, mit ihnen zu leben." In
"Arnold Ruges briefwechsel und tagebuchblätter ... 1.Bd.
(1825-1847), as a letter addressed "An Feuerbach - Paris, 15
Utopian Belief of Communists Ends in a Veritable Police
State or Slave State
The point is clear, and was clear even before the Communist
Manifesto was published. As Ruges noted, the Communists "dream
of a paradise as soon as the next revolution brings them to
the helm, as they believe will happen. The communists are so
far removed from humanity and from actual communism that
living with them presents no intellectual or social
attraction.” In this, Ruges makes the similar
observation made later by Erich Kurt Mühsam, who was
murdered by the National Socialists.
He wrote: "It is certainly clear that wherever society exits
there is no room for the state, but that wherever the
state is it is like a thorn in society’s flesh, it does not
permit it to form a people who can socially inhale and
exhale, and instead divides them into classes and thereby
prevents them from being a society. A centralized construct
cannot at the same time be a federalist construct. A
system of management organized along authoritarian lines is
a government, a bureaucracy, a commanding power, and this is
the mark of the state; a community built upon equal
rights and mutuality is, when considered within the bounds
of their physical proximity, a people, when considered as a
general form of human living, a society. State and
society are opposing concepts; the one excludes the other."
Erich Kurt Mühsam, in "The Liberation of Society from the
State. What is Communist Anarchism?" (Berlin-Britz, November
1932, Translated by CR Edmonston, 13 Sept 2008).
Ruges worried about idealistic communist goals, such as a
worker receiving the "full product of his labor," as today
one compares heavy burdens of taxation and debt -- as
advised by Lenin, among others -- in the West as
authoritarian, "the mark of the state." The modern Left
advocates increasing that burden.
The militant Leftists, so easily prone to violence in the
name of nominally acting against violence, might carry a
banner saying "become ungovernable," but "this is
war" is not aimed at becoming "ungovernable," but at
acting as the revolutionaries whose revolution, in Ruges
imagery, will "bring them to the helm, as they believe
Since the mid-1800s this has been understood. And today, as
then, it is
Left in an open book
- it couldn't hurt to take a
look. As the "next" revolution ushered in that dreamed
of Communist utopia, what ensued was consistently a
veritable police state, as such a socialist revolution has
Venezuelan socialists have long enough been
Left to their own devices
Heine reminds us: "Communism possesses a language
which every people can understand – its elements are hunger,
envy, and death."
Not what we say
" 'I speak on my own behalf, I am worried about what I
have done and what I should have done. If our actions were correct,
we would not be in this situation today, but I believe all of us, all
officials, past and present, should apologise to the people. This
[apology] is even more necessary for those who wear the clerical cloth'.
In the last years of his life, Ardebili seemed to have finally realised
the harms done to religion itself by mixing it with politics. 'If this
revolution is lost, as well as all the opportunities that will be lost
for the people, the reputation and credibility of the Shia clergy will
be lost too. Our actions and shortcomings have nothing to do with the
enlightened religion of Islam and the school of Shia, but nevertheless
that's not how people will make their judgements, if they see us do evil
they will blame the religion itself'." In "When the Henchman Weeps –
Ayatollah who Apologised for his Role in the Revolution," by Potkin
Azarmehr, Kayhan London, 23 November 2016.
It's not what we say
but what we do
that gives it all away.
It's not just the words
but dreadful acts
that conclusions undergirds.
It's not in the texts
but what lashes out
that tells and well connects.
It's not the verbose
but the murderous acts;
nothing else comes close.
It's not just the prose
but how we prance
as words into acts transpose.
It's not what we've said
but what we've done
which to this sad world has led.
Addendum of What's Looming:
"Horrifyingly, although home to only 5% of the world’s population, in
2014 the Arab world accounted for 45% of the world’s terrorism, 68% of
its battle-related deaths, 47% of its internally displaced and 58% of
its refugees. War not only kills and maims, but destroys vital
infrastructure accelerating the disintegration. The Arab youth
population (aged 15-29) numbers 105m and is growing fast, but
unemployment, poverty and marginalisation are all growing faster. The
youth unemployment rate, at 30%, stands at more than twice the world’s
average of 14%. Almost half of young Arab women looking for jobs fail to
find them (against a global average of 16%). Yet governance remains
firmly the domain of an often hereditary elite." In "Another Arab
awakening is looming, warns a UN report," Economist, 29 November 2016.
of Another Islamic State Horror Is Done:
"Abdullah Al-Malla, a local media activist, has told the Kurdish news
agency ARA News, that the girls were burnt alive after they refused to
have sex with the fighters of the group. 'They were punished for
refusing to have sex with Isis militants,' Al-Malla said." In "ISIS
burns 19 Yazidi girls to death for refusing sex with group’s fighters,"
Khama Press, Afghan News Agency, 10 June 2017.
Consider the Ayatollah's apology in light of varying
views in mere words on
The religion of peace
Unicorns and jackasses
Rainbow'd beams flooding through
My rosiest-colored glasses
Allow one vision, pure and true,
Of unicorns passing gasses;
I know you shall see -- oh! -- too,
You laddies and you lasses,
My rainbow'd dreams in one green hue
To dye the willing masses.
All else is that blinded view
Refusing god-greened classes
Wherein bright courtiers breed and
Generations of jackasses.
"Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said his office
has concluded an investigation into the invoices and billing practices
of Dr. Jonathan Gruber, an economic consultant who contracted with the
state to provide policy expertise, research and economic modeling for
Vermont’s abandoned single-payer healthcare system. Former Gov. Peter
Shumlin sought to create the single-payer system, known as Green
Mountain Care, but eventually walked away from the plan after
determining it would cost too much. The attorney general’s office’s
began the investigation into Gruber’s billing after receiving a referral
by State Auditor Doug Hoffer. Donovan said Thursday his office and
Gruber reached an agreement to settle the state’s potential legal claim
that Gruber submitted false claims to the state under Vermont’s Civil
False Claims Act. Donovan said his office concluded that Gruber’s
conduct violated the Vermont Civil False Claims Act. Gruber denied a
violation, but in order to resolve the case, he agreed to forgo any
further payments from the state that he might be owed." In "Health
consultant probe," Vermont Press Bureau, Rutland Herald, 19 August
One seeks until the costs are known;
Then one no longer seeks.
Such is the nature of man's myths,
And the havoc seeking wreaks.
One seeks with claims to prove,
Though claims oft falsified,
And at the many of our tales
One learn some seekers lied.
One seeks and then the costs betray
Each quest which gleamed like gold,
Until the gold proved leaden
As many oracles foretold.
What works, just works, as one might see,
And all is plain as day,
And what can never, ever work
Simply melts away.
Consider a Myth as Costs Are Being Known:
A Countdown Song
- counting upwards to down
|Wall, fence, border, gate
Serve to separate;
Tear then down? Much will fail
At a rapid rate.
|Wall, fence, border, gate,
Criticized of late,
Clearly all of these entail
Safety in some state.
|Wall, fence, border, gate?
Quickly turns oh so stale
When failings correlate.
|Wall, fence, border, gate?
Who'd have none of late?
Thieves will cheer and hail
As thefts accumulate.
|Wall? Fence? Border? Gate?
Passwords? Locks checkmate?
Open all and much will fail,
As idiocies celebrate.
|Wall, fence, border, gate?
All these, advocate,
As their builders' countervail
Protests to their fate.
Addendum of a Mexican Fence:
"Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out
Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own
countries. They complain 'hordes' of immigrants pass through on their
way to the United States -who are then simply deported back to Mexico rather
than their home countries by the US. Central American migrants are left
stuck in border cities with Mexican officials unable to afford to send them
back to their own countries, according to an article by one of the largest
newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, El Mańana, titled: 'Yes to the
Border Wall … but in Mexico's South'." In "Now Mexico wants to build a
border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants from El
Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala," by Hannah Parry, Daily Mail, 15 September
[ 1 ]
Addendum of a Hungarian Fence:
"Hungary is planning to build a second fence on its southern border with
Serbia to keep out any major new wave of refugees, Prime Minister Viktor
Orban announced. A 500km barrier - a razor-wire fence - was built last year
along Hungary's border with Serbia and Croatia after the country witnessed
an increase of refugees moving up from the Balkans towards northern Europe."
In "Hungary to build second border fence to stop refugees," Al Jazeera, 26
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Saudi Arabia's Great
Wall: "The border zone now includes five layers of
fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar cameras. Riyadh
also sent an extra 30,000 troops to the area. It is not the only fence
with which Saudi Arabia has chosen to surround itself. Despite the
difficulty of access to westerners, the country is relatively open to fellow
Muslim nations, particularly during the Haj season when pilgrims from across
the world come to Mecca and Medina." In "Revealed: Saudi Arabia's 'Great
Wall' to keep out Isil," by Richard Spencer, Telegraph UK, 14 January 2015.
Addendum of Iran's Pakistani
Fence: "Iran's building, completing the fence on its
border with Pakistan to keep out terrorists." In "Iran Completing Fence
On Its Border With Pakistan To Keep Out Terrorists," IRNA, Organization of
Asia-Pacific News Agencies, 13 March 2013.
Addendum for the Bulgarian Fence:
"...a tour of a high wire fence along the Bulgaria Turkey
border by Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban and his Bulgarian
counterpart, Boyko Borissov. 'The future of Europe is decided not in
Brussels, but where we stand,' said Orban, reported Bulgarian media outlet
novinite.com." In "Hard and virtual borders await migrants to EU," by
Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer, 15 September 2016.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of the Kashmiri Line of
Control: "The Line of Control, a de-facto border
between the two countries separating Kashmir, is one of the most heavily
militarised frontiers in the world and the incident has sparked fears of
a military escalation. The incident has come at a time when
Indian-administered, Muslim-majority Kashmir is already in the midst of some
of the worst unrest seen in years." In "Kashmir attack: What's behind the
deadliest militant raid in years?" BBC, 19 September 2016.
Addendum of Turkey's Massive
Wall Being Constructed: "Turkey’s Housing Development Administration
has begun construction of the remaining 700 kilometers of a massive wall
designed to seal its 900-kilometer border with Syria. The first 200
kilometer-long length of the wall has already gone out to tender, and is to
be built by the country’s Defense Ministry, together with the governors’
offices of the neighboring provinces. It is expected that the remaining
section of the 'security wall' will be completed within the next five
months, Housing Development Administration director Ergün Turan told the
Turkish Hurriyet Daily News." In "Turkey Builds Huge Security Wall Along Its
Syrian Border," by Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, 5 October 2016.
of Turkey's Sealed Borders: "Turkey, which has taken in almost 3
million Syrian refugees in recent years, has sealed off its borders
in the wake of the spring 2016 refugee deal with the European Union. Syrians
who seek to enter Turkey via airplane or ship from a third country, such as
Lebanon or Jordan, require a visa, but officials only rarely issue them. And
the overland route is blocked." In "The Death Strip at the
Turkish-Syrian Border," by Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp, Spiegel
Online, 7 December 2016.
of Turkey Completing Its Fence: "The wall was
designed as a security measure and is made of concrete blocks. Photos from
the ministry show the tops of the blocks are covered in barbed wire and
there are guard towers placed at intervals. The project was done in
cooperation with TOKI, the state-run public housing body. The body said
the wall is about three metres high. The full length of the border is 911
kilometres." In "Turkey completes 556-Km border wall with Syria," Gulf
Times, 11 April 2017.
