Life in the ‘Hamster’s Cage’.

Despite our Constitutional guarantees, we are becoming more socialist every year.

Not to minimize the machinations of the left in academia, the media and fundamentally dishonest democrat politicians… but socialism has primarily gained ground with the American public because our over-regulated capitalism is failing to ‘lift all boats’.

Corporate profits and the stock market keep hitting record highs because of the effects of qualitative easing. The Fed is ‘digitizing’ money out of thin air and aiding the Chinese in buying up our debt. Without that debt service, the entire house of cards collapses and, fiscal collapse occurs when sovereign bankruptcy is no longer deniable. Had Romney been elected, he would have had to continue the same Fed policies because  long ago, it was far too late for fiscal restraint alone, to correct our economic problems.

Obama and the left believe the answer is socialism, provably an intellectually bankrupt notion. But if no democrat had been elected to office since Kennedy, we would still be headed down an unsustainable path. That is because republican’s fiscal schemes are almost as detrimental to the nation’s overall financial health as the democrat’s, just much slower acting.

The Fed’s creation and actions since the 30′s, our fiat currency’s fundamental disconnection from reality, severe over-regulation and social entitlement programs that have cost three times as much as all our wars combined…have led to long term, incremental inflation that has destroyed 94% of the dollar’s value. The result has been the financial necessity of the two-earner family, near total stagnation in the middle classes’ wages since the early 70’s and the flight of manufacturing jobs from the US.

We’ve become a nation of fast-food service workers and a financially privileged elite.

Obama’s policies are disastrous for the middle class. Yet so are the republican’s because the highly regulated capitalism they favor, disproportionately benefits those with financial leverage and keeps the middle class in the ‘hamster’s cage’.

The low-information voter doesn’t understand why his dollar doesn’t buy as much, doesn’t understand the factors responsible for wage stagnation, doesn’t understand why manufacturing jobs are gone or why a two-earner household still struggles… but they do understand that things aren’t working.

And when things aren’t working, the panacea of socialism and entitlements with its scapegoat of the greedy rich becomes a viable alternative to the man exhausted from life in the ‘hamster’s cage’. And socialism does transform the individual’s condition, initially offering financial relief but gradually and incrementally lessening liberty until inescapable indentured servitude to the state is their fate. Much like the proverbial frog in water brought slowly to a boil.

That is because in any socialistic system, to retain its viability and ability to grant entitlements, necessary to achieve its most fundamental tenet, equality of outcome, a socialistic system MUST keep from “running out of other people’s money”.

To avoid that mathematically certain eventuality, it must incrementally seize more and more, until it has seized all income and material assets. As example, France and Cyprus are early indications that the EU is close to its tipping point. It will either dissolve or move toward ever greater bureaucratic tyranny.

Yet as a socialistic system incrementally seizes more and more of the productive assets of a society, an equal but opposite reaction occurs and protests arise. To minimize protest, political correctness is imposed, initially by academia, the media and social disapproval, gradually evolving into ‘legal’ repression by the state through such maneuvers as ‘hate speech’ prohibitions and mandatory government indoctrination of children in public schools at earlier and earlier ages.

As seizure of assets and protest are interrelated, increasing imposition of political correctness is necessary and thus ALL thought, speech and behavior MUST eventually be classified as either forbidden or mandatory.

Thus socialism MUST evolve into a regulated tyranny, political correctness taken to its end state. Eventuating in an evolution of socialism into a de facto, highly regulated, bureaucratic form of Communism.

Communism is binary in nature; only what is forbidden and what is mandatory may be allowed to exist. Every aspect of life must be defined in one or the other category. Thus 1984 arrives…

“We can’t expect Western societies to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders into repeatedly and gradually giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism.” – Nikita Khrushchev”

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Life’s Essential Unfairness

The fundamental problem of the political Left seems to be that the real world does not fit their preconceptions” Thomas Sowell

Yes, the left’s view is in direct opposition to reality. It is fundamentally ‘unsane’.

IMO, the source of this disconnection with reality is the ubiquitous and childish protest, “that’s not fair!”, which at base is a protest against life’s essential unfairness.

Juveniles, as they approach young adulthood, either discard this protest as an unfortunate but unavoidable aspect of reality and life… OR they cling to it, in an idealistic refusal to accept the reality of the universe we inhabit, which necessarily results in arrested development. That is so because a refusal to accept a fundamental aspect of reality results in a partial disconnection from reality. 

After long thought and reflection upon the issue, I’ve reached the conclusion that, regardless of acceptance or rejection, neither the right nor the left understand the necessity for life’s essential unfairness. Life is essentially ‘unfair’ and, it is absolutely necessary that it be so. Amazingly, it turns out that the creator knows exactly what they are doing…

It’s not ‘fair’ that some of us are more talented and gifted than others. It’s not ‘fair’ that some have economic and social advantages handed to them through the accident of birth. But it is absolutely necessary that such be the case.

Consider; without life’s essential “unfairness” three key aspects of reality are impossible: Civilization, natural economic law and evolution itself.

