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"I'll admit that
writing doesn't always come, but I'm totally against walking around looking
at the sky when you're experiencing a block, waiting for inspiration to
strike you. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov didn't like each other and
agreed on very few things, but they were of one opinion on this: you had to
write constantly. If you can't write a major work, write minor trifles. If
you can't write at all, orchestrate something."
Minor trifles delight as well
feasts broad spread.
The grandest is not all there is;
one's daily bread.
Give us daily bread this day
For this is how a life lives on
and how that
Left to their own devices
"Venezuela took its strongest step
yet toward one-man rule under the leftist President Nicolás
Maduro as his loyalists on the Supreme Court seized power from the
National Assembly in a ruling late Wednesday night. The ruling
effectively dissolved the elected legislature, which is led by Mr.
Maduro’s opponents, and allows the court to write laws itself, experts
said. The move caps a year in which the last vestiges of Venezuela’s
democracy have been torn down, critics and regional leaders say, leaving
what many now describe as not just an authoritarian regime, but an
outright dictatorship." In "Venezuela Muzzles Legislature, Moving
Closer to One-Man Rule," by Nicholas Casey and Patricia Torres, New York
Times, 30 March 2017.
Left to their own devices,
One-man rule entices, demanding myriad lies.
Left to bold, based tactics, democracies deflate
As swirls Leftist didactics to dictatorships elate.
Left to the crudest antics, rule is Left to rule;
Complete the Left's semantics; read each wordy tool.
Right one is to now take note the Left leads in this way.
What's then the antidote? Swing right when leftists play?
Right and Left confusion spill words which fumble, fail,
Such speech is just illusion and power their wholly grail.
Left to their own devices is Right in teetering words,
For politics chops and dices what plain sense undergirds.
Left and Right mean little, ever less and less.
Left, like Right, is a brittle shard of emptiness.
Left to their own devices, dictatorships arise.
One-man rule entices, demanding myriad lies.
Each revolution eats its own, and is no a great grand mystery
As time and times again have shown to those willful who'd refuse to see.
Each trend follows that trend line which curves to spiral down,
Collapsing in deliriums' tremors as whole nations gasp and drown.
Addendum of the Socialist Government: "Many
people carried signs reading 'No to dictatorship!' and 'Capriles for
President'. In the Caracas protest there was a moment of silence in
memory of a young man shot dead on Thursday by police during
demonstrations. ...Mr Maduro's socialist government have said that a
US-backed business elite is responsible for Venezuela's economic
downturn and that it is trying to organise a coup to impose right-wing
rule." In "Venezuela opposition march over Henrique Capriles ban," BBC,
8 April 2017.
[ 1 ]
of the Socialists' Strategy: "Venezuela's
move to bar two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles from
public office for 15 years looked like an unusually brazen blow at the
opposition but is just the logical extension of a strategy that has
emerged as the last, best hope of President Nicolas Maduro's Socialists
for maintaining power. A nearly identical maneuver was used ten years
ago to halt the rise of former mayor Leopoldo Lopez, who in polls
remains one of the most influential opposition leaders despite being
jailed three years ago for his role in anti-government protests." In "Venezuela
Socialists' election strategy? Block adversaries," by Brian
Ellsworth, Reuters, 9 April 2017.
[ 2 ]
of Tightening the Leftist Grip on Power: "Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the
volatile country braces for what his opponents vow will be the "mother
of all protests" on Wednesday. Maduro, who has faced violent protests
over recent moves to tighten his grip on power, ordered the military
to defend the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by his late
mentor Hugo Chavez in 1999. 'From the first reveille (on Monday
morning), from the first rooster crow, the Bolivarian National Armed
Forces will be in the streets... saying, 'Long live the Bolivarian
revolution,' ' Maduro said Sunday night in a televised address." In "Maduro
orders Venezuela army into streets," Agence France Presse, 17 April
of the Generals: "...at least one person at the
meeting, whose voice was not identified on the recording, raised
objections to the idea of snipers. 'General, with all due respect, if we
keep going with the issue of the snipers, all of us here will end up in
jail,' protested one of the generals in attendance. He warned that
snipers or expert marksmen should not be used because if anyone was able
to photograph a sniper, the 'media war is going to kill us.' But
Torrealba said he did not care about public perception and, while saying
that he had no plans to use the snipers immediately and acknowledging
that it would be unconstitutional, the general ordered those present to
go ahead with preparations to use snipers. He said snipers would keep
demonstrators off the streets." In "In secret recording, Venezuelan
general pushes for snipers to control demonstrators, by Antonio Maria
Delgado and Sonia Osorio, Miami Herald, 18 May 2017.
Addendum of the Dead Caused by Repression:
"Government moves — through the Supreme Justice Tribunal — to 'take the
constitutional faculties from the National Assembly,' while at the “same
time giving the president a series of super powers,” said Urosa Savino,
have 'worsened' the political crisis in the last months. Despite a
partial u-turn by the top court, the latest stream of protests has been
non-stop since April 4th. The ranks span all social classes. The death
toll numbers above 70 with the wounded in the thousands. 'The dead
have been caused by the repression, created by state forces and civilian
groups armed by the government acting to strengthen government
repression, which is something criminal,' said Cardinal Urosa Savino.
Poverty, unrest, impunity, corruption, and widespread shortages in food,
electricity, medicine, and basic goods now define what had once been one
of the richest countries in Latin America. Polls show that 80% of the
population wants Maduro out through new presidential elections." In
"Venezuela Bishops Give Pope 'Cruel' Realities - 'The dead have been
caused by the repression' — Cardinal Urosa Savino," by Charlette Sosa,
Latin American Herald Tribune, 12 June 2017.
[ 1 ] The
terminology long in use positing a verbal handle for
political realities --
Left and Right
-- fails. The New York Times notes specifically that current
head of the Venezuelan nation is moving "toward
one-man rule" and that this is "under the leftist" Maduro.
Moreover, he employs the Left-Right model to justify his
actions in which opposition to the Left is deemed 1) Right
and 2) criminal, as one reads: "...President Nicolás
Maduro called the protesters 'terrorists and vandals.'
'We have them all identified. They're all identified. They
will fall one by one and they will go straight to face
justice,' Maduro said. The president said 30 people had
been detained, but the Venezuelan human rights group Penal
Forum reported Saturday there had been 115 detentions since
Tuesday. Opposition lawmaker José Guerra, who participated
in Saturday's protests, said the march was peacefully
advancing on Francisco de Miranda Avenue, one of Caracas'
main thoroughfares, when 'tear gas bombs started raining on
us'." In "Violent clashes in Venezuela as thousands
protest socialist government," by Rafael Romo, CNN, 9
It becomes reasonable then to notice that the political
jargon is -- crudely put -- bullshit. This is all the
more true when one observes that, under various forms of
editorial-laced news reporting,
Left is Right, as Right is Left
Yet political terms meaning little or intended to confuse
the public abound. As an example, one may consider the
historical lesson in which
We might have called ourselves the Liberal Party
As to the Bolivarian revolution, this socialist revolution
is nothing like the original. The CNN article notes utter
mismanagement, as one reads further: "Shortages of
basic food products and medicines are commonplace. Inflation
is expected to rise 1,660% this year and 2,880% in 2018,
according to the International Monetary Fund. Earlier in
March, data from the country's central bank revealed
Maduro's government is running out of cash. Venezuela has
$10.5 billion in foreign reserves left. Given that the
country owes $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments, it
means Venezuela will run out of cash at some point,
depending on the fluctuation of oil prices. Almost all (96%)
of Venezuela's exports are oil products."
One sees, yet again as in history, that
which hides behind political jargon. One take on this is
found in an editorial which asks: "Why do reporters
ignore the obvious? We'd surmise that it's largely because
liberal journalists are infatuated with the idea of
socialism. Here's how the AP lovingly described Chavez:
'a political outsider promising to upset the old order and
funnel some of the country's enormous oil wealth to the
poor. Poverty rates fell sharply during his administration,
and many people continue to see him as a beloved Robin Hood
figure who gave them houses, free health care, better
education and a place at the table in government'."
In "What Caused Venezuela's Collapse Is No Mystery — Except
To Economically Illiterate Journalists," Editorial,
Investor's Business Daily, 4 May 2017.
That editorial noted: "Today Venezuela is the third
least free economy in the world, ahead of only Cuba and
North Korea. As a direct result of those actions, Venezuela
went from being on the wealthiest countries in South America
— one rich in natural resources — to a country where people
are literally fighting for scraps of food. Last year,
Venezuela's economy shrank 18%. The unemployment rate is 25%
and climbing. Inflation could reach 2,068% next year. Riots
have become routine. As we have noted many times in this
space, it is socialism, not oil prices or the weather or
greedy businessmen or any other such factor that's to blame
for Venezuela's economic crisis. This is what socialism
produces. Always and everywhere. It is as close to an iron
law of economics as there can be. Yet reporters continue to
obfuscate, if not totally ignore, this economic reality when
they try to explain to readers what is going on down there."
Another complaint about mainstream media in the US is found:
"...out of the 50,000 total evening news stories on the
three networks, just 25 covered Venezuela, and only seven
mentioned 'socialism.' In addition, NBC Nightly News only
broadcast 13 stories spanning 16 minutes and 54 seconds,
ABC’s World News only covered 8 minutes and 34 seconds over
seven stories, and CBS Evening News only offered 3 minutes
and 11 seconds over five stories. 'The network evening
news programs seem allergic to reporting on the ongoing
crisis in Venezuela,' Ciandella told LifeZette in an email.
'Even worse, the few times they have managed to cover the
widespread poverty, starvation and government oppression in
that country, they somehow find ways to do that without
mentioning the word ‘socialism'." In "Media Yawn at
Venezuela’s Spiraling, Socialist Nightmare," by Kathryn
Blackhurst, Polizette, 31 May 2017.
And yet, as seen above the New York Times specifically that
Venezuela moves "toward one-man rule under the leftist"
while the BBC above labels Maduro's government as
"socialist." That this is not clear enough to some is
politics. That it is clear to the Venezuelan people
protesting against Maduro in mass demonstrations is reality.
Hunger trumps definitions in words, and the ideology which
has led to "one-man rule" under a "leftist" is proven toxic.
What is "going on down there" is what has gone on many times
before from National Socialism to Soviet Socialism to Sino
Socialism and beyond. Socialism has never proved benign,
peaceful, incorruptible and a maker of prosperity. But its
romance and promises lure the next generation of victims
into the same predicament. Left to their own devices....
...one learns the basic lesson: " 'The system is
created so you can’t win,' said Alberto Cudemus, who
heads the national association of pig farmers. 'The
government thinks its survival is in communism, not in us,
not with production. And that’s where they’re wrong'."
In "Venezuela is starving," by Juan Forero, Wall Street
Journal, 5 May 2017.
That one cannot "win" under such a socialist system is
proven untrue. Some do, as one reads: " 'This form
of socialism has produced some very powerful millionaires,'
says Capriles. 'Most of them are government officials or
people close to them -- and currently they are one of the
main things holding up the government'." In "Rich
Venezuelans eat sushi, guzzle cocktails amid chaos," by
Carolos Reyes, Agence France Press, 19 June 2017.
In a similar vein one can ponder
Capital for Communists
a story growing old.
[ 2 ] The
silencing of a political opposition is a hallmark of the
Other hallmarks include mass arrests and mass murder, given
power enough to totalitarians.
One lesson from history tells much: "Mao
launched the so-called Cultural Revolution (known in full as
the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution) in August 1966,
at a meeting of the Plenum of the Central Committee. He shut
down the nation’s schools, calling for a massive youth
mobilization to take current party leaders to task for their
embrace of bourgeois values and lack of revolutionary
spirit. In the months that followed, the movement
escalated quickly as the students formed paramilitary groups
called the Red Guards and attacked and harassed members of
China’s elderly and intellectual population. A personality
cult quickly sprang up around Mao, similar to that which
existed for Josef Stalin, with different factions of the
movement claiming the true interpretation of Maoist thought.
...Some 1.5 million people were killed during the Cultural
Revolution, and millions of others suffered imprisonment,
seizure of property, torture or general humiliation. The
Cultural Revolution’s short-term effects may have been felt
mainly in China’s cities, but its long-term effects would
impact the entire country for decades to come. Mao’s
large-scale attack on the party and system he had created
would eventually produce a result opposite to what he
intended, leading many Chinese to lose faith in their
government altogether." In "Cultural Revolution," History,
A+E Networks, n. d.
That current attempts to either rehabilitate or deny such
historical lessons may be seen shows the human tendency for
some towards supporting the totalitarian in grasping at what
the New York Times article above clearly states would be "one-man
Where political jargon of Left and Right fails is that each
"opposition" accuses the other of seeking such authoritarian
rule. Given this, the jargon must be deemed as hugely
flawed. In the case of Maduro, his accusation is that his
political opposition is attempting a "coup," all the while
Maduro's opposition -- now including the New York Times, BBC
and CNN reports -- suggests his is the attempt at a "coup."
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, dictatorships arise. / One-man rule entices,
demanding myriad lies." The lies are well serviced by
political jargon which obscures meaning, while pretending
towards being meaningful. If Left and Right both result in
dictatorships, as opposing proponents of such verbal models
assert, then the words mean nothing and serve no purpose.
More precision in the discussion would be warranted, though
the slogan-spewing enthusiasts would be annoyed that their
beloved Left-Right shenanigans would be revealed as nothing
but a wordy game of lies and the sowing of confusion. Rather
than leave this at a sort of postmodern confusion over
language itself, one would do well to conclude that
gathering, growing government power feeds this "Left" --
even that "Right" by which some Leftists mean National
Socialism. Government in all its largest and most powerful
forms leads away from freedom.
remaining question is to decide for one's self: which side
are you on?
The choices are
simple: opt for the
or avow that
Freedom is freedom is freedom
rhymed paraphrase of Ilse
"Helga depicted the reality in her drawings, and because
the Germans forbade photographs, these drawings, which were recovered
after the war along with her Terezín journal, have become an important
testimony. She flicks through a book of them, pausing over an ink sketch
of a man checking his blanket for bedbugs or 'blechy'. She says: 'I
killed them by hand. They were small, but when they had eaten or drunk
they bloated up – and what is most terrible, full of blood.' Her
favourite drawing is of a funeral cart loaded with bread, and bearing
the logo 'Welfare for the young'. She says: 'It was the only vehicle
at Terezín. They wanted to decimate us psychologically too. Everything
was carried on it – luggage, old people, dirty linen – except dead
bodies.' As for those famous baskets of vegetables, which Helga and
other children spent their days cultivating, she snorts: 'It was all for
the Germans'.' In "Helga Weiss: an interview with a holocaust survivor,"
Nicholas Shakespeare, Telegraph UK, 19 February 2013.
The hearse of black-cracked lacquer
has served its many dead.
Four silvered columns heft
its ornamental roof overhead.
As dark, sepulchral friend --
it has carried its silent dead;
through ghetto lanes it carries now
its hundred loaves of hard-brown bread.
Snow softens white the silent earth,
wind sighing above this land,
as the wagon, drawn without horses --
no! -- children pull with tiny hand.
Each tugs the carriage traces
and plods in measured gait.
Sweat beads the children's brows and cheeks,
why is this heavy load their fate?
And childlike, earnest grimaces
in cheeks reddened with the cold
tell of their hardened labor for
meager blackened bread controlled.
The title to this picture?
With dark irony it black bleeds,
large is a sign fixed to the hearse:
"Welfare for the Young" it reads.
Welfare for the Young -- in the reality brought by the
Kleines Lied (2017)
I go I went
I go I went
I bend and bent
and time is now ticked by
I am I was
and this because
what's negotiable was I.
Thus was now is
for fool and whiz
are neither I deny
for I am naught
what I had ought
as life goes on to die.
"After much discussion, debate,
and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is
post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting
circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping
public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ The
script was provided by a guest writer, the cultural commentator Neil
Midgley." In "Word of the Year 2016 is..." by Oxford Dictionaries, 2016.
on a spit,
Addendum of What's Left:
"...prominent representatives of the centre-left prepared the ground
for the post-politics of 'post-truth'. The irony is that some of
their closest relatives have been the first casualties of its
further realisation. 'Post-truth' is the latest step in a logic
long established in the history of ideas, and previously expressed
in the cultural turn led by middle-class professionals. Instead of
blaming populism for enacting what we set in motion, it would be
better to acknowledge our own shameful part in it." In "The
surprising origins of 'post-truth' – and how it was spawned by the
liberal left," by Andrew Calcutt, The Conversation, 18 November
of Fake News and Biased Sources: " 'The No. 1
skill that kids are going to need in this 21st century is media
literacy and the power of discernment,' said Stephen Balkam, founder
and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. 'What is real and
what is not real? What is reputable and what is not reputable? And
the willingness to go deep and not just read a headline.' For
students, it’s apparently an uphill learning battle. They’re
often taught in schools how to comprehend a written passage but less
frequently how to judge the source of the information presented
before them, Breakstone said. And because technology evolves
quickly, the teaching materials about news literacy haven’t kept up."
In "Students duped by fake news and biased sources, Stanford study
finds," by Queenie Wong, Mercury News, 22 November 2016.
of Amplification of Assertions and Suppression of Inconvenient
Facts: "Bader pointed out that most of the
anti-minority 'hate crimes' and 'hate incidents' cited by SPLC do
not legally constitute hate crimes, and many involve
constitutionally protected speech. 'It is simply ridiculous that
SPLC treats 'build the wall' as hate rhetoric,' he said. The center
counted people mentioning 'build the wall' as 467 incidents of hate.