Addendum of Thailand and Malaysia
Agreeing on a Border Wall: "The leaders of
Thailand and Malaysia agreed on Friday to boost security cooperation and
consider building a border wall to combat transnational crime and smuggling,
an idea that appears to be gaining popularity elsewhere in the world.
People- trafficking and the smuggling of contraband, including drugs and
petrol, have flourished along the Thai-Malay border for years until a
crackdown by Thai officials on human traffickers caused some of the routes
to shut down last year. Analysts say separatist insurgents operating in
Thailand’s deep south use Malaysia as a base to launch and plan their
attacks." In "Thailand and Malaysia discuss building border wall to enhance
security and curb trafficking," South China Morning Post, 10 September 2016.
of Israel's Security Fence: "In Israel, the security fence
has done an effective job of keeping Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists
outside of Israeli communities, and the fence built to keep African illegal
infiltrators from coming into Israel through the Sinai Desert does its job
as well – and other countries are learning from Israel's success. The
latest is Hungary which, although it does not have the problem of terrorists
sneaking over the border to carry out terror attacks in Hungarian
supermarkets and coffee shops, is building 13 foot (4 meter) high fence
anyway – to keep job-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Albania
and other third world countries out." In "Good Enough for the EU: Hungary to
Build Anti-Migrant 'Wall'," by Yaakov Levi, Arutz Sheva, 17 June 2015.
Addendum of the Theater of It:
" 'The one thing all these walls have in common is that
their main function is theatre,' said Marcello Di Cintio, author of
'Walls: Travels Along the Barricades'. You can't dismiss that illusion, it's
important to people, but they provide the sense of security, not real
security.' The limits of their effectiveness are visible everywhere - not
least, with the migrants and refugees sitting on top of the fence along the
border with Morocco and the small Spanish enclave of Mellila, on the North
African coast. Even the fearsome Berlin Wall with its trigger-happy sentries
still leaked thousands of refugees even in its most forbidding years." In
"World of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders –
four times as many as when the Berlin Wall was toppled – as governments
try to hold back the tide of migrants," by Simon Tomlinson, Mail Online,
21 August 2015.
of the Gertrude Stein Definition: "The First Amendment
right to protest the government ends when you use a bolt cutter to breach a
security fence and enter a restricted area, a federal judge told six people
he found guilty Wednesday for their actions during a chaotic protest outside
last summer’s Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia. 'A
fence is a fence is a fence,' Senior U.S. District Judge Michael J.
Baylson told the six out-of-towners after finding each guilty of trespassing
on restricted federal grounds, a misdemeanor. 'As a matter of common
sense,' said the judge, 'when an adult sees a fence, it is clear that is a
restriction'." In "6 DNC protesters found guilty in federal court," by
Mensah M. Dean, Philly.com, 14 June 2017.
of the French Connection: " 'The terror threat
remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel
Tower, must be the object of special security measures,' Martins said. He
added that the glass wall would allow full view of the tower while
preventing individuals or vehicles from storming the attraction that draws 6
million visitors a year. Critics said the wall, slated to go up in the
fall, could undermine the French capital's tourism industry that is already
in a slump after a series of terrorist attacks that killed more than 200
people since 2015." In "Eiffel Tower to be surrounded by $20M
bulletproof glass wall by year's end," by Maya Vidon, USA Today, 15 February
of the Invasion of De-Fence-Less Europe Discusses Fences:
"European Council President Donald Tusk called Friday for U.N. sanctions
against migrant smugglers illegally taking people to Europe - notably
in Libya, where lawlessness has allowed a lucrative trade in smuggling
African migrants northward. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz
said that would-be migrants should be stopped at the EU's outer borders and
sent back to their homelands after being rescued and given any care needed.
Kurz has previously suggested that some NGOs rescuing migrants on the high
seas might be in collusion with human smugglers." In "Paris evacuates nearly
2,800 migrants as arrivals surge," by Nicolas Garriga and Angela Charlton,
Associated Press, 7 July 2017.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of Another Wall:
"German police placed concrete barriers in front of Cologne's
world famous gothic cathedral on Wednesday after reports that Islamist
militants sought to target Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia, another icon of
ecclesiastical architecture." In "Cologne Cathedral Walled off in
Post-Barcelona Security Rethink," USNews and World Report, 23 August
of Wall by Other Names: "Barriers and police and
army vehicles have been placed around St. Peter's Basilica to make it
harder for a vehicle to gather speed in an attack such as the one last week
in Barcelona, which killed 13 people." In "Vatican prepared for
Barcelona-style terror attack - Swiss Guard," Times of Malta, 25 August
] While a defensible
border between the United States and Mexico is deemed wrong in
much election year debate, the calls in Mexico for a southern
border fence between Mexico and Central America continue, making
a reality there.
