Collected Poetry

VOLUME THIRTEEN  

 

Original materials - Copyright © 2016-17  by Gary Bachlund    All international rights reserved

 

"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."

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

 

Minor trifles

Minor trifles delight as well
            as major feasts broad spread.
The grandest is not all there is;
            one kneads one's daily bread.

 
Give us daily bread this day
            bred from simplest things,
For this is how a life lives on
            and how that lifetime sings.


 

Uproot 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 evil tales.
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, dictatorships arise.
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 ]

 

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 

 

Addendum 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 2017.

 

 

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.   [ 4 ]

 

Addendum of Venezuela and the Brunt of the Blame:   "...experts say the socialist Venezuelan regime that has been in power since 1999 bears the brunt of the blame. It fixed -- or froze -- prices on everything from a cup of coffee to a tank of gas in an effort to make goods more affordable for the masses. For years, Venezuelan leaders also fixed the exchange rate for their currency, the bolivar. Those moves were among the driving forces behind the food shortages. Farmers couldn't sell at low prices without going out of business because their cost of production was much higher. Importers also couldn't afford to ship in food, knowing they would have to sell at much lower prices than what they paid for at the port. When food shortages grew worse, an illegal black market emerged where venders sold basic foods at vastly higher prices than the government's artificially low prices. Inflation soared, making the bolivar almost worthless." In "Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis," by Patrick Gillespie, CNN, 14 November 2017.

 

Addendum of the Bolivarian Revolution Busted:   "...by 2001 Venezuela was the richest country in South America. Then in 2005 the socialist Hugo Chávez declared that the central bank had 'excessive reserves.' He mandated that the executive take the excess from the bank without compensation. Today the central bank has at best $1 billion in reserves. Falling oil prices are partly to blame, but the main problem is that chavismo has strangled entrepreneurship. Faced with expropriation, hyperinflation, price controls and rampant corruption, human and monetary capital has fled Venezuela." In "Venezuela Goes Bust - Another lesson in the price of lending to a socialist regime," Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal, 14 November 2017.

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 April 2017.

          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 Sheer Ignorance 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.

 

 One-Man 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 Totalitarian .  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 rule."

          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."

 

 Breaking 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.

 

 Left 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.

          The only remaining question is to decide for one's self: which side are you on?

          The choices are simple: opt for the Totalitarian 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 philosophy.

          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.

          The 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 opposition.

          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 Tribune. "Venezuela's 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 Press.

          "...nothing but 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.


 

Left in an open book - it couldn't hurt to take a look


"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 tell
        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.

 

 

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

Addendum of Ties:   " 'Ties between three key leaders of the Oakland group [names redacted] met in Hamburg with a leader of the AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and the AQIM [Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb],' the report continued. 'The leader from AQAP is an Egyptian-born male [name redacted] who is known to be in charge of finances and recruiting for the group. 'There is evidence from informants that he is helping the Oakland group acquire the weapons they are seeking, primarily bomb making equipment and toxic chemicals and gasses. One of the men from Oakland traveled to Syria to meet with ISIS; the purpose was for training in tactics, but was thought to be primarily a bonding visit to discuss possible massive disruptive attacks in the U.S." In "EXCLUSIVE: US left wing groups travelled to Germany for the G20 Summit last July to meet with Al qaeda and ISIS leaders and plot the destruction of President Trump, secret FBI investigation reveals," by Ed Klein, Daily Mail, 29 October 2017.

 

Consider that 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 Veiled Threats - a commonality - are so easily at  Home with a Mask  - (To the melody, "Home on the Range," a classic Western folk song)

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 May 2017.

 

 

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.

 

 Defending 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.

          Consider the 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 justifies the 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 such Totalitarian 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.

 

 Protest as 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.

 

 A 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 proclaims.

 

 

"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. 

 

 

Antifa International

 

          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.

 

 The Self-Congratulatory Practice of Discriminating Tolerance by Militant Intolerance

 

          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 capitalism?

           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 millennia old.

 

 Willingness 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 termed

 

          "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.

 

 The 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, 1966.

          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 sign

 

          Eradicating hatred by employing hatred and  is that petitio principii as noted above as Marcuse twisted words into philosophical nonsense.

          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 "action."

          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"."

 

 The 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, Power Kills , University of Hawaii.

          One political "tolerance" to crush another "tolerance" leads quickly to the Totalitarian ,  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" Tolerance .

 

 The Leading Ideological Cause of Death in the 20th Century

 

          There is another, clearer path politically, as one thinks that 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 September 2017.

 

 

 

          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 cannot obscure.

 


 

Everything within -- 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 Red Army's
role in defeating Germany
. Only the 'blind and incurable' could ignore the trend towards totalitarianism, said Carr." In "Totalitarianism," Wikipedia article, n. d.    
 [ 1 ]

 

 

1.

Everything within.
Nothing without.
The fists will clench.
The leaders shout.

2.

Where to turn?
No exits are seen.
Run while you can?
Lessons to glean?

3.

Some within,
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, Dottrina del Fascismo.

 

 Addendum in Mussolini's Own Words:    If liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government. Doctrine of Fascism, 1932.

 

 Addendum Defining the Term:    "...any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce and finance, rigid censorship, and forcible suppression of opposition." "Fascism," in Webster's Third New International Dictionary, 1966.

 

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 2017.      [ 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.      [ 3 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]     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 doctrines

 

          It is worth repeating: one need "highlight similarities between Fascist states and the Soviet Union." And between National Socialist Germany and its onetime Soviet ally. 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 means necessary.

 

 The Object of Power is Power

 

          This should come as no surprise to the literate in Western society, for a text speaks clearly and should be better known than it is. Yet while Das Kapital is a staple in university instruction, the various postmodern tactics to suppress other texts on a variety of bases are aimed at "instructing" students away from some very clear notions. Among them is this:

          "Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me." George Orwell, 1984, Secker & Warburg, 1949.

          So while the various power-seeking ideologies rage on in their various tactics, they prove by their very actions that they seek their version of "a paradise" which will be their version of "dictatorship" and as such all these ideologies cluster under the more basic banner of the Totalitarian .

          Who has argued for totalitarianism? All those who have planned to be and remain in the "new" ruling class. Who has argued against the totalitarian? Those who would remain free of the yoke of -- all within the twentieth century -- National Socialism, Soviet Socialism, Sino-Socialism, the Khmer Rouge, the Islamic socialist movements, the now washed away aristocratic systems such as in Europe of 1900, and the host of revolutionary movements in Central and South America and Africa which have resulted in a variety of decades' long single-party governments.

          From fascists' own doctrinaire statements, one reads:  "For if the nineteenth century was a century of individualism (Classical liberalism always signifying individualism) it may be expected that this will be a century of collectivism, and hence the century of the State." Benito Mussolini, "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism,” Jane Soames authorized translation, Hogarth Press, London, 1933.

          Thus, while Italian Fascism seems to oppose Marxist Socialism, they both are united in the "state" and against "individualism," or Classical liberalism. Totalitarians all are they.

          What irritates them all is that Freedom is freedom is freedom .

 

[ 2 ]    "All 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 Income Inequality 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.

          Game on.

 

[ 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 Totalitarian is revealed.

          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 .  This is why fascists, communists, socialists all rage when in a relatively free society, human and financial capital are able to escape their control. It is for this reason that the various forms of statism work to include as much of society under their control. It is for this same reason that those seeking greater freedom resist.

          Then the demand for "everything within" fails. Totalitarianism in all its guises fails.


 

Pierre, Pierre who is never really there 

 

Pierre, Pierre who is never really there,
                                        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?

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?


 

Pander Bear

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
            about protecting sheep,
            and foxes guard the henhouse
            although the price is steep.
Each predator will tailor
            each argument to suit,
            for pray such is their nature;
            in this they are resolute
That wolves must be allowed
            to shepherd herded sheep,
            and foxes 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.


 

Hate speech

 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 Jr. (1922-2007).

 

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

 

Addendum 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).

 

 

 

Addendum 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.

 

 Consider the Rage Against Dissent

 

 

 

Addendum 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.

 

 

 

Addendum 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 Press, 2015.

 

 

 

Addendum 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.

 

 

 

 Addendum 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.  [ 1 ]

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 Totalitarian ..

Consider:   Oh, fence!    - in its present tense

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]     In 2016, UC Berkeley boasted a 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.


 

Tiny picture - rhymed paraphrase of Ilse Weber

"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 National Socialists

 

See:    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.


 

The rivals cried

"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.

 

Addendum 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 the slogan, Coexist


 

Post-truth

"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.

 

Roast truth
on a spit,
charred and
crisp and
hot.

Most truth?
Counterfeit,
offhand,
newsstand
fraught.

Post-truth,
they admit
it's planned,
fact-panned
rot.

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)      [ 1 ]

 

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 2016.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2016.

 

 Addendum 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 December 2016.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.    [ 2 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum of Pre-Truth at MSNBC:   "A longtime viewer reached out to the Washington Post and questioned if the duo were sharing “fake news” as they were not covering the current events. 'I was quite flabbergasted by the way they were so deceptive about this ... especially when they are always so quick to castigate lying or deception they attribute to others,' the unidentified viewer said. An MSNBC executive confirmed with the newspaper that the program wasn’t live, but denied purposefully misleading those tuning in." In "‘Morning Joe’ caught airing pretaped show the day after Thanksgiving," by Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News, 25 November 2017.

 

 Addendum of That Slanted, Curated Version That Serves Their Purposes:   "As an immigrant from India who didn’t know much about the politics of this country 15 or 16 years ago, for years I trusted many mainstream outlets to give me an honest view of current events. It is now apparent to me that they haven’t presented an objective picture of current events, but a slanted, curated version that serves their purposes. As an avid media consumer, I expect from journalists objective, honest, fair-minded presentation, and analysis of all the facts available in any situation without taking sides. Commentators and pundits, of course, can take sides, but they’re still expected to be fair, honest and rational. It is what I, as a part-time opinion columnist, try to do when I write for my city paper. The minute journalists take sides and favor one side over the other, and try to actively effect a desired outcome, they lose credibility with their viewers and readers. Once lost, that credibility can’t be regained." In "I’m A Liberal, And I Agree With Sean Hannity That American Journalism Is Dead," by Saritha Prabhu, Federalist, 30 November 2017.

