St Patrick’s Day – When the Irish Invaded Canada

Who knew?

This fine fellow researched the whole tilting-at-windmills brouhaha — including all the internecine fighting that kept that Hunger Generation from succeeding.

It’s here:

When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom

The thing is, those fighting Irish didn’t actually want Canada; they simply thought they could use it as a hostage to gain freedom for Ireland and they worked hard to make it happen.

The new Irish immigrants flooded to America in order to work for something to eat. Thus, they fought on both sides of the U.S. Civil War and then kinda, sorta joined forces afterward to secure Canada. The rationale was that if they held Canada hostage then the English would have to let much-poorer Ireland go in exchange.

Several things came out of the attempt. First, the British moved the capital further in from its border with America in order to make it more secure. Secondly, the overdue idea of founding a confederation of Canada’s territories became a reality much sooner than might have been the case otherwise.

‘Tis a fascinating book if you’ve the necessary DNA component which allows one to read gobs of stories about in-fighting and betrayal. Though he mentions it, what the writer doesn’t cover sufficiently, me thinks, is the reality of America’s desire for grabbing Canada its ownself. We had taken Texas from Mexico by then and bought Alaska from Russia. Bringing in Canada had great appeal for many Americans. For Canadians, not so much. They are too peaceable; being part of the rowdy U.S. would cause a profound unease. They weren’t called Loyalists for nothing.

Back during the Irish shenanigans, some of America’s politicians bloviated about the desirability of owning the whole hog, but those who did have an eye on the North wanted someone else to do the dirty work. There was little dirty work the Irish weren’t willing to do to get the English out of the Emerald Isle.

A recent video of the author’s talk in Lawrence Massachusetts about this bit of history is below the fold.

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Mateusz Morawiecki and Viktor Orbán on the 1848 Revolutions

Today was the 171st anniversary of the outbreak of the Revolution of 1848 in Hungary. To commemorate the occasion — and to recognize the venerable friendship between Hungary and Poland — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was invited to speak in Budapest, followed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Below are videos of the speeches given by the two prime ministers.

Video #1: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video #2: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is the full text of the national song quoted by Mr. Orbán in his speech:

Hungarian National Song

On your feet now, Hungary calls you!
Now is the moment, nothing stalls you,
Shall we be slaves or men set free
That is the question, answer me!
By the God of Magyars
We hereby swear,
That we the yoke of slavery
No more shall wear.

Slaves we have been to this hour,
Our forefathers who fell from power
Fell free and lived as free men will,
On land that was their own to till,
By the God of Magyars
We hereby swear,
That we the yoke of slavery
No more shall wear.

Whoever now his life begrudges
Deserves his death with thieves and drudges,
For setting his own worthless hide
Above his country’s need and pride.
By the God of Magyars
We hereby swear,
That we the yoke of slavery
No more shall wear.

The sword shines brighter than the fetters
It is the finery of our betters,
Of slaves and fetters we grow bored.
Leap to my side, ancestral sword.
By the God of Magyars
We hereby swear,
That we the yoke of slavery
No more shall wear.

Magyars, once more our name and story
Shall match our ancestors’ in glory
The centuries of shame and hurt
Can now be washed away like dirt.
By the God of Magyars
We hereby swear,
That we the yoke of slavery
No more shall wear.

And wheresoever we may perish
Grandchildren those graves shall cherish
Singing our praises in their prayers
To thank us that our names are theirs.
By the God of Magyars
We hereby swear,
That we the yoke of slavery
No more shall wear.

— Sándor Petőfi, March 15, 1848.

Video transcript #1:

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“I Fought Back”

The article below by Michael Copeland was originally posted in 2014 at the LibertyGB website. It is being republished here in honor of the 15th anniversary of the murder of Kriss Donald.

“I Fought Back”

by Michael Copeland

One evening in August 2010 a fourteen-year-old schoolboy in Glasgow was walking home after playing with friends. In his own words:

“I turned a corner and these three Asian guys were standing just outside their car smoking. …They came at me with metal poles and shouted, ‘See you, you wee p***k! You’re going to be the next Kriss Donald! We’re going to murder you!’ …They punched me in the face about six times and I fell to the ground before they hit me over the head with the poles and spat at me. …Then they tried to drag me into their car… I’m quite a big lad for my age and I fought back with all my strength, and I struggled free and ran for my life. …They got back in the car and raced off but I managed to get some of their registration number… It all happened so quickly and I still can’t believe it. I’d never seen these guys before so I don’t know why they targeted me.” ( 6-8-2010).

