Streetwise Professor

December 7, 2023

Universities, Bastions of Free Expression. As If.

Filed under: Politics — cpirrong @ 1:21 pm

Former University of California Chancellor Clark Kerr once famously said that “I find that the three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni and parking for the faculty.”

University presidents’ and chancellors’ jobs are much simpler now. No such multitasking! The job is now pander to leftists, pander to leftists, and pander to leftists.

This is not a heavy lift, moreover, because virtually all university presidents and chancellors are leftists, chosen by leftists for their reliable leftism.

Only when they leave the hermetically sealed environment of the “modern” campus (“modern” in quotes because now most universities are now a perverse mixture of the pre-modern and post-modern) do the presidents really face any real challenges. As when the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and Penn went this Tuesday (5 December 2023) to Capitol Hill to testify on antisemitism on campus. They put on a Herculean display of dissembling, evasion, and outright dishonesty.

I mean, what fools do they take us for? They all defended their letting virulent antisemitism run riot on their campuses by avowing their commitment to free expression.

I shit you not.

Who you gonna believe? Them or your lyin’ eyes and ears? To say that American universities are now viciously hostile to free expression and to intellectual diversity is to understate things. Vastly. They are Cancel Culture HQ. Censorship runs riot, and of course since they have censored with extreme prejudice in exemplary situations pour encourager les autres, self-censorship is the rule for those who might dare deviate from the program, lest their universities take the measures necessary to get their minds right.

The presidents (dishonestly) said they intervene only when expression crosses the line into conduct. This drew an incredulous response from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY): “Does that [antisemitic, genocide advocating] speech not cross that barrier? Does that speech not call for the genocide of Jews and the elimination of Israel?”

Penn’s Elizabeth Magill replied: “It is a context-dependent decision, congresswoman.”

So just in what context is calling for genocide on this side of the line, Lizzie? Rep. Stefanik thinks the same:

“That’s your testimony today?” Stefanik responded. “Calling for the genocide of Jews is depending upon the context? That is not bullying and harassment? This is the easiest question to answer ‘Yes,’ Ms. Magill.”

I predict that when pressed further, Dr. Magill and her like will abandon the Context Line and take shelter in the Nuance Line.

I have a very high tolerance for speech I consider offensive, and that most people consider offensive. The biggest problem with universities is that their tolerance goes only one way–left.

Perhaps I overstated things when I said university presidents have only one job. They also have the task of shaking loose large bank from donors and government. The only possibility for an even slight course correction is that the backlash to the rank antisemitism on university campuses will reduce the flow of donor funds. (Alas, it will probably encourage additional flows from the current administration.) But even there the hopes are slim. Universities will bob and weave and make insincere apologies and commitments to change. The intensity of the tumult on campuses will abate when Israel completes its campaign in Gaza. When it does, the donors will probably return, by and large.

Universities were the first conquest in the left’s Long March Through the Institutions. Its victory there would do Tamerlane proud, for the destruction it wreaked. To be honest, I believe they are beyond saving.

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  1. There is a simple test to determine the truth of your assertion that freedom of speech on campus only swings one way-left. What is the reaction to a faculty member or student who publicly states “There are only two genders, male and female, and sex is entirely biologically determined,” compared to another faculty member or student who publicly states, “From the river to the sea” about the conflict between Palestinians and Israel? Only when both can be stated in public on campus without fear of reprisals or intimidation is there true freedom of speech. What’s true for the goose must be true for the gander. Anything else is pure BS and dissembling by university administrators.

    Comment by Scott Irwin — December 7, 2023 @ 1:52 pm

  2. @Scott. Exactly. A litmus test.

