March 4, 2011

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Graham Hancock's lecture at the 2010 "Prophets Conference" in Vancouver

08/18'10 "Es ist die Vermittlung der Sprache von vor 57 Jahren für ein Publikum heute."

Danke, Herr Karmakar, für diese "Rekonkretisierung", diese "Rückführung an die wirkliche Sprache Himmlers." Die kategorisch durchgehaltene Nüchternheit der Inszenierung finde ich genial.
Durch sie wirkt der Geist Himmlers noch gruseliger , weil er wahrscheinlich noch unvermittelter, noch tiefer einwirkt in dieser eher tranceartigen Konfrontation abseits der üblichen Propaganda-Techniken wie Filme, Bilder, Rhetorik, Gestik, Lautstärke, Kostümierung – noch frappierender geht's kaum, würde ich sagen.

Was mir dabei besonders gefällt, ist der Bogen, den der Innenminister SS angesichts der Niederlage dabei schlägt. Von der Verabscheuung der "stursten Willensträger der bolschewistischen Doktrin" –

"er macht eben seinen ganzen Krieg mit seiner brutal durchgebildeten Führungsschicht von politischen Offizieren, von Offizier-Kommissaren, von Kommissar-Offizieren [...] es ist allmählich ein und dasselbe geworden"

– bis zu seinem Wir-als-politische-Soldaten-Appell an die Heerführer des Militärordens:

"Sehen Sie es als Ihre Aufgabe, Menschen zu gewinnen und Prediger zu sein. [...]
In die ferne Zukunft sehen wir, weil wir sie wissen. Deswegen tun wir fanatischer denn je, gläubiger denn je, tapferer, gehorsamer und anständiger denn je unsere Pflicht."

Als wollte er mit Absicht die arbeitersozialistischen "Politoffiziere" so weit wie möglich von den nationalsozialistischen "Soldatenpredigern" fernhalten, setzte er die Verabscheuung an den Anfang und den Appell ans Ende seiner Geheimrede. Nun steht diese hübsche Übereinstimmung da wie eine semantische Klammer, in der der große Zampano und Geheimagent zwar rhetorisch Achterbahn fahren und die tollsten Luftsprünge absolvieren kann, im Grunde genommen aber nichts sinnvolles zu sagen hat.

"Und ich möchte heute schon voraussagen, ich bin der ketzerischen Ansicht, dass wir, Gott sei dank, nach dem Krieg ein armes Volk sein werden. Ich finde das geradezu beglückend."

Exactly. Auf solchen Nonsens läuft es dann hinaus. Außerdem:

"Das Herz hält die Front. [...] Das Herz muss die Kanone bedienen."

Danke, Heinrich, danke, Romuald, für diese Supersteilvorlage direkt vors Tor. Selbst ein Blinder würde hier, glaube ich, verwandeln. Schon mal einen Blick in Goldhagens Nachfolgebuch zu "Hitlers willige Vollstrecker" geworfen? "Die Holocaust- und NS-Forschung hat bis in die jüngste Zeit praktisch nichts über die zentralen Akteure, die Täter der Massenmorde, beigesteuert: wer sie waren, wie sie zu Tätern wurden, wie sie wie sie in den Mordinstitutionen lebten, welche Entscheidungen sie treffen konnten, wie sie ihre Opfer im Einzelnen behandelt haben – das war alles nahezu unbekannt."

08/20'10 Alex Jones mocks the Knight of Malta question

Hey Kev, that's a pretty crucial recording that you have there with Alex Jones, Vincent Bugliosi and Walt Williams – I mean, in terms of the plot of the movie "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.
"This 'Malta' or whatever you've said, I'm not familiar with that term, Walt ..." replies someone who has spent over twenty years on researching the JFK execution? Allegedly.
Of course, he couldn't have any idea at all of what it means to be a papal knight and to be accepted as such!