How so? Without the ‘unfair’ advantage of individual genius, none of the following could have happened; the harnessing of fire, agriculture that freed men from the hunter – gatherer existence, written language allowing the generational transmission of knowledge, the concepts of Greek democracy and Roman law and representation, the enlightenment, the scientific method, modern medicine, the industrial revolution that freed men from much physical labor and, the information age that computers with its’ offspring the internet have initiated… none of these would have happened because committee’s do not invent. Thus civilization could never have arisen and we’d still be living in caves.

Without the ‘unfair’ and unequal advantages that natural economic law confers, there are no private pools of investment wealth to fund entrepreneurial growth. Unrestricted, natural economic law ensures a bell curve in distribution of assets. Some will gain more than others and over time, the great majority of assets will gravitate into the hands of a few. The only manner yet devised to leaven the rise of inequity without interfering in the natural operation of economic law is for a society to promote entrepreneurial growth, which creates new opportunities,  jobs and increases membership in the ‘haves’, which increases the amount of private wealth available for investment. It is a positive reinforcement that fuels material progress.

The Soviet Union, Mao’s Red China, North Korea and Cuba have all proven that central control of economic activity in which private pools of wealth are eliminated is a formula for economic stagnation. Natural economic law, most closely followed by minimally regulated capitalism, is based upon the mathematical relationship between supply and demand interacting with human nature. Despite the desires and wishful thinking of those on the left, neither can be changed, they can only be accommodated and wisely directed.

Finally and most importantly because it determines the behavior of life itself… is evolution. Without the ‘unfair’ benefit of individual adaptive mutation… life would have remained at the one celled amoebic stage. Evolution is the process of beneficial adaptive mutation by individuals, ‘unfairly’ blessed, passing on their ‘unfair’ advantage to their descendants. Talk about ‘unfair’.

It is a matter of supreme irony that the left, the absolute champion of the theory of evolution, fails to grasp the fundamental cognitive contradiction between their embrace and support of evolution while simultaneously refusing to accept life’s essential unfairness existing in a universe whose operative laws do not recognize ‘fairness’. The left is literally rejecting reality.

Then again, perhaps the left’s inability to appreciate the irony is a matter of willful blindness?

Geoffrey Britain

Islam : an Empirical Crisis for the West

and a new, Rational Doctrine for Neutralizing that Threat.

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A New “Monroe Doctrine’ for Countering Islamic Terrorism

In my prior post, The Theological Nature of Islam, I described the rationale and conclusions I’ve reached regarding ‘radical’ Islam. Those conclusions implied a solution to the West’s empirical crisis with Islamic terrorism.

My conclusion is that Islamic radicalism, in all its forms and personages, from the Palestinians to the Iranians, whether Hamas or Hezbollah are a symptom, not a cause and that the cause is Islam itself.

I do not however propose that the West make ‘conventional war’ upon 1.5 billion Muslims. Instead I propose to convincingly threaten to make war upon Islam’s holiest shrines, to make the survival of Islam’s holy shrines, of unique and inestimable importance to Muslims, hostage to ALL Muslim’s future ‘good’ behavior, bringing the consequence of an unthinkable price to pay for any future aggression and terrorism. I contend that deterrence is possible, if properly constructed.

It is my contention that by doing so, Islam’s fanatics will finally face a consequence and thus a deterrence, that they are not prepared to accept. And in their unwillingness to accept that consequence, it will also allow for the time needed for Islam to slowly self-destruct, as it must because I contend that Islam cannot survive another century of cultural exposure to the modern world. The modern world’s culture represents, to Islam, a mortal threat and, that is what has given rise to the resurgence of Islamic jihadism against the West.

It is also my contention that our current course will eventually and inevitably result in nuclear terrorist attack(s) upon cities in the West and, that will finally force the West to confront the reality of the threat that Islam presents to the West.

It is time for the politically correct fantasies to be put aside and for reality to be faced, for otherwise a ‘nuclear terrorist reality’ will sooner or later be imposed upon both the West and the US.

But of course, the left will not allow the politically correct fantasies to be put aside until reality becomes undeniable. Just that reason alone is sufficient to declare that the left is of far greater threat to the West than Islam because they are blocking the implementation of effective defensive strategies. It is the left’s premises and the beliefs that extend from those premises, that is preventing the West from responding effectively and appropriately to Islam’s aggression.

It is my contention that there is only one effective deterrent strategy against Islam because there is only one thing that ‘radical’ jihadist Muslims cherish above their hate for the West.

That strategy starts with recognition that the West is under ideological and physical assault from Islam, that ‘rogue’ nations and terrorist organizations are merely Islam’s agents in its war with the West. This is because the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest of holies, the unalterable words of Allah, proclaims that armed struggle to establish Islam over the entire world is the absolute duty of every Muslim.

Which means that Islam will continue to throw it’s jihadists and logistical resources at the West. If necessary for the next 1000 years, just as it intermittently has for the last 1400 years. Islam is an aggressive, expansionist totalitarian ideology, wrapped within the trappings of a religion. It must act according to its nature, just as the scorpion does…and it is critical to this doctrine to make clear to all Muslims, in an unequivocal and unapologetic manner, that its own tenets declare this to be the case.

