Doublethink; War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength
Many people believe Tibet should be independent. China annexed the country in 1950 to expand their communistic empire. They say that the people of Tibet are not free. The Chinese took away the Tibetans right for self-determination. China absorbed the tiny country into its greater whole. All of this happened almost seventy years ago. Nevertheless, there is still an organisation called ”Free Tibet” active and requesting donations to support their cause. After 70 years people are still drawing attention to the issue. The Dalai Lama still talks about Tibetan freedom.
People were raging for decades. How dare China conquer this land?
And rightly so.
There are many other independence movements in the world. Think of Scotland, that had a referendum on the topic and only had a slight majority vote against it. Or take Catalonia, where protests and violence broke out; a struggle against the domination from Madrid. Look at Kosovo, a further break-down of former Yugoslavia. All these cases are supported worldwide. People believe the peoples should have a right to rule themselves, instead of being ruled by others.
A forest can only feed so many people…
You deserved it, these lower wages!
There are many arguments to reduce and limit migration. One of these arguments is that migrants will lead to lower wages. Due to some disbelief, people don’t recognize this is happening. A common theme is ”If you lose your job to an unskilled immigrant that doesn’t speak the language, that is your issue, not theirs”. That is saying that if your job can easily be replaced by a migrant, you deserve to lose your job. But that seems a bit harsh and is mostly just used to insult people in internet arguments.
Most of the time, people confess a belief that migrants are a great benefit to the economy. That there is no downside, as migrants create as many jobs as they take up. Maybe even more! Therefore, so they say, we should really welcome this boost to our economy. Especially since the West is aging and in lack of a new generation.
We should ask ourselves the very fair question – are there really no consequences for the working classes?
Fascism, a warning. By Madeleine Albright
The Graduation Ceremony
Dutch exam student Tristen Strijkert had the highest scores on the history test. As a reward, his teacher presented him with a gift. What was the gift? The book ”Fascism, a warning” by Madeleine Albright.
Tristen attended a school in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The events took place during the graduation ceremony for all those that had graduated from the high school. Before being called onto the stage to collect his certificate, his history teacher referred to Tristen’s affiliation with Forum voor Democratie.
The story was first shared in a tweet, but later picked up by Dutch journalist Wierd Duk who writes for the Telegraaf.
There is an ongoing debate between the left and the right; are migrants good for a country or not? Some say yes they are great, and we should have as many migrants as we can. The others say no, migrants are trouble. The problem is that there are various groups of migrants. The debate cannot be limited to one overarching group, it must be broken down into more detail.
Perhaps there are multiple truths in what people believe. Let’s review some different types of migrants, and their traits. Because how can we ever have a more in-depth discussion on the migration issue, if we cannot tell one migrant apart from another?
The Culture War
The Culture War
We are often inclined to think that the problems we face today, are very modern problems. We believe that within the last decade, something rapidly started to change. Perhaps that is true, perhaps things really did start to accelerate recently. Yet, many problems are not that new. They have been rising for years. The culture war is not a new invention.
Almost two decades ago, the then president of the National Rifle Association in the United States, Charles Heston gave a speech. His speech is about the culture war that the United States was facing. A war that has since spread across the European continent.
What is fascinating is that this speech is two decades old, yet appears so relevant even today. Perhaps even more so. We have included the entire speech below, with comments added by us in between the quotes. If you’d rather listen to the speech, you can find it on YouTube here.
The first paragraphs quoted make up the introduction. Feel free to skip this part as it becomes far more interesting later on. The text below contains the entire speech in the quoted areas. All text outside of the quotes areas has been added by us.
The New Multicultural Sweden
Sweden is mentioned here frequently, because there is a lot to say about Sweden. We have shared a documentary on Sweden before. We have spoken about the future of Sweden. And we have rebutted the arguments against our article on Sweden. Today, we’ll show you another documentary on Sweden, and discuss some of the main findings from the documentary.
Prometheus Bound, by Jacob Jordaens
The Future of Sweden
A short while back, we published an article called ‘The Future of Sweden‘. The aim of that article is to show some demographic trends taking place in Sweden. We use some statistics that are known and easily verifiable. We also make predictions for the future, based on assumptions and estimates, as predictions always are. Unfortunately very few organizations study the demographic shift happening in Europe, despite the relevance of demographic changes in a democracy. In case you wonder why demographics are important, please read our article on Why Demographics Matter?
The changes will be coming, they will be significant, and they will be irreversible. Nonetheless, making predictions is difficult. That is why a Twitter user called ”Sweden Fact Check” has provided their feedback on the article. They did this in a burst of tweets, which we will discuss below. If you prefer the summary, scroll down to the bottom to read the main points.
The rise of political islam
In the debate surrounding immigration, integration, religious fanaticism and radicalism, all too often the debate is about the migrants, but not involving migrants. Today, Dr Sid Lukkassen discusses these topics withManel Mselmi: a young woman of Tunisian origin who is active for Mouvement Réformateur in Belgium. She is currently a PhD candidate in environmental humanities, a talk show host and a blogger. Sid published several books on topics such as geopolitics, humanism, media analysis and the culture wars and, from 2010 – 2018, he was active as a city councillor (VVD)