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    Critical Theory is Systemically Brainwashing Us

    Critical Theory is Systemically Brainwashing Us



    You’ve probably heard words like racism, violence, white fragility, and white privilege tossed around. Do you ever feel that these words have taken on new and ideologically charged meanings? We are told that speech is violence, then we are told that silence is violence. We are told that asking perfectly sensible questions about human biology is hateful bigotry. These definitions are not only confusing, but they’re also dangerous. Sam Martin, creative director at Free the People, breaks down the critical theory behind these toxic ideas in the new series, The Cult of Wokeness.

    #criticaltheory #woke #racism

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    Episode 2:

    What Critical Theory Means by Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity



    The current manifestation of critical theory has been called the “diversity, inclusion, and equity industry,” which is a coordinated campaign to infuse Marxist ideas into our media, schools, governments, and workplaces through written work, well designed social media graphics, workplace seminars, and diversity training. Sam Martin, creative director at Free the People, breaks down what the woke left really means when they use these words in the new series, The Cult of Wokeness.
    Episode 3:

    Critical Race Theory is Racist



    Critical race theory, the intellectual framework steadily seeping from academia’s ivory towers into the national conversation, demands that we use race as a lens through which to examine every aspect of our society. It doesn’t matter what you as an individual have done or said. The only thing that’s important is which group you belong to—in other words, the color of your skin. That seems bad enough on its own, but it doesn’t stop there. Sam Martin, creative director at Free the People, dives deep into this bizarre new logic that is permeating our culture in a frightening way.
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    Good thing nobody here believes in these ridiculous ideas.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

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    Even regardless of political implications, it's senseless mouth noise; academics should be embarrassed.
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -H. L. Mencken

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    Interview with a diversity-training victim

    Here's a 45 minute interview with a woman who was forced to udergo 1 year of diversity training. In the beginning, she thought it was a good thing. That changed.

    https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/bonus2
    In this episode, we hear from a woman who was forced to go through a year of equity, diversity, and inclusion training with none other than Robin "No White Tears" DiAngelo... Discussed: white guilt, secret Nazi iconography, and how Robin Diangelo is conning white-collar progressive in the name of equity and justice.

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    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul
    They are what they hate.” - B4L


    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    Whats really interesting is that Trump and the American Right beat the left top full blown postmodernism.

    I think the stage for that was really set by Creationism. The Christian Right is used to the idea of rejecting reality as presented as a test of faith. Denial of facts and science as tools of "left wing power" have been around for decades.

    Really the left is just catching up. Its why Trumps lies or truths just don't matter, all that matters is retention of power.
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    Not any more, he says...

    ...except that they're socialists and so what they want is gigantic government, and that's what they're getting right now.

    ...under a President who 'opposes' them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    Whats really interesting is that Trump and the American Right beat the left top full blown postmodernism.

    I think the stage for that was really set by Creationism. The Christian Right is used to the idea of rejecting reality as presented as a test of faith. Denial of facts and science as tools of "left wing power" have been around for decades.

    Really the left is just catching up. Its why Trumps lies or truths just don't matter, all that matters is retention of power.
    I don't know if I agree with the details, but as to post-modernism (i.e. post-reason, post-reality), yea, the "right" is right there with the "left."

    A sane person wakes up in the morning, turns on the idiot box, and finds two demented cults fighting over which should run the country.

    ...and one of them will!
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -H. L. Mencken

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    Antifederalist recently posted an article examining the difference between 1950 and 2020. This video explains much of what is taking place today.

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    If the Earth isn't 4 billion years old etc, then what other "facts" can ever matter. If 2+2 /= 4 whenever the Bible says it doesn't then reason is $#@!ed.

