Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Too Good to Pass Up: Live Pomo Lingo

It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. Resistance is futile! In the B. Barack Obama campaign we find a real live example of the Postmodern attitude towards speech (sound waves may be weapons), truth and ethics (there is no 'wrong', just 'being different'), and the push towards the redistribution of speech rights (early on in the campaign I was told by an Obama team member to shut it about Dutch 'fasc' politician Geert Wilders - the latter a universal Leftist predicate for any random opponent).

Instead of rallying on bicycles in Obama support - as the Athenian Democrats saw fit last Sunday - we should be sincerely worried that the world's top job may well fall into the hands of pomo - if only because these psychotics from birth divorced themselves from reality and have since cut any remaining ties to orthodoxy (in the literal sense of 'uprightness') they might ever have had.

- Caption: Islamic Thinkers focus our thoughts on a Muslim take-over, but that is premature on their part; it might just as well be replaced with the Cuban, Venezuelan or Iranian colours; come to think of it - while we are at it - why not Kim's, in a good cause? -
Besides the pomo connection there's another very disturbing cross current: black liberation theology coming straight out of Frantz Fanon's "Wretched of the Earth" (1961) call to bloody revolution.

Dr Sam Holliday of the Armiger Cromwell Center - a regular contributor to these pages - yesterday forwarded following noteworthy commentary:

On 20 March 08 I wrote we need "to recognize how black liberation theology has replaced traditional Christian teaching in many churches and how the 'Afrocentric' agenda shapes what is taught in black studies programs of our universities."

The addresses by Rev. Jeremiah Wright to the NAACP on 27 Apr 08 and at the National Press Club on 28 Apr 08 illustrate black liberation theology. They also illustrate black separatism and postmodern thought. Here are my opinions on this public relations blitz. These presentations are well researched, carefully crafted and skillfully delivered illustrations of how to deceive, deflect and manipulate. They are about Wright's ego, pride, and self importance--not about the "black church", or about the unity and common good of our nation, or even about Obama's candidacy.

The Jesus of whom Wright speaks is not Jesus the redeemer who died for mankind's sins, but Jesus the liberator of the oppressed. This idea originated with the revolutionary Frantz Fanon and was developed by Marxist elements within the Catholic Church of Latin America. It was officially rejected and harshly admonished by Pope John Paul II. For Wright traditional Christianity is flawed, but he claims true religion can be found in the "black faith tradition".

Wright questions the United States as one indivisible nation--he favors diversity and multiculturalism. He turns patriotism upside down by stressing the failings of the United States rather than a willingness to sacrifice, by placing global interests over national interests. In his addresses he makes no reference to love, support, and defense of the United States. Rather he argues against those policies and actions of the United States government that he considers unfair, unjust, or oppressive of the disadvantaged.

He clearly sees change in accordance with black liberation theology as "progress" toward a Utopian world of equals built on the ashes of the modern era of Western culture. He seeks the deconstruction of the concepts and institutions associated with traditional Western culture. He wants subjectivity to replace objectivity--which he considers illusions created by white men to maintain their power and exploit the disadvantaged.

His emphasis on language and linguistics is typical of postmodernists for whom language concerning interpersonal relations is a way to manipulate. He seeks to change attitudes, values, and norms through language in order to achieve a "turn"--a major paradigm shift--in Western culture. His addresses illustrate how a demagogue can use cherished values to advance his own interests and agenda.

One of the merits of freedom of speech is that it allows others to make better judgments. On 29 Apr 08 Obama condemned what Rev. Wright said at the National Press Club. There is no way of knowing if this is just a necessary political move, even though he agrees with many of Wright's views. It remains to be seen if people will make the correct judgments about the threat to the security of the United States from black liberation theology, black separatism, and postmodern thought.

Dr. Sam Holliday, Director Armiger Cromwell Center



"Crazy Uncle"? I suspect that the Reverend Wright is Obama's true moral relative. (...) >>>

Related: "Postmodernism: Rhetoric, Tactics and Attitude"

Monday, April 28, 2008

Of a Change of Policy and The Old Bailey Goes Public

Heavily pressed for time and so compelled by economic considerations Politeia from today will adopt a new posting policy.

Links to interesting newspaper and magazine articles (in any sense of the word) were hitherto reserved for Politeia Articles, while on the Home Page (the present) only original work was posted. This will change with this story from England (note the ' regional' term at the expense of the imperial remnant, Great Britain - because such is the state of the brave new world.