 

Consider some truths about The Truth - no doubt about it, and muse on the assertion that Thinking is not encouraged

 

NOTES

 

[ 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

If you've nothing
        you have to hide,
                simple truths
        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
        o'er everyone.


 

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.

 

Addendum 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 2013.

 

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.
 

Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

Addendum 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 April 2017.

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

Addendum 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 August 2017.

 

Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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 oft-Attempted  So shall ism   and another example of what is simply billionaire-creating Capital for Communists - a story growing old

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 Federal government.

          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 Post'."

          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 Free Money .

 

[ 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. 

 

 Some 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, Summerton, Tennessee.

 

[ 3 ]   Amusingly, the American political Left and Right square off as to what the notion of "limousine liberal" means. As above, "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."

          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 telling.

           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.


 

Parasites accustomed

Parasites accustomed
            to living off their host
            writhe with agony loudest
            when they've gobbled up the most,
            for parasites which devour all
            too must come to die,
            for such is the basic nature
            of the parasite-host supply.

Killing a host simply means
            its parasites too will die;
            the relationship functions thus,
            though parasites wonder why;
            parasites accustomed
            to hosts' wallets never try
            to learn the basic lesson
            of the parasite-host supply.


 

Thanks, no thanks

"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 August 2017.    [ 1 ]

 

NOTES

 

[ 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.


 

A lukewarm prayer - the opposition's snare

I'd like to pray a lukewarm prayer
Which offends no one at all.
I'd like to quietly meditate
On no thing that might appall.
I'd like to contemplate in peace
And not one stain recall.
I'd like to pray a lukewarm prayer
From awaking unto my fall.


 

Sign of 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 June 2017.
 

A sign of the times serves as signature;
                    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 ]

 

 Addendum 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.    [ 2 ]

 

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.

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 "truth."

 

[ 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 Islamophobia and Islamophobia 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.

 

 Kill Them 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 by "Islamic 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 reads....

         "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.

 

 Probably Never Existed?

 

         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 November 2008.

         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 truth?

         One might do well to be suspicious of those who militantly support The Truth - no doubt about it, as one might do well to be suspicious of politicians and their Politics .

 


 

Fun ding - 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 US cattle
ding-a-ling sings        of wished for chattel
tediously        rings this prattle
the fun dings        tell and thereby tattle

of evermore whing-ding        funding        funding        funding

 

Addendum 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 reiteration.

 

Addendum 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 Sam? - the Debtor Man, and then consider the tasty treat hungry for more "fun ding" -- Globaloney - sung to the children's tune, "Baa, baa black sheep."


 

Swelled Head Lines

Who needs the caustic Onion,
            When these Times are sourly ripe?
Who needs some tearful laughter,
            When each Herald airs each gripe?


Who needs to counsel caution,
            When a Post's dead set against?
Who needs uproarious vision,
            When the News' print's incensed?


Who needs call a cop a cop,
            When our Tribunes stand around?
Who needs a jug-eared jolly tune,
            When the Journals' toots' resound.


Who needs believe their lying eyes
            When an Observer watches all?
Who needs a skeptic's careful stance,
            When Inquirers stir each squall?


Who needs which what, where and why
            When a Reporter rarely heeds?
Who needs grinning rhyme or reason?
            When it 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 November 1989.

 

Consider:   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.

 


 

O dear 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
                    shibboleth.

                        Selah.

 

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, March 2013.   [ 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

 

Addendum of 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.

 

NOTES

 

[ 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.

 

 The 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, n. d.

          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.

 

 True Socialism

 

          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
            Screwed up yet again,
Proving, like the rest,
            Mister Best's best yen
As we should have guessed,
            Was to err by sword and pen.

Mister I Knew Best
            In every place and age
Failed in this age-old test,
            To function as our gauge,
Showing I Know Best's a pest
            On history's every page.


 

Follow the book - don't overlook

 

"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 --
            London town is bloodied now,
This, "for Allah," shout.  
[ 2 ]

Follow the book and kill some more,
            -- kill some more, kill some more --
            Follow their 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 Perspective:   "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 your scholars."    [ 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 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.   

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 groups."

          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."

 

 Describing 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 2017.

          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.

 

 A 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 accusation of Islamophobia 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 terrorism....

 

You Jews!

 

          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 May 2017.

          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 May 2017.

          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 others.

          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 sources.

          "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 view.

 

 Bound 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 June 2017.

          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 about murder, "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.

 

 It 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  Sign of the Times - such paradigms.

            A 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, n. d.

            The 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 testify.

          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."

 

 The 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 Islamophobia , 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 is peace?

 

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.

 

Envoi:    "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 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 You're Up - 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 .

 

[ 4 ]   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.

 

 Give 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 7:86]

          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 Apocalypse sometime , 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.

 

 Soldiers 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, 2013.

          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.


 

Time comes

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.


 

White Noise

"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 July 2016.

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.

Post-presidential Barry
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.

 

Envoi 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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. d.    [ 4 ]

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 August 2017.   [ 8 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 A 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 September 2017.

  

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum of the Solution -- Self-Identify through Postmodern Fludity:    "The University announced that the 'largest-ever cohort of students' from historically underrepresented groups entered graduate programs this fall, representing 12 percent of the entire class of graduate students, according to an Oct. 5 press release. The number of students from HUGs has increased 38 percent since 2015. Administrators view this as a step forward in their goal to double the representation of students from HUGs by 2022, as outlined in the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. The University defines HUGs as 'those who self-identify as American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic or Latinx and Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander,' according to the DIAP." In "Grad school strives to recruit underrepresented students," by Priyanka Podugu, Brown Daily Herald, 7 November 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)

 

Consider that some white men might be  The Scourge of the Planet 

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 Post-truth 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 end game.

 

 Categories 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.

 

 When  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 May 2017.

          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 cultures.

          One should not forget, in the real struggle of mankind historically Modern Slavery 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.

 

 It Doesn't Take Much At All For a White Man To Be Considered Evil

 

          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 April 2017.

           Redistribution 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.

 

 Old-Fashioned Marxism

 

           Additionally these 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 May 2017.

           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 . 

           Among white 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 Jewish nigger .

 

[ 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.

 

 The 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, specifically Free Money as one watches the phenomenon overtake so many avenues of modern life.

          The human phenomenon can be simplified as the many who would seek their "freebies" from others by any and arguments available. Consider Free bees - 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 benefit."

          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 .

          Or not.

          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.

 

 Slavery is Modern

 

          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 18."

          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 Income Inequality 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 I 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 view.

          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 Oppressing

 

          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 of Politics .

          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 protest.

          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 matriarchal. 

          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.

 

 Nice 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 .

 

 Taxation as Oppression?

 

          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 publicly-promoted revolutionaries 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 safe distance....

          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 "impressive 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.

          This is 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.

 

 Serially Uncorrected Random Variables

 

          As to Gauss who is the namesake of Gaussian white noise, one reads:   "Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (/ɡaʊs/; German: Gauß, pronounced [ɡaʊs]; Latin: Carolus Fridericus 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 society.

 

[ 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 self-identity.

          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.

 

 The 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? Accept it?

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.

 

 Whiteness 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 wealth.

 

 Racial 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 problem. With "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 footnotes to Hen Party - a eunuch's cluck, while considering what such rapid growth in "self-identification" classes.

 

 Change 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.

 

 The 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 August 2017.

 

 Yes 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 and especially Modern 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 Gimme 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).

          Meanwhile, 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.

 

 Competing 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.

 

 The Argument 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.

          A visit to a minor news story involving race and aggression in informative for the characters in this small, sad drama. One reads:  "According to court documents, Marquis Evans-Royster, 27, approached the disabled, homeless man, looked directly into his eyes and stated, 'You owe me for making my grandmother a slave.' The victim remained calm and did his best to ignore the racially motivated comments. However, the confrontation became tenser when Evans-Royster allegedly began to rummage through the victim's pockets. A number of bystanders attempted to intervene, prompting Evans-Royster to charge at various passengers, spit in the victim's face and threaten to douse the victim with a cup full of urine. 'Who carries around a bottle a urine,' MetroBus rider Desi Cureton stated with a confused look upon his face. 'If I was the judge, I would send him for mental health evaluation.' The bus driver threatened to call the police, prompting Evans-Royster to exit the bus near the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Connecticut Avenue. Yet, before fleeing, the 27-year-old allegedly snapped off one of the bus’ side view mirrors, valued at around $250." In "Man attacks disabled, homeless man on bus: 'You owe me for making my grandmother a slave'," by Kevin Lewis, ABC7|, 15 October 2017.

          The characters in this drama are an angry 27 year old black and a "disabled, homeless man" presumably white. That someone who is homeless and therefore without significant assets is adjudged by another to "owe" over something which lies well in the generational past is nothing short of ludicrous, excepting in the rhetoric of today's race-based rhetoric which so blithely assigns guilt based on skin color.

 

[ 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 Politics , which is the pursuit of power and that privilege which power brings.

          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."  

 

So What

 

          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 Jewish nigger ?


 

< /sarc >

Tongue in cheek,
  Smile and wink,
    Snide, deride
      What fools think.
Poke fine fun,
  Cutting bite;
    Cynically
      Mock to smite.
Satirize,
  Sharply sneer,
    Mocking just
      With jolly jeer.
Backhand with
  Taunt and grin.
     Caustic cut
      Without, within.


 

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,
            That, of 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 --
            Plays out 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.

 

 Addendum 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 February 2014.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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, 2015.

 

Addendum of a "Woman" Penetrating a Girl:    "Martinez's public defender, Tracy Hucke, said at a previous hearing that her client identifies as a woman and uses the name Michelle. The 10-year-old's mother reported to Casper police in March that her daughter said Martinez sexually assaulted her in a bathroom. The girl told police that Martinez, who is a family friend, invited her into the bathroom, touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her." In "Trial begins for Casper resident charged with sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl," by Elise Schmelzer, Billings Gazette, 16 October 2017.

 

Addendum of Another "Transgender Woman" Rapist With a Penis:    "Transgender woman who raped a 15-year-old girl while still a man could be moved to a female prison if a planned new law is passed. Davina Ayrton, who still has male genitalia, wanted to be sent to a women’s jail. And the sex predator could get her wish if ­Government gender self-identification proposals are given the go-ahead." In "Transgender woman who raped a 15-year-old girl could be moved to a female prison under proposed law," by Greg Wilford, Sun UK, 21 November 2017.


