Takuan Seiyo’s latest essay takes us into the strange distorted multicultural landscape of the 21st century, where Barry Soetoro can be elected president of the world while the West abolishes itself.
Alice entering the looking glass. John Tenniel’s illustration in the original 1871 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
Why Coaxing the Populace to Catastrophic Misjudgments is an Integral Part of Mainstream Media
by Takuan Seiyo
Mainstream media no longer form the same moving wallpaper in everyone’s parlor, as they did until merely twenty years ago. But having been the prism that refracted and colored the world view of the boomers and their children — i.e. the two generations steering the course of the West since World War II — their influence is still enormous, and pernicious.
It would be impossible to digest all the aspects of this phenomenon in a readable article, for a public library the size of Grand Central Station could be stocked with just the relevant analysis books and articles, plus primary evidence in the form of newspaper and digital clips going back decades, in 50 languages. In my own library, The Left-Leaning Antenna, by Joseph Keeley, was published in 1971, and A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media, by Bernard Goldberg, was published in 2009.
That a pot-addled subversive slacker named Barry Soetoro became The Most Powerful Man in the World is of course a tale of a serendipitous creature embodying Western intelligentsia’s most profound wishes and therefore built up by the Mass Media of Mass Lunacy into a mighty Frankenstein, a golem. But this is a daily pattern in the Western MSM, everywhere and in everything related to culture, nationhood, race, gender, people, values, history, economics and so on. Of late, its biggest manifestation was in the media’s retelling and completely rehashing the story of the encounter between a community volunteer Hispanic immigrant named George Zimmerman, and Trayvon Martin, an Afro-American hood-in-a-hoodie, into drugs, hos and violence.
It’s fortunate therefore that sometimes, a small shard, found, may tell the story of a lost civilization, Such a shard landed on my desktop last week in the form of an article in Der Spiegel entitled “Why Islam Is an Integral Part of Germany”, by Bernhard Zand.
Mr. Zand starts out by quoting three major German Christian politicians who opined publicly that Islam is an integral part of Germany, and then two who said that no, it isn’t. His ire is particularly burning concerning Germany’s Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who asserted that Islam has no part in Germany’s identity, it having been formed by Christianity and the Enlightenment.
“The audacity of Friedrich to mix together of all things the Enlightenment with Christianity,” fulminates Spiegel’s savant, “and then to praise them as the foundation of German identity — only to ignore their destruction just two generations ago — is both oblivious and indicative of a fundamental lack of education.”
Referring further to Konrad Adenauer’s committing Germany in 1949 to the spirit of Western Christian culture, Zand states that not much of that culture remained. “The Western world,” he opines, “led by Germany, had managed to destroy the achievements of centuries of humanism and the Enlightenment in just a few years.”
Every part of that argument is false. First, the Enlightenment and Christianity are perfectly mixable, for the inception of the former was inextricably entwined in the reformation of the latter. The majority of key Enlightenment figures in Germany, France, England, Scotland and the United States were practicing Christians; many spent time in seminaries and in Christian theology studies, and some were ordained clergymen. A small sprinkling of notable and committed Enlightenment Christians would include Francis Bacon, Pierre Bayle, George (Bishop) Berkeley, Charles (Abbot) de Castel, Etienne (Abbot) de Condillac, René Descartes, (Reverend) Adam Ferguson, Johann Fichte, Hugo Grotius, Johann Herder, Francis Hutcheson, Gottfried Leibniz, Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal, and (Reverend) John Witherspoon. They did have a new concept of truth based on reason rather than on one or another competing confession of Christianity, but that was a modification rather than repudiation. In addition, the American Enlightenment, grounded in English and Scottish ideas, applied Christian beliefs to bolster liberty and tolerant republicanism.
Zand’s further premise that World War II destroyed German culture’s roots in the Enlightenment and in Christianity fares no better under scrutiny. Just the German names among the above, plus Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven and many others belie the first part of the statement. His questioning the Christian foundation is so absurd that two arguments in thousands — many thriving churches, cathedrals and the current Pope among them — will suffice. Germany and the rest of the West have the technology of print, and experienced the Renaissance, Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution in consequence, because Johann Gutenberg printed the Bible. And Modern German is the fruit of Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible into German.
