A Freedom House writing team composed of seven women and just two men has published results from their survey of the world's countries, which gives or takes away points according to the level of 'freedom' prevailing in those countries. Well worth a read.
A note about the concept of 'freedom:' this rather romantic concept is as meaningless as absolute space unless it is informed by the opposite that defines it: limitation. Free speech is only an ideal; a clumsy but more honest definition would admit that limited freedom of speech that is to any degree public is permitted to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the particular regime in question. Under some regimes, as we know, pushing the limits imposed on a citizen's priviledge to speak out can result in death or imprisonment. In Britain, the slightest bit of free speech concerning the most insidious danger to its society, for example, is instantly regarded as a hate crime (which is evidently very attractive to the police force and treated as if nearly as bad as murder) and newspapers such as the popular tabloid Daily Mail will not allow comments from readers on any article that mentions said danger, despite having angered its readers by exposing one outrage after another in which Muslims* are central to the issue. We don't know where this censorship originates, but we suspect that it is part and parcel of the political agenda that the government of the UK is forcing through under the 'righteous and fair' banner of 'diversity.' The unstated idea is that miscegenation is inevitable so we had better get on with it and anyone who objects will be deemed fascist, neo-Nazi, racist, etc. Patriotism in Britain is increasingly frowned upon, unless it is utterly passive. Do notice the etymological connection: patriotism, from patris 'fatherland.' Britain is a country where Motherhood rules; the father tends to be marginalized—and angry. In a Freedom House cartoon, the proponent and fully armed defender of 'democracy and human rights' is of course depicted as a woman of Graeco-Roman times, while the nations, represented as impotent little men in mediaeval armour, huddle nervously behind her. But a feminist society cannot defend itself; to imagine so is to believe in the reality of a cartoon Wonder Woman. The only way such a society can buy time from an aggressor is to send out its businessmen to strike deals.
The Freedom House report is mainly concerned with the ideal of democracy versus tyranny; just where in the world these are operating is quite familiar to most of us, though it is something of a surprise to see the land of Chinggis Khan shown on their map as 'free.'
In point of fact, close examination shows that humanity itself is the unsung tyrant; it consists of billions of petty tyrants most of whom probably consider themselves perfectly normal people, who 'just want to get on with their lives.'
So in this fight for what is passionately believed to be truly right, we have in one corner the most hallowed Dame Democracy, standing for the tyranny of fairness for all and of freedom for the blindly reproducing womb, with guaranteed child support. And in the other corner we have the tyranny of the Big Boss Controller playing Supreme Being and getting bigger and more arrogant by the day.
'There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children she didn't know what to do.' What better way to sum up the perpetual dilemma of democracy or rule by housewife, where the specially selected children noisily argue their way through to abidingly unsatisfactory agreements?
In the other corner, we have the deeply psychotic, dynastic, stern father figure who, with his thoroughly corrupt cronies, rules with strict decisiveness; he readily murders, imprisons or enslaves any who step out of line or even question his authority. Despotism is no problem for one whose message to the world is cynicism: 'dog eat dog and I'm a bigger dog than you.'
It is noteworthy that the socialist ethic prevails in both kinds of government, even if a nominally 'conservative' group is in the driving seat for the time. The socialist drive is simply 'everything for the people' in the exploitation of the earth's resources! Needless to say, what is called nature has been waking up to this monstrous, disastrously anthropocentric creed and is hitting back with furious blows, particularly in the sphere of disease: terminal cancer is just as natural as your lunchtime healthfood snack. In the opposite corner from socialism, we have the freedom that allows any individual, group or blockhead to amass obscene amounts of money, such as is the case with pop groups, footballers and speculators, who greedily soak up whatever tribute their emotionally deprived, stupefied followers throw at them.
It's high time for a robust swing to the right in government.
*Islam is patently a system that fosters territorial conquest and enslavement, based on what its adherents regard as a 'holy book,' a book which urges them to kill and subjugate non-believers (that's us). The UK government condones and protects this subversive doctrine, almost certainly out of fear, though with the backing of law. Thus the guest political system grows stronger, infiltrating every branch of officialdom. The mayor of London is currently a Muslim and the British public are half asleep: better not to notice!
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