The Clever and the Stupid

Karl-Olov Arnstberg is a Swedish writer, ethnologist, and retired university professor. Many thanks to LN for translating this post from the blog Invandring och mörkläggning:

Sunday Chronicle:

The clever and the stupid

by Karl-Olov Arnstberg
January 1, 2023

Last week’s Sunday Chronicle was about intelligence and the quarter-century-old but still controversial research report The Bell Curve. Today I thought I’d shift the focus from the average IQ ratio of different groups to the “smart fraction” — see the picture above.

Tabula Rasa/Blank Slate is a philosophical theory which maintains that human beings are not only shaped by their environment and experiences, but also that they can be shaped into almost anything. Aristotle asserted this in his treatise De Anima (On the Soul), and the Greek Stoics developed the idea. The next big names are the canonised 13th-century philosopher Thomas Aquinas, and then the 17th-century philosophers Descartes and John Locke. In his “Essay Concerning Human Understanding”, the latter coined the term “white paper/blank slate”. In his novel Émile or Education, Jean-Jacques Rousseau echoes the same idea when he argues that adults can mould children into whatever they want. Then we may jump to Marx, who argues that it is capitalism that creates the differences (the injustices). In the paradise to which the dictatorship of the proletariat leads, all people will be the same, that is to say, good. No rich capitalist pigs there. The Social Democrats were not convinced that this happiness would be achieved through revolution, and so launched their alternative, social engineering.

The idea that we can all be equal is attractive to socialists in the first place, which, as we know, has cost the lives of several million people. Freud may also be included in the ranks of believers, since he argued that inheritance has minimal significance. Man is formed in his early childhood years. As late as the 1950s, behaviourist psychologists were so convinced that all human behaviour was controlled by the environment that there were even those who believed that the right therapy could cure Down’s syndrome.

That’s the legacy we live with to this day. The politically correct dogma assumes that all human beings are born as blank slates, and that it is only faulty policies, upbringing and environmental factors such as education, nutrition, medical care, etc. that prevent a person from attaining the intellectual or cultural achievements of another person.

It does not seem to matter that there is no scientific support whatsoever for the ideology of equality. Neuroscience, psychometrics and evolutionary psychology have totally shattered the theory that humans are born as a blank slate. The cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker’s 500+ page exposé The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature was published in 2002. Four years later, it was published in Swedish.

Politicians who prattle on about the equal value of human beings, and feminists who campaign for equal opportunity quotas, should be ordered to read it. It would save us citizens a lot of political nonsense. It would also save money, not least when it comes to aid. It is not possible to use aid to help poor countries with low IQ averages out of their misery. Moreover, if politicians were to follow what modern biologists and evolutionary psychologists agree on concerning the importance of heredity, they would put an end to the immigration that is currently filling up Sweden with new inhabitants from Africa and the Middle East faster than the fastest chicken can run.

In 2002, what was called the Smart Fraction Theory was first presented by someone using the pseudonym La Griffe du Lion (The Lion’s Claw), which probably stands for the American sociologist Robert Gordon, who wrote anonymously to avoid a lot of hateful comments and claims of racism. Even controversial science should be driven by logic, theory and empirical evidence, and thus not be disturbed or stopped by vilification and threats. But that’s unfortunately what has happened.

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The Children of Men

The title of this post is a reference the dystopian 1992 novel of the same name by P.D. James. It seems apropos, given the events it describes, which take place in the year 2021.

Many thanks to LN for translating this German-language article from Rubikon:

Birth rates collapse

The German Federal Institute for Population Research reports a collapse in total fertility and birth rates nine months after the start of Corona vaccinations.

A commentary by Jens Bernert

A sharp drop of 15 percent in the birth rate in Germany in connection with the “Corona vaccinations” is reported by the German Federal Institute for Population Research [1][2][3][4]. The seasonally adjusted monthly total fertility rate (TFR) declined by 14 percent. The Federal Institute points out that the dramatic crash in the two rates, calculated on the basis of births, began nine months — the length of a pregnancy — after the campaign to vaccinate the fertile cohorts began. The study rules out reasons for the decline other than the vaccination campaign.

The English-language study, with the translated title “Fertility Declines Toward the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence for Birth Declines in Germany and Sweden in 2022,” can be found on the website of the German Federal Institute for Population Research, where it can also be downloaded as a PDF file [5]. The study authors use statistical methods to examine the development of birth and fertility rates in Germany and Sweden.

The birth rate or “seasonally adjusted monthly total fertility rate” refers to all women, including unvaccinated women. This means that the decline in these two rates in relation only to the vaccinated is realistically likely to be much more dramatic. Since the evaluation is based on live births, miscarriages, abortions of damaged fetuses, etc., naturally also play a role here.