News and politics will be posted on Articles, while stories such as these (and hopefully the odd original) go on Politeia:

Yorkshire Post: "Global witness: Grim classics of Old Bailey go on Internet"

When murderers from years gone by killed their unfortunate victims they could never have imagined that, centuries later, the gory details of their misdeeds would be on show to the world.
But that's now the case, thanks to university researchers who have put true tales of crime and punishment dating back to 1674 on the Internet for all to see.

The Old Bailey Proceedings Online website has been doubled in size by researchers from the Universities of Sheffield, Hertfordshire and The Open University, who have expanded its coverage to include details of criminal trials from 1674 to 1913 – just after the Great Fire of London to just before the First World War.

The website, which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), details crimes committed by the likes of Irish terrorists, train robbers, suffragettes and the infamous wife killer Dr Crippen.

It provides valuable insights into everything from pick-pocketing and robbery to abduction and murder. The website details over 197,000 of the trials held at London's central criminal court. (...) >>>

Saturday, April 19, 2008

StE Theory: an alternative to "the Dialectics"

The adversarial approach in mentality and attitude that is second nature to generations of earthlings - notably to lawyers and politicians - is today generally taken as the natural course of things. Only very seldom is it recognized as a man-made phenomenon; that things could well have been different had other choices been made in the past. It is hardly ever seen as a deliberate strategy to enforce desired results, the phenomenon so cherished by the Left: 'change to progress', motivated and justified by the ethics of deontology (good-intent-bad-result-never-mind morality).

The culprit is at first sight an unlikely candidate, the German anti-modernist philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). He turns out to be the linchpin in the dichotomy of political Left and Rightism. This is not to be confused with the other popular Manichaism, which pits reactionaries against modernists (or Classical Liberals, or Libertarians; today's 'liberals' are actually Leftist Hegelians). Hegel's Leftist and Rightist followers were and are anti-modern Socialists.

Hegel's dialectic lies at the bottom of the adversarial approach, a fact exacerbated by the 'improvements' made by his follower of the Leftist variety, Karl Marx. The latter's dialectic resulted in the universe being radically and irreconcilably divided into two species of human beings: oppressors (those in power) against the oppressed (everyone else), a recipe for perpetual strife, war and bloody power struggle. The mechanism is admirably and in-depth explained in this article, and made visible in this chart.

Dr Sam Holliday, a regular contributor to these pages, is founder of the Armiger Cromwell Center and developer of the Theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE). He has now published an essay suggesting alternatives to the adversarial approaches of the Hegel and Marxist Dialectics. In an addendum he answers questions that might arise from the philosophical perspective. The importance of this momentous contribution cannot be overestimated. Enjoy!


Stability Through Equilibrium (StE) originated in 1968 in an effort to define and describe the commonality of the Aristotelian Golden Mean, Chinese Yin-Yang, the stable state of physics, and the homeostatic equilibrium of systems management. It was initially used to explain the prerequisites for development in irregular warfare and to counter the view that stability means permanence or preservation of the status quo. In 1999 it became a focus for the activities of the Armiger Cromwell Center. It is now presented as a guide for decision-making and an alternative to the adversarial approach based on the dialectic.

We are unaware of how postmodern thought, and the adversarial approach, shapes our perceptions, influences our decisions and controls our behavior. We do not recognize them as outcomes of interpretations of Hegel’s dialectic theory and his Utopian vision. Yet we are drifting toward centralization—the “whole” of which Hegel speaks—and endless self-perpetuating conflict.

An Alternative to the Hegelian Dialectic
An alternative is needed for decision-making. The theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) presented in this essay seeks self-regulating systems of conflict/cooperation that maintain a stable system through coordinated responses of its parts. Also StE would encourage decentralization and greater freedom. The theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) is presented here in nonacademic language in the hope it will improve the decision of those concerned with public policy. However, it will not challenge Hegel’s dialectic theory as philosophy. Hegel’s place in philosophy is established; however, in the art of decision making the dialectic has serious limitations. It injects continual conflict when conflict/cooperation as a whole more accurately reflects reality. It always visualizes some Utopian future when stability through equilibrium might be more desirable.

The Hegelian dialectic often shapes policy. Perhaps this is because it accurately describes human behavior, or perhaps it has been learned. After Hegel’s death in 1831, Metternich of Austria and the czars of Russia used his ideas to justify authoritarian rule. Since then many very different, and contradictory, movements have claimed Hegel’s philosophy as their inspiration—including the totalitarian passions of fascism, Nazism and communism. The only things these movements have in common are his theory of dialectic, his glorification of centralized authority, and his vision of perpetual progress. Perhaps this is because Hegel’s writing is so abstract and unintelligible people can read into it whatever they want.

