Remaking, Remodeling, Redesigning, Reprogramming the Mind and Heart for Transformational Change By Fiat

One of the striking things in the last violent week here in the US and in the city I call home is how the sought remedies for the supposed Pandemic are also being touted as the remedies for the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. To get back to my specialty, the real agenda in education, those remedies require “Teaching to Transcend the Here-and-Now” where “whole-learner approaches…with explicit commitments to cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed practices, and restorative justice” can supposedly “support youth in reworking the kinds, of abstract narratives they create to affirm their lives, experiences, identities, values, decisions, and possible futures.” Those kind of ambitions give a great deal of impetus for the media and politicians to mischaracterize legitimate protests over a heinous act with organized rioting and looting, as well as concerns in certain states over continued lockdowns.

First, we have this statement from the Kellogg Foundation whose seminal work of what constitutes Evidence-Based Policymaking controls much of what gets required as the so-called Logic Model for desired changes in the student, how they think and feel, and what is likely to motivate them to take particular actions in the future. https://wkkf.org/news-and-media/article/2020/05/standing-together-for-racial-equity-and-community assigned the “resulting fury” to seeing the Floyd video to “the structural racism behind inequities” in every system. Then we get a link to the 100,000 deaths of COVID-19 where “the effects of structural racism are exposed on every screen” causing a need for “leaders in every circle, large or small, to raise their voices on behalf of our common humanity.” The remedy? “Commit to building the equitable systems that will safeguard children, their families and communities everywhere.”

So the phrase “structural racism” is definitely one of the Big Ideas that Teaching to Transcend the Here-and-Now would have students use:

As adolescents deliberate on big ideas, they come to recognize the salience of concrete problems and tasks that help flesh out these ideas [Think of all those images of burning covered by the media while the looting is more ignored]. As this happens, students’ concrete tasks take on a new urgency. Because students are invested in understanding the big idea or problem, they return to the concrete tasks with a new determination…[This lets students] begin shifting their dispositions of mind to see the allure and personal relevance of academic knowledge.

Let’s see what the well-connected Frameworks Institute, whose leadership also wrote this story recently https://ssir.org/articles/entry/advocating_for_age_in_an_age_of_uncertainty wanted to push as “Topic #11: Framing the post-pandemic economy.” Think of the economy as one of those systems Kellogg and other large foundations want changed fundamentally to create “equitable systems.” Frameworks stated:

The pandemic has created an opening to change the public’s perspective on what it means to have a good economy–and what role government must play in getting there…we need to lead a conversation about how to create an economy that serves everyone’s needs. We need ways to engage people in thinking about arranging our society and its resources in a just, inclusive way. The pandemic is a moment when change is inevitable–for better or for worse. We can and should use our communications power to shape this change.

I boldfaced the phrase ‘communications power’ because social scientists and politicians globally, with transformational change as their goal, view Communication as having two Equal Legs to dictate desired messages–Education is one and the Media is the other. Either has the power to create the prevailing concepts, images, and categories of thought that prevail among a majority of people. So when one wants to have students concentrate on Big Ideas, or the other to Highlight the impact of Policy choices, the words chosen matter. After all, as Frameworks noted, if we are to get to “a redesigned future”:

Talk about past, present, and future in equal measure–and connect them tightly. Show how past economic policy decisions are creating problems now, leaving more people more susceptible to harm than if our set-up had been different. Link economic decisions firmly to people’s lives and experiences. Explain, in clear, step-by-step fashion, how policies being considered now would help create an economic system that better meets people’s needs going forward…

Avoid language that suggests that the economy is a force that operates on its own. Natural metaphors like cliffs, waves, and aftershocks are likely to reinforce the idea that what’s happening in the economy is wholly beyond our control.

Take care, too, when translating economic date visualizations into language. Most people can’t picture–or don’t understand–graphs that advocates take for granted. For the public, talk of spikes and plunges bring a roller-coaster to mind. This undermines the idea that we can actively manage the economy.

Instead of highlighting the unpredictability of the system, emphasize the power of our response. Talk about what we can do, through policy, to manage disruptions to economic activity and to meet people’s needs. Explain how government decisions about the economy affect people.

I quoted that at some link not only to highlight the BIG IDEA that the Economy is a System that can be redesigned to equitably meet everyone’s needs, but also to show generally the power of big ideas and what words should and should not be used to instill the desired narrative in people’s minds. Here the Big Idea of a Pandemic, much like Structural Racism (another abstract big idea), “has pushed many people over the edge into hardship and harm. It doesn’t have to be this way. We face tough choices as we move through the COVID-19 crisis. But as we rebuild, we do get to choose. We can reprogram our economy to create secure employment, reduce poverty, and expand prosperity.”

See what I mean about same destination with different rationales and slightly different rhetoric? It fits too with what Reinventing Schools for Meaning-Making said was the “new research on connections between adolescents’ narrative building and brain development” that noted that “Adolescent learners thrive when provided an environment conducive to building strong, personal narratives that leverage the emotional power of big ideas and abstract meaning-making in the service of motivated work on concrete tasks and skills.”

When I was researching all those calls for Parrhesia practices to create the desired type of citizen for the future that requires a certain kind of thinking heavily linked to emotion I discovered that its author had also come up with another big idea phrase–Governmentality. That phrase combines the transformationalists’ need for strong governments at every level to force the desired changes with its need to also get at the prevailing mentality of each and every citizen. Sound familiar? It turns out visions like Portraits of a Graduate or Learner Profiles, as well as learning standards for desired big ideas and desired practices of behaviors and requisite new values, have been part of the plans for as long as there has been a widespread pursuit of equitable systems that will meet everyone’s needs.

Each individual’s (or at least most) mentality needs to be controlled to create “a specific understanding of the problems to be solved.” See how useful, although personally tragic for some, big ideas like White Privilege, Structural Racism, or a Pandemic can be for supposedly necessitating long desired changes? The specific understanding inculcated at the level of the mind and tied via emotion to the heart then works “in tandem with this, emphasis was placed on the understandings and constructions of the world that give rise to efforts to change it.” Now we have a view of government that shifts away from command and control, except apparently in Michigan and New York State at present, to get at the “optimal harnessing of these [human] self-governing capacities.”

For people, that means targeting their Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions of Mind and Heart–an individual’s “capacities and potentials likewise had to be taken into account and optimised.” See what the civil rights call for Equity can do? The call for it in education simply mirrors the sought changes in “other systems” as Governmentality “also had to consider the relations between regulation of organic collective entities and the ‘microphysics’ of selves: the government of ‘each and all’ was to be one of its trademarks.” Isn’t framing or required conceptual lenses required via learning standards for all students just another way to get at a new vision of government that seeks to control mentality unobserved?

Central to the Foucaultian idea of mentality is indeed analysis of the ways of thinking about government — how problems and people are thought about, what solutions to problems are dreamed up, what ends are imagined as desired outcomes…The analytic of governmentality in this sense is concerned with surfaces–the words used to describe problems, the discourses in terms of which subjects are characterised, the categories that are used to explain policies…

Governmental mentalities are governmental precisely in the sense that they seek to shape the conduct of those things, events and subjects they wish to govern. They are in this sense intensely practical — they imagine the world as governable: problems are construed in ways that make them subject to practicable solutions.

Like Shelter in Place? A Redesigned Economy? Students Habituated to act in pursuit of desired instilled goals grounded in cultivated emotions to act as their motivation?

At least we no longer need to be mystified as to precisely why Knowledge came to be redefined as Concepts or a Narrative instead of a body of facts. Which gets us to a redesigned future with governments steering us all at every level?

Did I mention the quotes on Governmentality from the last part of this post were taken from a Research Paper published by an Australian Law School?

Gives new meaning to the phrase “Rule of Law,’ doesn’t it?

 

127 thoughts on “Remaking, Remodeling, Redesigning, Reprogramming the Mind and Heart for Transformational Change By Fiat

  1. “Now we have a view of government that shifts away from command and control, except apparently in Michigan and New York State at present, to get at the “optimal harnessing of these [human] self-governing capacities.”

    We sure do. Which is why on a beautiful 76 degree day in May with the sun shining and a cool breeze blowing, well over 50% of the people walking the public park paths or strolling the boardwalk in a small NJ beach town are wearing masks. Which is why my daughter says she cannot view her Instagram feed or do an YouTube exercise video without be treated to endless reams of the same “shared meaning” virtue signaling memetic for social justice and social acceptance.

    We are firmly back in the mental realm of ” Its a fact and everyone knows that witches float ”

    Still in the “red zone” here in Pa. Comrade Wolf has informed us that Friday, the 5th we will move to yellow. ( memetic fear trigger to 911 btw ) So a few more retail stores will open to 50% capacity. Nothing else changes. Two weeks he says. ok.

    What is awfully convenient about the riots and looting is that now people will beg for MORE rules and regs. The cootie covid lockdowns will become forever associated in peoples minds with riots and not just ” medical safety” but ” terror safety”. My guess is we will see less challenging of the absurdist and draconian rules than was beginning to take place.

    People will LOVE their servitude.

    Can you tell I’m done? ; > )

    • Notice the mask on the graphic for “Justice for All” here https://mailchi.mp/civilandhumanrights/everyone-deserves-equal-dignity?e=2edfb3b255

      Dear Friends:

      We are seeing an explosion of anger and despair across our country. The murders of black men and women by vigilantes and law enforcement is not new. This pain and injustice has been with us even before the founding of our country. Since at least 1619, systemic racial terror has been used to create an unjust and unequal society.

      The current outpouring of grief is not only about the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others. It is also about hopelessness. With sky-high unemployment and a pandemic affecting communities of color, poor people, immigrants, LGBTQ communities and the elderly hardest, there is mistrust of society’s civil institutions. Institutions that have historically designed systems to disempower; and who are not held accountable for their discriminatory practices.

      We seek to provide a way for people to engage.

      Today, we launch a civic-engagement campaign — the Campaign for Equal Dignity — to galvanize people to demand equal dignity for all. We launch the campaign to provide hope — because we know that our ideals of justice and fairness and human rights can provide a way forward.

      To address inequality, it falls to “we the people” to create change. This campaign will:

      Provide resources and education programming
      Amplify the work of rights advocates
      Highlight ways to strategize, organize and mobilize in an effective way

      We ask for ten seconds of your time: Sign our pledge reaffirming your commitment to equal dignity which includes: health security, voting rights, economic stability, quality education and justice for all.

      The division and inequality in our country won’t be solved overnight. But these problems won’t be solved at all unless we act — together — to save our democracy and create a government that is accountable to its people and respects the inalienable rights of all members of the human family.

      Notice how well it mirrors what the higher ed admin’s are pumping out clearly calling for a steered society.

      I had forgotten about PA being so locked down as well. No I don’t understand walking around in a mask, especially people out for a walk in a lovely neighborhood looking like Hannibal Lecter. I have gotten several cute masks I slip on when I am some place that requires them and then pull off after I exit. I think we will all rue the day we are ask to look to governments to decide for us what is acceptable risk to assume in going about daily life.

      • From one who lives in the “culture of the mask”, I urge you all to resist. I have clients whose faces I have never seen — they wore masks, routinely, even before COVID-19. This ties into can never be too clean or tidy culture, too organized culture — too vigilant against any risk culture. You DO NOT want to go there.

        With each crisis, here, the level of vigilance gets racketed up, along with the denial structures. Abandon the self and the soul, all you really have left is risk mitigation, and the boot stamping on the human face…

        And, really, too, you have pseudo-everything — the doctors who don’t heal, the justice system that isn’t, even eating becomes a sterile exercise.

        I hosted 12 international interns to this country, and not one expressed a desire to return…they were put off by the level of human perfection coupled with the obvious despair.

    • More on the college presidents and their statements. https://www.educationdive.com/news/college-leaders-call-out-racial-inequities-as-protests-roil-the-nation/578975/

      My alma mater was certainly over the top, even taking a dig at the jury finding Zimmerman not guilty.

      These are painful times. In some ways, with a global pandemic, they are unlike anything we’ve seen in our lives. And at the same time the deadly violence against black people is painfully familiar. It keeps happening. Black people killed by the police, as was George Floyd, or black people killed by those who use the system to escape accountability, as did the killer of Trayvon Martin.

      I share your grief. All of this is so much to handle. I care about you all. I hope you can find moments of respite even in these days.

      Systemic racism obviously affects different people differently. White people like me can and must study systemic racism. We must learn about it, call it out and work in a sustained way to dismantle it. White people like me do not, day after day, experience it. It is a headwind that we white people will never face because we ride with that wind at our backs. Day after day, I jog, shop, drive, enter my own house, and answer my own door without fear.

      To the black, indigenous and people of color in the Davidson community, I respect you, I value you and I’m grateful for all you do. I will actively work to keep these issues front and center for everyone. Racism is my problem. I commit to educating myself, to listening and to working to dismantle the structures and practices that sustain it.

      Davidson as a community strives to honor the dignity of each human being. We commit ourselves to the quest for truth and we seek to lead lives of leadership and service. These values compel us, as individuals and as a community, to understand and to fight against all manifestations of racism so that, together, we can build a more just and humane world.

      My bolding. This all feels like it was ready to go just waiting for a tragedy as the excuse. Why was that bad cop in Minneapolis allowed to keep his job? What kind of person ignores such pleas until after someone ceases to have a pulse. We have rioting because as a nation we ALL feel repulsed by the behavior shown on a video. No one thinks what happened was OK, but a world that is redesigned by government fiat with an insistence on Equity regardless of life experiences and abilities is a managed world.