 

Boys and girls and whirls of noise

Boys and girls and whirls of noise
Push more than two that now enjoys
That whirls of noise, not girls and boys,
Number the number of gendering toys.
Such are the ploys of such sexual joys,
Alleging some number, like many, deploys
When counting on mounting girls and boys
Into lists with twists as trysts' decoys
That whirls of noise, not girls and boys,
Number the number of gendering toys.
            Congenital liars conned genital hoise.

 

 Addendum of Making Women Unmentionable:    "The government has said the term 'pregnant woman' should not be used in a UN treaty because it 'excludes' transgender people. Feminists reacted with outrage to what they said was the latest example of 'making women unmentionable' in the name of transgender equality. The statement comes in Britain’s official submission on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the UK has been a signatory since 1976. The UN treaty says a 'pregnant woman' must be protected, including not being subject to the death penalty. Yet in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office submission, Britain opposes the term 'pregnant woman' because it may 'exclude transgender people who have given birth'. The suggested term is 'pregnant people'." In "It/s not women who get pregnant — it's 'people'," by Andrew Gilligan, Sunday Times (UK), 22 October 2017.   [ 1 ]
 

Addendum of a Dictionary Definition:   "1 a : a subclass within a grammatical class (as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms b : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass c : an inflectional form showing membership in such a subclass2 a : SEX *the feminine gender* b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex," Main entry "gender," Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary.   [ 2 ]

 

Addendum of the New Fashionable Argument Over Language Itself:   "Since the 14c. the word has been primarily a grammatical term, applied to groups of nouns designated as masculine, feminine, or neuter. During all these centuries, however, as the OED shows, it has also been used as a term meaning 'the sex of a person' (e.g. Of the fair sex ... my only consolation for being of that gender has been the assurance it gave me of never being married to any one among them—Lady M. W. Montagu, 1709). The OED (1899) labelled this sense 'Now only jocular'. Since the 1960s this secondary sense has come into much more frequent use, esp. among feminists, with the intention 'of emphasizing the social and cultural, as opposed to the biological, distinctions between the sexes' {OED 2). As a result the literature of the subject bristles with expressions such as gender gap, gender identity, gender language, gender model, gender role, and gender-specific; and fashionable courses at our universities abound in titles such as 'Literature and Gender in the English Restoration'." In "Gender," Fowler's 'Modern English Usage'," edited by R. W. Burchfield (Oxford University Press, third edition, 1968.   [ 3 ]

 

Consider this a part of the  Hen Party   - a eunuch's cluck

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]   Does not the Queen of England, as a title, exclude males and transgendered people, in the same way that Princess as a title does? And in the same way that a King or Prince as a title might exclude other "genders?" When one begins to unravel the historical roots of language, one also must unravel the language itself.  When a fully transgendered individual has had the reproductive organs removed as a part of completing of that medical process, is that individual also excluded biologically from what formerly might have been? The argument begins to unravel quickly even when considering the verb "exclude." Definitions exclude by defining that something is not something else, and without such discriminatory linguistic behavior, even language is becomes barren, as does a phrase like "pregnant transgender people."

          Fowler's -- cited above -- notes under the heading of "sexist language," the following:   "4 An academic view. In English Today (Jan. 1985) the dialect and sociolinguistic scholar Jenny Cheshire concluded: There is a built-in masculine bias in English, and this does have very serious implications for both the women and the men who use the language. And this bias will not disappear unless there is some measure of conscious reform in the language.' But where is the evidence that 'conscious reform' will be accepted by the English-speaking public? None of the significant changes to the language in past centuries has come about by 'conscious reform'. And none will in the future unless the whole community singly and collectively decides, not by edict or proclamation, and not even by a vote in the House of Commons, to allow new fashions to be regarded as standard, or at any rate irreversible."

          New fashions, as opposed to new understandings of biology? Of course, as even Cheshire is a "fellow," having been elected as Fellow of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011. And of course, she is employed at Queen Mary University, in London.

 

[ 2 ]   A most basic issue arises. As to form, there are two general structures of genitalia, and as to chromosome structure there are two exclusive strains or strands. When one considers the politicized pleadings of the ardent transgender lobby, an obvious point is often ignored. A transgender before transition prefers to have or be recognized by the opposite genital configuration. Male to female, and female to male. Where in the politics and literature is there a third genital configuration within the biological realities of the human body? The eunuch? And which would argue for the possibility of a eunuch becoming pregnant. Language laughs.

 

[ 3 ]    Like linguistic expression and cultural markers, fashions come and go. Thoreau observed in "Walden" that: "Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new." This generation of activists has its genital religion, its gender-less catechism its notion of sin in which disagreement with the credo is the sin, and its messianic dream in which "conscious reform" .of language will somehow change over generations. Yet generations are defined simply by being birthed, and the natural facts of this do not conform to the latest fashions.

          As Aesop reminds:  "...silly words will disclose a fool."  Such as these recent words from England, "The government has said the term 'pregnant woman' should not be used in a UN treaty because it 'excludes' transgender people."


 

Veiled 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.
                                Selah.

 

 

Addendum 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.

 

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 

Addendum 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.

 

   

 

 Addendum 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 July 2017.

 

   

 

Addendum 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.

 

 

 Addendum 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, Austrian Version:    "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.

 

Addendum of Showing One's Face by Law, Quebec Version:   "Quebec has adopted a law that will force people to show their faces when taking the bus or borrowing a book from the library, pushing ahead with legislation that is being criticized for targeting Muslim Canadian women. Bill 62, which the Justice Minister described as a North American first, requires one's face to be uncovered when giving or receiving public services. The law marks the outcome of a contentious, decade-long debate about the place of religious minorities in Quebec." In "Quebec bans face covering in public services, raising worries among Muslims," by Ryan Remiorz, Globe and Mail, 18 October 2017.


 

I might

I might look silly in what I chose,
                    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.
I might.


 

'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 flub?
   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?

 

Envoi from More than Ten Years Ago:    “...ten years left to save the planet from a scorching.”

 

Addendum of 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 October 2009.

 

Addendum I 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 2006.

 

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 2006.

 

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.

 

 Addendum 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 May 2017.

 

Consider:   Apocalypse sometime


 

The End

"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 say,
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,
            So grouses 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,
            Due and payable, when and where
            The auditors come to call.
            Rage at heaven from the pit of hell?
            But what's 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 accordingly.
            Days diminish. Time ticks off.
            Words too fail, wordlessly.

 

We're all going to meet our ends,

Of this much we should be sure.

For some it's a sentence dour and grim

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.

 

   

 

Addendum 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 ]

 

   

 

Addendum 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.

 

      

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

Consider this:   I prefer a vital God 

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 Apocalypse sometime .

          Today this urge is rooted in many kinds of soil, and especially in 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 does."

          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 rising ape."

          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 narrans.

          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 Homo arboreus.

           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 end."
           Pratchett observed:  "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: "we have told ourselves stories vast enough to live in." And "to die in." One may reflect, in Pratchett's words, "it fills a hole."

           It is worth considering.

           The end....

 

[ 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,
            then applying killing arts.
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

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 2017.

          One notes how related the topics of activism and "not getting" certain racially charged perspectives are found in and around academia, as above in White Noise .  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 political "action."

 

[ 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. d.

          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 student.

 

 An 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.

 

 So Conflicting 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 they do?

          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 when a 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 issues.

          For other English professors' issues, as mentioned see White Noise .

          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 would Use a kid for politics - political optics' tricks.


 

Homily Grits

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
certainly
someone grasped
what I'd caught.
Yes and no less
constant, see,
was scrawled the
impish plot.
Look out the back
of one I,
blindly lost
who'd seen naught.
O so wary,
know it was;
life had seen
what was wrought.


 

Cardboard - depending on whose ox is being gored

 

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.

  

 Addendum 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.
 

Refrain:
    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.

 

 Addendum 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 ]

 

 

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 2017.

 

 

 

          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 Totalitarian .

          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 2017.

 

 

 

          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 true nature.

 

 That 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 having Sheer Ignorance 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.

 

 Rules 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 May 1844."

 

 The 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 will happen."

          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 .

 

 An Inexorable Path to an Oppressive State

 

          A summary of a century's history reinforces this message:  ".. if we’ve learned one lesson from the communist century, it is this: That to implement Marxist ideals is to betray them. Marx’s call to 'abolish private property' was a clarion call to action—and an inexorable path to the creation of an oppressive, unchecked state. A few socialists began to recognize that there could be no freedom without markets and private property. When they made their peace with the existence of capitalism, hoping to regulate rather than to abolish it, they initially elicited denunciations as apostates. Over time, more socialists embraced the welfare state, or the market economy with redistribution." In "The Communist Century," by Stephen Kotkin, Wall Street Journal, 3 November 2017.

          A similar editorial which rankled the American enthusiasts for communism is found:   "The irony of the series' title, 'Red Century,' seems lost on the Times's editors. The 20th century was 'red' indeed — red with the blood of communism's victims. The death toll of communism, cited in 'The Black Book of Communism,' is simply staggering: In the USSR, nearly 20 million dead; China, 65 million; Vietnam, 1 million; Cambodia, 2 million; Eastern Europe, 1 million; Africa, 1.7 million; Afghanistan, 1.5 million; North Korea: 2 million (and counting). In all, Communist regimes killed some 100 million people — roughly four times the number killed by the Nazis — making communism the most murderous ideology in human history." In "The New York Times keeps whitewashing communism’s crimes," by Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 10 November 2017.

          The point behind the Washington Post editorial is clear. To espouse communism -- which will work out well next time it is tried -- must also account for these "100 million people" dead because of one over-arching ideology of the state as dictatorship to birth the new utopian world. Again..

          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 – The 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.

 

 Addendum 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 brew
Generations of jackasses.


 

One seeks

"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 2017.

 

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

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?
Consternation great
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 2016.    [ 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 August 2016.    [ 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

 Addendum 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 2017.

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]   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 2016.

          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?

 

[ 2 ]   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'."

 

[ 3 ]  "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.

 

[ 4 ]    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 .

 

 


 

Tan Drums

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.


 

Plenty

There's plenty to see,
    so why not look?
        There's plenty to learn
            from an unread book.
                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.
            There's plenteousness
        which awaits your grasp
    if but your rigidity
you'd unclasp.


 

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 ]

 

 

 

 Addendum 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 2011.   [ 2 ]

 

 

 

 Addendum 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 June 2012.