    Comment by cpirrong — December 7, 2023 @ 5:12 pm

  3. @Scott Irwin: are male and female genders, or sexes? Does a statement about genders make sense, because it uses only male and female, or is it confusing concepts? My passport says ‘sex: male’. In German there is not even a word for it, there the English Gender is used for the idea of a social identity based on sex. But this is something else. Is there a social identity as trans, queer, non-binary etc.? Of course, there is. If tomorrow somebody starts identifying as ‘double-non-binary’ then there will be that social identity as well…

    @general: Now, Jewish for me is also a social identity, mainly something one identifies with. As far as I’ve heard, it were mainly the Nazi laws that made it ‘tangible’, people were treated as Jewish that did not identify as such or only in a certain sense, like they were from a Jewish family ( historically) but identified as German and Lutheran.

    Are there Jews amongst those leftists at the universities? Is the growing number of ultra orthodox Jews for the war against gaza and do they join military?

    Is left, right also as much a social identity as queer? You all just identify with believes obout a social reality…or?

    Comment by Mikey — December 7, 2023 @ 11:10 pm

  4. Also, what is ‘left and right’? Is it the same in the US as in Germany, Austria, Israel? So, you say in the US the Left is antisemitic? In Germany it’s the Right. In Austria I’d say both or not depending on other factors. Are the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox the far Right in Israel? They are mostly anti-zionist, don’t join the military, and think the others who don’t follow ‘all the rules’ are not even Jewish…

    Comment by Mikey — December 7, 2023 @ 11:24 pm

  5. Universities have baldly violated the tenure agreement for decades. The original idea was that universities were to get public money in return for dispassionate, non-partisan scholarship, with tenure providing job-protection against bigots.

    But now partisan indoctrination has replaced valid scholarship throughout — even in the sciences.

    Universities substituting political demagoguery for dispassionate pedagogy no longer merit public money. One would think using public money for politics is illegal.

    Any lawyers out there? Are there grounds here for a criminal complaint?

    The only cure is to entirely defund public universities. And no government grants to any academic in private universities, or to the universities themselves.

    The same may be said of K-12 in the US.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 8, 2023 @ 12:05 am

  6. @3&4 Mikey — only two objective human reproductive states exist: XX and XY; female and male. No matter someone’s insistence, XX or XY define their human reproductive state and their physical morphology. Surgical modification does not change that truth.

    Defining gender as an imposed or fashionable social construct depletes the term of all meaning. If anything is gender, then nothing is gender.

    No social definition has any objective content. One may as well identify oneself as a potato and call it one’s gender. Vege-gendered. Who could object, did they think as you describe?

    There are no objective criteria by which one can identify a non-binary, a gender-fluid, or a whatever-you-like human state. They are each and all indistinguishable from fantasy. Or from delusion.

    There are male or female humans attracted to others of their sex. There are males or female humans attracted to both sexes. Such people are nevertheless male or female.

    Participation in someone’s self-delusion is called in English enabling. Those who do so, are enablers. Like someone providing drink to an alcoholic — no doubt out of compassion — enablers of delusion are not providing a healthy environment for those deluded.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 8, 2023 @ 12:25 am

  7. @4 Mikey — left and right are fanciful political notions. The true divide is collectivism or individualism.

    Nazism/Fascism is not “right.” It is a collectivist ideology. So is socialism.

    The collectivist experiment has been done and the results are in: mass murder, poverty, terror, lies, ignorance.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 8, 2023 @ 12:29 am

  8. @Pat Frank: I don’t think really different. I’m just saying, there is a phenomenon that can be observed and I’d also describe it as not natural. In German the phenomenon is named by taking over the English word gender, so I understand you would would not associate the word with the concept. So, English now has no word with a specific meaning for it then, German has now by taking over the English one.

    Well, even individualism and collectivism may not describe it completely. Because there is individuals and there is a society. George Leonard described the human nature with the words ‘identity’ and ‘holonomy’. Identity here means the individuality and originality, everybody being unique, from fingerprint to heartbeat. And Holonomy as being universal like in a holographic universe. So, being original and as this also serving the common good, that’s natural I’d say. We need both. But we see hive-mind, conformity, less and less degrees of individual decision and freedom allowed and a selfishness at the same time, a society controlled and steered towards ideologies and strange ideas like ‘transhumanism’ and making money on it.

