Douglas Murray writing in Unherd describes the penalty and betrayal foisted on J.K. Rowling for having the audacity to speak about verifiable facts.

“This is because on that issue of minimal importance but maximal rage – the Trans debate – Rowling has taken the same view that the majority of the British public holds. Which is that while trans people should be afforded the same rights and dignity as everybody else, they do not have the right to redefine biological reality. Specifically, in the case of Rowling and many others, they do not have the right to redefine what a woman is.

Last week the author took exception to the use of the phrase “people who menstruate” in a news report — the headline writer clearly trying to get around having to use the increasingly triggering word “woman”. As Rowling wittily put it:

This brought the ire of trans Twitter down upon her. That whole army of people who used to be men who tell women to shut up, and the people who think they are helping trans people by pretending that biological sex doesn’t exist and that the clownfish is a suggestive comparison for the biological make-up of human beings.”

The offended feelings crew needs to f*ck off, and the sooner the better.

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Coro I/II: S A T B

 

1

 

Chorus I [S, A, T, B], Chorus II [S, A, T, B]

 

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,
Die Gemeine der Heiligen sollen ihn loben.
Israel freue sich des, der ihn gemacht hat.
Die Kinder Zion sei’n fröhlich
über ihrem Könige,
Sie sollen loben seinen Namen im Reihen;
mit Pauken und mit Harfen sollen sie ihm spielen.

 

Sing to the Lord a new song,
The congregation of the saints should praise him.
Israel rejoices in the one who made him.
Let the children of Sion be joyful about their king,
They should praise his name in their dances
With drums and harps they should play for him.

 

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Coro I/II: S A T B

 

2

 

Aria [Chorus I] & Chorale [Chorus de II]

 

Coro I:
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
Über seine junge Kinderlein,
So tut der Herr uns allen,
So wir ihn kindlich fürchten rein.

 

Chorus I:
As a father feels compassion
For his young little child,
So does the Lord for all of us,
If we feel pure childlike awe,

 

Er kennt das arm Gemächte,
Gott weiß, wir sind nur Staub,
Gleichwie das Gras vom Rechen,
Ein Blum und fallend Laub.

 

He knows how weak is our strength,
God is aware that we are only dust.
Like grass before the rake,
A flower or falling leaf.

 

Der Wind nur drüber wehet,
So ist es nicht mehr da,
Also der Mensch vergehet,
Sein End, das ist ihm nah.

 

The wind has only to blow over it
and it is there no more.
And so man passes away,
His end is near him.

 

Coro II:
Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an,
Denn ohne dich ist nichts getan
Mit allen unsern Sachen.

 

Chorus II:
God, in future take us to yourself
for without you nothing is accomplished
In all our affairs.

Drum sei du unser Schirm und Licht,
Und trügt uns unsre Hoffnung nicht,
So wirst du’s ferner machen.

 

Therefore be yourself our protection and light,
And if our hope does not deceive us,
Then in future you will do this.

Wohl dem, der sich nur steif und fest
Auf dich und deine Huld verlässt.

 

Happy are those who firmly and fastly
Depend on you and your grace.

 

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Coro I/II: S A T B

 

3

 

Chorus I [S, A, T, B], Chorus II [S, A, T, B]

 

Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten,
lobet ihn in seiner großen Herrlichkeit!

 

Praise God in his works,
Praise him in his great glory!

 

Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn Halleluja!

 

Let all that has breath praise the Lord, Hallelujah !

Is this the future we are heading toward?  A new ‘utopian’ state of anarchy?  I certainly hope not.

 

This excerpt describing what the author describes as the ‘woke uprising’ after the killing of George Floyd:

 

“The key scenes in the woke uprising that followed the killing of George Floyd are rituals of purification in which public officials have washed the feet of insurgents, and acts of iconoclasm in which public monuments have been destroyed or defaced. These are symbolic actions aiming to sever the present from the past, not policies designed to fashion a different future.

The only concrete measure proposed has been to defund and disband the police. As some of the insurrectionaries’ placards have proclaimed, there will be no more police violence when there are no more police. Once repressive institutions have been methodically dismantled, a peaceful anarchy will prevail. As could have been foreseen by anyone with a smattering of history, outbreaks of mass looting in Chicago and other cities have not borne out this confidence.

New, ‘transformative’ systems of law enforcement will confront problems not unlike those faced by the police forces that have been dissolved. ‘Autonomous zones’ of the kind that have been announced in Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis will need to resolve disputes and enforce their decisions. Local warlords and prophets — some of them no doubt armed — will become arbiters of public safety. When they overreach themselves and fail to protect even minimal levels of security, vigilantes and organised crime will fill the void. Where this proves costly or unstable, federal government may step in and impose order. In other cases, cities may be abandoned to become zones of anarchy.”

I wonder if the current state of activist politics is the antithesis of the liberation movements that came before them.  With ever advancement in our history there has always been a counter revolution and corresponding steps backward in terms of human social progress.  This current phase shares a fair bit with what Maximilien Robespierre having fun with during his hey-day –

“In his Report on the Principles of Political Morality of 5 February 1794, Robespierre praised the revolutionary government and argued that terror and virtue were necessary:

If virtue is the spring of a popular government in times of peace, the spring of that government during a revolution is virtue combined with terror: virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent. Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country … The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.”

The further we descend into the political woke wilderness the more the comparison to counter revolution in France in 1794 seems to stick.  :/

 

 

Sara Ditum writes for Unherd on the strange route mainstream feminist politics has taken in the UK.  The ‘strange turn’ is also prevalent in Canada as many feminists whose goals include female liberation have found themselves without a political home as the parties that traditionally fought for their rights are now advocating for female erasure in society under the guise of being ‘trans-inclusive’.

Any political party that takes the material conditions of women in society for granted will not get my vote.

 

“Progressive movements, he argues, are no longer beholden to conventional liberal principles. Instead, they “contain within themselves both reformist and revolutionary tendencies, and progressives regularly move back and forth between the two”. This is, he points out, what Wesley Yang calls the “successor ideology” – successor, because it is primed to succeed liberalism, although it so far lacks an internal coherence of its own.

So a feminist might ask how self-identification would work in the prison system where vulnerable women need to be protected from predatory male offenders, and the successor ideology response would be that we should abolish the prison-industrial complex, at which point segregation would cease to be an issue. Or, if the issue is how to include trans women in refuges, the successor ideology could answer that the real aim should be ending all male violence rather than just ameliorating its effects — a laudable goal, but a remote one.

It’s a shift to utopianism that evades all responsibility for material conditions in the present, while justifying the removal of rights now as a trade-off against the glorious kingdom to come. Why do you need free speech to talk about sex when you have the post-gender future to look forward to? (Means of reaching the post-gender future remaining very much TBC.) For feminism, which has to be about directly improving women’s lives and prospects if it’s to be about anything at all, this is all deeply unsatisfying. If the Right is able to offer at least a common ground of norms, why not work there?

In any case, the idea that feminism inherently belongs to the Left is — if not false, at least a bit flaky. The suffragists and suffragettes covered a whole range of political opinion with outliers on Left and Right, united by their belief that they should be able to express those opinions at the ballot box. The second wave was galvanised by a split between the women’s movement and the anti-war Left.”

This is Patriarchy 2.0 in action.

 

The concerns of females in society are put in last place because a tiny minority of oppressed males are more important.  :/

 

 

Boom, the last movement of Mahler just rolled in. You’ve been sitting for at least 50 minutes absorbed in one of the great symphonies… then finally, you get to stand, connect with your singing centre and the conductor and embark on this musical journey.

Heavenly doesn’t go far enough.

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