 

 Addendum of 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.

 

 Addendum 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.

 

NOTES

 

[ 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.

 

 A 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 themselves cannot."

          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 Fa Queue  - 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.

 

 Borrowing Trouble

 

          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.

 

 Colleges 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.

          One finds that some colleges teach failure:   "At four-year colleges, just under half of students who received Pell Grants — federal aid awarded to millions of low income families each year — went on to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to a Money analysis of Education Department data released Thursday. That’s compared with 67% of students who did not receive the grant. Even students at top colleges struggled. At colleges that admit less than a third of applicants, graduation rates were much higher, but the overall gap was nearly as wide: Pell Grant recipients had a 71.9% graduation rate, compared with 87.9% for the rest of students. Overall graduation rates, including both students who qualify for Pell Grants and those who do not, were 66% for private colleges and 59% at public colleges, according to the data, which tracked students who enrolled in 2010 through the end of last year." In "The government spends billions to help send low-income students to college. Only half are graduating," by Kaitlin Mulhere, MSN Money, 22 October 2017.

 

[ 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.

 

 Remarkable Incompetency

 

          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 anxieties aplenty.

          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 documented as 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.

          And so, dear students....

          Vacuum up future earnings
          And pay them as tuition;
          This is how universities work,
          Their elite savor  fruition.
          Students, suck your future dry
          And pay now for tomorrow.
          This is why universities
          Urge you on to borrow.         


 

I saw

I saw that which was ugly;
            someone said to never judge.
I saw something meaningless;
            on meaning I would not budge.
I saw something beautiful,
            and was lectured for my sin.
I saw someone try to rule
            my thoughts which lay within.
I saw something moving
            behind scenes, darkened, grim;
I saw and I turned away
            on more than just a whim.
I saw something and I thought
            a judgment 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.

 

Addendum of CNN Complaining about the Term It Uses:   " Research by the Columbia Journalism Review shows that people in three other countries increasingly believe that the 'mainstream' media peddle fabricated stories. In countries where a free press is a luxury and free speech is not guaranteed, this phrase is being as an excuse to clamp down on both. Terminology matters, and using it simply 'because everyone else uses it' is no longer good enough." In "Ban the term 'fake news'," by Hossein Derakhshan and Claire Wardle, CNN, 26 November 2017.

 

Addendum of Nearly Four Decades of a Documented Untruth:   "We know that because CNN itself admitted to the world back in 2003 that it routinely suppressed important stories of Saddam Hussein's atrocities and brutality in Iraq. Then-chief news executive Eason Jordan wrote the network wanted to protect the safety of its reporters and other staff in Baghdad. That was his explanation for why CNN didn't report what it knew about Saddam's regime in between the two Gulf wars. At the time it seemed Jordan was expecting to be lauded for his efforts. The result was the opposite. Critics from the right and left pilloried him and the network for keeping a bureau open to continue to pump out sanitized, or as some would even call it, 'fake' news. We'll just have to take Blitzer's word for it now that CNN isn't continuing that self-censoring practice. But we do know that the 'nearly four decades' part of his rebuttal is a documented untruth." In "ABC News blunder helps Trump score a point in his war on 'fake news'," by Jake Novak, CNBC, 4 December 2017.    [ 1 ]

 

Addendum of the Humiliation Orgy:     "The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened." In "The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened," by Glenn Greenwald, Intercept, 9 December 2017.    [ 2 ]

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]     In the "news" media's pursuit for what has been called "advocacy journalism." to purport to be unbiased is foolhardy. The above revisit to CNN's "routinely" suppressing "important stories" which has been criticized by "critics from the right and the left," was written in the context of an ABC report of which Novak, above, notes:   "We all saw that in the starkest terms on Friday, as ABC News broke into its regular programming with a special report saying then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had directed Gen. Mike Flynn to make contact with the Russians in 2016. It turned out that report was woefully incorrect. The network had to clarify and then correct the story before suspending the reporter responsible, Brian Ross, for four weeks without pay."

          The editorial on CNBC suggests that the media is doing itself a disfavor by rushing to incorrect conclusions. Public sentiment seems to concur, as a populace's distrust of media is growing. Is the public to be blamed, when Hong Kong, as noted in the graphic above, is located in South America? Yet CNN, which still includes "nearly four decades" of a documented untruth in its public stance, publishes a plea to ban a phrase, "fake news." When does politics become word police? Or thought police?

 
[ 2 ]    
That "millions" are targeted with actual "fake news" plays into the hands of those now correctly identifying egregious errors. Greenwald's point is clear. After such a large error, these major news organizations are incapable of saying who and how such an error was promulgated.

          Greenwald asks and answers the clear question:   "How did CNN end up aggressively hyping such a spectacularly false story? They refuse to say. Many hours after their story got exposed as false, the journalist who originally presented it, Congressional reporter Manu Raju, finally posted a tweet noting the correction. CNN’s PR Department then claimed that “multiple sources” had provided CNN with the false date. And Raju went on CNN, in muted tones, to note the correction, explicitly claiming that “two sources” had each given him the false date on the email, while also making clear that CNN did not ever even see the email, but only had sources describe its purported contents...."

          This suggests that such "news" is now little different from erroneous gossip, amplified into the millions.
          "Sources" are cited for news articles and "sources" are indentified as in error.  Therefore "news" based on "sources" becomes an inane citation. Journalism, left and right, should check sources, be willing to reveal them when they pass on openly false reports, and to not identify and publicly shame such "sources" simply publicly shame the "fake news" by their own hand and pen. Sources say....

 was


 

Hollywood's helium

''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 based,
        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 and gore
        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.

 

Addendum 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.

 

 Addendum 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 2013.

 

Addend of 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 September 2017.


 

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 watery dough

"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 bills
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 stored
Strikes oddly an environmental chord
By the waste of a bottled horde.
I tipple from the tap.


 

Please don't feed

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 consequences' juggernaut

 

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.

 

Addendum of Everything Except Football:    " 'The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore,' one owner told ESPN this weekend. 'It's about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, [Ezekiel Elliott's suspension], the anthem. No one is talking about football. It's just killing the game'." In "Sources: Committee to talk Roger Goodell contract; last commish proposal included $49.5M salary, private jet," by Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, ESPN, 12 November 2017.

 

Consider both Individual and Aggregate Activities as  People walk away


 

Special Squares - with special snares

"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
                who bureaucratically
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.

 

Addendum of the Patrons of False Europe:    "The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress. They believe that History is on their side, and this faith makes them haughty and disdainful, unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing. Moreover, they are ignorant of the true sources of the humane decencies they themselves hold dear—as do we. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook. Sunk in prejudice, superstition and ignorance, and blinded by vain, self-congratulating visions of a utopian future, the false Europe reflexively stifles dissent. This is done, of course, in the name of freedom and tolerance." In "The Paris Statement - A Europe We Can Believe In," by Phillipe Bénéton (France), Rémi Brague (France), Chantal Delsol (France)Roman Joch (Česko), Lánczi András (Magyarország), Ryszard Legutko (Polska), Roger Scruton (United Kingdom), Robert Spaemann (Deutschland), Bart Jan Spruyt (Nederland), Matthias Storme (België), 7 October 2017.    [ 1 ]   [ 2 ]

 

Addendum of Cracks in the European Union:     "... how long the EU can ignore the crisis in Spain while politicians and seperatist campaigners are being arrested and detained without bail could well determine the future of the bloc. It will, undoubtedly, lead to further questions about the EU's relevance if it tolerates state-sponsored political violence by one of its own members. Amadeu Altafaj, the Catalan government’s Brussels representative, said the EU’s 'credibility and reputation' was being damaged by its solidarity with Spain. And he said the horrific scenes, in which more than 800 people were injured by heavily-armed national guards, showed the EU 'is not able to protect' its citizens." In "End of EU LOOMS: Catalonia independence to SHATTER bloc as Juncker says 'cracks' appearing," by Ross Logn, Express UK, 28 October 2017.

 

 Addendum of Europhiles Being Scared Stiff:   "I am convinced that these europhiles, most of the people in Brussels, they are absolutely scared stiff that some other country might get the idea and try to leave the European Union." Hans-Olaf Henkel, Vice Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, in an interview, "EU Official Calls Out Barnier's 'Enormous Arrogance' And 'Illogical' Position." by Matt Frei, LBC UK, 11 November 2017.     [ 3 ]

 

Addendum of Poland Finding Ideological Censorship in the EU:    " 'In a foreign policy speech marking the midpoint of the parliamentary term, Szydlo said Christians in Europe should not need to feel uncomfortable or ashamed about their faith and traditions. We are in favor of (an EU) where Christian traditions are not subject to ideological censorship,' she told a conference organized by the Polish Institute of International Affairs." In "Polish PM calls for an EU where Christianity is not censored," by Lidia Kelly and Pawel Sobczak, Reuters, 9 November 2017.

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]    These scholars, opposing others, have directly address the question of what Europe is, relying on its history and cultural legacies. While the ardent proponents of the EU seek to erase the Judeo-Christian heritage of many European nations, this group of scholars notices.

          They write:  "The hubris of the false Europe is now becoming evident, despite the best efforts of its partisans to shore up comfortable illusions. Above all, the false Europe is revealed to be weaker than anyone imagined. Popular entertainment and material consumption do not sustain civic life. Shorn of higher ideals and discouraged from expressing patriotic pride by multiculturalist ideology, our societies now have difficulty summoning the will to defend themselves. Moreover, civic trust and social cohesion are not renewed by inclusive rhetoric or an impersonal economic system dominated by gigantic international corporations. Again, we must be frank: European societies are fraying badly. If we but open our eyes, we see an ever-greater use of government power, social management and educational indoctrination. It is not just Islamic terror that brings heavily armed soldiers into our streets. Riot police are now necessary to quell violent anti-establishment protests and even to manage drunken crowds of football fans. The fanaticism of our football loyalties is a desperate sign of the deeply human need for solidarity, a need that otherwise goes unfulfilled in the false Europe."

 

[ 2 ]    It is interesting that these scholars identify with their individual nations, while coming together for this "Paris Statement." One may note in similar fashion that the Maastricht Treaty was at the same time a matter of names associated with nations, and yet wholly undemocratic.

          The Maastricht Treaty's names -- written all in capital letters, unlike the remainder of the document -- reads:  "HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF THE BELGIANS, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF DENMARK, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC, HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF SPAIN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE GRAND DUKE OF LUXEMBOURG, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND...."