"And" you ask, CrapCannons? "Your" CIAlex won't say any word about the "holiest", the most inner and sophisticated, most influential and ruthless circles of the ruling priestly brotherhood as well about all their devout followers and apologists, but he praises Mafiosi like Bugliosi:

"One of the most successful prosecutors in U.S. history [...]
This is the mental illness of the American people.
We have a very serious person on the air talking about serious issues, not crack garbage.
I'm sorry, Mr. Bugliosi ..."

Did he really say this? Seriously? And isn't he the man who thinks of himself as "the tip of the spear" resp. "the ultimate resistence and the best you can get"?

What Hannity/O'Reilly/Limbaugh are for the corporate main memestream SJ became Joker Jones for the conspiracy main memestream SJ: He truly is the loudest and biggest "9/11" gatekeeper that they have on the "playground". In the words of Jon Stewart:

"Because they're as idiotic as the people on the other side. I like to think of us as people who sit in the center like the rest of you and are busy while the knuckleheads run the world, you know, on the ends. It's like the old bulk curve: The world is run by these people. And we are raising children."

What kind of "fathers" do not raise children in principle but are, at the same time, more trained than anybody else in controlling others' inner thoughts and feelings, who are quite the experts when it comes to questions of piety and making others believe things?

"Selling their dirty book" – he knows exactly where the frontline runs, you see?

08/28'10 Ken Robinson on Q-TV: How finding your passion changes everything

"I've thought for years and experienced for years the fact that so many people have no idea what they're really capable of doing. I mean, so many adults who are convinced that they don't have any real talents, you know, who spend most of their lifes doing things they're not very interested in. Bumping along the bottom in a vage state of depression and feeling they don't really have any special gifts or abilities at all. And yet I meet all kinds of other people who love what they do and have found something in themselves that transformed their lifes, and I think that we all have those talents and that we all have those gifts and that many people are steered away from them, almost systematically, by the way they're educated. And I think it's a tragedy. It's a tragedy for them and it's a tragedy for all of us, you know: It's a huge waste of human talent."

On hailing creativity as the highest level of learning and intelligence:

"Well, you know, I think that imagination, on which depends all of this, is the most distinctive feature of human intelligence. It's what sets us apart from anything else on the planet. Very few other things set us apart from all the other things on the planet, but this ability is distinctive. And look at the extraordinary achievements that human culture has brought about. [...] This capacity to be stimulated and enlightened by looking beyond yourself is distinctive to human beings.
So I think, it's the most powerful capacity that we have. [...]
It's this capacity that will get us through it or not and we can't afford to squander it."

The British *) knight sounds to me a bit like Terence McKenna here who once said:

"The future is mental, figure it out. If the mind does not loom large in the future history of this species then what the hell future is it going to be? I mean this is our crowning glory!"

*) "British comes from an Hebrew word, berith. A 'berith' is a contract in the old Hebrew language, and 'ish' is a man or men. Therefore berith-ish becomes british – man of the contract." (Jordan Maxwell)

On the other hand there's an author named Jon Beasley-Murray that I don't know at all yet (posthegemony.blogspot) who wrote on March 6, 2010:
"I have to say I find Robinson absolutely nauseating." (a comment from "the terry project" blog)

08/31'10 Most parents teach their kids to die) Brave, brilliant, radical, pure – I like it.
I know that sometimes thoughts come hurrying along with great power and you've used this momentum of enlightement so to speak quite professionally which means passionately, congenially, and with some damn good reasoning. I'm really impressed and I basically agree.

09/01'10 "You're just reactionary.") "Pieces of crap"? I wouldn't say so.
Again and again, we stumble upon the same phenomenon which always matters the most: piety. And it's not to be meant as religious devoutness alone but belief in general, with kind of fateful influence on nearly every conversation.
And while everyone gets hurt by it, nobody dares to make it itself the chief topic just for once! Isn't it obvious? Why aren't there any piety scientists out there or should I rather speak of devotional research that has to go on?