      • The emails I’ve received from my kids colleges , former high school And my own Alma maters are beyond obsequious , ridiculous , and frankly patronizing and condescending pandering. They are unhinged in their perception of reality . They have a firm grasp on “ the world as it should be “ however .

        • And don’t forget the merchants who think you want to know what they think because if you are a customer of theirs you couldn’t ask?

          I have been compiling some of the consistencies and we will talk about next. By the way, the AISP toolkit was released 2 days after Floyd’s death so it was waiting on an event. It also does not want race, gender, class, or ABILITY to impact outcomes.

          Nor bad behavior I suppose or effort. Also notice what a pitiful analogy the comparison to railroads and interstate highways is. Both involved an ability to get to places of your own choosing faster.

          Because some lowlife cop behaved poorly with a drug-addled repeat offender, we must all now transform society, the economy, all our institutions, and be only what some government official decrees we can be?

        • This professor absolutely nails it. https://www.city-journal.org/brown-university-letter-racism

          I have also ordered The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation as it was cited in the Bibliography of that AISP Toolkit. Others here may want to take a look at what is being pushed by academia. Running the world on the basis of theories and erroneous facts has never worked well in the past and won’t this time either.

        • Yes, I can imagine what you are seeing.

          Charlie Kirk made an interesting observation a few days ago, that being that teachers and academics seem to wish to ‘transform’ the U.S. into one big university campus (the ideal egalitarian environment), hence, maybe, the patronizing talk.

          I think this is real Lenin playbook stuff, though, and if memory serves, students in the PRC eventually turned on their teachers, and school administrators because they weren’t sufficiently DOWN with the party. Parents were drug into the streets, too.

          I have spoken to many Chinese about this period, and my sense is that ALL lost family members to this madness. Remember, “utopia is only one execution away.”

  2. Hi again, back after having life intervene for a while. It’s been good though.

    The almost unbelievable persistence of the protests/riots is new. We’re on about Day 7. Did previous episodes of “unrest”, even in single cities, ever last that long? And they’re all buying the narrative of “injustice” for what was really an isolated and almost unbelievable event. For days and days these young people are willing to be whipped up into a violent frenzy. It’s driven by agitators like Antifa, but if the protestors just said “no” and “hell no”, Antifa wouldn’t have cover. There’s a lot of people quite willing to be swept along into wrecking places in cities.

    This sort of readiness to be swept into the collective, and to think it’s idealistic, seems like parrhesia. It’s actually rigid thinking, where these people are “bravely” expressing the same damned consensus view as everyone around them. They have been given nothing but “wicked problems” in school so they think there are no principles from which they could reason independently.

    • An American friend living in Japan referenced to me an article he read (sorry, looking for the source), which suggested that in five short months, the American people have been cycled through a series of historical tropes: 1) an impeachment process (Watergate/Nixon); 2) a pandemics (Spanish Flu — which wasn’t Spanish in origin, and may not have been a flu); 3) a financial collapse (the Great Depression); race riots (the 60’s civil rights protests and turmoil), and, finally, 4) the Space X launch (the moon landing, and ‘kumbayah’ messages from space (60’s scientific positivism).

      ALL of these events, with the exception of the last one, have had an implausible, manufactured quality, and you can can clearly see the historical allusions/linkages in MSM coverage, e.g. interviews of Carl Bernstein vis a vis the Trump impeachment, which, fact-wise bears no resemblance to Watergate.

      ‘They’ seem to be playing to different demographics in different ways — with young people, perhaps, being the demographic least able to sort historical fact, from current manufactured fictions.

      Was speaking with an older Japanese client, today, and we noted significantly LESS compliance with ‘mask-wearing’ among older Japanese — who are, in theory, the most vulnerable to Covid-19 population — that they just aren’t buying ‘it’. We also noted the back-flips the media and science communities are doing to ‘explain’ the extremely low rates of infection and death in Asia, and in countries that should have many cases given their geographic interface with China. That said, I had a relatively young Japanese fellow walk out of his neighborhood hair salon, yesterday, SHAKE MY HAND, and say, “Thank you for NOT wearing a mask, this is B.S.”

      Maybe, I am suggesting that the U.S. population is, in general, more vulnerable to all of ‘this’ owing to the full-spectrum trope conditioning in MSM.

      All of this caused me to think of Kurt’s Lewin’s:

      http://pdf.zlibcdn.com/dtoken/7aacfdb24290d307694cabbe2906d118/Principles_Of_Topological_Psychology_by_Kurt_Lewin_821290_(z-lib.org).pdf

      which, discusses and develops his and his co-author’s psychological ‘field’ theory; vector psychology, and the ‘gestalt’ of it all.

    • On this exercise of parrhesia — how it has seemed to me as an American expatriate operating outside the matrix, is that the Trump victory inflicted a deep and collective psychic wound on individuals who were already entrained in a communal meaning-making process, which for it to continue MAKING SENSE, NEEDED to result in the election of “the first woman POTUS.” When this inevitability did not occur, meaning/sense could only be derived from virtue-signaling related to Trump’s villainy or character defects…and, this has been relentless, even in my world.

      This vast pool of anxiety and rancor seems to be transferrable to various other agendas, though I think there Donald ‘Trump’ must play the role of ‘Satan’ in all these scenarios. It was funneled into “climate change hysteria”..which segued into “Covid-19 hysteria”…which has now serio-converted into “racial injustice hysteria”.

      Probably, we should look at something called “energetics”, “energetic theory”, and not with regard to metallurgy. I say this because BIG resources have been brought to bear in coordinating all phases of this global parrhesia. When I had my own little experience of the Soros machine, his lackey academics in their delivery of an advertised learning event, completely deviated from the stated contents. Attendees who had signed up hear content related to organizational culture in Japan, were URGED to engage in “energetics” exercises; to rechannel their interest and energy AWAY from a burning issue in their environment and toward an ‘act’ of self-management, collectively experienced.

      • Look at what his predecessor who used national security agencies to spy on him in an unprecedented act of corruption wants to do with this moment. There’s that “just and equitable” again.

        We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation anguished and outraged. While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve. Find resources below to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.

        https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/

        Also, this brief hit my in-box yesterday and just magically moves ECP away from trials to a logic model for desired change that Kellogg had already done. Gives it a new name–Community-Centered EBP. No need to mention Kellogg’s publication then.

        • I did a deep dive into ‘his’ background awhile back and, particularly, the Harvard period. If he actually headed the Harvard Law Review, then Jeffrey Epstein was a master hedge fund dealer.

          • Black Lives Matter is a 100% Soros-funded operation. Looks like his son is running this operation, now. This harkens back to infiltration and control of the NAACP.

          • Their preprinted signs in the ATL protests on Friday had Black Lives Matter on three separate lines at the top and then “Democratic Socialists of America” in a different font at the bottom.

            Are you referring to Jonathan?

            I will add this from today’s inbox

            In 2020, planners and urbanists focused on equity are broadcasting a clear message to the wider profession right now that goes a step beyond connecting the racist present to its roots in the past. The message: Many of the planning innovations claimed by progressives as victories of social and environmental justice in recent years are perpetuating institutional racism.

            Planning and urbanism have not achieved some apolitical or post-racial transcendence, despite good intentions. Overcoming institutional racism will require a thorough commitment to centering issues of equity in every planning discussion—from the public realm of streets and parks to the private realm of mixed-use development and housing. The slow streets and al fresco streets popping up all over the country, are subject to this critique, as explained in detail by the advocates featured in a bombshell feature by Alissa Walker, published by Curbed in May. For more sources on this subject, follow and boost the voices recommended by former Streetsblog USA editor Angie Schmitt.

            Ensuring a new normal of social and racial equity will require a deep reckoning with the ways that planning innovations perpetuate systematic inequality, even among the most innovative and ostensibly progressive planning practices. It might be hard to hear, but advocates are underlining and insisting on this point, and no matter how difficult it is to confront, the field of planning is faced with an opportunity to enter a new era: one that centers racial, social, and environmental justice in every act.

            https://www.planetizen.com/blogs/109465-violence-against-black-americans-moment-reckoning-planning-profession

        • Yes, I was referring to Jonathan.

          The urban planning bit was interesting in that I had recently hosted an U.P. intern in Japan. Immediately upon her return to NZ, she seems to have been caught up in that country’s COVID-19 panic, which is no doubt being used to advance any number of agendas. I checked the stats and there were something like 16 cases. While working, together, she showed me a number of urban planning journals, NZ and international and these were FULL of equity language, worse than the stuff in my so-called field.

          On another front, I ventured, again, to the local food bank and found even more bureaucratic tape involved. There cannot have been more than 50 people there trying to get food, but as many ‘volunteers’, with whistles and badges and checklists. No amount of personal ID seems to be adequate. I was told I did not look like my passport picture…lots of herding to ensure social distancing, requisite mask, and temperature taking, all to later get on a train in which NONE of these conditions are present. The implication seemed to be that people who had, had their livelihoods wiped out, were more likely to be ‘infected’ than the 20,000,000 other individuals who were freely circulating in this urban space. It wasn’t a very ‘equitable’ experience.

          • My youngest did a study semester abroad in NZ and when she returned she asked if I would be willing to start composting. I said no.

            Did you know Donald Schon was a UP prof at MIT?

          • I DID NOT KNOW THAT, but it makes sense. Nothing wrong with composting, but running a country like a big hippie colony, an extended commune…does not impress me. There are a LOT of sheep in that nation, and most of them have two legs.

    • Look at what was released in the midst of this on May 29.

      The ten core competencies outlined in the report could address existing gaps in youth- and young-adult-centered mental health systems, and they reflect values that translate into skills, attitudes, knowledge, and abilities of system participants. These core competencies are divided into two categories. Six are process-oriented: trauma- informed care, positive youth development, youth friendliness, authentic youth engagement, cultural responsiveness, and disability awareness. The other four are mental health care content: Integrating physical and behavioral health, promoting prevention, addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), and focusing on wellness.

      https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2020/06/CLASP%20REPORT%20-FINAL.pdf is “10 Core Competencies for Youth and Young Adult Centered Mental Health Systems”. That includes schools and higher ed, where the admin’s all seem to be releasing utterly over the top statements that fit with this post and seeing the violence as caused by the unjust system.

      Had missed your comments. Glad it was a nice life intervention.

      From the intro. Notice all the references to ‘system’

      One strategy to address these gaps is to promote core competencies, which reflect values that translate into skills, attitudes, knowledge, and abilities of system participants. They are the baseline tools needed by professionals to effectively perform a role. At the systemic level, they also inform policies, procedures, and practices defining how a system operates (process) and the work of that system (content).

  3. I was listening to Dr. Mathew Rafael Johnson discuss with Tim Kelly an interesting feature of the COVID-19 phenomenon, which is the release of prisoners into the population. This is allegedly to protect them from becoming infected in an environment, which affords the ultimate lockdown experience…and, these folks include very serious felons and people who have committed crimes against persons.

    Johnson, a scholar of Russian history, observed that revolutionary governments always release prisoners, wholesale. Any thoughts on this?

    • It became an issue in the Shelly Luther case because she was going to jail while actual criminals were being released. iNACOL, now Aurora, which pushes competency-based education and trains a lot of the K-12 personnel in the states and local school districts has just came out with an extraordinarily troubling statement that basically is a call to war via our schools. Notice the reference to dominant ways of thinking and getting at minds and hearts.

      Dear Colleagues,

      The Aurora Institute stands with communities of color, especially Black communities, as we all grapple with the systemic racism and the unthinkable traumas playing out on the national stage today. While the heartbreaking death of George Floyd and the protests have arrested our attention, and perhaps only momentarily, we know that Black and Brown communities contend with these injustices on a daily basis.

      As a national nonprofit dedicated to systemic change in education – as a means to ensure future success for all learners – we believe silence is as much a betrayal of American democracy as the immoral killings we’ve witnessed. Racial terror cannot be accepted as normal.

      For nearly 20 years, we’ve worked to shed light on the deep inequities embedded in K-12 education, which give way to the inequities knitted into the fabric of our society. Our work has been to unearth solutions and challenge school systems to move from a system that ranks, sorts, and preserves marginalization to a future-focused system of teaching and learning that leaves no one out.
      This is a collective call for action, and a deeply personal one. I received this plea in an email from a young, brilliant member of our team:

      I find that I turn on the television every day and I see that my sisters, aunts, brothers, uncles, nieces, and nephews are being deliberately harmed on many fronts. If it’s not the murder of Black people by police forces across the country (see Breonna Taylor,Ahmaud Arbery , George Floyd, and “here I hold space for those names that I do not know”) or thedisproportionate death of my community by the pandemic , it’s the harassment and deliberate harm of blatant racism for doing simple tasks likeworking out at a company gym orwalking in a public park.

      And then to see contrasting images of aggressive armed white protesters visiting state capitals to demand that states reopen in the midst of a global pandemic and being met with nothing but calm stares, and images of Black protesters taking to the streets against state-sanctioned violence and being met with tear gas and rubber bullets – my heart breaks but then anger boils inside of me.