That incident could have become much uglier. Kriss Donald, a fifteen-year-old also from Glasgow, had been abducted from the street in 2004 by several men of Pakistani background — complete strangers to him — and bundled into their car. He was driven around for some hours, the men torturing him in the back of the car. Eventually they drove to some waste ground in Glasgow. He was subjected to multiple stabbings, had petrol poured over him and was set on fire. He managed to crawl a few feet before succumbing to his injuries and later dying. He had been castrated and had had his eyes gouged out. His killers were later traced to Pakistan. With the noble help of a local Asian M.P. (for which he was much criticised by local muslims) they were brought to Scotland, tried, and imprisoned.

Why did they kill? Why at random? They are muslim. Are there Islamic teachings that influenced them?

“As a muslim,” explains Anjem Choudary, “I must have hatred for everything which is non Islam”. Islam indoctrinates hatred and contempt for non-muslims. They are labelled with a special pejorative term — kafir (Arabic plural kuffar): “We hate the kuffar,” stressed Usamah Ath Thahabi (Channel 4 Undercover Mosque, 2009). The Koran, which forms part of Islamic law, gives the instructions. Kafirs are “unclean” (9:28), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22), on a level with faeces, urine, corpses, blood, semen, pig and dog ( Jews and Christians follow “remnant cults” of no validity (Manual of Islamic Law, w.4), and are as “apes and pigs” (5:60), “the most despicable” (98:6). Women are instructed not to shake hands with a kafir.

Muslims inhabit “Dar al Islam”, the House of Islam. Kafirs, on the other hand, inhabit “Dar al Harb”, the House of War: Islam is in a permanent state of war with kafirs. “Kill them… Fight them,” says the Koran, over and over again ( The Koran claims that the Jews did “alter the Scripture” (3:78), and the Christians “forgot a portion… so We caused among them animosity and hatred.” (5:14) Both have thus “chosen” not to follow the true path (Arabic “sharia”, path) and are therefore not innocent. If he does not embrace Islam the kafir is available to be killed, his property appropriated, his womenfolk and children enslaved (Koran 9:29; Bukhari 1: 2: 25).

Islam’s texts are not optional: there is no pick and choose, no freedom of conscience: “When a matter has been decided by Allah and his messenger the muslim man or woman has no choice,” says Koran 33:36. “None may change his words” (18:27) or deny them: the penalty is death, as it is for leaving Islam (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7(7)). “Whoever ceases to be a member of Islam, kill him,” said Mohammed (Bukhari 9.84.57). The Koran is promoted as “valid from eternity to eternity”, explains Sam Solomon, a former professor of Sharia Law. Islam — the word means “submission” — is a doctrine of supremacism by force.

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By Your Actions So Shall You Survive

As we approach the dénouement (whatever it might turn out to be) of the Brexit fiasco, Seneca III offers his thoughts on predators, prey, and scavengers in Modern Multicultural Europe.

By Your Actions So Shall You Survive

By Seneca III

The predation by one group, species, or culture upon the territory and resources of another is as old as life itself. Human history is littered with examples, as is the animal kingdom.

Here and now the primary threat is, and has been for fourteen centuries, Islam. Yet it is axiomatic that it cannot succeed in taking over the UK, the USA and the Eurosphere as a whole and ethnically cleansing or enslaving us if we man-up, discard all this dissembling ‘multiculturalism’, ‘integration’, ‘altruism’, ‘human rights’ and ‘globalism’ garbage and learn hard lessons from our own and Europe’s past.

Essentially, there is only one way to deal with the Demented Slaves of Allah, and if we can’t be bothered to learn from our own histories then perhaps we could do so from Canis lupus. But be warned: the short video embedded below is not a safe space for snowflakes and their ilk — it is the real world, a world red in tooth and claw, not a tepid, pastel-coloured one that they yearn for in an elusive Elysium, an effete dream world in which, if it came about, they would be the first to die, no doubt screaming “But that’s not fair!”

