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INTRODUCTION to SUBJECT
Contents: What distinguishes a freethinker?
Language rules our
thoughts and habits of thinking
State nationalisms as
Total and totalitarian
What distinguishes a freethinker ?
does it mean to be a freethinker? - This word is used about
persons who refuse to be bound by adopted and established dogmas and
systems. So far the word has been used mostly about religious
freethinkers. But the word should be quite as usable in other
Freethinkers take positions on
free basis. Freethinkers are independent in their attitude to
propaganda and influence from those in power. Freethinkers do not
accept pressure and coercion in order to make us think in accordance
with arranged and settled paths and patterns. Freethinkers do not
feel obliged to follow the ways that best suit conventions and
traditions and the establishment.
Freethinkers question and query
so-called "established truths", which they examine and consider if they
may be false or only partly true.
Freethinkers are open to new
thoughts and willing to change deep-rooted ideas and ways of thinking,
which they find obsolete, false, or harmful and destructive.
N.B.: Freethinkers may of course be
religious or not religious. But religious freethinkers are religious in
their own ways. They never buy any ready-made religious packages.
Freethinkers have always been a
minority. They make up less than 10 per cent of the population where
they live, and sometimes they are as few as only 1 or 2 per cent.
There is a statement which can be quoted here: "Most people do not think. They go about using the thoughts and thought-patterns which are already at hand, that is the public opinion". - This means that most people usually reproduce and repeat what others have thought for them, and they do not themselves create any new thinking.
we have used the word "freethinker" about a person who does not accept
the faith and doctrines of any (established) religious community, but
who either composes his or her own religious outlook, or rejects all religion. But what is meant by the word "religion"?
Most people associate the
word religion with ideas of something divine that we cannot perceive
with our "ordinary five senses". Sometimes we speak about "the great
religions of the world", and refer to Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity
and Islam, maybe also Judaism and a few more, like Confucianism in
China. All those, except Confucianism, are primarily "celestial
religions", non-worldly. But there are also "temporal religions", this-worldly religions, and among them Confucianism and Shinto(ism) in East Asia are NOT the most important.
The dominant this-worldly religion of today is state nationalism. There are many variants, so we may use the plural: state nationalisms.
It is the sort of religion which, beyond comparison, has the largest
number of supporters and adherents in the present world, far exceeding
the supporters of Christianity and far exceeding the adherents of
Islam. Other important temporal religions are Materialism,
Marxism and other forms of dogmatic socialism, and some forms of
Freethinkers in our age can also be freethinkers in relation to worldly belief systems,
and may question their rightfulness and their privileges. Freethinkers
shall be able to criticize them, and freethinkers must especially be
able to criticize the brainwashing state nationalism(s) which is/are so
overwhelmingly dominant in this age.
Freethinker's wordbook is intended and well-suited as an eye-opener,
and as the guide and inspirer to liberation from state nationalistic
thought monopoly, dictatorship of opinion, brainwashing and stupidity.
It will liberate us from falsification of our world view and of our
images and ideas about nature, geography, biology, humans, peoples and
Language rules our thoughts and habits of thinking
Due to state nationalistic
censorship and self-censorship for many generations, european languages
(which are now national-political "newspeaks") lack many necessary and adequate words and concepts for a world view independent of state nationalism.
Language habits, choice of words,
and so on, influences our modes of thinking, and widens, or narrows, what we are able to think.
In North America, in much of
Europe, and notably in Scandinavia, people have been deprived of their
ability - yes, most people have really lost their ability to think
about the world in other terms than the jacobin / fascist / state
nationalistic norm of "one state, one people, one culture", and so
Wherever alternative world views
are suppressed, state nationalism forms stereotyped thought patterns,
which - as indeed it seems - impairs some part
of our inborn flexible brain capacity. When meeting with other
ways to look upon and to describe the world, many people of today say
that they understand nothing.......
Here we may repeat from the title page:
State nationalistic newspeak
has brainwashed our present-day "civilization" so thoroughly that only
a few hundred learned people have acquainted themselves with the matter
and the real process of change. Today only a very scarce minority react
against the manipulation of language usage and the falsifying of the concepts and terminology that we are permitted to use when we try to describe the geographical, the biological, the ethnic and cultural, and the political world where we live.
