When I was a kid my mother was against school uniforms.
When I was a kid we emigrated to Australia in a BOAC plane that had to stop three times to refuel.
When I was a kid my parents rented a television for one night. They watched a movie that had something to do with a leaking submarine. Continue reading
Posted in History, Lists, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged Age, Australia, childhood, history, humor, memories, politics, school, society, technology, television, the '60s, the 1960s, Writing prompt Age
Hitler made sure the German youth was indoctrinated at school and in the Hitler Youth. His idea of a perfect Germany with perfect Germans was a country populated by blond-haired, blue-eyed people–the men strong and handsome, doing manly-man things like intimidating and killing the Untermenschen, starting with the Jews, and the women buxom and beautiful, keeping house and having as many perfect German babies as possible. For the purpose of this article I’ll focus on the men. Continue reading
Posted in Government, History, Language, Politics, Psychology, Society, Sports, Violence, World War Two
Tagged anti-intellectualism, dominance, fascism, fascism in America, football, Hitler Youth, indoctrination, opinion, politics, sexual assault, society, toxic masculinity, Trump, violence, war
I was invited to speak at a meeting of an anti-fascist group today, specifically to give my insight from a Dutch perspective, as my country was occupied by the Germans during World War Two. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, Politics, Society, Violence, World War Two
Tagged Charlottesville, fascism, fascism in America, German occupation, nationalism, Netherlands, opinion, politics, society, Trump, World War II, World War Two, WWII
Sigh. To those Americans who feel that football players who kneel during the National Anthem disrespect the troops or the country or the flag, you are hopelessly confused, and that’s understandable. When you’ve been made to focus so much–almost exclusively, even–on the symbols that (supposedly) represent the grand ideals of America, rather than on the ideals themselves, of course you’re going to lose track of what those symbols are symbols of. Continue reading
Posted in Government, Police, Politics, Slavery, Society, Sports, Television, Violence
Tagged American flag, Black Lives Matter, Charlottesville, Colin Kaepernick, freedom of speech, kneeling during National Anthem, national anthem, NBA, NFL, opinion, society, Trump, white supremacists
Since today’s writing prompt is “Educate“, I’m going to cheat and shamelessly repost my one but last post, so it gets more readers. Here goes:
I’ve always felt that America was primed for a fascist takeover. In fact, to some outsiders America already lives with “a very quiet kind of fascism“. Continue reading
Posted in Education, Government, History, Language, Media, Politics, Psychology, Slavery, Society, World War Two
Tagged Charlottesville, education, fascism, group psychology, indoctrination, nationalism, opinion, patriotism, pledge of allegiance, politics, society, Trump, white supremacy, writing prompt education, writing prompts
Okay, there’s no way I can keep up with everything that’s going on, so I’m just going to write about what I was going to write about.
In the wake of Charlottesville there’s been a lot of talk on social and main stream media about white privilege and white responsibility for blacks’ uphill battles in America. Many white people claim not to be racist, but they also don’t feel responsible for race problems that they were not directly involved in. Continue reading
Posted in History, Slavery, Society, Violence
Tagged America's original sin, Charlottesville, history, opinion, racism, slavery, society, white privilege, white responsibility