It (the video) demonstrates a real-world solution that we could emulate to solve the Muslim problem, replacing the four-legged participants with two legged ones. Note what the world should hold for the likes of Shamima Begum and her fellow lovers of butchery in the name of Allah, and hopefully also for that of the to be unmissed and unlamented future little jihadis as is suggested at the end:

N.B. The Coyote, Canis latrans, is a predatory, scavenging species able to adapt to and expand into environments beneficially modified by humans. It is enlarging its range all the time, moving into urban areas and establishing territories in increasing numbers. So similar, that, to Islam’s modus operandi.

— Seneca III, on this 13th day of March 2019 as we close in on the Ides.

For links to previous essays by Seneca III, see the Seneca III Archives.

In Two Countries Where They Turn Back Time

Our expatriate English correspondent Peter has published a memoir entitled In Two Countries Where They Turn Back Time. Below is the author’s summary of the book.

In Two Countries Where They Turn Back Time

by Peter

Sometime at the end of the 1980s, I decided to give up work and go travelling. There was a whole world out there and I had seen very little of it. Unfortunately, the offer of voluntary early retirement did not come until 1994, and when it did, I grabbed it with both hands. Up until then I had not gone further from home than Eastern Turkey, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. I had spent my entire working life with my nose firmly pressed to the grindstone, a very unhealthy situation which can cause those who behave in such a manner to end up with no nose.

The narrative of this book covers a period roughly between 1991 and 1994. It includes journeys I made immediately after I retired, but the trips themselves only serve as a backdrop to other, more important, stories that needed to be told. For instance, the section on Hungary is really about labour relations in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s and the failure of the various politicians in office at the time to take control of a deteriorating situation. This opened the way for the hard-line policies of Margaret Thatcher from 1978 onwards. I was an active trade unionist beginning in the mid-1960s, and lived through it while it was happening around me. It was the time of the Cold War, and there was communist-inspired disruption around the world as communists, their sympathisers and fellow travellers created mayhem all over Europe, Asia and the USA. Regular readers of Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes will recognise parts of an essay I wrote in 2017 that was based on similar information.

Some far leftists believed that they could take over the UK by systematic strike-mongering. One particular person — a certain Thomas Gerard (Gerry) Healy— was convinced that his Socialist Labour League could achieve this. To make matters worse, there was a provable conspiracy within the British establishment to overthrow Harold Wilson’s Labour Government in the 1960s and replace it with a cross-party coalition with Lord Louis Mountbatten at its head. The enterprise finally collapsed when Lord Louis refused to have anything to do with it.

My first visit to Bulgaria was accidental, but it left a lasting impression. When I read subsequently about the communist takeover of that country after World War II, I realised just how brutal and ruthless communism and those who sought to impose it were. There was a veritable orgy of lies, deceit, purges, plots, conspiracies, show trials and mass murder indulged in by the communists to gain control of the state and only a few brave men attempted to thwart them. One of these was Nicola Petkov, who tried his level best to prevent the takeover but eventually paid for it with his life. However, right from the very beginning those opposing the communists had little chance of success, especially with the Red Army already in occupation.

The communists played a long and cynical game in their disposal of Petkov. They were unable to act until the formal peace treaty had been ratified by the United States, and an allied presence had to be maintained in the country until this had taken place. However, in the first week of June 1947, they were able to make their move. On 4th June, the United States Senate ratified the peace treaty, and the day after Petkov was arrested on a range of trumped-up charges. The main charges were conspiracy to overthrow the government, undermining military morale and discipline, and organising terrorist activity. There were many other charges in the 9,000-word indictment, but none of them had any substance. Petkov was merely an obstacle to communist control of the state, and needed to be removed.

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Crime, Hate Crime, Propaganda and Censorship

Below is the latest from Seneca III concerning the situation in Old Blighty (which dysonym seems more appropriate than ever, given the events of the past few years on the nook-shotten Isle of Albion).

Crime, Hate Crime, Propaganda and Censorship

by Seneca III

Day after day we continue to be beset by the Thought Police for ‘Hate Crimes’ whilst real violent crime, murder, larceny and drug peddling, particularly in the seething urban hives, increase exponentially. Chief Constables everywhere constantly bemoan a lack of resources as more and more police officers are diverted from public duty and sit huddled over computers in darkened rooms desperately searching for self-proclaimed victims to support and hate criminals to prosecute for the slightest imagined infringement.

They probably have quotas to meet as their Chief Constables vie with each other for more honours and accolades from a thoroughly corrupted globalist governing class intent on tearing this nation apart and then ruling over the shattered, scattered pieces with impunity.

