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Germany’s Der Spiegel Say Political Correctness Has backfired On America

January 6, 2017

from Der Spiegel International

It’s a Friday afternoon in Oberlin, Ohio, around one month before the country heads to the polls to elect Donald Trump as its next president. The final classes and lectures of the week have just ended, and a young woman comes walking by in bare feet with a hula hoop gyrating around her waist while others are performing what seems to be a rhythmic dance to the African music that’s playing. Two black students are rapping.

It’s the kind of scene that could easily play out on a beach full of backpack tourists, but this is unfolding at one of the country’s most expensive universities.

Many female students here have dyed their hair green or blue, they have piercings and their fashion sense seems inspired by “Girls” creator and millennial star Lena Dunham, who, of course, also studied here.

In such a setting, it seems almost inconceivable that this country could go on to elect Donald Trump as its president only a few weeks later. Yet pro-Trump country is just a few miles away. Oberlin is located in Ohio, one of the swing states that made Trump’s election possible. Drive five miles down College Road toward town, and you start seeing blue “Trump Pence 2016” signs on people’s lawns.

Places like Oberlin are the breeding grounds of the leftist elite Trump’s people spoke so disparagingly of during the election campaign.

Only a few months earlier, a handful of students claimed they had been traumatized after someone used chalk to scrawl “Trump 2016” on the walls of buildings and on sidewalks at Oberlin and at other liberal universities. It triggered protests on some campuses, with students demanding “safe space” where they would be spared from hearing or seeing the name of this “fascist, racist candidate.”

In the months prior to the election, “safe spaces” had been one of the most widely discussed terms at Oberlin. The concept has its roots in feminism and describes a physically and intellectually sheltered space that protects one from potentially insulting, injurious or traumatizing ideas or comments — a place, in short, that protects one from the world. When conservative philosopher and feminism critic Christina Hoff Sommers was scheduled to give a speech at Oberlin last year, some students did not approve and claimed that Sommer’s views on feminism represented “microaggressions.”

When Sommers appeared anyway, leading some Oberlin students to create a “safe space” during the speech where, as one professor reported, “New Age music” was played to calm their nerves and ease their trauma. They could also “get massages and console themselves with stuffed animals.”

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Politically Correct Terminology

August 11, 2016

A lot of people here in Britain, around Europe, in Canada, Australia and in particular in the USA are sich of politically correct censorship of the language we can use and the thoughts we can think. One thing that particularly irks sane people is the question of ‘hate speech’ against Muslims. While the authoritarians and neo – fascists who call themselves left wing, liberal or progressive are hapy to designate even the most reasonable criticism of Islamic communities as ‘hate speech’, they try to browbeat us into accepting that it is OK for extremist Muslim preachers to tell their followers to go out and kill non – Muslims.

There are ways to fight back of course. This message we received recently offers one good example:

 

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There Is NothingIn The Dumbing Down Of Education That Does Not Support ‘The Agenda’

July 6, 2016

Most of this long post is exerpted from a post on Minding The Campus blog, a US blog site for dissident educators. The article is written from the perspective of an educator: It is reproduced here under ‘fair use terms’ in the public interest. The article exposes some misconceptions about the nature and purpose of modern education . The author opens by bemoaning the standard of education found in young people.

My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.

He’s complimentary to the children:

[T]hey rarely allow themselves to become passionate and invested in any one subject); they build superb resumes. They are respectful and cordial to their elders, though easy-going if crude with their peers. They respect diversity (without having the slightest clue what diversity is) and they are experts in the arts of non-judgmentalism (at least publically). They are the cream of their generation, the masters of the universe, a generation-in-waiting to run America and the world.

But:

Some students, due most often to serendipitous class choices or a quirky old-fashioned teacher, might know a few of these answers. But most students have not been educated to know them. At best, they possess accidental knowledge, but otherwise are masters of systematic ignorance. It is not their “fault” for pervasive ignorance of western and American history, civilization, politics, art and literature. Science fares somewhat better but it is learned by rote and theories are passed off as fact; mathematics is all important though most of us will never use any branch but arithmetic after leaving school.

Modern pupils however have learned exactly what we have asked of them – to be like mayflies, alive by happenstance in a fleeting present.