09/04'10 Neil Kramer lecturing at the 1st ARC Convention '10 in Bath near Bristol
The quality of your statements in this lecture I think is simply remarkable, Neil, absolutely magnificent.
Have just listened to your recent interview with "lawful rebel" David Ophalus and am pretty convinced that I can and will use a lot of the very concise thoughts you provided there too. For transcribing and translating ...
But you don't allow comments on your websites, do you really? What kind of lame attitude is that supposed to be? You compel me to raise a protest note here.

09/25'10 Olbermann interviews Donna Marsh O'Connor
This year, this summer, the so-called journalists, and top "journalists" like Olberman/Brian Williams in particular, have become in my eyes the absolute main "9/11" criminals, and that because they are the volunteering enforcers of the "9/11" act of inculturation resp. of the 9/11 (controlled) controversy. There are no journalists, only functionaries or managers of public. Or simply politicians (corporate clowns) like Beck/O'Reilly and Stewart/Colbert.
Donna is great as she has always been.

09/26'10 A dream of little men
It is, but I don't think so anymore. Because with this world-wide whisperweb, it makes more and more fun to expose the mob mentality of the top herders, their fastest nimble sheeps, and the herds belonging to them.
Scheuer, for example, is as Jesuit-minded as Ray McGovern, Bill Clinton or Joe Biden are ...
If you would only go after all the influences of Ignatian spirituality and Loyola's loyalty, you'll probably find more answers that you could possibly looking for.

09/26'10 Preview of the CMN Interview
Maybe, you should listen to his "Con Con Panel" playlist on his 1st youtube channel "UnslavedFilms".
In it, he and Doug Millar confront Leonard Horowitz in an unique way ...
Tsarion a month ago: "To me that disingenuous ploy of pretending that he did not know what the phrase referred to – 'jesuitical argument' – is his biggest faux pas. [...] Of course, he responded jesuitically – that is, by simply stating that the term meant nothing to him. Brilliant." Brilliant, indeed, I'd say.

10/03'10 George Carlin, a hero.
Good choice, but I'm going with his funny/not so much funny bit on rights and privileges and, of course, his brave "The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you!" on the country's "America From Freedom to Fascism", so to speak.
In fact, Carlin considered himself more an author/writer about cultural/political issues who also happens to perform his material than, you know, kinda comedian.

01/09'11 Bilderberger – Drahtzieher der Macht pt 3
There is no democracy in a corporate world. (With thoroughly incorporated minds.) Und ich denke, man könnte statt von "den Bilderbergern" treffender und aussagekräftiger einfach vom (inoffiziellen) Politbüro Europas sprechen. Denn was ihre Funktion angeht, entspricht diese Organisation doch im Grunde genommen weitgehend dem, was der CFR für Amerika darstellt. Oder?

"Dieses Buch wird von den Massenmedien praktisch zu Hundert Prozent totgeschwiegen. Warum? Eine wichtige Gruppe bei der Bilderberger-Konferenz sind z.B. auch die Medien: Auf derselben Konferenz, von der man überhaupt nichts hört, sitzen riesige Medienkonzerne wie Burda oder Springer, die über Hunderte von Zeitungen und Zeitschriften gebieten, aber statt über diese Konferenz zu berichten, tun sie ganz genau das Gegenteil und schweigen sie in ihren Medien tot. Viele andere Verlage und Redaktionen gehören auch dazu. Für Dtl. wäre da z.B. noch "Die Zeit" zu nennen, die eine sehr enge Verbindung zu der Bilderberger-Konferenz hat. Deshalb darf man sich nicht wundern, wenn man davon nichts hört. Und ich hab mich dann auch nicht weiter gewundert, warum mein Buch nicht besprochen wird, denn hier kann man die Mechanismen direkt arbeiten sehen, um die es bei der Bilderberger-Konferenz geht."

02/04'11 Paradisiac views all over this video ... This is pure yumminess!

Wohin marschiert die Armee? pt 3 of 3
Thanks, Lucky Luke, fürs Parallel-Veröffentlichen hier im Debattierclub Youtube! Finde ich sehr vorbildlich von dir und ausgesprochen nützlich. Passt doch sehr gut mit den Überlegungen von Mr. Molyneux über "Theories of War and Violence – The Joker and Raskolnikov" zusammen, findest du nicht? Ich meine, so als Kontrastprogramm ... See the stefbot channel: "An examination of moral theories of war and violence using Raskolnikov from 'Crime and Punishment' and the Joker from 'The Dark Night.'"