The manipulation and confusion
has been deliberately created in english and french. The mental disease
was then disseminated across all continents in the last two centuries.
- In english, one can for example no longer distinguish properly between words like "nation", "state", "people", "ethnicity", "country", "realm", "union" and "territory".
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Definitions and fundamental concepts.
State nationalisms as religions
The first of the ten commandments
in the Old Testament (Exodus 20:3) reads in the english NIV version:
have no other gods before me."
The word "before" = "in preference to"
seems a bad translation. Compare with this norwegian version:
"Du skal ikke
ha andre guder foruten meg."
The words "foruten meg" mean "except
me" in english. Compare also the swedish version (of 1917):
inga andra gudar hava jämte mig."
The word "jämte" translates "in
addition to" or "together with".
Especially do the protestant state
churches (or former state churches) worship the state-nation as a
deity, as if it were almost a fourth member or manifestation of the
Holy Trinity. But some free and nonconformist churches rightly regard
such practices as idolatry and
Many scholars agree that nationalism
should be called a religion, - or: "akin to a religion" (Boyd C.
Shafer); - or: endorsing the state "with quasi-religious loyalty" (Arthur
Schlesinger jr). - (Modern) "states
required a civic religion" (Hobsbawm); - "The
nation is consecrated, it is
ultimately a holy entity"
(Peter Alter, in "Nationalismus", 1985). And so on.
In the French Revolution, cult of the
nation supplanted Christianity.
In the following two centuries, Nationalism has to large extent
supplanted Chistianity as dominant religion of the christian world,
even if not always as explicitly as in german nazism or the french
"nationalisme intégral", which means all-embracing and total.
This mystical cult of the soil of France etc. erected altars dedicated
to the "fatherland".
Nationalism can be seen as ONE religion
based upon common and globally valid doctrines about state-nations, -
and it can also be seen as MANY but closely related religions, or
different cult sects of one basic belief system (cf. e. g. all the
varieties of Hinduism - there are many "hinduisms").
But state nationalism is usually an
intolerant and totalitarian religion which as a rule forbids heresy and
criticism against it, - such is the case e.g. in Turkey, Sweden,
Norway, the USA, France, etc. etc.)
Example: Sweden is a state, but
Sweden is also a religion with all its sacred myths, saints and other attributes (cf.
below), its doctrines of infallibility,
and an idea inherited since the early Modern Era that Sweden is/was
divine, because it had been instituted
by God who has a special plan for Sweden, - or, if modern people
do not believe so much in that old god, - well, Sweden has been
ordained by "universal reason",
like by a law of nature. The old idea was modernized by the social
democrats who propagated their (crypto-nationalistic) gospel version
about their new Sweden as the way to
salvation, - on Earth.
( But, - by coincidence, or by
synchronicity of wisdom from the universe?? - Sweden's so-called
"national day, i. e. state day 6th June (= 6/6) has been designed by
christians referring to the Book of Revelation as "Satan's birthday"! -
For several years satanists in Norway set fire to churches at 6 o'clock
in the morning of that day. )
To the danish reformer Grundtvig in the
1800s who also influenced on Norway and Sweden, what was popular
("folkeligt") and national was given by God. His slogan was "Danskhed
og kristendom" - in this order - danishness first, christianity in the
Similar views were, and are, to be
found in most european state-nations - and in the USA, and maybe even
still in China. People are still being taught to believe that
state-nations have been ordained by some kind of "Heaven".
In this way, national wars
could/can be regarded as holy wars, because they defend a divinely
created order. The same idea is found in the Old Testament of the
christian Bible about Israel's wars against its enemies, who were seen
as God's enemies and therefore deserved to be slaughtered.
The nationalisms all have their heroes/saints, be they warriors or poets or sports stars. Nationalisms have sacred rites (e. g. in sports), they
have their sacred anthems and
not least their sacred symbols:
blasphemy against state flags
is punishable by law in many so-called democratic states, and nowadays
usually harder punished than blasphemy against celestial religions.