This can’t be stressed enough. In my last decade in work the constant mantra was that new is good, therefore right and I was nothing to do with education. But old mavericks like me, men and women who had benefitted from that education system known as “The Renaissance Education” which taught us to question, were being phased out. When I left the last corporate job I had in the early 1980s to become a freelance Information Technology consultant, the management services director (another Renaisance Education type) stormed into Human Resources demanding to know why I was being allowed to take a redundancy package and go when a number of notorious plodders would be staying.

“This company needs people who can implement corporate policy, not people who question it,” he was told.

Mordern teachers are, on the whole, open to new developments coming out of the curriculum branch, but when something bad comes along (such as Common Core in the USA, and britain’s National Curriculum, few are prepared to stand up say, ‘Hang on, since when did education take a one-size-fits-all approach, what about diversity?’

New! New! New! That’s the mantra.

And of course new policy is backed up by new teaching materials, innit, which comprise texts and exam books, extension work – anything to get the school to buy three texts per child, not one. Let alone the teacher texts. And inside those books are a complete political system based on the assumption that all pupils conform to a standard model and thus have identical educational needs. So  who are  the drivers of the new ideas? They are bureaucrats working for central government, people who have rarely if ever taught a class or, since they left school themselves, interacted with people from different educational classes or social backgrounds. but they will all have obtained a PhD ‘education’ which qualifies them as much greater experts that teacher who have spent years working at ‘the chalk face.’

Everyone below the ‘educationalists’, through the teachers, classroom assistants and down to the pupils, is expected to fall into line behind the currently fashionable theory of education.. Teachers are afraid to appear reactionary, racist, sexist, homophobic and even the moist trivial dissent from the official line will see one branded thus. Those who doubt the message may gently and quietly mock but teachers have mortgages and bills and need to eat and they know it’s more than their job’s worth to voice criticisms or point out that the system is failing.

Of late, people have started to wake up to the fact that the BBC is in effect the broadcating arm of The Ministry Of Truth and that the leftie luvvies and ‘speshul snowflakes’ it employs seem to be so brainwashed they cannot distinguish between facts and their personal beliefs and prejudices. The damage was done  a generation ago it was done, to Generation X and Generation Y who were taught never to question authority and to accept the assumptions of the politically correct left as facts.

And voila, the culture of the 40s, 50s and 60s is not only gone, it’s mocked. A lady who was  in a blog group I was in, in 2006/7, wrote to me that I sounded as if I were from the 60s. That was meant to be bad, that was meant to cut. It didn’t, because all I had been doing was questioning the assumptions of the left.

The immense power of the people controlling the media is incalculable. And yet those people are always hidden and are always at work, advancing the agenda. Any topic, say demonstrating  a relative pronoun, can be loaded with embedded values, (e.g. (1) the boy who bullied immigrant children (2) we gave to a charity that drills wells in Africa) Every single excerpt, every single example, reinforcing the message.

Back to Minding the Campus which gets down to the nitty gritty here (BTW nitty gritty is a racist phrase because it refers to the gravel that was used as ballast on slave ships according to American educators. In fact the term originally referred to the ballast on all ships, but hey, never miss an opportunity to reinforce the message):

Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West.

This is not an overreaction at the end – it really is the end of history. Being a sad case, I’ve always liked history books and when I was staying at a mate’s place, his son’s old history book was in the bookshelf. Took it out and it had the leather bound, hardback look which spelt gravitas.

Good, the old history, I thought. Several pages in and I was already muttering, then expostulating – the guff included as given truths were off the planet. Usually it’s the bias of selection and omission but this one included total porkies. I looked at the date – mid-90s.

Oh my goodness – who was going to correct these things? Well obviously people such as I. And just how was I going to do this? Track down the authors when I had a dozen things to do that day? And the son was now grown, out in the world. You see the impossibility of the task. And who’s to say he’d even listen or see it as relevant to his own world these days?

Back to the teachers and how far can they be blamed? Those in charge are Gen X, the new teachers are Millennials – the process has already been done on them.

Some saw it and tried to fight back by producing alternative materials:

E.D. Hirsch even worked up a self-help curriculum, a do-it yourself guide on how to become culturally literate, imbued with the can-do American spirit that cultural defenestration could be reversed by a good reading list in the appendix. Broadly missing is sufficient appreciation that this ignorance is the intended consequence of our educational system, a sign of its robust health and success.

Heads would look at it – hmmmm, interesting angles but reactionary, racist, every other -ist. And that was that. Those values were never going to be reintroduced by us. The only real chance is that some bright kids start to see something’s wrong, something’s missing and start exploring.