As to the destruction of centuries of humanism and the Enlightenment as a consequence of the Third Reich and its atrocities:
First, the entire Anglophony, Denmark, and anti-Nazi elements in every European country including Germany itself must be exempted from such a statement. Second, the Enlightenment was not only about humanism but also about promoting science and an empirical perception of the world instead of the dogma and superstition by which it had been perceived before. It’s only the Progressive disease that sees humanism only.
Third, the Nazi period is a terrible and eternal stain on Germany and on humanity itself, but the precepts of Christianity and the Enlightenment survived Hitler. Moreover, they would be grown, twisted and misapplied by precisely such guilt and shame-ridden masochists like Bernhard Zand and the rest of the lefto-”humanitarian” German and Western elite. But guilt, shame, fear and anger are feelings. And feelings cannot substitute for a rational reading of the affairs of man — especially in an academic or journalist whose job, by definition, calls for a credible and impartial analysis of reality.
Zand reaches surreal absurdity when he takes Germany’s President Joachim Gauck to task for having the temerity to state that he, Gauck, understands those who question the assertion that Islam shaped Europe. Sharing with the reader his rare erudition, Zand snipes, “Maybe the well-read president will open his dictionary and, just taking the first letter as an example, look into the etymology of words like “admiral,” “algebra,” “alcohol,” or “atlas.” He forgot “assassin” though.
Zand also advises President Gauck to visit Andalusia, Mallorca, Malta and Bosnia, to attend a performance of Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” and to “take a look at the history books” to find out about Sultan Mehmet II, the conqueror of Constantinople in 1453, who established a Muslim empire that impacted Europe for three centuries.
“The potential insights Gauck might gain by doing so could help him gradually begin to fill in the anthropological trenches left behind by the attacks of September 11, 2001,” counsels Mr. Zand with precious perspicacity. But all his verbiage is akin to preaching that a bad driver who ploughs his vehicle into another has an integral part in the damaged vehicle.
Mr. Zand might join me in a visit to 10th century Andalusia to check on the thousands of European Christian and African slaves there, many castrated by their Muslim masters. Or maybe a quick side trip to 11th century Cordoba and Granada, to observe the Muslim pogroms of Jews. Should a whiff of maritime air be preferable, Mr. Zand might join me for aperitif on the terrace of Gran Hotel in Mallorca, for a vantage view of the early 13th century forcible conversion of the island’s Christian population by its Almoravid rulers.
Another useful excursion I might propose to Der Spiegel’s esteemed Islamologist is for the purpose of filling in the anthropological trenches in Malta on 23 June 1565, when the Turks, having captured Fort St. Elmo, killed all the defenders, estimated at over 1,500 men, and then floated their decapitated bodies across Malta’s Great Harbor on mock crucifixes.
Levée du siège de Malte assiégé par le général Ottoman Mustapha, en septembre 1565 [Lifting of the Siege of Malta besieged by the Ottoman general Mustapha, in September 1565, by Charles-Philippe Larivière, early 1840s]
Bigger anthropological trenches and more Eurabian fun may be got by participating in the 24-hour fiesta following the 29 May 1453 breaching of Constantinople’s walls by the Turks. It’s on account of this feat by Sultan Mehmet the 2nd that Mr. Zand advises the President of Germany to hit the history books concerning the West’s “standing on Muslim legs.” I particularly recommend the anthropological trench in front of the Hagia Sophia, and don’t forget an authentic tour guide by a man who was there.
To continue with the same Mehmet, and just a hop and a skip to Bosnia ten years later, I propose a sight-and-sound panorama where for the price of two tickets Mr. Zand and I will be able to watch the mass executions of that country’s nobility, enslavement of 100,000, impression of 30,000 local youth into the janissary corps, followed by a regime of systemic oppression that resulted in the killing, forced conversion to Islam or flight of Bosnia’s Christian population. From 185,000 Christians and 1,700 Muslims recorded in an Ottoman census right after the 1463 conquest, by 1520 there were 98,000 Christians and 84,000 Muslims. By 1600, Muslims had become the majority.  Another hint is in the Wikipedia entry “Demographic history of Bosnia and Herzegovina”: “With arrival of Ottoman empire coincided with the process of Christian population emigration from these regions.”