    We like to blame critical theory, but the fundies got there first. They will say whatever they have to retain power, will uphold any hypocrisy or crime. Power is Truth.
    In New Zealand:
    The Coastguard is a Charity
    Air Traffic Control is a private company run on user fees
    The DMV is a private non-profit
    Rescue helicopters and ambulances are operated by charities and are plastered with corporate logos
    The agriculture industry has zero subsidies
    5% of the national vote, gets you 5 seats in Parliament
    A tax return has 4 fields
    Business licenses aren't even a thing nor are capital gains taxes
    Constitutional right to refuse any type of medical care

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    What ever happened to Critical Thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Good thing nobody here believes in these ridiculous ideas.
    You don't know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    If the Earth isn't 4 billion years old etc, then what other "facts" can ever matter. If 2+2 /= 4 whenever the Bible says it doesn't then reason is $#@!ed.

    We like to blame critical theory, but the fundies got there first. They will say whatever they have to retain power, will uphold any hypocrisy or crime. Power is Truth.
    Maybe the Earth is both 4 billion years old and a few thousand years old?


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    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    Whats really interesting is that Trump and the American Right beat the left top full blown postmodernism.

    I think the stage for that was really set by Creationism. The Christian Right is used to the idea of rejecting reality as presented as a test of faith. Denial of facts and science as tools of "left wing power" have been around for decades.

    Really the left is just catching up. Its why Trumps lies or truths just don't matter, all that matters is retention of power.
    This is off, by a mile. Most "creationists" haven't ever encountered the "facts" regarding evolution, and frankly it wouldn't matter if they had. Evolution as a concept is entirely inconsequential to the running of our day-to-day lives. There's almost no impact to an individual if he/she does or does not acknowledge evolution as the correct interpretation for the existence of life on earth - it's almost entirely an academic matter, and the purview of people who are effectively gazing at their own navels.

    As to why Trump's lies do or do not matter, your understanding of that matter is precisely why he won in 2016... or, more accurately, why the left lost.

    Pray this remains the case in 2020.



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    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post

    A sane person wakes up in the morning, turns on the idiot box...
    No. A sane person does not wake up and turn on the idiot box. Infact it is not an idiot box anymore. It is at the box of madness. Cthulhu has entered our lives through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiverseSegregation View Post
    What ever happened to Critical Thinking?
    They are called conspiracy theorist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiverseSegregation View Post
    What ever happened to Critical Thinking?
    It's been replaced by critical theory. You need to work on assimilating better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    If the Earth isn't 4 billion years old etc, then what other "facts" can ever matter. If 2+2 /= 4 whenever the Bible says it doesn't then reason is $#@!ed.

    We like to blame critical theory, but the fundies got there first. They will say whatever they have to retain power, will uphold any hypocrisy or crime. Power is Truth.
    These are not even remotely the same thing.

    "The Earth is not 4 billion years old" is an empirical assertion, and is thus susceptible to reasonable disputation.

    "2 + 2 is not equal to 4" is neither empirical nor reasonably disputable.

    Creationism may be incorrect (and I believe that it is), but unlike Critical Theory, it does not constitute an assault upon reason itself.

    Also, Creationists are not even remotely close to the levers of cultural and institutional power - Critical Theorists are, and are by far the greater and graver danger of the two. To put them on the same level is ludicrous.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    These are not even remotely the same thing.

    "The Earth is not 4 billion years old" is an empirical assertion, and is thus susceptible to reasonable disputation.

    "2 + 2 is not equal to 4" is neither empirical nor reasonably disputable.

    Creationism may be incorrect (and I believe that it is), but unlike Critical Theory, it does not constitute an assault upon reason itself.

    Also, Creationists are not even remotely close to the levers of cultural and institutional power - Critical Theorists are, and are by far the greater and graver danger of the two. To put them on the same level is ludicrous.
    Creationism is definitely an assault upon reason and trust in observed reality. They're both attempts to retain or assert power by groups that have lost power to empiricism.
    In New Zealand:
    The Coastguard is a Charity
    Air Traffic Control is a private company run on user fees
    The DMV is a private non-profit
    Rescue helicopters and ambulances are operated by charities and are plastered with corporate logos
    The agriculture industry has zero subsidies
    5% of the national vote, gets you 5 seats in Parliament
    A tax return has 4 fields
    Business licenses aren't even a thing nor are capital gains taxes
    Constitutional right to refuse any type of medical care

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    TL;DR: Creationism does not reject reason and empiricism. It attempts to use them. It has done so poorly and has thus far failed. On the other hand, Critical Theory (and its branches, such as Critical Race Theory) does reject reason and empiricism. Not only does it not attempt to use them, but it reflexively and explicitly dismisses all attempts to use them as "oppressive" expressions of "systemic racism" or "patriarchy" or what-have-you.

