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NZ Military once more follows the Pentagon’s lead

Except in this case it is a lead that the Left will fully approve of.

A few weeks ago there was a hideous series of Q&A sessions between senior members of the US military and Republican members of Congress.

The hideousness was the revelation that Critical Race Theory and the general theory of Woke have made it into the training sessions of America’s soldiers, and that the Generals and Admirals saw no problem with that, or were denying such teaching despite evidence from whistleblowers in places like West Point.

I’ve read Mao Tse-tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s highest ranking military officer, said.

 “So, what is wrong with understanding … having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”

That begs the question of whether CRT actually does provide any situational understanding of the USA. Somebody should have nailed General Milley on that and also pointed out that while past US military officers have studied Marxism in its various shades that was done in order to understand the primary enemy of the USA in order to better defend against them. It was not done with an eye to learning how Marx and Lenin’s ideas provided such a great insight into how shitty the capitalism and Republican democracy of the USA was or how it could be improved by taking onboard and applying Marxist theory.

But that is exactly what CRT does. Its condemnation of America as being packed with institutions of “systemic racism”, including the US military, plus the goal of enforcing an “anti-racism” that would set people at eachother’s throats, makes them no less an enemy of the nation than the old Marxists.

Yet rather than treating its proponents as enemies of the USA against which a fight should be made, this twit and others like him, think they’ll actually learn something about the USA and improve it:

It is important that we train and we understand … and I want to understand white rage. And I’m white,”

“White rage”.

That, right there is the sign that he’s not only read the likes of Ibram X. Kendi’s nasty, hate-filled little racist polemic, How to Be an Antiracist, and other such CRT pieces but that he has absorbed them into his everyday thinking as if they’re correct. Kendi and company must be over the moon at none other than the Chairman of the JCS having swallowed a piece of their agit-prop boilerplate language to such an extent that he just blurted it out in front of the Congress. And if he’s gone that far then the “solutions” proposed by Kendi and company cannot be far behind in being implemented at places like West Point.

Put it this way. The West Point graduate below had certainly studied Marx and company, but as an advocate of them within the US Army. That’s General Milley’s approach to CRT.

Incidently, the prick in that photo got booted from the US Army after the photos became public, notably because:

he tweeted them in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was taking heat for kneeling for the national anthem to raise awareness of racism.

“While in uniform, Spenser Rapone advocated for communism and political violence, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States,”

Of course he did and in so doing he demonstrated the oft-denied connection between Marxist theory and Critical Race Theory. He made a mistake pushing pure Marxism though. Had he kept quiet and hung on, he would have been able to push the equally destructive CRT with the approval of the likes of General Milley.

I have long argued that more attention should be paid to the USA than Kiwis are wont to do – dismissing most US ideas as “silly”, “OTT” and typically “crazy” American stuff – because sooner or later they turn up here. And so they have (H/T Homepaddock):

Can the Army Afford to go Woke, Benign Social Progress or National Security Threat?

That is the title of an essay written by a serving New Zealand Army soldier and it was submitted as part of an essay competition – which it won.

New Zealand Chief of Army Writing Competition Winner of the New Zealand Defence Force Private Writing Category May 2021.

It won despite the writer knowing what waters he was getting into, with this opening paragraph…

I write this essay fully aware of the backlash and, at times, real world consequences afforded to the authors of similar documents in the current socio-political climate. Nevertheless, I would invoke the NZ Army ethos ‘3CI’ – particularly ‘Courage’ and ‘Integrity’ – in defence of the opinion I will express herein. The open discussion of any issue must be possible without fear of repercussions on both sides of the debate if the best outcome is ever to be reached. That is the fundamental value of free speech that permits the free enquiry, self-reflection, self-criticism and peer review that underpin our scientific and academic edifices and, in fact, our entire civilisation.

… and the ending:

I appreciate that if this piece were to win the writing competition, the optics may not be as desirable as one expressing the opposing viewpoint. 