This strategy recognizes that Islam does not value, as in the West, their nation’s, tribes or even an individual’s survival, as Islam’s tenets declare that Muslims have no individual value, since Islam implicitly rejects self-determination. That there is only one thing that devout Muslim’s cherish more than the imposition of Islam upon the world…and that is the survival of Islam itself.

Therefore, the only strategy that has even a prayer of deterring terrorist attacks upon the West is to make Islam itself responsible.

That strategy would consist of a new doctrine, that would declare that any future terrorist attack upon ANY Western nation’s cities or peoples, by any nation or terrorist organization… will bring an immediate tactical response upon Islam’s holiest shrines; that conventional terrorist attacks will result in a proportional retaliation upon Islamic mosques and a nuclear or WMD attack upon any Western city will result in the immediate and utter destruction of Mecca, Medina, the City of Qom and the complete conventional demolition of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Many westerners fail to appreciate the inestimable value Muslims place upon their holy places. Mecca, or more specifically the Kaaba in Mecca is the foremost in value and is so revered that it is the holy duty of every Muslim to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life. It is so important, that it is proclaimed to be the fifth of the Seven Pillars of Islam. Every Muslim in the world is required to get down on their knees and pray toward Mecca five times, every day. And there are no ‘holidays’ from this duty.

Mainstream, fundamentalist Imams and Mullahs are the primary force driving Islamic radicalism. Once they are convinced that Islam’s most cherished sites, which act as a talisman for their power… are mortally threatened, they will be profoundly reluctant to put them at risk by sanctioning a nuclear attack upon the West. And, since conventional terrorist attacks will place their mosques and them at risk, it will no longer be just the jihadist terrorist who faces reprisal.

“Those who oppose the Mullahs oppose Islam itself; eliminate the Mullahs [and Imams] and Islam shall disappear in fifty years. It is only the Mullahs who can bring the people into the streets and make them die for Islam– begging to have their blood shed for Islam.” –Ayatollah Khomeini

Islam would now face a choice; a conventional terrorist attack will result in the consequential retaliation upon Islam’s mosques and a nuclear or WMD attack upon the West would result in all of Islam’s holiest shrines, ceasing to exist within moments of a nuclear terrorist attack.

That is the reality and inescapable consequence with which the West must confront Islam.

Realistically, it is a virtual certainty that elements within Islam will not believe the West capable of following through with such a policy, so inevitably the West will have to demonstrate its resolve.

When the West announces its new doctrine, the West should warn Muslims that if sufficiently provoked, such as by ongoing rocket barrages on Israel, an appropriate demonstration of resolve will be the bombing of the Dome of the Rock. And that its future survival is hostage to their good behavior.

Based on past experience, Islamist radicals will be ‘certain’ that the West is blustering, so when they attack the West with a terrorist attack, even if it only uses conventional explosives or methods, the immediate bombing of the Dome of the Rock would begin and the West would announce that the bombing won’t stop until the Dome of the Rock is completely destroyed.

When Muslims around the world fly into a predictable rage, the West should be ready with a response at the UN. The West should look the world and Islam right in the eye and say, “OK, now you know we’re serious. Would you like to go for Medina next or do you want to throw Mecca into the ‘pot’ too and go ‘all in’?

Announcing such a doctrine with its identification of Islam as the West’s enemy, will necessitate the West also announcing that in the event of any blockade, embargo or aggression against the West by Islamic elements, such as seizing and mining the Strait of Hormuz or attacking oil fields or pipelines will also result in the consequence of Islam’s holy shrines and/or mosques being attacked.

That is the reality with which the West must confront Islam’s Imams and Mullahs who direct jihadist terrorists.

The West must make absolutely clear to Islam and all Muslims that any attack upon the West, with weapons of mass destruction, nuclear or otherwise, that threatens the existence of the West’s cities … will result in the unthinkable happening to them.

That is the reality with which the West must confront Islam.

The Fate of the Republic

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The RINO Republican Leadership have repeatedly demonstrated that they are at best, appeasers and at worst collaborators. In attempting to protect the financial status quo demanded by their big donors, they are incrementally sacrificing American liberties by cooperating in the PARTIAL abrogation of the Constitution.

To obtain that cooperation from Republicans, the Far Left engages in a three step process; Lie through omission, Revise history to support the Lie, Demonize any opposition. Then rinse and repeat until the issue reaches its ‘date of expiration’. That is effective but limited in its long term efficacy. The left’s needing to lie, in order to advance its agenda, reveals the intellectual bankruptcy of that which is lied in favor of, which is in fact, a form of evil.

Evil and incompetence are almost always intertwined, as to justify its behavior, evil has to continually rationalize away the truth of the matter. To do so requires habitually lying about that which reality consists… when done long enough, the ability to recognize reality itself is lost. The most basic prerequisite for competence is the recognition of reality.

That is why the Obama administration so often behaves incompetently.