      It may seem inappropriate to have this conversation in the work of K-12 education but the hard truth is that this affects our work. Racism affects the children that we serve (the young girl who recorded George Floyd’s murder was only 17; imagine, as a child, watching someone die right in front of you, where you are only an arm’s reach away but there is nothing you can do about it). Racism affects the communities that we serve (we have done extensive technical assistance in Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, etc.). Racism affects the field partners that we work with (all of the partners that we work with make claim that equity is a core tenet of the work they do, this is indeed an equity issue). Racism affects the staff members at Aurora. Racism directly affects the lives of everyone, whether recognized or not.

      n this time I think of one of the most poignant pieces of writing I have ever read, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. This passage below stands out in this moment for me:

      “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

      An education system that lives and breathes in the air of these injustices, whose hallowed walls provide the experiences forming the dominant frames of thinking and being for generations past and generations to come, must actively examine the purpose, the culture, and systemic racism and inequity that prevail. Are we valuing all of our youth as the assets they are? Are we endowing each and every one of them to be active participants in our democracy? Are we creating learning environments that build agency, develop our youth, and set them up to thrive?

      Unless we disrupt the institutional and societal racism so clearly in front of us and fight it in all of its forms, we perpetuate it. Do we continue to change the bloody gauze or stop the trauma causing the bleeding?
      We are not separate from the communities we serve. Imagine the mix of fear and anger that our young learners are taking into their learning environments when they see these events unfold, and when they see Black death, or the summoning of Black death, replay in one corner of the country or another without challenge or change. Whether we like to admit it or not, our schools are a pillar of the structures that give way to these events, and that’s where our field’s collective work comes in.

      Nick Donohue, the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Aurora Institute said, “The tepid official responses to these crimes are sobering reminders of the world we live in, the challenges we face and the importance of our work moving forward. What we can do is to be less complicit, less silent, more outraged and more active in our efforts to live up to our espoused values and commitments and to challenge these heinous acts and the unchecked acceptance of this brutality.”

      Our culture, economy, and public systems: government, public health, housing, justice, and education are in a foggy convergence. Yet, the inequities are stark and clear, laid bare by the current context. Together, we must call out the root issues embedded deeply and invisibly in policies, as well as in our hearts and minds. We must mobilize to stop them from being exacerbated by inequitable funding formulas for education, communities, tax policy, health policies, housing policies, and telecommunications.

      The opportunity before us is to re-examine our social contracts that cast a nearly uniformly deficit-based frame on our most vulnerable populations. We can rethink education as a means to serve all students for a better, healthier and more prosperous future for us all – a new social contract – designed for human thriving, excellence, freedom, and dignity.

      Resources:

      Letter from a Birmingham Jail
      What White People Can Do for Racial Equity
      The 1619 Project
      Designing for Equity

      This tragic incident is being used to drive the long-sought MH agenda by using education to create the requisite minds and hearts and ways of thinking, feeling, and motivations to act.

      • I spent a year of my life trying to locate SYSTEMIC bias in the Japan branch of a U.S. custodial bank. Never found it, quite the contrary.

        Note that some country sheriffs are empowering property owners to use legal force, if necessary.

        Read that some ANTIFA are being disarmed (bricks, crowbars) by armed citizens. The crowbars are brand new.

        • Guess it is possible,

          I guess I have only my own PRC experience with which to evaluate this, and this relates to corporate education. I believe Robin has documented U.S.-designed learning protocols introduced in H.K. I have seen a number of MIT ‘agents’ operating in Chinese universities and promoting everything we excoriate in this forum. I have seen locally-developed coaching organizations — developed by Chinese citizens FOR Chinese citizens and organizations, COMPLETELY co-oped, and I have seen same in Japan.

          AND, I have personally experienced American academics, who were attached to a Catholic university, and a number of American ‘think tanks’, announce their affiliation with the “Open Society” and their intent to promulgate a “color revolution” in my Asian country of residence.

          I have attended many learning ‘events’ in Asia — sponsored by American-based practice networks that were so conspicuously absent the advertised content, that I had to believe these were ruses to facilitate ‘other’ activities, subversive activities.

          I have seen doctoral programs in Asian universities used as vehicles to gather sensitive organizational information — they certainly weren’t about performing ‘real’ academic research — and I have seen the same with coaching programs that generate substantial reporting of a ‘confidential’ nature that is transmitted to dubious providers. I know that the PRC government is now considering that my entire field is operating as a vehicle for industrial espionage.

          We also know, I think, that the Wuhan facility at which the dastardly virus was enhanced, and from which it was accidentally or purposely released was funded, in part, by Western organizations and that Americans were on staff in that facility. Given this configuration, it is inaccurate to even refer to COVID-19 as a Chinese virus.

          Finally, I have had some recent epiphanies related to learning and development ‘issues’ in Japan. I used to chock so much up to ‘rote-based learning’, but this, at least focused on essential categories of knowledge and required a significant investment of the student’s time in solitary learning and problem solving.

          I think the focus on ‘fairness’ (a misnomer) and equity…high performers get hammered down, while mediocre performers are regarded as an ‘ideal’…is NOT a reflection of a Prussian-modeled education system, but OTHER influences — which, really, have been operant since the occupation. Japan’s Ministry of Education has now aligned itself, its programs, and standards with UNESCO and other guidelines identified by Robin.

          There is a big difference between a collaborative but competitive learning culture and one in which every participant wins a prize. These protocols were NOT shipped over from the PRC.

          • “Finally, I have had some recent epiphanies related to learning and development ‘issues’ in Japan. I used to chock so much up to ‘rote-based learning’, but this, at least focused on essential categories of knowledge and required a significant investment of the student’s time in solitary learning and problem solving.”

            Based on my admittedly limited reading, I would absolutely agree with you that the contamination goes in the direction you describe. Something analogous happened in the 1920s in the USSR, where Krupskaya swooned over Dewey and started to apply him in the schools. Papa Stalin came in and said, that’s enough. (N.B. The Soviets never went in for whole language, always taught reading phonetically, as, apparently, did the satellite nations.) The results, at least through the 1960s or so, can be read about in What Ivan Knows that Johnny Doesn’t. The superiority of Asian math instruction through about the same time period can be studied in Math Instruction in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States, Stigler.

            That greedy and immoral Western scientists were perfectly happy to “collaborate” with China in the fabrication of the virus appears to have evidence to support it — although it’s important, too, to remember Operation Denver, concocted by the KGB, that disseminated disinformation to the effect that Ebola was confected at Fort Detrick.

      • It would fit with China’s involvement with the UN’s Learning Cities Initiative when properly understood and that ed conference Michael Barber was at years ago that was at some part of Russia close to China for the convenience of all plus the US West Coast.

        The revolution has started. Poor George Floyd was simply the wick to launch something preplanned as too many people still believe trayvon had a bayface and was just trying to get skittles and michael brown was a ‘gentle giant’ who had his hands up and said “Don’t Shoot”. The Guiding Fictions have taken over in driving people’s perception that this is a racist society because it is the excuse for law and policy to take over and drive the redesign of all cultural, economic, and social ‘systems’. Learning standards are a part of that because they marry psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience to create the desired ‘citizens’ for this envisioned world of Equity and SDGs.

        I have been culling the consistency among the various declarations I am getting, including my alma mater’s use of Facing History and Ourselves last night to drive the conversation in a virtual meeting I did not attend. Of course, I was busy making trout almondine with baked potatoes and fresh pole beans.

      • Oh. My.

        We have been fostering collective learning from the very beginning of this pandemic, and we will continue to do so, asking the thought-provoking questions that will need to guide our actions both in the immediate aftermath but also beyond the initial post-COVID-19 recovery phase. We, local and regional governments, will continue to work tirelessly, learning and supporting each other as a worldwide system of cities, local governments and regions to lead the discussion with communities on how our future will be shaped.The SDGs, the framework for transformationThe sacrifices being made will reflect in future generations, debt and investments need to be coupled with robust plans for a sustainable future. The Local 2030 principles and the SDGs remain, now more than ever, a valid reference to frame the transformational measures being implemented. We are aware that the only way forward is via co-creation, with our communities and local actors –including the private sector- and with full collaboration between different spheres of government.We are convinced that a strong multilateral governance system and a new collaborative governance culture that can guide the steps in such interconnected realities is neces-sary, we present a package of measures for the aftermath.

        https://www.uclg.org/sites/default/files/decalogue_for_the_post_covid-19_era.pdf

        The revolution is a bit more subtle this time and needs both race and the ‘pandemic hype’.

  4. Robin, we spoke before about Dr. Otto Charmer’s activities in the PRC. Can you dredge up the names of other MIT scholars who are active, there. I am aware of several who operate as ‘consultants’ in Japan, and this can involve ‘leadership development’, ‘organization development’. THX

    • Senge, Alex (Sandy) Pentland (Social Physics and the UN’s Data Pulse), Nicholas Negroponte (who cofounded the culturally oriented Club of Budapest that is allied to the Club of Rome pushing ValuesQuest), Mitchell Resnick who worked with Seymour Papert and who coined the phrase ‘Constructionism’ to link what is internalized within the mind and its connection to how the external world will then be seen). Everyone at the Media Lab there.

      Will think about it some more.

      • Sounds about right. Can you also research “Michael Cusamano” (MIT).

        I know we talked about the Media Lab(s) pedo thing in the past, but, certain, relatively mainstream investigators of child trafficking in Asia have suggested that Negroponte’s projects to distribute laptops, and other technology to ‘children’ in Asia, had darker motives. I had discounted this ‘story’ until the Epstein/MIT saga emerged, and then it became more plausible. It is conceivable to me that, that entire facility was financed on the backs of children, literally. We, have, for instance, years of Richard Stallman’s pedophilic comments published openly in a department newsletter, which was accessible to any student on campus. Seems that it was part of the culture, or at least tolerated.

        • He sure is on a lot of boards. Found his push around ‘big ideas’ to be familiar. https://i2c.tuwien.ac.at/event/staying-power-six-enduring-principles-for-managing-strategy-innovation-in-an-uncertain-world-lessons-from-microsoft-intel-apple-google-toyota-and-more-by-prof-michael-cusumano/

          Also lots of ties to Bill Gates who must cooperate with him. He has a soft degree from princeton because he has a B.A., not a B.S. No one ever mentions the major though. Also don’t forget Jay Forester is at Sloan. Limits to Growth. I wrote about his work with the Meadows and the Bariloche Group and the meetings in what is now not behind the Iron Curtain but was then in former Yugoslavia. Lake area IIRC. All during the Cold War. Like cybernetics work as if there was no Cold War or control over geographic areas as inaccessible to the West.

          I think that has been true for anyone with power pushing the global MH vision that is now ultimately what is driving these coordinated riots and institutions all pushing common but erroneous narratives to justify systems transformation for the future. Did you see the crowd at floyd’s funeral?

          What a travesty given all the people told that they could only have ten or less in an enclosed area when someone has passed during the Pandemic or even in open air massive cemeteries as happened to a family friend recently. Counting at the entrance to cemetery.

          • See my PM to you on Cusamano.

            Silly you. This virus has mysterious properties and has been engineered not to afflict people involved with the advancement of equity agendas. Hundreds of Italians and Spaniards were denied last rights before they passed of Covid-19, but crowds engaged in staged public spectacles have nothing to fear. Has anyone in the MSM commented on these anomalies?

            Notice, too, how SERIOUSLY people like Neil Ferguson took the lockdown — he had to go see his mistress; Freido had to go see his new house; the governor of Michigan wanted her boat in the water.

            Can they really go on with this farce after permitting close contact RIOTS, and mass mourning events?

          • Per an interview with M.C., his undergraduate degree was in History…and, in the course of completing this he became interested in History of Science.

  5. I felt very sorry to see Tucker Carlson report on the burned-out deli/coffee joint — the hub of his neighborhood — which was run with pride, for a generation, by Korean immigrants, the Kim family. I am sure plenty of African-American-owned businesses were smashed up, too.

    Don’t know why I feel the need to discuss this, but I used to date a Black attorney in S.F. This guy had a really challenged and checkered history, but turned his life around…attended law school at night, and became one HELL of a lawyer — I mean really gifted, and not just with public interest stuff — really sharp, really fair, really compassionate, but tough on the Black community, FATHERLY tough, I want you to succeed, tough.

    Can you guess from which demographic we experienced discrimination? I was welcome in trendy S.F. and East Bay watering holes/restaurants, but guess WHO wasn’t.

    ‘They’ disgust me.

    These are the same people who refer to my Japanese friends — the folks with highest mean IQ, globally — as “monkeys”, when they are out of earshot, and run off and do a TED Talk on the virtues of ‘diversity’ the next day.

    • Remember the superior types who experimented on poor blacks in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. The premise of racial superiority among the eugenicists. The humanitarian desire of Bill Gates to sterilize African women without their knowledge or consent…

      • Yes, indeed. And, I discovered a similar mindset had informed and promoted the CA ‘prison’ experiments of the 60’s and 70’s, Vacaville, Atascadero, Lompoc. These prison populations were primarily Black and Hispanic. There had occurred an armchair diagnosis of anti-social personality disorder — universal, and the remedy being research entailed drugs, hypnotic techniques, gestalt therapy.

        If you believe the contents of a document sent anonymously to an aid to Leo Ryan who was investigating his murder at Jonestown (another human experiment) — the CA prison experiments were being directed by, among others, a professor at MIT.

        Thing is, though, and/but…it would appear that similar techniques were being employed to behaviorally modify a much broader CA population at the very same time.

      • How’s this for putting things into perspective.