One reads: "Few politicians have made public speeches
about such matters. But Deputy Foreign Minister Gerónimo
Gutiérrez recently acknowledged that Mexico's immigration laws
were 'tougher than those being contemplated by the United
States,' where the authorities caught 1.5 million people
illegally crossing the Mexican border last year. He spoke before
a congressional panel to discuss 'Mexico in the Face of the
Migratory Phenomenon'." In "Mexico Worries About Its Own
Southern Border," by Ginger Thompson, New York Times, 18 June
Additionally, one reads: "According to the head of customs
for Mexico’s tax administration, Raul Diaz, the Mexican border
state of Chiapas is constructing a wall along the country’s
southern border with Guatemala, along the river Suchiate which
divides the countries. Diaz says the purpose of the wall is
to prevent the passage of contraband, but admits, 'It could also
prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants'." In "Mexico
Building Fence… on Its Southern Border," Fox, 23 September 2010.
As one moves from demarcated debate to a next debate, the
imposition of double standards abound. This is particularly true
for politicians, almost all of whom live behind defensible
gates. There is much irony in this, is there not?
] European Union
apparatchiks complain of Hungary: " 'Anyone, like Hungary,
who builds fences against war refugees or breaches press freedom
and the independence of the justice system should be
temporarily, or if needed forever, excluded from the EU'."
In "EU should expel Hungary for mistreating migrants, Luxembourg
minister says," by Madeline Chambers and Marton Dunai, Reuters,
13 September 2016.
The reply was unequivocal: "Hungarian Foreign Minister
Peter Szijjarto said his country had defended Europe throughout
its history, and described his Luxembourg colleague as
'condescending, uppity, and frustrated'."
] "Wall, fence, border, gate?
serve sometimes opposing principles: to keep some in, and to
keep some out. One reads of Bulgaria: "Less than two
decades after the painstaking removal of a massive border fence
designed to keep people in, Bulgarian authorities are just as
painstakingly building a new fence along the rugged Turkish
border, this time to keep people out. Faced with a surge of
refugees from the Middle East and North Africa — and the risk
that they include jihadis intent on terrorist attacks — Europe
is bolstering its defenses on many fronts, including this
formerly Communist country, which little more than a
quarter-century ago was more concerned with stanching the
outbound flow of its own citizens to freedom. For the past 16
months, Bulgaria has been carrying out a plan that would sound
familiar to anyone along the United States-Mexico frontier: more
border officers, new surveillance equipment and the first
20-mile section of its border fence, which was finished in
September." In "Bulgaria Puts Up a New Wall, but This One
Keeps People Out," by Rick Lyman, New York Times, 5 April 2015.
] So many European
politicians who espoused and continue to espouse open borders
are now finding porous borders as the root of growing problems
of demographic consequences and lawlessness. " 'We have
evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs
[non-governmental organisations] and people traffickers in Libya,'
Mr Zuccaro is quoted as saying in La Stampa. ...Mr Zuccaro's
comments come amid growing criticism of NGO activity in the
Mediterranean, including one leading politician saying it was
tantamount to providing a taxi service to Europe."
In "Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers,"
BBC, 23 April 2017.
Therein lies the basic contrast. Fences, borders, walls and
other obstacles versus open borders. The tickle becomes a flood
and the flood becomes catastrophic. Yet so many immigration
activists pretend to morality, standing against borders and for
open migrant flows. Consider in the light of Europe's growing
problems, just how
A politician thinks
Kids parade their Tan Drums
As is the way of things
Which beat and burst and bust
When life delivers stings.
The Tan Drums' bleating oh so loud
Are of our Terrible Toos.
When not getting their own way,
They loudly scream the blues.
The Tan Drums seem so numerous
With amplifications' glare,
Hogging some cameras' tiny lens
With their Tan Drums angry blare.
Who will choose to die in the streets
As professional tests predict?
Violent protests most break out
As Tan Drums so depict.
Putsch your faith in Tan Drums' beat
Because they will it so.
This is today and every day
As was in time not long ago.
There's plenty to see,
so why not look?
There's plenty to learn
There's that to be gleaned
by hook and crook.
There's that next twist
in the ambling brook.
There's much surprise
after thought things shook.
There's tasty novelty
from the cleverest cook.
which awaits your grasp
if but your rigidity
It's nuts to be a student
It's nuts to be a student
faced with debts' arrears,
And nuts to be a student
with pronoun errors as fears,
And nuts to be a student
when told that fiction's fact,
And nuts to be a student
when questioning's attacked,
And nuts to be a student
as anxiety floods the schools,
And nuts to be a student
with arbitrary, changing rules,
And nuts to be a student
where standards burn like flags,
And nuts to be a student,
when lectures are just nags,
And nuts to be a student
when sheepskins' prices rise,
And nuts to be a student
when so distant seems the prize.
Therefore in the current milieu,
What's to say? Just nuts to you?
Addendum of the Price:
"Through diplomas, increasingly inflated grades and
the drumbeat of college self-promotion, these students had been told
they had received a great education. The fact that the typical
student spent three times as much time socializing and recreating in
college as studying and going to class didn’t change that belief. Nor
did unsteady employment outcomes and, for the large majority of those
surveyed, continued financial dependence on their parents. Students who
were interviewed in depth by Mr. Arum and Ms. Roksa put great stock in
collegiate social experiences that often came at the expense of academic
work, emphasizing the value of the personal relationships they built."
In "The Economic Price of Colleges’ Failures," by Kevin Carey, New York
Times, 2 September 2014.