Today political, economic, security, and social issues are argued from extreme ideological positions (Hegel’s thesis and anti-thesis) in search of a synthesis. Most lawyers, politicians, members of media, and professors of the humanities depend on this adversarial approach. Debates, spin, conscious raising, intimidation, bribery, and compromise are tools used in progress toward Utopian visions. However, Utopias assume that all humans are the same, an assumption refuted by the facts. All of this can be traced back to the Hegelian dialectic - so can postmodern thought.

In politics feelings, emotions, and self-interests often triumph over thought, reason and the common good. We need to remember that the end of the Hegelian road - progress toward his “World Spirit” - would be world government with the power to enforce “the rule of law” in every corner of this planet. Who is going to decide what is to be enforced?

If people were aware of how the Hegelian dialectic shapes their thoughts, the odds are they would want to replace such rhetorical arguments with analysis and comparison of alternatives. Rather than an ideological outcome as specified by some Utopian vision, they might be satisfied with merely a climate of order and satisfaction resulting from thought and reason seeking the common good. Rather than moral relativism, they might want a way to differentiate good and evil since one person’s good is often another person’s evil. They might want to avoid both the status quo and chaos. Surely they would prefer self-regulating (homeostatic) stable systems involving conflict/cooperation as a whole to endless conflict. Surely they would want continual feedback in order to insure efficiency and effectiveness.

It does no good to seek Hegel’s intentions and motivations, or even to debate his philosophy. However, it is necessary for people to recognize how Hegelian dialectic shapes public affairs. Hegel’s views support the argument of Hobbes that in order to achieve peace people must surrender to absolute rulers; this requires force capable of enforcing decisions made by those with secular authority. This has caused ideology to replace thought and reason, and allowed demagogues to spin perceptions, and distort reality, in ways to increase their power. Capable, intelligent, people with Free Will have been turned into narrow minded, xenophobic slaves of governmental authority. Hegel’s views have insured perpetual conflict. They teach that the only way to spiritual satisfaction is through conflict. They ignore the need for individuals to have an inner compass to guide their behavior.

Postmodern Thought
Since the 1960s Hegel’s views have been the foundation of postmodern thought, in its pursuit of a Utopian vision of a nonjudgmental, egalitarian, nondiscriminatory world, and in which disagreements are resolved by discussion, compromise, and law - but never by the use of force. Postmodernism has pushed aside much of the modernism developed by Western Culture to prevent chaos, and to achieve both order and a climate of satisfaction. Postmodernism attempts to deconstruct the concepts, institutions, roles, rules, and standards associated with Western Culture. It claims that objectivity is an illusion (created by “dead, white, Western men”) used to maintain patriarchal societies and to oppress females, the disadvantaged, and people in less developed countries.

The philosophy behind postmodern thought is an intoxicant that resonates across generational lines. It is a philosophy of redemptive self-esteem that calls for collective action to recognize, address and resolve oppression. It glorifies “progress, hope, change and struggle” to be realized through centralized secular authority. Postmodernism attempts to eliminate or modify many of the roles, rules, standards, and character that were accepted as proper, good, and right prior to the 1960s.

In the past decade postmodernism has become the ally of the Third Jihad - a global religiously inspired movement based on an ideology that teaches that it is every Muslim's duty to use any means necessary to compel the world's submission to “the way of the Prophet.” Postmodernists in Europe and American have lost sight of the fact that we are engaged in a centuries old struggle between the cross and the crescent.

The current conflict pits Western culture, as it has developed since 1500, against Islamic ideas of a proper society, from the 7th Century, which claims the sanction of God. The ideal of Western culture is a balance between freedom and unity, between individual self worth and a sense of common identity, between sacred and secular authority, and between principled convictions of individuals and respect for diversity. This balance is represented in the theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE).

Postmodernists have lost touch with the deepest sources of the Western cultural commitments to belief, nationalism, patriotism, freedom, tolerance and the scientific method. In the strategic communications campaign against the Third Jihad the West must be able to convince everyone that Western culture is superior to Islamic culture, and that the struggle against the Third Jihad is a noble quest worthy of sacrifice.

Many might accept that the way to Truth is through thesis, anti-thesis, and synthesis, but it cannot be proven that this is better than other ways (scientific method, sacred authority, and secular authority) to determine Truth. No matter how the Hegelian dialectic is defined, or the arguments make to support its validity, it remains an unproven theory that leads to conflict, uniformity of thought, a lack of freedom, and centralization of power.

The merging and reconciliation of thesis and anti-thesis does produce change, but not necessarily the higher, more complex, and better whole that Hegelianism assumes. The change might be decline and decay. What is difficult to understand about Hegelianism is that after repeated failures it is still advocated as the way to Truth. Are today postmodernists unaware of the history of fascism, Nazism and communism?