'Alas, these days the SPLC is mainly a fundraising machine,'
said Gail Heriot, a US Commission on Civil Rights member who voted
against Friday’s resolution. 'The more it can persuade its donors
that hate groups have penetrated every nook and cranny of American
society, the more money it can raise. Now it wants us to believe
that the election has unleashed unprecedented waves of hatred and
violence among schoolchildren. Let’s stop and take a deep breath
before we assume that’s true. The SPLC has no credibility with
anyone — on the left or the right — who is familiar with its
methods.' While there no doubt are legitimate reports of hate
crimes against minorities — and even one is too many — hyping such
incidents recklessly fans the flames of anxiety among such
communities. And suppressing reports of crimes against Trump
supporters gives a one-sided and misleading view of post-election
discord." In "Report buried Trump-related 'hate crimes' against
white kids," by Paul Sperry, New Post Post, 5 December 2016.
of Orwell's Premonition: "Rolled
all-into-one; the Google and media conglomerate initiatives, the EU
parliamentary cadence against Russia, the NATO expansionism, this
new EU propaganda arm, and the western world’s old order exercise a
massive control. If George Orwell could imagine it, the elites
have set it in place. Standing back, viewing the policies and
rhetoric mimicked continually, we can see the real game behind.
Power, the continuation of it, is the ultimate goal, and it would
not surprise me to discover Google was a formulate entity of power
all along. The urban legend that such Internet monopolies as
Microsoft, Google, Amazon and the rest just 'happen' seems less
likely day by day. The 'Fake Story' parroted from the White House to
Whitehall and from the Bundeskanzlerin is a figment of the same
imagination that said Google will 'Do no evil'. At least this is the
view of a few millions. Me and scores of other dissenters are not
'faking', these corporate-government strategies, deals, and laws are
dangerous. This is what the 'free press' was originally tasked
with." In "The 'Godfather’s' Address to the EU: An 'Offer That
Cannot Be Refused'," by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook, 6 December
of a BBC Admission of False Reporting: "Nearly
six months later, the BBC’s editorial complaints unit has now
concluded that the item was unfair. According to the unit, the
BBC reporter 'did not give due weight to public statements by
successive popes or the efforts made on the instructions of Pius XII
to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution, and perpetuated a view which
is at odds with the balance of evidence.' Pope Pius XII, who was the
pontiff during World War II, has been accused of silent acquiescence
to the Holocaust, most famously by a 1999 book, Hitler’s Pope, which
sparked a major controversy among historians. Its author, John
Cornwell, has since backed down on some of his claims." In "The
BBC conceded it was false to describe the Church as being 'silent'
in the face of Nazism," By Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald, 9
of the Press of Post-truth Meeting Plain Truth: "To
hear Obama wax poetic about ‘the politics of hope’ and ‘how ordinary
Americans can steer change’ feels deeply perverse coming from a
figure that has institutionalized a vast, unaccountable permanent
warfare state. In the face of Obama’s global covert assassinate
program, his numerous secret wars without congressional approval, a
mass electronic surveillance capability unprecedented in history,
the speeches reveal themselves as little more than banal platitudes
and vapid sloganeering. As the sun sets on Obama’s presidency, to
say the press has given him a pass is a grand understatement.
Some outlets have occasionally run criticism of Obama’s drone
policies or inconvenient relationship with Saudi Arabia. Other
voices invert reality altogether, chastising Obama for his
reluctance to militarily engage Syria, despite the US dropping over
12,000 bombs on the country in 2016 alone." In "Obama’s
Achievement was Whitewashing Permanent Warfare with Eloquence,"
Nile Bowie, New Eastern Outlook, 17 January 2017.
of Deceptions and Fake News: "While the West poses as the
premier champion of free speech, citizen participation, openness,
and accountability, the New York Times article reveals an unfolding
plan to utterly crush any narrative that deviates from Western media
talking points, thus controlling citizen perception, not encouraging
“participation,” and ensuring that the West alone determines what is
'opened' and held 'accountable.' No worse scenario can be referenced
in human history or even among human fiction than plans to determine
for the world through automatic algorithms and artificial
intelligence almost in real time what is heard and read and what
isn’t. It is even beyond the scope and scale of George Orwell’s
cautionary dystopian '1984' novel. In a truly free society, an
educated citizenry is capable of deciding for itself what is 'fake
news' and what isn’t. Because of the rise of alternatives to the
West’s monopoly over global information, many people are doing just
that – determining that Western narratives are in fact deceptions.
At no other point in modern history has the Western media faced as
many alternatives, and as much skepticism on this scale, as well as
an ebbing of trust domestically and abroad. It is no surprise then,
to find the West resorting to outright censorship, even if it
cushions mention of it with terms like 'fake news'." In "The
West’s War on Free Speech," by Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook,
5 June 2017.
Consider some truths about
- no doubt about it,
and muse on the assertion that
Thinking is not encouraged
Ollie Garx and Karly Marx
"The oligarchs of the Bay Area
have a problem: They must square their progressive worldview with their
enormous wealth. They certainly are not socialists in the traditional
sense. They see their riches not as a result of class advantages,
but rather as reflective of their meritocratic superiority. As former
TechCrunch reporter Gregory Ferenstein has observed, they embrace
massive inequality as both a given and a logical outcome of the new
economy. The nerd estate is definitely not stupid, and like rulers
everywhere, they worry about a revolt of the masses, and even the
unionization of their companies. Their gambit is to expand the welfare
state to keep the hoi polloi in line. Many, including Mark Zuckerberg,
now favor an income stipend that could prevent mass homelessness and
malnutrition." In "California’s descent to socialism," by Joel Kotkin,
Orange County Register, 11 June 2017.
Ollie Garx and Karly Marx
Played well together, friends,
Until remarks by these Pay-triarchs
Were heard as to what portends
For tomorrows' arcs of these bay monarchs
Who well served their own rich ends.
Billionaire Ollies with socialist views
Make words mean nothing much
Excepting that sought avenues
Play Midas with a Karly touch.
Enormous wealth enormous health
Serves few but serves them well;
The hoi-polloi must not be allowed to toy
With rebelliousness' toppling spell.
Billionaire Ollies with socialist words
Sell opiate to the people,
To keep them docile in this world
As well-sheared herds of sheeple.
of Billionaire Opinions I: "Gates, who is
currently the richest man in America, is far from the first tech
billionaire to speak out against capitalism. Richard Branson,
owner of the Virgin Media Empire, famously said 'capitalism has lost its
way' in the forward of his 2011 book, Screw Business As Usual. At the
book’s press launch, Branson said, 'The short-term focus on profit has
driven most businesses to forget about the important long-term role they
have in taking care of people and the planet.' Billionaire investors
Warren Buffet and George Soros have also criticized American
capitalism, as has billionaire filmmaker George Lucas. But many
call these moguls hypocritical — even if they start foundations or
pledge much of their own wealth to charitable causes, they still made
billions and now seek to devalue others who want to do the same, critics
say. 'Not by accident did the expression 'limousine liberal' enter
the American political lexicon years ago (in the late 1960s) as a
pejorative term to ridicule the hypocrisy of left-wing anti-capitalists
living the high life made possible by capitalism,' Richard M.
Salsman wrote in Forbes, reacting to Buffet’s critique of capitalism."
In "Bill Gates Bashes Capitalism — But He’s Not The First Tech
Billionaire To Do It," by Betsy Isaacson, Huffington Post, 14 March
Addendum of Billionaire Opinions II: "In a
2012 Pew Research survey, Democrats were far less inclined than
Republicans to think well of the wealthy, to the point that only 8%
thought they were more honest than the average American, and 65% thought
they were more greedy. But Steyer has worked to craft an identity beyond
hedge fund billionaire, with his work on climate change and income
inequality. Will that be enough? Or will voters look at him and see just
another rich guy?" In "Billionaire Tom Steyer is spending millions on
behalf of Democrats. What will he get out of it?" by Cathleen
Decker, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2016,
of Billionaire Opinions III: "Low-income Americans
(43 percent) are twice as likely as higher-income Americans (22 percent)
to view socialism positively, according to a Pew Research Center
survey from 2011. And among 18-to-29-year olds, 49 percent had a
positive view of socialism, while 47 percent had a positive view of
capitalism. The acceptance of socialism among younger Americans suggests
the presence of a generation gap." In "Bill Gates just endorsed
socialism, sort of: A boost for Bernie Sanders?" by Husna Haq, Christian
Science Monitor, 27 October 2015.
of Billionaire Opinions IV: "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
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.
[ 1 ]
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.
[ 2 ]
Consider the Glories of
So shall ism
[ 1 ] 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.
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,
[ 2 ]
Amusingly, the American political Left and Right square off
as to what the notion of "limousine liberal" means. As
New York City mayoral hopeful Mario Procaccino coined the
term 'limousine liberal' to describe incumbent Mayor John
Lindsay and his wealthy Manhattan backers during a heated
One finds an argument that the term is right-wing, as if
Left and Right
as a political model is not failing. One reads:
"No political metaphor in recent American history—not even
potent ones like silent majority—has enjoyed the longevity
of limousine liberal. It remains part of the lingua franca
of our political debates today. It has managed to mobilize
an enduring politics of resentment directed against most of
the major reforms of the last seventy-five years, everything
from civil rights to women’s liberation, from urban renewal
to the war on poverty, from gay rights to the welfare state,
from affirmative action to environmental regulation. It
remains at the heart of an aggrieved sense felt by millions
that they have been passed over—their material needs
ignored, their cultural preferences treated with contempt—by
a cluster of elites that run the country." In "One of
the Most Successful Right-Wing Myths of All Time: 'The
Limousine Liberal'," by Steve Fraser, Basic Books, AlterNet,
9 May 2016.
So Democrat-coined "limousine liberal" is a successful
right-wing myth, for its seemingly "successful" use by some
political factions. Yet the sentence highlighted above is
As the billionaires above who must be considered "elite"
make their political pronouncements, one notes that within
the pendulum of political power, these same are in fact "a
cluster of elites that run the country." Drawing off the
three card monte game of words and their continual
redefinition, one finds "elite" applying to both sides of
politics, such that assertions of right and left becomes
silly. Oligarchs have a close relationship to government,
and ultimately to Marx whose dreamed-of dictatorship of the
proletariat was a step towards some sort of utopian vision.
That so many
of the billionaires as
cited above are insulated from the consequences of their own
political proposals and at the same time protected by their
courtiers demonstrates the postmodern fact of
The Privileges of Intellectuals
for whom power over others is their utopian dream. Pity the
poor others, who once again will be "helped" by these
powerful men of wealth.
- repeat the repetition
" 'We are doing our best in
dialogue with the administration and Congress to make the U.S.
understand that funding development aid, funding foreign
policy in general, funding organizations like the U.N., is also
in the interests of the American people,' Guterres told an event at New
York University." In "U.N. chief warns if U.S. pulls back, others will
fill leadership role," by Michelle Nichols, Reuters, 30 May 2017.
The fun ding
is a ding-dong battle
all about funding like milking
ding-a-ling sings of wished
tediously rings this prattle
the fun dings tell and thereby
of evermore whing-ding
of the Transitive and Intransitive Verb:
"to dwell on with tiresome repetition *keeps dinging it into him that
the less he smokes the better — Samuel Butler *1902* , 1 :
to make a ringing sound : CLANG; 2 : to speak with tiresome
of Replacement of Actors: "Asked about a new world
order sparked by the Trump administration’s actions, Guterres said: 'I
believe that if the United States disengages in relation of many aspects
of foreign policy and many of international relations, it will be
unavoidable that other actors will occupy that space. And I don’t think
this is good for the United States and I don’t think this is good for
the world,' he said." In "UN chief: US will be replaced if it
disengages from world," Associated Press, 20 June 2017.
Consider begging "with tiresome
reiteration" for money from
- the Debtor Man,
and then consider the tasty treat hungry for more "fun ding" --
sung to the children's tune, "Baa, baa black
those lips - a psalm for the future through a look to the past
O dear those lips
lied with each breath.
Sweet nothing slips
away in death.
O dear, each word
which dying mutes
Was loudly preyed
in loud disputes.
O dear, plain truth
survives such death.
Mute lies each now dumb
Addendum of a Strategy: "Defeating toxic ideologies
requires a multi-generational, multi-national, multi-faceted approach,
and an intellectual leap of faith to revisit and re-tailor the
traditional strategic levers of power that have been long hailed -
somewhat Jominianly - as the principles that guide the application of
strategy." In "The Battle for Minds. Defeating Toxic Ideologies in
the 21st Century," by Colonel R. J. Boyd, United States War College,
[ 1 ]
Toxic National Socialism and its Hitler Youth
Italian Fascism and its children
Toxic Soviet Socialism and its Young Pioneers
Toxic Sino-Socialism and its tragic Cultural Revolution
Islamic socialism and its training of children to be
soldiers and martyrs [ 2 ]
Africa's child soldiers as another representation of
today's toxic ideologies
Child soldiers of Donetsk
Untainted Truths: "Science is to remain
untainted by the fountains of subjective feelings. As much as
possible, scientists need to be free to present their evidence without
fear of offending others. Science is the offense—it cares not about your
feelings." In "The Ethics of Science: Gagging Science in an Age of
Creationism, Homosexuality, and Toxic Ideology," by Moses Y. Mikheyev,
Existential Theory blog, 10 July 2015.
[ 1 ]
Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779-1869) is referenced in Boyd's
article cited above. One reads a most pertinent observation:
"War in its
ensemble is NOT a science, but an art. Strategy,
particularly, may indeed be regulated by fixed laws
resembling those of the positive sciences, but this is not
true of war viewed as a whole. Among other things, combats
may be mentioned as often being quite independent of
scientific combinations, and they may become essentially
dramatic, personal qualities and inspirations and a thousand
other things frequently being the controlling elements.
The passions which agitate the masses that are brought into
collision, the warlike qualities of these masses, the energy
and talent of their commanders, the spirit, more or less
martial, of nations and epochs, —in a word, every thing that
can be called the poetry and metaphysics of war,—will have a
permanent influence on its results." Mertsalov, A.N. "Jomini
versus Clausewitz", pages 11–19 from Russia War, Peace and
Diplomacy edited by Mark and Ljubica Erickson, London:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
[ 2 ]
Some socialist in this modern era
disagree that Islam is akin to socialism, while others argue
it is. What is without dispute is that the notion of a
caliphate -- a maximum leader like other historical maximum
leaders and Marx' dreamed of dictatorship of the proletariat
-- is like unto those whose children from many lands,
times and cultures are pictured above.
As to notions of Islamic socialism, one reads of Egypt's
Nasser: "Egypt was captivated, and the Arab World
watched closely as Nasser expanded on his brand of
socialism. He believed that if the people had real
equality they would feel more united and act as one entity.
Saadedine Ibrahim, an Egyptian political activist, says:
'One of the very early phrases that Nasser coined was
addressing the common man: 'Raise your head fellow brother,
the end of colonialism has come.' And that is the kind of
language, message that echoed very deeply with the average
man, because it was a simple language and people who were
downtrodden, people who were beaten, mistreated, felt
worthless, began to gain that kind of confidence, spirit
that they didn't have before.' Never before had an Arab
leader achieved such popularity outside his own capital." In
"Arab Unity: Nasser's Revolution," Al Jazeera, 20 June 2008.
Additionally, one reads of Egypt's religious authorities:
"...the religious leaders of al-Azhar University went
further, stressing that the aims of Islam and socialism were
identical—the achievement of social justice, equality,
freedom, and dignity, and the elimination of want. Al-Azhar
served as an organ of state propaganda, and Nasser himself
used mosque pulpits as a platform from which to proclaim his
policies. After the Arab defeat in the 1967 Arab-Israeli
War, when it seemed that Arab nationalism and socialism had
failed, Nasser appealed more strongly than ever to Islamic
values. Traditional Islamic themes and symbols were revived,
and he made frequent references to Allāh in his speeches. By
the time of his death he was trying to set Egypt on a
different course, less socialist, more accommodating, in
which religion would play a greater role." In "Nasser, Gamal
Abdel," by Derek Hopwood, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the
Islamic World, accessed 28 May 2017.
To add to the mixing of the terms Islam and socialism, one
reads: "The Ba'ath Party, and indirectly the Syrian
Regional Branch, was established on 7 April 1947 by Michel
Aflaq (a Christian), Salah al-Din al-Bitar (a Sunni Muslim)
and Zaki al-Arsuzi (an Alawite). According to the
congress, the party was 'nationalist, populist, socialist,
and revolutionary' and believed in the 'unity and freedom of
the Arab nation within its homeland.' The party opposed the
theory of class conflict, but supported the nationalisation
of major industries, the unionisation of workers, land
reform, and supported private inheritance and private
property rights to some degree. The party merged with the
Arab Socialist Party (ASP), led by Akram al-Hawrani, to
establish the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in Lebanon
following Adib Shishakli's rise to power." In "Arab
Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region," Wikipedia article,
And of the party of Yasser Arafat, one reads: "Fatah
has 'Member Party' status at the Socialist International and
has 'Observer Party' status within the Party of European
Socialists." In "Fatah," Wikipedia article, n. d.
After the defeat of Germany's National Socialism -- see
True socialism, oh yes, he said
-- and Italian Fascism, the socialist of that era took
pains to separate versions of socialism. Yet when the Union
of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed -- additional pains
were taken to separate that form of socialism from others.
When the enormous numbers of deaths were estimated from the
Sino-socialist rule in Communist China, again avid
socialists began to pare away that form of socialism from
another. With the documentation of Islamic socialism, again
socialists in the West are challenged to explain why their
form of socialism is not like yet another form of socialism.