[ 1 ]
of Costing Too Much: "College costs too much, both
for students and for society as a whole. This year, according to the
College Board, average published in-state tuition and fee plus
room/board charges exceed $17,000 at four-year public institutions, a 6%
increase from only one year earlier. In 2009, spending by Americans for
post-secondary education totaled $461 billion, an amount 42% greater
than in 2000, after accounting for inflation. This $461 billion is the
equivalent of 3.3% of total U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and an
amount greater than the total GDP of countries such as Sweden, Norway
and Portugal. The public is taking notice." In "Why does college
cost so much?" by Richard Vedder and Matthew Denhart, CNN, 2 December
[ 2 ]
of Collegiate-related Anxieties: "Ohio State has
seen a 43% jump in the past five years in the number of students
being treated at the university’s counseling center. At the University
of Central Florida in Orlando, the increase has been about 12% each
year over the past decade. At the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor, demand for counseling-center services has increased by 36% in
the last seven years. Nationwide, 17% of college students were
diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and
13.9% were diagnosed with or treated for depression, according to a
spring 2016 survey of 95,761 students by the American College Health
Association. That is up from 11.6% for anxiety and 10.7% for depression
in the spring 2011 survey." In "Students Flood College Mental-Health
Centers," by Andrea Petersen, Wall Street Journal, 10 October 2016.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Assessing Adult
Literacy: "Researchers administered the National
Assessment of Adult Literacy to collect the data, which revealed that
over 75% of 2- year college students and 50% of 4-year college students
are incapable of completing everyday tasks. These tasks range from
straightforward to complex, and fall into three categories: reading
comprehension, critical thinking and analysis, and practical
mathematics. Most participants easily carried out simple activities such
as utilizing a map or consulting a nutrition label. The latter category
–which includes calculating restaurant tips, utility bills, order
totals, and supply costs – yielded more surprising results. About 20% of
students in 4-year schools demonstrated only basic mathematical ability,
while a steeper 30% of community college students could not progress
past elementary arithmetic." In "Study Finds College Students
Remarkably Incompetent," by Stefi Morisi, New Forum for Lawyers, 21
Administrators as a Fast-rising Cost to Students and Taxpayers:
"The disproportionate increase in the number of university staffers who
neither teach nor conduct research has continued unabated in more recent
years, and slowed only slightly since the start of the economic
downturn, during which time colleges and universities have contended
that a dearth of resources forced them to sharply raise tuition. In all,
from 1987 until 2011-12—the most recent academic year for which
comparable figures are available—universities and colleges collectively
added 517,636 administrators and professional employees, or an average
of 87 every working day, according to the analysis of federal figures,
by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in collaboration
with the nonprofit, nonpartisan social-science research group the
American Institutes for Research. 'There's just a mind-boggling amount
of money per student that’s being spent on administration,' said
Andrew Gillen, a senior researcher at the institutes. 'It raises a
question of priorities'." In "New Analysis Shows Problematic Boom In
Higher Ed Administrators,' by Jon Marcus, New England Center for
Investigative Reporting via Huffington Post, 6 February 2014.
of the Free College Conundrum:
"Then there is the question of how to buy out tuition in an era of
squeezed public budgets, a conundrum that can cause even those open to
the concept to think twice. When a free college proposal first
surfaced in California in March, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown’s
Department of Finance dismissed it as a 'noble goal that comes with a
very significant price tag'." In " 'Free college' is a new rallying cry
in California," by Alexei Koseff, Sacramento Bee, 5 September 2017.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of Competition
for Over-Priced, Tuition-Based Universities: "For the
first time ever, any student anywhere can take top-quality courses
online in every major freshman college subject, taught by professors
from the most prestigious universities, that lead to full academic
credit at 2,900 traditional colleges, such as Purdue, Penn State,
Colorado State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all absolutely
free. There is no tuition cost. No text book cost. No administrative
or connection fees. No taxpayer subsidy or federal Title IV funding
required. And this is not a plan for the future, but a working reality
available to students now, already built, entirely as a private
501(c)(3) philanthropy, at an exceptionally efficient price." In
"Free College Is Now Here … Really," by Steve Klinsky, Real Clear Life,
21 August 2017.
[ 1 ] The NYT article
notes that the eventual workplace -- sometimes called the
college of hard knocks -- will sort out what colleges and
universities simply have not.
Fundamental Failure in the Higher Education Market
One reads from that article: "...within the large population of
college graduates, those who were poorly taught are paying
an economic price. Because they didn’t acquire vital
critical thinking skills, they’re less likely to get a job
and more likely to lose the jobs they get than students who
received a good education. Yet those same students
continue to believe they got a great education, even after
two years of struggle. This suggests a fundamental
failure in the higher education market — while employers
can tell the difference between those who learned in college
and those who were left academically adrift, the students
As one mulls over enormous tuition costs in reference to not
"acquiring critical thinking skills," the obvious question
is one of asking for what a student is paying, if not the
acquisition of critical thinking skills. But one sees in the
day how easy it has become for students to take their
appointed place in line, at the
- there's no debating you
[ 2 ] One should take
notice of the details as "college costs too much" in order
to better understand. Watching tuition rise dramatically and
heeding the business wisdom that personnel costs are so
often the largest cost, one may survey those academic elite
who are being supported by "too much." Consider the
remuneration details as
Doctor Oppression comes to call
In addition to an overpaid academic elite, measured against
media incomes in every state, uninformed students sign debt
instruments without fully understanding the implications.