Only utter ignorance or willful denial can support the contention that the Obama administration still feels bound by law. The latest example being the stonewalling of emails from ‘second channel’ governmental email addresses. Any subpoena for all communications requires that all the secret and hidden files be turned over. However, if a regime is already not obeying the law, then compliance in any area becomes optional. And when such revelation can bring consequences far more negative than the penalties for non-compliance, what incentive is there to comply?This administration long ago burst outside the bounds of law. The recent revelatory scandals have shown that they wish to control every aspect of our lives and thoughts and have no hesitation about violating the law, the Constitution, or any set of non-situational ethics. All means are justified by the ends sought.This administration has a hunger for absolute power, possesses an authoritarian collectivist ego, and habitually practices the concealment of reality from the public. A combination fatal to constitutional government. And we are there.

History demonstrates that when those in power routinely resort to extralegal means, it inevitably leads to those viewed as a mortal threat, being ‘disappeared’. Though Benghazi may argue otherwise, we are probably not there yet. But with the accumulation of extraordinary statutory powers, DHS troops loyal only to this regime, the massive accumulation of firepower by civilian agencies; all aimed explicitly at the civilian population… how far away can we really be?

The defiance of the White House and its executive branch departments of the IRS and DOJ to normal Constitutional processes is already common. The Obama administration is simply refusing and ignoring questions, subpoenas and legal demands for specific information that is within Congress’ lawful purview. The courts are being ignored at will. The unconstitutional and thus illegal recess appointments to the NLRB have been struck down by two Circuit Courts of Appeal and upheld by none. Yet the illegally appointed members are still operating, demonstrating that the lawful Constitutional processes designed to restrain factions within the government from operating outside the law have broken down. Our Constitutional checks and balances are no longer working due to the massive infiltration into the government, mass media and academia of far left ideologues who regard constitutional protections, laws and regulations as inconvenient, meaningless impediments to implementation of the progressive agenda.

And the Obama administration is using its powers to prevent appropriate prosecution of government officials who have engaged in highly unethical and/or illegal actions.

We have not had a constitutional budget for 5 years, and have little prospect of ever having one again. Our electoral system has been corrupted to the point where the voter rolls and vote counts are actively disenfranchising Americans.

The left is actively engaged in adding millions upon millions of immigrants, both legal and illegal who are strongly inclined toward socialism, in order to permanently institute its agenda.

The former Soviet Premier Khrushchev foretold all of this; “We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders into repeatedly and gradually giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have [de facto] Communism.”

None of this is accidental and all of it prima facie evidence that the Far Left is engaged in a planned, seditious campaign attacking both the Constitution and the American people.

There is however, a reason for hope, though slim it may be, for we are not Europe, where bureaucratic regulation and “hate speech” laws are superseding unwritten but previously assumed freedoms. Our written Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land is as much a legal document of what the government cannot do as of what it can, which is why our Constitution is a LEGALLY insurmountable stumbling block to the full implementation of the “Progressive Agenda” that is required for that agenda to last.

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” Abraham Lincoln

Which means that sooner or later, the Far Left is going to have to discard all pretense and, through illegal means, attempt to fully abrogate the Constitution. That is when low-information, “useful idiot” liberals will face an unavoidable choice; awaken to what their political support has really wrought or become through willful denial, fully complicit in tyranny.

Upon that determination hangs the fate of the Republic.

The Coming Tidal Wave of Change

It is the confirmed belief of the writer that, the past 20th century’s remarkable technological progress notwithstanding, the 21st century will see a degree of progress that shall literally dwarf the changes just witnessed in the preceding century. Technological changes are coming, the magnitude of which the general public can only now but dimly appreciate.

Yet the coming scientific wonders, as profound as they most certainly will be, may well be inconsequential compared to the social and geopolitical changes looming ahead.

The G.R.A.I.N. Technologies; Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Nanotechnology

How they will drive technological innovation and productivity in the future

 Our Molecular Future:

We are 20-50 years away from a veritable explosion of productivity resulting from new technologies currently in development in our national labs. Productivity is the ratio of productive output compared to what is required to produce it. The higher the ratio of productivity, the greater the real wealth of a society. Medical advances in genetics, artificial intelligence in robotics and computers, and nanotechnology will be the primary drivers in a greatly expanded capacity for productivity and thus an improved quality of life for billions of people around the world

Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World “exponential changes that are about to be wrought by the nanotechnology and robotic revolutions, which promise to reduce the scale of computing to the nanometre, a billionth of a meter, while increasing computing power to almost unimaginable levels. The resulting convergence of genetics, robotics, and artificial intelligence may give us hitherto undreamed-of capacities to transform our environment and ourselves.”

Medicine and the New Genetics :The potential for using genes themselves to treat disease–gene therapy–is the most exciting application of DNA science. It has captured the imaginations of the public and the biomedical community for good reason. This rapidly developing field holds great potential for treating or even curing genetic and acquired diseases, using normal genes to replace or supplement a defective gene or to bolster immunity to disease (e.g., by adding a gene that suppresses tumor growth).”

The very earliest ‘Intelligent’ Robotics have already arrived: Robot Scientist able to conduct research by itself. Semi-intelligent, self-directed robotic factory production will revolutionize material production. With little shipping costs to market and labor costs far below even China’s, manufacturing will have every incentive to return to the US or whatever market the manufacturer serves.