It’s not unlike The Who’s song 905:

In suspended animation
My childhood passed me by
If I speak without emotion
Then you know the reason why
Knowledge of the universe
Was fed into my mind
As my adolescent body
Left its puberty behind

And everything I know is what I need to know
And everything I do’s been done before
Every sentence in my head
Someone else has said
At each end of my life is an open door/a>

I have a feeling deep inside
That somethin’ is missing
It’s a feeling in my soul
And I can’t help wishing
That one day I’ll discover
That we’re living a lie
And I’ll tell the whole world
The reason why.

Chilling, yes? The point made over and over is that none of this is random, the rising and falling wave of civilization – this is quite deliberately introduced and it has succeeded. These are very patient people.

The earliest confirmed example was long ago, called the Lincoln School in America, Rockefeller funded and embracing what’s known as Wundtian philosophy. I’ll leave you to explore Wilhelm Wundt who might have died an obscure experimenter, were it not for his inclusion in the genesis of the new education.

There are just too many articles on education but one good one, on research methods, was reprinted here on my former blog:

http://archive-random-nour-obscur.blogspot.co.uk/2006/10/appendix-h.html

The theme of deliberate intervention in order to suppress the very natural human instinct to question and rebel was, when I started blogging in 2005, seen as tinfoil hat conspirascy stuff, despite senior teachers and lecturers writing many essays and books critical of the way education was heading. Today, it’s seen as part of the fightback against dumbing-down which most of us (everyone who has used Facebook or Twitter for example) have observed in all its ingloriousness.

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Home Secretary says Britain Will Outlaw Hate And Extremism

May 28, 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May announces plans to criminalise ‘hate’. She will a
nnounce the formation of a new law enforcement body, The Thought Police later this year (image source)

In yet another example of how out of touch with reality our leaders are, Theresa May announced on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the “British” government’s determination to make “hate,” “extremism” and “Neo-Nazism” illegal.

“British values” as defined by the government are now to become the official values of everyone in the United Kingdom and the multicultural, multiracial and multisexual nature of the state will be rigidly enforced.

It appears that the proposed bill will include a ban on broadcasting “extremist” views without permission and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print. The bill may also contain plans for banning orders for “extremist,” “Nazi”or “Fascist” organisations and individuals who seek to undermine democracy or to use “hate speech” in public places.

The proposed legislation will fall short of banning people from saying or publishing anything the Politically Correct do not approve of on the grounds of provoking hatred as this is already covered by the “public order antisemitic, racist or homophobic offences” legislation that already exists. You will be able to say or write what you like so long as nobody hears or reads it. Censorship by any other name still smells of shit.

Though Muslims have been mentioned in the context of the bill there is a sense that this legislation is aimed at indigenous White Nationalists, a group which is rising in prominence in relation to the dispersement of facts on the Internet, as well as fuelling public concern over rising immigration and failing multiculturalism coupled with the increasing oppression of Whites in schools and the workplace through “anti-racism” strategies which target and discriminate against them.

Asked in confidence about the best tactic for going forward under such circumstances, a former British university professor of political science said “The best tactic down history in such a case is for as many individual people to get banned as possible. The more people who get banned the weaker the legislation becomes and the more real street cred this group gains for the future.”

This serves to bind diverse factions intlo a larger political grouping, he went on to explain, something the opposition to multiculturalism and ,globaism previously had failed to achieve. In a sense the government that bans free speech and criminalizes dissent, even by such back door methods, is legitimizing both the counter culture and an alternative political elite in the eyes of its critics.

Groups and individuals never heard of before become significant and achieve publicity possibly for the first time in a controlled-media. The next stage is public free-speech protests against banning orders. The government is taking the most counter – productive route possible and is in effect creating a new political opposition to the politically correct consensus of The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Once banned, the individual or group is authenticated in the eyes of other dissenters. Thus they are seen as an alternative to the ruling class when the regime who banned them collapses.

The Professor surely believed he was talking about right wing extremists but his opinions prefectly describe the tactics used to silence opposing views by oppressive governments in Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, Soviet Russia communist China and ‘left wing’ neo fascist groups such as Unite Against Fascism, the Anti Nazi League and the Socialist Workers Party.

One of the great political ironies is that there was very little difference between Hitler’s Nazis and Stalin’s Communists.

