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Meanwhile, Back in the Fatherland . . .

January 12th, 2014 - 4:32 pm

In August, 20 armed police, equipped with a battering ram just in case,  arrived at the door of this Darmstadt family and forcibly took four children, ages 7 to 14.

Was there anything wrong with the children? Nope. The judge — whose name, by the way, is Marcus Malkmus, in case you have a voodoo doll handy or wish to burn him in effigy — the judge admitted that the children were 1) academically proficient and 2) well adjusted socially.

He just didn’t like homeschooling.

Why? Pay attention now: this takes us deep into the heart of a leftist: because he feared that “the children would grow up in a parallel society without having learned to be integrated or to have a dialogue with those who think differently and facing them in the sense of practicing tolerance.”

The invocation of “tolerance” is especially cute, don’t you think?

This horrific judicial overreach does bring to mind a word beginning with “T,” but it’s not “tolerance,” it’s “totalitarian.” The father of those children was quite right when he observed that what happened to them was no different “than what happened in the former East Germany under communism and before that under the Third Reich.”

Which brings me to the animus against homeschooling in Germany. Where did that come from? It dates from the time of A. Hitler but has been affirmed by the current German government. “The youth of today,” said one German official, “is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” The proto-totalitarian Marcus Malkmus or one his storm troopers? It might have been. But, no, that particular specimen of repellent statist overreach was from his great inspiration, Adolf Hitler in 1937.

What’s happened in Germany is disgusting. And frightening. You’d be naive in the extreme to believe it couldn’t happen here.

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When I began homeschooling my children (who are now grown and homeschooling their children) I was amused by the thinly-veiled contempt of those in the education establishment. I was frequently called upon to jury student art shows which would lead to interesting conversations with the educators involved.
The only criticism they could ever level was the old canard of "socialization" which I would easily dissipate with a recitation of my children's communal activities in art, music, sports, etc. They were never convinced because, I believe, that was never really the true concern. Their real objection couldn't be stated without sounding fascist and so they would just rant on about the nebulous "socialization" charge. Over time I came to rebut that charge with my own charge that what takes place in school with its age-restricted classrooms, its group-think and peer pressure mentality, was not "socialization" but rather the quenching of real social development in the child.
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I could kiss you, Roger Kimball. Figuratively speaking, of course.

I once wrote a comment to one of your essays on Christopher Buckley about the difference between a liberal and a leftist. Years ago. And I shout it from the rooftops here. We aid, abet and allow the leftists to hide, mask and camouflage themselves behind the "soft compassion" of "liberalism"...so that totalitarianism can sneak up behind us and garrote away our freedom.

I also wrote a piece called The Inversion Narrative for these pages in which "tolerance" especially in education was precisely inverted from what the Propaganda Machine portrays. There is NO tolerance on LeftistWorld for any opposing viewpoint.

I wrote that piece and its companion piece years ago.

Today, I bear witness to what the Propaganda Machine has wrought in the intervening years, leftism IS totalitarianism and tyranny abounds. Truth is vaporized. The wall protecting us from government abuse has been blown apart.

And there are not just commenters on these pages...but "authors" and weekend warrior "editors" who intentionally water down the reality, call the identification of tyranny "hyperbole" and those who point at it "hysterics".

On these very pages...the mask donned by totalitarians is kept in place and "dressed up" in concern troll finery...helping to disguise intent. "Can't they just be 'wrong'," they mewl.

So, there is today's question. Can't this judge who stripped children from parents..."just be wrong"?

If one cannot answer that immediately...one will not likely ever stop calling leftists "liberal".
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Leftists — there is nothing “liberal” about them, so I am trying to avoid using that much abused term...

Spread the word.
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The Left started by claiming that homeschoolers needed to be interfered with, on the basis of "competence" - parents were not professional educators, so the academic performance of the children would be harmed. Then studies of homeschool students showed higher performance on standard testing....