All this despite the fact that the concept of ‘hate crime’ is a classic oxymoron. If you assault or murder someone, it’s axiomatic that the act came out of some form of hatred. Whether or not it was focused on the ethnicity or the sexual orientation (or disorientation) of the victim, or anything else, is immaterial… it was a crime born of hatred.

Yet, not content with just peddling this singular load of ideological garbage, the establishment also enforces a politicised doctrine defining free speech as ‘hate speech’ wherein even undeniably accurate presentation of observable reality in a verbal or written form of commentary results in enhanced criminal prosecution and sentences. This is not just insanity, it is a real “thought crime” in itself. And where, as is the case today, the punishment is inconsistent with the principle of ‘the penalty fitting the crime’, public awareness of this impropriety develops into a far more intense well of real hatred.

The deconstructionists in Westminster, City Halls and Police Headquarters up and down the country might as well have just called it censorship and been done with it, for that is what it is, an attempt to conceal the fact that our of way of life, our culture, our inherent decency, indeed our very existence, is under sustained attack by an enemies within, and that that those enemies are attacking with the blessing and willing assistance of the establishment and its fellow travellers.

Add to this the fact that the laws on ‘hate crimes’ in the UK are being selectively enforced against one particular group of people — the original native and majority heterosexual inhabitants — and you have created a scenario where hatred for groups of people different from that to which you belong will indeed become the abiding norm. Our descent down that slippery slope is the inevitable result of the inherent cupidity of our Legislative and Executive, the rulers and their enforcers. The coming dénouement is their responsibility. They will have brought it about, and it will end up thrusting them over the edge of the precipice that they thought they were preparing for us, because when freedom of speech is gone, common decency, fair, impartial judgement and justice and all other freedoms will follow, most certainly and justifiably including theirs.

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Behold, A Green Horse

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows up again, this time in a new essay by Tabitha Korol. That makes twice in one day — I don’t know if that exceeds our AOC tolerance levels or not…

Behold, A Green Horse

by Tabitha Korol

“Behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” — Revelation 6:8

The original New Deal (1933-’36) was a series of programs, public works projects, financial reforms and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, designed to rescue the US from the Great Depression. The artfully-named Green New Deal, proposed by the Democrat-socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), is a series of drastic changes designed to divert the US from the path of improvement and greatness set by President Donald J. Trump, and propagate Obama’s disastrous and divisive policies.

President Trump’s focus on energy has been removing the Obama era’s burdensome energy regulations so that we are now experiencing an unprecedented boom in domestic oil production and energy independence. We are exporting more oil than importing for the first time in 75 years. Trump has been so successful, in fact, that Obama has tried to assume the credit in the hope of salvaging his eight years of failure. The unscientific, childish Ocasio-Cortez endorses the climate change hoax, blaming every winter storm and summer hot spell on corporate America and on cattle with normal gastrointestinal activity. As clearly clarified by Paul Driessen on cfact, “AOC wants to lead the world in economic suicide, environmental degradation, plummeting living standards, shorter life spans and societal upheaval.”

Her desire to raze, rebuild, and refurbish every building with — allegedly — non-polluting solar or wind-power equipment, would create an insurmountable debt. Considering the revelation that she is supported by anti-American, globalist and Nazi-sympathizer, George Soros, it may be that she hopes to erase all remnants of our national history, a common aspiration for every tyrannical regime that has not the ability to improve on what others have achieved. Alexandria has described herself in divisive intersectional terms, as a Puerto Rican descendant of African slaves, indigenous people, and Spanish colonizers. She does not call herself an American, and seems to have no affinity for the welfare of our country and our fellow Americans.

It is not uncommon for a conquering power to burn (or replace) books and destroy historic sites and monuments of a conquered people, and to erase their essential cultural knowledge and evidence of existence. Today we have leftist instructors who have stopped teaching America’s history and Antifa groups and students tearing down our memorial statues, recalling the disposal of artifacts under the Temple Mount, the ruination of the Buddhas of Bamyan, and the damage done to Christopher Columbus’ images. Every edifice has an architectural style and history that, serving as a memorial to the earlier generations and an inspiration to succeeding ones, we have the duty to protect. But under the ruse of energy replacement, O-C would demolish all and replace with communist-style, regulated, mean living quarters — if, indeed, she would rebuild anything at all.