To allow itself to become embroiled in these ‘culture wars’ would be an embarrassment, especially to the older generation of veterans and to the memory of those who paid the ultimate price. The Army should stick to fighting real wars.

As he suspected, the shit hit the fan when he won, but Elle has got the full letter on her blog, just in case it vanishes from the Army’s online archives:

It was removed on Tuesday, five days after it was published following an internal backlash and replaced with a statement from Army Chief Major General John Boswell, who apologised and accepted the decision to award the piece first place was an error.

He said out of the two entries, the essay won because it was “well-written”, but the views were not compatible with the army’s values.

Looks like our Generals are right on to it. General Milley would be proud. Didn’t save them from the wrath of their political masters though:

After questioning from Newstalk ZB, Defence Minister Peeni Henare said he delivered a blunt message to Defence Force chief Air Marshal Kevin Short yesterday.

He told Short his expectations were that “we’re better than that, and have values that don’t align with the essay.”

My advice to Private Dell is that he get the fuck out of the NZ Army quick smart before he finds himself digging latrines for the rest of his career. His thinking is not welcome.

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  1. Still failing to understand CRT, Tom. I don’t go along with all its proponents, but there is value there. But rather than trying to find the value, you follow the GOP “make shit up” playbook.

    Little Dorrit

    July 8, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    • Celebrate as state governments pass bans in what teachers can say…

      Yeah, I’ve seen a few Lefties banging that drum recently. Too bad that the government representatives of the people have every right to control the bureaucrats whose salaries they pay and whose curriculums they approve (or not) at the behest of voters.

      I think you’re going to find that the 1st Amendment doesn’t apply there.

      Otherwise it means that public schools could teach anything, including David Duke’s theories on the Holocaust and the “decent” treatment of Black slaves and American Indians by his White ancestors. Kendi would be cool with that, right?

      I have to admit the Holocaust part would go down a treat in certain parts of Detroit and Minneapolis so their public schools are probably safe.

      Of course this also means that the NZ Army gets to control things too, which is why Dell is a gonna. There is no free speech in the military, but that still does not change the reality of his arguments for the future of the NZDF under the reign of “diversity”.

      Tom Hunter

      July 8, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    • Create your own Authoritarian Double Talk – Little D

      That cartoon plumbs the depths of both imbecility and banality

      Wave theory is a mathematical construct. a marvel of human imagination, that can be used to model natural phenomena and provide a predictive solutions as to how nature will behave in given conditions

      Armed with that tool and others like it scientists and engineers bend nature to do our will by creating useful things like electrical power grids, radar, sound recording equipment, the list just goes on and on

      CRT along with a lot of other post modern tosh characterises people according to arbitrary and often superficial characteristics in order to sow discord and disharmony between people and provides us no enlightenment whatsoever to the world we live in and how best to negotiate our lives in a difficult and sometimes hostile world


      July 8, 2021 at 7:05 pm

  2. Difficult to avoid the conclusion that Boswell was ‘lent on’.

    The Veteran

    July 9, 2021 at 10:46 am

    • I was a bit surprised that you and some of the other Veterans were not all over this story. More your world than mine, although the Woke bullshit is a cross-over.

      Tom Hunter

      July 9, 2021 at 11:01 am

  3. Tom … you should monitor the various veterans nets more closely … they/we are. Bowell has done himself and his office a disservice by his flip flopping.

    The Veteran

    July 9, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    • Fair point Vet. I’m not aware of what those nets are and I’ve got more than enough to read each day as it is. I was thinking more in terms of No Minister. Hell, if you haven’t got time maybe you could invite Noel or one of your other mates to have a crack at it – assuming he disagrees of course. 🙂

      Tom Hunter

      July 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm

  4. SL

    Your comment has been removed.


    July 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    • I suppose that’s reasonable considering it was just a mindless, trolling shit-post. But I’d left it up for the very simple reason that when somebody says that, it means they have no opposing argument to put forward, let alone an intelligent argument.

      Still, very Judge Holdenish I would agree.

      Tom Hunter

      July 10, 2021 at 3:26 pm

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