Yet, as with the images of children enrolled in various
forms of ideological militarism shown above, similarities
leer out through toxic ideology. The various forms of such a
toxic ideology all come down to some version of the stern,
enforced dictates of
So shall ism
versus simple freedom in a plurality allowing live-ane-let-live.
It is the dictatorship of a state ideology over a people as
the antithesis of individual freedom.
Follow the book -
"Jihad (English pronunciation: /dʒɪˈhɑːd/; Arabic:
جهاد jihād [dʒɪˈhaːd]) is an Arabic word which literally means
striving or struggling, especially with a praiseworthy aim. It can have
many shades of meaning in an Islamic context, such as struggle against
one's evil inclinations, or efforts toward the moral betterment of
society. In classical Islamic law, the term refers to armed struggle
against unbelievers, while modernist Islamic scholars generally equate
military jihad with defensive warfare. In Sufi and pious circles,
spiritual and moral jihad has been traditionally emphasized under the
name of greater jihad. The term has gained additional attention in
recent decades through its use by terrorist groups." In "Jihad,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
[ 1 ]
London town is bloodied now,
-- kill some
more, kill some more --
is bloodied now,
This "for Allah," shout.
[ 2 ]
Follow the book and kill some more,
-- kill some
more, kill some more --
book and kill some more,
Sharpened with just words.
[ 3 ]
Follow the clues through centuries,
-- kill some
more, kill some more --
Follow the clues through centuries,
Carved from one small book.
Tally the dead that this has claimed,
-- kill some more, kill some more --
Tally the dead that this has claimed,
Heed the words they say.
Addendum of a Changing
"Mr Phillips said the survey showed 'the
unacknowledged creation of a nation within the nation, with its own
geography, its own values and its own very separate future.' He said:
'For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become
like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral
ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and
gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape.' He
said that the integration of Muslims requires a more 'muscular approach
to integration'." In " 'Astonishing' two in three British Muslims
would NOT give police terror tip-offs," by Laura Mowat, Express UK,
11 April 2006.
[ 4 ]
Addendum of Unsocial Media:
"The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would
'deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online' and that technology
firms were not currently doing enough." In "Theresa May says the
internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack,"
by Jon Stone, Independent UK, 4 June 2017.
[ 5 ]
Addendum of a Sourced Citation
to Heed the Words They Say: "Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, 'I have been sent with the shortest expressions
bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with
terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping,
the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my
hand.' Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now
you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not
benefit by them)." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book #52, Hadith #220)
[ 1 ] The notion of a
word which has supposedly so many variants that they
contradict one another shows the ideological use of such to
demonstrate evasion as to meaning. While Wikipedia, edited
by a number of volunteers, tries for accuracy, the opening
definitions speak to jihad as both inner and outer, peaceful
and militant, and now tinged by "its use by terrorist
Yet later in the Wiki article, one reads: "The context
of the Quran is elucidated by Hadith (the teachings, deeds
and sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad). Of the 199
references to jihad in perhaps the most standard collection
of hadith—Bukhari—all assume that jihad means warfare."
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.
[ 2 ] "One
eyewitness spoke of the men shouting 'this is for Allah'
as they stabbed indiscriminately. The death toll was
unclear at first but later rose to six; the number of
injured is over 30." In "'They shouted 'this is for Allah',
as they stabbed indiscriminately' - How the London terror
attack unfolded," by Robert Mendick, Telegraph UK, 4 June
Similarly, "Witness Erick Siguenza told BBC News that one of
the gang screamed 'This is for Allah' as he went on his
stabbing rampage." In "8 MINUTES OF TERROR London Bridge
attack – cops shoot three terrorists dead as six victims
killed after extremists plough into revellers at 50mph
before jumping out and stabbing people," by Mark Hodge and
Neal Baker, Sun UK, 4 June 2017.
Of this attack, one reads further: "The bridge is in
lock down and the area around it is closed with bus routes
being diverted, as armed police and a bomb squad attend the
scene and boats search the water. The attacks in the
streets of London come just days after armed troops were
pulled off the streets of Britain." In " 'Run, hide,
tell': Metropolitan Police issue warning as officers launch
hunt for attackers who went on a terror rampage in the
streets of London," by Anthony Joseph and Ekin Karasin, Mail
Online, 4 June 2017.
[ 3 ] One reads:
"ISLAMIC State (ISIS) has called for attacks in Britain
during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts tonight,
after the Manchester bombing which killed 22 and maimed
dozens more." In " 'Attack them in their homes' ISIS in
twisted call for bloodshed during Ramadan," by Zoie
O'Brien, Express UK, 26 May 2017.
Fro those who argue that such as the above is not
representative of Islam, then not only ISIS -- the Islamic
State -- is not Islamic, but neither are others.
As one reads: "Northern Cameroon has in recent years
suffered from the overflow of violence linked to Nigeria's
Boko Haram Islamist insurgents. Nigerian refugees
have flooded across the border and local residents have been
forced to flee their homes. Boko Haram launches frequent
cross-border raids in its bid to carve out an Islamic
caliphate. Its eight-year insurgency has killed more
than 20,000 people in the Lake Chad region and, according to
the latest U.N. refugee agency figures, displaced 2.7
million." In "Children strapped with explosives kill nine in
north Cameroon," by Josiane Kouagheu, Reuters, 2 June 2017.
So either violent jihad, an Islamic caliphate (or several)
and "bloodshed during Ramadan" are Islamic or they are not?
All the markers point to these as representative of Islam,
especially as "guest" in non-Islamic lands which experience
terror from Muslims.
[ 4 ] The
gathering of many reports together shows that the empty
now may be easily directed at Muslim nations, Muslim
populations and more.
As to Phillips' conclusion that Islam in the United Kingdom
is become "a nation within the nation, with its own
geography, its own values and its own very separate future"
and a number of jihadi attacks euphemized as "terror" by
some to parse Islam away from these, one may foretell a time
when a "nation without a nation" with its valuing of jihad
and the asserted "very separate future," war between these
civilizations must erupt and be settled as all wars have
been settled -- with a losing side.
"Follow the book" and "heed the words they say."
"This is for Allah."
One reads that some Muslims in the UK are attacked by other
Muslims over "stigmatizing Muslims." One reads: The former
chief crown prosecutor and the country's most prominent
Muslim lawyer has said British Islamic groups are
undermining fight against terror by peddling 'myths' about
the Prevent campaign. Nazir Afzal has claimed an
'industry', of Muslim groups was spreading misinformation
about the Prevent strategy, according to The Times." In "British
Islamic groups are undermining fight against terror by
peddling 'myths' about Prevent campaign, says top Muslim
lawyer," by Isobel Frodsham, Mail Online, 3 June 2017.
Such a report and complaint by a "most prominent Muslim
lawyer" reinforces Phillips' assertion that some significant
portion of a population believing in Islam is the now "a
nation within the nation, with its own geography, its own
values and its own very separate future." And its own
A report about London after the last attack: "The man,
of African origin, had recently purchased the machetes, and
made his way towards a largely Jewish neighborhood in the
Golders Green area of London. Police apparently followed the
man from the store where he purchased the machetes and
detained him as he entered the neighborhood. Less than a
month ago, a man brandishing a meat cleaver threatened
Jewish residents of the Stamford Hill neighborhood and
attempted to break into a kosher food store. After employees
of the store locked the door, the man entered a second
kosher grocery store shouting 'Where is the boss, I will
kill him!' The man then chased after two Jewish boys, aged
14 and 8, shouting 'You Jews run away form here before I
kill you,' JTA reported." In "Muslim carrying
machetes nabbed in Jewish neighborhood," by David
Rosenberg, Israel National News, 6 June 2017.
It would appear that, as Islam splinters, some readers of
the Koran are considering and practicing attacks on
non-Muslims as in line with what they read. Follow the book.
Heed the words they say. It is not some generic "terrorism"
but terrorism rooted in an ideology incompatible with
In contradistinction to multiple murderous knife attacks and
attacks with bombs, one reads of a "hate crime" -- as it is
being defined in news media as by politicians: "TellMAMA,
which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, said: 'We have
received information that worshippers at the Omar Faruque
mosque in Kirkwood Road, Cambridge, came out from prayers to
find strips of ham on the windscreens of four vehicles'.
...'Clearly in the minds of perpetrators, they believe that
pork products are an insult to Muslims'." In "Security
stepped up at Cambridge mosques after early morning bacon
hate crime," by Raymond Brown, Cambridge News, 9 June 2017.
Thus one should conclude of the current climate of political
correctness that: "strips of ham" > murderous knife
attacks and bombings of concerts involving multiple killings
and serious injuries.
As to the sentence in the article cited which reads "in
the minds of perpetrators, they believe that pork products
are an insult to Muslims," one may check Islamic
"He has only forbidden you what dies of itself, and blood,
and flesh of swine, and that over which any other
(name) than (that of) Allah has been invoked; but whoever is
driven to necessity, not desiring, nor exceeding the limit,
no sin shall be upon him; surely Allah is Forgiving,
Merciful." In Qurʼan, Sura 2 (Al-Baqara), ayat 173," as
found in Islamic dietary laws," Wikipedia article, n. d.
So it is or it isn't, and the journalistic lack of clarity
shines brightly. Follow the book?
[ 5 ]
Based on the preponderance of evidence
as read in the UK media reports, "extremists" were involved
in the murders, as well as being characterized by reference
to the same book. The Prime Minister has called this "a
perversion of Islam." And so another non-Muslim stands
to define Islam? Not at all, for while May made her remarks,
they did not include a definition of what Islam is, in her
The report: "...the London and Manchester
attacks were connected in 'one important sense. They are
bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist
extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes
sectarianism,' she said. 'It is an ideology that
claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human
rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an
ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of
the truth'." In "Theresa May says 'enough is enough' in
wake of London Bridge terror attack as she confirms General
Election will go ahead," by Jack Maidment, Telegraph UK, 4
Therefore there is, in her view, the religion of Islam and
"the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism" are not
connected, all the while the "London and Manchester attacks
were connected." At the center is a claim reported above
"This is for Allah." So if the "evil ideology of
Islamist extremism" is "connected" to Allah, the Koran and
Hadiths, and seems to involve those who would not cooperate
with the British government as regards terror -- a reported
two-thirds -- then what is connected is the fact that May is
not an authority for the Muslims in Britain, and cannot
define their religion for them, nor parse it away from that
"ideology" which is founded on Allah, and the Koran and
Hadiths, and practices militant jihad.
Consider the postmodern assertion --
The religion of peace
The Barren and the Barrenness
"Societies are like
individuals, too; some are energetic and outward-looking during periods
of their life, while at other times, 'anomie' takes over. That’s
when individuals and societies go through life depressed and fearful
while trying to hide it with empty indulgences, whether it is drinking
or shopping, which one American philosopher called 'joyless hedonism'.
Until this value system changes, many “affluent” societies of today will
become so depressed that they will commit demographic suicide." In "Baby
dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic
suicide," by N. Balakrishnan, South China Morning Post, 20 May 2017.
[ 1 ]
Barren One and Barrenness Two
would lord over others, and
Each Barren and each Barrenness would shrink each fatherland.
Barrenness Left with Barren Right would pompously declare
As Barrens and as Barrenesses they were most aware.
Barren Left and Barrenness Right were childless; this because
Saving the world for barrenness was how they'd earn applause.
Decades passed and these royal types grew old and bent and gray,
Like the motherlands they ruled, which simply bred away.
Fruitless grows the oldest trees and then the orchard's burned.
And this is how demographically the simplest truths are spurned.
"In a society riddled with mindless materialism, purposeless
pressure, joyless hedonism, and devastating loneliness, Jews can
restructure the family to oppose the shallow ethos of mass culture."
In "In God's Mirror, Reflections and Essays" by Harold M. Schulweiss,
Ktav Publishing House, 2003.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of the Asylum Which Must Be Opposed:
"... millions of us shuffle to meaningless jobs, or are commanded to
search for them, in a collective act analogous to mass occupational
therapy: thousands of Nurse Ratchets, in council offices, MP surgeries
and Job Centres, massage our behaviour, preventing us from ever locating
the mechanisms at the root of our suffering. Parallel to our being
managed, we witness the expression of collective madness that is the
joyless hedonism of Leicester Square on a Saturday night. Beneath a
tissue-thin layer, we conceal an existential dread that for far too many
erupts into a disruptive and harmful breakdown. The asylum is here, and
we all live in it." In "Group Therapy," by Jack Dean, Occupied Times
29 March 2014.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Europe's Barrens and Barrenesses Sacrificing Children:
" 'Est regis tueri cives.' It is the king's duty to protect citizens. Or
do we think that, to continue enjoy our lazy lifestyle, we must feed the
Islamic Moloch, like the god of Carthage, which demanded the sacrifice
of children in return for the preservation of the city? And another
point: Is it possible that Europe's leaders have chosen to avoid
fighting because they are all childless? German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel
Macron, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg's Prime
Minister Xavier Bettel, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the
head of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, have one thing is
common: they are all childless. They don't have the most powerful stake
in the future of the country they lead. Having children and
grandchildren influences the desire to ensure that they are given
protection and the best chance to flourish in the future. Perhaps a
childless leader is unable to see further into the future apart from his
own life. In Israel it would be unthinkable." In "Europe chose to
sacrifice its children to the Islamic Moloch," by Giulio Meotti,
Arutz Sheva, 23 May 2017.
[ 4 ]
[ 1 ] As
to "each Barren and each Barrenness," the article notes:
"...in the European Union – where an entire continent seems
to be marching like lemmings to demographic suicide –
many leaders are childless and may therefore be less likely
to promote child-friendly policies. Among the current
European leaders without children are Germany’s Angela
Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister
Theresa May, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Italian Prime
Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan
Lofven, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of European Commission."
One may see these Barrens and Barrenesses at work, rather
like their political forbearers, in
- a historical study.
[ 2 ]
While Rabbi Schulweiss offers an alternative
-- "to oppose" -- from and for the Conservative Jewish
perspective, one finds a parallel in a Christian's critique
of a supposedly "modern" culture.
"...modern humanism's determinist
view of the world and human nature, its misguided
educational and social ideals which jettisoned traditional
values, its eccentric economic utopianism which took no
account of the human sinfulness of both those who govern and
those who are governed, its identification of love with lust
and altruism with self-interest, and its hostility to
religion have produced only a thin, unsustainable
metaphysics and joyless hedonism -- a hedonism, along with
its residual frustration, which is strikingly portrayed in
Ecclesiastes chapter 2. This is a world view and life
style buttresses by mores which are based upon
self-gratification masquerading as morality. According to
the humanists, human beings are behaviorally conditioned and
determined creatures who should entertain no illusions about
the ultimate meaning of life." In "Theological Sentences:
Unveiling the Undeniable Impact of Sacrificial Obedience,"
by Samuel J. Mikolaski, Sava Communications, 2013.
As to the biblical citation, one reads: "Everything
is wearisome, more than one can express; the eye is not
satisfied with seeing, the ear not filled up with hearing.
What has been is what will be, what has been done is what
will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is
there something of which it is said, 'See, this is new'? It
existed already in the ages before us."
What has existed already in the ages before us is the urge
to power, to rule and to become masters over others.
[ 3 ]
As to a nation
led by a Barrenness oer the above comment by Balakrishnan,
one reads of the modern dystopian utopia:
"...factories have closed, people travel by car instead of
buses, use YouTube rather than the cinema. But these shifts
alone fail to explain the speed of our social collapse.
These structural changes have been accompanied by a
life-denying ideology, which enforces and celebrates our
social isolation. The war of every man against every man
– competition and individualism, in other words – is the
religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone
rangers, sole traders, self-starters, self-made men and
women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, who
cannot prosper without love, there is no such thing as
society, only heroic individualism. What counts is to win.
The rest is collateral damage. British children no longer
aspire to be train drivers or nurses – more than a fifth say
they 'just want to be rich': wealth and fame are the sole
ambitions of 40% of those surveyed. A government study in
June revealed that Britain is the loneliness capital of
Europe." In "The age of loneliness is killing us," by
George Monbiot, Guardian UK, 14 October 2014.
Postmodernism and its royals, contemporary politics and its
Barrens and Barrennesses, and "the shallow ethos of a mass
culture" as Schulweiss notes above, seek to rule, leading the
gullible to being ever more barren, in an age when the
"anomie" has led to that "life-denying ideology" in which
the ever more expensive social state, pretending to care for
its citizenry, makes the many dependent on the state and its
few who then
rule with an iron hand wrapped in a velvet glove, as
opposed to the naked violence as one sees from the many
example when such rulers are fully
Left to their own devices
An Italian journalist
who writes twice weekly for Il Foglio also writes a
column for Israeli news media and a commentator based in
Hong Kong note the same fact about so many of Europe's
ruling class, that they are barren.
The Judeo-Christian tradition celebrates children, as one
may see from the simple quote: "Children too are a
gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. The
children born when one is young. are like arrows in the hand
of a warrior. How blessed is the man who has filled his
quiver with them; he will not have to be embarrassed when
contending with foes at the city gate." Psalm 127:3-5.
The clarity of the narrative is also simple, when reading:
"Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she
became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, 'Give
me children, or else I die'." Genesis 30:1.
The Islamic tradition also flies in the face of the current
crop of barren European leaders, as one reads a comment on a
verse from the Koran: "Undoubtedly the benefits of
increasing the nation’s offspring are obvious to everyone
who thinks about the matter. Hence nations who understand
this matter have been keen to encourage their people to
increase their numbers and also to make their enemies reduce
their numbers by means of specious arguments and sometimes
by using means that lead to infertility and having few
children, by means of drugs, contaminated food stuffs that
reduce fertility and so on. This is one of the means of war
used against the Muslim ummah by its enemies." [al-A’raaf
Thus one sees demographic tides shifting across the world,
with the "modern" arguments from some that population should
be reduced for fear of a coming
on the one hand, and
The Privileges of Intellectuals
on the other. "Naturally" not all intellectuals may be
allowed such privilege but only those approved within the
constraints of power and politics.
