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

September 3rd, 2013 - 6:48 pm

It may sound like a parody, or a desperate attempt to prove Marx right when he said that great events occur twice, first as tragedy and then as farce.  But the man and his cohorts in the statist cult are deadly serious.  He’s driven by old anticlericalism (“You can’t have a free country based on the Catholic faith”),  inspired by the doctrines of political correctness, and armed with “revolutionary” slogans that he believes justify the indoctrination of French schoolchildren, and thereby the creation of a New French Man.

“Parents” are already gone from many French schools, replaced by “legal guardian #1″ and “legal guardian #2.”  A highly recommended text is entitled Daddy Wears a Dress.  It’s all part of the grandiose scheme to create the New Frenchman, politically correct in every way, stripped of individual identity, shaped by the schools.

It’s a revival of the core project of 20th-century totalitarianism, left and right, red and black:  the creation of the new (Fascist or Communist) man.  Or, nowadays, person.

Back when real history was taught in our own schools and universities, all this would be recognized as the latest version of Robespierre’s nightmarish vision of the Terror.  Giuliano Ferrara, the brilliantly provocative Roman editor of il Foglio, summarizes the new holy writ as “conformism on top of ostracism.”  Not for nothing has the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut denounced the new doctrine as the product of the “divine Left.”  It’s the imposition of political correctness in the name of the General Will, or, as its apologists prefer, the Public Good.  Whatever you call it, the new state religion leaves little room for individual   As my friend Giulio Meotti says, the new battle in France is between liberty and secularism.

Alas, we’re headed toward the same sort of brainwashing.  The Feds recently refused to condemn some very nasty language aimed at pro-Israel students on three California University campuses, wrapping themselves in the saintly language of free speech.  But at the same time, the student government at UCLA demanded that the words “illegal immigrant” be banished from the campus.

Step by step, unwanted ideas are extinguished by eliminating the words necessary to express them.  “Radical Islam,” and “Islamic terrorism” are very much in the lexicon of taboo phrases, as we can see in the Newspeak-ridden prosecution of Hasan Nidal, the Fort Hood jihadi.

Have you read 1984 recently?  Do it.  Orwell is the most reliable guide to the doctrines and methods of the latest generation of would-be tyrants.

UPDATE #1:  h/t Chet Nagle.  Secretary Kerry, perhaps prompted by Valerie Jarrett in the Ministry of Truth, is trying to forbid the use of the word “war” in the Syria debate.  “Bombing” yes, “war” no.

 

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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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