Her plan could well be more sinister.

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A Yellow Vest Leader Takes on Danny the Red

Jérôme Rodrigues is a French activist who is prominent in the Yellow Vest movement. Last month Mr. Rodrigues was blinded in one eye at a demonstration when he was hit by a flashball fired by police.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a.k.a. Danny the Red, is a notorious French/German revolutionary anarchist and pedophile. In the following video, taken from a panel discussion on French TV, Mr. Rodrigues debates Mr. Cohn-Bendit and holds his own admirably.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Democracy? A Little Bit, Perhaps

As a follow-up to his earlier post, H. Numan provides more details on the history of the monarchy and democracy in Thailand.

Democracy? A little bit, perhaps.

by H. Numan

In my last article about Thailand someone asked a good question: is Thaksin a communist? To put your mind at ease: no, he isn’t. Far from it. More the exact opposite. Not only that, but communism is strictly forbidden in Thailand. So why then do his adherents wear red? There is a simple reason for it: the monarchists wear yellow, and red nicely contrasts with that. Now, that’s too short for an essay. So I’ll explain how it works in Thailand. It’s a very young democracy, after all. I’ve been here for the last 25 years and not all is what you think it is.

We have to go back a little bit, to 1932 when the absolute monarchy was abolished and ‘democracy’ installed. Who were those revolutionaries then? Mid-rank royals and military officers who felt they had to wait too long for their share of the pie. Until 1932 all important appointees were members of the royal family, or mostly nobles closely related to it. Promotions based on merit were extremely rare in those days. The level below the top felt left out and wanted to do something about it. So they proclaimed a ‘democratic’ revolution.

The king at that time was King Prajadhipok or Rama VII. All Thai kings of the Chakri dynasty take the title Rama with a number. King Bhumibol was Rama IX, the current king is Maha Vajiralongkorn or Rama X. Rama VII was already setting up a more democratic government, but very slowly. Too slow for the revolutionaries. After the revolution the king went to England for medical treatment and once there he told them what they could do with the monarchy. Specifically, to stick it into something I won’t mention here.

Once the Pandora’s box was opened, coups became quite regular. It’s a bit like the old Roman Empire in the year of the four emperors, 68 AD. When people realized emperor was just a job, anyone with enough ambition tried to become one. There have been many coups and coup attempts in Thailand. So many that Wikipedia has a whole section dedicated to it. Almost all of those coups were committed by people who wanted as much of the pie as possible. And most if not all claim to do it for the good of the land and the people, as usual.

Once a coup has been committed one of the first things the (usually) generals did was rewrite the constitution. We’ve had bicameral parliaments, unicameral parliaments, parliaments with limited power, almost unlimited power — anything you can think of, and a lot more. The current constitution is the 24th. Every constitution is a bit like the soap powder commercials: New! Improved! Now with more anti-corruptors! With extra democracy added!

I moved to Thailand in 1994, when democracy seemed to take hold. There had been a coup in 1991; the military installed a hugely unpopular civilian government which was thrown over by a civilian uprising. That’s the famous moment king Bhumibol ordered the military, government and revolutionaries to the palace and told them to stop it. The king had so much authority that the government resigned immediately and a democratic government was installed. Well, it wasn’t democracy finally taking hold, but more a quiet period in between.

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Race Wars or Situation Normal? — That is the Question

Our English correspondent Seneca III sends his take on the WAYCISM hysteria that has lately manifested itself on both sides of the Atlantic.

Race Wars or Situation Normal? — That is the Question

by Seneca III

In Europe, America and the UK the signs are that a huge race war is in the offing. The false accusations manufactured to create division and discord, the torrent of malignant propaganda and the obvious determination of those who expect to benefit therefrom by starting it are everywhere.

Yet, the reality is that we all observe, either intuitively or rationally, that human beings are to a greater or lesser degree racist, a trait that evolution has hardwired into the genes of our species for good reason — survival of the homogenous group to which each belongs and the retention of its resources and achievements — and it has little to do with the melanin content of the either tribe’s skin, although that can often be an indicator of historic intent and practice… actions in our past and that of many other nations being classic examples thereof. The propagation of the concept that racism is solely the product of different skin colours is a very red herring indeed.