(For instance, Norway had, until February 2008! - such a totalitarian law on
flags including the flags of all other sovereign states in the world. In
Norway you were fully permitted to destroy flags of Åland or Scotland, but
you could be
punished by law for spitting on a flag of North Korea.)
Nationalisms also have their "articles of faith" and "confessions of faith", and even a
kind of clergy (for example in
sports). There are holy tombs,
monuments, sacred places, sacred "national" food and other
products. Some nationalistic schoolbooks, notably readers and songbooks
tend to become "sacred" books.
Eminent literature in the (state-)national language was and is used in
schools as a kind of "holy national
The doctrines of
nationalism are today the ubiquitous yardstick, "the sole binding
agency of meaning and justification" (Peter Alter), "the measure of
every human value" (Anthony D. Smith). State-national communities act
according to similar principles as did those churches which used to condemn, persecute and even burn heretics. In large parts of Europe
(e. g. Scandinavia) it is a totalitarian religion, not incomparable to
what is told in european and (north) american media about islamic
fundamentalism, - only that apostates and heretics are now only seldom
physically killed. But... in nationalism it is simply not accepted to
refuse to treat the state-nation as a deity. Like orthodox Islam,
Nationalism follows the europeans from
the cradle to the grave, and when individuals travel "abroad",
state-nations require of them as mandatory that they represent and
always speak well of "their" state-nations.
It is not only a matter of
human beings. There is the totalitarian nationalization of all nature,
in which plants and animals, botanics and zoology, as well as geology and minerals are given national
identities..... (Can they also have feelings of such national
No doubt - Nationalism IS a religious
faith and a religious doctrine. Its totalitarianism came instead of
earlier christian totalitarianism, and then spread far beyond the
boundaries of Christendom. When we consider nationalism, we find that
there is very
little religious freedom in the present world where Nationalism
has become the most widespread and widely worshipped of all religions.
In the 1900s, nationalism was also
adopted as part of the other big modern worldly religion, namely
socialism. You may think of the national socialist regime in Germany.
But already in those years many thinking people observed similarities
between nazism and stalinism = "socialism in one country". Social
democrats too, and even many communists, became "national socialists"
(in Roumania, China, Burma, etc. etc.) - (In the beginning, however,
those two worldly religions were very different.)
The judaic and biblical idea of
God's "chosen people" / "chosen nation" has been copied and adopted by
quite a number of peoples and state-nations of the christian world in
the Modern Era since the age of the Renaissance. Well documented
examples are (in alphabetical order):
"americans" = the usanians
(or the castilians)
(Political sionism originated as
essentially a secular movement. To sionists, the Old Testament of the
Bible was/is a national and historic book which they used to legitimate
the jewish claim for their ancient homeland. When the state of Israel
was (re)created, it was defined in both ethnic and religious terms.)
Liah Greenfeld's work
"Nationalism, Five Roads to Modernity" contains lots of very valuable
information, - but alas, also heaps of prejudiced nonsense derived from
the anglo-french notion of "nations". From the valuable and reliable
material, we may note, for instance:
One heading reads: "England as God's
Peculiar People and the Token of His Love". Greenfeld tells that bishop
Hugh Latimer (later burnt at the stake in 1555 during the catholic
regime of "Bloody Mary") was the first to speak of "the God of
England". And: "In 1559 the future bishop of London John Aylmer took up
Latimer's astonishing claim that God had nationality." ... "God is
English", and about England he stated that "God and his angels fought
on her side against her foreign foes."