But cultures have seen children as the future, and indeed a
demographic-proven future. As an example from another
tradition, one reads: "If the woman has the
physical fitness and the meritorious luck to bear his
children, the family was a fortunate one. Villagers always
looked at sterility with a squinted eye, and its fault and
the misfortune lay solely on the woman's part. As such, a
childless woman often became culprit for her entire life."
In "The Master's Daughter," by Swarnakanthi Rajapakse,
Sarasavi Publishers, 2014.
Adopting this vocabulary, one could opine that each
"culprit" atop European governance in its barren demographic
modernity is, in fact, in part and by example culpable for
building up a quiver-empty governance unable to respond to "specious
arguments and sometimes... [ the use of ] means
that lead to infertility and having few children, as an
Islamic source has clearly stated.
A modern writer notes: "God is building a mighty army
to vanquish the forces of darkness. These soldiers of the
light are initially conceived and nurtured in the wombs of
women. As such, an obvious strategy for the devil would be
to sabotage the womb to cut down the size of this godly army."
In "Hannah's Song," by Theresa Pecku-Laryea, Xulon Press,
Given such a torrent of imagery, one only need wait for the
outcome of which army "conceived and nurtured in the wombs
of women" will "cut down" an opposing army, depleted and
spent for having become barren. Islam has not forgotten
this, as above, while the "modern" liberal -- seeming
liberal but in fact losing ground as the demographic battle
rages -- has.
Fruitless grows the oldest trees and then the orchard's burned. /
And this is how demographically the simplest truths are spurned.
"It doesn’t take much at all
for a white person to be considered good. As long as they avoid
killing someone themselves, no one is going to demand anything else of
them. Whites don’t need to do anything decent for anyone, especially not
people outside of their own family, and yet, everyone will assume that
they are good people. Even when whites do undeniably harmful things,
American culture explains it away. This is why our society subjects
impressive people of color to dehumanization that a white person who
behaves despicably doesn’t encounter." In "Low Standards for Whites.
That’s What’s Killing Us." by Koritha Mitchell, KorithaMitchhell.com, 10
Marx was white, oh yes he was,
And Lenin too was white.
Babeuf was white, and this because
Of French apartheid.
Lest one forget a little fact,
Engels was Caucasian light,
And helped white old Karl
To read, research and write.
Uncle Adolf and Old post-Tsar Joe
Were Hitler and Stalin bright,
Because they considered well
Their privilege was white?
Derrida and Foucault
Post-modernly were white
In their French enlightenment,
Philosophically so lite.
Hollande, Merkel and Trudeau
Today they're governing white.
Putin and Sweden's feminists
Play this hand of sleight?
Robert of the Senate Byrd
Was once KKK upright,
And Al Gore, the senior,
Was a segregationist's delight.
Clinton, Sanders, Durbin,
Pelosi and Schumer quite
Hold aloft white features
With Americanizing might.
Michael Moore is quite bright
And large among the lily white;
Meryl Streep acts brilliantly
As a very whitest knight.
Leftists, liberals, progressives too
Are sometimes so contrite,
Labeling white folks racist
With their racist peals of right.
One understands the pap
An English professor might
Write about such whiteness
In the glare of her small spotlight.
Showed half himself as quite
Black in public spectacle,
But his other half is white.
White as just condemnation
Is a trendy sort of rite
In the height of folly's fiddling
With whatever it is to be white.
One can judge the gamers' game
Which plays as erudite
Is aging to decrepitude
In its guttering candlelight.
Race, all race, and all the time
Is not all racial plight,
When race as social construct
Teeters as birthright.
White Lincoln toppled slavery
And schools opened through Ike the white,
And oh so many examples
Prove goodness can be white...
...and black and all the colors
With which one paints polite
That race runs now on empty
In the racists' racist fight.
Revisiting a Statement: "It doesn’t take much at all
for a white person to be considered good."
Portraits in Shades of White Noise
[ 1 ]
of Moral Claims and Reparations: "The moral
claim persists because the brutality and stolen labor of slavery, and
the grim years of Jim Crow segregation that followed, have left a legacy
of lost wealth and opportunity. Such legacy continues to burden
African-Americans today. A quarter of our nation’s African-Americans
live in poverty. The tough part of making the case for reparations is
not showing that past racial crimes burden the present. No fair-minded
person denies this. The question is who should pay for them? The sad
truth is that the harms of slavery and Jim Crow are greater than the
wealth they created. Moreover, the primary beneficiaries of those
systems are now gone. Payments will have to come from taxpayers, who
have no culpability for those past crimes and little, if any, of the
benefit. The case for repair would be based on the federal
government’s traditional role of helping people in need, which has
inspired social welfare programs like the New Deal, the Great Society
and the 9/11 Victim Compensation fund. In those cases, there is no need
to show culpability by the government to make a compelling case for
doing something positive." In "Who Would Pay for Reparations, and Why?"
by Alfred L. Brophy, New York Times, 9 June 2014.
[ 2 ]
of Academia Working Against Whiteness: "Paul Dionne,
Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office for Academic
Diversity and Inclusiveness, gave a speech entitled, 'Working Against
Whiteness' as part of a 'Love Made Public' lecture series. The lecture
series started during the fall, but resumed this semester. To help
define 'whiteness,' Dionne instructed the student attendees to chant
'imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy,' a phrase
originating from feminist and self-avowed socialist bell hooks, who
spells her name with all lowercase letters. 'Working against
whiteness for me is interrogating myself and who I am and where I come
from and all of my privileges,' said the school administrator, according
to an audio file of the event obtained by The Daily Caller News
Foundation." In "University Admin: ‘Whiteness’ Goes Against
Christianity," by Rob Shimshock, Daily Caller, 21 March 2017.
[ 3 ]
of White Noise: "In discrete time, white noise is a
discrete signal whose samples are regarded as a sequence of serially
uncorrelated random variables with zero mean and finite variance; a
single realization of white noise is a random shock. Depending on the
context, one may also require that the samples be independent and have
identical probability distribution (in other words i.i.d. is the
simplest representative of the white noise). In particular, if each
sample has a normal distribution with zero mean, the signal is said to
be Gaussian white noise." In "White Noise," Wikipedia article, n.
[ 4 ]
of Non-White Noise Being Blackish: "Rachel Dolezal,
former president of the NAACP of Spokane, Washington, was 'outed' for
being White and apparently lying. That aside, the question remains:
can a person feel like or identify as another race in a way similar to
taking on a new gender identity? Our Census Bureau seems to think that’s
sufficient. The U.S. Census Bureau website states: 'The Census
Bureau collects racial data in accordance with guidelines provided by
the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and these data are based
on self-identification. The racial categories included in the census
questionnaire generally reflect a social definition of race recognized
in this country and not an attempt to define race biologically,
anthropologically, or genetically'." In "Being Blackish: Race and
Self-Identification," Mirah Riben, Huffington Post, 23 June 2015.
[ 5 ]
of White Mortality Rate Rising: "In 2015,
Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton made global headlines
after documenting a shocking rise in the proportion of white
non-Hispanic Americans dying in middle age. This year, as part of the
Spring 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity,
Professors Case and Deaton are following up on that research to further
investigate the rise and its causes, examining midlife mortality rates
of white non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth
cohort, and more." In "Working class white Americans are now dying in
middle age at faster rates than minority groups," by Alison Burke,
Brookings.edu, 23 March 2017.
[ 6 ]
of Becoming a Nation of Racist Scoundrels: "Social
media has become dominant in most of our lives, and what does social
media do if not reduce everything to the personal? 'How does this affect
me...here are my thoughts of the day…here are my feelings on that
issue.' Social media is total absorption with self. That’s pretty
much what a racial-identity-centered worldview is, too. There’s a reason
that 90% of the stories that go viral on social media deal with race or
other 'identity' issues. That’s what resonates with us now that the
political has truly become personal. If racism is indeed the last refuge
of scoundrels, we are certainly on the path to becoming a nation of them."
In "Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?" by David Cole, Taki's Magazine,
18 May 2017.
of Manifest and Open Evidence of Racial Discrimination:
"A white professor at a predominantly black university in St. Louis
was fired 'because of the color of her skin,' a state appeals court
ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals
affirmed a 2015 jury verdict that awarded nearly $5 million to Beverly
Wilkins, a former professor at Harris-Stowe State University. 'Rarely
have we seen such manifest and open evidence of racial discrimination,'
the appeals court ruling said." In "$5M award upheld in white
professor's discrimination case," Associated Press, 6 June 2017.
Consider the game of
White is black
and the odd argument, complete with addenda and footnotes that Everything's about my colored skin
(or sadly, Why racism works)
[ 1 ]
While the selection of "portraits in shades of white noise"
is editorial, one can construct such a gallery to include
other "whites" seen as opposing the ideological Left with
its roots in socialist theory, such as America's Trump,
Britain's May, France's Le Pen, Germany's Petry and more,
based solely on the editorial attempt to identify by
association. Ultimately, attempts to sully by racial
accusation will fail, as one can find opposing voices in all
group identities based on the so-called democratic virtues
of race, religion, creed, gender and national origin.
That a voice from academia in the United States asserts 1)
racial identity as causality, 2) racial identity as
value-laden, and 3) racial identity as, in some instances,
dehumanizing is sadly amusing. It is a voice asserting
as above. For this, the editorial link from a white Marx
through the white French post-modernists through to those
who would apply deconstruction to much comes to its fumbling
Change for Many Reasons
As to fluidity of self-identification as regards race
categorization, one reads: "Previous research
on people’s racial self-identification has found that they
may change categories for many reasons, said demographer
Sharon Lee of the University of Victoria in Canada, at the
population conference. The question mode—whether people are
asked in person, on a paper form, on the phone or
online—makes a difference. Some people may change their
category after they find out they had an ancestor of a
different race, she said. Or they may decide there are
benefits (such as priority in college admissions) to
including themselves in a certain group. Some
category-changers were children in 2000 whose race was
filled in by their parents, but by 2010 were old enough to
choose for themselves, which may account for some of the
change. Children in some groups in 2000—for example, white
and black—were especially likely to be recorded in a
different category in 2010, Liebler said. (Although she
did not mention President Barack Obama, he chose to check
only 'black' on his 2010 census form, even though his mother
was white and father black.)." In "Millions of Americans
changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to
the next," by D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center, 5 May 2014.
With a black father and white mother (as if race mattered as
much as the politics demands), one reads of a similar case
with a different end result. One reads: "Rachael
Malonson is biracial and said because of her skin tone, some
people don’t recognize that. In fact, some of her critics
have told her she’s not black enough. She said she
entered this pageant to feel more empowered as a black
woman, but after winning the competition she was met with
some criticism she didn’t expect. 'Someone literally asked
me are you black? Can you prove it to me?' Malonson said. 'I
was like yes, my dad’s black and my mom’s white'." In
"Miss Black University of Texas Criticized for ‘Not Being
Black Enough’," Erin Jones, KHOU vua Black Christian News, 5
What is the distinction between an ex-President with a black
father and white mother and a University of Texas student
with a black father and a white mother? Is one black enough
and the other not black enough?
When all is potentially fluid and all is social
construction, then indeed race itself is proven social
construction. That is the point. When skin color was a
signal of human value in the proponents of slavery, then
fluidly moved to the rationale for the advocates of Jim Crow
laws and segregationists, and now to such arguments as found
above, one finds all little more than racist assertion
across a swath of history and across many nations and
One should not forget, in the real struggle of mankind
exists. "Whiteness," whatever and however this might be
defined from the time of the segregationist Democrats of the
United States known once as Dixiecrats (two were
high-ranking Democrats pictured
above) until now, is not some single cause of slavery, a
phenomenon found over thousands of years of human history.
Doesn't Take Much At All For a White Man To Be Considered
As to Mitchell's assertion that
it "doesn’t take much at all
for a white person to be considered good," it also doesn't take much at
all for a white person to be considered evil. As one example
of this alternative conclusion, one reads of a view to deny
white men their "franchise."
"This would also
strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is
long needed. At the same time, a denial of the franchise
to white men, could see a redistribution of global assets to
their rightful owners. After all, white men have used
the imposition of Western legal systems around the world to
reinforce modern capitalism. A period of twenty years
without white men in the world's parliaments and voting
booths will allow legislation to be passed which could see
the world's wealth far more equitably shared. The violence
of white male wealth and income inequality will be a thing
of the past." In "Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The
Franchise?" by Shelley Garland, Huffington Post, 13
of global assets to their rightful owners? The assertion is
naive, as not even well-formulated Marxism, which suggests
class based on economic position. If "global wealth" is in
the hands of white men, then all white men are wealthy, a
fallacious conclusion. Additionally this sort of socialist
politics is underpinned by its very-white, European
theorists. If skin color makes criminal guilt
hereditary, then blatant racism is the underpinning of such
an argument. Does a philosophy student have information
enough to conclude who are "rightful owners," when ownership
itself is a legal and not political position?
The post seems to
have been a hoax of sorts, and Huffington Post deleted the
article after publishing it. The writer as identified seems
to have been a false name, but the sentiment was allowed to
stand for some time, suggesting a sympathetic resonance by
editors. But for what? Elements of old-fashioned Marxism.
elements of old-fashioned Marxism are essentially racist. In
one example from Canada, one reads of "white privilege
training": " 'If you took out the word ‘white’ and
used any other race, it would be perceived as racist,' she
said. 'It’s stereotyping in reverse.' I spoke with Ms.
Walker after the program. Other parents in the school were
also uncomfortable, she said, but were reluctant to speak
up. As a dark-skinned person, she felt she could stick her
neck out. 'A lot of people are afraid to say that this is
racism,' she told me. 'But it is'." In "The original sin
of white privilege," by Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, 27
Given notions of
redistribution camouflaged with unscientific race theory
assertions, what must one then do about academics
earning much more than the median income in any locale, as
seen when one's studies lead to
Doctor Oppression comes to call
What must one
then do about
Capital for Communists
a story growing old?
And as to the
province of rich, white men, one might do well to consider
"post-reproductive wealthy white men" leading the charge
that mankind is
The Scourge of the Planet
males who some consider to be good and others consider to be
evil, one might survey that form of white privilege which
places socialism and the call for redistribution of wealth
at the forefront of so many race-tinged arguments, as when
reading of that fellow who accused another of being a
[ 2 ]
The complexity of
arguments and multiplicity of views as regards reparations
for American blacks is a Gordian knot, which perhaps
suggests the ultimate solution.
Another New Times opinion notes: "If there were a
real consensus on how to turn black America around, there
could be some logic in heightening the effort with vast
influxes of cash – and over the virulent objection of a good
segment of the nation’s taxpayers. But we’re not at that
point of consensus. Instead, while there is serious
catharsis in this new reparations discussion, there is no
practical goal beyond catharsis itself." In "No
Consensus on Need or Possible Results of Reparations, by
John McWhorter, New York Times, 14 January 2015. One
might view the call from Professor Mitchell above as part of
a larger social catharsis.
It is seen that
the "proliferation of black politicians
in recent decades — which now includes a twice-elected black
president — has done little to narrow racial gaps in
employment, income, homeownership, academic achievement and
other areas. Most groups in America and elsewhere who
have risen economically have done so with little or no
political influence, and groups that have enjoyed early
political success have tended to rise more slowly." In
"Why Obama’s presidency didn’t lead to black progress," by
Jason Riley, New York Post, 17 June 2017.
Weakness of the Argument
Another view is found: "The weakness of the
reparations argument is not that we shouldn't talk about
racial classes, that African-Americans are not a racial
class, or that it cannot be true that one class of people
owes another class of people something. We already
accept all of these propositions in many other contexts. The
questions are whether reparations would actually do anything
substantial to solve the problems they claim to solve,
whether the costs they impose on those who would have to pay
them are justifiable or reasonable, whether there is any
conceivable political likelihood that they will ever happen,
or whether the effort to obtain them will lead to
undesirable side effects that outweigh whatever benefits
they promise." In "Cutting through the nonsense," Economist,
27 May 2014.
The coloring of the argument that "one class of people owes
another class of people something" is Marxist, and can be
traced further back to Gracchus Babeuf, an earlier French
socialist pictured in the
"white noise" portrait above. The complexity is that
post-modern, deconstructionist academics see so many classes
of people, oppressed by some power structure, that parsing
out one class from another, much less answering the question
of "who should pay" is that Gordian knot. And for
the most part very white, in the sense that Mitchell uses
the race-identifying term.
Were the competing claims to involve capital punishment of
incarceration for criminal guilt rather than claims for
money, the arguments would become clearer. Like the class of
kulaks among the peasants who were judged guilty in the
beginnings of Bolshevik tyranny in the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics, a failed state for economic reasons,
history is replete with one "class" attacking another
"class," with results worth historical understanding. But
reparations as a hydra of arguments cannot deal with
adjudicate criminal guilt, and suffices with arguments
through civil penalties. But for whom?
But for whom?
From whom? To whom?
As with so much of "class" oppression and "class" redress
today, the conversation ends always for the adjudicated
"oppressor" as "pay" and for the adjudicated member of an
"oppressed class" as "pay me." It reduces down to money,
as one watches the phenomenon overtake so many avenues of
The human phenomenon can be simplified as the many who would
seek their "freebies" from others by any and arguments
- nature's tale.
The argument from Brophy above notes: "...the
primary beneficiaries of those systems are now gone.