The introductory abstract to the study states:

“We rely on monthly birth statistics and present seasonally adjusted monthly total fertility rates (TFR) for Germany and Sweden. We relate nine-month lagged fertility rates to contextual trends in COVID-19 mortality and morbidity, unemployment rates, and COVID-19 vaccination. The seasonally adjusted monthly TFR in Germany fell from 1.5-1.6 in 2021 to 1.3-1.4 in 2022, a decline of about 14 percent. In Sweden, the corresponding TFR fell from about 1.7 in 2021 to 1.5-1.6 in 2022, a decline of almost 10 percent. There is no relationship between fertility trends and changes in unemployment, infection rates, or COVID-19 deaths. However, there is a strong association between the start of vaccination programs and the decline in fertility nine months after the start of these programs.”

The Federal Institute study states that the decline in fertility rates did not occur for other reasons under discussion. Consequently, it states:

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Diana West: The Silence of the Institutions

As most readers already know, Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character. In the following video, Vlad interviews Diana about the COVID hysteria, and the subsequent experimental mRNA treatment that was marketed as a mitigation of the effects of infection with the virus.

Because real information concerning the “vaccines” is largely occluded, discussions about what is going on must of necessity be speculative. There are, however, a few undeniable facts. For example: the propaganda push behind the vax has been the greatest I’ve ever encountered in my lifetime, far greater than any wartime propaganda. Which is remarkable, given that COVID-19 is relatively mild, as contagious diseases go.

That alone tells you that there’s more to this “pandemic” than meets the eye.

Then there are the excess deaths. We’re in the early stages of data collection on this issue, but it’s already clear that something not directly related to Corona is killing a lot of people. No one can say for certain what the causes might be, but what’s happening now is exactly what was predicted by independent critics of the mRNA jabs back in late 2020, before mass “vaccination” began.

Those are just two of the relevant facts. There are many others, such as the bizarre and frightening blood clots that are being pulled out of the circulatory systems of cadavers during autopsies.

Something evil is definitely afoot.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for uploading this video:

The Idea of the Monarchy

Long-time readers will remember Rembrandt Clancy’s extensive scholarly translations from the German. The following essay is his own composition, and was occasioned by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Idea of the Monarchy

by Rembrandt Clancy
18 September 2022

While the marriages, ideological proclivities or political associations of individual members of the royal family matter, our purpose here, on the occasion of the end of the seventy-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is limited to exploring the meaning of monarchy as a symbol, mainly through the writings of Oswald Spengler and George Orwell, with the British monarchy serving as the primary exemplar.

Some hours after the death of the Queen, Jordan Peterson gave a rather conversational video talk honouring her long reign (cf. How the Queen’s Passing will affect the World). In the course of his remarks, he pointed to the many contributions the United Kingdom has made to representative governments such as those of Canada, Australia, the United States and India. His central focus, however, was on a single concept: the wisdom of the symbol behind the British monarchy.

In the United States, the checks and balances to power are accomplished in principle by three divisions of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Peterson goes on to explain that in Britain there is a fourth division where

“the monarch holds the symbolic weight [of power], and that’s really smart, because it separates it to some degree from the political weight.” (6:17 min.)

For Peterson, the monarchy is an added bulwark against tyranny. In the American system, on the other hand, the executive and the symbolic weighting are combined in one branch, giving rise to “temptations” for a president to assume monarchical pretensions and thereby accumulate a surfeit of power to his own person. Peterson’s meaning is that while the president cannot help but carry these two weightings in his capacity of President, he may be tempted to cloak himself personally in the symbolic element, hence suffer from a type of psychological inflation, a puffed-up condition akin to l’état, c’est moi, or to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s claim, that “I represent science”: to damage him is to damage science (cf. The Washington Times, 28 Nov. 2021)

In the American executive branch, only the nomenclature changes: the King becomes President — rather than a Prime Minister — and the Queen becomes a First Lady; the White House is akin to a palace where on official occasions the President walks on and off stage to the equivalent of a trumpet fanfare. Moreover, there is a certain dynastic tendency attached to the presidency, which strives to come to the surface for recognition. In later years, for example, the Kennedy dynasty, the Clintons and the Bushes come to mind; but in practice, a hereditary presidential line has not been successful. Trump made a mockery of it when in 2016 he frustrated Hilary Clinton’s right of succession. Nevertheless, this dynastic tendency draws attention to the sense of entitlement among an entrenched nouveau riche called “the elite”.

