Joakim Lamotte reported for his reporting on Swedish pupils in minority
February 21, 2022
Joakim Lamotte spoke to a girl who reported that she was bullied, beaten, and harassed because she was Swedish. Now the school’s Center Party principal is reporting Lamotte to the media ombudsman and the presses’ professional ethics board.
In Joakim Lamotte’s reportage on Facebook, it is described how Swedish pupils at the English School in Västerås are harassed simply for being Swedes.
The Swedish pupils at the school have turned into a minority since a large number of pupils from the Third World have applied.
Joakim Lamotte interviews the former student Emelie, who reports that as a Swede, she was beaten, bullied, and isolated, and that in the 7th year she was forced to change to a school with more Swedish pupils. Those who bullied her come from Iraq, Syria, Kurdistan, and Africa.
“I was bullied because I didn’t have a large family, I was bullied because I didn’t speak their vernacular. I was pale and green-eyed. I was everything they weren’t. I was isolated because I was Swedish. They said I was a Swedish pussy and called me things in their language that I didn’t understand,” says Emelie in the reportage.
It went on so long that Emelie was forced to spend all her time outside of class in the school restroom. She even sat there eating her lunch.
“We finally took Emelie out of the English School. Had we not done so, I don’t know whether she would have survived this,” says Emelie’s mother in the reportage.
According to Lamotte, he has heard many pupils from the school with similar reports about how they are bullied and harassed because they are Swedes.
But when Joakim Lamotte contacted the principal, Maud Segerstedt, who is active within the Center Party, she hung up. Then she emailed him and stated that she would report Lamotte to the media ombudsman and the press professional ethics board.
“This is completely absurd. A principal’s job is to answer reporters’ questions when it comes to misconduct in the school. But as usual, certain people in power do everything to shoot the messenger instead of solving the problem,” writes Joakim Lamotte on Facebook.
A schoolchild in the Austrian state of Styria was required to take a test outside because he has a mask exemption. The incident occurred in western Styria, mind you, which is in the Alps, so it was probably fairly chilly when he took the test, given that it’s January. One wonders how his little fingers were able to hold the pencil while he wrote down the answers.
If we lived in a sane world, this would be considered child abuse, and the teacher and administrators would be spending time behind bars. But the world is quite insane, and these virtuous apparatchiks are no doubt simply doing their best to keep the rest of their pupils “safe”.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the Kronen Zeitung:
No mask: elementary school pupil took test outdoors
The FPÖ draws attention to an allegedly grotesque incident in Voitsberg in western Styria: A nine-year-old elementary school pupil who had a medical certificate for a mask exemption had to take a knowledge test outdoors — at low temperatures and with the window to the classroom open. The school management was initially not available for a statement. The Styrian education department is investigating the incident.
According to FPÖ Federal Councilor Markus Leinfellner, the elementary school pupil is regularly tested, and since January 9 has had a doctor’s certificate, which provides for a mask exemption. Since that day, in line with the school director’s instructions, he has no longer been allowed to attend classroom lessons.
The nine-year-old wanted to take the science test on Tuesday “because of his meticulous learning”, as Leinfellner says — but he had to take it outdoors. Now the parents have removed the child from school and consulted a lawyer.
“Treated like a leper”
Leinfellner, who, according to his own statements, has repeatedly had differences of opinion with the school management in the past, speaks of a “scandal of a class of its own. It cannot be that a student is treated like a leper despite the presence of a medical certificate. We who are freedom-loving will confront the education minister and the Styrian education councilor with this case. It is by no means possible to go back to the agenda after this incident.”
Education directorate examines the incident
The administration of the elementary school has not yet been reached for a statement. Concerning the incident, the Styrian Education Directorate said to the Krone: “We recently heard of the incident. We are currently checking the circumstances under which this photo was taken. One thing is certain: legally you are not allowed to take a test outdoors. We are investigating the allegations very carefully. There have already been initial telephone conversations with the school administration.”
On Friday there will be an on-site investigation by the school quality manager, who will speak to the principal and two class teachers. “If there is misconduct, there will definitely be consequences under service law.” It is also being checked whether the mask exemption certificate presented is at all valid.