Love those coincidences. It’s like the lowering of crime rates in New York that always coincides with increased rates of incarceration, leading The New York Times to complain in headlines like “Despite Drop in Crime, an Increase in Inmates”, or “Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction”.
Indeed, let us not forget that Der Spiegel and Bernhardt Zand are not singled out for opprobrium here, but just serve as a small sampling of a much larger syndrome. Neither Mr. Zand nor his employer stand out negatively when lined up with Time or Le Monde, NBC or BBC, or practically all major mass media franchises with very few esoteric exceptions like Washington Times. Nor is the issue of Islam handled in Spiegel any more preposterously than most any issue dealing with this postmodern world is handled elsewhere in the MSM fog bank.
But it’s time to finish our educational tour with my humble self and Bernhardt Zand attending the Lübeck Theater’s performance of Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio.” It’s the very performance that Mr. Zand advises President Gauck to attend so that he may learn that Islam did shape Europe and is an integral part of Germany.
The title itself drips with Islam’s cultural enrichment. The plot evolves around Muslim pirates’ abduction, enslavement and sale of a noble lady, Konstanze, to a Turkish harem, and her eventual liberation by her betrothed, Belmonte. This opera’s most famous aria bears the title Martern aller Arten (“Tortures of all kinds”). A hint? Mr. Zand’s German is better than mine, but maybe he forgot his hearing aid at home.
“Why Islam Belongs in Germany” concludes with an unbeatable argument: President Joachim Gauck, a former East German, longed for the West, and that’s why he is in Germany. Muslims are in Germany because once they longed for the West. And that’s why Joachim Gauck — an ethnic German from a long line of German seafarers and once a dissident Lutheran pastor defying the Stasi — and the Muslims, from a profoundly alien culture with a history of 1100 years of hatred and warfare against Germans and kin peoples of the Germans, both belong in Germany.
I shall not miss borrowing this train of reasoning next time I speak with Scarlett Johansson. Scarlett’s father longs to be with her. I long to be with her. And that’s why we both belong with Scarlett. For her to fail to see this obvious moral imperative is overt and reprehensible takuanophobia.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid piece of polemics than “Why Islam Belongs in Germany”: mendacious, carefully selecting quarter-truths to reach a predetermined conclusion belied by the missing three quarters, badly reasoned, skirting every single important issue of relevance and, to top it off, comically smug and arrogant, basking in its own superior knowledge and understanding.
The question is why. Why is this journalist and this magazine deluded on Islam? And why are all Western mainstream media deluded on every subject of importance they touch?
As to Islam, Mr. Zand is probably a true believer in what he preaches, but personal benefit must be playing a role. He is, after all, Der Spiegel’s Middle East/Gulf correspondent stationed in the United Arab Emirates. Buttering up Muslim interest has obvious advantages. Conversely, writing anything negative about Islam or Muslims would result in loss of journalistic access, therefore a career handicap. In the worse case, if the truth really stung, Zand might be forfeiting his life. After all, introspection, objectivity, self-criticism, fealty to universal ideas rather than to tribe and prophet are Western characteristics rare among Muslims .
I do not know whether such Occam’s razor applies to Der Spiegel too. There is no question that concerning Islam and its impact on the West, the opinions of important Western opinion makers are for sale. One need only remember Saudi Aramco’s ties to American politicians, and Saudi Prince Alwaleed’s investments in News Corporation and AOL/Time Warner and in Islamic Centers in Cambridge, Harvard and Georgetown universities. Similar “investments” have been made by other Muslim plutocrats like the Emir of Qatar.
But maybe that’s not the case with Der Spiegel. This is Europe’s largest and among the world’s most prestigious news magazines. Its German circulation is 1 million, with popular additional German and English Internet portals. It prides itself on quality.