One reads: "In their paper, titled 'Accounting
for the Rise in College Tuition,'ť the two maintain that
the combined effect of all policy and nonpolicy factors that
they studied generate a $6,300 increase in yearly net
tuition. Whereas average net tuition stood at $5,700 in
1987, today it is about $11,000, their study states." In
"2 Econ Professors Cite Student Borrowing as Contributor to
Rising Tuition," by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in
Higher Education, 12 April 2016.
Don't Teach Caveat Emptor
Caveat emptor is not among subjects taught to the academic
underclass -- most students.
Until now, most students have been blissfully unaware, as
one reads: "The Collegiate Learning Assessment is just
what it sounds like: a test that measures critical thinking,
analytic reasoning, and communications skills in college
students. Several years ago, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
reported that most students didn't improve much on this test
after four years of college, and a full third didn't improve
at all. Now they've written a follow-up, which concludes,
unsurprisingly, that students with high CLA scores do better
in the job market than students with low scores." In "Colleges
Don't Teach Much, but College Students Don't Know It,"
by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, 4 September 2014.
[ 3 ] The leap in anxieties
is logical, considering the rapid rise in tuition, swift
proliferation of new and often seemingly arbitrary speech
and behavior rules, mixed in with a lowering of job
prospects upon graduation.
Even retraining after college becomes a necessity for
potential employers. One reads: "NBC News reported
that Fortune 500 companies shell out $3 billion annually to
train employees in 'basic English.' Sending workers to
'remedial business writing classes' was common practice at
Valor, a former telecommunications company that merged in
2006. Finney and Baldi view the recent study as a
profound glimpse into the weaknesses of higher education.
Both hope that data will inspire government and university
officials to raise graduation requirements and make
intellectual rigor the new standard." In "Study Finds
College Students Remarkably Incompetent," by Stefi Morisi,
New Forum for Lawyers, 21 June 2012.
Conflating phrases above, "remarkably incompetent" graduates
who "don't know" of their incompetence is the stuff of
Sadly, there are many options besides the pursuit of
Degrees on the wall
These are not taught in colleges and universities for the
most part, and for the most obvious of reasons. The thought
of competition shakes the modern, almost mythic foundation
of modern American academia, its scions and sages -- money
and lots of it for the few, with debt for the many.
Today's students -- and graduates of the various levels of
the educational system -- are being proven stupid, and
perhaps intentionally so. One reads:
"...the essence of our collective stupidity comes out:
'US research has shown that most young, digital-savvy school
and college students have difficulties in identifying fake
news.' What this means is, if you are not tethered to a
smart-device, you are even more susceptible Putin puppets.
The study referred to is from brilliant Stanford students
who discovered “amazingly” that the same age group that
cannot name the first president of the United States or find
Canada on a map, also cannot figure the truth from fiction.
The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) released yet
another useless report showing how lame American students
are these days. Interestingly, one of the most liberal and
most anti-Trump publications in the world, The Atlantic also
blamed Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump on a lack of civics
education. As far back as 2000 education reports revealed
that 65 percent of college seniors surveyed failed to pass a
high-school level American history test, while this recent
National Association of Scholars (NAS) study revealed that
college student knowledge of Western Civilization and the
so-called 'Big Picture' has practically vanished. Vanished
knowledge! And it takes Stanford studies to show young
people cannot discern?" In "Get Ready for the World
Truth Ministry and the Unimaginable," by Phil Butler, New
Eastern Outlook, 14 June 2017.
The scam is complete, for now. Over-paid academics teach
unmarketable skill sets and "theory" of one kind or another,
generally subsets of anti-capitalist political philosophy,
all the while seeking ever larger salaries and perks for
themselves in the hunt for money, postmodernist style. And
the students dutifully learn that "the so-called 'Big
Picture' has practically vanished."
It's nuts to be that sort of student today, given that great
books alone available in almost all libraries and online are
a wealth of knowledge to those who would learn. For almost
no expense except individual effort.
[ 4 ] How might
one pay for "free college?" One way to lessen tuition is to
require high-paid administrative personnel to enjoy
significant reductions in salaries, perhaps pegged to the
media income of a state. Consider the payroll numbers
Doctor Oppression comes to call
This becomes a "target-rich" environment, in which "academic
millionaires" aplenty may be found, targeted for payroll
reduction to assist in tuition reduction.
Might those academic, professorial and administrative
economic one percenters want to "give back?" Various media
reports suggest they will not, for reducing an academic
salary to even twice the median income of a surrounding
population would be oppression. It's a good game, when all
is said and done.
I saw that which was ugly;
to never judge.
I saw something meaningless;
on meaning I
would not budge.
I saw something beautiful,
lectured for my sin.
I saw someone try to rule
which lay within.
I saw something moving
scenes, darkened, grim;
I saw and I turned away
on more than
just a whim.
I saw something and I thought
would be apt.
I saw and spoke of what I thought
and thus my
path was mapped.
One plus one equals cat
|One plus one equals cat,
And if you're fine with that,
Cat plus hat sums up a pipe
As a scrawny sort of fat.
|Two subtracts from up,
When splashed into its cup,
As two at three will snipe
When together they would sup.
|Three will argue four;
Windows are shown the door.
Five will fife to earn its stripe
As drums the beating roar.
|Sixes and sevens are at
When complexity falls flat,
Past eight counts nine who gripe
That ten is racket's bat.
|Won plus one will lose
Ignoring history's muse.
One will wait until what's ripe
Pervades the evening's news.
Addendum of Hong Kong in South America but
Fake News in Macedonia: "Veles used to make
porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. Now it makes fake news.