    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    Creationism is definitely an assault upon reason and trust in observed reality.
    No, it isn't.

    It is a transparent, biased and failed attempt to construct a rationally empirical justification for a literal interpretation of a particular religious text.

    The whole point of things like "Creation Science" and "Intelligent Design" is to provide Creationists and their ilk with a rationally empirical justification for their beliefs. They are not attempts to assault reason and empiricism. On the contrary, they are attempts to give Creationism rationally empirical bona fides. The fact that they have failed to do so does not change this.

    Quote Originally Posted by idiom View Post
    They're both attempts to retain or assert power by groups that have lost power to empiricism.
    In living memory, Creationism has had no power to retain or assert (except among its "true believers"). It reached its relatively impotent zenith in its ultimately failed attempt to enforce the teaching of Creationism in public schools.

    Critical Theory, in contrast, has never "lost power to empiricism" (which it categorically rejects - along with reason - as being "colonizing" and "oppressive"). In fact, it has done nothing but continuously gain power against reason and empiricism, ever since its inception four decades or so ago as an amalgam of post-Marxism, post-modernism, radical feminism, etc. We are now beginning to reap the fruits of that poisonous seed.

    It was allowed to take root and metastasize by unwitting left-liberal academics who did not agree with it, but who indulged its existence and who did not realize the extremely illiberal danger it posed until it was too late. Now, particularly in the form of Critical Race Theory, it has nearly completely conquered the education system (K-12 & college level) and has moved on to infect public institutions and the private sector (in the form of indoctrination programs propagandistically labelled as "racial sensitivity and diversity training," for just one example).

    Limited as they are by the constraints imposed by reason and empiricism, Creationists could only ever have dreamed of achieving such success.
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    h/t @ConceptualJames



















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    SEE post #80 for card #11
    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 10-23-2020 at 09:06 PM.

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    This is the guy who created the Critical Race Theory "flashcards" in my previous post.
    He is a co-author (with Helen Pluckrose; see below) of the book Cynical Theories and a co-founder of the New Discourses website.
    He was also one of the three principals in the so-called Grievance Studies Affair.

    The Truth About Critical Methods | James Lindsay
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSHL-rSMIro

    Dr. James Lindsay in his talk, “The Truth About Critical Methods,” makes very clear that Critical Social Justice is not the same thing as social justice. He argues that the branding of social justice, which is how Critical Social Justice promotes itself, misleads people about the nature of that movement.


    This is the co-author (with James Lindsay; see above) of the book Cynical Theories.
    She was also one of the three principals in the so-called Grievance Studies Affair.

    The Evolution of Postmodern Thought | Helen Pluckrose
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoi9omtAiNQ

    Helen Pluckrose develops the definition of "Social Justice" as it is used in the academic literature in this tradition, explains its connections to identity politics and the political correctness movement, and then shows the relevance of the original postmodernists to this Theory in some detail. She does this to elegantly describe the progression of these ideas from Theory to activism to the streets by describing how these ideas originated, evolved, and were built upon by successive generations of Theorists leading up to those who have become famous names even outside of the scholarly world today: for examples, Peggy McIntosh, Barbara Applebaum, and Robin DiAngelo. She wraps up by explaining how this newest generation of Theorists simplified the highly abstract ideas of their predecessors and made it far clearer and easier to understand so that it could, as we now see all around us, eventually go mainstream.



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    This is what the hysterical irrationalism induced and enabled by Critical Theory looks like in actual practice.
    (Creationists can only wish they had ever had it so good ...)

    PART ONE: Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying & the Evergreen Equity Council
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2WeWgcSMk


    PART TWO: Teaching to Transgress
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0W9QbkX8Cs


    PART THREE: The Hunted Individual
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vyBLCqyUes


    A three-part series of short films about Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying's harrowing experience at Evergreen State College.