Why Stability Through Equilibrium?
Probably the greatest weakness of the Hegelian dialectic, as used by Marxists and postmodernists, is its lack of feedback. No human system is inherently stable. The maintenance of stability requires some negative feedback that will identify, and allow compensation for, any lack of equilibrium. While negative feedback is common to physical systems, feedback is often weak in human systems. They are often governed by emotions and self interests.

Hegel recognized this when he stated: “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion;” and “The history of the world is not the theater of happiness; periods of happiness are blank pages in it, for they are periods of harmony.” Lacking adequate negative feedback accelerates extreme behavior and the well-known cycle of rise and fall. The dialectic theory does not provide adequate feedback for human systems. The theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) provides for the necessary feedback.

With all of the limitations of Hegel’s dialectic theory there is certainly reason to seek an alternative in decision-making. But what is the theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) and why is it a better theory for the art of decision-making? What is conflict/cooperation?

Stability is a code for a complex condition that is as old as history. Yet probably no condition is more misunderstood and misused. In Western culture the word stability refers to the Golden Mean: the pragmatic approach that avoids extremes. In Chinese culture it is Yin-Yang: self-adjustment among opposites. In physics it is a stable state: a condition of continual change within an overall state that is not changed. In systems theory it refers to a homeostatic system: a system that maintains balance among its parts through continual adjustments. Unfortunately many people still think of stability as permanence, or preservation of the status quo, as the French did in the 17th century under absolutism.

Equilibrium is a means of self-regulation (homeostasis) to maintain the internal stability of any system through coordinated responses of its parts to any internal disruptions or inputs from its external environment. In human affairs equilibrium involves conflict/cooperation, it requires negative feedback, it requires thought and reason, and it requires judgments to correct imbalances between good and evil, right and wrong. Equilibrium is achieved through responsiveness to reciprocal and endless interactions resulting from negative feedback. Stability is not a sub-set of equilibrium; stability is an outcome, or end, while equilibrium is a means.

Conflict/Cooperation is a dynamic whole with at least two interacting parts. Its unity is achieved through:

- Struggling for dominance: Each party attempts to satisfy its interests, regardless of the impact on others, through various means.
- Co-opting: one party adopts all or part of the agenda of an opponent in exchange for a trade-off.
- Collaborating: Parties seek to satisfy the concerns of others in order to advance their own interests.
- Creating interdependence: Parties make change in order that no party loses any interests and all parties "maintain face."
- Compromising: Some parties are willing to give up some interests.
- Avoiding: A party desires to withdraw from or suppresses conflict.
- Accommodating: Parties are willing to give priority to the interests of others and accept loss of some interests or “face”.

In summary, it is necessary for decision makers to apply the theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) in a way that minimizes the gap between theory and practice. StE holds that there is objective reality (existence), and thus it includes a moral component. It must be seen as a tool to explore and explain the real world. It must be used as a reality check against ideological fallacy. It must replace the semantic language games of postmodernists. To ensure maximum credibility, conflict/cooperation appropriate to each threat is needed. Frivolous or meaningless threats need to be identified and minimized in order to achieve the greatest benefits and the lowest possible costs. Success is improved when the application of conflict/cooperation is predictable and profitable.

Just as with the Hegelian dialectic, Stability through Equilibrium (StE) can be applied to all human affairs. Stability through Equilibrium (StE) would be a useful alternative in many spheres of human activity:

(1) peace - irregular warfare - war,
(2) secular - sacred authority,
(3) centralization – decentralization governance,
(4) indivisible unity - freedom/liberty.

It is suggested that Stability through Equilibrium (StE) would be a better tool for decision-making than Hegelian dialectic in all of these activities.

The theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) would be better than Hegel’s dialectic theory in the shaping of our perceptions and in determining how to conduct human affairs. This is not said in anger or with pride, but simply in an attempt to improve decision making in public affairs. Hegel’s theory, as interpreted by Marxists and postmodernists, causes endless conflict in attempts to achieve Utopian visions in the future, and it provides inadequate negative feedback. It assumes that “hope, change and progress” will always result in improvement, yet it might bring about decline. The theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE) uses conflict/cooperation in attempts to achieve order and a climate of satisfaction in the present and future as the result of negative feedback and judgments between good and evil, right and wrong.

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- Addendum to "Stability through Equilibrium", reasoning behind the theory

- More on the author and the "Armiger Cromwell Center" on Articles.

- Filed on Articles in "The Dystopia of Paradise"

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Global Status Report

Today's headlines are screaming for attention, and which one should be first in the line of fire. The most optimistic one comes from the escapist socialight section and deals with La Spears, who's been in a minor traffic accident. From there on the overall picture deteriorates rapidly. In no particular order ...