Robot builder could ‘print’ houses: “A robot for “printing” houses is to be tested by the construction industry. It takes instructions directly from an architect’s computerized drawings and then squirts successive layers of concrete on top of one other to build up vertical walls and domed roofs.

The precision automaton could revolutionize building sites. It can work round the clock, in darkness and without breaks. It needs only power and a constant feed of semi-liquid construction material.

The key to the technology is a computer-guided nozzle that deposits a line of wet concrete, like toothpaste being squeezed onto a table. Two trowels attached to the nozzle then move to shape the deposit. The robot repeats its journey many times to raise the height and builds hollow walls before returning to fill them.”

Advances in room temperature superconductivity will result in great benefits in applied science as well.

The Next Frontier: Expansion into space will be critical to expanding our production even further because of the little understood advantages it will offer. Manufacturing on the moon will offer unique manufacturing advantages due to the low gravity and ubiquitous vacuum, as well as providing a base for exploration of the solar system.

It turns out that The moon’s surface is full of the energy source helium-3, “If we could land the space shuttle on the moon, fill the cargo with canisters of helium-3 mined from the surface and bring the shuttle back to Earth, that cargo would supply the entire electrical power needs of the United States for an entire year,” says Gerald Kulcinski, a nuclear engineering professor and director of the Fusion Technology Institute at UW. (we don’t have fusion power yet but since its the process that the sun uses, its just a matter of time till we master it)

Fusion power will open the planets to exploration:
When we move out into deep space exploration of the solar system, an unimaginable amount of mineral wealth awaits; NASA reports that it has been estimated that the mineral wealth resident in the belt of asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter would be equivalent to about 100 billion dollars for every person on Earth today. Asteroid mining will be highly profitable; At 1997 prices, a relatively small metallic asteroid with a diameter of 1.6 km (0.99 mi) contains more than 20
trillion US dollars worth of industrial and precious metals. In fact, all the gold, cobalt, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhenium, rhodium, ruthenium, and tungsten that we now mine from the Earth’s crust, and that are essential for economic and technological progress, came originally from the rain of asteroids that hit the Earth after the crust cooled.

A comparatively small M-type asteroid with a mean diameter of 1km could contain more than two billion metric tons of iron–nickel ore, or two to three times the annual production for 2004. The asteroid 16 Psyche is believed to contain 1.7×1019 kg of nickel–iron, which could supply the 2004 world production requirement for several million years.

In 2006, the Keck Observatory announced that the binary Trojan asteroid 617 Patroclus, and possibly large numbers of other Jupiter Trojan asteroids, are likely extinct comets and consist largely of water ice. Similarly, Jupiter-family comets, and possibly near-Earth asteroids that are defunct comets, might also economically provide water. The process of in-situ resource utilization—using materials native to space for propellant, tankage, radiation shielding, and other high-mass components of space infrastructure—could lead to radical reductions in its cost.

Ice would satisfy one of two necessary conditions to enable “human expansion into the Solar System” (the ultimate goal for human space flight proposed by the 2009 “Augustine Commission” Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee): physical sustainability and economic sustainability.

Add all of these factors up and a ‘quantum leap’ in productivity is not a matter of if but of when productivity takes an exponential (1010) leap upwards.

Bill Ayers, the ‘Critical Pedagogy’ movement and ‘Cultural Marxism’

Critical Revolutionary Pedagogy and the Politics of Education

First posted on the Verum Serum blog  on December 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

[Morgen: Geoffrey is a regular commenter who we invited to post on occasion, based on his depth of analysis and clear writing ability. The ground war over the future of our nation’s values is being waged in our school systems, and people like Bill Ayers are generals in this war. As they are wont to do, they mask their philosophies and strategies under the cloak of academic research and arcane terminology. Geoffrey’s piece is a great primer on the core of liberal (socialist) strategy to subvert the education of our children.]

The motivational and foundational philosophical theorems of the American Left’s political, social and educational views are ‘Critical Pedagogy’ theory and ‘Cultural Marxism’. Bill Ayers is simply an influential, ‘celebrity’ advocate of these ideologies.

The Critical Pedagogy Movement is coming to a school near you and it means to change the world.

One child at a time.

Most people have never heard the term, Critical Pedagogy’. That is intentional.

Anyone not involved in the educational community would have little reason to be aware of this leftist theory of education. If it were merely a theory however, there would be little reason for concern.

The primary assumption of critical pedagogy is that disparities between individual and social group outcomes in life are due to entrenched societal oppression. So, if anyone or any group has ‘more’ than another it is because they are either oppressing others or benefiting from the ‘oppression of the masses’.

Thus, all whites benefit from an unjust social system and, as a result are inherently guilty of racism.

Advocates implicitly deny any definition of the ‘pursuit of happiness’, which does not result in equality of outcome. That necessarily limits American’s liberty and their pursuit of happiness to the politically correct calculus of Critical Pedagogy theory.

