The Green party is ubiquitous in German life. Public broadcasters are gushing. The corporate media is gushing. Legend has it that they even recycle their bathwater as drinks. And yet polls suggest that they will only win around 20% of the votes in the upcoming general election.
Why bother then? Because the other parties – with the exception of the AfD – are following the same script. It is their policies that will be pushed through, no matter what. They are the equivalent of the AOC-wing of the US Democrats which has driven every concern for the little guy out of their party. We are witnessing a snobbish cult infecting one public institution after the other and leaves behind nothing but empty shells, exclusively answerable to their political whims.
Finally an initiative is propping up info posters in the big city where political education is in dire need: Green Feces, #GruenerMist!
Long and heavy rainfalls have flooded Germany over the weekend. The most affected areas are the states Rhineland-Palatinate and North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). 170 deaths have been confirmed, but many people are still missing. Naturally the politicization of the events is slow because even the most reckless players have an incentive not to appear too reckless and unconcerned about the plight of the people on the ground. But slowly media articles dribble down suggesting that this flood is a manifestation of the omnipresent man-made climate change. The New York Times offers additional humidity in warmer air as a reasoning. German magazine Focus expects ‘permanent rain and droughts’ to come. Both. Not much effort goes into sorting the logic out and to educate the public. In fact the New York Times mentioned explanation was crammed into a single sentence. Their readers are supposed to do all the education on their own.
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Angela Merkel has cobbled together a long list of policies to fight the “far-right”. Of course, this is not about the handful of neo-Nazis who are drunk by lunchtime. Nobody in his right mind cares about them.
The new German fanaticism will be flushed through various ministries. In this episode I will run you through the items that belong to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Defence. Merkel’s goons don’t even shy away from lecturing others about colonialism, which was a fairly mixed period of time with positive and negative aspects.
Angela Merkel has founded a ‘Cabinet Committee for the Fight Against Right-Wing Extremism and Racism.’ On Tuesday they presented their 89-points policy catalogue replete with pure horror. So I translate it for you. Yes, I said 89 points. So this is the first of four videos. Should I fail to reach anybody, I will at least be able to say that I did my best to document the disaster. The points covered in the first video are supposed to be carried out by the Ministry of the Interior. I will also show you the given “goals” mentioned in the document. The government estimates the costs of the policies to be 1.150.000.000 EUR.
In the sixth episode I explore the weakling side of SJW narcissism. As Kübra Gümüsay presents us with the horror of G-rated nipple free quasi-“nudes” on Twitter, I wonder whether helicopter moms or child neglect in über-large famiiies yield the same result: people who skipped negative feedback for too long. This comes with an overall decline of our culture which drives the return of a long-forgotten, dangerous concept: the Cardinal sins.
In the first segment we talk about the role of arts in the public discourse. The new restrictions of a chaotic class that used to challenge order and has come to perceive itself as the hectoring gatekeepers of the debate. Did postmodernism go from being inspirational to “truth is whatever the authority of the day likes to hear?” What roles do schools play and what roles should they play?
Since Gamergate it became clearer that the younger generations react against anti-masculine venom. At the same time the left doubled down. We discuss how the well-monetized pseudo-religion of the good intention industry has run out of purposes and is lashing out now, how they engage in witchhunts against symbols and try to dominate the interpretations of symbols and our reality.
The helicopter-parent millennial generation struggles with narcissism and self-hatred. One outlet can be racism towards ones own group, which can take the form of white guilt or BDS. The other outlet is seeking confirmation in ones group and replacing all reasoning (logos) with the dos and don’ts of the peers (ethos). The newfangled religion seeks to replace Christianity, but cannot hold the candle up to it. Is the belief of a society the result of the game of politics, anyway? Is self-hypnosis, the consent to get deluded, the reason why some people really believe it?
There is a myth in Germany that our education system were much superior to every other system in the world. Sad enough there is much to be said in support of this. However, the margin is thinner than claimed and the strength is in the weakness of the competition. To run down some:
By and large Asian education is rote learning that keeps the kids from thinking. Multiple cults and other authoritarians use rote learning to create a conformist mindset. This is what you see from Scientology, Catholic Pius Brethren and, yes, the entirety of the Asian continent.
Africa follows either the Asian tradition or lacks formal learning entirely. Either students are hell-bent to waste their time memorizing the Quran or whatever is fancy or they work in the fields.
Latin America. I am too uneducated to tell. More about that later.
North America. The public schools are completely absurd. A lot of teachers are crypto-Marxists. If you want your kids to learn that Muslims invented everything from astronomy to “algorithms,” that “capitalism” killed everybody who was not killed in the name of socialism or that genocidal Europeans murdered the majority of Native Americans (and not the epidemics), then you better send them to a school in Canada or the US.