Germany is facing a new wave of COVID-19 this autumn as people move indoors and the Delta variant rages through the population. Among other measures being discussed is the establishment of a legal basis for cracking down on the unvaxed.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the Epoch Times:
Lauterbach calls for a legal basis to tighten the rules for unvaccinated people
The SPD [Socialist] politician Karl Lauterbach has warned of the sharp rise in Corona numbers among children. “After the autumn break, we will see significantly more outbreaks in schools because the children can no longer ventilate,” he told the editorial network Germany (RND, Monday editions). Lauterbach called for a nationwide uniform test strategy in schools.
The SPD politician demanded: “Test three times a week, that would be my suggestion, in the morning with antigen tests, because these detect the prevailing delta variant very reliably. In addition, five test days in a row for contact persons of infected people.” This could practically end the uncontrolled pandemic in schools. Children who have had contact with infected people do not have to be in quarantine.
Lauterbach may want to tighten rules for unvaccinated people
But care is not only needed when it comes to schools, Lauterbach told the newspapers: “There will also be chains of infection in companies. The same goes for bars and restaurants. We can expect a continuous increase.”
According to Lauterbach, a federal-state resolution on a uniform approach is needed. “I feel sorry for the children who are now exposed to the long-Covid risk,” he told the papers. “The fact that we are now stopping testing in many places with increasing numbers is completely unacceptable,” he added.
Lauterbach also demands “an urgent legal basis that enables us to maintain the protective measures and probably even to tighten them — at least for those who have not been vaccinated.”
In Bild the chairman of the board of directors of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, demanded daily free rapid tests for people in need of care and their contacts. Brysch told the newspaper: “Germany must protect the 2.3 million people in need who are dependent on inpatient and outpatient care, as well as hospital patients, with daily free tests for them and their contact persons”.
Finnern: Schools prepared for Corona autumn
Maike Finnern, chairwoman of the Education and Science Union (GEW), sees the schools as prepared for a second Corona autumn. “Viewed nationwide, schools are better positioned this autumn in terms of health protection than they were a year ago,” said Finnern to the RND. The vaccination rate among employees in the schools is extremely high. “If the prevention path is continued consistently, the schools can remain open.”
Finnern criticized that many schools are still not equipped with air filters. “There is an urgent need for action here,” said the GEW chairwoman to the newspapers.
Afterword from the translator:
The following report describes the actions and statements of a teacher in Hungary who has gone to great lengths to reward the “vaccinated” and punish the unvaxed among his pupils. It makes me wonder how he knows the vaccination status of his students — is this information that is routinely supplied to teachers in Hungarian schools?
I haven’t yet seen a logo or symbol associated with being unjabbed. Presumably one will eventually be designed and promoted as a way to stigmatize children who haven’t received the experimental mRNA injection. Perhaps a brightly-colored patch to be sewn on the outside of a child’s clothing…
Many thanks to László for translating this article from the Hungarian daily Blikk:
Scandal at a Tamási school: teacher promises better grades to vaccinated children
Tamási — Parents have complained about the biology teacher at the Würtz Ádám Primary School and Elementary Art School because he wanted to separate students who had been vaccinated against the coronavirus and those who had not received the vaccination, and he even made comments about the latter.
“The start of school-year is approaching, and this time we are still preparing for it in the spirit of protection against the coronavirus epidemic, because the virus is still here, and, unfortunately, a fourth wave cannot be ruled out.” With this introduction, the attention of parents and guardians is drawn on the website of the primary school named after Ádám Würtz, the three-time Munkácsy Prize-winning graphic designer and renowned artist born in Tamasi, stressing that pupils aged 12 and over can also receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at their school.
The school’s biology teacher took the fight against the epidemic even more seriously, telling pupils that those who had already received the Covid-19 vaccine and those who had not been vaccinated would have to sit separately in his classes. The latter group must take seats at the back so as not to cough on their peers.
“My son told me about it last week, after he got home from school,” István told Blikk, and he asked not to be identified by his real name in the article because he did not want his child to suffer any disadvantage because of his statement. “My son also said that the biology teacher kept making comments about the unvaccinated, and then told the class that those who had a vaccination card would be given a better grade.”
Several parents complained
The man noted that he found this outrageous, but advised his child to ignore what had happened. Some parents, however, did not shrug it off, but complained about the teacher.
We asked the headmaster of the primary school, László Gasparics, who told Blikk that the situation had been resolved.