But, times are dynamic, and at last we Whites appear to be looking to our disparate tribal origins and beginning to understand that to unilaterally forgo the survival benefits of racism is but a subtle form of suicide, and once we are no longer prepared to accept this fate we will have surmounted the deleterious effects of the decades-long campaign designed to neutralize our will to survive. Those who seek to destroy us know that first they must undermine our ancient social cohesion with lashings of historic guilt… and they have almost succeeded.

Now, the only question remaining is what shall we do to take our freedom, our lands and our physical and mental resources back into our own hands… remove the enemy within, the enemy without, or both? Because that is the way of things, and otherwise we will cease to exist. Well, within human culture war has always been the most common form of political intercourse between tribes. It is invariably the result of competition for power and resources, precipitated by an incursion or invasion undertaken by one group with the intention of seizing, controlling or parasitizing the resources of another group.

As the human mind is inarguably the ultimate resource our species possesses, it endows unlimited power and wealth upon those who can control it. Be they priests or politicians, or an unholy alliance of both, those who seek to gain such control so define their ultimate objective. The extermination or subordination of a group identity has always been the principal determinant in the enslavement or destruction of one tribe by another. It is both the essential precursor to and the sine qua non of abiding conquest.

In the West, in this the second decade of the 21st century, this precursor form is exquisitely manifested in that illegitimate spawn of political correctness, ‘The Racist Doctrine of Multiculturalism’, a deconstructionist agenda which is essentially a combination of Marxist-Socialist propaganda — an induced ‘Mea Culpa!’ Syndrome [original white sin or toxic masculinity] — and its obverse, a culture-wide ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. It is simply the first step in the imposition of a New World Order, one of subjugation to and draconian rule by a cabal of the self-selected few.

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One Tiny Little Glimpse Into the European Soul

Children of the DDR in the ’70s

The video and article below concern the daycare system that was used in the German Democratic Republic (DDR, commonly known as East Germany) until the fall of the Wall.

Note: When I was editing the text, I had a lot of trouble picking out a phrase (adjusted from the translation) to render the all-week overnight daycare that was standard practice in the DDR. The Germans have a phrase for it, but we don’t have an equivalent, as far as I know. So the phrase I coined — “weeklong daycare” — was simply the best expedient I could think of.

Nash Montana, who translated the material, includes this explanatory note about German TV programming:

German TV is keen on reenactments of dramatic scenes, so every scene in this video is reenacted. It’s not real, but just for dramatic effect.

On TV they re-enact entire court cases from family and criminal court. For instance, the “Judge Judy” equivalent on German TV has every case re-enacted — it’s really horrible, not just because of the bad acting but because it’s literally made for 3-year-old children. It’s the worst form of brainwashing I have ever seen, and it happens every day on German TV.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The accompanying article from Deutschlandfunk Kultur, also translated by Nash:

The weeklong daycare center kids of the DDR

By Lotta Wieden

Many children in the DDR spent their childhood in weeklong daycare centers, often with far-reaching consequences for their adult life. Research that indicated the negative aspects for the development of these children was suppressed in the DDR. Today, the affected children and new research are working out the consequences.

Most of the children are between 40 and 60 years old now. How many were there really? We will never know. To this day there is very little information about this topic. But it is generally believed that in the DDR territory in the years between 1949 to 1989 hundreds of thousands of babies and small children were given to these centers to be taken care of.

The DDR in the ‘50s affirmed that the construction of the socialist society had begun. The six-day work week was the rule, for mothers too. Article 7 of the still-young Constitution said: “Men and women have equal rights. All laws and decisions which are against women’s equal rights are hereby suspended.” But equal rights were only for women, and only at their place of work. And the question of who was going to care for their children was one that hit single mothers especially hard.

Until 1965 the DDR functioned under the six-day work week rule, even for mothers

Research under pressure

Within five years, so the Constitution said, the DDR had to establish 160,000 kindergarten seats, 40,000 daycare seats, and 60,000 care seats for babies and toddlers. As a consequence, the number of weeklong care centers alone for babies and toddlers rose from 2,500 in the year 1950 to about 14,300 in the year 1955. Ten years later in 1965, Statistics show 37,900 for weeklong care centers for children under the age of three. And the entire massive expansion was accompanied by an equally massive daily propaganda machine. Until the mid-’60s these toddler weeklong care centers were propagandized as equal, if not the better alternative, to familial care.