02/19'11 KenFM über das Dschungelcamp Wer sich zuviel übers Fernsehn aufregt, sollte wahrscheinlich wie Kambiz Hosseini und Saman Arbabi z.B. selbst anfangen, welches zu konzipieren.
("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" vom 20. Januar 2011) Natürlich nicht so wie "Der elektrische Reporter".

02/19'11 Greenspan describes Greenspeak, Fedspeak
"First of all, he spoke in terms that the ordinary citizen, an ordinary person, when they listen to him, could not understand. My problem was that I was on so many banking committees that I actually started to understand what he was saying ... It scared the hell out of me." The magic (and the power!) of language ...

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12/08'10 phebe) What in the name of Amanita are you talking about?

08/26'10 Rüdiger) Der eigentliche Skandal ist die Fernsehsucht der Zuschauer, die durch immer niveaulosere Sendungen befriedigt wird.

Cowell: Susan Boyle 'has broken the rules'
driscollnh) "Simon Cowell is so right about why Americans love and adore Susan! I am one of those Americans, and I couldn't love any female singer more than Susan Boyle. I have pulled for her every step of the way!
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, chose Susan from among all of the female vocalists around the whole wide world because of the gift of music. He had given her and she had used so wisely and because she has remained faithful to Him all of her life." Nancy, Charlotte, NC, USA

01/03'07 D.M. C.) Among those of us who know and celebrate it, Alex Grey's CoSM is the eye of a cultural and spiritual hurricane.
On one hand, it's a beautiful museum space for Alex's world-renown hallucinogenic paintings – two of which served as the covers for Tool's albums "Lateralus" and "10,000 Days".
At the same time, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors is a truly sacred space, conducive to just about anything – one might find themselves go from meditating one moment to contemplating the work to participating in a tribal drumming circle (every full moon) to attending a talk on art and spirituality, to dancing like mad (when CoSM parties, they party hard) or just chatting up the varied and intensely interesting patrons of this place.
The Sacred Mirrors themselves, around which the Chapel was originally organized, are a series of lifesize paintings depicting various psychospiritual "levels" of the human body.
The experience of standing in front of them is difficult to put in words, but worth more than I can articulate.

Initially, CoSM lured me with the promise of great parties – which, I must say, have to be seen to be believed. Firespinners. Belly dancers. Two hundred people dressed as their "Avatars", or highest selves. Some of the greatest psytrance/electronic music you'll ever hear.
It's too bad it's a fourth-floor studio, but there is an elevator if you need it.
One small warning: some of these people are nuts. Totally, off-the-wall nuts. I don't recommend New Moon ceremonies for this reason – often the guest speakers represent everything terrible about that whole New Age movement. This place is a lot better than that – just go into it with an open mind, but feel free to leave if it's not your style. There's a club next door, if you find yourself seeking familiarity, and often the next week will be doubly fascinating to make up for a disappointing speaker or turnout.
So ever wanted a more spiritual and more fulfilling night out than at a typical club? Want to meet fascinating people, experience art in a new way, and maybe have a religious experience?
Want a nurturing and safe environment to trip in? I'll see you at CoSM!

Check the events schedule at, there are various events happening nearly every week, and you're likely to not find anything like them happening elsewhere.

Gnostic Media: Allyson and Alex interviewed by Jan Irvin on July 16, 2010

04/23'08 Ericjon P – Author of "Vatican Assassins. Wounded in the House of my Friends":
He is one of the highest Jesuits in the world as far as Roman hierarchies concern ...
He is located in Fordham university and a key Jesuit involved in "9/11" ...
He is a brilliant, brilliant man, schooled in many different sciences and arts. He is the one that is really the foremost adviser, I believe, to Edward Cardinal Egan of New York City and bringing around the "9/11" fiasco.