    Comment by Mikey — December 8, 2023 @ 2:28 am

  9. @Pat Frank: but more and more business, politics and society seem to primarily serve idiocy…

    Individual man is still man, an exemplar of the species. The individual part needs development, I’ve heard some say man is here to develop an individual soul, otherwise he’s got none but just a collective one inside a cluster. Psychologist James Hillman said we’re here for ‘soul making’.

    Because culture and species determine a lot. But that’s not all bad. Anthropologist Donald Brown called the latter ‘human universals’: – here a list of human universals after Brown and Pinker: .

    Comment by Mikey — December 8, 2023 @ 3:05 am

  10. The first time I heard the German word ‘Geschlechtsverkehr’, I mentally translated it as ‘gender traffic’, and wondered what on earth that was. It took a while to fathom it.

    I think we basically need to close most universities, sack their staff and start again. The simplest initial step might be to strip all of them of the right to award any form of degree. Some sort of act of attainder to expropriate them might be in order too. Their assets could then be given to new institutions that actually are universities, as opposed to Marxist monoversity madrassas.

    Government should give itself the power to strip their teaching staff of their degrees too. The scum testifying that hatred is contextual (which can only mean that it is not wrong to hate Jews) are not fit to hold any qualification that purports to indicate academic attainment.

    In fact, anti-Semitic terrorist supporters should be stripped not only of their degrees or university places, but also of their citizenship. We need to revive the concept of exile and apply it not only to odious immigrants, but to all murderous moral incompetents wherever born. Elizabeth Magill needs to be stripped of her position of poisonous influence and expelled from the country. She can go to Yemen or somewhere. She’s a moral relativist so she will find nothing about life there to dislike.

    Comment by Green as Grass — December 8, 2023 @ 11:18 am

  11. @Green as Grass: exactly, but in everyday language use ‘Sex’ is used for the act of it, ‘Geschlecht’ for male or female (officially one could be registered now also as ‘indetermined’ or ‘other’) but when it comes to gender theory etc the word ‘Gender’ as taken from the English is used, therefore it’s always linguistically in a separate sphere.

    Don’t have an opinion about US universities, but in general I think they should stick to general laws and rights, like the constitution or human rights and focus on academic tasks. A engineering degree should not depend on morals. But students should focus on studies and networking, not on protests when it hasn’t something to do with the university itself. When they think it is primarily the place to take and demonstrate sociocultural and ideological views, then something has gone wrong already. The 68ers had something to protest for I guess. But I’m surprised so many US students should know where Palestine or Israel is or any specifics about it…

    Comment by Mikey — December 8, 2023 @ 12:42 pm

  12. “human rights”: you get no rights simply for being human. Man is a social animal: your rights stem from the society of which you are part.

    Who invented the absurd idea of “human rights”? I don’t know. Greeks? Christians? Anyway, it’s one for the bin; it leads to little but error and confusion.

    Comment by dearieme — December 9, 2023 @ 1:35 pm

  13. “From the river to the sea”. Asked, fewer than half these dimwits could name the river or the sea. (Answers included the Nile and the Caribbean.)

    This is fairly basic stuff. If you want to take a view on some subject, you might like to know something about the actual subject.

    Not in today’s university universe. That would be patriarchal or supremacist, or – even worse – white.

    Is there some conspiracy to make Harvard / MIT / Penn grads as stupid as the average in the name of equality?

    And what happened to all those rapists who were all over US campuses a few years back? Did they all go to Gaza after graduating?