Payments will have to come from taxpayers, who have no
culpability for those past crimes and little, if any, of the
Other "past crimes" which spawn a class worthy of
reparations: American-Indian tribes, Japanese-Americans
interred during WWII, the victims of the Viet Nam war, and
all this is expected to be sorted out when some
Doctor Oppression comes to call
Slavery was a historical fact of the early United States, as
with many other nations. It continues today, and skin color
has little to do with this fact. One reads of Africa today:
"... a modern-day slave trade – plied along routes once used
by slaving caravans – that has engulfed tens of thousands of
lives. The new slave traders operate with such impunity
that, survivors say, some victims are being sold in public
markets. Most, however, see their lives and liberty
auctioned off in private. 'They took people and put them in
the street, under a sign that said 'for sale',' said
Shamsuddin Jibril, 27, from Cameroon, who twice saw men
traded publicly in the streets of the central Libyan town of
Sabha, once famous as the home of a young Gaddafi, but now
known for violence and brutality. 'They tied their hands
just like in the former slave trade, and they drove them
here in the back of a Toyota Hilux. There were maybe five or
seven of them'." In "Africa’s new slave trade: how
migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent
crime," by Emma Graham-Harrison, Guardian UK, 14 May 2017.
Africa is not alone as a nexus, as one learns additionally
from the Guardian: "GSI estimates that 58% of those
living in slavery are in five countries: India, China,
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. The countries with the
highest estimated prevalence of modern slavery as a
proportion of their population are North Korea, Uzbekistan,
Cambodia, India and Qatar. Research by the International
Labour Organisation suggests that more than half of the
victims are women and girls, mostly in domestic work and
commercial sexual exploitation. Men and boys are most often
exploited through work in agriculture, construction and
mining. A quarter of the victims are thought to be under
Given the multiracial, multicultural slave trade of today,
the focus on American whites today as somehow the most
heinous perpetrators shows that a "race grievance industry"
has matured into a respected academic enterprise in which a
well-paid elite feathers their "income inequality" nest by
rhetoric, ignoring the worldwide problem of centuries.
As to these academics' racist elite place in American
society, the footnote below and many of those which document
tell a tale of competition for inclusion into the upper
class by portrayal as champions of the lower class.
[ 3 ] The
quote is from a white male, for so does he seem to identify himself.
Bell Hooks, who spells her name in lower case letters which
do not replicate herein, was referenced in the phrase to
describe American society as an "imperialist, capitalist,
white supremacist patriarchy." Given the last
eight years of Obama serving as president, the "white
supremacist" nation's voters have seemed to have another,
less white supremacist
That women are represented is high office suggests the
"patriarchy" withers anyway. That the empire of the United
States has not actually conquered and annexed more land
suggests that "imperialist" better describes China's
annexation of Tibet. As to the adjective "capitalist," those
usually using the word as a pejorative root their thought in
the very white and patriarchal lineage from Babeuf to Marx
and Engels to Lenin and beyond. Might one conclude the
political sympathies of those who rage against capitalism as
socialist? Marxist? Revolutionary? An
Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office
for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness?
In the Upper 20
Percent of Income and Still Oppressed While Being Guilty of
A simple search for Beloit College salary information within
the public record yields this: "Professor Salary,
Average Effective Annual Salary: $104,062" As a
contrast, the median income in Wisconsin, $55,638
according to state records. Thus one learns that complaining
about the "capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy" in a
university pays about double the average citizen. Nice work
if you can get it. Most can't, which justifies a conclusion
that such university academics in the upper crust of society
are more oppressors than oppressed. Given so many university
academics are public employees, this simply shows the nature
Another report suggests a professorial salary at Beloit in
2015 was $103,608. ("Beloit College: Faculty &
Salaries," American School Search, n. d.) The average for
all faculty was seen as approximately $84,000.
However one looks at such numbers against the average
taxpayer in the state, the academic teaching that American
society is an "imperialist, capitalist,
white supremacist patriarchy."
Given the last eight years of Obama serving as president,
the "white supremacist" nation's voters have seem chosen a
black patriarch over a white matriarch (Clinton ran against
him in the primaries). So much for the chanted mantra of
As to other public access database information one finds
this: "Mitchell, Koritha, Associate Professor,
English, Columbus campus, Annual base pay $99,000." (Cleveland.com
public access database.) As comparison, the median
income in Wisconsin is $51,075. Thus,
the "society [ which ]subjects
impressive people of color to dehumanization" is
dehumanizing Professor Mitchell by paying her twice the income of the
average Ohioan. Again, nice work of "dehumanization," if you can get it.
Work If You Can Get It -- and Most Cannot
Bell Hooks, cited above, as author using a pen name opined that a "...shift
that will undoubtedly emerge as the struggle to end sexual
oppression progresses will be decreased obsession with
sexuality...sexuality will no longer have the importance
attributed to it in a society that uses sexuality for the
express purposes of maintaining gender inequality, male
domination, consumerism, and the sexual frustration and
unhappiness that deflect attention away from the need to make a social revolution." In "Feminist Theory: From
Margin to Center,". Cambridge, 2000. Bell Hooks was
born Gloria Jean Watkins in 1952, and chose the pseudonym
for publishing. An institute housed by Berea College
promotes her work, with thirty-plus books, lectures and
public appearances as
well as gigs as visiting professor in other institutions.
All in all, quite oppressed in a most bourgeois way.
Only decades after the above quote was written, American
campuses are torn by an overflowing and variable protest
over sexual issues, including the
wondrous deconstruction which now justifies fluidity in
sexual orientation and gender identification, not to mention
race. Hooks' "decreased obsession with sexuality" is as yet
not shown to be true. Quite the opposite.
Hooks' stated "need to make a social revolution," as with
the many revolutions which Babeuf and the many white males
who underpin such thinking urged, is awaiting such leadership
as the academically exalted, postmodern Doctor Oppression comes to call
While the world awaits this next revolution, many academics
are doing quite well, far more than the average Joe in any
given locale. It is informative to note the taxpayer is never
deemed to be among the approved oppressed classes as defined
by our oppressed upper crust. And yet these
are well-paid (many in the upper five percent of all
citizens) and surround themselves with like-minded
revolutionaries, in meetings, seminars, institutes and press
conferences to declare "oppression!" From a
Babeuf would be
scandalized that the nouveau academic bourgeoisie is so
bourgeois. C'est vrai!
Proven in the black and white of
their press and publications and documented by annoying
public records showing them so well off. Are
people of color" in Mitchell's parlance oppressed while
earning twice the median income for a state in which they
live and work?
Let one review that so many academic anti-capitalists rake
in more than the median income of their locale.
reason enough to be skeptical of their pretense. And yet, in
time and under some specific circumstances,
I Shall Believe the Socialist
But not these.
[ 4 ] The rhyme
reflecting on the racial chatter in academia in the moment
is "White noise." White noise as a physical
phenomenon is used in a variety of ways, even to the
"capitalist exploitation" of it in manufacturing and selling
at a profit white noise generators touted to aid in sleep.
As to Gauss who is the namesake of Gaussian white noise, one reads: "Johann Carl Friedrich
Gauss (/ɡaʊs/; German: Gauß, pronounced [ɡaʊs]; Latin:
Gauss) (30 April 1777 Braunschweig – 23 February 1855
Göttingen) was a German mathematician who contributed
significantly to many fields, including number theory,
algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry,
geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy,
matrix theory, and optics." In "Carl Friedrich Gauss,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
As one considers this giant in so many scientific
disciplines, one might do well to contrast such as he with
the many postmodernist, deconstructionists and their
"contributions" to any field other than socio-political
roiling and "revolution." It turns out the most
revolutionary of men -- a generic term -- are those who have
advanced hard sciences, technology and engineering, for such
revolutions have had a lasting effect on the world, while
the socio-political revolutions' white noise has advanced
and retreated like the shifting tides, in their many "serially
uncorrelated random variables."
One's revolution, it seems, is not another's, and all the
causes gathered together create a white noise as one cancels
another out, leaving continual background noise across
[ 5 ] If a
Huffington Post author can assert "being blackish," the
question of verbiage and meaning leaps to the front.
The tale of Dolezal is curious, given that "whiteness" and
"being blackish" have been asserted in the public debate.
One reads: "Her new memoir, 'In Full Color: Finding My
Place in a Black and White World,' details her journey from
a poor white girl in Montana to what she refers to as a 'woke
soul sista' working in Washington. Dolezal, who
pretended to be a black woman for years before her parents
outed her as white in 2015, writes that she realized early
on in life that she needed to free her inner blackness,
in the memoir obtained by the Daily Mail." In "Rachel
Dolezal details her journey to becoming 'woke soul sista' in
new memoir about race," by Minyvonne Burke, New York Daily
News, 24 March 2017.
Too Black? Too
White? Social Constructs Collide With Celebrity
In an academically-driven conversation about cultural
appropriation, one could suggest that Dolezal appropriated
her self-identification as black. But there are apparent
degrees of what it means to be black, as one reads further
of this tragic comedy: "Her first marriage to an
African American man was rough because Dolezal writes she
was 'too black' for him. During a television interview
in November 2015, Dolezal acknowledged being born to white
parents, but also said she identifies as black." In "Rachel
Dolezal: I was ‘too black’ for my husband," by Ashley May,
MSN, 26 March 2017.
"Too black" for an African American to tolerate is quite an
assertion when considering racial identity and, now, racial
Apparently "too black" did not restrain from a magazine
identifying as "white." One reads: "Rachel
Dolezal, the white woman who made national headlines
in 2015 after she pretended to be black, is back in the
spotlight...." In "Rachel Dolezal Says She Was 'a Little Too
Black' for Her African-American Ex-Husband," by Caitlin
Keating, People, 28 March 2017.
Another take finds the assertion stated outright, though the
article's title disparages it. "The 'unapologetically
black' 39-year-old claimed she believes race is a social
construct and that she stands by her 'trans-black'
identity, in an interview on Saturday. She added: 'I haven't
identified as African-American. I've identified as black.
And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and
social view'." In " 'I believe that race is a social
construct': Race-faker Rachel Dolezal compares her
'trans-black' identity to Caitlyn Jenner," by Cheyenne
Roundtree and Kelly McLaughlin, Mail Online, 2 April 2017.
The trans-racial politicking made it to South Africa, with
predictable friction. One reads: "Deriding Ms
Dolezal's claim to 'racial fludity', she was told by a
member of the mostly-black audience of students that ,
'Only a white person could claim blackness and tour the
world talking to blacks about blackness'." In "'Who let
her in? She is either SICK or a fraud!' White race faker
Rachel Dolezal causes outrage as she lectures black South
Africans about her 'struggle' with being 'trans black'," by
Jane Flanagan, Mail Online, 21 April 2017.
The interconnectedness of all these themes brings one to the
conclusion that there is no longer a valid taxonomy, when a
"white woman" is "too black"
for an African-American ex-husband. Does Dolezal as "white"
participate in Mitchell's accusation of "Low
Standards for Whites?" At the same time, if racial identity
is fluid, does a "woke soul sista" avoid such standards?
Does one then reject trans-racial self-identification?
cIs "black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social
view?" Is race a "social construct? If so is white also "a
culture, a philosophy, a political and social view" as
distinct from black? What then is "white" that Kortha
Mitchell assign is the view she does? Is Mitchell's
identification as black a social construct?
One seemingly minor article touching this kind of issue
created a firestorm. One reads in conclusion: "We
should want academics to write about complicated, difficult,
hot-button issues, including identity. Online pile-ons
cannot, however righteous they feel, dictate journals’
publication policies and how they treat their authors and
articles. It’s really disturbing to watch this sort of thing
unfold in real time — there’s such a stark disconnect
between what Tuvel wrote and what she is purported to have
written. This whole episode should worry anybody who
cares about academia’s ability to engage in difficult issues
at a time when outrage can spread faster than ever before."
In "This Is What a Modern-Day Witch Hunt Looks Like," by
Jesse Singal, New York Magazine, 2 May 2017.
Not all arguments can be reduced to
Black and white
One may take note that in almost no case in the moment, is
race defined clearly. As a concept employed in law in the
United States, it has changed from era to era, and now there
are inclusions for a variety of racial self-identifications
in the census, but additionally assertion that race itself
is fluid, as when someone "outed... as white" frees "her
inner blackness." So what does the terminology mean? Almost
everything and therefore almost nothing.
and Being Blackish?
When someone who could identify as a member of one race
identifies as another, a proven phenomenon according to
those who assert social construction as a basis for
identities, then racial
fluidity crashes against racial -- I assert racist --
terminology itself. The goal is not to more closely define
taxonomic words, but rather to muddy the waters with
socio-political fireworks, most usually to support the end
games of more invasive government and redistribution of
Fluidity and Changing Self-Identification
As to further insight into race fluidity, one reads: "Using
anonymized data for 162 million Americans who responded to
census surveys in 2000 and 2010, researchers at the
University of Minnesota and the Census Bureau concluded that
self-identified race and ethnicity are fluid concepts for
millions of Americans. If the data set were nationally
representative, researchers said, then the figure would
translate to roughly 8% of Americans self-identifying
differently over time. But such conclusions are difficult to
draw: if a certain racial group, for example, responded less
frequently to the 2010 Census than in 2000, that group would
be underrepresented." In "10 Million Americans Switched
Their Race or Ethnicity for the Census," by Jack Linshi,
Time Magazine, 7 August 2014.
Therefore among the "social constructs" deconstructing even
the deconstruction of American society, one finds
"switching" of race and ethnicity a reality. With
"whiteness" and "blackish" being asserted, one waits for
greater fluidity, with new races asserted much as new gender
identities have been asserted. See the addenda and
- a eunuch's cluck,
while considering what such rapid growth in
is Already the Constant
The Time article notes further: " 'If social
science evidence is correct, people are constantly
experiencing and negotiating their racial and ethnic
identities in interactions with people and institutions, and
in personal, local, national, and historical context,'
the study said. 'Perhaps it is not surprising that people
change responses and instead it is surprising that so many
are consistent in their race and Hispanic origin reports to
the Census Bureau'."
Thus one response to various sorts of political arguments is
simply to morph -- to self-identify away per the various,
historically "white" arguments as those of Derrida and
Foucault, deconstructing one's self into just another
oppressed class, even should it be an oppressed class which
seeks to oppress by accusations of "oppressor!"
But as to racial authenticity allowing some authority to
make public policies, one finds messy facts. As an example,
"...the most recent statistics show that around 21
percent of white Americans have an admixture of black blood,
and 17 percent of blacks have an admixture of white blood.
This should surprise no one, since scarcely a week goes by
without some tabloid headline about a white supremacist
having black ancestors or Oprah being related to a Montana
rancher. And, of course, the biggest hypocritical denial of
them all emanated from the White House between 2009 and
2017, as a half-white, half-black president embraced the
heritage of his absent father and denied the heritage of his
loving mother, presumably in order to juggle his proud genes
the way the Tennessee faux-Cherokees do." In "Then Again,
Maybe I’m a Black Man," by Joe Bob Briggs, Taki's Magazine,
24 April 2017.
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.
When shots of
rise to fever pitch, deconstructing even class and therefore
class guilt will become another incarnation of a
long-standing human phenomenon, as
People walk away
[ 6 ] While a
Koritha Mitchell, black professor of English at Ohio State,
writes a short essay titled "Low Standards for Whites.
That’s What’s Killing Us," two white professors of economics from
Princeton write a 60 page report titled "Mortality and
morbidity in the 21st century," in which one learns in
contradistinction to Mitchell's assertion that ""...mortality
for middle-aged black people converged with mortality for
middle-aged white people with low levels of education in the
late 2000s (though the white population overall is still
doing better than African Americans).
mortality rates among Hispanics continued to fall. These
other racial groups aren’t necessarily doing any better
economically than their white counterparts, which is part of
the reason Case and Deaton don’t accept a simple income
explanation for the death uptick. 'It is possible that it is
not the last 20 years that matters, but rather that the
long-run stagnation in wages and in incomes has bred a sense
of hopelessness,' they write. 'But ... even if we go back to
the late 1960s, the ethnic and racial patterns of median
family incomes are similar for whites, blacks, and
Hispanics, and so can provide no basis for their sharply
different mortality outcomes after 1998.' Instead, the
researchers think the fact that the overall life prospects
for white middle-aged people without a BA have declined over
time — they are doing worse than their parents on both a
personal and professional level, and probably worse than
they expected — is nudging mortality downward." In "Why
Middle Class Whites Are Dying Faster (In 6 Painful Charts),"
by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 26 March 2017.
Claims Suggest False Conclusions From Which To Profit
Of the study, "In 2015, Princeton Professors Anne Case
and Angus Deaton made global headlines after documenting a
shocking rise in the proportion of white non-Hispanic
Americans dying in middle age. This year, as part of the
Spring 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic
Activity, Professors Case and Deaton are following up on
that research to further investigate the rise and its
causes, examining midlife mortality rates of white
non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth
cohort, and more." In "Working class white Americans are
now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups,"
by Alison Burke, Brookings.edu, 23 March 2017.
Thus one finds two distinctly opposite messages from
academia. One in which "whiteness" according to a black is
"killing us," while another specifically finds whites "dying
in middle age at faster rates than minority groups."
In both cases, academic intellectuals make statements each
contradicting the other, while so many professors at
universities are in fact doing very well financially. From
Case and Deaton, one learns: "According to a Bureau of Labor
Statistics report from 2015, the average household income
of someone older than age 75 is $34,097 and their average
expenses exceed that slightly, at $34,382. It is not an
exaggeration, then, to say that even a modest reduction in
retirement income makes the typical budget of a 75-year-old
unsustainable — even when the average budget is far from
luxurious at current levels."