Peterson says that “Trump, he’s King and President all rolled up into one, and that’s just too much” (7:24 min.). We understand that Peterson is trying to exemplify the dangers inherent in the office of President-King, but is Trump a good example? Why is the office of President-King “too much” for Trump and not for any other president? That Trump accumulated fame; first, as a nouveau riche businessman; then, in the TV series The Apprentice and finally in the presidency does not build a case for any of it going to Trump’s head by simply summing it all up as being “too much”. Having actually built something, having media savvy and experience with a variety of people are normally assets. Trump’s knowledge of the media contributed greatly to his handling of the legacy media. One wonders why all of Trump’s accumulated experience becomes dangerous in his case. The socially agreed, American, monarchical simulacrum was already awaiting Donald Trump as long-established ‘royal’ protocol when he entered the White House ‘palace’. All presidents have the opportunity to bask in that pseudo-royalty. On the other hand, instead of taking these displays seriously, Trump ridiculed the disingenuousness of acting presidentially multiple times through mime: “If I acted presidential, I can guarantee you this morning, I wouldn’t be here” (cf. PJ Media, 26 April, 2016). By bringing his case to the granular level of a particular president, Peterson buries his own lead, for his main purport was to show that in the United States, the very country that separated itself from the monarchy of George III through revolution, incorporated monarchical trappings in the office of the presidency itself.

Why has the monarchical tendency returned to the America despite her revolution against monarchy? Peterson says

“that’s partly because there is that demand for the symbolic weight that the leader should manifest, and you also see that to, some degree, in the United States, which is a star-worshipping culture obviously, with the glitterati and the royalty of Hollywood” (6:55).

But that begs the question of why there is a demand for the symbolic weight of monarchy in the first place.

According to Oswald Spengler in his great intuitive work, ‘The Decline of the West’ (Der Untergang des Abendlandes)[1], Faustian (Western) nations owe their very existence to the “dynastic idea” (Vol. II, p. 179):

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Socialism is the Loser of History

Many thanks to LN for translating this essay by Karl-Olov Arnstberg from the Swedish blog Invandring och mörkläggning:

Sunday Chronicle: Postmodernism and truth

September 4, 2022

Of the classic questions of philosophy is how we are able to know anything about existence and being (ontology).

Does reason provide an objective view of the world? In Plato’s cave analogy, a group of people sit chained in a cave, their faces turned towards the cave’s interior. Behind them is a wall, and behind the wall burns a fire. Between the wall and the fire walk people, holding up objects above the wall. The fire casts shadows on the cave walls, and these shadows are all the prisoners in the cave can see, and they spend their time trying to make sense of this blurred reflection of existence. Many people are also familiar with the French philosopher René Descartes’ short sentence Cogito ergo sum, which means “I think, therefore I exist”. Everything can be doubted, but not that one thinks. At least that we can know that we exist.

A century on, the Enlightenment’s answer to the question of what we can know about reality is to put our faith in reason. Our senses are what tell us about reality. Those usually placed in the display window are Voltaire, Diderot and the encyclopaedists of France, but I would rather highlight three English geniuses, because it is England that will be the cradle of industrialism and therefore of our modern age. The three names are Francis Bacon as an empiricist and scientist, Isaac Newton as a physicist and mathematician, and John Locke with his writings on empiricism, reason and liberal politics.

Soon there was a counter-movement that argued that reason was not at all sufficient to understand existence and the world. Reason does not provide answers to existential questions. What about belief in God, in traditional values such as duty, sacrifice and solidarity? Moreover, reason is irreducibly subjective. People are not at all in agreement about what their minds tell them about the world. Take the Indian sutra that has spread around the world as the Buddha’s parable.

A king has brought an elephant to his palace and asks the city’s blind men to examine it. As the men feel each part of the elephant, the king asks them, one by one, to describe what an elephant is. One man has felt the elephant’s head and describes it as a pot, another has felt its ear and describes it as a basket or a sieve. One has felt the tusks and describes a coulter, and another has felt the legs and talks about tree trunks. They have all experienced the elephant in different ways and cannot agree.

I will not stray further into the catacombs of pre-modern philosophy, but what I want to say is that the truth about our existence is and remains an unsolved problem. As John Ajvide Lindqvist writes in his new novel Reality: there is no way to prove that the world was not created five seconds ago and that everything we think we remember is a fabrication put into our heads by an alien entity. There is no way to know.

The 20th century is the century of reason, and the advances are amazing; liberal politics, democracy, free markets, scientific progress and technological innovation. But industrialism also builds a class society. It gets its counter-movement in the form of communism, which believed that the contradictions of capitalism would lead to revolution. Eventually, the exploited workers would have had enough. As we all know, that was not the case. In the First World War, the proletarians chose not Marx, Lenin and socialism but nationalism. The lesson for the communists was that revolution would not come by itself. The proletariat needed the support and guidance of an intellectual elite. Such an elite was built above all by the Frankfurt School.

