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Race Theory Is Racist

March 10, 2021

The mass mind manipulating New York Times wrote an article on “Ethnic Studies Follies”. I replied a shortened version of the following, which was of course blocked… don’t worry someday it will come out as a great revelation of the New York Times… People, and institutions, who are unjust become profitable, only when they turn their injustice to thievery. The NYT stole many of my ideas before and will do it some more, a good thing:

It is very simple: Race theorists are racist. It doesn’t matter if it is called “Critical Race Theory”, or if it is Nazi Race Theory, race theory is racism. Race theorists are closer in mentality with American racists of the Nineteenth Century than with the Western European tradition, started by the Romans of being “race” blind. Racism is pretty much a US invention, invented to justify slavery: white Americans were not really enslaving human beings, but a lesser sort.

In many countries, throughout history, there has been huge, very deadly tribal strife. Africa is an obvious example, and this is why slavery was so developed there… and so were mass human sacrifices, such as the Grand Customs games of Dahomey, where 10,000 were killed every year… until it was found more profitable to sell prisoners to  trans-Atlantic slave traders. I was brought up in West Africa. The first thing I was told was to never comment on the ethnicity or skin color of anybody (countries doing this sort of things end like Rwanda did).   

WHITE LIVES MATTER was the essence of Nazism, duplicating American racism: Much of Nazism as mood and solution, final, was invented in the USA… At least, so the Nazis believed. The Nazis, in their complete idiocy, thought they could do to the Slavs, Jews, Gypsies, and other races they did not esteem, what the English speaking North Americans had done to the Native Americans. Even the “Trail of Tears” extermination trick was explicitly copied in 1945… The Nazis had overlooked that the Russians, French and British are among the fiercest warring “races” humanity ever knew. Those three “races” were no Native Americans, but used to destroy the fiercest as a supreme ideal. Even more stupid, the Nazis did not realize they offered to the Americans the opportunity of they, the Nazis, playing the role of the new Natives to destroy, occupy and digest…

I joined, by choice, a “multiracial” family. I hate racism, my family has been a victim of it many times. The way out of American obsession with race is to teach American history, as it happened. 1609 was when America was settled by rapacious English investors who had purchased Indentured Servants on which they had the right of life and death. They were determined to exterminate all Natives militarily. In 1619 a handful of African slaves were accepted as payment. Slavery made tobacco profitable. 

Non Hispanic whites are only 38% of California. Their holier-than-thou Racist Theory pursues racism covertly by teaching public schools badly.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: the irony in all this is that I have been extremely critical, for decades of Race Theory. But there is a huge gap between that and sanctifying the concept of race (some race theorists will probably claim in the future that CRT does not do this)…

Let me give extensive extracts of the NYT article. Reading them, you would think they approve of what I said… But you know what? They very well may, BUT they are scared of their own fanaticized readership. This is the same problem all over: all ideas are classified in a Manichean way, white or black, no nuance, no dimensions.

California’s Ethnic Studies Follies

A proposed curriculum magnifies differences, encourages tribal loyalties and advances ideological group think. March 9, 2021

The first time California’s Department of Education published a draft of an ethnic studies “model curriculum” for high school students, in 2019, it managed the neat trick of omitting anti-Semitism while committing it. More than a million Jews live in California. They are also among the state’s leading victims of hate crimes.

Yet in a lengthy draft otherwise rich with references to various forms of bigotry, there was no mention of bigotry toward Jews. There was, however, an endorsement of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, which essentially calls for the elimination of the Jewish state…

The draft outraged many Jews. And they were joined by Armenian, Assyrian, Hellenic, Hindu and Korean civic groups in a statement urging the California Department of Education to “completely redraft the curriculum.” In its original form, they said, the document was “replete with mischaracterizations and omissions of major California ethnoreligious groups.”

… Yet as the Board of Education is set to vote on the new curriculum this month, it is likelier than before to enthrone ethnic studies, an older relative to critical race theory, into the largest public school system in the United States. This is a big deal in America’s ongoing culture wars. And it’s a bad deal for California’s students, at least for those whose school districts decide to make the curriculum their own.

What is “ethnic studies”? Contrary to first impressions, it is not multiculturalism. It is not a way of exploring, much less celebrating, America’s pluralistic society. It is an assault on it. “A multiculturalist framework that views our people through a colonialist lens is what literally led to the need for ethnic studies,” Sharif Zakout of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center told a state Education Department panel last year.

Ethnic studies is less an academic discipline than it is the recruiting arm of a radical ideological movement masquerading as mainstream pedagogy. From the opening pages of the model curriculum, students are expected not just to “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs,” but to “critique empire-building in history” and “connect ourselves to past and contemporary social movements that struggle for social justice.”

It would be fine, too, if students were exposed to critical race theory the way they might be exposed to Marxist philosophy or some other ideology — as a subject to be examined, not a lens through which to do the examining. The former is education. The latter is indoctrination. The ethnic studies curriculum conceals the difference.

… Irish-Americans have faced a long history of discrimination in the U.S. … But the word “Irish” hardly appears anywhere in the model curriculum, and nowhere in its sample lessons. Russians, Italians, Poles and others rate only the briefest mentions. 