The mid-’50s the East Berlin Humboldt University began with the first scientific examination into the development of care center children of the DDR. The leading doctor is Eva Schmidt-Kolmer who later became the director of the Institute for the Hygiene of Children and Youths in Berlin. She had documented the development of more than 1,700 children between the ages of zero and three. The random sample group had 440 weeklong care center kids in it. It was examined how well children could orient themselves and move about in a room, and how far their speech and vocabulary and their social skills were developed. The results of that examination revealed grave deficits among the weeklong care center kids in all of the tested subjects.

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A Louisiana Sunday Hymn

This is a popular hymn in Cajun Country. Sometimes I am homesick for the food and the music…but seldom the (below-sealevel) climate. Maybe in January??

Though I got to know some of the Canucks in New England, I never heard their music. However, what that Canadian French remnant who managed to survive the trek to Louisiana created still lives deep in my Irish soul. The similarities of the heart converge sometimes.

The French lyrics are below the jump as is the English translation.

The images you see are the large extended family of L’Angelus. It looks like they’re on a levee.

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The Zweikaiserbund: An “Ever Closer Union” in Europe

As we reported a few weeks ago, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met last month in Aachen to sign a compact that I’ve been calling the Zweikaiserbund*.

The essay below by Robert Kearney about the treaty signed in Aachen was originally published at Compact News in a slightly different form.

The Franco-German Union, last step towards an EU Empire

By Robert Kearney

On January 22, 2019, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, signed a treaty of bilateral cooperation which pledged to unify both France and Germany in a way not dreamed of since the ninth-century reign of Charlemagne. A new Franco-German Empire of sorts (this was clearly the intent as evidenced by where the treaty signing took place, the town hall of Aachen, France, the city that had been the historic capital of the old Carolingian Empire), this new treaty was received warmly by various European and global elites. However, it raised concern among the more Eurosceptic nations such as those of Central Europe, Italy and even some in Britain (not to mention nationalist and anti-EU parties and citizens within France and Germany themselves). The great fear amongst many in Europe is that this agreement will lead to a unified Franco-German superstate that will further shift the balance of power in the EU away from sovereign nation states and toward a centralized bureaucracy ruled from Brussels with the economic and even military backing of Paris and Berlin.

This Franco-German treaty represents the culmination of years of attempts by the leadership of the European Union to move the bloc from a loose federation of nation states united by economic concerns into an actual centralized, supranational entity akin to a federal republic such as the United States or Germany wherein member states would lose much of the sovereignty they have still managed to maintain, giving it over to a system controlled by a handful of unelected elites who, when allied with corporations, multinational banks, and media systems, will have an almost unlimited control over the lives and freedoms of their member states. Whether this was or wasn’t the original endgame of the EU’s founders is something that can be open for debate. What is clear, however, is that this is precisely the trajectory that the modern European Union is, by its own admission, headed towards.

At first a union of European states was seen by many as not only a way to strengthen the continent’s economy through trade and free movement of goods, and people flowing across now almost nonexistent borders, but also as a “remedy” to the nationalistic impulses of its various member states. On the first premise the entire system was sold, many times very reluctantly, to the nations who joined its bloc, but the second concept was always very present and constituted a large reason why the entire project came about in the first place.

The biggest backers of a unified Europe were always the economic elites who desired the transformation of societies into atomized collections of individuals bereft of any strong national or ethnic ties, who would see themselves as only lone members of a great mass of humanity whose entire existence would be based on the endless consumption of cheaply manufactured consumer goods with little interest or concern for the fate of their wider communities and their descendants who would inhabit them.

This dream had already come to pass throughout the United States of America, the paradise of capitalist consumer culture where the individual and his immediate rights and needs trumped any concern for a lasting and established society based on a common culture, traditions and set of values. In stark contrast stood Europe, a continent of many cultures and subcultures, each having been in existence for centuries, all intertwined by a very collective spirit which emphasized the communal over the individual, tradition over the novel, and national life and values over every passing, mass-produced fad. True, this description of Europe may sound considerably idealized when compared to the lives of many, especially the more prosperous parts of that continent today, but it is still a strong part of the strength and ideal that have made up European man and his worldview for far longer than the present age that has been foisted upon us.

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Viktor Orbán: “The Center of the New Internationalism is Brussels”

On Sunday Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave his annual State of the Nation speech in Budapest. Below are excerpts from the speech that have relevance for a non-Hungarian audience.

Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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