    Part 1: https://youtu.be/FH2WeWgcSMk
    Part 2: https://youtu.be/A0W9QbkX8Cs
    Part 3: https://youtu.be/2vyBLCqyUes

    This series is associated with a feature length documentary "Grievance Scholars".
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    As I delved into the saga and learned more about what took place it became clear it needed to stand alone as its own story.

    "Evergreen is what happens when this ideology reaches critical mass" - Former Evergreen Student and fellow filmmaker Benjamin Boyce.

    The work of Benjamin Boyce has been an invaluable resource for this project and he's been helping me untangle the layers. I encourage you to explore his channel, which covers the events at Evergreen in much more detail, and he has a feature film en route. It's definitely worth watching his work and supporting his channel: https://bit.ly/2RuMeZG

    Check out his #ExposéEvergreen series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...0KbpyY_Kh-JTUl

    Here is a related article on Areo Magazine: https://areomagazine.com/2019/03/15/...green-college/

    Learn about the Grievance Studies Scandal: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ClMEKe9WkXt5GO

    Featuring:
    Bret Weinstein - https://twitter.com/BretWeinstein
    Heather Heying - https://twitter.com/HeatherEHeying
    Peter Boghossian - http://www.twitter.com/peterboghossian
    Mike Nayna - https://www.twitter.com/mikenayna / http://www.instagram.com/MikeNayna
    James Lindsay - http://www.twitter.com/ConceptualJames
    Helen Pluckrose - http://www.twitter.com/HPluckrose

    James and Helen's book, Cynical Theories, is now available. It's an important read with huge implications if we can get it into the hands of enough people.

    #GrievanceStudies #EvergreenState #SocialJustice
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    h/t jct74: 15 Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture

    Quote Originally Posted by jct74 View Post
    This is the $#@! they are loading into the brains of kids in elementary school... it doesn't even make any $#@!ing sense... smh.






    article here:

    Elementary School Kids Taught That "Objectivity" & "Perfectionism" Are Racist Traits Of "White Supremacy"

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    The MAA is all about Math! .......... and Political Correctness.

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    Anti-science Policy and the Censure of Discourse on Race and Racism

    A statement from the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics

    We stand in the midst of a year of transitions. We have long been aware of broad shifts in the postsecondary education landscape, but 2020 has also been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency distance/online/hybrid teaching. Each of these new challenges for higher education has evolved alongside a movement to stand up for Black lives. The data are clear: these issues are inseparable. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous lives are the most affected by policing, health, and education policies.

    Policy must be informed by facts and science. Thanks to science and mathematics, we understand now that masks, social distancing, frequent, rapid, mass testing, and contact tracing are all fundamental to keep our communities safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet policies at the federal level have not consistently reflected these facts; for example, choosing not to incorporate a mask-mandate in the US has had serious consequences. As Michael Dorff and Michael Pearson stated in a recent Math Values blog, “We encourage MAA members, regardless of political persuasion, to speak out for the value of science and mathematics, and hold our leaders accountable to make use of the best possible scientific evidence in policy decisions.” The social sciences are part of this community, helping us understand how to effectively communicate these practices to people, while also simultaneously analyzing our practices and policies with a critical lens. Critical race theory, referenced in recent Executive statements by the President of the United States, is an established social science inquiry which is grounded in decades of scholarship. It is misguided, at best, to reduce this theory to the race-blaming of white people and to define it and the discussion of systemic racism as a “divisive concept.” Furthermore, banning training utilizing this scholarship to raise consciousness, from federal and federal contractor workplaces, is an encroachment on science and the academy. At the first presidential debate this year, President Trump’s refusal to disavow white nationalism and his encouragement of groups that the FBI has identified as the greatest threats of domestic terrorism, only serves to reinforce the sense that his administration seeks to reverse decades of progress on civil rights for all citizens. These actions frame a current United States leadership that consistently promotes policy in direct opposition to data and science-based evidence.