“Parents told me that one of my colleagues had gone a bit overboard. I even received a message on Messenger over the weekend,” the head of the school told the paper. “I called the teacher in, had a chat with him and then gave him a verbal warning, because vaccination must not be an advantage or disadvantage for anyone here.”
László Gasparics stressed that he considered his colleague to be a good person and a good teacher.
Our Israeli correspondent MC takes a look at the way the Coronamadness dovetails with Modern Multicultural Political Correctness.
The Truth is Out There
But it is obscured and obfuscated by the liars. “Follow the science” in newspeak rhetoric means ‘you are ignorant; we are wise — just do as we tell you and don’t complain’
As a decades long anti-vaxxer, am I ignorant or have I gone through the data for myself and decided that vaccines are neither ‘safe’ nor ‘effective’?
There is much room, and evidence to doubt both, but the vaccine thugs want to remove my right to make my own decision and coerce or trick me into taking the shot. And Kerching! goes the cash register.
Unfortunately, I do not believe in germ theory. Koch and Pasteur were successful mavericks, not scientists. The science was done by Béchamp, Royal and those others bravely studying pleomorphism against the medical establishment (the ability of bacteria to change according to the terrain).
If terrain theory is correct then most ‘treat the symptoms’ medicine is naïve and dangerous — Iatrogenic mistakes were the third-largest killer in the USA pre-Covid.
If you see the mechanic maintaining your car, and trying to start is by hitting it with a sledgehammer, you tend to ask him what he is doing (Some early gasoil tractors were actually started by screwing an explosive charge into the top of the cylinder and hitting the percussion cap with a hammer — hence the folklore — the DHC Chipmunk I learned to fly on was started with a shotgun cartridge with a striker).
I think the lockdown and the masks amply justify my view. Science has shown that not only are masks and lockdowns ineffective, they are actually both potentially dangerous, yet our illustrious leaders still persist in inflicting them on us. Are they ignorant or malicious? I don’t know; I suspect the latter.
In this video, the editor of the Australian Daily Mail is instructing his employees to ridicule and belittle anti-vaxxers wherever they find them — regardless, of course, of either people’s rights to make up their own minds, or of the truths that are already out there.
The mRNA covid ‘vaccines’ change the cells in the body such that instead of producing needed proteins, they produce Covid ‘spike’ proteins. These proteins escape into the bloodstream and attach to the endothelial cells that line blood vessels (ACE2 receptors). In small blood vessels known as capillaries this makes the inner surface very rough and the body assumes, quite rightly, that the capillary is damaged, so that the body’s own healing mechanisms, the platelets, are deployed. They thus rupture on collision with the spike, and cause a microscopic blood clot. Which is exactly what they are meant to do, but not in every capillary in the muscle/organ. That’s when people start dying.
Most survivable injuries are localized, but spike proteins are randomly distributed throughout the body, and instead of a few hundred blocked capillaries, we are looking at possibly millions, all at the same time, and upon their location — brain, heart kidney, liver — depends what damage is done, and some of the damage is permanent or even fatal.
So why do newspaper editors want us to volunteer for a potentially fatal jab? Is it sheer ignorance? Is in order to protect and enhance advertising revenue? Or is it something much more sinister?.
But then, why do our ‘betters’ fail to see the disruptive, murderous effect of mass Muslim immigration?
The methodology is the same: demonize the dissenters, shame them into abiding by the lies.
For lies are the bedrock of tyranny.
So we deceive them all into thinking ‘racism’ is a (thought) crime, that ‘capitalism’ is evil, that the bourgeoisie exploit the workers, that Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding citizens who cannot be criticized. Even that jooz own the world, run the Capitol and pretend that there was a holocaust.
And that left-wing tyranny is better….
We manipulate the statistics, where the study showed statins are really 1% effective (with side effects), we can say that their ‘relative’ effectiveness is 50% (2% as compared to 1%) and even the doctors are fooled — they are also not allowed to not be fooled on pain of removal of licence.
mRNA vaccines have a relative effectiveness of 95%, they have a real effectiveness of less than 1%, as is demonstrated by the number of ‘breakthrough’ cases — put down to a so-called ‘Delta’ (Indian) variant and blamed on the unvaccinated — exactly who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Fauci?
The Home Guard?
If said Fauci is responsible for ‘gain of function’, of suppressing HCQ and ivermectin, and promoting the mass vaccination with a toxic gene therapy, then he is worse than Hitler and his Aktion T4 programme.