          From this treaty in 1993, the October of 2017 list of individuals who have created their "Paris Statement" say specifically that "European societies are fraying badly." Given that the people of Europe were not given equal voices through normal democratic procedures shows the "royal" color of the EU, which oddly now brings royalty down to the level of presidents, while all stand above the citizen, which someone happily infected with the notions of liberty and freedom sets as equals to the still existing aristocracy.

          One only need survey the historical dream of uniting Europe into its own empire with its one borders, flag, anthem and so on, as those of previous centuries also dreamed.  Consider the texts and imagery of You're Up - a historical study.

 

[ 3 ]    The notion that one may enter an association and never be allowed to leave without demand that a substantial fine be paid is absurd.  If entry into an association is voluntary, then exit should also be voluntary. The argument as found in current hard-line EU diktats is that of an empire, which threatens a colony from seceding. The implication is that some sort of force will be exercised, and thus the financial demands for leaving a voluntary association are more akin to an imperial empire of even a mafia than to a free association.

          One could consider the similarity to another political entity to illustrate the sameness. Hotel Stupidity - checking in is easy.

          Europe is neither a country nor a complete and unchanging political entity, but a organization in transition. As changes occur, arguments ensue, such as the demands for integration of tax policies, monetary union and a unified military, none of which currently exist. Thus members of this current incarnation of the EU, a member has the authority through the treaties themselves. Additionally, if the EU is seen to negotiate unfairly, then abrogation can occur without reference to Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

          First, the overarching argument is:  "A state that exits from a treaty in this way terminates its future obligations under the agreement. It is not, however, released from obligations that occurred, nor excused from violations that existed, prior to the date that its denunciation or withdrawal took effect. See Vienna Convention, supra note 1, art. 70(1), 1155 U.N.T.S. at 349." In "EXITING TREATIES," by Lawrence Helfer, Virginia Law Review, 26 October 2005.

          As such, on the EU side there is being sought "obligations" from an exiting Britain. If within two years from the beginning of this process there comes no agreement, then Britain is simply off the hook for future obligations as yet not concluded. Europe would remain Europe, irrespective of the European Union which is not a synonym for "Europe."

          As to treaties, one reads further:   "The scope of the Convention is limited. It applies only to treaties concluded between states, so it does not cover agreements between states and international organizations or between international organizations themselves, though if any of its rules are independently binding on such organizations, they remain so. It does apply, however, to treaties between states within an intergovernmental organization. However, agreements between states and international organizations, or between international organizations themselves, will be governed by the 1986 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or Between International Organizations if it ever enters into force." In "Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties," Wikipedia article, n. d.

          If ever is not a reality in 2017. "The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or Between International Organizations (VCLTIO) is an extension of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties which deals with treaties between States. It was developed by the International Law Commission and opened for signature on 21 March 1986. Article 85 of the Convention provides that it enters into force after the ratification by 35 states (international organizations may ratify, but their ratification does not count towards the number required for entry into force). As of October 2017, the treaty has been ratified by 32 states and 12 international organizations. As a result, the Convention is not yet in force." In "Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations," Wikipedia article, n. d.

          Thus one returns to the now-famous Article 50, under which Britain is exiting the European Union. Its text is plain:

          1.  Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
          2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
          3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
          4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it. A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
          5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.

          The clock ticks. Financial demands are being politicized. "Future obligations" prior to the end of the two year period are being sought. And yet, if those demands are too high, too stringent or too abusive, not only does the two year long period provide a redress, but the overarching Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties also allows for redress. All in all, the EU and its europhiles as the above quote suggests are "absolutely scared stiff" with reason. A "member state" can in fact decide to "withdraw," and the European Union in its current configuration quakes. Yet Europe will remain a clear and geographic Europe, while another internationalist European-rooted dream of conquest withers.

          When was Europe ever united under one government? Which previous governments have attempted such a unification by force? And which by stealth? And which have historically succeeded? The dream of a united Europe has been the path to war. No wonder the EU europhiles politick for their own "unified" military -- yet again.


 

Politics' tricks

Those proposing answers
Made problems from the start.
When one thinks of this,
It's really quite an art.

Everything is terrible,
So everyone follow me
Over the highest cliff
And into the deepest sea.

Everyone is guilty of something,
Quite like this and that,
Excepting little political me
And my party's caveat.

Everywhere is burning,
Or maybe it is not,
So send off much more money
For a lot more tommyrot.

Those proposing answers
Propose problems, over time.
When one ponder this,
Politics seems sublime....


 

What if many

What if many
            any as but
When then why there
            opened shut?
Choosing races
            losing spree,
Anyone else,
            you to me.
Who knew it now,
            which once was?
All of this is
            simply because.


 

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.

 

Consider the demonstrable reality of  Fat, fat government


 

Wee Hilly Winkie

 

"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle." Hillary Rodham Clinton.

 

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, and say no more, please.
        There never was a quid pro quo, but only guarantees.
Everyone should move along, and take no note of these
        For then, one might conclude there was some smoky sleaze.
Donations nations donate are clever congruencies
        Which never rise to the legal bait of abnormalities.
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, and say no more, please.
        Argue there's never a quid pro quo, just parallel indices.

 

Addendum of That Nuclear Deal With Moscow:    "Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews. Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show. They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill." In "FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow," by John Solomon and Alison Spann, The Hill, 17 October 2017.

 

Addendum of an Exploding Clinton-Russia-FBI Scandal:    "...while top Obama administration officials were deciding whether to hand over control of one-fifth of the nation's uranium supplies to Russia, the FBI had piles of evidence that officials at Rosatom were flagrantly violating U.S. laws and possibly compromising national security. The FBI also had evidence that officials had directed millions of dollars to Hillary Clinton's family charity, creating a clear conflict of interest. But as the Hill notes, none of this information was made public before the Obama administration approved the sale." In "Why Is The Press Ignoring The Exploding Clinton-Russia-FBI Scandal?" by Post Editorial Board, New York Post, 22 October 2017.

 

Addendum of the Cash Flow:    "As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well. And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock." In "Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal," by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, New York Times 23 April 2015.    [ 1 ]

 

Addendum of the Cash Ties:    "In 2016, Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, where Joule board member Reuben Vardanyan formerly served as head of its investment banking division, had a $170,000 lobbying contract with the Podesta Group — which is owned by John Podesta’s brother, Tony Podesta. In short, Clinton’s top campaign chief and a senior counselor to Obama sat on Joule’s board alongside top Russian officials as Putin’s Kremlin- backed investment fund funneled $35 million into Joule. No one looking at the Podesta fact pattern can claim to care about rooting out Russian collusion and not rigorously investigate the tangle of relationships." In "Uncovering the Russia ties of Hillary’s campaign chief," by Peter Schweizer, New York Post, 5 June 2017.    [ 2 ]

 

Addendum of a Good Question:   "...using the very standards Democrats have constructed over the past year, the Fusion GPS story is now the most tangible evidence we possess of Russian interference in the American election. And at some point, Democrats will have to decide whether it’s wrong for a political campaign to work with foreigners when obtaining opposition research or whether it’s acceptable. We can’t have different standards for Democrats and Republicans. Otherwise people might start to get the idea that all the histrionics over the past year weren’t really about Russian interference at all, but rather about Hillary losing an election that they assumed she’d win." In "Why doesn’t Hillary’s 'dossier' trick count as treason?" by David Harsanyi, New York Post, 25 October 2017.   [ 3 ]

 

 

Addendum in Plain Speech:   "My position continues to be that Hillary, with her supercilious, Marie Antoinette-style entitlement, was a disastrously wrong candidate for 2016 and that she secured the nomination only through overt chicanery by the Democratic National Committee, assisted by a corrupt national media who, for over a year, imposed a virtual blackout on potential primary rivals. Bernie Sanders had the populist passion, economic message, government record, and personal warmth to counter Trump. It was Sanders, for example, who addressed the crisis of crippling student debt, an issue that other candidates (including Hillary) then took up. Despite his history of embarrassing gaffes, the affable, plain-spoken Joe Biden, in my view, could also have defeated Trump, but he was blocked from running at literally the last moment by President Barack Obama, for reasons that the major media refused to explore." In "Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror," by Jonathan V. Last, Weekly Standard, 15 June 2017.    [ 4 ]

 

Addendum in Plain Speech from Britain:     "Clinton was a known quantity. And what a quantity it was… Her record as a Senator and later as Secretary of State showed she was a clear and present danger to the peace of the world. That she and the Clinton Foundation (now defunct) had spent years in a wholly corrupt relationship with the worst people in the world. The kind of people whose mindset is to throw gays of tall buildings, subject women to remorseless misogynistic control, and crush all liberties. The kind of people who provided the likes of ISIS, Al Qaeda and the alphabet soup of fanaticism with all the money materiel and weapons they required, to press Iran in Iraq and to overthrow the secular authoritarian government in Syria. That she 'came, saw' and laughed at the sodomy torture and murder of the Libyan ruler Ghaddafi was well enough known. We saw her put her lips together, and guffaw. That she and her boss President Obama were up to their necks in the terrorist coup which overthrew the President and government of the Ukraine was equally well-known, even to Russia! That she, and her boss President Obama had rammed through ever more draconian sanctions against Russia, unaccountably would have encouraged Putin to prefer she didn’t have another go, this time as President, to step up the war in Syria (which is instead now coming to its end), to continue moving NATO tanks onto Russia’s lawn, and to enter into full spectrum efforts to confront Russia up to and quite possibly involving war. What is hard to understand about any of this?" In "Galloway: I’m not happy Trump is President, but I’m very happy Hillary Clinton isn’t," by George Galloway, Westmonster, 31 October 2017.

 

 Addendum of the Obama Administration's Uranium One Approval:   "In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom's Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program. 'The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,' a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials. The Obama administration's decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015." In "FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow," by John Solomon and Alison Spann, The Hill, 17 November 2017.

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]    The NY Times noted:   "When the Uranium One deal was approved, the geopolitical backdrop was far different from today’s. The Obama administration was seeking to 'reset' strained relations with Russia. The deal was strategically important to Mr. Putin, who shortly after the Americans gave their blessing sat down for a staged interview with Rosatom’s chief executive, Sergei Kiriyenko. 'Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20 percent of U.S. reserves,' Mr. Kiriyenko told Mr. Putin."