Perhaps this is because all of them, like most Jews, have a new identity, known in the jargon of ethnic studies as “conditional whiteness,” which simultaneously erases their past and racializes their present. Leave aside the ignorance this fosters regarding the long history of differences, struggles and achievements by various European ethnic groups in America. It’s also the mirror image of longstanding prejudices regarding “Asians” or “Hispanics” as ethnically undifferentiated masses of mainly identical people.

… To treat “whiteness” — conditional or otherwise — not as an accident of pigmentation but as an ethnicity unto itself is what the [notorious racists] of the world have always wanted.

It shouldn’t be like this. Public education is supposed to create a sense of common citizenship while cultivating the habits of independent thinking. This is a curriculum that magnifies differences, encourages tribal loyalties and advances ideological groupthink.

Entangling plutocracy, media, internet and the state, is fascism

January 10, 2021

The plutocratic media is all out, accusing Trump of a “coup”. A theme is to accuse the 75 million voters who voted for Trump to be “post-truth” and thus pre-fascist, as Timothy Snyder, a New York Times proclaimed “historian of fascism” from Yale university (see plutocratic universities are not universal)… who does not seem to have studied coups very much: when people march, demonstrate, riot and enter illegally a government public, that’s not a coup. A wiser course would be to inquire why it is that people are so upset, and correct that. Pretending that Trump did it, is not just silly, but dishonest. The elite seems stupidly ready to make a bad situation worse. Or is that apparently stupid strategy actually smart in the most vicious way?

The modern definition of fascism as promoted by Mussolini and his main adviser, professor Gentile, consisted in entangling deeply the dictatorial state and private enterprise as if they were one (the original definition of fascism is basically the opposite: it is the people, united by the law around the axe of justice; that definition is symbolic to the French and US republics; it is on either side of the Speaker in the US Congress). 

Thus real fascism in the modern sense is when the government gives the equivalent of roughly half of the GDP to the wealthiest persons in the land. This is what happened under Obama. I used person in the legal sense: giving money to the wealthiest banks, for example Goldman Sachs, Citygroup, etc. Those banks, in turn, lended to the wealthiest people in the land. This strategy, imitated in Europe too, mightily contributed to increase inequality, worldwide.  

Globalization also increased inequality, as it enabled the world’s wealthiest person to evade local laws, and export jobs to dictatorships. 

This general spirit of the times extended throughout US governance, which is characterized by a revolving door policy, where public “servants” serve themselves with rich private jobs the main function of which is a form of corruption, with armies of lobbyists, and the promise that public job decisions will be well rewarded later.   

It is symptomatic that way that Delaware is the world’s ultimate tax haven. Fostering division in the service of the wealthiest broke the Roman republic. Those who rioted were not the wealthiest.

The Guardian called this the “Plastic Conspiracy: who is to blame?” We protested when we realize some people we knew who are professional ecologists steered a school towards replacing natural grass by plastic on several fields. As a result we got threatened to have our 9 year old daughter summarily thrown out of school. Then the plutocrat (one of the wealthiest heirs) insisted with the school that we would be thrown out, as we were. Couldn’t even say goodbye to people. The school kept the tuition for the following year, and installed the plastic over several fields. BTW that fake ecological heir advised two president (French and US) in the matter of presumably fake ecology, and is from a well-known Silicon Valley fortune… He also finances “Factcheck.org”… Hey, he certainly knows which facts people are supposed to know… To become the simple brutes he handles best…

A possibility, of course, would be for the people really upset against the elite on the left (who persuaded themselves that believed in Biden), to realize that Biden is the same old Biden, all smokes and mirrors… And then for them to make an alliance with the other populists, those who switch from voting for Obama to voting for Trump. Then what is plutocrat Pelosi, the heiress, going to do? Call again the Pentagon to inquire about nukes, as she let us know that she did last week?

This has always been a tactic of plutocracy: create a civil war (or a succession of many of them in the case of the Roman Republic), then claim that only the generals can save the land. And rule through the generals.

Meanwhile as Pelosi readies her ridiculous last few days impeachment, she will demonstrate one thing above all else: that the demented Dem leaders spent Trump presidency trying to impeach him. This creates a new anchor for political thought, looking forward: when one doesn’t agree with the president, one should impeach him. Just as when they fostered riots the demented Dem leaders, they did not expect their opponents to do the same, they do not expect the Republicans to do the same.

But, as I said, plutocracy aims to make a bad situation worse, always, because hell is its abode. In the last few days, the monopolistic tech companies rolled out their muscles, and started to shut down people, companies and form of expressions they don’t like. Their leaders are typically half educated (no Elon Musk there) hackers with a typical geeky view of the universe, where everything is two cent logic without culture.

The New York Times calls this, in their opinion all caused by Trump, the “American Abyss”. But actually, from considering the dying Coral Sea Barrier, to melting poles, a Chinese dictatorship enslaving millions on ethnic grounds, a (Chinese) virus which killed more than one out of a thousand citizens in Europe and America, plastic pollution in the bodies of all, one can see that the abyss is much more than the work of a few individuals. Or even a generation.