The First World War also led to a different and revanchist movement. Today we see communism and national socialism as two extremes — one on the left, the other on the right. Moreover, we classify Marxism as sophisticated and intellectual, while Nazism is the ideology of the rabble-rousers. However, it wasn’t really that simple in 1930s Germany. The Nazis also had an elite and a respectable academic tradition with philosophers like Schopenhauer, Herder and Nietzsche. Marx, in a corner, was also involved.

The two ideologies were siblings. For example, both Goebbels and Mussolini were socialists in their political thinking. In The Road to Serfdom (English first edition 1944), the Austrian-British economist Friedrich Hayek writes that when students, after studying on the Continent, returned to England, they were unsure whether they wanted to be Communists or Nazis. On the other hand, they were quite clear that they hated capitalism. The big difference was that National Socialism put the nation and the people first, while Communism focused on the class and the proletariat. Neither ideology had anything whatsoever in common with democracy. The Communists were committed to the dictatorship of the proletariat, the Nazis to the Aryan race, i.e. the dictatorship of the German people.

Since Germany was the great loser of the Second World War, Nazism perished as an ideology. The second sibling, as we know, survived — even though its days were numbered. The first attack came in 1956 when the Hungarian uprising was crushed, the second in 1968 with the Warsaw Pact’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. Soviet power exposed the totalitarian core of communism, in all its horror. Then, when East Germany collapsed in 1989 and the Soviet Union a few years later, the saga of communism should have been over. It should be as ideologically dead as Nazism.

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Cultural Appropriators Must Be Cancelled!

The prohibition against “cultural appropriation” seems to be in force now in Germany, just as it is on this side of the Atlantic.

The following report doesn’t mention it, but I would expect that “The Song of Hiawatha” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would have to be cancelled, too. Not only is it an epic poem about Injuns written by a honky, but it even uses the word “wigwam”! Which is almost too much for a sensitive soul to bear.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:

Discussion about “cultural appropriation”

Dieter Hallervorden: That is patronization!

Berlin

With biting irony, the actor and theater manager Dieter Hallervorden got involved in the debate about so-called “cultural appropriation”. Regarding the discussion about the Indian chief Winnetou created by the writer Karl May, the 86-year-old said: “I think we live in a kind of sensitivity cult where other people want to dictate to us which slalom we have to use to go around alleged blunders in the future.”

Hallervorden attacked the advocates of a prohibition culture harshly: “I take it as patronization,” said the director of the Berlin Schloßpark-Theater. Background: The Ravensburger publishing house stopped the delivery of two children’s books for the film of the same name, “The Young Chief Winnetou”, in mid-August. Because one is aware “that we have hurt the feelings of others with the Winnetou titles”.

Also ban Goethe’s “Faust”?

If one followed this logic, Goethe’s “Faust” would also have to be banned, Hallervorden averred. “Because the way Faust approaches Gretchen is not only outdated, but downright misogynistic.” And he said sarcastically of characters invented by Walt Disney such as Donald Duck: “Talking ducks — don’t you do a certain animal species a bitter wrong here?” He could only recommend that everyone not take the topic seriously and “have a great laugh about it.”

Afterword from the translator:

Dieter Hallervorden also criticized gendering last year , calling it the rape of the German language. I call all of this the rape of humanity.

Unfortunately, all of this is nothing new. Over 200 years ago the busybody crowd around Reverend William Wilberforce did the same. They even had Cinderella banned, among many other fairy tales, because the story painted stepmothers in a bad light, and fairy tales in general were thought to take people away from “Christian values”— needless to say, it was THEIR “Christian” values.

And now the same crowd is coming for Karl May, a 19th-century German writer of travel adventure novels, ALL of which I read while growing up. Reading his books growing up made me leave Germany and Europe and have my own adventures. Pity, though, my collection of his books burned along with my house back in 2015.

They Have Plans For Us

When I wrote last week about the financial crisis and the Great Reset, I said:

None of the above is the raving of a tinfoil-hat paranoid. It has all been written up, more or less the same as I summarized, in articles and treatises and papers put out by the World Economic Forum and the other institutions that are planning our globalized future. None of it is hidden. It’s not secret. But it’s TLDR for most people, so they pay no attention.

The following report talks about Klaus Schwab’s most recent book, which is an example of the blatant out-in-the-open plans our future overlords have for us. They probably rely on the fact that almost nobody outside of their totalitarian technocrat community reads their stuff.