From the Religion of Peace: frankly, what's worse? The death cult itself, or naive Christians of the relativist variety, who labour under the cyclic fallacy that "no religion is ever 'wrong', otherwise it would not be a religion, and since Islam is a religion ..." (seriously!).

- CNN: "Report: Deadly blast in Iran caused by munitions"

An explosion in a southern Iranian mosque that killed 10 people and wounded 160 after evening prayers Saturday night was caused by negligent handling of live munitions, not a bomb as first suspected, Iranian media reported. (...) The police commander said the munitions were apparently left behind after a "Sacred Defense" exhibition was held at the mosque, which also serves as a cultural center. Local militia groups - known as Basij - often use the mosques for meeting places. (...) >>>

... the MSM are here to inform us (as they "want to") ... as if the Basij are the local equivalent of the boy scouts! Read Matthias Küntzel about the death worshippers!

- CNN: "Britain warns terror threat is worsening"

British anti-terror officials are monitoring some 2,000 people and are following hundreds of networks in an effort to keep the country safe, Britain's Home Secretary warned (...) "We now face a threat level that is severe. It's not getting any less, it's actually growing," Smith wrote (...) >>>

How does that tally with David Pryce-Jones' article? Do we get the governments we deserve? Those who voted them in office - no less than three times - certainly do. Trouble is, there's no second Maggy to clear up this unholy mess! It may well be too late for that anyway! Brown meanwhile, appears to in free fall ... that's a start!

- National Review Online: "The Future of Europe", by David Pryce-Jones - Hat Tip Sam Holliday

A small, brave band of commentators (commanding officer : Mark Steyn) argue that Europe has lost the will to survive, that its contribution to civilisation lies only in the past, and so the more vital and assertive Muslims are bound one day to take over the continent. The story of Abu Qatada gives credence to this dark prospect. The way that Britain has handled this man is not just incompetent, or a revelation of bureaucratic flaws, but a cautionary tale about a nation losing control of its fate. (...) >>>

And to renew my point about the Marxist dialectic being alive and kicking in the third millennium, where are the human rightists in support of this man, and in protest against the terrorcracy unleashed on the peoples of Africa?

- CNN: "Zimbabwe braces for strike; summit takes on vote crisis"

Zimbabwe's opposition party called for a general strike to start Tuesday, the day after the country's High Court is due to decide whether to force publication of presidential election results, a party spokesman said Saturday. (...) >>>

... while this is also fine - at least there are no zombies in the streets, protesting Red Terror replacing Blue Terror! As has been established in the past, Rousseauian Agrarianism is a worthy custodian of democratic principles and human rights. Enjoy the 'historic' elections while they last. Reminds me of the definition of stupidity. Repeating something over and over, each time expecting a different outcome.

- CNN: "Maoists early leaders in Nepal elections"

The former communist rebels known as Maoists (!) my emphasis)emerged Sunday as early leaders in Nepal's historic elections for an assembly that could formally abolish a 240-year monarchy. (...) >>>

Today's picture ... U.S., enjoy the edification - you can ask the philosopher anything about Obamaism: postmodernism, the fallacies of relativism and liberation theology, and the dialectic!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

"Fitna": a Word like Jihad

Present article "Islamisering is allang binnengelopen" (Islamization is already upon us) by interpreter and author Nahed Selim was first published in Dutch newspaper "Trouw" on 5th April 2008. We hereby post a free translation. - Hat tip: Muslims Against Sharia
On 30th March Dutch Islamic Broadcasting (NIO) aired responses from Egypt to (Geert Wilders' video) "Fitna". A Protestant minister weighed in. Besides the usual rants about respect and insults he also appeared to be incensed over the title of the film. He wondered if the director knew what fitna actually means.

Judging from what the director said in the Parool newspaper on 9th February it is clear that Geert Wilders is indeed aware of its significance. "Every Muslim knows the Arabic word fitna," says the Freedom Party (PVV) leader (Wilders).

"It concerns situations in which a Muslim's belief is put to the test: uncovered women, alcohol, infidels, resistance against the authority of Islam. I use the term in the reverse sense: to me the corruption of Islam means fitna." Wilders has been taken by the idea. "I wanted a word from the Koran."

Read the entire article >>>

- Filed on Articles in "In Defence of Liberty: muzzlehim" -

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Shock-waves of Reality

The revolution devours its own children. Such has often been the conclusion. It can be witnessed after the latter part of the French Revolution, called the Reign of Terror, when Lockean Libertarian theory made place for Rousseauian radicalism; it is also described in this post in Marginalia.