What then can Der Spiegel gain from promoting the Islamization of its home country? Simple fear is likely one of the motivations.
There are already 4.5 million Muslims in Germany. Angela Merkel said in 2010 that Muslims have transformed Germany, and its hapless erstwhile owners will have to get used to more mosques than churches. Germany Muslims’ numbers are growing, their negative impact is growing, the German population’s anger is growing, the neo-Nazis in Saxony and elsewhere are growing, but the insane premise that millions of Turks, Moroccans, Somalis, and Afghans would live in a multiculti highboy country or acclimatize as Germans is fading by the day. Perhaps Spiegel’s editors hope in the manner of Sweden’s Minister for Democracy [sic!] Jens Orback that they must be open and tolerant toward Muslims because when Germans become a minority in their own country, the Muslims will be good to them. In Bavaria, Spiegel’s comrades in the Progressive confession are already forcing school children to study Islam and learn Turkish for the sake of “a good atmosphere and mutual understanding”.
And so Der Spiegel’s archive page on Islamic Extremism opens with a statement that the Clash of Civilizations is now on display in cities throughout Europe, but it’s all downhill from there to a vale of absurdity showing in the archived titles:
- Victory for Intolerance; How Islamophobes Launched a National Debate
- Similar in the Extreme; How Right-Wing Extremists and Islamists Are the Same
- Extremists vs. Extremists; Salafists and Right-Wing Populists Battle in Bonn
- Raining Death; German Jihadist Killed in US Drone Attack
It’s all the same, you see; competing narratives. Real Germans’ Islamophobia is a victory for intolerance, but Der Spiegel’s and Germany’s cowering before Muslim fanaticism is not a victory for intolerance. German right-wing dislike for Muslim presence in Germany is similar to Muslim invaders’ dislike for Germans who are German. It’s just extremists versus extremists; a plague on both their houses. The killing of a German jihadi by a U.S. drone is raining death that warrants diplomatic tensions with the U.S. But terror from the sky unleashed on the U.S. by the 9/11 jihadis from Hamburg is not the raining of death that calls for diplomatic tensions.
There is however, a greater and more inchoate fear seeping now into Der Spiegel’s editorial offices and into the brains of the socialist-globalist elite in the media, government or the academe: fear of the wrath of Germans in Germany, and Britons in Great Britain, and America’s founding population in the United States. The peoples whose countries are being destroyed by those whom they believed to be their best and brightest.
Spiegel, in German, means “mirror.” But at no time in history, save for the aberration of the Bolshevik and Nazi regimes have mainstream Western media like Der Spiegel constituted, severally and collectively, a mirror of such bad magic: Lewis Carroll’s mirror from his eponymous book.
It’s a mirror pretending to reflect this world, but in fact it takes its users to a twisted alternative reality of nightmarish consequences. For Carroll’s Alice is was Jabberwocky and a chessboard landscape, a queen who was a talking sheep, and an egg-like character whose idea of language was, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean.” And for any modern-day Alice that touches Germany’s Mirror or any such mirror in any Western country, it’s a conduit into a land where Islam is the Religion of Peace and the legs on which Europe stands, diversity is strength, the West’s main challenge is to cure Whites of their racism, race is a social construct, gender is a matter of choice, women make fit Marines, men make fit wives of other men, Germany and Greece belong in the same monetary union, excessive government debt may be cured by more government debt, the fount of prosperity is taxation, and there is no truth but only different narratives.
For 50 years it worked, but this Grand Jabberwocky started falling apart in the 1990s under offended Reality’s blows. The mega-scam of massive Third World immigration resulted not in the promised material or cultural enrichment but in the depletion of social capital and fiscal reserves. Equal rights for blacks turned into racist discrimination against white males and an increased alienation of blacks. Welfare turned into an opium derivative dispensed by socialist drug pushers on government payroll. The hailed panacea of cheap imports from China turned into pulling the rug from under the Western middle class and financing the rise of a hostile military colossus. Capitalistic entrepreneurship turned into mega speculations in fictive financial instruments. Real estate mortgages morphed into dubious securities packed with lies. The multi-party republican democracy turned into a one-party Liberal-progressive monopoly in two or three flavors. Mass entertainment turned into a stream of filth, decadence and stupidity offered in 500 flavors. Forcing tolerance and conciliatory obfuscation about The Religion of Peace yielded 9/11, and Theo Van Gogh, and USA Major Nidal Malik Hasan.