        We began our February HumaneEdge newsletter by stating “we are at a pivotal moment in history.” We were referring to climate change and the Australian bushfires. Little did we know that within a couple of weeks, the world would be in the midst of a pandemic with history unfolding rapidly in an upended society.

        Nor were we referring to the confluence of videotaped documentation of the recent murders of and racist acts toward Black men, particularly the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which would ignite outrage in the U.S. and raise the voices of millions demanding action and change.

        Children and teenagers are living through the historic unfolding of both the pandemic and a nationwide outcry against the persistence of institutionalized, systemic racism. Their experiences of this time are likely to shape their lives profoundly.

        At IHE, we have evaluated how we can best serve our constituencies in this moment and make a contribution that matters. There is no question that the long-term goal of educating young people to be solutionaries is more important than ever.

        If, over the past few decades, true solutionary action had been taken to transform various interlocking systems, we would not be living in a world with either COVID-19 or persistent structural racism. Let this serve as a reminder: if we don’t teach youth to be solutionaries now, we will continue to put out the fires caused by our pervasive unsustainable, unjust, and inhumane systems. Let this moment compel us to educate future generations to create healthy, humane, and just societal systems.

        Solutionary-focused education isn’t just good for our collective future; it’s good for young people now. Youth who spend time cultivating a solutionary practice are likely to experience:

        Meaning: because their learning and actions make a positive difference
        Self-worth: because pursuing positive goals builds self-respect
        Knowledge: because learning to be a solutionary requires research and investigation
        Essential thinking skills: because a solutionary practice requires the development of critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking
        Joy: because making a difference in one’s community or the world feels great

        Interlocking systems are what need to be transformed in the name of the Big Ideas. a/k/a Theory

        • Fordham produced one of the Molotov-cocktail throwers that were arrested.

          Please see the letter Cardinal Vigano sent to Donald Trump. It references Baphomet, and what is written its two arms in Latin. One arm says ‘dissolve’, the other ‘coagulate’, or reconstitute. This is an alchemical formula of ‘change’….essentially, Lewin’s change model.

          You may have to start researching “masonry”.

  6. HERE IS A HABIT I HAVE SEEN WIDELY PRACTICED IN THE PRC…and, recommend as a contra-measure to COVID-19 hysteria.

    OK, at about 7:00 PM or so, quite a few Chinese couples (MALE/FEMALE) head for local parks and public areas.

    They bring boom boxes, and play, collectively, BALLROOM dancing music, Fred & Ginger, Latin stuff…very eclectic…but, the key is they dance as couples, and men are men, and women are women…and, OMG, they do “dips” and “swoon” moves.

    I do believe this is a spontaneous romanto-social movement and is not government-sponsored. To me, it looked like the ‘dancers’ involved were intent on recovering their DIGNITY.

    So, Robin, I sense you have a ‘romantic’ nature…how about leading a mask-free, highly-romantic, ballroom dancing thing in a local park. No social distancing permitted, “dips” and “swoons” are MANDATORY.

    Consider this a TIP from the humans of the PRC, how THEY cope.

    • Re Vigano letter to Trump: Thank you, Leslie, for posting this most important letter. I think one reason that Archbishop Vigano wrote it was to tell him that what he is seeing at the Vatican and among the high prelacy of the Church is not Catholicism. As a non-Catholic, Trump could very easily be confused about this, thinking, “Well, don’t Catholics consider the Pope to be infallible? So they must be required to believe that these statements and actions are orthodox and true…” And as the understandable corollary, “If this is Catholicism, I don’t want anything to do with it.” Among other things, I think the Archbishop wrote to make this clarification and to uphold the honor the Church, which he has done almost as a lone voice up to this point, and to ask Trump not to repudiate making common cause with the Church whose institutional face has been highjacked by the “deep church,” a felicitous parallel phrase that should be widely adopted by faithful Catholics everywhere.

    • Have you seen this? https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/filthy-rich-%E2%80%93-jeffrey-epstein-saga-mark-tapson

      On the mask, I have several cute ones. I keep it in the car when I have to get something from somewhere that requires them. I get in and get out. It goes on as I go through door and back off in parking lot.

      It’s not efficient to go around looking for merchants that do not require them. I would be fully gray with hair getting frizzier by the day. But yes when I see someone walking in one or driving with one on it makes me sad. They might as well be wearing a sign “I am a sheep” and I don’t read much apart from what gets directed to me.

      I have done all the shopping since before all this started. Luckily I am a planner and we eat whatever is easy to get that week.

      • Here is how I handle the matter in Japan. Clerk in front of shop: “Do you have a mask?” ME: “No”. Clerk: (befuddled) “Oh, ok.”

        For my money, the best Epstein investigator is Ryan Dawson of Osaka, Japan.

        • Americans should be rioting in the streets over the Epstein case.

          No, his was not a “disgraced financier” with a “socialite gal pal”.

          No, he did not merely get caught diddling with a few dozen teenagers from Palm BeachHigh School.

          The legal pleading advanced by attorneys for the victims lists over 1,000 Jane Doe’s. At three a day (his own personal consumption) since 1994, you do the math.

          Additionally, air port personnel and dock workers on St. Thomas witnessed little ‘brown’ kids being ferried to his island, while the same parties cannot confirm they came back.

          His New Mexico property is adjacent to high-risk communities of impoverished indigenous people and there is speculation he was trafficking out of these.

          Drones observed that the FBI has divers inspecting the waters around the island for human bone fragments.

          It is becoming more and more apparent that many of his victims may not have survived.

          And, then there is industrial and academic espionage angel, and the question as to how many political figures he and his accomplices blackmailed. A security guard for Prince Andrew has stated that Ms. Maxwell had full access to Buckingham Palace, came at all hours, and seemed to be managing the Prince’s appointment book.

          The only people being prosecuted in this matter are the guards who “fell asleep”.

          • Back to the main point we have AISP–which I have covered at U-Penn and where we also have martin seligman and angela duckworth and positive psych putting out a Toolkit For “Centering Racial Equity through Data Integration.”

            https://www.aisp.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AISP-Toolkit_5.27.20.pdf

            You make Racial Equity a Goal and then enact laws and policies to close the gap between what exists now and the declared goal. The data is the tool just like it is with learning standards, trajectories tied to a declared Portrait of a Graduate and the KSAVE Mindset I have covered. Interestingly enough your question to me about Cusumano led me to a paper he did with Annabelle Gawer called “Industry Platforms and Ecosystem Innovation” that also functions with what I know about how the Gates’ funded Achievement Standards Network really worked and how it ties to IMS Global and project Unicorn interoperability standards now.

            When she wrote the paper Gawer was a prof at Inperial College in London. The same place the faulty model behind the worldwode shutdowns over the Pandemic came out of. Remeber we also tracked it to Fauci and Gates’ Global Challenges.

            None of this is accidental. What is accidental is that I managed to teach myself enough to accurately interpret all this and how it fits together and why it was so important to link the Common Core as a means to get to competency based education in CtD.

            Almost time for my online yoga class, but I can see what I am reading afterwards.

          • It’s not part of the dictated narrative. Coming out this July, but pushed this week.

            How Changing the Story Can Transform Society, Business, and Ourselves

            Hans Hansen

            Columbia Business School Publishing

            Texas prosecutors are powerful: in cases where they seek capital punishment, the defendant is sentenced to death over ninety percent of the time. When management professor Hans Hansen joined Texas’s newly formed death penalty defense team to rethink their approach, they faced almost insurmountable odds. Yet while Hansen was working with the office, they won seventy of seventy-one cases by changing the narrative for death penalty defense. To date, they have succeeded in preventing well over one hundred executions—demonstrating the importance of changing the narrative to change our world.

            In this book, Hansen offers readers a powerful model for creating significant organizational, social, and institutional change. He unpacks the lessons of the fight to change capital punishment in Texas—juxtaposing life-and-death decisions with the efforts to achieve a cultural shift at Uber. Hansen reveals how narratives shape our everyday lives and how we can construct new narratives to enact positive change. This narrative change model can be used to transform corporate cultures, improve public services, encourage innovation, craft a brand, or even develop your own leadership.

            Narrative Change provides an unparalleled window into an innovative model of change while telling powerful stories of a fight against injustice. It reminds us that what matters most for any organization, community, or person is the story we tell about ourselves—and the most effective way to shake things up is by changing the story.

            That’s almost verbatim what Frameworks says about the role of narrative. Gee, if we could only dictate the prevailing Big Ideas.

        • At the moment here they will not let you in some stores that have someone at door and at others they are there handing out hospital masks to anyone without their own.

          Mine are at least fun.

          I don’t go out much these days except for supplies and to walk in different areas than around my neighborhood. Keeps my legs guessing on how hilly a given day’s course will be.

          And I mull either facts already known or upcoming posts. I never wear earphones.

          • Thank you for your research on Cusamano, who might be to Japan what Charmer is to China. I had formerly seen him as a pure ‘strategy’ guy, but obviously he is not.

            With regard to narrative generation, I am watching with interest Steve Bannon’s attempts to create a learning institution within the Catholic church that will generate a robust conservative narrative for the faith. Who would have thought it?

            For whatever one might think of Bannon, he is pretty genius on the meme generation front. Glad to see that he is looking a whole lot less alcoholic these days, too.

  7. Robin, please look into Bill Gates’ confabulations about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Recent testimony of victims indicates Gates had significant contact with Epstein dating back to the mid-90’s. Household staff of Epstein have stated that Gates was present at dinner parties in Paris, and met with Epstein on at least three occasions at his NYC property. Also, Gates’ “science advisor” was named as a trustee of the Epstein estate. Epstein had connections with two individuals associated with the Wuhan lab, or China-financed research, Clark and Lieber.

    Consider, please, as you do your on-line yoga exercises, how/why an individual described by the victims’ counsel, Brad Edwards, as having been “the most prolific pedophile in U.S. history”, was given access to secure facilities at Harvard, and presumably, MIT. Please look into the “Project of Evolutionary Dynamics”, which was financed by Epstein and fronted by Martin Nowak. It has been reported that Epstein visited the site of this ‘research’ (located off the Harvard campus) at least 40 times; that he was accompanied by young female assistants each time; that he gave Nowak a list of names of Harvard faculty he wanted to meet; that these individuals were introduced by Nowak to Epstein at the PED facility. BTW, the “Project for Evolutionary Dynamics” as titles go, and aside from the unfortunate ACRONYM, sounds really Erhardian.

    • I accept all that but that can’t be my area of focus. That would fit though with Gates financing David Christian and his Big History.

      It’s a bit like when someone wants me to look into Masonry. Not enough hours in the day even if it is relevant.

      • Understood, but one thing I have discovered in my investigation of Erhard and connections is, yes, we are talking about ideology and transformational learning frameworks, BUT, we are also talking about something that operates a lot like organized crime.

        Consider, too, the ‘foundation’ thing. A ‘Leadership Studies’ department at HBS was endowed by: The Wexner Foundation (administered by Jeffrey Epstein); The Dubin Foundation (Glen Dubin is seen by many as a collaborator of Epstein’s; Epstein ‘dated’ the women who became his wife; and had a ‘step-father’-type relationship with the Dubin’s daughter); The Bill George Foundation (George has been actively collaborating with Werner Erhard for many years), George and Michael Jensen are connected through that same conduit.

        Consider the connections between Epstein and John Brockman and his stable of science minds, many of whom are attached to MIT, and Harvard.

        Were/are there any real differences (in intent) between Werner Erhard’s hosting at his Franklin St. home of dinners/discussion groups of Bay Area-based physicists, cyberneticists, social influencers — waited upon by docile female ‘est’ zombies, and Epstein’s hosting of same in his NYC home, or at the Project for Evolutionary Dynamics research facility adjacent to the Harvard campus? What is the difference between Epstein’s endowment of research projects (and sometimes through surrogates) focusing on a very specific bandwidth of inquiry, and Erhard’s financing of esoteric research conducted at Esalen? Just sayin’.

      • I am sticking to my guns! You can map the etiology of this thing, people, foundations, grants/funding, and you can shine a light on the endless, putrid, mind-numbing jargon, but — I am thinking — this kinda dignifies, makes semi-legitimate, worthy of salon-type discussions, activities, which are at their core: CRIMINAL, FRAUDULENT, TREASONOUS, and, probably, worse than all of that. At some point — and I think we are there– ONE has to stop playing ‘gotcha’, and say, “game up/over!”

        And, this is WHY I like the shadiest side of all of this, and think it is so relevant.

        With regard to your reference to “masonry”…well, I think that were you to create an executive summary of your research findings for the “common man”…the common man would say, “this stuff sounds spooky and masonic.”

        Not disagreeing with your findings in anyway, but I think that human beings who will put up with all sorts of un-truths and infringements on their freedoms, DRAW the line at certain activities, and that is when the individual and societal immune system kicks in.

        Epstein, et al. crossed every boundary of human decency that can be crossed and on EPOCH-scale. It causes me to doubt the integrity of any social contract operant in American life, and beyond. That it transpired over decades makes the U.S. look worse and any Banana Republic I can think of.

        It really doesn’t matter that research and discussion of ‘it’ are consigned to alternative people — the crimes are, what they are.

        I think it was Putin who said something to the effect that: “a society that no longer protects its children, is not long for this world.”

  8. Oh dear, it looks like the George Floyd agenda has backfired. The Irish have broken their quarantines and social distancing regimes to take to the streets in the thousands to protest police brutality in the U.S. That is ONE way to get out of the house.