Fauci is making war on innocent women and children, using fear as a weapon of mass destruction, and, in our complacency, and our obsession with our smart phones and the propaganda they thrust at us, he is going to get away with it.
The extent to which the Wuhan Coronavirus has degraded and deformed civil society is hard to comprehend because we’re still in the middle of it. The magnitude of the damage may not become evident for a generation or two, when our descendants look back in horror on what we have inflicted on ourselves (and them).
The three videos below deal with various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. The first is a report on a young student in Italy who was effectively carted off to the loony bin for refusing to wear a mask in school.
The second video shows the devastation of the living circumstances of an elderly woman (either 87 or 97 years old; it’s not clear) in a nursing home in Switzerland, all in the name of keeping her “safe”.
The final video reports on a new wave of coronavirus infections in France among those who have been vaccinated against the disease.
I’ve read theoretical explanations by immunologists about why this occurs. The prevailing “vaccines” use messenger RNA to cause the body’s cells to generate the “spike protein” contained in the Wuhan Coronavirus. This prompts the immune system to develop antibodies that react to the spike protein, so when the virus enters the body the antibodies attack it.
The vaccine contains no nucleotides, so it does not induce the body to produce T-cells, which supply long-term immunity to the disease. People who contract COVID-19 under natural circumstances develop T-cells in response, which give them long-lasting resistance to the disease. In contrast, antibodies produced as a result of the mRNA “vaccine” are only present in the bloodstream for a limited time, leaving the vaccinated vulnerable to the disease later on.
At least that’s my understanding of the process. Readers who are more knowledgeable about immunology may want to correct my summary.
Video transcript #1:
It has now been one hundred days since the Investiture of the Puppet, and the political junkies have moved out of the “honeymoon” phase and into the early run-up to the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential contest. Republican stalwarts are plotting strategy for retaking the House and/or Senate. The intertubes are abuzz with speculation about whether Trump will run again, or whom he might pick as his running mate, or whom he might endorse if he decides not to run. Pundits and punditesses are tracking and analyzing Joe Biden’s every mumbled utterance and Kamala Harris’ every raucous guffaw. Cartoonists and meme artists are in a frenzy of mockery, given that they have so much ludicrosity and buffoonery at hand to work with.
But, really, what’s the point?
To all appearances everything in the political world is business as usual. As if nothing out of the ordinary happened in the wee hours of November 4, 2020. As if millions of votes weren’t created out of thin air — call it “fiat voting” — by the party that runs the permanent government and operates in symbiosis with the media and Big Tech. As if the same scoundrels aren’t in control of how the votes will be counted next time. As if they aren’t plotting even greater control (see H.R. 1, the “For the People Act”).
Even Donald Trump seems to subscribe to the widespread illusion, and is looking forward to trying again in 2024. Doesn’t he realize why he lost to an unappealing apparatchik afflicted with senile dementia? Why does he think the result will be any different when he has to run against Kamala?
I enjoy reading the punditry of mainstream Republican partisans, who post witty and entertaining observations about all the bizarre political goings-on in Washington D.C., or on the Left Coast, or in the lofty empyrean of the ivory towers of Woke Academia. But I don’t confuse any of it with reality. The sound and fury of D.C. bears no more relation to real life than do The West Wing or The Simpsons. Paying attention to all that political theater is just a way of passing time until Ragnarøk finally arrives in full force.
I must admit, however, that I find it difficult to put aside my ingrained habits of thinking. Whenever some particularly grotesque Progressive policy is implemented by city, state, or federal lawmakers, my customary response is: “Well, those people got what they voted for.”
It’s hard to remember that they may not actually have voted for it. It’s quite possible, especially at the federal level, that key office-holders who shepherd the enactment of all this egregious wokeness were not the choice of a majority of voters in their particular constituencies. Democrats and RINOs have now perfected the process of controlling who gets elected. From now on there will be no legislative majorities that do not support the preferred policies of the Powers That Be.
When I stop being enthralled by the baroque theatrical production inside the Beltway, and think about what’s really happening, it’s quite depressing. That’s when I wish I could take the blue pill and re-enter the Matrix. Alas, I haven’t yet figured out how to do that.