Moreover while well-paid academics wring their hands over
racial, and therefore racist, arguments, one finds most
Americans take little notice of this new version of a race
industry, as was noted a century ago. One reads of real
life, non-academic problems for the many of all races:
"Some 50 percent of people are woefully unprepared for a
financial emergency, new research finds. Nearly 1 in 5
Americans (19 percent) have nothing set aside to cover an
unexpected emergency, while nearly 1 in 3 Americans (31
percent) don’t have at least $500 set aside to cover an
unexpected emergency expense, according to a survey released
Tuesday by HomeServe USA, a home repair service. A
separate survey released Monday by insurance company MetLife
found that 49 percent of employees are 'concerned, anxious
or fearful about their current financial well-being'." In
"Half of US working families are living paycheck to
paycheck," by Quentin Fottrell, Marketwatch, 5 April 2017.
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
< /sarc >
|Tongue in cheek,
Smile and wink,
What fools think.
|Poke fine fun,
Mock to smite.
With jolly jeer.
Taunt and grin.
Threats - a commonality
" 'We do not want clothes covering
the face in nurseries, schools and universities,' Minister of Education
and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. 'These clothes
prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a
good education,' he added." In "Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil
in all schools," Agence France Presse, 12 June 2017.
Veiled threats are threatened
when unveiling veiled threats.
Identities masked and hidden
are unmasked, and this offsets
Those who would remain hidden
behind their veiled threats.
Let veiled threats be threatened.
of Turning Into a Hideously False Ideology:
"For Michael Behrle and many others like him, those are the battle lines
in post-Cold War, multicultural America: on one side, fascists, and
opposing them, the antifa. The word 'antifa' comes from Antifaschismus,
the German term for anti-fascism. Dressed in their preferred street garb
of black clothes, boots, balaclavas, and anti-Nazi patches are young
people, almost all white, driven by an ideology as powerful and magnetic
as communism. French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut has warned, 'I
think that the lofty idea of ‘the war on racism’ is gradually turning
into a hideously false ideology. And this anti-racism will be for the
21st century what communism was for the 20th century: a source of
violence'." In "The Antifa Fad: Totalitarian Anti-Fascism," by
Michael C. Tuggle, Taki Magazine, 24 March 2011.
Addendum of a Penal Code:
"...if someone wears a mask or disguise to avoid being
detected by the police he or she could be charged with a criminal
offense. Under California Penal Code Section 185 PC, it is unlawful to
wear a mask or disguise in order to evade the police." In "California
Penal Code Section 185 PC: Wearing Mask Or Disguise To Evade Police,"
Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers, n. d.
of a Delicious Irony: "In a twist of
delicious irony, a law originally enacted to deal with the Ku Klux
Klan led to the unmasking of several Antifa thugs on the streets of
Auburn, Alabama, Tuesday." In "Antifa thugs unmasked – by laws
originally passed against the KKK," by Nate Madden, Conservative Review,
20 April 2017.
for the Women: "Reports said the gunmen
had entered parliament via a public entrance, dressed as women." In
"Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum," BBC, 7 June
of a Fine Law: "Austria has passed a
controversial law that fines women who wear Islamic dress covering the
whole face, and takes away welfare benefits from immigrants who fail
to learn the language. 'Those who are not prepared to accept
Enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,' reads
the text of the law...." In "Austria Bans Islamic Dresses for Women,
Mandates 12-Month Integration Course," by Lukas Mikelionis, Heat Street,
10 June 2017.
I might look silly in what I
but I'll wear it anyway.
I might sound really rather dumb
but still I'll have my say.
I might and then I just might not
do this, think that or then
When time is passed along with me,
still want to try again.
I might, when might makes me right,
opt to be quite impolite.
'07 and then 4
"Barack Obama has only four
years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa
scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned
only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating
climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will
have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added. Soaring
carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and threaten to
trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and major disruptions
of weather patterns in the near future. 'We cannot afford to put off
change any longer,' said Hansen. 'We have to get on a new path within
this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to
set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead'."
In "President 'has four years to save Earth'," by Robin McKie, Observer
UK, 18 January 2009.
It was '07 and then 4
on Armageddon's watch;
and '17's now more -
the blurb is now a blotch.
4 was all, so urgent, stark,
when '09 heard its roar.
'17 makes new its mark
following millennia before.
Only 4 was cried aloud
and more are now gone by,
so the knowing Armageddon crowd
must see its end comes nigh.
Nigh for what? Now there's the rub
as saviors come to go;
was the 4 perhaps a
Prevailing winds will show.
It was '07 and then 4
in recalling numbering words,
and numbers now pour
like nightmare-crowing birds.
Only 4 years only now
is past, is spent away;
only 4 you must allow
is now grown old and gray.
Only 4 in old '09
is over; time has passed
into '17, 8 past whine
as time speeds by so fast.
Prophets come and prophets go
as history will show;
who will warm himself
by a failed Armageddon's glow?
More than Ten Years Ago:
“...ten years left to save the planet from a scorching.”
a Point of No Return Past 2014:
"Karl Mallon, a scientist with
Climate Risk and one of the key authors of the report, says 2014 has
been calculated as the point at which there is no longer enough time to
develop the industries that can deliver a low carbon economy. 'The
point of no return,' he said." In "Five years to save world from
climate change, says WWF," by Sarah Clarke, ABC Australia, 19
of a Point of No Return Past 2016:
"...unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken
within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return,
Gore said. He sees the situation as 'a true planetary emergency'." In
"2006: Al Gore Does Sundance," by Jaclyn Schiff, CBS News/AP, 26 January
Addendum II of a Point of No Return Past 2016: "But
given Stern's verdict that preventing climate change will cost 1 per
cent of global GDP - about Ł184 billion a year - and that it must be
done in the next 10 to 15 years, the question is: where will the money
come from? Green groups support people acting individually to do what
they can. But the answers will not all come from everyone becoming an
armchair environmentalist." In "Ten years to save the planet from
mankind," by Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian UK, 29 October
Addendum of the Next Point of
No Return in 2027: "The
planet, as we know it, has been given a deadline: 10 years. According to
the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, if humans
don't reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon
sinks, like forests, then the results will be catastrophic for the
climate." In "Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet,"
by Cassie Kelly, EcoWatch, 13 April 2017.
of an Odd Point of No Return and the Climate of Change:
"Since 2008, when Barack Obama first took office, Republicans have
gained somewhere around 900 to 1,000 seats overall. There are a lot of
reasons for this. But there's no way to spin some of these numbers in
a way that doesn't speak to the awesome unpopularity of the blue party."
In "The Democrats Need a New Message," by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 26
"When in Paradise Lost Milton’s
Satan stood in the pit of hell and raged at heaven, he was merely a
trifle miffed compared to how I felt that day. I felt totally alone,
with the world receding from me in every direction and you could have
used my anger to weld steel." In "Terry Pratchett: I'm slipping away a
bit at a time... and all I can do is watch it happen," by Terry
Pratchett, Mail Online, 7 October 2008.
The end is coming, all prophets
As heard for thousands of years;
The "end" placards serve each day
To gin up end days' fears.
The end is
near and is at hand,
gray each signing guy;
The end is oh
so near and nigh,
Not ever, no
never a worldly lie.
The world recedes for everyone,
As happened, and happens and will;
Such is our biodegradable state,
Our unavoidable mortality bill,
payable, when and where
come to call.
heaven from the pit of hell?
the point, after all?
The end is coming, the prophets said,
Having said so, yea, for years.
The "end is coming" signs speak loud,
And yet nothing interferes.
The end is
coming. Ponder this
And live well
diminish. Time ticks off.
We're all going to meet our ends,
Of this much we should be sure.
For some it's a sentence dour and
And for some its a loony lure.
For some it's just what it is,
For others it's just the same,
For whatever it is comes to be,
It's man's unavoidable aim.
of All Kinds of Ends:
"From catastrophic climate change to black holes and
robot wars, here are 10 apocalyptic visions that could end the world
as we know it… Global warming, Gamma ray burst, Pandemic, Robot
ascension, Black hole, Global war, Magnetic reversal, Supervolcano,
Alien invasion, Asteroid impact," In "Apocalypse now? Ten of the
greatest threats that could wipe out all life on Earth," by Matt Roper,
Mirror UK, 29 September 2015.
[ 1 ]
of Newer End Time: "Since the development of the
concept of deep time in the 18th century and the calculation of the
estimated age of the Earth, scientific discourse about end times has
centered on the ultimate fate of the universe. Theories have included
the Big Rip, Big Crunch, Big Bounce, and Big Freeze (Heat Death)."
In "End time," Wikipedia article, n. d.
of a Familiar Pattern: " 'There's a feedback loop
of noise and bias to the downside within the professional
investing/trading/media world. Every single time we have a downturn,
people go to the narrative of the the worst-case scenario,' said
Zachary Karabell, head of global strategy at Envestnet. 'It's a familiar
pattern'." In "What happened to the world coming to an end?" by Jeff
Cox, CNBC, 7 March 2016.
Addendum of Thinking in Narrative: "As soon as we are
old enough to want to understand what is happening around us, we begin
to live in a world of stories. We think in narrative. We do it so
automatically that we don't think we do it. And we have told ourselves
stories vast enough to live in." In "The globe: the science of Discworld
II," by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, First Anchor Books,
2002 p. 340.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Riddles, not Solutions: "The
riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man." G. K.
Chesterton, "The Book of Job: An introduction," 1907.
[ 3 ]
I prefer a vital God
1 ] Amusingly, before
listing "scary things," Roper noted:
"Doom-mongers predicted a massive asteroid would slam into
Earth some time last week." But one might
have time to wait for an
Today this urge is rooted in many kinds of soil, and
The Privileges of Intellectuals
2 ] This
assertion that "we think in
narrative" may interpret Pratchett's end of life quote which
we read above. Contemplating life "slipping
away a bit at a time..." with the very personal response
"and all I can do is watch it happen," is to lose
hold on a
narrative which can bring hope rather than despair. Faith is
tested, as the grip on a positive narrative fails. One
response can be to hold fast to a narrative of comfort.
Those narratives which assert a nihilistic "end" challenge
at the minimum while bringing no "story vast enough to live
in," even at the end of life.
Pratchett with his co-authors write: "Science alone is
not The Answer. Science too has its myths. We have
shown you some of them, or at least we believe to be some of
them. The misuse of anthropic reasoning is a clear example,
as in the case of carbon resonance, but argued with no
thought for the fudge-factor of the red giant. The ideal of
the scientific method is often not realized. Its usual
statement is an oversimplication in any case, but the basic
worldview captures the essence. Think critically about what
you are told. Do not accept the word of authority
unthinkingly. Science is not a belief system: no belief
system instructs you to question the system itself. Science
Given the use of capitalization in Pratchett's other work,
"The Answer" becomes worth notice. What then is The Answer?
Pratchett with his co-authors continue: "The most
dangerous myths and ideologies, today, are the ones that
have not yet been destroyed by the rising ape. They
strut their stuff on the world's stage, causing grief and
havoc -- and the tragedy is that it's to no purpose. Most of
it doesn't matter." Myths are stories, so failing to destroy
a story deemed "dangerous" is assigned as the guilt of "the
The vocabulary dallies in storytelling itself, for theories
are not facts. Nevertheless, the authors challenge: "We
need to invent the right stories. The ones we've got
have brought us a long way. Plenty of creatures are
intelligent, but only one tells stories. That's us, Pan
The authors expand: "The anthropologists got it
wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens ('wise man').
In any case it's an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say,
wisdom being one of our least evident features. In reality,
we are Pan narrans, the storytelling chimpanzee."
I don't agree with
being a chimpanzee per se, but it's a question of words and
storytelling after all. Much depends on the stories one
tells one's self about one's self.
As to storytelling and the invention of names, the generic
names for man have multiplied -- like rabbits -- over the
years. One reads of Homo absconditus, Homo adorans, Homo
aestheticus, Homo amans, Homo animalis, Homo avarus, Homo
combinans, Homo contaminatus, Homo creator, Homo degeneratus,
Homo demens, Homo deus, Homo discens, Homo domesticus, Homo
duplex, Homo economicus, Homo educandus, Homo ethicus, Homo
excentricus, Homo faber, Homo ferox, Homo generosus, Homo
geographicus, Homo grammaticus, Homo humanus, Homo imitans,
Homo inermis, Homo ignorans, Homo investigans, Homo laborans,
Homo logicus, Homo loquens, Homo loquax, Homo ludens, Homo
mendax, Homo metaphysicus, Homo necans, Homo neophilus, Homo
neophobus, Homo patiens, Homo pictor, Homo poetica, Homo
religiosus, Homo ridens, Homo reciprocans, Homo sanguinis,
Homo sciens, Homo sentimentalis, Homo socius, Homo
sociologicus, Homo technologicus, and Homo viator. Mensch
and Übermensch. Even chimpanzees are finding themselves
dropped into the genus as Homo paniscus, Homo sylvestris, or
So Pratchett, the storyteller who told stories about small
gods, seems to have adopted a story late in life. One reads:
"he said: 'It is just possible that once you have got past
all the gods that we have created with big beards and many
human traits, just beyond all that, on the other side of
physics, they just may be the ordered structure from which
everything flows. That is both a kind of philosophy and
totally useless - it doesn't take you anywhere. But it fills
a hole'." In "Terry Pratchett hints he may have found
God," by Rob Davies, Telegraph UK, 8 June 2008.
A storytelling chimpanzee, in one parlance, fills "a hole."
In what? In "the right stories," as one seems to have been
absent and in its absence aggravated the reality of "the
"I'm certainly not a man of faith, but as I was rushing
down the stairs one day... it was very strange. I suddenly
knew that everything was okay, that what I was doing was
right, and I didn't know why."
Accepting not knowing why can be a comfort. Another
high-profile atheist became a deist at "the end," seemingly
infuriating those not at their ends.
One reads of Antony Flew: "In 2007 a book outlining
his reasons for changing his position, "There is a God:
How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind"
was written by Flew in collaboration with Roy Abraham
Varghese. The book (and Flew's conversion itself) has been
the subject of controversy, following an article in The New
York Times Magazine alleging that Flew's intellect had
declined, and that the book was primarily the work of
Varghese; Flew himself specifically denied this, stating
that the book represented his views, and he acknowledged
that due to his age Varghese had done most of the actual
work of writing the book." In "Antony Flew," Wikipedia
article, n. d.
A story among stories, we revisit these words:
told ourselves stories vast enough to live in." And "to die
in." One may reflect, in Pratchett's words, "it fills a
It is worth considering.
3 ] Chesterton
offers further as to narratives, specifically. One
reads of fairy tales: "Fairy tales, then, are not
responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the
shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea
of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already,
because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give
the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give
the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of
bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever
since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides
for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the
fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of
clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had
a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the
knights of God, that there is something in the universe more
mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear."
G. K. Chesterton, "Tremendous Trifles," 1909.
That the doomsayers will parade with "the end is near" signs
and the overt atheists will parade too with mockery of those
with "fairy tale" faith, the notion that "limitless terrors
had a limit" is worth considering.
"...there is something in the universe more mystical than
darkness, and stronger than strong fear."
They - a tale of a gender non-conformist who
murders a gender conformist
" Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California,
Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus
activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular
elementary-school teacher. Soon, the crime that police described as
'very brutal and unusual' in a city that reported just two homicides
last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was
reported that Gomez preferred to be called 'they' rather than 'he.' Even
in famously liberal Berkeley, with its long history of protest, the
uproar came as a surprise, overwhelming the online news site,
www.berkeleyside.com, that first reported on Gomez's preference." In "Berkeley
killing renews debate over gender pronouns," by Paul Elias,
Associated Press, 26 March 2017.
[ 1 ]
Pablo Gomez, Jr. (right) with California's Governor Brown
and billionaire environmentalist, Tom Steyer
They was a singular Pablo,
a cocky junior male,
Who raged over they's pronoun
proving well they's frail.
They roiled at all those others
who did not submit to say
They in they's approved manner
of they's holy grail that day.
They was a student, youth-bright,
Berkeley-ish were they's smarts,
Declaring language forcefully forced,
They was brutal, so Berkeley's news
in detail did tell and dwell,
Over they's they-ish pronoun;
and thus they's path to hell?
They was meanly, murderously moved
to liberally kill a liberal gal,
And in so doing they'd now proved
They's murderously madly radical.
They's been caught, as stories tell,
And this tale's star's a boy fatale,
Who was active in so many things
Appearing awhile as rationale.
And so it goes and so it went.
Death lies there au naturale.
They's debate over pronoun gender
played they's part it all this madness.
They's debate over gendered pronouns
argues debate burns to excess.
This they's a singular Pablo;
debate and murder is this they's mess.
Addendum X Marks the Spot:
"Gomez Jr. is studying 'Chicanx/Latinx Studies' according to their
Facebook page, and is a senior climate action fellow at Alliance for
Climate Education. (The 'x' is a gender-neutral ending used to avoid a
binary designation.) They were deeply involved in the campus
activist community. One person told Berkeleyside she had seen Gomez
Jr.’s 'advocacy work from afar and was always really impressed about
it,' adding, 'a lot are still in shock right now and need time to really
process everything cause it’s so conflicting to [t[their]character'." In
"Suspect in custody after Berkeley homicide, stabbing," by Emilie Gauso,
Berkeleyside, 7 January 2017.
[ 2 ]
Addendum of a Question Regarding
the New and Deadly Grammar Rules: Is "they"
singular when referring to one individual?