    • Thanks Deborah. I had not seen that. I knew there was traffic coming from somewhere.

      Mentally and linguistically disarmed is a fancier phrase than Mind Arson, but both are quite true. We are to know and believe as we are told.

  9. “I work for Black Lives Matter, and the CEO of that company has told me to come out today and bring you on your knees because you have white privilege…”

  10. I have been thinking about how to adapt a narrative creation model to the needs of TECH firm in Japan, so the mechanics of storytelling and narrative creation are on my mind.

    These PEOPLE, our social engineers, are BIG on this. Now metaphor is the foundation, right? Something is ‘like’ something else; the mind fills in the dots. I keep thinking WHY resurrect the Kaepernick ‘knee’ thing…thought that had been gone for awhile.

    Really, though, what amazes me about this whole cycle is the ‘lack’ of novelty…even the virus isn’t novel, really. And, we couldn’t have an impeachment based on facts or the lack thereof, it had to be ‘like’ Watergate; the virus had to be ‘like’ the Spanish Flu, ‘so-called’; the riots have to be ‘like’, what? Rodney King…and, the harassment of ‘Whites’, so-called, has to be ‘like’ S.A. circa 1980. Nothing is original.

    Do you think they are using AI, big data, social media to design this stuff. I would think that humans would have more creativity? Maybe, not these humans.

    One thing I might look at is Game of Thrones as a programming tool…super violent and degenerate…

    • I have also been thinking about perceptual divides; that the people who are mindlessly destroying the property and livelihoods of the social identity group they purport to be empathizing with, are not perceiving the same world we are.

      I used to wonder about the absolute lack of interest, any sense of wonder, my interns displayed in their encounter of a magnificent and exotic global city. I guess the city wasn’t ‘equal’.

      The academics I hosted stood in the most magnificent Japanese garden in full sakura flower, an absolutely magical place, and declared it, “not at good as a strip of Cherry Blossoms on a roadside in D.C., or, maybe, it was no better, no worse — the same, ‘equal’.

      A four-star restaurant meal, of handmade pasta made from flour imported from a hillside is Tuscany was no better, no worse that Chef Bohardi….

      This is what it WAS, everything, everyone had to be ‘equal’, or OPPRESSED and waiting to be ‘equal’.

      Kind of a living, perceptual death, really.

    • It’s Donald Schon’s work–the Generative Metaphor. Remember our MIT Urban Planning prof who did Action Research theorizing with Chris Argyris?

      The facts get in the way of the desired narrative, which is why they go for the cuddly pictures of people who could and did behave like thugs in everyday life with all too much frequency. The visuals say it couldn’t be their own behavior that was the but-for in all this. The UN crowd that circles around Bill and Melinda Gates sent me toward a Hans Gosling book called Factfulness. Lo and behold he, a Swede who died in 2017, mentions that the world feared the next contagion it had no vaccine for. Like the death of George Floyd, these were plans to deal with a purported pandemic that serve other purposes.

      • One commentator I enjoy is predicting the next trauma will be perceived ‘alien invasion’. The stuff is getting pretty far-fetched, though. I will look into the “Generative Metaphor” — sounds ‘kinky’, and speaking of, Charles Murray in searching for an explanation as to why people worlds away from MNPLS, and with a world of pain of their own, feel the need to experience emotional paroxysms related to the death of George Floyd… suggested their is a sado/maso thing going on.

        There were protests in Osaka, Japan — ‘peaceful’ — mostly ‘white’ people expressing self-contempt.

        My favorite story is of a planned Antifa ‘protest’ in Placerville, CA, which is redneck country, or used to be. The Hells Angels showed up with baseball bats and the ‘protest’ was hastily cancelled. I think most of those guys are ex-military. Didn’t they act as security at the inauguration? You know, the Japanese never even considered invading the U.S. mainland.

        I am interviewing you favorite Appreciative Inquiry guy, tomorrow.

  11. This is part one of an expose of how the radical environmentalists laid the groundwork methodically and carefully over years for the riots in Minneapolis. They did it through training of middle and high schoolers, among others, and with the collaboration of international training organizations and “private intelligence and military contractors.” Virtually every sector of Minneapolis public life was involved (see the section where a cop is featured in a training session.) Having pallets of bricks magically appear out of nowhere no longer appears such an amazing feat in view of what is being revealed here.

    • Robin, Deborah…thanks, for these resources.

      Couple of things. The academics I referred to above, the acolytes of Soros, were attached to UST, MINNEAPOLIS, MN. Also, the University of Minnesota is a name that frequently comes up in the annals of MK-you know what. Think, too, a very large population of Somali refugees was settled in, or near MNLPS. Wonder if these folks have military experience as was the case with the Pakistani refugees Obama gave asylum, too.

      AOC is worse that cringe-worthy. I

      • U of Minnesota comes up in the last chapter of CtD. The vision Harlan Cleveland laid out. I remember the part about the Hubert Humphrey School and the vision of neither capitalism or communism as traditionally understood.

        It’s also where the idea of the cooperative commonwealth was hatched. I haven’t described that at ISC in a while but I believe it still has a tag. ISC is about 8 years old now. That’s a lot of writing.

        • The ‘release of prisoners’ and including sex offenders ‘thing’, occasioned by the FAKE virus really deserves SERIOUS attention. In my head, it kinda echoes the so-called Epstein sweet-heart deal via which a prolific you-know-what is not only NOT incarcerated for his crimes, but is provided with sheriff’s deputies who ferry him to his office, and look the other way while he re-offends. This is not very egalitarian.

          Given that so very much of the global political ‘dialogue’ seemed to be fixated on the evils of authoritarianism; and this now includes in the U.S., the function of policing communities, the imposition of ANY kind authority or interdiction, even if this only means helping old ladies cross the street, we gotta ask WHAT kinds of activities are being facilitated. When you disable the positive and protective aspects of so-called patriarchy, what are you enabling?
          Since this way of assessing people and cultures seems to have been shaped by the super-dodgy “Authoritarian Personality” research sponsored by yet another Macy Conference, I decided, a while back to take that assessment, and to see what my own ‘F’ scale rating was; pretty low, actually.

          In doing so, though, I noticed what I thought was a REALLY odd question:

          [13] Sex crimes, such as rape and attacks on children, deserve more than mere imprisonment; such criminals ought to be publicly whipped, or worse.

          Well, if you look at Epstein’s assessment of his own crimes as being no more consequential than the “stealing of a bagel”, and you look at the alacrity with which certain states released CHOMOS into locked-down communities, I think we might have to equate anti-authoritarianism with positive attitudes toward child abuse; which, maybe, has assumed a rainbow of new forms from Tranny Storybook Hour, to graphic sex education programs delivered to pre-pubescent children; or their being sexualized by Les Wexner’s tween clothing lines.

          I have always thought that the election of Trump was primarily owing to the drop of creepy DNC emails by Wikileaks at a specific juncture, and that the content of these was circulated in, became accessible to, communities that have typically voted Democrat, e.g. Hispanic Catholics in swing states; the AMISH.

          My sense from personal experience is that question “13” on the Adorno ‘F’ scale is a disingenuous one…and that WHAT THIS, TRUMP, and the endlessly morphing COVID-19 Trump take-down strategy is all about is protecting the ‘rights’ child abuse networks to keep offending. And, that is not very egalitarian.

          I think this ‘bunch’ would happily savage a global economy, heck, they already have, to conceal their crimes and to, as one of many agendas, edge human cultures toward the acceptance of, and wide scale practice of their own perversion.

          I think this is their ‘religion’ and has been for aeons, and I think that they just want to practice it, openly, and without fear of reprisal, and for whatever else was on the table in the 2016 election, THAT was the salient issue.

          And, I will tell you what I saw, heard in my ‘professional’ world, well, I will tell you that we used to talk about client needs and issues, as you would in a ‘service’ profession, but over time, cohort conversations seemed to shift, first, to equity issues, and once there, descended into a sort of Tourette’s syndrome of gay and pedo gutter talk. I have a pretty good idea ‘who’ is driving this in my little world, and what are the reward structures related to active participation or just keeping one’s mouth shut.

          I am pretty sure that the ‘equity’ agenda colors most/all of the sciences, now, including mathematics and physics.

          Maybe my inner ‘F’ is coming out, no doubt, but I think it is important to identify the ‘CORE’ issue.

          I am kinda laughing thinking about counsel the so-called ‘alt-rightist’ Vox Day offers for dealing with the social justice crowd — and he should know. He says that since you can always count on this bunch to double-down with the labeling and name calling, cut to the chase; call them ‘pedophiles’.

          My mind is also waxing to a trip made long ago to Wuhan, China (among other destinations), and a tour taken, there, of Mao’s summer residence. Our Chinese guide did not restrict himself to translating the ‘official text’ provided for visitors…he told us that Mao Zedong was a prolific pedophile, and it was at this facility that he got up to the worst of these activities, and with his buddies;..actually, I think ‘hebephile’ is the proper designation, the 11-14 year-old thing. He also told us that Mao was a Yale’y. Probably, and I must say you do, meet the best ‘conspiracy theorists’ in the PRC. ‘We’ need to found a global, quadra-lateral commission of ‘conspiracists’.

          My Japanese haircutter is one…and, I never question the wisdom of haircutters. A few days ago, he posed a series of cosmic questions as he gave me a ‘free’ for members of our order cut/style. It went like this:

          On a scale of FAKE’NESS, how do you rate the following:

          1) SARS vs. COVID-19?
          2) COVID-19 and sequelae, and 3/11?

          DAMN, this was tough!

          In a sense, SARS was the bigger scam in that it crippled ASIAN economies, whilst actually killing a mere 800 souls, or so.

          3/11, what to say…a HUGE FAKE’NESS factor in the Richter/Shindo jimmy’ing…and, then you have the ultimate human extinction event in Fukushima, which even, carpet chewing Greta Thunberg seems to have forgotten about. “Shame on you, shame on you all!!!”

          311 was real, and unreal…just like COVID-19. Something killed a whole lot of people on that day…and the aftershocks were certainly REAL…and, the nuke terror was more than real…but, many, here, have this abiding sense it was not ‘real’, or, rather, the event was not as advertised.
          Thinking, there are parallels, though, REALLY, in the sense that with both COVID-19, and 311 NUKE DOOM, we have a peril that can never go away.

          So, really, a tough decision. FYI, my 6’2″, tattoo’d from head to toe, and body by Adonis, Japanese haircutter, worked through the whole lock-down, road his Harley up to his shop, looked at his disparaging neighbors, and said, “Bite me”…

          I repeat, we need to move this discussion beyond tracking the perfidy of the perfidious — they have been up to this shite for thousands of yeas, and onto VISION’ing ‘our’ free-ot-them future.

          • Just saw this and thought it might interest you. This Friday, June 12. https://techonomy.com/2020/06/understanding-the-hype-machine/

            Sinan Aral is a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, and directs its Initiative on the Digital Economy and the Social Analytics Lab. His major new book The Hype Machine, coming in September, explains how social media changes who we know, what we do, and even how we think. As the world relies even more heavily on social media during Covid-19 and the upsurge against racism and police violence, he will help us understand what it means, and what individuals, companies, and society should do differently.

            “Even how we think”–yes and it’s all quite intentional, which is why there is so much censorship of what can be on social media platforms at all.

            Given bill’s ties to epstein over the years and the lolita express, do you think any of this would have come out if hillary had won in 2016 as expected? Trump winning upset that apple cart, which clearly relied on complicit politicians.

          • Oh yeh, here is why we think 3/11 is FAKE, FAKE…

            Grow up in CA, and/or live in the Ring of Fire and you get to know ‘them’…everything about ‘them’…sometimes they ‘roll’ and sometimes there are sharp horizontal cracks, and you can hear them. The majority of quakes last about 20-30 seconds, and they CAN do a lot of damage in that little time. I think the KOBE quake, which killed so many, and flattened a city was of very brief duration.

            What they DO NOT do is to last 5.20 minutes…and produce a particular sound frequency that on 3/11 was picked up on satellites, is associated with certain kinds of weapons.

            They don’t cause 100 gallon aquariums to sort of vaporize before one’s eyes, to shatter like a glass does when an opera singer hits a certain note. And, they don’t cause objects, heavy one’s, to float in mid-air, or to chase humans around their kitchens. We ALL have stories like this.

            One woman told me that her refrigerator seemed to be animated and it ‘chased’ her around her kitchen.

            I met a Guyanese student who said he was on the Ginza subway line when it hit. He said his railcar…and they weigh a LOT, floated inside the tunnel for a protracted period of time before crashing back on its track. He described how there was enough purchase between railcar and track for the driver to inch the thing forward, sparks flying, and to reach a station platform. This person told me he became ‘a Christian’ after that.

            Thing is, though, you cannot have this kind of force, and the Richter/Shindo readings w/o major damage to structures, however, well-built.

            I trust my gut, and when I decided that I would rather die in the street than be crushed alive in my apartment…when I opened my door…I expected to see a flattened neighborhood, or close to…and, everything was completely ‘in tact’ save a few tiles off roofs. This thing was so bad that grown men, including a few Western CEO’s, pissed their pants in public and prayed to a God they had never met.

            The pavement, firmament was liquid for days…it was like being on a cruise ship…when I arrived in CA, ten days after the event, I was treated with Dramamine.

            Little property damage, though, and Tokyo is full of shitty old wooden buildings held together with duct tape, and very little in Northern Japan, either…at the epicenter. Most victims died in the tsunami, which caught them by surprise BECAUSE this quake did not follow Quake Logos.