The sheep just never look up.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Report24:

“Insane!”: Schwab’s new book “The Great Narrative” is torn in two

It was published in English on December 28 last year and has been available in German since February 21: The second part of Klaus Schwab’s “The Great Reset” is called “The Great Narrative” and has the dubious subtitle “For a better future”. The latest work by the founder of the World Economic Forum is not well received by readers.

The big narrative est [sic!] is a guide for anyone who wants to better understand how the world has evolved since the beginning of the pandemic and what solutions can make it more resilient, fairer and more sustainable..

This is how the 293-page book by Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret is described on Amazon. However, users find completely different words for it. The 1-star ratings outweigh the others in both the German and the English version. German readers state:

“Insane! Does he believe he is “God”? Orwell sends greetings: he says protection, peace and freedom. He means control, slavery and paternalism.”

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“Severely sick! A lone man who has gathered a kind of elite cult around him is trying to transform all of humanity according to his ideal! Mankind should do everything possible to ensure that this nightmare does not become a reality!”

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“A dangerous pamphlet that promotes totalitarian socialism with pretended global problems such as climate change. Pooh!”

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The ratings for the English version are hardly more forgiving. Here is what UK readers write:

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Fjordman: A Convergence of Catastrophes

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A Convergence of Catastrophes

by Fjordman

Pierre Brochand is a former director of the French Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE), tasked with intelligence gathering and safeguarding France’s national security. He has also been a diplomat, the French ambassador to Hungary, Israel and Portugal, and has served his country in various positions for decades. In an interview with the national newspaper Le Figaro in March of 2022, Brochand sounded an alarm bell over the damage immigration is doing to France and to other European nations.[1] He judges that Europe is currently the only part of the world to deny the importance of ethnic and cultural homogeneity for stability, peace, and prosperity.

France has for more than half a century experienced large-scale immigration from what used to be called the Third World: countries in the Islamic world, Africa, and other parts of the global South. Brochand notes that this recent mass immigration is unprecedented in our history, and observes that it is fracturing France into various competing tribes. While it has become taboo to say so in Western countries today, experience indicates that Multicultural societies of competing ethnic groups are often inherently unstable and tend to break down into violence. Brochand compares France to Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia. These were Multicultural countries with large Muslim populations that collapsed into horrific civil wars.

Pierre Brochand has harsh words for the political leaders in France and the rest of Western Europe. In his view, they have for decades allowed the situation to grow worse and worse due to cowardice. He fears that the country could be heading for some form of collapse unless a complete reversal of public policy is implemented immediately. The politicians must say loud and clear that France will not for the foreseeable future be a country that welcomes large-scale immigration. However, Brochand believes that political leadership in France and Europe still underestimates the seriousness of the situation. Time is running out if we want to avoid a disaster. With his decades of accumulated experience, Pierre Brochand fears a dark future for our children and grandchildren.

In April of 2021, one thousand French soldiers, including more than twenty retired generals, signed a public letter warning that France could face a bloody “civil war” fueled by Islamic separatism.[2] Several other observers have voiced similar worries.[3] Some fear that war has become inevitable.[4] A few, such as the author Michel Onfray, state that a civil war has already begun.[5]

The American writer Ned May quotes the American science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein with what he terms The Year of the Jackpot. This is when several negative happenings converge in time and cause a systemic collapse in society. May wrote an essay about this at his website Gates of Vienna in 2007, and in 2022 this emerging chaos appears to be drawing closer.[6] A toxic mix of negative factors could cause dramatic ripple effects throughout the entire Western world. Right now, we are witnessing a combination of mass immigration, Islamization, terrorism, unparalleled money printing by the central banks, massive public debt, disrupted economies after lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic, outsourcing of industries and jobs to an increasingly powerful China, war between Russia and the Ukraine, social decay, decadence and cultural decline, dissolution of families, a spike in violent crime, increasing censorship, surveillance and ideological indoctrination, harmful environmental policies plus a steep rise in the prices of energy and food. Every one of these problems is bad by itself. Combined, they could be disastrous.

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The Sweden Syndrome

The following essay was originally published in Swedish, but has been translated into English and was posted last weekend on the blog Invandring och mörkläggning (Immigration and blackout).

Sunday Column: The Sweden Syndrome

Translation:

We all live under the same sky

We have the same rights

Join the fight for everyone’s right to a dignified life

I do hope readers do their best to spread this column. Last week it was published in Swedish. Our politicians should not be allowed to continue to spread the image of Sweden as a well-functioning humanitarian superpower, for the simple reason that it is not true.