11/22'08 Ericjon P:
Jesuit Richard McSorley was a conscious conspirator in the assassination of President Kennedy and subsequent cover-up. He is one of the most devious Jesuits ever to disgrace the United States, feigning to comfort Jackie when he was in collusion with his masters at Georgetown University who oversaw the CIA's executive action. May his name be consigned to infamy – forever!

12/13'08 Milbo:
The Catholic Church has lost a true prince ("population of hell"). Cardinal Dulles was a great intellectual, a wonderful priest and a loyal son of Ignatius. May he enjoy the fruits of his labor in the Father's Kingdom.

08/23/09 Allowah:
Thank you all so much for your comments and glad you found it helpful and that it's inspired such thoughtful discussion. I've been really busy the past few days but will return soon with some responses to what's been written thus far. For the time being, I wanted to highlight a footnote concerning 5-MeO-DMT from the revised version of this piece because I think you'll want to look into this if you haven't already:

At this point I would like to make a special note of 5-MeO-DMT as being potentially the one entheogen that just might give more consistent access to the Causal planes, and even beyond that to Source (God, Void, Brahman, etc.). I would like to make special mention of James Oro's new book, "Tryptamine Palace. 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad" (Inner Traditions, 2009), in which the author argues that 5-MeO-DMT is really the only true entheogen in that it provides a direct experience of Source (or God).
Another new proponent of 5-MeO-DMT, Hal Lucius Nation, the spiritual head of the Temple of Awakening Divinity (T.O.A.D.) and longtime practicioner of Raja Yoga, refers to this particular substance as "Samadhi", a Sanskrit word which he translates as "Union with God" or "Union with the Divine". Martin Ball, Ph.D. has also written a book which is largely about and inspired by 5-MeO-DMT, entitled "The Entheogenic Evolution. Psychedelics, Consciousness, and Awakening the Human Spirit", and has interviewed both James Oroc and Hal Lucius Nation. Both interviews are available for free download @

And I'd like to add that Ananda Bosman is one other person doing work with 5-MeO-DMT who you would want to check out.

08/26'09 no name) In 2000 when Dealey Plaza witness Jean Hill died of natural causes, her daughter was quoted in news stories that "with the inordinate number of people connected with witnessing the assassination who died in suspicious circumstances, she was proud that she was a survivor."
Senator Ted Kennedy had the consolation of also dying of natural causes.
I recently read "JFK and the Unspeakable". There's no need for another book about the Kennedys after that one.
In a more just world, that book would be a bestseller and given front page treatment in every newspaper.
Of course, in a more just world, JFK would have been allowed to stay in office to be able to end the Cold War.

Presidential Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on September 20, 1963 by John Kennedy, calling for an end to the Cold War and converting the Moon Race into an international cooperative effort, two months and two days before he was removed from office:

Finally, in a field where the US and the SU have a special capacity – in the field of space – there is room for new cooperation, for further joint efforts in the regulation and exploration of space. I include among these possibilities a joint expedition to the moon. Space offers no problems of sovereignty.
By resolution of this Assembly, the members of the UN have foresworn any claim to territorial rights in outer space or on celestial bodies, and declared that international law and the United Nations Charter will apply. Why, therefore, should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction, and expenditure? Surely we should explore whether the scientists and astronauts of our two countries – indeed of all the world – cannot work together in the conquest of space, sending someday in this decade to the moon not the representatives of a single nation, but the representatives of all of our countries. [...]
Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world – or to make it the last.

10/09'09 by www) Hannity has said: "We live in the single greatest best country God gave man."
"We say it's the greatest country God gave man."
"I happen to think America is one of the greatest, most generous, kindest, best countries on earth."
"America is the single greatest nation that God ever gave man on this earth."
"The single, greatest, best, freest country God ever gave man."
"The US is the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the earth."
Sean Hannity is the best, most skilled, most professional, sharpest, most accomplished, adeptest, most expert, smoothest, most gifted, greatest panderer that Fox News has ever given viewers on the face of any planet in any solar system in any galaxy in the universe since the Big Bang – with the exception of Glen Beck, naturally.