          How it apparently worked is reported:   "Rosatom began its purchase of Uranium One, a Canadian mining firm that has licenses to mine American uranium deposits in Kazakhstan, in 2009. The sale ended in 2013 and transferred the uranium—which made up 20 percent of American reserves—into Russian hands. In several letters dated October 12 to various departments and agencies that either helped approve the deal or investigate the players, Grassley points out that 'in 2009, when the validity of the mining licenses was at issue, the Chairman of Uranium One, Mr. Ian Telfer, donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation via his family charity called the Fernwood Foundation'." In "Russia Uranium Investigation: Why Obama, Clinton, Mueller and Holder Are at the Center of a New Probe," by Graham Lanktree, Newsweek, 19 October 2017.

 

 The Transfer of Highly Enriched Uranium to Russia

 

          More details emerge:   "As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton facilitated the transfer a highly enriched uranium (HEU) previously confiscated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) during a 2006 'nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices,' a newly leaked classified cable shows. So-called 'background' information was provided in the cable which gave vague details on a 2006 nuclear smuggling sting operation in which the U.S. government took possession of some HEU previously owned by the Russians. The secret 'action request,' dated Aug. 17, 2009, was sent out by Secretary of State Clinton and was addressed to the United States Ambassador to Georgia Embassy Tbilisi, the Russian Embassy, and Ambassador John Beyrle. It proposed that FBI Director Robert Mueller be the one that personally conduct the transfer a 10-gram sample of HEU to Russian law enforcement sources during a secret 'plane-side' meeting on a 'tarmac' in the early fall of 2009." In "Hillary Clinton Requested FBI Director Mueller Deliver Highly Enriched Uranium To Russians In 2009," Common Sense Evaluation Blog, 21 June 2017.

 

 No National Security Issues, They Said

 

          The narrative is filled out:   " 'The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national-security concerns,' one veteran of the case told The Hill. Yet the administration let Moscow move ahead — publicly insisting that there were no national-security worries — and no evidence of Russian interference, despite many lawmakers’ concern at the time. There’s more: Until September 2013, the FBI director was Robert Mueller — who’s now the special counsel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. It’s hard to see how he can be trusted in that job unless he explains what he knew about this Obama-era coverup." In "Team Obama’s stunning cover-up of Russian crimes," by Post Editorial Board, New York Post, 17 October 2017.

          However the tale plays out, the Russian CEO said to Putin simply:  "Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20 percent of U.S. reserves."

 

[ 2 ]    The cash ties are being examined:    "The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort's role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA. Under FARA, people who lobby on behalf of foreign governments, leaders or political parties must file detailed disclosures about their spending and activities with the Justice Department. Willful failure to file the forms is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison, though such prosecutions are rare. The Podesta Group filed a FARA registration for its work with ECMU only after the payments were reported by the media. Manafort's firm also filed a FARA registration after media reports in June disclosed its work in Ukraine from 2012 through 2014." In "Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta," by Tom Winter and Julia Ainsley, NBC News,23 October 2017.

 

 Steering Millions

 

          Designed to benefit?   "An eyewitness and other documentation indicate Russian nuclear officials steered millions to the U.S. that were 'designed to benefit' the Clinton Foundation then being overseen by former President Bill Clinton, according to the report. Hillary Clinton also sat on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which signed off on the deal. 'The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,' a person who worked the case told the paper." In "New Clinton Foundation scandal: Now Russians revealed to have routed millions of dollars to it while Hillary was Secretary of State to boost Moscow's nuclear ambitions," by Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor, Daily Mail, 17 October 2017.

 

[ 3 ]    A damn good question: if a current president can be accused ot treason because of alleged "collusion" and "interference" in US government, can a past administration be accused of the same? After all, it is a demonstrable fact that the previous US administration and its State Department approved of transferring rights of "20 percent of US reserves" of uranium to Russia.

 

 A Dirty Trick is Backfiring

 

          As to what underlies accusations, one reads:  "Because Clinton’s team paid for the dossier, it's likely that she gave it to the FBI, where James Comey planned to hire the former British agent who had compiled it to keep digging dirt on Trump. The finding also raises the possibility that the dossier is what led the Obama White House to snoop on members of Trump’s team, and leak the 'unmasked' names to the anti-Trump media in a bid to help Clinton. In short, we now have compelling evidence that the dossier was the largest and dirtiest dirty trick of the 2016 campaign. And Clinton, who has played the victim card ever since her loss, was behind it the whole time." In "The Trump dossier was Clinton’s dirtiest political trick," by Michael Goodwin, New York Post, 24 October 2017.

 

 Sanctimonious Liars

 

          Additionally, one learns this "trick" was defended by partisan allies of Clinton:   " 'Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year,' Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted after The Washington Post linked the dossier to Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie. Kennth Vogel, another Times journalist, tweeted: 'When I tried to report this story, Clinton campaign lawyer @marceelias pushed back vigorously, saying 'You (or your sources) are wrong'." In "A YEAR of Clinton lies about the 'golden showers' dossier exposed as Hillary's lawyer is under fire for falsely denying paying for it," by David Martosko, Daily Mail, 25 October 2017.
          Faked opposition research is used to justify FISA investigations, such that the first step in this tale some as a political dirty trick turned into accusations of treasonous behavior. "The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said. Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C., firm, to conduct the research. Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community. Elias and his law firm, Seattle-based Perkins Coie, retained the firm in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’ research into Trump was funded by a still unknown Republican client during the GOP primary. The Clinton campaign and the DNC, through the law firm, continued to fund Fusion GPS’ research through the end of October 2016, days before Election Day." In "Clinton campaign, DNC helped pay for work on dossier about Russia and Trump," by Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S. Helderman, Seattle Times, 24 October 2017.

 

 Evidence Solidifying

 

          And so, the questions become heightened, more for having been ignored by media for years:   "That the Clintons and their eponymous foundation got away with their corrupt arrangement for so many years without interference or censure speaks to a deep political corruption in the Obama administration. It's strange that an investigation continues into the inconsequential ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials, while solid evidence of bribery of the Clinton family by the Russians and many others is completely ignored." In "Yes, The Russia Scandal Is Real — And It Involves Hillary Clinton," Investor's Business Daily, 18 October 2017.

          "Team Hillary has long denied that she was a target of the spy ring, but an FBI source told The Hill: 'There is not one shred of doubt from the evidence that we had that the Russians had set their sights on Clinton’s inner circle.' All this, of course, follows reports the Obama administration knew Russia was engaged in a campaign of bribery and extortion — yet allowed a deal to go through giving Moscow control of one-fifth of America’s uranium. Yes, there’s something to investigate here. But it goes way beyond Donald Trump." In "Now Democrats have a Russia problem," by Post Editorial Board, New York Post, 23 October 2017.

 

 The Cast of Characters in this Drama are Named

 

          The tale's details are filled in:   "Circa reported Tuesday that 15 months before the 13 members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS, approved the sale of Uranium One to Russia’s nuclear arm giant Rosatom, the FBI had already began investigating persons who were connected to the Russian state corporation. The FBI said in court documents and in interviews conducted by Circa that by 2010 they had gathered enough evidence to prove that Rosatom-connected officials were engaged in a global bribery schedule that included kickbacks and money laundering. Despite that, the U.S. government approved the sale. FBI officials told Circa the investigation could have prevented the sale of Uranium One, which controlled 20 percent of U.S. uranium supply under U.S. law. The deal which required approval by CFIUS, an inter-agency committee who reviews transactions that leads to a change of control of a U.S. business to a foreign person or entity that may have an impact on the national security of the United States. At the time of the Uranium One deal the panel was chaired by then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and included then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-Attorney General Eric Holder." In "Judiciary Committee calls on former FBI Informant to testify about Uranium One," by Sara A. Carter, Circa, 18 October 2017.

          A potential witness had been blocked by the Obama administration, according to the Circa report:   "Toensing said he was blocked by the Obama Justice Department, under then Attorney General Loretta Lynch, about testifying to Congress about his time as an informant for the FBI. He contends that he has pertinent information that the Russian's were attempting to gain access to former President Bill Clinton and his wife, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to influence the Obama administration's decision on the purchase of Uranium One, Toensing said. 'Reporting indicates that 'the informant’s work was crucial to the government’s ability to crack a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme by Russian nuclear officials on U.S. soil' and that the scheme involved 'bribery, kickbacks, money laundering, and extortion,' Grassley states in his letter." 

          Questions mount up. One asks if the Obama administration paid for a bogus dossier and political trick. One reads:   "...the Post reported that the FBI agreed to continue paying a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to keep gathering dirt on Trump after Trump won the election, 'but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified,' the newspaper said." In "Nunes: Did FBI Pay For 'Unverified Information to Open Up Inquiries Into American Citizens?' " by Susan Jones, 26 October 2017.  Ouch.

          Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.  Perhaps Clinton will plead:  I do recall I don't recall .  That would be Hillarious - with two l's, because misspelling can be fun.  The truth will come out....

 

[ 4 ]    Paglia addressed the Democrat Party directly:   "...to have any hope of retaking the White House, Democrats must get off their high horse, lose the rabid rhetoric, and reorient themselves toward practical reality and the free country they are damned lucky to live in."

          Therein lies her seeming weakness for some, for whom a "free country they are damned lucky to live in" is a false reality, best answered in the "rabid rhetoric" by some version of uni-party Totalitarian , most often a version of So shall ism .


 

O pen a letter for all time

"The Soviet Union has an economic system different from our own. But Soviet aims and achievements make it clear that there exists a sound and permanent basis in mutual ideals for cooperation between the U.S.A. and the USSR on behalf of world peace and the security and freedom of all nations. Accordingly, the signers of this letter urge Americans of whatever political persuasion to stand firmly for close cooperation in this sphere between the United States and Soviet Russia, and to be on guard against any and all attempts to prevent such cooperation in this critical period in the affairs of mankind." In "To All Active Supporters of Democracy and Peace: The text of an Open Letter calling for greater unity of the anti-fascist forces and strengthening of the front against aggression through closer cooperation with the Soviet Union, released on August 14 by 400 leading Americans." Soviet Russia Today, v. 8, no. 5, September 1939.   [ 1 ]
 

O pen a letter for all time,
                        from tunesmiths and wordsmiths, a word
That mistakes for truth empty hope
                        as much is proven absurd.
O pen a letter for all to read,
                        which speaks with troubled tongue
When later much later it is read,
                        other lessons than its are wrung.
O pen a letter of understanding
                        that spoke what seemed so wise,
When understanding history now provides
                        to what each tyranny testifies.
O pen a letter for all time,
                        as time ticks off one's timely lies.