John Milton, a century later, is better
known to history as leader of the new religion of patriotism, as Liah
Greenfeld describes him. Then in her chapter on France she correctly
observes that "The ultimate result of the doctrine of Divine Right of
kings was the deification of the french polity." And: "Sacred beings
had sacred attributes; the deification of the king implied eventual
deification of the king's state." Another well formulated observation
is: "Absolute rulers, and their egotistical state, demanded absolute
devotion. The political god was a deity more jealous than the God of
Then came the era of the north american
and the french revolutions. And because living in North America was
even better than living in England, the conclusion must be: "If the
English were God's own people, the American English were the elect of
the elect." Today, two centuries later, this arrogant belief has
become profoundly rooted in the minds of usanian conservative
Herbert Tingsten described it in
swedish in his book "Gud och Fosterlandet" (1969): "Through immigration
and emancipation from England, God's will to create in America his
elect people was revealed. In that way, America was proved to have
In 1845, editor John Sullivan coined
the phrase "Manifest Destiny", declaring it to be God's will that the
United States control all of North America. The influential
US-nationalistic historian Daniel Boorstin (* 1st Oct. 1914) described
the United States as the "Nation of Nations".
Tingsten studied the combined christian
and state nationalistic propaganda in schoolbooks of several european
states. Even if christian propaganda has now disappeared from the
curriculum, the state nationalistic propaganda is omnipresent, e. g. in
schools (think of schools in the USA, and of Norway and the children's
nationalistic parades on 17th May), but not only in schools ... We meet
In Scandinavia it is in reality forbidden to oppose and
to criticize state nationalism. So, swedish and norwegian state
nationalisms must be reckoned as totalitarian
political doctrines AND fundamentalist
This unworthy rule must be ended and
Total and totalitarian
State nationalists have for decades and centuries deliberately confused a multitude of concepts that belong to the spheres of politics, natural law, biology, geography, ethnology, etc.
The biggest and most effective
promoter of nationalistic totalitarian and proto-nazi thoughts in our
present world is the english LANGUAGE. The bad vocabulary and habits and norms of the english political etc. language have to be changed.
For instance, the single words of "nation", "national" and "nationality" have become unusable, due to their having been abused
in the english and french languages as well as in several other
languages which have borrowed this pattern of abuse from french and
See the word nation in Wordbook in english.
The world system of (civic)
state-nations is now often conceived as given by nature, axiomatic and
eternal. This world view is of course very unhistorical.
The modern system of totalist (sometimes democratic totalist, sometimes
authoritarian) states, amalgamating and confounding territory, state
and people in its "newspeak" usage of terms, has a rather short
The allied victory in the second
world war unfortunately did not lead to that totalitarian state
nationalism was abandoned by the allies. It only meant that one kind of
state nationalistic totalitarianism was replaced by another. When the
german nazi and italian etc. fascist versions were ousted, the
anglo-french version expanded instead. (And even racism continued in
Britain and the USA.)
The modern state (and
state-nation, civic nation) is not necessarily totalitarian. But it is
totalistic. It is all-pervasive, intruding our minds, disabling us from
thinking in non-state terms and in other ways independently, making
itself an axiomatic concept in all spheres and sections of human (or
inhuman) life. And nationalities are obsessively and coercively
conferred upon everything: birds, flowers, foodstuffs, the
weather, the whole of nature, and of course on every human activity, be
it gardening, fishing, painting, nursing, or whatever you do. (State
nationalities, that is. The modern states usually kill minority
nationalities and regional identities, at least by cultural ethnocide.)
The political and/or religious
attributes of state nationalism overrun and inundate all of our
civilization. There are flags, coats of arms, passports, anthems,
parades, oaths, war memorials, ceremonies of remembrance for the
national dead, "nationalized" heroes and heroines, commemorative
postage stamps and commemorative "coins", folk costumes, museums of
folklore, "national" fairy tales, "national" recreations, "national"
characters of the landscape!!, "national" styles of architecture and
town planning, of arts and crafts, of forms of etiquette, customs,
mores and styles proclaimed to be "national" etc. etc.
And there are symbols such as
animals, like the russian bear, or in the form of "goddesses" and
"gods" (Britannia, Hibernia, Marianne, Uncle Sam, Moder Svea), or
personifications of the whole "people" into one, such as Ivan
(Ivanovich), Svensson, and Ola Nordmann.
When for instance someone wins
the Nobel prize of literature, this is described as an honour for her
or his so-called nation!! And commentators may say things like
"now it is time for a mexican/chinese/etc. winner".
This is totalistic state nationalism. And because it is usually forbidden to criticize it, it is also totalitarian state nationalism.
This unworthy rule must be abandoned and
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