The one and only king of the world

11/15'09 no name) The Jesuits are at the very top of the pyramid.
The Jesuits are completely outside the control, or command of the Pope or his hierarchy.
No Jesuit is under orders. The order exists completely outside the Catholic Church.

They are commanded by a military general and they are all soldiers sworn to absolute obedience to their immediate superior. They are a military order, we know this from not only from their oath but from the writings of Napoleon when he was in exile on St. Helena.
They are of the idea that the Pope is the universal monarch of the world.
That he has the right to rule all nations, governments and peoples by divine right, they really believe that this faker, this liar, this man of iniquity, this destroyer of nations is infact the vicar of Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, God on earth according to the Papal Bull Unam sanctam and several others.
Therefore by obeying the Pope, they are obeying God. When the Pope condemns a heretic and liberal people to death, they carry that out. They believe the Pope is the vicar of Christ, that actually means that until Christ returns the Pope owns the world. This is the great heresy that in the Jesuits eyes justifies their right to rule the earth and to kill and destroy anybody or anything that gets in their way because it is no murder to kill a heretic.
They rule England, Britain since 1800, America since the assassination of Lincoln, Russia since 1922, when Lenin formally allowed the Jesuits to re-enter Russia after Czar Alexander I expelled them in 1820 – for over 100 years the Jesuits were formally barred from Russia. They control China since Mao in 1949, Germany since 1917 – Bismarck and Wilhelm I expelled the Jesuits in 1872. France since 1942, expelled in 1880 by Gambetta. Italy, even though the Italians expelled them several times. Holland, even though they expelled them in 1848. They control the EU, Britain, Russia, US, Africa. There is no nation that is significantly the enemy of the Jesuit Order.

"Dieses kleine Schlusswort ist es, das ich so schätze. Was bringt es, mit jemandem auszutauschen, der von seiner Sache allzu überzeugt ist? Viele unserer Themen sind zu komplex, als dass man sich festfahren sollte. Austausch lohnt sich, wenn man selbst lernen kann und umgekehrt weiß, dass auch die eigenen Infos geschätzt werden.

01/21'10 Horst Trummler: Warum der Klimawandel scheitern musste)
"Das IPCC hat in jahrelanger Arbeit den Klimawandel geschaffen. Man hat die bekannten Klimadaten durch die gewünschten Daten ersetzt. Man hat wissenschaftliche Gremien mit genehmen Personen durchsetzt. Man hat ein Geschäftsmodell geschaffen, handelbare CO2-Zertifikate ausgestellt und sich die Unterstützung der Politik vieler Staaten gesichert. Insofern war diese Ökokatastrophe viel besser eingeleitet als das Waldsterben oder die Atomkatastrophe. [...] Der ernsthafteste Artikel, der die vage Idee, dass Kohlendioxid irgendwie mit dem Klima zusammenhänge, nach allen Regeln der Zunft auseinander nimmt, stammt von Gerlich und Tscheuschner, und heißt bezeichnenderweise 'Falsification of the atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects within the frame of physics'."

07/17'10 benchmark2009) 16.Juli'10 Vatican City/Reuters:
Der Vatikan verneint die Anschuldigung, dass er die Ordination von Frauen und den sexuellen Missbrauch von Jugendlichen als gleichwertige Verbrechen ansieht. Er erklärt, dass schon der Versuch, Frauen für das Priesteramt zu ordinieren, eines der schwerwiegendsten Verbrechen gegen das Kirchengesetz sei. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, "der 'Anwalt der Gerechtigkeit' in der 'Kongregation für die Glaubenslehre,'" hält dieses Verbrechen nicht für vergleichbar mit Kinderschändung, welches in den Augen der Kirche nur ein Verbrechen gegen die Moral sei.
Eine Frau ins Priesteramt zu berufen ist ein schweres Verbrechen gegen das Sakrament.

08/11'10 tokeli
The journey towards unschooling for my daughter
led to a journey of unschooling myself.