A scrap of paper means little or much

                        but not for its signers and not by its size.   [ 2 ]

 

Addendum of a Cultivated Nation:    "...I should say that what there is in Russia is an experiment having two purposes. The first and more immediate aim is to see whether human beings can have such guarantees of security against want, illness, old-age, and for health, recreation, reasonable degree of material ease and comfort that they will not have to struggle for purely personal acquisition and accumulation, without, in short, being forced to undergo the strain of competitive struggle for personal profit. In its ulterior reaches, it is an experiment to discover whether the familiar democratic ideals—familiar in words, at least—of liberty, equality and brotherhood will not be most completely realized in a social régime based on voluntary coöperation, on conjoint workers’ control and management of industry, with an accompanying abolition of private property as a fixed institution—a somewhat different matter, of course, than the abolition of private possessions as such. The first aim is the distinctly economic one. But the farther idea is that when economic security for all is secured, and when workers control industry and politics, there will be the opportunity for all to participate freely and fully in a cultivated life. That a nation that strives for a private culture from which many are excluded by economic stress cannot be a cultivated nation was an idea frequently heard from the mouths of both educators and working people." In "Impressions of Soviet Russia and the Revolutionary World," by John Dewey, New Republic, 1929.   [ 3 ]

 

Addendum of People Having Been Excited:    "...one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia. Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming. Millions of others were executed in political purges. Yet when the Russian Revolution happened, people both inside and outside Russia were excited. Crowds cheered Lenin. No longer would nobles rule; no longer would capitalists exploit workers. Now the people would prosper together. British journalist Theodore Rothstein wrote, 'The undivided sway of the Imperialist nightmare is at an end ...(there will be) rule of the labouring classes'." In "Communism Turns 100," by John Stossel, Townhall, 1 November 2017.    [ 4 ]

 

Addendum Looking Back:    "The peace conference has assembled. It will make the most momentous decisions in history, and upon these decisions will rest the stability of the new world order and the future peace of the world." Letter from Association President M. C. Alexander in the journal, International Conciliation (January 1919).    [ 5 ]

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]    In September of 1939, "400 leading Americans," including composers Mark Blitzstein and Harold J. Rome, and poets Stirling Bowen, Kenneth Fearing, Langston Hughes, Orrick Johns, Alfred Kreymborg, Jean Starr Untermeyer, and Louis Untermeyer, signed their "open letter" which was proudly against anti-fascism as understood then by them.

 

 

Joachim von Ribbentrop with Joseph Stalin in 1939

 

          Alas, they were unaware of many things, including what has become known as the Gulag under Stalin's Chekka. One month before that open letter signed by "leading Americans," one learns with hindsight of this"

 

 Secret Protocols and Political Rearrangements

 

          "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. The pact was followed by the German-Soviet Commercial Agreement in February 1940. The pact delineated the spheres of interest between the two powers, confirmed by the supplementary protocol of the German–Soviet Frontier Treaty amended after the joint invasion of Poland. It remained in force for nearly two years, until the German government of Adolf Hitler ended the pact by launching an attack on the Soviet positions in Eastern Poland during Operation Barbarossa on 22 June 1941. The clauses of the Nazi-Soviet Pact provided a written guarantee of non-belligerence by each party towards the other, and a declared commitment that neither government would ally itself to, or aid, an enemy of the other party. In addition to stipulations of non-aggression, the treaty included a secret protocol that divided territories of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania, into German and Soviet 'spheres of influence', anticipating 'territorial and political rearrangements' of these countries." In "Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact," Wikipedia article, n. d.

          The carving up of "divided territories" was done in parallel with the stunning naďveté which was and remains on display in an "Open Letter."

 

[ 2 ]     "400 leading Americans" led a public exercise in political rhetoric, proven to have been in error. As to a "scrap of paper," their open letter, lost in the myriad details of history is just another scrap.

 

 

Goering, Chamberlain, Mussolini, von Ribbentrop, Hitler in 1938.

 

          One reads:   "Adolf Hitler did not keep to the promises he made to Neville Chamberlain in September 1938. A year later the German leader derided the agreement as just a "scrap of paper" and invaded Poland on 1 September 1939. Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany two days later and the Second World War began. The Prime Minister's policy of 'appeasement' towards Germany in the 1930s is often criticised, but at the time many British people were terrified at the thought of another conflict engulfing Europe." In "1938: 'Peace for our time' - Chamberlain," BBC, On This Day, n. d.

 

 Murder Numbered in the Millions by National Socialism and More So Under Soviet Communism

 

          While the "Open Letter" from "400 leading Americans" spoke of "mutual ideals," the history gathered since has proven horrid facts not only of the National Socialists and Italian Fascists, but also the Soviet Communists. Professor Rummel has published estimates in his "20th Century Democide" that from 1917 to 1987, almost 62 million were state murdered under Soviet Communism, dwarfing the still horrid statistics of almost 21 million victims of National Socialism from 1933-1945.

          "Soviet aims and achievements" as the 400 signatories to that open letter proved to be horrific.

 

[ 3 ]     Dewey, as apologist for Soviet Communism, made an interesting prophecy. After the quote above, he ended that chapter with this:  "I left Russia with a stronger feeling than I had ever had before of the criminal ineptitude of those statesmen who still play with the forces that generate wars. There is one prediction to which I am willing to commit myself. If there is another European war, under present conditions, civil war will add to the horrors of foreign war in every continental country, and every capital in Europe will be a shambles in which the worst horrors of the days of revolution will be outdone."

 

 The Forces That Generate War

 

          His prophecy was partially correct, though oddly Dewey also had at one time advocated for the United States to enter World War One, and then after this publication in 1929, ended up advocating the United States' entry into World War Two. But as to what was "outdone" was that, as above, the Soviet Union across its history was barbarous and the second most murderous political regime in the twentieth century. The "criminal ineptitude of those statesmen who still play with the forces that generate war" continues to the present.

          But between Dewey's 1929 pro-Soviet statements and the "Open Letter" published in 1939, a massive famine decimated, as one reads:  "Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly; anywhere from 1.8 to 12 million ethnic Ukrainians were said to have perished as a result of the famine. Recent research has since narrowed the estimates to between 2.4 and 7.5 million. The exact number of deaths is hard to determine, due to a lack of records, but the number increases significantly when the deaths in heavily Ukrainian-populated Kuban are included. Older estimates are still often cited in political commentary. According to the findings of the Court of Appeal of Kiev in 2010, the demographic losses due to the famine amounted to 10 million, with 3.9 million direct famine deaths, and a further 6.1 million birth deficit. Stalin and other party members had ordered that kulaks were 'to be liquidated as a class' and so became a target of the state. The richer, land-owning peasants were labeled 'kulaks' and were protrayed [ sic ] by the Bolsheviks as class enemies, which culminated Soviet campaign of political repressions, including arrests, deportations, and executions of large numbers of the better-off peasants and their families in 1929–1932." In "Soviet famine of 1932–33," Wikipedia article, n. d.

 

      

 

          The echoes of the horrors of Soviet "planning" continued until the USSR collapsed. Of one of Stalin's close associates one finds:  "Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich (Russian: Ла́зарь Моисе́евич Кагано́вич; 22 November [O.S. 10 November] 1893 – 25 July 1991) was a Soviet politician and administrator and one of the main associates of Joseph Stalin. He is known for helping Stalin seize power, for his role in the Soviet famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine, and for his harsh treatment and execution of those deemed threats to Stalin's regime. At his death in 1991, he was the last surviving Old Bolshevik. The Soviet Union itself outlived him by a mere five months." In "Lazar Kaganovich," Wikipedia article, n. d.

          "400 leading Americans" and this seemingly seminal early 20th century thinker all got it wrong, and yet in their time were filled with that hubris which declared themselves to be right.

 

[ 4 ]     Stossel notes murderous facts in which to wrap Western ideologues for whom democide, Rummel's term, was unimportant and perhaps even thought of as necessary.  "Even as the Russian regime killed millions, some journalists and intellectuals covered up the crimes. Stalin kept most media out, so few Americans knew that millions were starving, but New York Times writer Walter Duranty saw it first-hand. Yet he 'covered up Stalin's crimes,' says Tom Palmer of the Atlas Network, a group that promotes free-market ideas around the world. Because Duranty wanted to support 'the cause,' he wrote that 'report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda'. Duranty 'saw the truckloads of bodies,' says Palmer, yet, 'he wrote on the front page of The New York Times how wonderful everything was.' He even got a Pulitzer Prize for it."  Consider what Lenin Called  Sheer Ignorance   and compare to the demonstrable ignorance of a century's worth of Communist apologists.

          As to the notion that "rule of the labouring classes" could even happen, one notes that the elite in Communist governments have played that elite role to the hilt. Consider the up-to-date fact of  Capital for Communists  - a story growing old.

 

[ 5 ]   How many times have statements about "the most momentous decisions in history" been washed away by history? One might consider another "peace for all time" stance of the now well-forgotten Kellogg-Briand - 1928 . which was sure to assure peace -- until it didn't.

 

 Assurances by Conquest or Consent

 

          Throughout this urge by "important" people to declare the next "momentous decisions in history," these statements speak more about the people making them for an entire world which, when held up to the glaring light of historical occurrences, prove so fallacious while sounding so high-minded. If Alexander's assertion that on "these decisions will rest the stability of the new world order and the future peace of the world" suggests the obvious. Those decisions from 1919 were demonstrably incorrect.

          Dewey's 1929 stance was demonstrably incorrect. The "400 leading Americans" of 1939 were demonstrably incorrect. Moreover, it is important to note that this very human urge to tell the future while self-congratulating fails to note clearly that some foreseeing a future see a future which is quite like the realities of the 20th century.

          As one example among many potential examples, "We are not going to achieve a New World Order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money."Arthur Schlesinger Jr., ‘The Council on Foreign Relations Journal Foreign Affairs’, August 1975.  A second to bolster the controlling mentality of the former:   "We shall have world government whether or not you like it, by conquest or consent." Statement by Council on Foreign Relations member James Warburg to The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 17 February 1950. 