Just as shocking as the revelation by Soviet defector Bezmenev (video link), that upon realization of the revolution its instigators would be the first to be 'lined up against the wall' for being too idealistic to be ever expected to put up with the excesses of Socialism once established, just as Shocked ... Shocked are the multicultis upon the realization - what realists have known for a long time: that Islam isn't a happy-go-lucky, relaxed, laid-back kind of open-ended religion for the seeker of postmodern 'spirituality':

Elsevier: "School outing: Mosque calls infidels 'dogs'"

A trip by group 7 of an Amsterdam public primary school to a mosque has ended dramatically. During the tour the President of the mosque embarked on a tirade about infidels, whom he described as "dogs". Within 'the framework of spiritual movements' the multicultural school organizes trips to all kinds of religious institutions; the Executive Board finds it important that students understand the background and contexts of various beliefs.

In a letter to parents the school has let it be known to regret the incident: "We are shocked by the remarks of the mosque President! It is unacceptabel because we try to instill in our children respect for the freedom of choice, where religion is concerned.

No one at the school today is available for comment. "The Executive Board is expected to be in session the entire day," a spokesman told >>>

These are the people who are usually quick off the mark to address the defenders of freedom - like Wilders - as extreme Rightists, Fascists and neo Nazis. After yesterday's Court verdict about "Fitna" in which Wilders is absolved of 'hate crimes', this Soviet strategy has now collapsed.

The question may be justified on which planet these multicultis have lived for the past ten to twenty years or so? When reality finally breaks through the carefully nurtured layers of delusion, the effect can be traumatic indeed. Do not be surpised if, given time these people turn into the most fierce opponents of Islamism yet (not to mention the school children).

- Filed on Articles in "The Political Pathology Page" -

Monday, April 7, 2008

"Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out IV

- Continued from Part III -

Geert Wilders has today been acquitted of charges brought by the Dutch Islamic Federation (NIF) of disseminating hatred and calls for violence against Muslims. Wilders is delighted with the verdict. The judge has found Wilders "provocative from time to time" but ruled that a Member of Parliament must be able to express his point of view. In a response Wilders said he never had the feeling he crossed the line in the debate over Islam in any way.

- Caption: the new cartoon by "Scarlet Pimpernel" -

NIF's original objective was to restrict the screening of the film "Fitna", but Wilders published the film on the eve of the lawsuit on the Internet. A new lawsuit brought by NIF wanted Wilders muzzled altogether, but the Court deemed Wilders' opinions not unlawful. NIF charged Wilders' collating of the Koran with Fascism, and calling Mohammed a barbarian, as unlawful. According to the verdict Wilders does not need to rectify, as that would amount to an apology. Such would go against the freedom of expression.

Wilders yesterday published a rectified version of "Fitna" (see part III). In a few days we will post in these pages an English translation of an in-depth article about the meaning of the term fitna, which to Muslims is just as significant as Jihad.

- Filed on Articles in "Legal Jihad" -

Update: The importance of this verdict cannot be overestimated! It shatters Leftist Pavlovian propaganda that attacks every and any opponent as Fascist, whether appropriate or not! Take this commentary as an example:

Prague Daily Monitor: "Racist, xenophobic, legal"

The far-right National Party has published a controversial anti-Muslim film by a Dutch MP on its website in a bid to attract attention that could help it gain seats in parliament some day. The Workers' Party, siding with neo-Nazis, never hesitates to throw offences at minorities. "[These parties] have a chance to succeed in regions with a high crime rate and ethnic problems," says political analyst Miroslav Mareš. >>>

N.very B. I don't care to know about the Czech (Rightist Socialist) Workers' Party, but again for the hard of hearing! WILDERS IS A LIBERTARIAN, his operative unit is the individual, not the collective, and he is pro CAPITALISM!!!! Fascism and National Socialism are part of the Socialist family too: both collective, both anti-capitalism. Ever heard of Mussolini's creation, the Socialist Republic of Italy? Read political philosophy! The "extreme Right" strategy ("fasc!") has collapsed with this verdict!

- Filed on Articles in "Defence in Liberty: muzzlehim" -

Sunday, April 6, 2008

"Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out III

- Continued from part II -

As outlined in part II of what turns out to be a series of posts on the fall-out of Geert Wilders' video "Fitna" (now taken to mean simply 'Strife'), Wilders was threatened with a number of lawsuits, least of which not by Mo cartoon contributor Westergaard - the drafter of the 'turbomb' - now generally looked upon as a traitor to the Causes of Liberty.

A new cartoon has been created by 'Pimpernel'. Scarlet Pimpernel is credited in the video as director, as well as Wilders' co-producer. As is well known such mythical figures remain illusive, yet may live amongst us. They seek him here, they seek him there, they seek him everywhere ...