The abyss is a way of thinking, and feeling, or, more precisely, a way of not thinking and feeling enough., or appropriately enough Pursuing scapegoats to the end of the Earth is, instead, what is called scapegoatism, the anti-idea of replacing all encompassing logic by the delicious pleasure of hatred destroying people.

That, in this abysmal situation “Democratic” leaders have nothing better to do that to hound Trump, chasing him across the land until the last days and beyond, as if he were an orange fox and the Dems are high nobility mounted on tall horses, with nothing better to do than to boast of their cruelty, is a testimony to their complicity in creating the abyss they contributed to dig.

Patrice Ayme

Censorship Of Comments By Official Media, Such As The Lying New York Times, Should Be Unlawful

January 7, 2020

I have subscribed to the New York Times for much longer than the Iraq war (1990 to 2003, to… this day?). It reads my comments very carefully for the exact meaning of what I mean. When the comments deviate from the establishment line in a way that threaten the established logic. In the last example, Krugman wrote an editorial on Soleimani, the heir apparent of the Iranian Islamist dictatorship, execution. Krugman claimed the USA was always a force for good, until now, when, under Trump, it has become a self-destroying crime against humanity.

I sent a first mild comment pointing out that the USA was culprit of not having supported the French Republic in a timely manner in World War Two, enabling Hitler’s ascent. Censored. The New York Times calls itself “haunted” by its silence and misbehavior while the Nazis were busy starving and killing millions of Europeans, civilians, Slavs and Jews in the first few years of World War two. A second comment, comparing the impact of Heydrich, the Nazi Dolphin, assassination with the execution of Soleimani, the Shiite Dolphin, was also censored that latter comment I saved and will publish on this site).

This sort of censorship of comments should be made unlawful. Contradictory comments enable to denounce lies. When Krugman says the USA behaved well before Donald Trump, it’s a lie of Stalinist dimension. 

New York Times Building, New Pork Chimes censorship. All the plutocracy that’s fit to print; survival of the fittest. Those guys are afraid of… me. Just because it is profitable to do so, just as it was profitable to ignore Hitler… and massacre dozens of millions. Yes, they did, because had they advertised it, they could have prevented it.

NYT, like Facebook or Twitter, are news media, with an official standing: they have prerogatives, their leaders and agents are received in all, and over all circles of power: they are familiar with presidential, imperial and kingly palaces, all over the world> No plutocrat deny them, all try to steer them. Those official media are, because they are supposed to carry information, feed the debate… in a NEUTRAL way. Right, neutrality in matter of presentation of knowledge is impossible to achieve, so a lot of partiality should be tolerated… However, thus, a lot of contradiction should be tolerated. 

When official media (Facebook, Twitter, New York Times) censor information and steer the debate, by removing comments without good legal reason, they violate the democratic constitution and don’t act any better than the Islamist State of Pakistan (which has a Fatwa against yours truly). Truly, they foster violence. Let me explain.

This lack of contraried debate brings homogeneity of low dimensional thought. In other words, lack of intelligence. 

Lack of (enough) intelligence when facing changing circumstances always leads to violence. Rats don’t kill rats when there is enough water, food, and space. However, when those come short, violence is unavoidable… even among rodents. Let alone super predators such as hominids. 

An excellent explicit example was the Third Reich. Germans came to subscribe to the theory that they lacked Lebensraum (vital space). However, a healthy debate would have shown them that such was not the case. The debate didn’t happen, instead Hitler and company embarked on a war which killed 4% of humanity (and maimed much more).

And violence doesn’t mean just physical destruction, it may simply be cognitive, emotional, or spiritual maiming. Such maiming is a fundamental crime not just against humanity, but also against the biosphere itself… as we have become its caretakers.

Intelligence, thus, debate, can’t be separated from the question of violence. Suppressing debate is seeding the roots of violence.

Patrice Ayme 

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P/S: Steven Pinker, from a Pluto university, paid by Plutos, has insisted we live in the most peaceful of all worlds (of all those Plutos can buy). This is both completely true, and completely false. All what matters is energy. The total energy, the sum of kinetic and potential energies, is conserved. Pinker is talking about one alone. He has to look at the whole. This is the mistake the Jews did in the 1930s: they didn’t look at the whole picture and especially its potential aspect.

If we measure the kinetic energy of violence right now, world wide, it’s all potential, or hidden. Take any system: overall energy will be conserved. Right now kinetic energy (of violence) is minimal… Which means potential energy (of violence) is maximal… And this can be checked with what is going on with the biosphere… Thus, the danger form this potential violence is grander than ever. If not persuaded, listen to Putin talking hopefully about deploying 200 megatons fusion bombs…

Patrice Ayme

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P/P/S: Ten minutes after this essay above was published, the New York Times published my second comment on Krugman’s ignorant and despicable essay. (The first comment, which was very polite, contrary to what I just wrote was irremediably lost… because I didn’t expect Krugman and his goons to censor it, precisely because it was so civil.)


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