            On Fuku, there absolutely were many American engineers in that facility at the time the quake occurred. One described running for his life on Japanese TV. All the stories, or many about DUMB JAP incompetence, I think are pretty FAKE…’especially’ the stuff about dirty stretchers and no medical supplies for victims on-site.

            A three-reactor melt-down was announced on NHK, TV…and the reporter was shaking in his boots…there was NO cover-up…

            This NATION was begging for help.

            We really do not know how many people died…early trend forecasts estimated 100,000. We heard about whole Shinkansen trains that derailed, and fell into the sea. When I ran out of my apartment to a local rail hub, I saw in real time, and on big public screen, the tsunami sweeping for miles inland, and 100 miles to the north of Tokyo.

            What I really, remember, though, of my trek to that station was walking past the ground floor tea salon of a major hotel…which was empty, and NOT seeing even a single cup on a table disturbed. It was, surreal.

            And, of course, everybody was looking to the American Embassy for guidance and this included the Japanese, but there wasn’t any…

            After a week or so of NUKE terror, most of the embassies were handing out iodine tablets…not the U.S. embassy…few days more, virtually all embassies issued evac orders, NOT the U.S. embassy. I made that decision based on what U.S. military guys told me during a ‘shared meaning’ experience while waiting for days in our embassy to get emergency passports…them for their newly born babies, me, cause mine was buried under shit in my apartment.

            My sense was, and given who I saw on my flight out, is that the Obama W.H. provided no leadership, and these U.S. military families were just getting out, on their own. Delta Airlines was evacuating the U.S. military from Japan — shopping carts full of stuff, dogs in crates..kids in tow. On my almost last to leave flight out, were members of the Mormon church (evac’d), Ukrainian sex workers (I guess they have a union), and U.S. military families. It was on that day, I resolved to never vote Democrat, again. It was shameful!!!

            What happened with FUKU…who knows…I was told for years…that the particles were everywhere, here, and, that anyone who was proximate when the thing blew had received a very dangerous dose to the lungs. People, here, used to take all kinds of weird routes to travel to Northern Japan, on business…like take a ferry, avoid land travel…but, I think this is all, now, forgotten, as are the tens of thousands of people UP THERE, who are still living in temporary housing.

            For the conspiratorially-minded, I think 3/11 ‘red pilled’ a lot of Japanese, and it is, facetiously, called “our 911” for that reason.

            Just saying, probably time to seek ‘truth’, at whatever is the cost.

          • Yes, because they are more relevant than ever, which is probably why sales of CtD are popping up dramatically. As I have said before, the truth was available once people began to realize they needed to know and that others were not pushing an accurate portrayal.

            When my alma mater’s head sent out her version of the now ubiquitous ‘race will be the new purpose of education so all can thrive letter” the alumni director directed us to Facing History and Ourselves, which you may remember both Obamas were involved with. Sent me back to this post from when I had gotten the Teacher’s Guide. Written just after the Newtown tragedy. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/continuing-our-conversation-on-the-planned-psychologizing-of-each-student-via-the-classroom/

            It has some excellent quotes on the political utility of targeting belief systems, which is precisely why the US is being depicted as racist to its core. We are importing the features and practices used previously by Totalitarian systems as that post recognized.

          • Thinking on minneapolis reminded me that is where he did his work. It’s also the realm of Harry Boyte and his work laid out here before he earned his own tag. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/viewing-education-as-the-prime-lever-for-international-social-change-community-organizing-everywhere/

            So events in Minneapolis are being used now to generate a cry worldwide for social change at the systems level that includes people as biosocial systems. Remember when I stumbled across that as a unesco goal. We were all so much younger then and relatively naive as to where we were being forced in the name of education.

            Found this. http://www.respectfulconversation.net/harry-boyte/ Had not realized how closely he worked with Bill Clinton http://www.respectfulconversation.net/harry-boyte/

          • I think this may be the most over the top statement yest and Mindset Scholars Network is run out of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.

            Mindset Scholars Network stands in solidarity with Black people, Black Lives Matter, and all those standing up for racial justice. We recognize that there is no justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and the other Black people who have been murdered as a result of white supremacy, because they should be alive today.

            As an organization focused on research in education, we must reckon with the long-standing role of racism in our field.

            Decades of academic scholarship has shown that the education system, like policing and other American institutions, privileges whiteness and perpetuates white supremacy. 66 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation by race is upheld by legislation, judicial decisions, and individual choices. The vast majority of our educational institutions do not teach history in a way that supports students to learn about anti-Black oppression and how individuals and structures in society perpetuate it. Structures, cultures, and interactions in the K-12 and postsecondary education systems create conditions that systematically benefit white students and educators and harm their Black peers and colleagues.

            Structural racism is reflected in the foundational policies, practices, and norms of academia, which shape the knowledge that is produced and used by society. This includes who is admitted to graduate school and hired as faculty, how they are evaluated, what and who is studied, how participants are engaged, how and to whom funding is awarded, what research methods are privileged, and which articles get published and cited.

            Dominant practice in education research has taken racist, deficit-based orientations toward Black students, families, and communities, and given credence to such views in public discourse. Education research has often sought approaches that aim to remediate the skills, beliefs, and behaviors of Black students rather than address the racist structures and white attitudes and behaviors that systematically advantage and uphold white supremacy in every aspect of education: how educational institutions are funded, what is taught and assessed and how, who teaches, and how students and families are treated.

            Looking forward, how can MSN and all other organizations that support, translate, and disseminate research be leaders for anti-racist scholarship that can contribute to a just and equitable—and therefore effective—education system? We take this call to action as an organization and invite members of our community to join us in using our voices, platforms, and resources to combat racism in the spheres we influence every day and in our society as a whole.

            It feels like a Looney Tunes version of reality, except apparently those classics are being revamped too.

      • This is a rather over the top statement from the Asia Society. Remember they were started by John D Rockefeller III and I covered their global competence push in CtD.

        Police brutality in black communities is nothing new. As a young black man growing up in 1970’s Los Angeles, I felt the mix of panic and outrage when those blue lights went on. I knew I had done nothing wrong – but I also knew that wasn’t enough to keep me safe.

        Now, through the ubiquity of iPhones and YouTube, the world is witness to the literally heart-stopping terror experienced by George Floyd. In the supreme act of white supremacy, we saw police officer Derek Chauvin stop the breath and the life of this man, joined in his last seconds of consciousness across centuries with those black boys and men hung from cottonwood trees in full public display. My heart breaks for his family and for the families of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other black people assaulted by police. I share the heartfelt and righteous outrage expressed by so many over the past few days. I am especially grateful to the leaders of Black Lives Matter for making the wider world aware of what our world has been for so very long.

        George Floyd and all those victimized before him died in vain if we do not do more than emote, declare, and despair. At the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, we re-commit ourselves to transforming education to build a more just and equal society – the reason I got into education in the first place. That means continuing to spotlight how education systems and policies can serve as the foundations of structural racism. We will continue to call out, especially through international comparisons, how differences in how black children and other children marginalized by race and class are treated, resourced, and valued drive differences in academic outcomes and wellbeing. We will continue to research and report on school systems in the US and globally that have courageously taken steps to dismantle racialized systems of oppression, such as the Toronto District School Board. In partnership with other organizations, we plan to develop practical tools for education systems to self-examine how their policies and practices advance or thwart racial justice, including the inequities in distance learning exposed by the COVID-19 disruption. And we will continue to use our global platform to amplify voices of courage, insight, and innovation in speaking out and acting to eliminate racism, especially the voices of youth.

        Much of our work at the Center for Global Education at Asia Society has focused on developing students’ global competence. Core to global competence is the development of mindsets in youth in which people who are different than one’s self are not reflexively considered a threat or a target for subjugation. We will redouble our efforts to provide materials for teachers to enable black students to know their history and affirm their inherent dignity, and for all students to understand and act on racism as a personal, local, and global malignancy. We will focus especially on helping Asian and other immigrant students understand the history of American white supremacy and black resistance as context for the current protests. We will create and curate resources that enable all youth to know not just that black lives matter, but that they matter as much as their own and are equally deserving of fairness and respect from police and all other government and private sector institutions.

        And we have work to do at home. The President and senior leadership of Asia Society have committed to identify and eliminate anti-black racism and all forms of racialized oppression within our institution. We will hold ourselves accountable – full stop.

        Perhaps most of all, we commit ourselves to listen. To engage in truthful dialogue with the brightest black minds and allies, and to sit at the foot of rage and listen to communities of color. We vow to keep it real. We recognize the good intent of gestures of support like police officers and politicians taking a knee in support of protestors and black communities. It would have been such a greater act of solidarity, and of humanity, if Derek Chauvin, or just one of his fellow officers, took his knee off George Floyd’s neck.

        We really are in the realm of permissible belief systems to what is amenable to the hoped for transformation the Davis sisters laid out.

        • It is all working toward their goals. Now that kids will be schooling primarily online all that data generated will show them how much they have succeeded. All we need now are a few MRI results to confirm. When do you think that study might be available? I am guessing September maybe December. All you need is a good pandemic to force resisting factions into place.

          • Take a look at this https://d27gr4uvgxfbqz.cloudfront.net/files%2Fad3d7da2-4250-4c2c-a678-f08568c2c0ec_Concept%20Note_ISEEA2020.pdf

            MGIEP is also releasing a new paper called “Rethinking Learning: A Review of Social and Emotional Learning for Education Systems” to be released on Nelson Mandela Day in July.

            At least we really do understand what is happening, how, and why. All those things are crucial to emerging from these attempts at transformations as intact as possible.

            Stay away from Seattle.

          • I have a business associate in Seattle and he and his family have excused themselves to an ‘off-shore’ location. Seattle is Bill Gates-a-stan…

            You know me, I always like grotty — David Lynch-like-severed-human- ear found in the grass of a suburban neighborhood — interpretations of human society.

            It is said that the severed feet of 8-12 year-old boys, usually brown, wash up on the beaches of the Puget Sound with a certain regularity.

            Has anyone else noticed the uncanny resemblance between Bill Gates and, Alfred “Who Me” E. Newman?

    • https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/06/we_have_entered_a_lookingglass_world.html fits with our thoughts around here.

      As Venezuelan poet and author Fernando Baez writes in A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, “our souls persist only through language.” But when language is systematically used to be factually incorrect — Bacon’s “Idols of the Marketplace” — when words bear false significance and, deployed as substitutes for true ideas, are cemented in public and institutional discourse, our souls wither, as do the culture and the nation.

        • Oh. My. Nothing like having afactual talks with your children so they, like you, believe things that are not so. They threw the Drew Bree’s jersey away.

          https://hechingerreport.org/column-time-for-white-people-to-have-the-talk-with-their-kids/

          In the face of almost daily occurrences of racial violence against black people, there shouldn’t be one talk about police when you’re a parent — of any race. We teach our children every day to help them navigate the communities they live in. We should be talking to kids about racism in this country all the time.

          Early on, we teach them not to play with electrical outlets and to be careful near the stove. We teach them to say please and thank you, and to be nice and share. Just as organically as we teach our children to look both ways when crossing the street, we should be giving them regular, developmentally appropriate lessons about race and racism. As we’ve seen, a bad run-in with a cop can be as fatal as a car accident. Failing to have a conversation about the police killings, ensuing protests, and the pain, anxiety and anger they cause is to willfully ignore the cars coming from both sides of the street.

          In the face of almost daily occurrences of racial violence against black people, there shouldn’t be one talk about police when you’re a parent — of any race.

          No, I did not show my child the video of George Floyd’s murder, but we did talk about it in the context of the racism and white supremacy that led to it. Those ordinary lessons prepare our children for the inevitable challenges they will face directly.

          Except it wasn’t white supremacy that led to his death and teaching that it was is just a means to exploit these tragedies to push the Marxist revolution. Meanwhile so many life opportunities get stripped away, especially because the Equity mandate pushes the Psychophysiological as I recognized here. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/locking-in-marxs-dream-psychophysiological-means-precisely-what-we-fear-as-the-real-goal-of-education/

          I had put that link on the front page of that Fania Davis book The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice because that is where it takes us. Then again the author works at Brookings which partners with UNESCO around the global K-12 vision. Fits right it with the Rockefeller funded–CFSC–Communication for Social Change.

          • Oh dear, oh my, lots of thoughts.

            The overturned apple cart, as you referred to it, is a massive structure involving Bill and so many more. If the contents of that cart see the light of day, it will not be business as usual for a number of state and individual players.

            I think you can kinda see ‘what’ they are hiding by what is being advanced in their various ‘virtue’ agendas, including the focus on protecting ‘our’ children from systemic this and that. Well, yes, ‘it’ is systemic, but ‘it’ isn’t racism. Yes, there is ‘supremacist’ behavior in play, but it isn’t ‘white’. And, the values ascribed to ‘authoritarian’ people, cultures, organizational bodies are pretty bedrock to Western civ, and probably Eastern civ, if you get down to it. Also, and, strangely, I don’t even think that it is a ‘Marxist’ agenda that is being advanced. I think that is yet another layer of FAKE’NESS.

            You can see what is going on, too, in the endlessly morphing COVID-19 agenda. First, we are protecting old people. Next, we are protecting front-line medical workers, and the system’s capacity to protect old people. Next, we identify systemic racism based on the infection rates of some front-line medical workers…from there, we drop into the mix a horrific, but not ubiquitous act by a police officer…and, then, we kinda phase out the whole COVID-19 thing, because too many questions being asked.