Pedagogy is defined as ‘the art or profession of teaching’. That definition is sometimes shortened by advocates into ‘the teaching’. The theory of critical pedagogy was first fully developed and then popularized in 1968 by the Brazilian educator and influential theorist Paulo Freire. His seminal work, the Pedagogy [The Teaching] of the Oppressed, was highly influential within the US leftist academic community and in 1969 Freire was offered a visiting professorship at Harvard University.

His subsequent work was highly influential with the Bill Ayers of the world. One might think of Paulo Freire as the Saul Alinsky of the US leftist educational community. Critical Pedagogy is the educational arm of the ‘social justice movement’, which is the political arm of “liberation theology”, all of which are aspects of ‘Cultural Marxism’.

Some of the basic tenets of critical pedagogy are:

  • ALL education is inherently political…
  • A social and educational vision of justice and equality should be the foundation for all education
  • Race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and physical ability are important domains of oppression
  • The purpose of education is the alleviation of oppression and human suffering
  • Schools must not hurt students–good schools don’t blame students for their failures
  • Good schools don’t judge the beliefs students have about their life’s experiences
  • Part of the role of any educator involves becoming a researcher into social oppression
  • Education must promote emancipatory change

Sixteen of the top educational schools in America are heavily influenced by Critical Pedagogy and are shaping the future leaders of our educational system. This belief system is now spreading out of the colleges into our K-12 systems and being promulgated by radical teachers as its ‘agents of change’.

It’s a well-organized, widespread movement, firmly entrenched in many Universities and its advocates are actively seeking to spread it worldwide.

Thus, most recently in Minnesota the agenda of radical teacher education came to light; The University of Minnesota redesigns teachersHere is what the Univ. of Minnesota’s new teacher certification program requires:

Students are required to adopt “race, culture, class and gender” identity politics in order to be recommended for a teaching license.

Students must accept that teachers’ lack of “cultural competence” is a major reason for many minority students performing poorly in Minnesota schools.

All prospective teachers have to meet 14 “outcomes”, as well as “assessment” methods to assure they had achieved the outcomes. The first outcome is typical: “Future teachers will be able to discuss their own histories and current thinking drawing on notions of white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, hetero-normativity, and internalized oppression.” [Think carefully upon that terminology, it’s quite revealing]

Other highlights deserve attention:

“Future teachers accept that they are privileged or marginalized depending on context.”

“Future teachers will recognize & demonstrate understanding of white privilege.”

“Future teachers are able to explain how institutional racism works in schools”

“Future teachers can construct and articulate a sophisticated and nuanced critical analysis of [the American Dream]…. In pursuing this analysis, students will make use of…the following:

Myth of meritocracy in the United States

The historical use of scientific racism to justify assumptions of fixed mental capacity

History of demands for assimilation to white, middle-class, Christian values

History of white racism, with special focus on current colorblind ideology

Students are evaluated and graded on whether they conform to the “race, class, gender” agenda. They must, for example, write a “self-discovery paper” in which they “describe their own ethno-cultural background.” They must describe their own prejudices and stereotypes, question their “cultural” motives for wishing to become teachers, and take two “cultural intelligence”-type assessments. They are graded (for example) on “the extent to which they find intrinsic satisfaction” in “cross-cultural interactions.”

Students must not only demonstrate changed thinking — they must become activists. They must learn that schools are “critical sites for social and cultural transformation.” One outcome reads: “Future teachers create & fight for social justice even if only in the classroom”

Future teachers are required to subscribe to the prescribed ideology, “Every faculty member at our university that trains our teachers must comprehend and commit to the centrality of race, class, culture, and gender issues in teaching and learning, and then frame their teaching and course foci accordingly.”

The goal of critical pedagogy is social transformation, which is the product of the practice of social ‘justice’ at the collective level. Social transformation is accomplished through indoctrination of the young, leading to social transformation of the larger society as succeeding generations inculcate the ‘lessons of awareness’ transmitted to them by their ‘teachers’.

Teachers are urged not to mince words with children about the evils of the existing social order. They should portray “homelessness as a consequence of the private dealings of landlords, an arms buildup as a consequence of corporate decisions, racial exclusion as a consequence of a private property-holder’s choice.” In other words, they should turn the little ones into young socialists and critical theorists.

Young, impressionable children are no longer being taught to feel good about being Americans. Their schools teachers, who traditionally embody socially approved values, are teaching them to be ashamed of being Americans.

Spreading out from the schools that teach our teachers, this ideology is being inculcated into our nation’s K-12 schools and is anti-American in the most profound meaning of the term. It is a movement that is teaching future generations that capitalism and traditional American values are intrinsically evil.

Critical pedagogy and its advocates, in their vehement antipathy toward capitalism, private property and traditional American values amount to a classic fifth subversive column, no less dangerous to freedom than Communism. Its advocates are seeking to transform western societies by covertly indoctrinating our young, through an essentially clandestine and subversive transformation of its culture.

Cultural Marxism is the primary strategy of the American Left.

Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci posited that what holds a society together are the pillars of its culture: the structures and institutions of education, family, law, media and religion, as they provide the social cohesion necessary to a healthy functional society. Transform the principles that these embody and you can destroy the society they have shaped.