As is well known, the Stockholm Syndrome refers to the phenomenon of kidnap victims showing solidarity with their kidnappers, against the police who are trying to free them. The Sweden Syndrome means that a nation’s ruling politicians and opinion leaders, on behalf of the electorate, put the interests of their own country and the security and welfare of their own population second. For them it is more important to take responsibility for ”helping the world”, to shoulder the role as a humanitarian superpower. The Sweden Syndrome also means that responsible politicians in general elections are given continued confidence by voters, who have been misled by the media.

The root of the Sweden Syndrome is the same problem that characterizes the Stockholm Syndrome — both are a form of misplaced solidarity. A concrete example:

The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 led to riots in Minnesota. In Sweden, too, young people joined in the thousands and demonstrated in Stockholm and Gothenburg, despite the ban against more than 50 people gathering, due to Covid. One has to realise that Sweden has no racist history of the American kind. There is also no comparable history of conflict between Swedish police and Sweden’s black citizens. If the demonstration had concerned Swedish care for the elderly, where mass deaths happen as the result of government incompetence, then I would have understood why the young people demonstrated. Or consider actual crimes against the elderly, a related issue.

Fraud against the elderly is something of a Roma speciality. When I did research for my book, Romany in Sweden (published in Swedish, 2015), I spoke to the outgoing head of the so-called Circa group in Vårgårda in southwestern Sweden, which specialized in combating crimes against old people. The group then had eleven employees, eight of whom were police officers. The ex-Circa head said that if they had had 50 policemen instead, they would have solved twice as many of these crimes.

The situation has not changed since then, but the crimes against old people continue according to the same pattern. It is not known how many such crimes are committed in Sweden annually. Many elderly people who have been deceived are ashamed and do not report the crimes. But it amounts to several thousand cases every year.

The boss who resigned had never had contact with any of the Swedish politicians who most eagerly advocated for Roma, as an oppressed minority: Maria Leissner, Thomas Hammarberg and Erik Ullenhag. Nor had Niklas Orrenius heard from him: In 2013, he was the journalist who used Sweden’s largest morning newspaper to sound the alarm about a police force registry of Roma, which set off one of the major media hysteria campaigns of recent years. I interpreted it that these politicians and journalists were being careful not to contact the Circa group, as it would threaten their ideologically based perception of reality. For them, the Roma are always victims and they absolutely do not want to hear any other point of view.

Even though it is known in the judiciary that it is mainly the Roma who are responsible for these heinous crimes against the elderly, it is a taboo subject among both politicians and the media. Those Roma from Romania and Bulgaria who still end up in court are often sentenced to deportation after serving their sentences, but since identities are not checked at Sweden’s borders, these EU citizens are free to enter the country again.

Free movement within the EU is so important that the Swedish people also are forced to live in a country flooded with beggars. The person who more than anyone bears the blame for the first wave of invasion by beggars is Sweden’s then-EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. I have never seen any heavy criticism directed at her. On the contrary, she was and still is much admired for her political skills and language competence.

The Sweden Syndrome mainly affects Western welfare democracies. One question is: why would this self-destructive policy be named after Sweden in particular? The answer is that Sweden is the country where the national political class’s neglect of the national interest has gone furthest, and that the country should therefore set a warning example for the rest of the world. Look, this is how bad it can get.

State individualism

From the World Values Survey map often quoted in debates it appears that Sweden is a country with extreme individualism. Since individualism and collectivism are opposing concepts, it should mean that Sweden is a country with a cacophony of voices, a country where it is difficult to distinguish a common pattern in what people think of things, because most people seem to follow their own minds, instead of joining in the Swedish collective. But that is not the case at all. On the contrary, Swedes, especially those who are active in the public arena, are extremely similar to each other in their opinions and actions. Roland Huntford, who was stationed in Stockholm as a correspondent for the venerable Observer newspaper, published in 1971 an overlooked book about Sweden, The New Totalitarians. He writes:

The entire Swedish mafia of mass informers, commentators, mentors and educators acts as a collective unit and follows the trends of the moment. They are conformists to excess and only want to promote the general consensus — a tradition that is reinforced by school education. The party ideologues say that the new school system has conditioned the growing generation to think as the ideologues want them to think. Indoctrination in schools has been steadily advancing since the 1950s, and the system’s products now dominate the media.

And this is how the author Karl-Ove Knausgård, a Norwegian but then resident in Sweden, with a Swedish wife, writes in part 2 of his autobiographical My Struggle:

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The Amazing Prescience of Jacques Attali

Jacques Attali is a French writer, civil servant, and former advisor to President François Mitterrand. For most of his career he has been, to say the least, a strong proponent of globalism and the New World Order.

