Institutional Via Internet III

In relation to “Institutional Via Internet” and “Institutional Via Internet II“, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:

I believe the hatred passes from parents to children, generation after generation. The best governments can do is suppress its expression in acts of discrimination and violence.

When my daughter was 18 months, we put her in a Regina daycare. I became concerned when she started coming home making negative comments about Aboriginal people. I went to the daycare to confront the staff about allowing these attitudes. They said they were doing their best to discourage these attitudes among the children, but the children were just repeating what their parents were saying at home. Eventually, I became the president of the daycare to try to eradicate the problem, but I’m sure I failed. It’s been more than 30 years. The position of Aboriginals in Canada continues to be unequal. Those children are all grown now, possibly with children of their own. I wonder if they are now unreflectively repeating to their children what they heard as children?

In the book, Hitler’s Willing Executioners, the point is made that the Germans were anti-Semitic for generations. In some generations, the attitude came out in violence. In between, it was covert and unexpressed, but inevitably it returned again and again. These days it seems gone, but I wonder. Was the Nazi horror enough to finally put it to rest?

Why would we want more anti-Semitic material available here? They’re knocking down Jewish tombstones, and making bomb threats to Jewish community centres in the USA this week. Are these events not harbingers of what happened in Germany?

I’ve come to believe that the real problem is the internet. ISIS radicalizes American and Canadian youths to become home grown terrorists through free and uncensored internet. Amazon sells do-it-yourself Anti-Semitism and wraps itself in freedom-of-speech. If we’d had the internet in World War II, I bet censorship would have prevented us listening to Nazi propaganda.

So why is propaganda protected on the internet these days?

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About brucelarochelle

Practising Lawyer and Part-Time University Instructor (Accounting, Commercial Law, Organizational Behaviour); Part-Time Federal Tribunal Member. Non-practising Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant).
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