Friday, September 14, 2018

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 17


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
Combatting Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 17
The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the OSCE reexamine all the Commitments that treat xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination as absolute evils in light of the understanding that they are not.
One hears a lot about “Combatting, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination” as if they were absolute evils. But philosophically, they are human reactions to events and situations that present themselves, not absolutes. We may find it prudent to “tolerate” a visiting relative, but we may be “intolerant” of an employee whom we discover is stealing from us. We may discriminate against him by firing him, even if he asserts he’s being fired owing of the color of his skin.
It may be wrong to be intolerant of a person solely because of religion or skin color.  But if there is an ideological group in society that harms citizens, we retain the right to disapprove of them. We retain the right to hold them accountable to our laws and to remove them from our society if necessary. Such a view is not irrational “xenophobia” but rational common sense. It is the instinct for self-preservation, which cannot and must not be deemed a punishable crime. 



Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 16


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
Combatting Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 16
The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the OSCE Commitments be reexamined and refined to introduce elements common sense where appropriate.
There is much in the OSCE commitments about “Combatting Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination”.  But such commitments need refinement. For example, Shari’a proponent groups try to assert that criticism of the Shari’a is “a new form of racism”[1].  But the Shari’a is an inanimate body of laws that have no biological attributes.  In fact, adherents to the Shari’a encompass every race: blacks in Africa, Asians, Semitic peoples in the Middle East as well as Caucasians in the former Soviet Republics. If criticizing the Shari’a is “racist”, which race are they talking about?
As far as Xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination are concerned, if ideologically driven groups attack citizens in a society, speaking of the attacks is NOT what causes the “xenophobia intolerance and discrimination”:  It is the attacks themselves! after all, no one likes to be attacked, nor does one want the attackers present in ones community. This is not a groundless “phobia” nor should it be a punishable offense. Not wanting to be attacked is common sense. Against such there can be no law!


[1] http://www.setav.org/en/a-new-form-of-racism-islamophobia/

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 18, 2018 Sessions 12


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 18, 2018 Sessions 12
The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the Western governments return to common sense.  Reexamination of multicultural assumptions is in order. Several decades of experience on the ground has generated enough data to make a sound and realistic judgment.
The rights of migrants must be balanced with the rights of the citizens of the countries to which the migrants travel. In too many cases, the migrants are introduced quietly[1] to avoid the objections of the local citizenry.  This is unacceptable in representative democracies! 
Apparently, the ruling elites of many countries are guided by a wishful thinking vision of a multicultural society in which millions of aliens are introduced, national identities and cultures dissolved, with the emergence of a blend of north and south, evolving into a peaceful, prosperous, tolerant and strong society. Yet if the immigrants introduced do not share this vision, but wish to subordinate the hosts to their own culture, what is to be done?  And what if the situation is evolving towards civil war instead of peace, strength and prosperity?
Apparently, the path Western governments have chosen is denial: a denial that their vision of the multicultural utopia isn’t working.  Reports of growing dissatisfaction and of growing violence is suppressed[2] as if that would make it go away.  Victims of violence that speak out are prosecuted, accused of “hate, intolerance and discrimination”.  Yet it is not human nature to dislike attackers and not want them in your community?  It is the attacks themselves that are the cause of the “hatred”, “intolerance” and “discrimination”, not the victims reporting on it. It’s time to stop prosecuting people’s instinct for self-preservation and return to common sense, and to fulfill the basic function of government, which is to protect its citizens.




[1] “Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to Ameica”, Ann Corcoran, Center for Security Policy, Washington DC March 2015
[2] https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/09/12/uk-police-force-doubles-down-non-crime-hate-incidents-social-media-backlash/