The following video discusses Mr. Attali’s predictions as expressed in several passages of a book written in 1998. Their applicability to events of the last few years highlights the author’s uncanny foresight.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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The Slow March of Amorality

Our Israeli correspondent MC discusses Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s book, and the miasma of corruption and evil that pervades the worldwide response to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

The only survivors of 150 Polish people who walked from Lodz, Poland to Berlin huddle in blankets on December 14, 1945. They are waiting by a railway track hoping to be picked up by a British army train and given help. (Fred Ramage — Keystone/Getty Images / Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME)

The Slow March of Amorality

by MC

Amorality is not the same as immorality. Amorality is the absence of any kind of morality at all. It reflects an animal society that works off deceit, instinct and emotion. Can a dog get ‘angry’? I don’t know, but a dog can certainly get scared and invoke a ‘fight or flee’ irrationality.

So too with humans: induce enough fear, and humanity will, in panic, flock towards imagined safety and the mitigation of said fear.

After 70+ years of peace and ever increasing wealth and comfort, we in the Anglo-West are unprepared for the shock of overwhelming fear and its associated propaganda. We have been taught to respect and trust government, not treat it with fear and suspicion as the Founding Fathers did.

The Constitution makes an assumption, and thus contains a serious flaw: it assumes that it, the Constitution, floats in a sea of Christian morality, and, as a consequence, can be interpreted and be the arbiter of any nuances of ‘citizenship’.

But what if that sea changes colour? What if the people cease to respect Christian morality? What if amoral leaders blur the edges and remove the public’s ability to perceive righteousness?

It is not that people are evil or immoral; it is just that the reference points of (Christian) culture are obscured and there is nothing to replace them. So the Constitution sinks, having been torpedoed by a lurking submarine (U666?).

One expects governments to tell the truth to “we the people” but truth can be difficult, and a little lie here and there might help.

Fauci told big, big lies to President George W. Bush:

Fauci apparently neglected to tell President Bush that Nevirapine had never won FDA approval as a safe and effective drug. “Dr. Fauci had to know all about the safety problems, but he must have either omitted or whitewashed them when he sold the program to Bush,” says Celia Farber, who researched the episode extensively for her 2006 article in Harper’s Magazine. NIAID’s powerful apparatchik didn’t fret that FDA had already refused Nevirapine its official safety imprimatur.

— From The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health (Children’s Health Defense) p554

Nevirapine was another so-called AIDS cure — expensive, ineffective and fatal.

But such is the power of a Fauci lie that Bush, like many a President, fell for it.

Tony Fauci is one of the amoral. He seems to have only one objective in life: a rich, powerful Anthony Fauci. Because, for the amoral, “the ends justify the means” Fauci stands a king of the castle over a mountain of innocent corpses, whether it be the children of the Incarnation Children’s Center in New York City, or the current 5-11 year olds being jabbed with mRNA vaccines to save granny…

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Islam: No Peace Can Be Made

Islam: No Peace Can Be Made

What Islamic Leaders Say

Compiled, with minimal editing, by Michael Copeland

No peace can be made between us and the non-believers,
This what Allah… this what our holy book says.
Grab onto the shovel, grab onto the gun and the sword,
Terror struck into their hearts is an end in itself.

Jihad means killing all kafirs around the world.
Push your sword in their bodies and cut them in pieces.
Jihad! Jihad! Jihad is incumbent upon you.
Yes, we will kill them. Of that we’ll not be ashamed.

Kill them wherever they are unless they convert.
Muslims conquered, invaded, and took over countries.
The goal is to rule the world and all mankind.
Any power that gets in the way we fight and destroy.

Power, fighting, jihad, beheading and bloodshed,
Killing, fighting, blood and striking of necks.
These are great, noble, and blessed steps towards order.
Until the last day of our lives we’ll fight and kill.

Sources:

No peace can be made. —Yusuf al Qaradawi
Grab onto the shovel. —Abdullah Faaruuq, Boston Imam
Terror struck into their hearts. —Malik, Brigadier S.K., The Quranic Concept of War
Jihad means killing all kafirs. —Ayatollah Khomeini
Push your sword. — Ayatollah Khomeini. Islam Watch, 4 April 2010
Jihad! Jihad! Jihad! —Child preacher, Abu Ja’far, FrontPage Mag
Yes, we will kill them. — Sheikh Ahmed, member of IS
Kill them wherever. —Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt
Muslims conquered, invaded. —Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni, Jihad Watch
The goal is to rule the world. —Maududi, Jihad in Islam
Any power that gets in the way —Maududi, Jihad in Islam
Power, fighting, jihad. —Imam Hussein Bin Mahmoud, prominent writer
Killing, fighting, blood. — Sheikh Hussein bin Mahmoud, Islamic State
These are great, noble. —Al-Jazoul, Sudanese Cleric, Jihad Watch
Until the last day of our lives. — Sheikh Ahmed, member of IS

For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.