The Democrats now have better control over how the votes are counted than Stalin could ever have dreamed of. And, unlike Uncle Joe, they don’t have to order anybody shot to make sure of the outcome. Or not as many of them, anyway. Just a few unfortunate suicides and car accidents here and there.
There are three major factors that have enabled their iron grip on the election process:
Och, the puir wee bairns! Taking their lunch money and sending it to the jihad…
More than half a million went from pre-school to Islamic association — Married pair convicted for bookkeeping crime.
ANGERED — Over half a million kronor were transferred during 2018 and 2019 from the tax-financed pre-school Lär & Lek in Gothenburg to an Islamist organization. Now a married pair has been convicted for book-keeping violations. The preschool had previously had its license revoked on grounds of connections to the School of Science, which was closed after allowing returning ISIS-terrorists to teach children.
Over half a million kronor were transferred from the pre-school Lär & Lek in Gothenburg to a sports association and then on to the Islamist organization, Sweden’s United Muslims. Now the married pair, Wasim El-Jomaa, and Eva Freih, have been convicted of bookkeeping offenses, reports GT.
During the period 2018-2019, 545,000 kronor were transferred from the pre-school to the Andalus IF sports association and then on to the association Sweden’s United Muslims.
The transfers from the pre-school began shortly after contributions to Sweden’s United Muslims were restricted by both the Authority for Youth and Civil Society Affairs, MUCF, and the city of Gothenburg.
In its decision MUCF referred to statements made by preacher Muadh Zamzam in a lecture at the association that girls who did not cover themselves from the age of 12 would end up in Hell, which the foundation Doku earlier reported.
This was due to the connections to the School of Science, where returning IS-terrorists worked as teachers and managed multi-million kronor amounts from the operations to bank accounts in Saudi Arabia and Malta.
El-Jomaa: “We have done nothing illegal here”
El-Jomaa stands behind the three accounts which have been involved in transfers and has said in interrogation that it is a sponsorship of the sports association’s activity. He has earlier told GT that he and his wife have done nothing illegal.
“For me, it is a matter of right or wrong. If this is legal or illegal. We have done nothing illegal here, so we have no further comment here,” said Wasid el-Jomaa.
Eva Freih didn’t want to comment on the indictment to GT, and she referred to her lawyer, Allan Stutzinsky. He called it “amazing” that the couple are charged with a felony.
“Eva has no problem asserting that she was representative of the pre-school company, and that for sure, the running accounts were delayed, and something was lagging behind. But the bookkeeping is completely correct,” said Stutzinsky.
A life-sized likeness of the Swedish climate-rescue maiden Greta Thunberg is coming to the University of Winchester in England. Despite severe economic hardship, a bronze simulacrum of Greta the Great that cost about $31,000 (£24,000) will be erected in front of the “climate-smart” West Downs Centre at the University. The TV report below from Sweden tells the story.
Klaus Kinzler is a German professor who has been teaching for 25 years at “Sciences Po” in the French city of Grenoble. A couple of weeks ago he and another teacher were called “fascists” and accused of “Islamophobia” by posters that were put up anonymously on campus. Among other things, the posters said “Islamophobia kills”, which was seen as a potential threat. Since then the Minister of the Interior has put Prof. Kinzler under protection.
The earliest news stories did not mention the names of the targeted professors, but Klaus Kinzler has since gone public on the issue. The following video was originally two separate clips taken from a TV talk show featuring Prof. Kinzler.
See also: The Local (in English)
Video transcript part 1:
When I was about nine years old I liked to read the Hardy Boys mystery books. The first in the series was published in the late 1920s, and the publisher continued putting out titles until long after I was grown up.
In the late 1950s, as the cultural trend now known as political correctness was just getting started, the publishers ordered a rewrite of the older Hardy Boys books. To be fair, it was only partially for PC reasons. Yes, it’s true that the books’ depictions of negroes in the ’20s and ’30s tended towards the “sho nuff” and “dat sure am good” sort of stereotypes. But there were also rumble seats and roadsters and other dated cultural artifacts that had to be revised in order to make sense to the boomer generation. Needless to say, the new versions were less interesting than the originals. Boys like me held onto their ragged old copies rather than buy the new ones, and fortunately my school library had a lot of the old ones — that was in the days before libraries purged their collections for politically correct reasons.