          How serious is such a threat to individuality and simple freedom? One reads a summation from an article:  "The road to world order will still be a long and hard one, but since the short cuts do not lead anywhere we have no choice but to take it." In "The Hard Road to World Order," by Richard N. Gardner, Foreign Affairs, Volume 52, No. 3, 1974.

          Another approach and another choice was and remains available. Resist a "world order." It is a dream on "conquest" if not "consent."


 

I've got a one-trick pony - a mascot for the phony

I've got a one-trick pony
    That only does one trick.
Because of this, I really must
    Lay it on so thick.
If my wee pony up and dies,
    For being oh so sick,
I'll have its no-trick carcass
    That's stinks, right double-quick.
Until it's dead and deadly gone
    My one-trick pony's shtick
Will try to trick you, one and all,
    With nagging buck and kick.


 

For want of inspiration

For want of inspiration,
perspiration works
with piles of liberation
brushed with little quirks
to flush exasperation
up from just where it lurks....

For want of want wants
what want will also have
when liberation blunts,
applying freely salve,
to flush with fleshy substance
as inspired ideas calve....


 

Out of controlcrime takes its toll

Sorry, friend, we're all fresh out
                    of control, as it happens to be.
Shall we order another batch
                    and await delivery?
Or shall we peddle the same soft soap
                    which we've peddled quite well for years?
Although it's soft and softer yet
                    it lathers and stokes folks' fears.
Bring 'em in and let 'em out,
                    and bring 'em in again;
The same old, same old runabout
                    right out of the copout den.
Sorry, friend, we're all fresh out
                    of control, as it happens to be.
Shall we order a fresh, new batch
                    and await delivery?

                        When 'in charge' confesses it has lost control,
                            assume it's no longer in charge.
                        When authority states it's authority's lost,
                           conclude what's now small is no longer large.

                        The urge to rule while not ruling the roost
                            demands another its duties discharge.

Sorry, friend, we're all fresh out
                    of control, as it happens to be.
Shall we order another batch
                    and await delivery?

 

Addendum of Being Out of Control:   "...police see the same youths committing crimes time and time again. He said he knows of one 16-year-old boy who has been arrested ten times since 2014 — for larceny, attempted robbery, burglary, carjacking, assault, two theft charges and three car theft charges — but keeps being released. He said many juveniles have similar records. 'We know who they are,' Davis said. 'And if we know who they are — and the reason why we know who they are is because we lock them up again and again and again — then I’m pretty damned certain that their parents and guardians and grandparents and neighbors know who the hell they are as well. Step up. Step forward. Get a hold of these violent kids. It’s absolutely unacceptable that I have to stand up here and talk about 13- and 14-year-olds that we have to arrest again and again because our criminal justice system and our society isn’t doing what we need to be doing with these kids'." In "Baltimore Mayor Pugh says crime 'out of control,' orders agencies to meet with police every morning," by Luke Broadwater and Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun, 9 November 2017.

 

Addendum from Ten Months Earlier:   "The consent decree discourages the arrests of citizens for offenses like loitering or littering, requiring a supervisor to sign off on any request to take someone into custody for a minor infraction, and also mandates basic training for making stops and searches. In addition, it commands officers to use de-escalation techniques, thoroughly investigate sexual assault claims and send specially trained units to distress calls involving people with mental illness. Police will not be able to stop someone just because the person is in a high-crime area, or just because the person is trying to avoid contact with an officer, according to the document." In "Baltimore reaches agreement with US to reform policing," Associated Press, 12 January 2017.

 

 

Protest against Crime by Destroying a Police Car? Protest through Crime by Destroying a Police Car? Or Just Crime?

 

Addendum of the Previous Mayor of Baltimore:   "...the mayor’s office sent out clarification for Rawlings-Blake’s statement: 'What she is saying within this statement was that there was an effort to give the peaceful demonstrators room to conduct their peaceful protests on Saturday. Unfortunately, as a result of providing the peaceful demonstrators with the space to share their message, that also meant that those seeking to incite violence also had the space to operate'." In "Baltimore Mayor: 'Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy Space to Do That'," CBS Baltimore, 25 April 2015.    [ 1 ]

 

 Addendum of a Possible Explanation:    "...when asked about the prison-industrial complex, the 'Malcolm X' star offered a surprising take. 'It starts at the home,' he told reporters at the film’s downtown New York premiere. 'It starts at home.' When prodded to expand on his answer, the 62-year-old Mount Vernon native replied: “It starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure. So you know I can’t blame the system,' he continued. 'It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them'." In "Denzel Washington: Don't blame the prison system, 'It starts at the home'," by , New York Daily News, 23 November 2017.    [ 2 ]

 

 Addendum of Acquittals for Baltimore Police Officers:   "Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby brought criminal charges against the six officers ranging from misconduct in office to second-degree murder. Three officers were acquitted, and Mosby dropped all remaining charges against the other three. Five of the officers then faced administrative charges within the police department for allegedly violating department rules and policies and neglecting their duties. Two accepted minor discipline and returned to duty. Two fought the charges and were acquitted by police trial boards. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis then dropped charges against the last of the five." In "With prosecutions over, six Baltimore officers back at work after death of Freddie Gray ," by Tim Prudente, Baltimore Sun, 3 December 2017.    [ 3 ]

 

Addendum of Out of Control Elsewhere:   "... the situation quickly deteriorated. Local police spokesman Olivier Slosse said a police team tried to approach the rapper in the square, but the crowd turned on officers and began throwing rocks at them. The police were forced to withdraw from the scene amid the violence. Riot police later attended the scene to calm the disturbance. The star took to Snapchat to plead with fans to stay calm, but the angry mob began throwing gates as well as stones." In "Brussels RIOT: Hundreds of angry youths take to the streets as police flee," by Chloe Kerr, Express UK, 15 November 2017.

 

Addendum of Out of Control Elsewhere II:    "A survey by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention showed that 15.6 percent of people suffered one or more offences against the person (defined in the survey as assault, threats, sexual offences, robbery, fraud or harassment) last year. That’s up from 13.3 percent in 2015 and the highest number recorded since the annual Swedish Crime Survey started in 2006." In "Crime Wave Engulfs Sweden as Fraud, Sexual Offenses Reach Record," by Niklas Magnusson, Bloomberg, 16 November 2017.

 

NOTES

 

[ 1 ]     "Those who wished to destroy," in the CBS article, is worth noting. One finds an opinion with clear hindsight, and reads:   "It is now clear that Baltimore’s left-wing political establishment attacked the police for no better reason than to show thugs that, in the infamous words of grandstanding prosecutor Mosby, 'I heard your call for 'No justice, no peace.' ' At the end of their ordeal, the police officers received justice, but for Baltimore there is no peace. Left-wing governance tends to gnaw at the moral, social, and economic fabric of whatever jurisdiction it inflicts. The phenomenon is most pronounced at the local level. Nowhere I know of is it more pronounced than in Baltimore." In "The Freddie Gray scorecard," by Paul Miregoff, Power Line, 25 November 2017.

          While the modern political Left with howl against such a stance, one reads above from the New York Times of Venezuela's "leftist" in Left to their own devices ,  and in parallel one finds the political violence of masked "protestors" carrying signs calling for "more dead cops," when surveying another facet of the modern Left, when Left in an open book .

          What is the social cost? In the case of rushed civil suit settlement in Baltimore, one learns:   "The Gray settlement exceeds the combined total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against Baltimore police for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011." In "Baltimore to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million to settle civil claims," by Yvonne Wenger and Mark Puente, Baltimore Sun, 8 September 2015. Two years later, violence in the city is "out of control," as says the current mayor.

          Miregoff writes of the six police charged during the previous municipal administration, "...we can tally up the results. None was found guilty of criminal conduct. In one case, a jury could not reach a jury verdict. In two cases, the judge, an African-American, found the defendant not guilty. Realizing it could not get a conviction, the city dropped charges against the other officers. The Justice Department declined to bring federal charges against any of the officers."

          Increasing violence alongside a payout for "alleged brutality and misconduct" of $6.4 million suggests that neither failed prosecutions nor massive payouts have worked. Rather these seem to have emboldened "those who wished to destroy." The Left in Baltimore has not found a solution, but it has exacerbated the problem. This is why the naive model of political jargon fails.

          Left and Right explain little, while incompetence in government blinded by postmodern political correctness' many shifting faces explains much, in the same way the above-cited scorecard tells much.

 

[ 2 ]     Denzel Washington's observation, "It starts with how you raise your children," reflects on an interview with a black teacher working in a primarily black school in San Francisco's Bayside. She states clearly and sadly:  "The students and their behaviors make this job harder—for sure. We can’t blame them, though. Many of our students come from homes that are loud, confusing, empty and unstable. There’s no one there guiding them, asking to see their homework, telling them to take a bath, asking them to wash their clothes, telling them, 'Come here, let me hold you, let me kiss you, let me touch you.' These kids don’t have that. We call it a broken home. I call it an absent home. And that lead to fights. The other day, we had eight fights in two hours." In "Teacher at a tough school: 'I’ve ended many school days crying in my car'," by Jessica Calefati, Open Reporting: Education, CALMatters, 5 December 2017.

          The anecdotal evidence mounts. Culture itself is failing. The antidote to this is to set aside accusations, and work towards strengthening the culture, that society lessen the number of "absent" homes. Simply using charges of racism, individual, institutional or societal, as a political ploy explains all too well why it is too easy to argue Everything's about my colored skin - (or sadly, Why racism works).

 

[ 3 ]   What is not over is the long arch of this tale. The State attorney who brought charges which resulted in no prosecutions is being sued. One reads from the article:  "Left to litigate is the federal lawsuit filed by five of the officers accusing Mosby of malicious prosecution and defamation. Rice, Miller, Nero, Porter and White say Mosby knowingly filed false charges against them."

          There is irony in this, because that State Attorney is now arguing that her position should protect her against the federal law suit, all the while the police officers charged did not have that same "protection."  Additionally, as the new mayor of Baltimore states clearly in the aftermath -- criminal and political -- of this incident is that the city is experiencing crime which she declares to be "out of control." Are the thugs to blame? The previous city administration? The current administration? The State Attorney and her office? The culture and social "responsibility "of the city itself? The state? The nation? Society in general? By being unwilling or unable to cobble some solution to the problem admitted by the city's mayor, one sees that the politics of it all is not helping, but has served to exacerbate. Tick tock.