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A Swedish Voter Loses It With The Politically Correct Idiots Running His Country

May 27, 2015

Many of my posts on omnibus pages like “Death Of Democracy” and “The Immigration Problem” have concerned Sweden and the loony left’s obession with filling their country with unskilled and barely literate immigrants.

The problems caused by government created immigrant ghettoes in Swedish cities have turned the once safe streets into war zones as rival gangs from various immigrant communities vie for control of the drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling trades. Not so long ago rape was almost unheard of in Sweden, now the country is the rape capital of Europe with more rapes per thousand population than in east European former Soviet republics.

Sweden’s cities, Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg are suffering ‘white flight’ as ethnic Swedes, finding life has become intolerable because of immigrants are leaving for rural areas or even quitting the country.

And yet politicians of the legacy parties insist the way to solve these problems is by bringing in more immigrants.

Here’s a subtitleD YouTube video of one Swedish voter telling the immigrant loving, Sweden hating socialist and liberal politicians exactly what he thinks of them.

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Tolerance Is Not The Same As Acceptance

July 3, 2014

I often post about the hypocrisy of the politically correct left and their double standards. Lefties never agree with me of course, and they are sure they’re right because they just such superior human beings.

I wonder if some of them would take the message on board if it came from a black man, or is being back and disagreeing with the politically correct agenda as bad as being white.

Dennis Gilman is a Jamaican professional, I don’t know his politics but he nails the illiberal bigotry of the “liberal left” here.

Tolerance is not the same as acceptance

Why must persons whose sexual practices I tolerate insist that I view their lifestyle as “acceptable”? Such things are not my business; such issues are between you and whichever God you worship. Don’t shove it in my face, don’t insist that I not have a negative view of it and don’t insist that I never express disapproval of it. If my expressions of disapproval, abhorrence or repudiation are interpreted by persons as expressions of hatred of any person or group of persons, then I view that as a grievous misconstruction. I don’t hate persons who do not live by my moral code. Were I to be like that, I would have to hate over 90% of the population of the world. My moral code is for me alone. I do not attempt to impose it on others and I greatly resent anyone or group who attempt to impose theirs on me.

The hypocrisy of those so called “human rights” groups is appalling. Queen Ifrica sang:

Yu can change di laws of man
But yu can’t change di laws of god
So if dem nocking a big glass dem glad
Wan wi fi change a must mad dem mad
Somebody tell mi what is happening
A don’t want no fish inna mi Ital dish
To see mi son become a father
Mi greatest wish

Those words were called “hate speech” and she was vilified and denied from participation in an international concert, yet Snoop Doggy sings, “Bitches ain’t $h!t but hoes and tricks . . ” (I won’t quote more of it; too degrading to women) but he was not pulled from the lineup!

See the original post on Dennis Gilman’s Linked In page

Brand Plays A Blinder

November 8, 2013

I never thought I’d say this but Russell Brand is playing a blinder. The self proclaimed prolific shagger, official jester to the metrosexual left, quasi – Dickensian cheeky chappie and fan of David Icke has, almost single handedly, made it respectable to dissent from the government line again. He has become a hate figure for both left and right after his outburst against the ineffectual nature of the failed political system, the corporate and scientific hijacking of public debate, government, the legal system, education and the media (the science is never settled guys, not now, not ever, never so shut the fuck up or take your insane cult of Scientism to Crazifornia, the home of post modern idiocy).

Now normally I would rather sup surströmming from a shit shovellers salopette than watch Russell, I don’t think narcissism as comedy is funny, but having pissed off both the left and right simultaneously he must be onto something.

The left are sneering at Brand’s naïveté in wanting to talk about corruption in high places, the unhealthy influence wielded by banks on society and other ‘trivial’ issues instead of understanding that the most important things society has to deal with are gay rights, equality for paedophiles and the scrapping of all immigration controls. The political right are raging that Brand is just another media luvvie playing at being a leftie to get a ride on the politically correct bandwagon.

In fact he is neither, what Russell Brand has been advocating is far more radical, he is talking about real liberalism bordering on anarchy. While the neo Nazis of the Lib Dems, Labour and the Cameronist wing of the Conservatives are talking about authoritarianism disguised with a veneer of political correctness, Brand and conspiracy theorists like David Icke are talking about real genuine individual freedom, the freedom to think for ourselves (and not least the freedom to promote themselves). The kind of freedom that will defend those who oppose uncontrolled immigration against charges of racism, who are against legalising same sex marriage against charges of homophobia (fear of the same thing?) or call for our withdrawal from the EU against accusations of being Little Englanders. A true liberal believes everybody has a right to express their own opinion, rather than just to repeat the opinions approved by the establishment and printed or broadcast by establishment / corporate controlled media.