His seminal thinking was taken up by Sixties radicals, many of whom are, of course, the generation that holds power in the West today. Bill Ayers is most certainly an agent of Gramsi’s agenda and there is a high likelihood that Barack Obama is a covert advocate of Cultural Marxism as well. He cannot, as President, act directly in pursuit of its agenda but viewed in the light of advocacy, many of his actions make perfect sense. That so many of his ‘Czar’ appointments are radicals certainly supports that assertion.

Gramsci believed that a society could be overthrown, if the values underpinning it could be turned into their antithesis: if its core principles were replaced by those of groups who were considered to be outsiders or who actively transgressed the moral codes of that society.

So he advocated a ‘long march through the institutions’ to capture the citadels of the culture and turn them into a collective fifth column, undermining from within and turning all the core values of society upside-down and inside-out.

This strategy is being carried out to the letter.

The nuclear family has been widely shattered. Illegitimacy was transformed from a stigma into a ‘right’. The tragic disadvantage of fatherless ‘families’ was redefined as a neutrally viewed ‘lifestyle choice’. So much so that many now assert the belief that, children do not need either a mother or a father, only the loving support of a ‘caring’ adult.

Education was wrecked, with its core tenet of transmitting a culture to successive generations, replaced by the idea that what children already knew was of superior value to anything the adult world might offer.

The outcome of this ‘child-centered’ approach has been widespread illiteracy and ignorance and an eroded capacity for independent thought.

The ‘rights agenda’, commonly known as ‘political correctness’ turned morality inside out, by excusing any misdeeds by self-designated ‘victim’ groups on the grounds that ‘victims’ can’t be held responsible for what they do. Law and order were similarly undermined, with criminals deemed to be beyond punishment since they also were ‘victims’ of what was asserted to be an inherently ‘unjust’ society.

Radical feminists, anti-racism and gay ‘rights’ thus turned men, white people and especially Christians (as the foremost advocates of foundational western values) into the enemies of decency. An offensive strategy of neutralization designed to keep western society’s advocates on the defensive by essentially categorizing them as “guilty until proven innocent”.

This ‘Through The Looking Glass’ mindset rests on the belief that the world is divided into the powerful (who are responsible for all bad things) and the oppressed (who are responsible for none of them).

This is pure Marxist doctrine.

That doctrine inevitably forms a totalitarian mindset that abhors dissent. Thus, the ‘science’ supporting ‘Global Warming’ is ‘settled”. Opposition to Obama’s policies is declared to be motivated by inherent racism and resistance to ‘Obamacare’ is equated to prior generations resistance to ending slavery. Intolerance toward Christians opposed to gay ‘marriage’ and the vilification as ‘racists’ of any opposed to illegal immigration is rationalized, justified and condoned.

This leftist mindset has led to the belief that a sense of nationhood is the cause of much of the world ills. So transnational institutions such as the EU, the UN and, doctrines supporting International and ‘Human Rights’ laws are increasingly overriding national laws and values.

These organizations are committed to moral and cultural relativism, which sets group against group and guarantees supreme and antidemocratic power to the bureaucrats setting the rules of ‘diversity’ and outlawing all dissent from permitted attitudes.

The doctrine of the “oppressed and the oppressor” is the big lie that many leftist elites use to justify supporting an illogical rationale divorced from reality and human nature itself. Ultimately, the acquisition of power is at the core of leftist’s beliefs with its ‘foot soldiers’ being the ‘true believers’ Stalin referred to as the ‘useful idiots’.

“By their fruits shall you know them” is still a worthwhile maxim and the ‘fruit’ of Cultural Marxism is active opposition to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Americans still have the right to believe what they choose, part of that choice is whether they stand with Jefferson and Lincoln… or with Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. It shall be one or the other, for we cannot profess loyalty to two opposed ideologies. You will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both Liberty and Cultural Marxism.

Lest we despair, Lincoln also said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

The Realities Israel Must Accept

The Realities Israel Must Accept

 

 

In my prior post, The Theological Nature of Islam I described the rationale and conclusions I’ve reached regarding radical Islam. Those conclusions implied a solution to Israel’s existential crisis. I also believe they equally apply to the West’s confrontation with Islamic terrorism.

My conclusion is that Islamic radicalism, in all its forms and personages, from the Palestinians to the Iranians, whether Hamas or Hezbollah are a symptom not a cause and that the cause is Islam itself.

I do not however propose to make war upon 1.5 billion Muslims, I propose to convincingly threaten to make war upon Islam’s holiest shrines and by doing so, deter Islam’s fanatics and allow Islam to slowly self-destruct.

And while I’m speaking of a change in Israel’s strategy and doctrines, eventually I fear it almost inevitable that a nuclear terrorist attack upon a US city will force us to confront the same reality that now confronts Israel. We are after all, the ‘Great Satan’.

It is time for the politically correct fantasies to be put aside and for reality to be faced, for otherwise a ‘nuclear reality’ will sooner or later be imposed upon Israel and the US.