Under the combined pressure of the Dutch government, the Anti-Terror Czar, the surrender brigade and Muslim Rage, more have been breaking ranks. An excerpt from an interview with Theo van Gogh is still included in the new version, but initially the interviewer registered objection against the use of the audio footage. He's being compensated for his trouble by a three hours long interview with Wilders. We'll be looking forward to that!

Also an obscure Dutch-Moroccan rapper is making waves. He purposely had himself portrayed as Theo van Gogh's assassin Bouyeri, upon which he complained that his photo was mistaken for that of Bouyeri. On top of that he bitterly laments to the judge the fact that it took Wilders ten whole days to create a new version of the film, in which time over 10 million people world-wide have mistakenly taken his noble countenance as that of the blood-thirsty zealot for Islam. Adherence to the Law of Causality is not a postmodern virtue.

For what it is worth, until LiveLeak succumbs here the new, rectified version of "Fitna".

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Tribute to the 1955 Kristallnacht of Constantinople

My Greek Odyssey, in "Kristallnacht in Constantinople", first published in September/October 2007 issue of Greek America Magazine, is paying tribute to history in an important post on the all but forgotten 1955 pogrom of Constantinople, for which the Nazi Kristallnacht stood as a model.

It is important, not just because the pogrom finally destroyed the remaining vestiges of Hellenistic Byzantium in Constantinople, both in physical and psychological sense; it is also relevant today as myths are purposely erected to 'sell' postmodern geopolitical developments, which are presented, not as man-made policies but as inevitable Acts of God, or Hegelian 'historical events': the 'multicultural society that is upon us' and the creation of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural super-states at the expense of nations, also known as transnational progressivism.

For one, the fairy tale for the Utopian hard of hearing is crushed to smithereens, that Muslims would 'respect' the peoples of The Book and that Jesus, as a Muslim 'Prophet', is as untouchable as Mohammed himself, or so it is implied. The photos in the post by Demetrios Kaloumenos make it plain - what is already known to anyone with eyes willing to see - that expressions of Judeo-Christian civilization - in 1955, as in the present - are hardly tolerated in any part of the Dar-al-Islam.

Another piece of nonsense, designed to make the avant-garde of multiculturalism sleep quietly in their beds at night collapses under the weight of the evidence of history: that of the blessings of the dhimmi status. Whereas the postmodern approach to history is on the one hand "a collection of wave after wave of ethnic cleansing", it is simultaneously believed that Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived happily together for centuries, under the all-seeing eye of the Ottoman Caliphate.

My Greek Odyssey concludes that "The Turkish government, press, and nation 'justified' this savagery on the false pretext that the Greeks had bombed the house of Ataturk in Thessaloniki. In reality the Greeks had not placed the bomb in the Turkish consular complex in that city on September 6. It had been put there by a Turk, in collusion with the Turkish government, in order to provide the pretext for a carefully laid plan to destroy the houses, the businesses, the property, the churches, the schools, the newspapers of the Greeks in Constantinople. It was a "logical" sequence (in Turkish minds) to the oppressive Varlik Vergisi of 1942-1943, a Turkish confiscatory law which destroyed the economic bases of the Greek, Turkish and other minority communities. The pogrom of 1955 was a Turkish "success" as it finally destroyed the ancient Hellenism of Constantinople, both in physical and psychological dimensions. >>>

- More historical photo material by "".

- Related: "The Unholy Alliance"

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Friday, April 4, 2008

The Vacuity of Leftist Ethics

Understanding Leftist ethics takes some doing. Take this sample harvested from this week's news-crop:

CNN: "Pelosi calls on Bush to boycott Olympic opening ceremonies"

"U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Bush should consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games in Beijing this summer to protest China's human rights record. (...)" >>>

Dear Nancy, so sensitive when it comes to human rights (or any rights) and vile tyrants who violate them. So the President is called upon to take the moral high-ground in the matter of the China Olympics and rather gratuitously boycott the opening ceremony.

Nancy herself would never give dictators credibility, provide them with a soap-box, or make them look respectable negotiating partners ... or would she?

Key to understanding this inconsistent behavior is the principle of the Marxist dialectic. Policy is dictated by whatever course of action hurts capitalism or the 'power structure' the most.

Both cases (Syria and China) have nothing to do with morals, the violation of human rights, the Middle East peace process, or hobnobbing with the Shi'ite godfathers of terror. In both cases the goal is that the prestige of the Bush administration suffers.

