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Does a Falling Tree Make a Sound if the Word ‘Tree’ Is Banned?

September 3rd, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Tyrants have always wanted to control the minds of their subjects, which is why the schools are so important for the future of liberty.  Once the state gets its claws on the schools, it imposes texts and curricula that enhance its power and advance its ideology.  The advocates of statism understand this well, and they are willing to fight violently to maintain and extend their control.

The Europeans are a tempo ahead of us in this very nasty business, but our guys are doing their best to catch up.  A recent story deals with American injustice working in tandem with German authorities to thwart a German family’s efforts to educate their own children.

The Romeike family, Christian evangelicals, wanted to homeschool their children, but the German authorities wouldn’t permit it.  So the Romeikes came to America (Tennessee, to be precise), where there’s lots of homeschooling, and where a federal judge granted them asylum.  The Germans didn’t like that, and the Obama/Holder Justice Department ordered the extradition of the family back to Germany, where, in another recent case, German police dragged off four children from their homeschooling parents.  The Justice Department ordered the extradition of the Romeikes on the basis that “banning homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse views.”

You couldn’t ask for a better example of Orwellian doublespeak.  The German state isn’t interested in “diverse views” at all;  it went to great effort to compel the Romeikes to deliver their children to the official teachers of the officially approved version of the truth.  That version is political correctness written in long words with most of the verbs coming at the end.

The Europeans are steadily advancing toward maximum indoctrination of their youngsters, perhaps inspired by the old dictum, for which the Jesuits are usually credited, “give me a child at the age of seven and I will give you the man.”  The most dramatic example comes from France, where the Socialist government is explicitly imposing a new state religion on the country’s schools.

“The French Revolution is not over” is both the title of a new book by Vincent Peillon, the education minister, and the mission statement for that country’s latest experiment with totalitarian democracy, the doctrine of the Terror during the 18th-century revolution.  According to Peillon, it’s not enough to simply transform France “materially”; the time has come to remake the French people morally and spiritually.  Therefore “we must invent a Republican religion,” and he’s got one: “secularism (laicite’).”

Peillon explains in the video accompanying his book that the values of the past (especially religious ones) have to be guillotined, to be replaced by a new secular ethical code. The schools are the instrument of choice (the new secular ethics will be required study in French schools as of 2015).  He calls for “a transubstantiation that works within and for the school, the new church with its new ministers, its new liturgy and its new tablets of law.”

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Good post. Orwell's 1984 is perhaps the greatest novel of the post-WWII period. Not because of its literary merit, but because it captures the collectivist, totalitarian zeitgeist which has become the central moral disease of our time. Like black mold in a damp basement, its toxic spores are in the process of destroying the civilizations which have fallen under its infestation.

But the truth is that this too shall pass. We are choosing to decline in the West. But with our decline, our death, the moral disease of collectivist, totalitarianism will decline as well. And new things will begin.
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Marriage was a ceremony between a man and a woman consummated after the vows with a male sex and a female sex having sex and then building a life together;

Not only was the word marriage hijacked and re-defined, and now only allowed to mean something else, but no term now seems to exist to describe the status quo ante. Marriage should be left alone and "farriage" should be used for same sex people committed to not produce their own offspring and thereby perpetuate the species: natural selection!

Yes, we do not seem willing to tell the truth: "we will have a nice long lasting war and sell lots of weapons"...and we will do everything to keep the sides equal enough that no one can win: "this is the war that never ends, it goes on and on my friend...
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"The French Revolution is Not Over." Too bad! Few other events in modern history have put forth so much poisoned fruit. Best thing to come out of it was Napoleon -- chiefly becuase he knocked it stone cold dead, at least for a time.
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Apparently the Germans learned from the Romeike family. They seized the passports of another family whom the jackbooted education thugs have arrested and whose children they have seized and dispersed.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/german-children-seized-from-parents-for-crime-of-homeschooling/
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"He calls for “a transubstantiation that works within and for the school, the new church with its new ministers, its new liturgy and its new tablets of law.”

Surely he meant transintermediation the Catholic doctrine that holds that one must commune with God -- at Mass -- THROUGH the intermediation of the clergy.

Transubstantiation is the Catholic doctrine that holds that wine is transmuted into His blood, and the consecrated, unleavend bread into the Host, His body.

So, the atheist can't even get his vocabulary correct.
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I guess it's about time for America to ban Orwell as it was in the Soviet Union, where we risked going to jail for reading 1984. There political correctness was the key to your career. Isn't it time to introduce a political correctness
course in all universities in America and a test when applying for a job in government?
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Wake up Arky, What do you think we have been wringing our hands over these past few years?
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Yes indeed. Needs leadership. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell aren't up to it. Paul has a ways to go on national security. Can Cruz, Lee, Royce do it?
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Excellent post with one correction: The Jesuit maxim is: "Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man," not “give me a child at the age of seven and I will give you the man." Francis Xavier believed the first seven years are the most crucial.
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"demanded that the words “illegal immigrant” be banished from the campus."

I agree. The old term "wetback" is shorter.
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Ilmegrant?

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I prefer "invading babarian." What is going on is really scary if you have a good education in history. We're on the receiving end of a massive barbarian migration, and, like the Roman Patricians, our government and wealthy are encouraging it in the name of cheap labor. Somehow, they seem to have missed how it all ends...
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Many of the thinkers behind American Education for many decades have seen our compulsory "Free" K-12 system exactly as Peillon does: an assembly line to mold minds and spirits into whatever the system needs. In addition to being drone-workers and mindless consumers, it now needs people to be even more devoid of knowledge and individuality to fit into their collectivist vision.

What do you think Common Core is really about? They mean the core, the mind and spirit of the individual.
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The EU holds half their meetings in the rebuilt Tower of Babel. No, really. In Strasbourg I believe.

There, Humans are symbolic bricks of the Tower. Secularism, and universalism are the concepts for the destruction of G-d ordained ideas, like individual liberty, or morality.

The Global Tower of Babel will have mankind ordained ideas. A New Age. One without G-d. Just like the EU constitution, or the UN constitution.
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