I Won!

I’ve been watching video clips from press conferences on the débacle in Afghanistan, led by Jen Psaki, Antony Blinken, and other flunkies of the Biden administration. I can’t tolerate much of that stuff, and usually only watch a little bit, but I read most of the transcripts. And, like most people, I have come to the conclusion that the administration’s spokescreatures are totally divorced from reality. Maybe they’re on drugs; who knows?

While reading a transcript this morning I was reminded of the last two lines of the poem “Crow’s Fall” by the late Ted Hughes (from Crow, 1971). I hadn’t read the poem for a long time, so I rolled the big ladder over to the poetry section of the library here at Schloss Bodissey, climbed up to the top, and pulled down my ancient copy of the book, which is now worn and bedraggled and held together by scotch tape.

The poem turns out to be fairly apropos, and also politically incorrect. And others in the book are even more triggering — “Two Eskimo Songs”, for example. If Mr. Hughes were alive today, he would surely be cancelled. And they may yet dig him up so that his corpse can be publicly shunned.

Crow’s Fall

by Ted Hughes

When Crow was white he decided the sun was too white.
He decided it glared much too whitely.
He decided to attack it and defeat it.

He got his strength flush and in full glitter.
He clawed and fluffed his rage up.
He aimed his beak direct at the sun’s centre.

He laughed himself to the centre of himself

And attacked.

At his battle cry trees grew suddenly old,
Shadows flattened.

But the sun brightened—
It brightened, and Crow returned charred black.

He opened his mouth but what came out was charred black.

“Up there,” he managed,
“Where white is black and black is white, I won.”

I noticed in the credits at the front of the book that this poem was first published in The New Yorker, of all places.

Book Review: Tactical Wisdom

Tactical Wisdom

by Joe Dolio

Reviewed by Jack Lawson
author of the Civil Defense Manual

Rarely does a book catch my attention like Tactical Wisdom. It could have been authored by my alter ego. But the author, Joe Dolio, has created what I consider a companion and must-read book to my book the Civil Defense Manual. His book Tactical Wisdom TW-01 Baseline Training Manual has almost every procedure in it that my book has… presented in a concise and superb manner. He also has a great writing style.

The man clearly must be a genius, if by his definition of the word, we think alike. For those unaware of what I’m talking about, you’d have to read Joe’s opening line in his review of my book. But Joe and I, regardless of our level of intelligence — and I’m definitely not a genius — agree on the way to preparedness, survival and organizing with others for strength through numbers for protection.

This review is not a ‘trade off’ knee-jerk evaluation of the Tactical Wisdom Series from me because Joe wrote a generous review for me… because anyone who knows me well, knows that I won’t praise a poor presentation, incompetence and/or misinformation for any reason. The fact is that this Marine Corps Veteran has written a classic in the Tactical Wisdom Base Line Training Manual.

I know that Joe is more intelligent than I am by one item, as he quotes The Ultimate Base Line Book — the Bible — in his book. That incredible Guidebook that I seemed to have wandered away from, despite being brought up by it. Some people that know me would say: “Lawson, you reading the Bible!?”

Well, I am drifting back to the Bible and Christianity… probably from the insanity to which illogic is bringing our society. I am not reading it because “I’m looking for a loophole” for my transgressions, like W.C. Fields said when one of his friends questioned him, astounded that he was reading the Bible on his deathbed. I have a pretty good idea where I’m going — and it won’t be pretty — but I still hold out hope for Valhalla.

That being said, I believe our exclusion of God, his Son and the Holy Spirit by many ‘enlightened’ and ‘elite’ people is the basis of the ongoing destruction of the fabric of society, decency, the family, free enterprise (instead of fascist corporations), individual rights and Constitutional America.

When the huge egos and twisted values of those who become legends in their own minds represents the aggregate essence of a world of peoples, in lieu of the righteousness and principles of an Immortal and Benevolent Higher Power, mankind is well on the way to catastrophe — if not extinction.

I have read just about every survival book out there. Good ones… and bad ones. Fiction and non-fiction, handbooks, manuals and riveting fiction plots, some with excellent common-sense survival information and storylines. And then there are those with the ‘expert’s fantasy’ on how to survive.

What started me off was the late British author John Christopher’s 1957 science fiction novel No Blade of Grass, first published as The Death of Grass, and made into a movie in 1970. A post-apocalypse story where food crops fail, and the world descends into chaos.

But novels cannot convey to you all the necessary methods and explain all the critical information on preparedness and survival, no matter how good a story they are. However, novels will get you thinking in the right direction, and sometimes point out stark issues that the imagination cannot conceive of in normal civility.

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