If Israel acts as the proverbial ‘canary in the coal mine’ for the West, then it can also act as the ‘way-shower’.

The primary obstacle to Israel fulfilling that function is its own left, which has fully bought into the narrative of political correctness.

Israel’s back is against the wall, which the recent anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference demonstrated. Virtually every nation ALL 189, voted to deny Israel the right to self-defense.

That is the first of many realities Israel must face.

Obama isn’t going to lift a finger to stop Iran, he’s already decided that he can live with a nuclear Iran.

Which means Iran is going to get the bomb.

So, Israel is going to have to figure out how to live with it too.

That’s the next reality Israel must accept.

Israel has already proven that she can withstand conventional armies and conventional attacks.

It is a nuclear attack upon Israel, direct or terrorist, which poses a mortal danger to Israel.

It is virtually certain that Israel’s liberal left will stick their heads in the sand and, propose acceptance of conditions that would lead to Israel’s surrender and dissolution or genocidal extermination.

Between the Israeli left and Islam, the left is the far greater threat because they are blocking the implementation of effective defensive strategies. Not the left as physical threat but the left’s premises and the beliefs that extend from those premises.

That is the third reality Israel must accept.

In dealing with a nuclear Iran and a nuclear terrorist attack, which would destroy Israel, there is only one effective deterrent strategy because there is only one thing that Muslims cherish above their hate for Israel.

This is the fourth reality Israel must accept.

That strategy recognizes that Israel is under assault from Islam, that ‘rogue’ nations and terrorist organizations are merely Islam’s agents in its war with Israel. This is because the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest of holies, proclaims that armed struggle to establish Islam over the entire world is the absolute duty of every Muslim. Which means that Islam will continue to throw logistical resources at Israel, if necessary for the next 1000 yrs.

That is the fifth reality Israel must accept.

This strategy recognizes that Muslims do not value their nation’s, tribes or even an individual’s survival, as Muslims have no individual value. That there is only one thing that Muslim’s cherish more than Israel’s death…the survival of Islam itself.

Therefore, the only strategy that has even a prayer of deterring a nuclear attack upon Israel, is to make Islam itself responsible.

That strategy would consist of a new doctrine, that would declare that any nuclear or WMD attack upon Israel, by any nation or terrorist organization… will bring a nuclear response upon Islam’s holiest shrines; with the utter destruction of Mecca, Medina, the City of Qom and the complete demolition of the Dome of the Rock.

Many westerners fail to appreciate the inestimable value Muslims place upon their holy places. Mecca, the foremost in value is so revered that it is the holy duty of every Muslim to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life. It is so important that it is the fifth of the seven pillars of Islam. Every Muslim in the world is required to get down on their knees and pray toward Mecca five times, every day.

Radical Imams and Mullahs are the primary force driving Islamic radicalism. Once they are convinced that Islam’s most cherished sites, which act as a talisman for their power… are mortally threatened, they will be profoundly reluctant to put them at risk by sanctioning a nuclear attack upon Israel.

Islam would now face a choice; a nuclear or WMD attack upon Israel will result in all of Islam’s holiest shrines, ceasing to exist within moments of a nuclear attack upon Israel.

That is the reality with which Israel must confront Islam.

It is a virtual certainty that elements within Islam will not believe Israel capable of following through with such a policy, so inevitably Israel will have to demonstrate its resolve.

When Israel announces its new doctrine, Israel should warn Muslims that if sufficiently provoked, such as by ongoing rocket barrages, an appropriate demonstration of resolve will be the bombing of the Dome of the Rock. And that its survival is hostage to their good behavior.

Islamist radicals will be certain that it’s Israeli bluster, when they attack Israel with rocket barrages, the immediate bombing of the Dome of the Rock would begin and Israel would announce that the bombing won’t stop until the rocket barrage ceases.

When Muslims around the world fly into a predictable rage, Israel should be ready with a response at the UN. Israel should look the world and Islam right in the eye and say, “OK, now you know we’re serious. Would you like to go for Medina next or do you want to throw Mecca into the ‘pot’ too and go ‘all in’?

Announcing such a doctrine with its identification of Islam as Israel’s enemy, will necessitate Israel acknowledging its possession of nuclear weapons and Israel accepting the consequences of telling the US to-go-pound-sand. The ending of US aid to Israel.

That is the sixth reality Israel must face.

Of all the realities, this is the easiest because dependence upon American aid and protection has led to Israel being forced to yield up its self-determination to the US and prevented Israel from dealing effectively with Islam.

To neutralize the predictable response of the left through the EU, the UN and the hostile Obama administration, that doctrine must also state that in the event of any blockade, embargo or aggression against Israel by the West, the Saudi and Iranian oil fields will be targeted for nuclear attack and that the Strait of Hormuz  will be mined and shipping sunk to block passage.

That is the reality with which Israel must confront the West’s leftists.

Israel must make clear to both Islam and the West that any attack upon Israel, with weapons of mass destruction, nuclear or otherwise, that threatens the existence of Israel… will result in the unthinkable happening to them.

That is the reality with which Israel must confront the world.

Geoffrey Britain