            I am experiencing an interesting little scenario that is kinda a microcosm of it all. I have been discussing with an African American attorney (Boalt Hall) based here in Japan, abuses that occur with extreme regularity in the so-called coaching field. This person had taken an interest in that field and was trying to locate or create development solutions for international attorneys. I thought it was important to apprise him of what I had seen, and this involves systemic and industrial levels of sexual exploitation of Japanese women, and I would say, boys, by certain ‘Western’ coaches who either visit, or are on the ground, here. This guy is married to a Japanese woman, so I expected to encounter a reasonable level of concern. I didn’t find it, and I think because I think that in the social economy, the ‘power’ economy we are discussing, some groups are accorded power by granting another group the license to abuse with impunity. Economies of OPPRESSION are fluid, as I have experienced in my endless attempts to find support within the academy for research related to work conditions in ASIA. No interest, the OPPRESSED might be the right gender, but are the wrong color. So, I would say that it is pretty funny that the ‘Asia Society’ has joined in this pile on.

            I am recalling a ‘funny’ experience a few years back, and when, I now realize, the BLM thing had just been hatched. I was sitting in a room full of ‘white’ people, Japanese and Koreans and asked, don’t “All Lives Matter?” I might as well have said, “Hitler was a great guy.”

            The Davis sisters are not railing against the systemic abuse of, say, Black and Hispanic prisoners who were subjected to illicit mind control experiments, or whole communities subjected to same, and to this day. We don’t hear a word from them about their community having been targeted with a eugenics agenda, or who commissioned that. They have internalized their oppressor and will keep their mouths shut to get ‘power’ (imagined). Hello, Oprah!!!

            Honestly, the Epstein thing, even the tip of that iceberg, is WHY attention has to be diverted away from the abuse of thousands of 14 year-old blonds with high cheeks bones, and the probable murder of quite a few, and toward what end. The camera lens has to be shifted as far away from those crimes as possible. Hey, look’y here. And, this is why, too, Brett Kavanaugh was tried and found guilty by the media, but Sleepy Joe gets a free pass.

            Maybe, Voltaire’s observation about ‘power’ and how you know who has it, should be revised from the reference to ‘who’ we are not allowed to talk about, to ‘who’ is allowed to get away with literally ‘anything’, or ‘who’ is allowed to exploit ‘whose’ children.

            Who has more ‘power’, Donald J. Trump, or a repeat sex offender who gets his own office at Harvard, and/or who can swan into MIT with a gaggle of sex slaves on his arm? Too bad Foucault is not still around to document this stuff.

            Maybe, too, power lies in the ability disparage, debase and shit all over institutional power brands like Harvard. I mean that must be fun, right?

            Merely attaining the role of Dean or President of an institution is not really a sufficient ‘display’, when one can mis-use and debase the institution.

            My humble little research project sought only to understand how/why an unctuous used-car dealer, bigamist, fraudster, and intellectual imposter could be, suddenly, designated as father, founder, alpha and omega of my field. See, if you have power, you can debase entire disciplines.

            I originally thought this was some quirk of the universe, that it had to do with dot.com technologies, and other ‘technologies’ being married together by unscrupulous people who just liked money a little too much.

            When the NXIVM thing broke, though, and it was revealed that, that guru had modeled his ‘program’/really business model after that of ‘another’ guru…and, then came the Tony Robbins thing, which thing was modeled after the same model…and, then there was EPSTEIN…and his academic/intelligentsia interface.

            What’s this story with H.S. grads, college drop-outs attaining wealth and ‘prestige’ by selling hack ‘technologies’, and what is the story with the ‘girls’…and, why they have to be controlled, exploited and, in some cases, starved into a particular shape?

            The sadder question is ‘why’ so many marks or dupes would find any of this attractive.

    • I had seen that as well as the overrun Seattle police station–Cascadia in Torment? We just need new ‘systems’

      With the recent death of George Floyd, America has re-engaged in a recurring dialogue about racism, equality, injustice, systematic prejudices and unconscious bias present in our society. As educators, it is imperative that as we are drawn into conversations with our family, loved ones, colleagues and the community, that we share the truths surrounding these issues and challenge others to reflect inwardly about their views regarding these facts. We must do so as our nation has approached a tipping point regarding its future on race and the development of systems that ensure equality, diversity and representation of all.

      https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-06-09-racism-consumerism-and-a-conversation-with-my-son-about-the-future-of-diversity

      • Certain demographics of individuals are being used. Brings back memories of the reading wars on the reservations.
        Did you happen to see the video yesterday of the police officer letting the media have it pretty good over lies about parents worried their kids will be attacked by an officer on their way home from school?

        • No, but I find all the deceit to be heartbreaking. Some of the techniques I write about were piloted in the 80s on the apache and navajo reservations along with Hawaiian natives. It would become the book Rousing Minds to Life.

          This has been such an amazing country and these people are listening to documented lowlifes like Sharpton (I am old enough to remember Tawana Brawley) and treating poor Floyd like some kind of totem in that horse drawn carriage and gold casket. It felt like Evita and a cult of personality with her clear casket.

          • I lived on Oahu in the 80’s and was in grade school. The only white child, blonde and blue eyes in a classroom full of locals. Life was not easy. Certain factions of locals do not take kindly to haole kids in their environment.

            Thanks for the reminder of the book name. I could not recall what it was!

  12. Add “struggle sessions” to the mix of aberrant behaviors erupting again . . .

    “The model at work here is the Chinese Cultural Revolution, with its mass “struggle sessions” in which anyone deemed insufficiently sympathetic to the proletariat, or thought to have an excessively bourgeois lifestyle, was subjected to public humiliations, paraded through the streets, assaulted, denounced, and put on display as objects of scorn. Often these struggle sessions ended in false confessions and pleas for mercy.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/04/the-struggle-sessions-are-here-and-theyre-not-going-away/

    • Kumbaya.

      https://www.edutopia.org/article/guide-equity-and-antiracism-educators

      I am adding this from an ASCD email today. Remember the Enschede conference we covered in CtD?

      If we are to build on the momentum of the past week to dismantle systemic racism, schools and classrooms must be co-conspirators in the fight for racial equity. This email presents a curated selection of our recent articles on race and equity that we have unlocked so that all educators can equip themselves with key knowledge and resources to press for change in their communities.

      Since our founding more than 75 years ago, ASCD has been an organization dedicated to the proposition that equity matters—and that education must be for all children. We are committed to supporting individuals, school leaders, and frontline workers in this ongoing work to ensure that schools lay the foundation for necessary change.

      This link certainly puts SEL into its true purpose. http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education_update/apr19/vol61/num04/Why_We_Can't_Afford_Whitewashed_Social-Emotional_Learning.aspx?utm_source=marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Multi-Product&utm_campaign=Multi-RacialJusticeResources-060820

      Social-emotional learning (SEL) skills can help us build communities that foster courageous conversations across difference so that our students can confront injustice, hate, and inequity. SEL refers to the life skills that support people in experiencing, managing, and expressing emotions, making sound decisions, and fostering interpersonal relationships. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines five core SEL competencies, including self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. These competencies seamlessly lend themselves to preventing violence and to building a more peaceful world…We can no longer avoid discussing topics that make us uncomfortable. Our students, incessantly inundated with divisive rhetoric and reports of premeditated acts of violence (or even themselves targets of violence), don’t have that luxury. SEL has tremendous potential to create the conditions for youth agency and civic engagement and, ultimately, social change. We owe our students an education that centers on their lives and explicitly addresses the sociopolitical context. This will not only prepare our students to engage civically and peacefully across difference, but also to become the changemakers and leaders we need.

      The author works for a center that ties to James Comer’s work, which was originally funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

  13. Just informed of the ‘new normal’. Arrive at client site 15 minutes early. Sterilize hands and upper arms with alcohol gel. Gargle for 2.5 minutes with anticeptic mouthwash, wear grade II surgical mask. This will be FOREVER.

    • I found the old Otto Scharmer posts where he laid out what he called Capitalism 3.0 and its need for new mental models. He wanted a “new coordination mechanism” other than private choice. It would need to “create collective action from shared attention and common will.” Precisely what the Pandemic hype and these manipulated race riots create.

      In order from February 2013 we have http://invisibleserfscollar.com/aspiring-to-create-new-habits-of-mind-and-mental-models-suitable-for-a-new-culture-society-and-economy/ where I also talk about Donals Schoen and Generative Metaphors.

      Then http://invisibleserfscollar.com/who-needs-pitchforks-to-get-political-and-economic-revolution-education-and-time-will-do-fine/

      Note too that the Shoshana Zuboff also discussed is the author now of a newer book Surveillance Capitalism.

      • Well, the ‘mask’ thing is a very evident display, here, of common will, though I think quite a few people don’t believe in the virus, or don’t believe the mask is protective.

        Probably useful to think of ‘other’ rationals for the ‘mask’, e.g. it obscures facial expressions, non-verbal communication; it looks like a ‘gag’, too. Also, if you are fomenting riots and do not want the faces of the fomenters to be recognizable, masks are handy. There is some super sloppy stuff being revealed in the organization of these things, but, mostly, it is coming out of audio feeds.

        On another note, I have been thinking about a certain organization I used to work for and its 170 Ph.D’s coming pretty much out of one school at the University of Minnesota. Some of these people were sort of ‘normal’…had just chosen a particular line of study, and work, BUT many were not ‘normal’, and WHY would one organization want so many redundant skills sets, and redundant educational experience? I mean the jokes about, “how many Ph.D’s does it take to screw in a lightbulb”, took on new meaning. They are really easy to control, though, and to point at different things.

        One oddity I noticed with this bunch was their propensity for sitting on the boards of client organizations. I would think there would be HUGE conflicts of interests. Also, there was a lot of “smartest guy in the room” behavior, which is never the mark of the truly intelligent. Funny stuff, too, as in the “smartest guys in the room” experienced paroxysms of joy at the thought of being invited to Bentonville, to presumably hang out with hayseed retailer types. These were the people who developed assessment tools that could either identify and promote, or identify and weed out actual leaders, in ANY organization or group.

  14. STOP THE PRESSES — we are experiencing and outbreak of “yellow supremacism” in Japan. As is usually the case in times of disaster, our glorious PM announces special measures to protect the well-being of the masses, and in the case of this disaster, these included forbearance of rent payments among the COVID-19 unemployed. We note, though, that not “all lives matter”, and these edicts only apply to the chosen — so “foreigners” are in great numbers being thrown on their asses out of the tiny apartments they have been incarcerated in for the last two months.

    Douglas Murray made a great point the other day. He noted that people who seem to take such a great interest in “slavery”, seem to only care about that phenomenon as it occurred in a specific culture, hundreds of years ago. Whereas, if “slavery” is the issue, one would think there would be passionate concern about that which is occurring in N. Africa and the pandemic of sex trafficking. If the issue is “racism”, what about the systemic bias of the Japanese, the Chinese, many ‘ese’s?

    Also, was it not the case that when Howard Zinn was excoriating the treatment of Native Americans on reservations in the U.S., members of his tribe were buying up their gaming rights? Just sayin’.

    • More indications the revolution has commenced with the Pandemic and George Floyd just the awaited leverage points. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/becoming-solutionary/202006/why-2020-could-turn-out-be-gamechanger?eml=

      Plus no way was this report just rolled out. Notice all the references to systems working together for a common purpose. Just like people with a Tranzi OBE targeting KSAVE at a physiological level intends to do. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/connecting-the-brain-to-the-rest-of-the-body-early-childhood-development-and-lifelong-health-are-deeply-intertwined/

      LL and I have been watching where this Social Determinants of Health and Health in all polices and Adverse Childhood Experiences rhetoric was headed. Now it joins with systemic racism to ‘close the gap’ via government interventions.

      https://e360.yale.edu/features/unequal-impact-the-deep-links-between-inequality-and-climate-change pulls it into climate change which was always simply another excuse to intervene at a higher level of BEST–Bioecological Systems Theory put out by our Soviet psych exchange student Urie Bronfenbrenner, who later headed the APA.

      • They seem to be using/creating a grab bag of leverage points — systemic racism, gender identity, climate change. I looked into Bronfenbrenner and note the V.A. hospital connection, Head Start connection, bio-ecology system connection. I also note his mother’s maiden name was ‘Price’, though that is probably not here nor there.

        I have been thinking a LOT about the system that I live inside, what it has produced, what is EVIDENT every time we have a major blow-out crisis, here. I would sum this up as a complete lack of human agency & human empathy — what would normally move people to help each other, or to interact in a compassionate way is GONE, or never existed; the ‘system’ takes care of everything, and if it doesn’t, one has not properly engaged in the system. And, this causes me to consider the bizarre dilemma of Japanese who cannot really re-integrate into the ‘system’ even after a relatively brief expat assignment, or the phenomenon by which a completely a different personality emerges during international travel. I used to think this was ‘c’ultural thing, and it is, just not culture as one usually construes it…this is the process thing, too, as in “cannot find Hokkaido w/o a map”; and this is the early education thing that fuses the individual into group as a positive, yet completely passive actor, the relationship thing, or anti-relationship thing…why human relationships NEVER deepen; friendships, common interest group interactions, family relationships are threatening to the ‘system’ — undo it, in a sense. The system is becoming ever more global and I can observe it when like minds meet across borders — actually, they don’t experience borders. The ‘church’ in the West, and even here, throws a wrench in the works because it posits a different kind of relatedness — why we have the first in its history stand-down, why this was so important.