I am the mother of an 8 year old unschooled girl. We decided to take our daughter out of the compulsory public school system for all of the usual reasons:
She was a "daydreamer" who "looked out the window too often" according to teacher. She was depressed (in early part of second grade no less) that her math test scores did not compete well with others.
She experienced a small degree of girl bullying (not too much really) regarding the subject of who was the skinniest (I personally winced at that one).
She had little or no interest in homework and in fact the daily grind of producing it became intolerable.
She began to have feelings of inadequacy in board games we'd play at home, lack of interest in reading, learning outside of school time, etc. I saw a special, bright, unique person devolve and I was deeply troubled by the pressures by the school administration to add her to more and more "special programs" for her "learning disabilities."

Looking back on it now, I can't believe we waited until part way through second grade. Leaving that all behind was the best decision we ever made for our daughter and our entire family.
The road to learning about learning itself was long. I personally had to read dozens of books on learning modalities, the history of the establishment of United States public education, alternative education models, homeschooling, unschooling, alternative parenting styles, and so much more. (By the way, interesting side note:
With this journey of re-educating myself on "the powers that be" in public education, I discovered a synergy in my journey towards learning about other aspects of life, government, geopolitics, etc. during this period. I found this synergy to be fascinating, I mean in the proposition of how deep the network of deceipt goes in our society and what we are told to believe from such a young age.)
I won't bore your listeners/readers with educational, political, religious, and parenting philosophies which I gather if they are here at this website they already know about, but accept my apologies in listing my favorite writers: John Holt, Grace Llewellyn, John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn, Sandra Dodd, A.S. Neill, David Greenberg, Alfred Adler, and so many more. The journey towards unschooling for my daughter led to a journey of unschooling myself. I had to analyze and deconstruct virtually every firmly held meme I thought I stood by. I questioned my own beliefs and it was very good for me.

"So, here I stand," to quote the recent Valedictorian-turned-unschooling-advocate. Life is good. Life is precious and finite and swift. My daughter is coming out of her school funk slowly but surely, she has de-schooled and it is surprisingly taking longer than I had hoped. I had to physically stop myself, control myself from forcing her or coercing her into doing worksheets when she dropped out of school. I thought that was what I was supposed to do as her teacher, but I soon (very soon indeed) realized that this was the quickest way to become her enemy instead of her strongest supporter in life.
Now, we have fun playing games and going to fun learning activities. The learning happens every day in fact.
She helps me with my math when I fill out my bank receipts.
She wins at Clue and SkipBo. She makes up her own "Fashion Design" for Art.
She sings in a choral group. She goes to science camp and loves it.
She told me after science camp one day this summer, "Momma, I wish science camp could be my real school and that would be where I go every day and just do experiments and stuff."
(Of course she calls "experiments" "experience" which is adorable.)
We read books. We go to the library. We talk about everything. We talk a lot.
She is a wiz at Club Penguin on the internet and I encourage her strategy and reading skills on the net.
She wants to start a business – we're talking a lot about what that might be.
Here in our household, I am watching the reality of what Gatto talks about when he says we have a falsely created adolescence. My eight year old would happily run her own cottage industry if she could – this is the evidence of a child's industriousness, fortitude, intellectual alertness.

There is still so far to go, however. I find it troublesome that children have so few freedoms.
As adults, my husband and I can do anything (within the bounds of law) we want anytime of any day.
My daughter is bound by what I deem appropriate. Teenagers who are stuck in mainstream parenting models and mainstream public education have even less freedom than my husband and I have decided to give our daughter. I feel sorry for them. We need to get the word out even more.
I often think I'd love to give Grace Llewellyn's Teenage Liberation Handbook out at the high school here, but I'm sure they'd shoot me down. I applaud your efforts and would like to do anything I can to help.
I firmly believe that if more children were raised with freedom, respect, trust in their abilities and inherent learning, we would raise more personally-responsible, compassionate, happy, innovative, creative, problem-solving, energetic and alive people.

March 3, 2011

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