This sleepy riverside town in Macedonia is home to dozens of website
operators who churn out bogus stories designed to attract the
attention of Americans. Each click adds cash to their bank
accounts." In "The Fake News Machine," by Florence Davey-Attlee
and Isa Soares, CNN, 13 September 2017.
''Strip away the phony tinsel
of Hollywood, and you'll find the real tinsel underneath,'' Oscar
Levant, that Algonquin wit, once observed. And though the lights do
shine brightly for the fabulous here, the back streets of this gritty
pocket of Los Angeles hold hidden gems for the everyman." In 36 Hours,"
by Cindy Price, New York Times, 23 June 2006.
Hollywood's helium was nitrate
Before reeled into cellulose;
Now digital's produced on silicon,
Screening carbon-based life, verbose.
Tinsel Town's oxyhydrogen burned
Through quicklime's Limelight lump;
Carbon arc and tungsten stepped up
Until halogen hurdled that hump.
The big screen, contrasted to clarity,
Was webbed, eyeleted and stretched,
Perforated, then aluminum white,
Glowing with tales far-fetched.
Lithium, alcohol, amphetamines,
Barbiturates, coke and all
Were ups and downs, as actors,
Stunt doubled, played each brawl.
Green screen, virtually layered,
And truly not quite there,
In two and three dimensions,
Is costumed, or quite bare.
Car chases, shoot outs, explosions
Are stuff of nightmarish dreams,
Where all the tricks of the trade are plied
And played for laughs and screams.
Hollywood's helium, lighter than,
Slumps in tinseled drag,
While politics, worn, on its sleeve,
Subtracts with a yearly lag.
Tinsel Town, so an Oscar said,
Is tinsel through and through,
And awards to it, itself it grants,
Gold cheers for what's seen through.
of the real Hollywood: "The median household
income in 2008 dollars was $33,694, considered low for Los Angeles.
The average household size of 2.1 people was also lower than the city
norm. Renters occupied 92.4% of the housing units, and home- or
apartment owners the rest. The percentages of never-married men
(55.1%), never-married women (39.8%) and widows (9.6%) were among the
county's highest. There were 2,640 families headed by single
parents, about average for Los Angeles." In "Hollywood," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
of an Extraordinary Time of Upheaval: "Lucas and
Spielberg told USC students that they are learning about the industry
at an extraordinary time of upheaval, where even proven talents find it
difficult to get movies into theaters. Some ideas from young
filmmakers 'are too fringe-y for the movies,' Spielberg said. 'That's
the big danger, and there's eventually going to be an implosion — or a
big meltdown. There's going to be an implosion where three or four or
maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into
the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm.' Lucas lamented the
high cost of marketing movies and the urge to make them for the masses
while ignoring niche audiences." In "Steven Spielberg Predicts
'Implosion' of Film Industry," by Paul Bond, Hollywood Reporter, 12 June
a Warning: " 'Comedy is the lecherous little elf
whispering in the king's ear, always telling the truth about human
behaviour.' The producer and director said that his iconic western
parody Blazing Saddles could not be made in today's political climate."
In "'Stupidly politically correct society is the death of comedy', warns
veteran comedian Mel Brooks," by Rozina Sabur, Telegraph UK, 21
Once a paper
Once a paper, a liner now --
A college don pigeons down;
The journal lists hard to port
With red ink soon to drown,
For easy comes to easy goes
Evolves in every town,
And changes, in their constancy,
Come for every clown.
7,700,000,000 for H20 - that's a lot of
"Nestlé alone sold $7.7 billion
worth worldwide, with more than $343 million of it coming from Michigan,
where the company bottles Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water and Pure
Life, its purified water line. The Michigan operation is only one small
part of Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company. But it
illuminates how Nestlé has come to dominate a controversial industry,
spring by spring, often going into economically depressed municipalities
with the promise of jobs and new infrastructure in exchange for tax
breaks and access to a resource that’s scarce for millions. Where Nestlé
encounters grass-roots resistance against its industrial-strength
guzzling, it deploys lawyers; where it’s welcome, it can push the limits
of that hospitality, sometimes with the acquiescence of state and local
governments that are too cash-strapped or inept to say no. There are the
usual costs of doing business, including transportation, infrastructure,
and salaries. But Nestlé pays little for the product it
bottles—sometimes a municipal rate and other times just a nominal
extraction fee. In Michigan, it’s $200." In "Nestlé Makes Billions
Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For," by Caroline Winter,
Bloomberg, 21 September 2017.
|7,700,000,000 for H20 -
In plastic just to let you know -
Pours on as profits flow,
But I drink from the tap.
|7,700,000,000 of dollar
Tally the sips and gulps and spills
Out their wells and rivers and rills,
But I swig from the tap.
|7,700,000,000 in plastic
Strikes oddly an environmental chord
By the waste of a bottled horde.
I tipple from the tap.
Do not feed the pigeons and gulls.
Let nature take care of itself.
Heed well that it's nature culls
Each hungry feeding self.
Nature rules both wise and fool,
Though charity feeds the heart.
Heed predator cruel and prey's dying mewl.
Seek not to nature outsmart.
One day a leopard
thought - on
|One day a leopard thought,
"Oh, yes, I'll change my spots."
And so, gussied like a zebra,
Stripes replaced those dots.
But then another leopard
Saw stripes and thought to lunch
By quickly clawing, killing,
In order just to munch.