So the claim next came to "socialization", closer to what they were after but shaded - students would not be equipped to integrate with other people even if they were smart and well-learned. Then studies showed that the homeschool kids were very adept at working with others, showed emotional maturity above non-homeschool peers, and had better self-discipline in higher education. Colleges started happily accepting homeschooled students since they made the college performance look good....

Now the cat is out of the bag, and American leftists sound off with the same language as this German judge. The "problem" is the differing social values being taught, commonly, within homeschooling households. This drive to ban or regulate homeschoolers is parallel to what leading Atheist philosophers like Daniel Dennett are calling for - the State needs to "educate" public school children on religion, shaded of course from the Leftist/Atheist worldview on such things....

Yes, we are one brief step away in America, even with a different culture than Germany. "Liberal" has been replaced by "Progressive" for Leftists, not because they need a new label to "cleverly" continue to conceal themselves - it is because they feel safe to operate in the open now. Thus, let the public reclaim the word "Liberal" - the Left never had use for such ideas anyway...
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LOL.......hey...they're GERMANS......you can change the name of the cops from Gestapo to Stazi to whatever......change the regime from National Socialist to Democratic Republic Communist to Christian Democrat.............same sheeet, different generation.........Buwahahahaha........... )'(
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Just for the record, that guy is believed to be August Landmesser. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Landmesser
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I would correct Roger in one respect. He says that liberals are not liberal about anything. I would add that they are very liberal with other people's money... And then pat themselves on the back for being compassionate and morally superior.
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He didn't say liberals are not liberal...he said leftists are not liberals.
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Malkmus: er ist zum mausemelken.

(Priceless German expression for exasperation: "he/it'd get you to milk mice".)
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This has an East German feel to it. I wonder how much the East Germans have pulled the culture of West Germany back toward authoritarianism in the last 20 years.
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The root problem, as in the 1930s, is that Germans are sheep. If a judge tried to do that in this country (to a nondysfunctional family) he would count himself lucky to be only tarred and feathered.
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ACtually, the deep attachment of Germans to law and order may have historical roots, specifically in the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) in which present-day Germany lost about 25-40% of its population, mostly to rogue gangs of mercenaries and to the epidemics that followed in the wake of the slaughter they wrought.

I forgot who made this argument originally, but the traumatic experience may have engrained in the German psyche the idea that order, any order, is to be preferred to chaos.
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Somewhat ironically, Jewish tradition says the same thing.
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“the family might move to another country and homeschool, posing a ‘concrete endangerment’ to the children.”

And putting them in foster homes (or whatever they are called in Germany) didn't harm them? (They are back home now? Story a bit confusing on that part.) Oh, I get it, they were at Youth Camp for those three weeks.

(Wonder what France thinks of this dis on their liberty ;- ) ).
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Remember when the Australians forced Aboriginal children into state schooling...

That is now seen as a crime against humanity, a racial and cultural crime.

This is very similar.
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That's because Racism! But if you do it to everybody, it's not racism.
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Not just the Australians - we did the same with Native Americans - forcing them into state schools "for their good." But with Liberals - we can't help them with facts (factually right), but whatever "feels right". They can't see the cognitive dissonance in their reasoning - because they are emotive only.
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“the children would grow up in a parallel society without having learned to be integrated or to have a dialogue with those who think differently and facing them in the sense of practicing tolerance.”

That same quote caught my eye.

The irony has a distinct harsh metallic taste to it when you realize that the Islamic population in Germany, which has a clearly defined religious and ideological foundation specifically and unapologetically at odds with the "western civilization" of Germany and Europe, will overwhelm Germany in the next decades unless something is done. Talk about a "parallel" society.

So is Germany undoing the madrasses? No. They are teaching Islam in their public schools now so there will be more "dialogue" and "tolerance."

And Christian and other homeschoolers? Condemned as a threat to the welfare of their very own well educated, well socialized, socially responsible children.

(If they are serious about want to preserve Germany, western civilization, dialogue and tolerance perhaps Germany should try -- mmm -- deporting the Muslims. Concentration camps like they used for Jews, gypsies and other riffraff being so passé. /s)
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