Though never a fan of fan of the pre – Raphaelite featured comedian I find myself in sympathy with him as he faces hate attacks from all sides. The hate campaign has as always been led by the conformist left whose polemical ravings about Brand’s narcissistic belief that he has the right to speak for the left, yoof, the future, etc., although the traditional right have not been far behind. But Russell Brand has not elected himself, he has been co – opted by default, by the vacuum at the core of British politics. He is speaking for some of the most alienated and disenfranchised groups because, fearful of offending the Politically Correct Thought Police, nobody in the political establishment will step up and speak for them.

In the same way Nigel Farage has become the unofficial and unelected spokesman for the traditional Conservative constituency while George Galloway sometimes acts as the voice of the traditional Labour voter. More mainstream politicians, in their desperation to “engage with minorities” have abandoned the heartlands and are far too ready to dismiss the concerns of white, straight, cultural Christian, middle and working class voters as “bigotry”.

After Brand’s demolition of lefty bully boy Paxman on BBC’s Newsnight, which followed a similar demolition of the cliché spouting presenters of an American political talkshow a few weeks earlier it would be dangerous to assume we have discovered a new political messiah. What Russell Brand has done is expose the intellectually bankruptcy of both left and right, their total inability to propose anything that looks remotely like a solution to our problems (a return to the borrow and spend economics of the past twenty years will only achieve our total enslavement to the Debt Baron Rothschild clan and further austerity will lead to deflation higher unemployment and eventually to more borrowing and our enslavement by the debt barons.

Now someone has stood up and said these things will our political leaders understand they have lost touch with the voters or will they whine wimpishly about how overwhelmingly important it is, compared to trivialities like economics, jobs, ending conflict and shaking off the yoke of the debt barons that we make sure bearded queens in bridal gowns are getting what they want.

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Paxo gets stuffed by Brand

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There’s Irony For You – Welsh Wonder Batters Thought Police

January 23, 2010

This week we have had one lot of scientists telling us to banish butter from our lives while another bunch are telling us processed fats are food from the dark side.

Isn’t it wonderful that in the week when the food and drink branch of the Politically Correct Thought Police have gone into orbit about our reluctance to give up tasty food and live on a fat free, taste free diet for the sake of our health, britain’s oldest working woman has dies aged 102.

And what Mrs. Connie Brown work as?

For 80 years she had worked in the chip shop she opened with her late hubby back in nthe days when cod and chips cost three ha’pence and Elephants were sevenpence for twenty. People who knew her said Connie, aka The Codmother (cue haunting melody played on mandolins) always enjoyed aportion of battered cod with chips from her shop’s industrial capacity deep fat fryers. She was admitted to hospital for the first time in her life only hours before she died.

So much for fatty food sending us to an early grave (story: Daily Telegraph.

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Here’s one for lovers of irony

January 13, 2010

Here’s one for lovers of irony. That favourite hate figure for the Politically Correct Thought Police, Norman Tebbitt is slating Labour for running employment policies that punish people who have been living on benefits by taxing them at almst 100 pence in the pound when they try to get back into work by taking low paid jobs.

One thing (the only thing) I liked about old Norman was his sadistic sense of humour.

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The Last Word On Mice – For A While.

January 10, 2010

While writing yesterday’s blog on mice with mobile phone related scientific research I heard a story on radio about a pest control firm that has developed a new and highly scientific way of dealing with the plague of mice that are overrunning London’s offices, shops, hotels and restaurants.

The company’s operatives go into a target building, lay down mats coated with special mouse adhesive and themn place mouse bait on the mats. When the little pointy nosed ones go on to the mat to get the free snacks they get stuck.

“And then you return them to the wild?” the ever so politically correct presenter asked hopefully.

“No,” said the pest control spokesman patiently, “we hit them with a builders mallet. They’re vermin.”

Now that is the kind of science we can all engage with. For me it brought to mind an old Kenny Everett sketch where he was a musician who played melodies by hitting captive mice with a mallet to make them squeak.

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