Some say a leopard cannot
Even change one spot,
Perhaps this is the wisest course,
Given life's onslaught.
|One day a zebra thought,
"Spots might be just the thing,"
And so, spots covered up the stripes
To learn what life might bring.
Another zebra, amorous,
Saw spots and fled away,
For spots can claw and kill
On any given day.
Some say that change is always good
While others this deny;
Sometimes what changes poorly
Ends with a snubbed goodbye.
|One day is quite like every day
When contemplating change,
But not all changes turn out well,
And some turn out quite strange.
One could ponder many things,
And things might thunder back,
As best laid plans of mice like men
Collapse from the slightest crack.
Some say that change is always good
While another this denies;
Sometimes what changes drastically
Ends as what's changed just dies.
Team sports, team thwarts
- on richly spoiled sports
" 'He knew our team has had the most players
protest,' Reid told NBC Sports Bay Area. 'He knew that we were
probably going to do to it again. This is what systemic
oppression looks like. A man with power comes to a game, he
tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to
thwart our efforts.' Service members at Fleet Week were split on
the issue, some saying it's disrespectful and other agreeing with
Reid. 'It's their constitutional right. That's what we fight for,'
U.S. Marines Sgt. Michael Johnson said. 'So, it's part of the
constitution, and they're free to do what they choose'." In "Vice
President Pence Leaves 49ers Game After Players Protest During
National Anthem," by Brendan Weber, NBC News, 8 October 2017.
Team sports, team thwarts,
And millionaires are oppressed.
Such is American politics,
Where ill logic is so stressed.
Team sports, team thwarts,
And everyone is right,
So that everyone is left to ponder:
Is there any sense in sight?
Team sports, team thwarts,
And thwarters walk away.
Systemic oppression shows itself
And millionaire kneel to play.
Addendum of a Systemic
Tax Break: "Well, take the case of fracking
billionaire Terry Pegula, who in 2014 paid $1.4 billion for the
Buffalo Bills. Pegula is able to deduct $93 million a year —
one-fifteenth of the purchase price — against the team’s profits and
his income for 15 years. The Bills, according to Forbes, made $53
million last season. If Pegula earned $40 million in 2016, the
Bills’ tax deduction could reduce his tax bill to zero." In "NFL
owners have made millions off obscure tax break," by Josh Kosman,
New York Post, 11 October 2017.
Consider both Individual and Aggregate Activities as
People walk away
Special Squares -
"Perhaps the most extraordinary popular
delusion about violence of the past quarter-century is that
caused by low self-esteem. That theory has been endorsed by
dozens of prominent experts, has inspired school programs
designed to get kids to feel better about themselves, and in the
late 19080s loed the California legislature to form a Task Force
to Promote Self-Esteem. Yet Baumeister has shown that the theory
could not be more spectacularly, hilariously, achingly wrong.
Violence is a problem not of too little self-esteem but of too
much, particularly when it is unearned. Self-esteem can be
measured, and surveys show that it is the psychopaths, street
toughs, bullies, abusive husbands, serial rapists, and
hate-crime perpetrators who are off the scale." In "The Better
Angels of Our Nature," Steven Pinker, Penguin Books, 2011.
Special squares have but three sides,
Or five - or maybe more.
All this because they're special,
And are taught to semaphore.
Special numbers add up odd,
And this is even, so
All answers are never wrong,
Though drowning in life's undertow.
Special loves its echoing self,
And this, especially so,
Because esteem is special, of course,
As specialists say they know.
Special toys with special folks
Using special sorts of words;
But then special is caught unawares,
By eventualities' afterwards.
Special turns quite run-of-the-mill,
When special are we all,
For among us, oh such special us,
Forms idiocy's special sprawl.
Addendum of a Square as a
Circle: "It would not be impossible to
prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding
of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are
mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and
disguise." Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945)
I believe in Europe
- but not the shifting lines
I believe in Europe
as geography, you see,
But not believe in Europe
as one thing politically.
I believe in Europe's people
to determine what will be,
But not those distant leaders
Believe it is their sacrosanct
and sacred destiny
To rule over this dear Europe,
as Europe's history
Has taught the sordid tales
of repetitive tyranny.
Europe has be tyrannical,
as seen explicitly,
And Europe has been many things
when Europe remains free.
I believe in Europe
as geography, you see,
But not believe in Europe
as one thing politically.
Miss Piggy Yet?
" 'New York City can be a hub
of opportunity, and not just for aspiring Broadway stars. All sorts
of city workers earn big bucks,” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of the
government watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, which conducted the study.
About 37,000 of 295,455 full-time city workers receive a salary that
tops $100,000. But the number jumps to 76,166 when factoring in
overtime and other extra pay, the group said." In "One in
four government workers makes $100K thanks to overtime," by Carl
Campanile, New York Post, 10 October 2017.
Over time the piggy banks
in piggy banks, and banks a lot, one learns;
thankfully they bank lots better
than the average schlub. Concerns?
Pigs known for their bacon
bring fattened bacon home;
such is the nature of government
and its porcine-esque syndrome.
Over time pigs will give thanks
as watchdogs bark and bay;
such is the nature of the game
as politics forks its way
Through all pork slings and arrows
of that rich numbers game
which games the willing system
yet never accepts the blame.
Far, far more than twenty pigs
are baked into that pie
which lards itself with plenty,
more than the average guy.
"The median household
income across New York City stands at $50,711, according to
2010-2012 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. That's down
from $54,057 in inflation-adjusted dollars for the 2007-2009
period." In :Median income | NYC Neighborhoods," WNYC, n. d.