        I used to co-habitate with a group for French polytechnic students, very high-end math guys, engineering types and we would often discuss systemic social programming. They maintained that there were too many variables in the system, which I suppose we could call this the ‘natural world, natural order of things’ to fully control it with the boot on the human face, forever. I guess the Yellow Vest stuff across Europe was one of those variable, BUT…

        On the empathy thing…I was querying my sell-appointed survival buddy (during this THING) about ‘how’ people can really be there for other human beings. We have been discussing this in depth…and, my conclusion is that most people in these ‘matured’ systems have no idea. Being there for each other, could entail all kinds of activities undesirable to the state.

        Wondering if the focus on so-called childhood trauma — and I say ‘so-called’ because I don’t think they give a rat’s ass or that they actually engineer childhood trauma — relates to the ‘epigenetics’ thing…it must, right?

        The empathy deficit is really the most pronounced and disturbing feature. That said, we also have the phenomenon of empathy misplaced — the global solidarity movements related to tragic, or contrived tragic experience of individual humans or small groups. This has been played over and over again. What was Stalin’s comment about the death of an individual being a tragedy, whereas the death of a million individuals is a statistic?

        Finally, what I would say is that all the virtue talk, and goodness talk is coming out of the mouths of complete psychopaths, or their surrogate psychopaths. I have met quite a few of them in my field.

        • We are not the only ones thinking of Mao and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/06/theres-an-effort-to-get-me-fired-at-cornell-for-criticizing-the-black-lives-matter-movement/#more-320818

          We are living in extraordinarily dangerous times, reminiscent of the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, in which professors guilty of wrongthink were publicy denounced and fired at the behest of students who insisted on absolute ideological orthodoxy. It’s a way of instilling terror in other students, faculty, staff, and society, so that others shut up and don’t voice dissenting views. We are seeing monuments destroyed in Taliban-fashion because they represent an uncomfortable history, movies and TV shows cancelled, and individuals disappeared from employment due to even the slightest deviation from the prevailing political culture.

          This is not going to end well unless people of good conscience, who support black lives but not the Black Lives Movement as it was founded and currently operates, to speak up and refuse to cower in fear.

          By the way, Brookings launched this today https://www.brookings.edu/blog/how-we-rise/2020/06/11/systemic-racism-and-america-today/

          They coordinate with the Rockefeller agnda since that is who founded them so we have this being used to get to the vision laid out at Bellagio in 1968 on how to backwards map from the desired future.

          This is all basically about subjugating everyone, but the politically connected, to political will. All over the world.

          • Who are, what is the proletariate is always shifting, but the mechanism remains the same.

            Victor David Hanson did a nice analysis of the current behavior as being Jacobinian.

            On faculty witch hunting, a good commentator on this is Darrell Hamamoto, formerly a U.C. Davis professor. He has also done interesting work related to how Asian Americans have been used as pawns in this agenda.

          • The Catholic scholar, and canon lawyer, Timothy Gordon, was just fired by the Catholic H.S. he taught at to support his six children — wrong-think.

          • From Harvard B School–

            In a week that focused on “reopening the economy,” everyone has become keenly aware that there is more than one pandemic affecting U.S. lives and local economies. As the American Psychological Association has declared, “we are living in a racism pandemic” too. World leaders are weighing in. The United Nations has urged action from U.S. authorities.

            No matter your racial, political, or other identity, these events are almost impossible to escape. In particular, millions of Black people and their allies are hurting. And these issues are not ones that organizations or their leaders — from CEOs at the top of the hierarchy to team managers on the frontline — can ignore.

            While conventional diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives focus on employee engagement and belonging, today’s challenges reach far beyond marginalization in the workplace. We now see and hear Black people who are suffering from the weight of dehumanizing injustice and the open wound of racism that has been festering for centuries. Black leaders like Robert Sellers, the University of Michigan’s vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, are openly sharing their feelings of exasperation. Blogs like Danielle Cadet’s caution readers that “Your black colleagues may look like they’re okay – chances are they’re not.” Another social media message that has gone viral really struck us: “There are black men and women in Zoom meetings maintaining ‘professionalism,’ biting their tongues, holding back tears and swallowing rage, while we endure attacks from a pandemic and police. Understand and be mindful.”

            https://hbr.org/2020/06/u-s-businesses-must-take-meaningful-action-against-racism

            They are trying to recall a city council meber in a city nearby because his view that All Lives Matter is offensive. This is Maoist GroupThink where everyone must adhere to a single view and disregard disparate collections of facts inconsistent with the sought narrative, as your scholar Timothy Gordon apparently also learned.

  15. Speaking of Jacobins, I overlooked perhaps the most iconic prison break in history when we were talking about how revolutionaries open the prisons — the Bastille!

    • https://undark.org/2020/06/04/covid-19-humanities/ doesn’t intend to be so illuminating, but it really lays out the use of conceptual frameworks as Knowledge in the 21st century and how the categories of thought shift actually works.

      As I read it, I thought about the Rockefeller Foundation launching this shift back in 1980. It also ties to what the Bradley Commission on History was really doing with ‘history standards’. Now part of the Stanford SHEG work that is also a database with George Mason. Thinking like a Historian, indeed.

      Or using children’s books to teach “Literary Theory’.

      • The American father of a bi-racial child, age 8, at the American School in Japan told me he received instructions to have a talk with his daughter about racism in America and George Floyd. This guy is suffering from a rare cancer acquired in his military service to AMERICA

    • Well, speaking of Jacobin-style ‘revolutions’, don’t they always pivot around blaming everything on a male authority figure, the king, the tzar, Donald Trump?

      In that kings, tzars, and American presidents have considerably less POWER than is popularly imagined it seems that the hated figure just becomes the personification of the culture, itself. Then, there is the question of monarchy (or facsimiles thereof) and oligarchy.

      • Just had an interesting conversation with a partner who is living blocks away from the “New Autonomous Zone”. He dismissed this development as being a source of concern…just a few extremists. Also, got a lengthy lecture on systemic racism and how this is an excuse for pretty much any behavior. Was also told that politics is too complicated and we have to think in terms of ‘morality’.

        • Precisely what that new ISEE assessment will be looking for in schoolchildren all over the globe. Not a coincidence. Plus I worked on this yesterday, just out from the complementary OECD

          Public authorities from all levels of government increasingly turn to Citizens’ Assemblies, Juries, Panels and other representative deliberative processes to tackle complex policy problems ranging from climate change to infrastructure investment decisions. They convene groups of people representing a wide cross-section of society for at least one full day – and often much longer – to learn, deliberate, and develop collective recommendations that consider the complexities and compromises required for solving multifaceted public issues.

          https://read.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/innovative-citizen-participation-and-new-democratic-institutions_339306da-en#page1 The systemic racism hype and economic uncertainty generated by the Pandemic are the kind of ‘Global Challenges’ that must now be solved by Deliberative Democracy showing new ways to create “collective public decisions should be taken in the 21st century.” Think how well the minds created via Tranzi OBE with their Big Ideas training grounded in visuals, emotions, and virtual reality will play to this agenda to get “new ways to find common ground and take action.”

          Democracy is apparently no longer just about elections and anyone impacted by disparity should seek redress via Tyranny of the Majority decreeing what must be done via public policy. Made me think ( I went on a walk after getting bad news about how the Lockdown seems to be adversely affecting the most healthy residents the most lonely from the quarantine) about Ervin Laszlo’s Organized Society laid out in the 70s. These so-called systemic injustices become the excuse for the organizing all the ways down to hearts and minds via K-12 education.

          • I have had something on my mind that I would appreciate your feedback on. The, to my mind, gapping cracks in Japanese society stand out in relief during these mega disasters. One of these is the absence of a functional legal system. Robin, you may be interested to know that Japan is the one nation in which foreign international law firms out-earn, out-perform their domestic international counterparts, which are really just translation mills.

            This is also a country in which ‘citizens’ believe they live in a democracy because they can express their opinions, but they, of course, rarely express dissenting opinions.

            I mean we are talking hive mind, and highly evolved.

            So, for foreigners, here, or at least this one, I have sometimes taken what are legal issues to other bodies (a counseling center, the ‘church’) to at least get some perspective on them, and if nothing else, a MORAL verdict.

            And, it has been through these efforts that I have experienced what is described above, meaning that legal frameworks, or bodies of law — even fake ones — are simply ignored and you have say the ‘therapy’ collective asserting itself as a solution. Professional boundaries completely collapse and the ‘problem’ is rendered a ‘social’ one; or I should say one of the individual’s ability to ADAPT.

            And, I cannot underemphasize the scope this can take. One thing I can report that is that we often say that Japan has the safest pubic spaces in the world, but one can get raped, bludgeoned, defrauded, sky’s the limit, in the workplace and NO BODY will do a think about it.

            I used to know a coach, here, who described her mission as being, “to relieve human suffering in the workplace.” Really, all you can do…

            Remove the ‘rule of law’, and what you have left is mob rule in the workplace.

            Hope this makes sense.

    • I was not familiar with his work or his wife’s http://www.aamindell.net/worldwork and obviously the Australian paper is tied to the UN entities formally, but all these people are trying to reorient the internalized KSAVE that will control future decision making, motivation to act, and interpretation of daily experiences. It is consciousness itself being targeted, which is probably why someone like Professor Jacobson at Cornell Law documenting factual errors that misportray who did what and the precipitating events themselves must be silenced.

      Found this as well that others may be interested in. https://www.deepdemocracyinstitute.org/deep-democracy-explained.html Notice the reference too to aboriginal wisdom, just like what Fania Davis is pushing along with reparations as the solution. That integral worldview we know Tranzi OBE can be programmed to deliver.

      • Well, they are just messing with language, again, because “democracy”, deep, or, otherwise, entails the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes, and to determine who shall have power and for what purpose. It does not entail the creation of a “consensual reality”, which may, or may not, be fact-based.

        • It does now apparently. Remember my old post about the Rockefeller Foundation financing CFSC–Communication For Social Change? Same principle and practices from what I can see. Also remember they are now working with UNESCO to make the control of decision making the point of education globally. Remember my post about their financing work into examining and altering people’s ‘anticipatory assumptions’?

          Began in 2014 IIRC at their lovely Bellagio facility.

          • I guess what I am saying comes in the light of ever-escalating tensions — street level. Japanese firms, owing to consensus-based perceptual and decision-making processes, are hobbled in responding to just about everything. They have LOW situational awareness.

            Low situational awareness also characterized most of my student interns, those coming out of U.S. universities.

            I wonder how this deficit will impact the ability of individuals who feel compelled to express their social justice agendas in a physical way to defend their persons and their GROUP.

          • I had listened to the Orthodox scholar, Mathew Rafael Johnson, talk about the loose purchase on any kind of truth that most people cultivate — that the average bloke, will adhere to any TRUTH he thinks advances his personal interests.

            So, I watched or this behavior, TODAY, and saw it FLORID in Nihon…and, in our grand COVID-19 communal sense-making endeavor.

            TOTAL INSANITY, and excuse for EVERYTHING…corporate lunacy, real estate lunacy…story is, Japanese people have discovered ‘how much fun it is to work at home’…so, this will continue this activity, ad infinitum…

            To be clear, and I checked the STATS; to date, 927 people in a nation of 137,000,000 have succumbed to the CORONAVIRUS. I have a pretty good idea, that there were more fatalities associated in the same period, with auto-erotic asphyxiation, gel fingernail-associated infections, and WORKPLACE suicides…conducted ‘remotely’…than are attached to COVID-19.

            I seem to be a sort of DODO bird, like the last homo-rationalasis on this island.

            PLEASE HELP!!!

  16. I actually had a similar LUNATIC conversation a year ago, when a Chinese, PRC person, and, a member of my U.S. educational brainwashing cohort, reported to me that “research has indicated” that Chinese people PREFER a consumer experience that contains NO HUMAN ELEMENTS…so, this would mean that, if given a choice, the average Chinese consumer, who lives in a consummate MERCHANT culture, as do I, would prefer to eliminate all the little human touches in the merchant experience…

    I was told that THE CHINESE CONSUMER wishes NO HUMAN CONTACT in his/her experience, and wishes only to select HIS/HER purchases…to pay cash-lessly, and to leave the HORID place ASAP.

    Well, I will confess to being a semi-autistic person, but even I GET this thing about Asian mechantilizism, and, certainly, Japanese BRAND display…

    And, it goes like this..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaV-6qerkqI

    And, I get, how much I like A HUMAN, at even my FOOD DISPENSARY UNIT treating me like a HUMAN..

    I have decided that is IS WELL PAST TIME, ROBIN, to stop playing ‘gotcha’, and to start

    well, what must be done…which, I will define as LAUGHING OUR ASSES OFF…on the soon to be formed L.O.A.O. channel.

    Do it, DO IT, NOW…

  17. Was just informed that Japanese immigration law has completely morphed in its principles and practices, and I took this in as someone who used to run, operate, manage, supervise a consulting function related to this canon.

    I’m am told, now, it is completely POST-MODERN and work permit decisions are FIAT-based; another way of saying that a first-world nation is disintegrating into a Banana Republic, compliments of COVID-19.

    I should keep posting the CDC Japan death stat, here:

    927 in a nation of 137,000,000.

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