I skip European countries outside Germany who have various different systems and show a complex picture. Against this backdrop Germany does not look bad. But the German belief in the superiority of their education system follows the lead of their belief in having a superior media. There is nothing Germans think could be superior in other countries and the thing they praise themselves most often for is their humbleness. Only these inferior countries who are nationalist and patriotic think that they are better at something than others. Because Germans are better than them they, the masters of modesty, snub them for it.
The problem is that our education might be better than the education in other countries, but it hardly matters by the rate of its decline. Compared to previous times we see a tremendous degeneration. German universities used to be the best in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. More than half of the population is now going to university usually ending up with valueless degrees. The elite won’t touch this topic because the inflation of degrees falsely indicates a higher education and offers more legitimacy of the ruling classes (liberals always point to their supposedly more educated voters). “The world becomes more complex” is a weird mantra often heard. On the one hand it demands more time in schools, on the other hand it is also designed to discouraging citizens from taking part in debates.
But why does the left want people to stick around in schools for so long while keeping them away from gathering relevant information and learning tangible skills?
While public schools in North America are ahead of the curve when it comes to making education an indoctrination circus, Germany follows swiftly. There is not one social woe that is not habitually answered with the suggestion to heal it through “education.”
Germans learn and study forever and it stands to ask at what point the entire economy will crash under the weight of business grads and multiple language doers (What are they doing?). There is a sizable academic proletariat now and the discussion can only be muted by nixing the tuition. The stress and outcry in the Anglo-Saxon world over the debt and pointlessness of the whole debacle is hidden behind the wall of German arrogance (*cough* modesty): Anglo-Saxons do it wrong anyway.
There are studies in the US that prove that public schools in America are doing worse than home schooling. You read that correctly. You are more likely to pass the tests for university admission if you don’t go to school at all. I suspect that the situation in Germany is not as dire, but I daresay that it might not be far from it. One of the ills that might also be one of the seeds of socialism is the mandatory school system which was introduced to Prussia by Frederick the Great. As a starter, while your aim is to combat illiteracy, this was an understandable measure. But the education became ever more bloated and is no longer agile enough to keep up with newer technological developments.
Imagine there were no school boards, no common core curricula, no board of bigwigs decides what your kids should learn! Imagine it were your town or your borough that would completely finance, budget and run your schools! Imagine the schools could hire teachers on the basis of skills rather than “pedagogic” training, and choose whoever the hell they want! Would parents turn up at townhall meetings and demand more music lessons, more social instruction/politics classes, more Marx, more reading of literature, more art and more religious instruction? I would bet that sooner or later parents would demand chemistry, software engineering, mathematics, and other tangible skills be taught and rubbish be weeded out. I am also pretty sure that even with a tiny budget, they would get it.
But aren’t there already private schools anyway? Yes, but they are tailored to the demands of leftist snobbish upper-middle class parents who try to teach French and the basics of vegan dieting to three-year olds. It is no wonder that they are ridiculous. Still, even these overpriced places often do better than standard public schools.
Nonetheless, there is one lesson that a society needs to teach its children. This one thing is the successes and failures of our history. I try again and again to write articles about our past, feverishly uncovering what was and what wasn’t, and I must admit that I’m completely shocked about the deficiency of my own education. My knowledge of the most relevant part of history, namely how the values of the Western World formed, is spurious at best. In school, I found the Magna Carta, the cornerstone on which our modern political system is built, only mentioned in a textbook for the English language class (and the text was not even read there). It was not even mentioned in the history books. Whatever you have to say about American education, I think it was never so bad that pupils wouldn’t even know about the Magna Carta.
For those who don’t know. The Magna Carta embodied an earlier text called the Charter of Liberties in which king Henry I ceded powers in exchange of the support of the noble men. It subjects the king under the law. However the ‘rule of law’ remained a dead concept until the Magna Carta in 1215. What led to its dominance and the evolution of our system which was built upon the Great Charter lies in the darkness of my weak education. The Magna Carta was rewritten over time again and again and read in the parliament every year to bind all parties to what we would now call a constitution.
Instead I was taught faux history. There were fuzzy terms like “enlightenment” and “humanism” and I fail to grasp them. To modify a quote from Socrates, the more I know about it the less I understand. What did Voltaire, Rousseau, and other cherished philosophers actually bring to the table and who was inspired to do what because of them? I’m not completely uneducated, I can give credit to folks like John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes and others. But the role of the French dwarfs more and more the longer I think about it and I feel that the only reason why we have to worship these French enlightenment people is because of our military loss against Napoleon Bonaparte. What is more, the French Revolution was presented in history books as if they had all kind of concepts bestowed on them by (the absence of ?!?) G-d. But the Revolution did not give birth to democracy, it gave birth to the Jacobins, the intellectual forerunners of today’s political left.
I’m not the only one who has these giant gaps in education. To start a debate we should be able to admit it.
*language note: I mix British and American English on my blog. In GB a private school is called a public school and a public school is called a state school. There should still be no confusion given the contexts that the text provides.