And now, all that is accelerating. 100 years ago Ludwig von Mises predicted a crack-up for all booms caused by governments’ pumping of conjured credit. The Keynesian fraud that all Western governments preferred to Austrian common sense is now crumbling, along with its fiat “faith-based” currencies. The crisis revealed what once was the stuff of only the most paranoid conspiracy-mongers: Governments supposedly of the people, by the people, sacrificed the people to bail out a thin layer of multimillionaire bankster piranhas from the consequences of their own greed.
The anti-Hitler secular antifascists are now the fascists in alliance with Heinrich Himmler’s favorite religion and completing the final round of der Führer’s dream of a Judenrein Europe. The time is nigh when barbarian minorities imported by the West’s ruling elites will become majorities. Decades of multiculti and anti-”racist” indoctrination have brought a resurgence of the real thing, Nazism. 48 years of reverse racial discrimination and trillions of dollars in transfers from white taxpayers to black recipients, even the election of a “post-racial” president, have yielded not the touted racial reconciliation but an open intifada of blacks against whites, the biggest chasm between the races in fifty years, and millions of whites growing in awareness that the media newspeak enveloping them hides a rotted reality.
The architects of this repulsive reality — governments, judicial systems, supranational organizations, universities and the mass media — fear this dawning consciousness enormously. For they, unique in history but for that Greek wooden horse in Troy, have conjured the destroying fog of utopian nonsense, spread and enforced it with legal sanctions and the power of manufactured consent.
The consequences of prolonged folly are now on daily display in the stock exchanges, parliaments, smoking streets and no-go zones of Western cities, in unemployment lines and government surveillance cameras fixed or flying in the air, and in all public realms where the fast rate of reproduction of imported populations shows in the preponderance of young alien faces and new social pathologies. In the words of T.S. Eliot:
There is the final addition, the failing
Pride or resentment at failing powers,
The unattached devotion which might pass for devotionless,
In a drifting boat with a slow leakage,
The silent listening to the undeniable
Clamour of the bell of the last annunciation. 
And that’s why everything is being done to postpone the day of reckoning. Instead of leaning on the tiller with their full weight, to change course before leaking hull meets coral reef, the captains of the West stick zealously to the doomed course, but zigzag in every possible way to defer the inevitable shattering outcome. They will do anything to postpone society’s payment of Reality’s bill until after their own tenure, their cadence, their lifespan. The postponement jacks up the final bill, but at least they will not be there to be held to account
Nicolai Sennels relays how some friends of his ran into the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and asked him in an accusatory tone: ‘Do you know that you create a lot of trouble for future generations by letting so many foreigners into Europe?!’ Barroso answered angrily: ‘Our children can handle their own problems’.”
But no, they can’t. The problems created by the likes of Barroso, Brown, Blair, Obama, Clinton, Zapatero, your random Swedish Minister of Integration and ten thousand other national and local politicians and their Amen corner in mainstream media cannot be solved by any future generation. A Götterdämmerung, a Ragnarok, a Kali Yuga will solve them, but that will be the doing of offended Nemesis. And it’s at Barroso’s feet now, and the feet of all the captains of the West’s ship, that this future “solution” has to be laid.
The curricula vitae of those captains, by the way, are astonishing. Mr. Barroso himself is the past leader of the Communist Party/ Revolutionary Movement of the Portuguese Proletariat. A short foray into the CVs of other drivers of the unfolding disaster, such as Germany’s Joschka Fischer and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Norway’s Thorbjørn Jagland and Jens Stoltenberg, America’s Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, on and on, is equally revealing.