One might consider a visit to the Hen Party
- a eunuch's cluck
[ 1 ] One
reads a blog post for some detail: "Gomez began
blogging at the site Tumblr.com in 2011, but archives for
his blog show he has been inactive on Tumblr since March. In
2016, Gomez’s activism seemed to shift toward supporting
'Black Lives Matter.' In July, he posted a rant to Facebook
about how 'infuriating” it is that people were 'not
getting' what he called 'a legacy of anti-Blackness' in
America, the causes of which he listed as 'colonialism,' 'cisheteropatriarchy,'
'capitalism' and 'imperialism,' among others." In
"Berkeley Student Activist Pablo Gomez Charged With
Homicide, Stabbing," posted in The Other McCain, 9 January
One notes how related the topics of activism and "not
getting" certain racially charged perspectives are found in
and around academia, as above in
That a murder suspect finds something "infuriating" is
nothing new in the long and murderous history of man. Nor is
it anything new in the history of murderous colors of
[ 2 ] A stated purpose
of Chicanx/Latinx Studies is to avoid a binary gender, and
one supposes a binary gender pronoun, especially those which
are proven to infuriate. Of the Berkeley "studies," one
reads "The taskforce is charged with addressing campus
climate issues including mapping, assessing, and providing
recommendations, and giving strategies to campus
administrators to address the various needs of the Chicanx
and Latinx communities on the Berkeley campus, including
undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and
staff. " In "Chicanx Latinx Taskforce," UC Berekely, n.
Among the "needs" of those who find gender and pronoun
activism appealing was Pablo. Apparently he also found
murderous violence appealing, though the legal stance in the
United States states that one is "innocent until proven
guilty." This standard did not apply to the murdered female
Exercise in Noticing Binary Pronouns
As to the "taskforce" which seeks by its "X" to avoid a
binary gender is chaired by an English professor. One notes
that the some speak of him with the very binary, male
pronoun, most clearly not avoiding a binary gender. Of
Genaro Padilla (Taskforce Chair), Professor and Chair of
English, one reads: "He is the author of 'My History,
Not Yours: The Formation of Mexican American Autobiography'
(1993), editor of 'The Stories of Fray Angelico Chavez'
(1987) and has co-edited numerous other books including 'The
Recovery of the U.S. Hispanic Literary Tradition' (1993), 'Nuevomexicano
Cultural Legacy: Forms, Agencies, and Discourse'(2004), and
'Power, Race and Gender in Academe: Strangers in the Tower'
(2005). Some of his influential articles include 'The
Literature of the Spanish Borderland,' 'The Catholic Church
in Chicano Literature,' 'The Mexican Immigrant as *: The (de)Formation
of Mexican Immigrant Life Story,' 'Myth and Comparative
Cultural Nationalism: The Ideological Uses of Aztlan,'
'Anthony Quinn's Autobiography: The Original Sin,' 'The
Recovery of 19th Century Chicano Autobiography,' “Imprisoned
Narrative? Or Lies, Secrets and Silence in New Mexico
Women's Autobiography.”" In "2006 Brock Prize Jurors," Brock
International Prize in Education, n. d.
The university website also uses the male binary pronoun.
More on Padilla, "From 1995 to 2006 he served as Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs, he then served for
two years as Associate Dean in the College of Letters and
Sciences and is now serving as Chairman of the Berkeley
English Department." In "Professor Genaro Padilla," Berkeley
Residential Life, n. d.
A special note should be made that these "studies" in
English is the arena in which new, non-binary pronouns is
being fought. One notes with irony that "Every noun in
Spanish is considered to have either masculine or feminine
gender for grammatical purposes." In "Grammatical gender
in Spanish," Wikipedia article, n. d.
and So English Language Based
Thus the Chicanx Latinx Taskforce to avoid a binary gender
identification in English indentifies its chairman with an avoidable
pronoun. One wonders whether this will "infuriate" those in
the Chicanx Latinx Berkeley community whose demands are for
genderless pronoun use. What might an activist who rages
against the "cisheteropatriarchy" be driven to do? What did
One also notes that Pablo's upset with capitalism did not
extend to Professor Padilla's "total pay" of $122,000
as of 2015, found in "State worker salary database,"
Sacramento Bee, n. d. One may compare that to
California's media per capita income of about
$30,318, and its
household income about twice that. It is assured that
Doctor Oppression comes to call
he, she or "they" will expect a professorial salary
commensurate with an activist stance against capitalism.
Given Padilla's enthusiasm for discussions of "Power, Race
and Gender in Academe," this English professor has his
For other English professors' issues, as mentioned see
As to the notion of not only Chicanx Latinx academia but
also Chicano Latino academia, without regard to the gender
game, as represented by an English professor, one
could consider the relation to that brand of politics which
Use a kid for politics
- political optics' tricks.
O so very
O so very
yes it was
I saw me
near that spot.
It's surely not
what I'd caught.
Yes and no less
was scrawled the
Look out the back
of one I,
who'd seen naught.
O so wary,
know it was;
life had seen
what was wrought.
Cardboard - depending on whose ox is being
|The cardboard man seems caring
and carries on a stick
his cardboard waving messages
to lay them on quite thick;
amateur seems his protest
and passionate seems his shtick
but see his pain and hear him howl
and watch him hurl a brick
when disagreement disagrees
with whoever's in his clique,
when others will not stand with him,
but pass on by, oft double quick.
The cardboard gal seems caring
and waves her cardboard loud
with others who'd align with her
in her cardboard waving crowd;
amateur plays her protest
yet she is haughty, proud,
and often very, very loud
to vouch for what she's vowed,
but watch her rage and grouse
when others are not cowed
and disengage from cardboard rage
out her all-too-cardboard cloud.
Cardboard is but paper
in plies enough to make
it seems as if its strength
is such it will not break;
and yet it is but paper
and sometimes strength is fake,
for who waves their cardboard
would try to make earth shake
with changes with which not all agree
for brittle cardboard's sake,
for as one sees in all of this,
not all each protest undertake.
Addendum of the Agonist:
"For animals, display is any behaviour modified
by evolution that is used to convey information. Animals display
particular signs, which recipients can use to infer something about
the mental and physical state of the first animal. To avoid the
heavy cost of fighting, animals have evolved sophisticated rituals,
which they use to bluff their opponents into backing down or
fleeing. The cost-benefit model of display makes three assumptions:
(1) type of display varies depending on the cost; (2) the risk of
the display increases as the effectiveness of display increases; and
(3) the value of resource being disputed over determines the choice
of display used. Animals have evolved to use their physical
attributes as a display of ability. If contests can be resolved with
ritual display, fighting is not needed. Display can be used to
dispute for mates, territory, and food through symbolic gestures
instead of battles to the death. If an animal can display without
fighting that he is more physically fit than his opponent, he will
have gained more than he would have if he had fought and in the
process possibly been injured." In "Agonistic behaviour,"
Wikipedia article, n. d.
of Hovering Between Attempts to Forge an Identity:
"Every protest, every dissent, whether it's an individual academic
paper, Founder's parking lot demonstration, in [ sic ] unabashedly
an attempt to forge an identity in this particular age. That attempt
at forging for many of us over the past four years has meant coming
to terms with our humanness. Within the context of a society that we
perceive - - now we can talk about reality, and I would like to talk
about reality sometime, authentic reality, inauthentic reality, and
what we have to accept of what we see -- but our perception of it
is that it hovers often between the possibility of disaster and the
potentiality for imaginatively responding to men's needs." In
"Commencement Speech, Wellesley College," by Hillary Rodham,
Wellesley College, 31 May 1969.
Addendum to a Flock:
"In order to be a perfect member of a flock of
sheep, one has to be, foremost, a sheep." In "Essay to Leo Baeck
(1953)," Albert Einstein, 1953.
Addendum of When Protest
Is Wrong: "Some protests are always vicious
and never virtuous, such as violent protests against subjects that
have not shown any violence or incitement to violence, or protests
against legitimate democratic outcomes – one might not like
particular outcomes, but in any political system somebody must be
disappointed, so to turn that disappointment into a campaign against
a legitimate democratic outcome is anti-democratic. In a free and
fair democracy, the normative protests of our time are unnecessary,
aimless, counter-productive diversions from more virtuous,
old-fashioned forms of political engagement, such as researching the
issues, deliberating, and developing an argument before writing to
Congress. If that sounds burdensome, and protest sounds easier,
you’ve realized one of the reasons for the decline in our political
discourse. Protesting is the least constructive form of
engagement: it reduces discourse to what can fit on a placard or
into a chant, encourages in-group/out-group separation, prevents
discourse between groups, and encourages self-evaluations based on
noise and burden, rather than the quality of evidence or argument."
In "When “PROTEST!” is wrong," by Bruce Newsome, Berkeley Blog/UC
Berkeley, 2 February 2017.
For an political oddity of recent memory, consider
A Modern Observation on The Anti-War Movement
- "Where have
all the critics gone, long time passing?"
Home with a Mask - (To the
melody, "Home on the Range," a classic Western folk song)
[ 1 ]
[ 2 ]
"...we are witnessing the emergence of a dangerous new
norm for responding to speakers who challenge campus orthodoxy. Anyone
offended by the speaker can put out a call on Facebook to bring together
students and locals, including 'antifa' (antifascist) and black-bloc
activists who explicitly endorse the use of violence against racists and
fascists. Because of flagrant 'concept creep,' however, almost anyone
who is politically right of center can be labeled a racist or a fascist,
and the promiscuous use of such labels is now part of the standard
operating procedure. The call to shut down Mac Donald’s talk asserted,
without evidence, that her agenda is 'racist, anti-Black, capitalist,
imperialist, [and] fascist.' As with accusations of witchcraft in
earlier centuries, once such labels are attached to someone, few will
dare to challenge their accuracy, lest they be accused of the same
crimes." In "Intimidation Is the New Normal on Campus," by Jonathan
Haidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 April 2017.
[ 3 ]
Oh, we will rage crass using knuckles of brass,
Where each safe space is brittle as glass,
Where never is heard any unwanted word
As we dears and dear slogans harass.
Home, home with a mask
To riot as scholarly task,
All contrary views are hated taboos,
To submit is just all that we ask.
Oh, let us be tasked with our faces well masked
To build safe spaces ruled by the fist,
Where no one can spew any unwanted view,
Else we dears through our riots "resist."
Addendum of the Jackasses:
"Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a
carpenter to build it." Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the US House
of Representatives (1882-1961).
Addendum of the Fascism
of the Illiberal Left: "... this behavior must be
portrayed as it truly is, as a shameful and pedestrian surrender to
authoritarian political doctrine and mob mentality. Considering
this, 'fascist' works fairly well as a label for members of the social
justice mob. It drives home their authoritarian, ideologically-possessed
mindset and tactics which can only be described as systematic
brainwashing followed by witch hunts for any who would even think to
diverge from the social justice orthodoxy. And for those who think I’m
going a step too far and overreacting, watch the videos from
Evergreen State, as well as the endless additional footage of ‘social
justice warrior’ mobs and 'protests' of college speakers available on
YouTube. Witness the actions of these people and how no one steps
up to correct them. Watch as they hospitalize a female professor at
Middlebury College and receive minimal consequences. Watch as
they set University of California, Berkeley ablaze because of the
presence of a dissenting political voice. Now, you can watch as
they physically and verbally intimidate faculty and students at their
own institution, terrorizing them for the heinous crime of being present
while white." In "A Liberal’s Perspective: Evergreen College And The
Fascism Of The Illiberal Left," by Matt Teitelbaum, Huffington Post,
3 June 2017.
[ 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.
[ 3 ]
As to "intimidation as the new normal on campus," one reads
a cogent observation: "The only thing anyone is
allowed to hear on campus is a slogan. Thinking is so 20th
century (and early 20th century at that). The adults paid to
be in charge have retreated to a safe place, where never
is heard an encouraging word and the skies are cloudy all
day. The First Amendment has been under the latest
assault for months, and this week Howard Dean, the former
governor of Vermont and onetime chairman of the Democratic
Party, finally said out loud what certain prominent
Democrats have hinted at and alluded to, that free speech
does not necessarily include extending it to anyone who
disagrees with them. This poison spread, like so much of the
toxic stuff polluting the body politic, from the campuses of
the elite." In "Spooked by the power of words, words,
words," by Wesley Pruden, Jewish World Review, 28 April
One would do well to recall: "It were not best that we
should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that
makes horse races." Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar, in "The
Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson," by Mark Twain (1894).
Difference of opinion also stirs free elections.
Without public debate, there is no debate, but there is also
no longer political disagreement as power to adjudicate
truth, engage in philosophical discussions involving
opposing views and make some speech illegal results in what
so often has become
It was opined in the article above that "There must be zero
tolerance for mob rule, intimidation of speakers, and
intimidation of political minorities among students as well
as faculty members."
Or it's inverse becomes reality, that there must be complete
tolerance for mob rule, intimidation of speakers, and
intimidation of political minorities among students as well
as faculty members.
And suddenly, one finds mob rule and "dancing bears." Of
another university in a mess, one reads: "Watching the
way George Bridges, the president of Evergreen, has handled
this situation put me in mind of a line from Allan Bloom’s
book '“The Closing of the American Mind.' Mr. Bloom was
writing about administrators’ reaction to student radicals
in the 1960s, but he might as well be writing about
Evergreen: 'A few students discovered that pompous
teachers who catechized them about academic freedom could,
with a little shove, be made into dancing bears.' At a
town hall meeting, Mr. Bridges described the protestors as
'courageous' and expressed his gratitude for 'this catalyst
to expedite the work to which we are jointly committed.' Of
course, there was also pablum about how 'free speech must be
fostered and encouraged.' But if that’s what Mr. Bridges
really believes, why isn’t he doing everything in his
power to protect a professor who exercised it and condemn
the mob that tried to stifle him? The Weinstein saga is just
the latest installment in a series of similar instances of
illiberalism on American campuses." In "When the Left
Turns on Its Own," by Bari Weiss, New York Times, 1 June
The images above are of mob rule and
intimidation. They are the imagery of illiberalism. They are
the new images of the postmodern American Left. One must then consider that exemplary and well
documented process which occurs when
Left to their own devices
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.
of Another Islamic State Horror Is Done:
"Abdullah Al-Malla, a local media activist, has told the Kurdish news
agency ARA News, that the girls were burnt alive after they refused to
have sex with the fighters of the group. 'They were punished for
refusing to have sex with Isis militants,' Al-Malla said." In "ISIS
burns 19 Yazidi girls to death for refusing sex with group’s fighters,"
Khama Press, Afghan News Agency, 10 June 2017.
Consider the Ayatollah's apology in light of varying
views in mere words on
The religion of peace
Unicorns and jackasses
Rainbow'd beams flooding through
My rosiest-colored glasses
Allow one vision, pure and true,
Of unicorns passing gasses;
I know you shall see -- oh! -- too,
You laddies and you lasses,
My rainbow'd dreams in one green hue
To dye the willing masses.
All else is that blinded view
Refusing god-greened classes
Wherein bright courtiers breed and
Generations of jackasses.
|Wall, fence, border, gate
Serve to separate;
Tear then down? Much will fail
At a rapid rate.
|Wall, fence, border, gate,
Criticized of late,
Clearly all of these entail
Safety in some state.
|Wall, fence, border, gate?
Quickly turns oh so stale
When failings correlate.
|Wall, fence, border, gate?
Who'd have none of late?
Thieves will cheer and hail
As thefts accumulate.
|Wall? Fence? Border? Gate?
Passwords? Locks checkmate?
Open all and much will fail,
As idiocies celebrate.
|Wall, fence, border, gate?
All these, advocate,
As their builders' countervail
Protests to their fate.
Addendum of a Mexican Fence:
"Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out
Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own
countries. They complain 'hordes' of immigrants pass through on their
way to the United States -who are then simply deported back to Mexico rather
than their home countries by the US. Central American migrants are left
stuck in border cities with Mexican officials unable to afford to send them
back to their own countries, according to an article by one of the largest
newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, El Mańana, titled: 'Yes to the
Border Wall … but in Mexico's South'." In "Now Mexico wants to build a
border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants from El
Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala," by Hannah Parry, Daily Mail, 15 September
[ 1 ]
Addendum of a Hungarian Fence:
"Hungary is planning to build a second fence on its southern border with
Serbia to keep out any major new wave of refugees, Prime Minister Viktor
Orban announced. A 500km barrier - a razor-wire fence - was built last year
along Hungary's border with Serbia and Croatia after the country witnessed
an increase of refugees moving up from the Balkans towards northern Europe."
In "Hungary to build second border fence to stop refugees," Al Jazeera, 26
[ 2 ]
Addendum of Saudi Arabia's Great
Wall: "The border zone now includes five layers of
fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar cameras. Riyadh
also sent an extra 30,000 troops to the area. It is not the only fence
with which Saudi Arabia has chosen to surround itself. Despite the
difficulty of access to westerners, the country is relatively open to fellow
Muslim nations, particularly during the Haj season when pilgrims from across
the world come to Mecca and Medina." In "Revealed: Saudi Arabia's 'Great
Wall' to keep out Isil," by Richard Spencer, Telegraph UK, 14 January 2015.
Addendum of Iran's Pakistani
Fence: "Iran's building, completing the fence on its
border with Pakistan to keep out terrorists." In "Iran Completing Fence
On Its Border With Pakistan To Keep Out Terrorists," IRNA, Organization of
Asia-Pacific News Agencies, 13 March 2013.