My favorite books, however, were those by the immortal Dr. Seuss. His early works — before about 1957 — were (and are) timelessly superb. My mother thoughtfully preserved my Dr. Seuss collection, so that when the future Baron came along, I only had to acquire the newer books (some of them — a lot of the later ones are not at all interesting). Reading the old books to him when he was little reminded me of how wonderful they were.
About two-thirds of our combined Dr. Seuss collection here in Schloss Bodissey consists of my old books, most of them worn and tattered and taped together after being well-loved by two generations of kids. Some of the titles from the mid to late ’50s came from the first printing.
Considering what can be found in those old books, it was obvious that Dr. Seuss would someday have to be cancelled. When I saw the list of six titles that were withdrawn from publication a few days ago, I realized that I had four of them on the bookshelf right here in the Eyrie — McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Scrambled Eggs Super, and On Beyond Zebra. According to various news stories, they are now available on Amazon only as “used” or “collectible”, with prices ranging from about $100 to as much as $2,500. If I wanted to cash out, I could make a fair amount of money on them. But it’s not worth it — I’d rather have the books.
Out of curiosity, I went through those four titles to see what racial heresies they contained to earn the ire of the Woke mob. If I Ran the Zoo was the most obvious — the image at the top of this post is taken from it. Those native bearers are undeniably sambos, and we can’t have that, now, can we?
In addition there was this one:
Yep, they’re definitely slants. Now, maybe if he had dressed them in business suits like real Chinese he could have skated by. Better yet, to make it realistic, he could have had the Chinese businessmen riding on top of the cage while the American boy carried it.
And then there’s the sheikh from the Desert of Zind. I’m not sure if he counts as a racial stereotype, but he kind of looks like an Arab, and he’s riding something that looks vaguely like a camel.
The sheikh clearly needs to be cancelled, too.
I couldn’t remember anything racist from McElligot’s Pool, so I paged through it trying to find the offending image. Sure enough, there was this:
Not only does the fellow at the top live in an igloo (with a stovepipe, no less), but the fish with the little furry parkas are Eskimo fish. Oh, the humanity!
It was much harder to discern why On Beyond Zebra had roused the wrath of the Wokistas. The only possible candidate I could see was the Nazzim of Bazzim:
Didier Lemaire is a teacher of philosophy in the French city of Trappes. Mr. Lemaire responded to the beheading of the teacher Samuel Paty by writing an open letter to his fellow teachers decrying the Islamization of his school, his city, and the whole of France. As a result, he now has to have a police escort when traveling to and from school.
It’s worth noting that Didier Lemaire identifies himself as “center-left”. Secularism (laïcité) in France is a progressive institution. Therefore, Islamization — which attacks and undermines laïcité — should be widely denounced by the Left. Generally speaking, however, this isn’t the case. Mr. Lemaire is a courageous exception to that rule.
Below is the open letter from Didier Lemaire, as published by L’Obs:
On the eve of a new school year, grieving the death of Samuel Paty, Didier Lemaire, professor of philosophy at Trappes (Yvelines), calls for resistance in the face of the Islamist threat.
by Didier Lemaire
November 01, 2020
Didier Lemaire has been a professor of philosophy at Trappes for twenty years. As early as 2018, with Jean-Pierre Obin, Inspector of National Education and the author of a report on the attacks on secularism at school, he wrote a letter to the President of the Republic asking him to act urgently to protect his students from the ideological and social pressure exerted on them.
Today, he asks himself how teachers could compensate for the absence of a state strategy to defeat Islamism.
Dear fellow teachers,
A teacher, our colleague, died simply for teaching the principles that are the foundation of our republic and our history: freedom of thought and its corollary, freedom of expression.
Through him, these assassins targeted all the teachers who every day pass on this part of themselves that others have also passed on to them. This part which is the best part of ourselves because it makes us unique beings open to all other human beings.
Thought, freed from the fear of authority, ignorance, obscurantism, illusion and imprisonment in certainty, is indeed the most personal part of ourselves, because first of all it depends on us to build our judgment. In a society where we must think like others, without having the right to doubt and dialogue, no one can become himself.
But becoming a free individual is only possible under two conditions: a state based on the rule of law that prevents any community from confiscating the individual’s freedom by imposing a way of being and thinking, and a school that prepares every man to become a citizen by transmitting a humanistic, scientific, artistic and philosophical culture.
Yet the first of these conditions no longer exists in many neighborhoods. As a philosophy professor at Trappes for the past twenty years, I have witnessed the progression of an ever-stronger communitarian hold on consciences and bodies.