    Although mathematics, science, and higher education develop fact-based theories and practices that should inform policy, they are also political because they exist within a highly politicized system. Acknowledging that the United States has serious systemic discrimination has somehow leaped from a political issue to a partisan issue. More alarmingly, what we see is a series of pronouncements apparently designed to suppress conversation and action on race and racism in the United States. The American Educational Research Association recently released a statement that clearly addresses this troubling pattern of the federal response to racial justice unrest in the US, which reframes the conversation on race and racism as “unAmerican.” We borrow from and add to their list of recent, deliberate actions taken by the federal government:

    A September 4th Executive Memorandum to all Executive Departments and Agencies states that “all agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on "critical race theory,” "white privilege," or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these unAmerican propaganda training sessions.”

    On September 6th, President Trump tweeted that the Department of Education was investigating schools using the 1619 project - a Pulitzer-Prize winning project meant to help fill a gap in mid-20th century US history by providing educational materials on slavery - and would withdraw funding.

    The September 16th launch of a Department of Education investigation into Princeton University weaponized a recent letter from Princeton’s President describing Princeton’s efforts to move forward with structural reform in response to reflection on their past. “On September 2, 2020, you admitted Princeton’s educational program is and for decades has been racist. Among other things, you said “[r]acism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton …” and “[r]acist assumptions…remain embedded in structures of the University itself.”

    The September 22nd Executive Order is framed by a preamble centering white men as being hurt by blame for racism in the US, which effectively extends the September 4th ban on racial equity training to all Federal contractors. It then defines a list of “divisive concepts” which, for example, includes the idea that the meritocracy is “racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race, as well as new terms such as “race and sex stereotyping” and “race and sex scapegoating” which seek to renarrate white fragility as racism against white people.

    The September 28th Executive memorandum, which directs Federal funding agencies to “identify all programs for which the agency may, as a condition of receiving Federal grants and cooperative agreements, require the recipient to certify that it will not use Federal funds to promote the list of concepts listed in Section 5 of the[September 22nd] Executive Order.”

    As mathematicians, we notice patterns - this is something we are all trained to do. We bring these Executive actions to our community’s attention for several reasons: we see the pattern of science being ignored and the pattern of violence against our colleagues that give voice to race and racism. We need to fight against these patterns. As educators, we also recognize the threatening pattern of banning education and withdrawing education funding to suppress conversations on race and racism, extending from elementary to postsecondary institutions to the workplace and research spheres.

    It is time for all members of our profession to acknowledge that mathematics is created by humans and therefore inherently carries human biases. Until this occurs, our community and our students cannot reach full potential. Reaching this potential in mathematics relies upon the academy and higher education engaging in critical, challenging, sometimes uncomfortable conversations about the detrimental effects of race and racism on our community. The time is now to move mathematics and education forward in pursuit of justice.


    Math Community Members:
    Carrie Diaz Eaton, Chair, Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics
    Francesca Bernardi, Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics
    Christopher Goff, Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics
    Kamuela Yong, Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics
    Margaret Reese, Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics
    Michael Pearson, Executive Director, MAA
    Michael Dorff, President of the MAA
    Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer, Senior Director for Programs, MAA
    Victor Piercey, Chair of the Michigan Section of the MAA
    Jenna Carpenter, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences
    Nancy Sattler, member AMATYC, MAA, TPSE, & Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences
    Kathryn Kozak, AMATYC President
    Anne Dudley, AMATYC Executive Director
    Yun Kang, AMS representative for Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences
    Omayra Ortega, Editor-in-Chief of the NAM newsletter and NAM representative for Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences
    Jennifer Quinn, President-Elect of the MAA
    James A. M. Álvarez, MAA Board of Directors & MAA Congress Representative for Minority Interests
    Marilyn Elaine Mays, Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences
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    If the stampman tells you to kiss his ass, shall he get away with it and live? Don't let your courage cool, or a few bullies scare you. We've nothing to fear but slavery. Love your liberty, and fight for it like men who know its value. Once lost it will never, never be regained.
    -Hugh Ledlie, 1774.

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