Addendum for the Bulgarian Fence:
"...a tour of a high wire fence along the Bulgaria Turkey
border by Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban and his Bulgarian
counterpart, Boyko Borissov. 'The future of Europe is decided not in
Brussels, but where we stand,' said Orban, reported Bulgarian media outlet
novinite.com." In "Hard and virtual borders await migrants to EU," by
Nikolaj Nielsen, EU Observer, 15 September 2016.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of the Kashmiri Line of
Control: "The Line of Control, a de-facto border
between the two countries separating Kashmir, is one of the most heavily
militarised frontiers in the world and the incident has sparked fears of
a military escalation. The incident has come at a time when
Indian-administered, Muslim-majority Kashmir is already in the midst of some
of the worst unrest seen in years." In "Kashmir attack: What's behind the
deadliest militant raid in years?" BBC, 19 September 2016.
Addendum of Turkey's Massive
Wall: "Turkey’s Housing Development Administration
has begun construction of the remaining 700 kilometers of a massive wall
designed to seal its 900-kilometer border with Syria. The first 200
kilometer-long length of the wall has already gone out to tender, and is to
be built by the country’s Defense Ministry, together with the governors’
offices of the neighboring provinces. It is expected that the remaining
section of the 'security wall' will be completed within the next five
months, Housing Development Administration director Ergün Turan told the
Turkish Hurriyet Daily News." In "Turkey Builds Huge Security Wall Along Its
Syrian Border," by Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, 5 October 2016.
of Turkey's Fence: "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 Thailand and Malaysia
Agreeing on a Border Wall: "The leaders of
Thailand and Malaysia agreed on Friday to boost security cooperation and
consider building a border wall to combat transnational crime and smuggling,
an idea that appears to be gaining popularity elsewhere in the world.
People- trafficking and the smuggling of contraband, including drugs and
petrol, have flourished along the Thai-Malay border for years until a
crackdown by Thai officials on human traffickers caused some of the routes
to shut down last year. Analysts say separatist insurgents operating in
Thailand’s deep south use Malaysia as a base to launch and plan their
attacks." In "Thailand and Malaysia discuss building border wall to enhance
security and curb trafficking," South China Morning Post, 10 September 2016.
of Israel's Security Fence: "In Israel, the security fence
has done an effective job of keeping Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists
outside of Israeli communities, and the fence built to keep African illegal
infiltrators from coming into Israel through the Sinai Desert does its job
as well – and other countries are learning from Israel's success. The
latest is Hungary which, although it does not have the problem of terrorists
sneaking over the border to carry out terror attacks in Hungarian
supermarkets and coffee shops, is building 13 foot (4 meter) high fence
anyway – to keep job-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Albania
and other third world countries out." In "Good Enough for the EU: Hungary to
Build Anti-Migrant 'Wall'," by Yaakov Levi, Arutz Sheva, 17 June 2015.
Addendum of the Theater of It:
" 'The one thing all these walls have in common is that
their main function is theatre,' said Marcello Di Cintio, author of
'Walls: Travels Along the Barricades'. You can't dismiss that illusion, it's
important to people, but they provide the sense of security, not real
security.' The limits of their effectiveness are visible everywhere - not
least, with the migrants and refugees sitting on top of the fence along the
border with Morocco and the small Spanish enclave of Mellila, on the North
African coast. Even the fearsome Berlin Wall with its trigger-happy sentries
still leaked thousands of refugees even in its most forbidding years." In
"World of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders –
four times as many as when the Berlin Wall was toppled – as governments
try to hold back the tide of migrants," by Simon Tomlinson, Mail Online,
21 August 2015.
of the Gertrude Stein Definition: "The First Amendment
right to protest the government ends when you use a bolt cutter to breach a
security fence and enter a restricted area, a federal judge told six people
he found guilty Wednesday for their actions during a chaotic protest outside
last summer’s Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia. 'A
fence is a fence is a fence,' Senior U.S. District Judge Michael J.
Baylson told the six out-of-towners after finding each guilty of trespassing
on restricted federal grounds, a misdemeanor. 'As a matter of common
sense,' said the judge, 'when an adult sees a fence, it is clear that is a
restriction'." In "6 DNC protesters found guilty in federal court," by
Mensah M. Dean, Philly.com, 14 June 2017.
] While a defensible
border between the United States and Mexico is deemed wrong in
much election year debate, the calls in Mexico for a southern
border fence between Mexico and Central America continue, making
a reality there.
One reads: "Few politicians have made public speeches
about such matters. But Deputy Foreign Minister Gerónimo
Gutiérrez recently acknowledged that Mexico's immigration laws
were 'tougher than those being contemplated by the United
States,' where the authorities caught 1.5 million people
illegally crossing the Mexican border last year. He spoke before
a congressional panel to discuss 'Mexico in the Face of the
Migratory Phenomenon'." In "Mexico Worries About Its Own
Southern Border," by Ginger Thompson, New York Times, 18 June
Additionally, one reads: "According to the head of customs
for Mexico’s tax administration, Raul Diaz, the Mexican border
state of Chiapas is constructing a wall along the country’s
southern border with Guatemala, along the river Suchiate which
divides the countries. Diaz says the purpose of the wall is
to prevent the passage of contraband, but admits, 'It could also
prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants'." In "Mexico
Building Fence… on Its Southern Border," Fox, 23 September 2010.
As one moves from demarcated debate to a next debate, the
imposition of double standards abound. This is particularly true
for politicians, almost all of whom live behind defensible
gates. There is much irony in this, is there not?
] European Union
apparatchiks complain of Hungary: " 'Anyone, like Hungary,
who builds fences against war refugees or breaches press freedom
and the independence of the justice system should be
temporarily, or if needed forever, excluded from the EU'."
In "EU should expel Hungary for mistreating migrants, Luxembourg
minister says," by Madeline Chambers and Marton Dunai, Reuters,
13 September 2016.
The reply was unequivocal: "Hungarian Foreign Minister
Peter Szijjarto said his country had defended Europe throughout
its history, and described his Luxembourg colleague as
'condescending, uppity, and frustrated'."
] "Wall, fence, border, gate?
serve sometimes opposing principles: to keep some in, and to
keep some out. One reads of Bulgaria: "Less than two
decades after the painstaking removal of a massive border fence
designed to keep people in, Bulgarian authorities are just as
painstakingly building a new fence along the rugged Turkish
border, this time to keep people out. Faced with a surge of
refugees from the Middle East and North Africa — and the risk
that they include jihadis intent on terrorist attacks — Europe
is bolstering its defenses on many fronts, including this
formerly Communist country, which little more than a
quarter-century ago was more concerned with stanching the
outbound flow of its own citizens to freedom. For the past 16
months, Bulgaria has been carrying out a plan that would sound
familiar to anyone along the United States-Mexico frontier: more
border officers, new surveillance equipment and the first
20-mile section of its border fence, which was finished in
September." In "Bulgaria Puts Up a New Wall, but This One
Keeps People Out," by Rick Lyman, New York Times, 5 April 2015.
Kids parade their Tan Drums
As is the way of things
Which beat and burst and bust
When life delivers stings.
The Tan Drums' bleating oh so loud
Are of our Terrible Toos.
When not getting their own way,
They loudly scream the blues.
The Tan Drums seem so numerous
With amplifications' glare,
Hogging some cameras' tiny lens
With their Tan Drums angry blare.
Who will choose to die in the streets
As professional tests predict?
Violent protests most break out
As Tan Drums so depict.
Putsch your faith in Tan Drums' beat
Because they will it so.
This is today and every day
As was in time not long ago.
There's plenty to see,
so why not look?
There's plenty to learn
There's that to be gleaned
by hook and crook.
There's that next twist
in the ambling brook.
There's much surprise
after thought things shook.
There's tasty novelty
from the cleverest cook.
which awaits your grasp
if but your rigidity
It's nuts to be a student
It's nuts to be a student
faced with debts' arrears,
And nuts to be a student
with pronoun errors as fears,
And nuts to be a student
when told that fiction's fact,
And nuts to be a student
when questioning's attacked,
And nuts to be a student
as anxiety floods the schools,
And nuts to be a student
with arbitrary, changing rules,
And nuts to be a student
where standards burn like flags,
And nuts to be a student,
when lectures are just nags,
And nuts to be a student
when sheepskins' prices rise,
And nuts to be a student
when so distant seems the prize.
Therefore in the current milieu,
What's to say? Just nuts to you?
Addendum of the Price:
"Through diplomas, increasingly inflated grades and
the drumbeat of college self-promotion, these students had been told
they had received a great education. The fact that the typical
student spent three times as much time socializing and recreating in
college as studying and going to class didn’t change that belief. Nor
did unsteady employment outcomes and, for the large majority of those
surveyed, continued financial dependence on their parents. Students who
were interviewed in depth by Mr. Arum and Ms. Roksa put great stock in
collegiate social experiences that often came at the expense of academic
work, emphasizing the value of the personal relationships they built."
In "The Economic Price of Colleges’ Failures," by Kevin Carey, New York
Times, 2 September 2014.
[ 1 ]
of Costing Too Much: "College costs too much, both
for students and for society as a whole. This year, according to the
College Board, average published in-state tuition and fee plus
room/board charges exceed $17,000 at four-year public institutions, a 6%
increase from only one year earlier. In 2009, spending by Americans for
post-secondary education totaled $461 billion, an amount 42% greater
than in 2000, after accounting for inflation. This $461 billion is the
equivalent of 3.3% of total U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and an
amount greater than the total GDP of countries such as Sweden, Norway
and Portugal. The public is taking notice." In "Why does college
cost so much?" by Richard Vedder and Matthew Denhart, CNN, 2 December
[ 2 ]
of Collegiate-related Anxieties: "Ohio State has
seen a 43% jump in the past five years in the number of students
being treated at the university’s counseling center. At the University
of Central Florida in Orlando, the increase has been about 12% each
year over the past decade. At the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor, demand for counseling-center services has increased by 36% in
the last seven years. Nationwide, 17% of college students were
diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and
13.9% were diagnosed with or treated for depression, according to a
spring 2016 survey of 95,761 students by the American College Health
Association. That is up from 11.6% for anxiety and 10.7% for depression
in the spring 2011 survey." In "Students Flood College Mental-Health
Centers," by Andrea Petersen, Wall Street Journal, 10 October 2016.
[ 3 ]
Addendum of Assessing Adult
Literacy: "Researchers administered the National
Assessment of Adult Literacy to collect the data, which revealed that
over 75% of 2- year college students and 50% of 4-year college students
are incapable of completing everyday tasks. These tasks range from
straightforward to complex, and fall into three categories: reading
comprehension, critical thinking and analysis, and practical
mathematics. Most participants easily carried out simple activities such
as utilizing a map or consulting a nutrition label. The latter category
–which includes calculating restaurant tips, utility bills, order
totals, and supply costs – yielded more surprising results. About 20% of
students in 4-year schools demonstrated only basic mathematical ability,
while a steeper 30% of community college students could not progress
past elementary arithmetic." In "Study Finds College Students
Remarkably Incompetent," by Stefi Morisi, New Forum for Lawyers, 21
Administrators as a Fast-rising Cost to Students and Taxpayers:
"The disproportionate increase in the number of university staffers who
neither teach nor conduct research has continued unabated in more recent
years, and slowed only slightly since the start of the economic
downturn, during which time colleges and universities have contended
that a dearth of resources forced them to sharply raise tuition. In all,
from 1987 until 2011-12—the most recent academic year for which
comparable figures are available—universities and colleges collectively
added 517,636 administrators and professional employees, or an average
of 87 every working day, according to the analysis of federal figures,
by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in collaboration
with the nonprofit, nonpartisan social-science research group the
American Institutes for Research. 'There's just a mind-boggling amount
of money per student that’s being spent on administration,' said
Andrew Gillen, a senior researcher at the institutes. 'It raises a
question of priorities'." In "New Analysis Shows Problematic Boom In
Higher Ed Administrators,' by Jon Marcus, New England Center for
Investigative Reporting via Huffington Post, 6 February 2014.
[ 1 ] The NYT article
notes that the eventual workplace -- sometimes called the
college of hard knocks -- will sort out what colleges and
universities simply have not.
Fundamental Failure in the Higher Education Market
One reads from that article: "...within the large population of
college graduates, those who were poorly taught are paying
an economic price. Because they didn’t acquire vital
critical thinking skills, they’re less likely to get a job
and more likely to lose the jobs they get than students who
received a good education. Yet those same students
continue to believe they got a great education, even after
two years of struggle. This suggests a fundamental
failure in the higher education market — while employers
can tell the difference between those who learned in college
and those who were left academically adrift, the students
As one mulls over enormous tuition costs in reference to not
"acquiring critical thinking skills," the obvious question
is one of asking for what a student is paying, if not the
acquisition of critical thinking skills. But one sees in the
day how easy it has become for students to take their
appointed place in line, at the
- there's no debating you
[ 2 ] One should take
notice of the details as "college costs too much" in order
to better understand. Watching tuition rise dramatically and
heeding the business wisdom that personnel costs are so
often the largest cost, one may survey those academic elite
who are being supported by "too much." Consider the
remuneration details as
Doctor Oppression comes to call
In addition to an overpaid academic elite, measured against
media incomes in every state, uninformed students sign debt
instruments without fully understanding the implications.
One reads: "In their paper, titled 'Accounting
for the Rise in College Tuition,'ť the two maintain that
the combined effect of all policy and nonpolicy factors that
they studied generate a $6,300 increase in yearly net
tuition. Whereas average net tuition stood at $5,700 in
1987, today it is about $11,000, their study states." In
"2 Econ Professors Cite Student Borrowing as Contributor to
Rising Tuition," by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in
Higher Education, 12 April 2016.
Don't Teach Caveat Emptor
Caveat emptor is not among subjects taught to the academic
underclass -- most students.
Until now, most students have been blissfully unaware, as
one reads: "The Collegiate Learning Assessment is just
what it sounds like: a test that measures critical thinking,
analytic reasoning, and communications skills in college
students. Several years ago, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
reported that most students didn't improve much on this test
after four years of college, and a full third didn't improve
at all. Now they've written a follow-up, which concludes,
unsurprisingly, that students with high CLA scores do better
in the job market than students with low scores." In "Colleges
Don't Teach Much, but College Students Don't Know It,"
by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, 4 September 2014.
[ 3 ] The leap in anxieties
is logical, considering the rapid rise in tuition, swift
proliferation of new and often seemingly arbitrary speech
and behavior rules, mixed in with a lowering of job
prospects upon graduation.
Even retraining after college becomes a necessity for
potential employers. One reads: "NBC News reported
that Fortune 500 companies shell out $3 billion annually to
train employees in 'basic English.' Sending workers to
'remedial business writing classes' was common practice at
Valor, a former telecommunications company that merged in
2006. Finney and Baldi view the recent study as a
profound glimpse into the weaknesses of higher education.
Both hope that data will inspire government and university
officials to raise graduation requirements and make
intellectual rigor the new standard." In "Study Finds
College Students Remarkably Incompetent," by Stefi Morisi,
New Forum for Lawyers, 21 June 2012.
Conflating phrases above, "remarkably incompetent" graduates
who "don't know" of their incompetence is the stuff of
Sadly, there are many options besides the pursuit of
Degrees on the wall
These are not taught in colleges and universities for the
most part, and for the most obvious of reasons. The thought
of competition shakes the modern, almost mythic foundation
of modern American academia, its scions and sages -- money
and lots of it for the few, with debt for the many.
Today's students -- and graduates of the various levels of
the educational system -- are being proven stupid, and
perhaps intentionally so. One reads:
"...the essence of our collective stupidity comes out:
'US research has shown that most young, digital-savvy school
and college students have difficulties in identifying fake
news.' What this means is, if you are not tethered to a
smart-device, you are even more susceptible Putin puppets.
The study referred to is from brilliant Stanford students
who discovered “amazingly” that the same age group that
cannot name the first president of the United States or find
Canada on a map, also cannot figure the truth from fiction.
The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) released yet
another useless report showing how lame American students
are these days. Interestingly, one of the most liberal and
most anti-Trump publications in the world, The Atlantic also
blamed Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump on a lack of civics
education. As far back as 2000 education reports revealed
that 65 percent of college seniors surveyed failed to pass a
high-school level American history test, while this recent
National Association of Scholars (NAS) study revealed that
college student knowledge of Western Civilization and the
so-called 'Big Picture' has practically vanished. Vanished
knowledge! And it takes Stanford studies to show young
people cannot discern?" In "Get Ready for the World
Truth Ministry and the Unimaginable," by Phil Butler, New
Eastern Outlook, 14 June 2017.
The scam is complete, for now. Over-paid academics teach
unmarketable skill sets and "theory" of one kind or another,
generally subsets of anti-capitalist political philosophy,
all the while seeking ever larger salaries and perks for
themselves in the hunt for money, postmodernist style. And
the students dutifully learn that "the so-called 'Big
Picture' has practically vanished."
It's nuts to be that sort of student today, given that great
books alone available in almost all libraries and online are
a wealth of knowledge to those who would learn. For almost
no expense except individual effort.
I saw that which was ugly;
to never judge.
I saw something meaningless;
on meaning I
would not budge.
I saw something beautiful,
lectured for my sin.
I saw someone try to rule
which lay within.
I saw something moving
scenes, darkened, grim;
I saw and I turned away
on more than
just a whim.
I saw something and I thought
would be apt.
I saw and spoke of what I thought
and thus my
path was mapped.
One plus one equals cat
|One plus one equals cat,
And if you're fine with that,
Cat plus hat sums up a pipe
As a scrawny sort of fat.
|Two subtracts from up,
When splashed into its cup,
As two at three will snipe
When together they would sup.
|Three will argue four;
Windows are shown the door.
Five will fife to earn its stripe
As drums the beating roar.
|Sixes and sevens are at
When complexity falls flat,
Past eight counts nine who gripe
That ten is racket's bat.
|Won plus one will lose
Ignoring history's muse.
One will wait until what's ripe
Pervades the evening's news.