The year I arrived at the high school, the synagogue in Trappes was in flames and Jewish families were forced to leave. After the killings of 2015 and 2016, I became involved in preventive actions, notably through theater and meetings with historians and sociologists specializing in manipulation.
Noting that my efforts were coming up against forces beyond my control, in 2018, together with Jean-Pierre Obin I wrote to the President of the Republic to ask him to act urgently to protect our students from the ideological and social pressures exerted on them, pressures that were gradually cutting them off from the national community. Unfortunately, no effective action was taken to curb this phenomenon.
There are currently 400 S-file “radicalization” subjects in Trappes, who are freely roaming around, not counting the terrorism files. And our students live in a schizophrenic situation where the conflict of loyalties becomes unavoidable for them.
Exhausting the enemy
So Here There Be Dragons!
by Seneca III
Part IV — Lacunae
This part of the series is a short list, with commentary, of some factors contributing to the moral, cultural and political dilemmas we face today, i.e. those either not covered in the preceding parts in detail, not at all or at best only alluded to. A Summaries and an Afterword follow in Parts VA and VB.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
— William Pitt the Younger — Speech in the House of Commons (18 November, 1783).
“The tyrant’s plea, / excus’d his devilish deeds”
— John Milton — Paradise Lost, Book iv, line 393.
1. Language — its function and evolution
Language uniquely separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. It enables us to organise and cooperate in complicated ways, to clearly communicate ideas (even abstract ones), emotions, intentions, and much else. It is not a sessile but a motile, dynamic construct constantly being expanded by the introduction of neologisms and also contracted through words and definitions, ‘archaisms’, falling into disuse. Language allows and inspires us to jointly explore and mutually contemplate ourselves and the world and universe around us in a variety of ways practical, philosophical and metaphysical. In competent, successful speaking or writing, language and thought are contiguous, and the words chosen offer us an immediate presentation of some aspect of reality.
Yet, we simply don’t know how language originated. We do know that the ability to produce sound and simple vocal patterning (a hum versus a grunt, for example) appears to be in an ancient part of the brain that we share with all vertebrates, including fish, frogs, birds and other mammals. But that isn’t human language. It is suspected that some type of spoken language must have developed between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, well before written language (about 5,000 years ago). Yet, among the traces of earlier periods of life on Earth, we never find any direct evidence or artefacts relating to the speech of our distant ancestors. Perhaps because of this absence of direct physical evidence, there has been no shortage of speculation about the origins of human speech. An understanding of how and why human languages developed is a rich field. Darwin was of the opinion that:
“Music, rhythms, frogs, birds, the nightly howling of canis simensis across the Ethiopian high plateau, the song of whales, communicate in ways limited to their immediate environment, establish but limited or for mating purposes, not that our ways in that circumstances are worthy or would stand well under scrutiny.”
2. The use and abuse of tone poetry and figurative language
Languages come in many variants and from different roots yet most are composed of nouns, verbs adjectives, etc. expressed through vowels and consonants. One exception is the ‘click languages’ of Africa, a group of languages in which clicks function as normal consonants. The sole example of a language using clicks outside of Africa is that of ‘Damin’, a ritual vocabulary of the Lardil tribe of northern Queensland, Australia.
In written language punctuation primarily serves to create sense, clarity and stress in sentences, to indicate pauses in the flow and to emphasise or explain certain ideas or thoughts through words, facts and phrases that are presented in the text, thus structuring and organising the written word. If punctuation is missing, as in the [paragraph] below, and as it is in many legal documents, or in what passes for modern journalism, then the use of emphasis, obfuscation, opinions, conflation, relevance and disambiguation can lead to different or preferential interpretations thus, permitting a situation where to precisely define what is true and what is not is difficult or near impossible.
[In written language punctuation primarily serves to create sense clarity and stress in sentences to indicate pauses in the flow and to emphasise or explain certain ideas or thoughts through words facts and phrases that are presented in the text thus structuring and organising the written word If punctuation is missing as in the paragraph below and as it is in many legal documents or in what passes for modern journalism then the use of emphasis obfuscation opinions conflation relevance and disambiguation can lead to different or preferential interpretations thus permitting a situation where to precisely define what is true and what is not is difficult or near impossible.]