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 17, 2018 Sessions 11


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
Fundamental Freedoms including freedom of Expression
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 17, 2018 Sessions 11
The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the “necessary restrictions” on free speech be paired back drastically and that the whole concept of “hate speech” be recognized as unworkable. The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that to restore public civility, there needs to be a return to the Golden Rule.
Documentation begins with one paragraph affirming the basic right. Then comes the inevitable “HOWEVER”. [1]  Then page after page of “necessary restrictions” are piled on, until free speech is basically a dead letter.
A key assertion is that “hate speech” leads to violence[2].  Therefore, shutting down “Hate speech” should shut down violence.  But the concept has been turned on its head.  Last week in  Barnsley Town Center Yorkshire, a hijab-clad woman chased pedestrians with a machete shouting “kill! Kill! Kill!” [3]  Yet the police spent most of their time going after those who tweeted about it, prosecuting them for “creating a hate incident”!  The police mantra was “Hate Hurts! …..!”   But wait:  is this about hurt feelings? Prosecuting tweeters instead of machete wielding individuals?  Prosecuting hate speech doesn’t stop violence retroactively. The damage is done.  
The most dangerous aspect is the power that resides with those who define “hate speech”. Recently Face Book banned a video of the Star-Spangled Banner as “hate speech”[4].   One can see the vast potential for abuse in this area.



[1] Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech, Mihajlova, Bacovska, Shekerdjiev, OSCE Mission to Skopje, December 2013, page 5
[2] https://www.russellsage.org/news/when-hate-speech-leads-violence
[3] https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/09/12/uk-police-force-doubles-down-non-crime-hate-incidents-social-media-backlash/
[4] https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/08/facebook-censors-star-spangled-banner-video/

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 17, 2018 Sessions 10


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
Fundamental Freedoms including freedom of Expression
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 17, 2018 Sessions 10
The Sea jay Foundation recommends the nations in the OSCE Region reaffirm the principles on which our society was founded, especially freedom of speech and freedom of expression.  Elaborate codes and bodies of laws to protect grown adults from being offended or their feelings being hurt is absurd. There is no right to not be offended.   Hurt feelings are part of the rough and tumble of politics in a free society. As Harry Truman once said, “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”  These misguided attempts to implement such are a cure that’s worse than the ill.
Certainly “freedom of expression” includes Free Speech. To quote the Copenhagen Declaration of 1990 paragraph 9.1 “everyone will have the right to freedom of expression including the right to communication. This right will include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information.”  Imprisoning Tommy Robinson has violated this Declaration.
In our “post-modernist” society, Progressives have taken over the schools[1], universities[2] and media[3] and have introduced a conformity of thought and an intolerance of other views that would make Stalin proud[4]!  This tyranny of pollical correctness has curtailed our liberties in ways we could scarcely imagine just a few years ago.  It is time to reverse this trend in the OSCE Region.



[1] http://newswithviews.com/Swanson/holly102.htm
[2] https://www.quora.com/Do-some-of-the-top-American-colleges-and-universities-employ-communist-professors
[3] https://pjmedia.com/blog/americas-marxist-media/
[4] https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-05-19/politically-correct-culture-doesnt-let-college-students-learn-from-pain

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Worst of Both Worlds


Supposedly the two big “isms” of the Twentieth Century were vanquished: one by force of arms, the other by economics.  But is this really true?
In our “post modernism” we have Communists that have taken over the schools, universities and media.  They have introduced the conformity of thought and the intolerance of other views of which Stalin would be proud!  The tyranny of political correctness has curtailed our liberties in ways we could scarcely imagine just a few years ago.  The purveyors of political correctness do not have full police power (yet) to send the millions that disagree with them to extermination camps, but they are working on it.
Also,identity politics has reintroduced the worst racist climate into our society the world has ever seen!  Recently a US Senator thought it expedient to assert she was 1/32 Native American!  [1] Even the National Socialists didn’t go that far! So rather than vanquishing these two “isms” we have apparently embraced the worst of both worlds: Communist thought control and conformity along with extreme Nazi racism!
It is time to reassert the principles on which our society was founded: that all men are the children of God and thus we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of the Lord. This is the foundation of why we love one another and care for one another.  We can accept economic inequality because the economic contribution of individuals to our society is not equal.  But we can treat all persons with equal dignity. And human interaction can be tempered with the Golden Rule.
We also can reassert and reaffirm the freedoms that underpin our Society, especially freedom of speech.  To say that elaborate codes and a body of laws are  needed to protect adults from being offended or their feelings being hurt is absurd. Offense and hurt feelings are a part of the rough and tumble of a free society.  In this case, the cure really is worse than the ill.


[1] https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/05/is-elizabeth-warren-native-american-or-what/257415/

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