So, what might seem erratic behavior to objective thinkers, is actually perfectly consistent by the subjectivist book, if not a little hypocritical.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Natives of Twilight Zone planet Nauseam 11

The following conversation might easily have taken place between Captain James T. Kirk and Spock of the gallant Star Ship US "Enterprise":

- Captain Kirk: "Spock, what's your idea of Twilight Zone planet Nauseam 11 on which we just crash landed? The natives seem kind of agitated, psychologically inbalanced and not a little anti-human."

Spock: "I find the capacity to reason and logic of these carbon-based units inadequate. I would suggest to get out of here by means of an emergency degravitation operation. Put your levitation boots on, Sir, and hold tight!"

Some specific tribe of carbon-based units called The Troofers are so bent on deluding themselves of the truth of their own self-devised universes, that they decline to accept real reality, even if it comes to them from the horse's own mouth (so to speak).

Sit tight and watch in awe the following footage, plucked from a blog called Planet Grenada, which in the unabridged version is subtitled as follows:

"Islam is at the heart of an emerging global anti-hegemonic culture, which post-colonial critic Robert Young would say incarnates a "tricontinental counter-modernity" that combines diasporic and local cultural elements, and blends Arab, Islamic, black and Hispanic factors to generate "a revolutionary
black, Asian and Hispanic globalization, with its own dynamic counter-modernity ... constructed in order to fight global imperialism."
The Marxist dialectic is alive and kicking in the year 2008! It provides us with another piece of jaw-dropping media footage: an interview during which "Al Qaeda operative", Omar Al Farouq is vainly confronting Troofer and author William Gerard of the pamplet "The Truth About September 11", with the terrible injustice done to them.

Just as you've spent months, living in caves under rocks and rubble, to think up "SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL", some darned Troofer comes along, stealing the glory away from you, heaping it on the already heavily laden consciences of the neo colonial capitalist fascist trinity BusHitlerCheney!!! The dmnd cheek!

Can anybody please tell me what planet we've landed on since the onset of the new millennium...? (If the thingie fails, here's a link to the vid collection.) In all the spychopathological bloody-mindedness one would almost forget that 3,000 souls have lost their lives on 9/11.

- Filed on Articles in "The Political Pathology Page" -

The Postmodern Anti-War Hero: "The Red Baron"

The hypocrisy of the postmodern let's-pretend-there's-no-reality brigade reaches Jagdgeschwader height in the latest anti-war product, "The Red Baron"! Instead of breaching the taboo against German war heroism, another one is erected by means of political correctness, against the reality of war and its place in human existence. One barely dares mention its name for all the tut-tuts and feigned indignation towards the facts of history.

To the postmodern cohort in Hollywood modern Western history serves but one purpose only: a showcase for the embarrassing caricature that it is collection of 'continual conflict, wars of almost unimaginable destruction, colonialism and despair and religious persecution', 'wave after wave of ethnic cleansing', culminating in the conclusion that 'war and genocide are not part of the history of Europe, but constitute the whole of its history'.

This rhetorical parlour trick aims to deflect attention away from the 110 million or so victims that were butchered on the altars of the postmodern forebears, to wit the essentially anti-modern, anti-liberal and anti-human ideologies of nationalism, communism and National Socialism.

The rape of reality is well illustrated by the German World War I hero portrayed as the typical post counter-culture anti-war dialectician àvant la lettre: "He says he's not going to be the immortal god that Berlin wants him to be; he knew millions were lured into the trenches with such propaganda," he said.

Postmodernists are also blissfully unaware that sentimentality has nothing to do with empathy or sensitivity towards others, but - on the contrary - according to the grandfather of psychology C.G. Jung, is a superstructure overlaying brutality. But of this deontological feature (the ethics of good-intention-bad-result-never-mind), of the aim justifying the means, we were already aware ...

BBC: "German war film challenges taboo", by Tristana Moore
He is a handsome, blond, young pilot - and he's not your typical baddie. In the new film The Red Baron, which had its premiere in Berlin on Monday night, Germany's legendary flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen, is portrayed as an emotional, sensitive man. (...)

Manfred von Richthofen, who shot down 80 British, Canadian and Australian pilots during World War I, is played by the dashing German actor, Matthias Schweighoefer. The film shows how 24-year-old Von Richthofen and his fellow airmen treat the war like a sport, hunting down the enemy in lively air-battle scenes. (...)

The film, with its sentimental touch, makes you aware of Von Richthofen's humanity. The young officer falls to pieces when his friends die, he buys a harmonica for a friend, and he feels embarrassed because he cannot dance well. (...) >>>

- Caption: Von Richthofen Squadron - Hat tip "The House of Gutenberg" -

- IMDb slideshow of the movie
- "The Death of von Richthofen"
- "The Red Baron: Rittmeister Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen"

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