And that’s why all that palaver in Der Spiegel and New York Times and BBC and MSNBC — “expert” advice from the likes of Bernhard Zand on Islam or Paul Krugman on the economy, or Keith Olberman on the Tea Party. It’s just leaning further on the tiller of madness, refusing any scintilla of admission that it is madness, yet realizing that the unwashed multitude, those devoid of the gnostic secrets of the anointed, are beginning to perceive the madness.
Take Der Spiegel’s latest cover:
“Pity,” it reads, “Obama’s unlucky presidency.” But Obama’s presidency has nothing to do with luck, except for his luck in having been elected. Everything transpiring now was imbedded in and could have been unpacked from Mr. Obama’s résumé before he got elected, and is the result of his wrong beliefs, unhelpful attitudes, unwarranted suppositions, unsuitable background, character warps, and bad associations. Yet when a reality-based opinion could still weigh for sanity and a better future, in November 2008 Der Spiegel ran this worshipful cover, calling Obama “The World President,” followed by an 8000-word article, “The World President; Great Expectations for Project Obama”:
It was preceded a week earlier by this item, breath-taking in its unrepentant lunacy: “Could it Happen Here? Where’s Europe’s Obama?”
Der Spiegel is a particularly sorry case, because it prides itself on its investigative journalism, thorough research, in-depth examination of topics, and dependable quality. Columbia Journalism Review called it “the world’s largest fact-checking operation.” But what’s the use of fact checking if the brains of the fact checkers have been corroded by an ideological disease?
The German magazine could easily rid itself of its hallucinatory nonsense by hiring the few people who have the qualifications and the untainted perceptions. In matters of Islam and Muslims, what Mr. Zand reports from the Middle East could pass through the desk of his supervising editor Peder Jensen (aka Fjordman). Thilo Sarrazin alone, if put in charge, could cure all of Der Spiegel’s insanity in matters of political, social and economic reportage. But I don’t expect that such appointments will be announced in the near future; the momentum of the leaking vessel is huge beyond measure; a radical turn of the rudder seems inconceivable on the control deck.
Let us nevertheless not fall into the trap of singularity. Here is a recent item in The Washington Post, a mirror just as tainted as Der Spiegel: “Baby boomers had better embrace change”.
The menacing tone of “had better” gives the game away. The purpose is like that in dozens of similar articles in every Western country destroyed by its guiding elite in the last fifty years: to convince its readers that the new demographics is here, the minorities will become a majority, it’s inevitable, embrace diversity, stop clinging to your obsolete white culture, “invest” in the young minorities’ tide with your [increased] tax money, so that 85-IQ semi-literates from 100 retarded cultures can become the doctors, engineers and inventors who will support your retirement.
Well, the WaPo writer does not quite put it the way the preceding sentence does, but that’s just because people who can cut through the fog of insanity have no hope, ever, to write for the WaPo.
The peoples of the West have fashioned their image of man and society, and of themselves, largely from words and images relayed by the mass media and the values embedded in that content. Not many are aware that what they are reading and apprehending is not the coherent, rational prose in English, German or French that it seems to be, but the Jabberwocky of a warped mirror reflecting defective mental chips in otherwise sleek transmitters: highly educated, with outlying IQs and notable talents.
’Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves
Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe:
All mimsy were ye borogoves;
And ye mome raths outgrabe.
Submit, accept the inevitable 
And here is a maxim to draw from this state of affairs: Cute and cuddly as though it seems, hopey and changey, humanitarian and tolerant, open and democratic: Jabberwocky kills.
The Jabberwock, as illustrated by John Tenniel in the original 1871 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking- Glass, and What Alice Found There
|1.||Per University of Calgary’s “The Islamic World to 1600”.|
|2.||No statement about any group of humans is valid absolutely. The likes of Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali exist, by they are the outlier conspicuous in its rarity.|
|3.||T.S. Eliot, The Dry Salvages.|
|4.||Tip of the hat to Lewis Carroll for the first four lines of this ditty.|
Takuan Seiyo is a European-born American writer living in exile in Japan.