However, oratory and rhetoric, which are essentially verbal streams of consciousness used to educate, motivate, deceive or misinform are slightly different, whereby emphasis or the lack of it, pauses, tautologies, gesticulations and responses to audience responses can and often do project and affirm falsehoods favouring the position supported or being proposed by the orator. Skilful lawyers can and do utilise such techniques during the course of a trial and when making closing statements to juries; politicians, particularly on the hustings when trying to con the electorate, do the same, which is why so many of them manage to slither into Parliament in the first place. Media audio-visual presenters do this as well, and they are pretty good at it. Instead of actually addressing the argument itself they focus on a rhetorical flourish that you may consider overly dramatic, inappropriate or irrelevant then, if you question this, they imply that your emotional response invalidates your case. That is tone poetry.
The essay below is the first in a new series by our English correspondent Seneca III.
So Here There Be Dragons!
by Seneca III
Part I — Prologue
How will the year 2020 be recorded in far distant future histories? Will those historians who deeply ponder and then write the annals of the 21st century look back at how that year became the year of a defining nativity, of a bright new age, or will they record it as the final, fatal step towards an irreversible descent into darkness and decrepitude… into the once mythical world of Ragnarök?
|1.||In the study of History the key concepts are sources, evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability. They are integral to the development of historical understanding, and yet most if not all can fall into the trap of either subjective or objective examination where in fact the reverse is often more appropriate. The concepts ‘perspectives’ and ‘empathy’ are particularly prone to falling into that trap.
So, who will they be, then, these future humans poring over ancient texts, and what form, physical or otherwise, will those texts take — printed on paper or metal foil, carved in stone or pressed into baked clay, read electronically or from depositories full of entangled qubits? And will these historians be the descendants of the victors or the losers of the great battle now roiling about us? Or, perhaps, will their antecedents be so disconnected and totally different from who and what we are? If so, will this give them the ability to come to impartial conclusions untainted by the prejudices of lineage?
Possibly so, but unfortunately we will never know, because their methodology and conclusions lie in our far future. Indeed, our own immediate past is difficult enough to discern clearly, because the window through which we now peer has been opaqued and distorted into an increasingly narrow slit full of indeterminate images rendered meaningless by the ideological interpretations emanating from the fevered pens of revisionist historians whose scribblings are but ‘Woke’ opinion presented in the form of an emotive, multi-hued gospel which is being distributed throughout Academia to a generation of gullible children whose minds will be forever stunted.
So, if we are to shape our own history, we must at first understand the present as we live through it, and try to understand why so many people are desperate to alter it in ways oppressive and indisputably evil. Classical culture, the ability to experience and appreciate beauty, quiet civility and the faculty to experience and to understand the bonds between man and society have been subsumed by a loss of the art of conversation, by casual and outrageous incivility, and then exacerbated by mass deviation from biological norms and human decency. Traditions and ancient humanist ideals have been abraded by inimical doctrines promulgated by the morally and intellectually destitute, and now lie in ruins as our economic and political systems mutate into unworkable Frankenstein monsters.
|2.||As I write this I notice that Google is “Honouring Transgender Awareness Week”, and the Bank of England “…have lit up our Threadneedle Street building in blue, pink and white in support of Transgender Awareness Week. We want to raise the visibility of and celebrate transgender people everywhere.”
How puerile, how pointless and how degenerate is that of the Old Lady? John Stewart Mill’s classic political treatise ‘On Liberty’ warned not just against tyranny by government but also about “social tyranny”, a situation whereby we are told what it is socially acceptable to think, do, and say. This first makes us do and say things that are illogical and contrary to our established norms, and then, over a period of time, they make us say and do things without thinking about them, and finally they progress to making us do and say things that before our indoctrination would be totally unthinkable!
And yet… and yet, despite all this, despite this steaming swamp of rampant speculation, opinion, inter-racial tension, downright lies and socio-cultural turbulence, there is one seminal question that hovers mostly unasked beyond our limited perspective, and is rarely if ever addressed in depth: “What if evolution is working quietly away out of sight and mind, that Homo sapiens sapiens, or some of its children, are in the process of undergoing a first major branching (a synthetic one) since an anthropoid ape lifted its knuckles out of the red African earth and walked upright? And are we thus now heading in a new evolutionary direction… and doing so relatively swiftly in terms of cosmological time?