    Comment by philip — December 9, 2023 @ 4:07 pm

  14. @dearieme: where human rights come from can easily be googled. Personally, I grew up near Nuremberg, to me it’s quite vivid that there are human rights even when society does take one’s rights away…that ‘even’ Jews, Sinti, Romani, Gays, Jehova’s Witnesses, Communists, Anti-Fascists and people who stay normal (I’ve met a lady who as a young women was brought to a KZ because she refused to great with ‘Heil…’ and stayed with ‘good morning’) do have human rights. I also remember a Dutch lawyer that once stayed in the same B&B in Jerusalem and she told me she loves law, esp. ‘natural law’ and told me about it (a source of human rights). She still needed 2 days where she did not talk to me, after visiting Yad va’Shem, to digest it…

    Comment by Mikey — December 10, 2023 @ 3:45 am

  15. @dearieme: in school we’ve got a judge from a court in Nuremberg for traffic education. He told us ‘When the traffic lights are green you don’t just walk across the street, you first look and when there’s no car coming then you walk. When they are red, you look, and when there is no car then you walk across the street, you don’t wait until the lights turn green. Because the traffic lights are not there to be obeyed, they are just an aid for crossing the street savely.’

    And during Corona, there were suddenly no rights anymore, Professors were declaring that because that cold wave (that was even not a big one) would have been unprecedented, because they would not have personally experienced something like this, there would be exceptional powers to the gov and that constitution, basic law, rights, normal sane procedures, all don’t apply anymore, because it would be a new situation…and everybody needed to obey silly rules…you don’t take the so-called vaccination, you don’t have rights…etc.

    So, sanity, reason, modesty, natural ‘human’ rights cannot be at disposal of society, but we ain’t got new Nuremberg trials yet…

    Comment by Mikey — December 10, 2023 @ 4:20 am

  16. Sorry for typos, greet, safely…alwaxs see them after submitting the comment…

    Comment by Mikey — December 10, 2023 @ 4:29 am

  17. Killing Joke, ‘War on Freedom’, 2015 :

    Comment by Mikey — December 10, 2023 @ 6:16 am

  18. philip was not just right, it’s worse…

    Comment by Mikey — December 10, 2023 @ 9:44 am

  19. @8,9 Mikey — I mostly agree with you. Evolutionary Biology governs my approach to the problem of human description. Humans are social animals. We have at least 50 million years of social evolution, and about 2 millions years of culturally obligate evolution.

    These evolutionary traits are built into our genetics. Human societies appeared, self-organized, and evolved without ideology. Later, ideology was invented among us, took root, has taken advantage of our evolved affinity for society, and has perverted the way many think about society and social organization.

    Think of collectivism and ideology as a kind of mind-virus that has taken advantage of a vulnerability produced by our evolved trait of sociability.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 10, 2023 @ 12:21 pm

  20. @12 dearieme — so you claim leave to enslave, because no one has right of ownership to their body.

    Societies can confer no rights. They confer only privilege. From that arose all the mass murders of the 20th century.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 10, 2023 @ 12:27 pm

  21. @GreenasGrass If we can sandwich the word for athletics into the middle of ‘Geschlechtsverkehr’ (as is possible, the Hun likes using long portmanteau words) then we may have a new ‘summary’ word for Clark Kerr’s administrative priorities: Geschlechtsleichtathletikverkehr.

    I’m so jaded these days that I just use stories like these as a marker of whether we continue to move deeper into folly or are slowly coming to our senses. No turning point yet, sadly.

    Question for American readers: Does the execrable Lloyd Austin’s threat to Congressional reps ‘If you don’t gimme more money for Ukraine we’re gonna send your relatives to the front lines’ constitute an attempt to intimidate them in the course of their business and therefore an impeachable act?

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — December 10, 2023 @ 2:16 pm

  22. @Ex: if you use ‘Sport’ instead of ‘Leichtathletik’ (‘light-athletics’ = ‘track-and-field’) it could make some sense in German…but it’s not really a portmanteau, like ‘Californication’…

    Comment by Mikey — December 10, 2023 @ 4:04 pm

  23. @Mikey Like the Germans sticking the word for ‘traffic’ in their noun for sex/gender, it wasn’t meant to make any sense. They have an odd sense of humour.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — December 11, 2023 @ 5:00 am

  24. @Ex-: Mark Twain wrote a funny essay about ‘The Awful German Language’ that addresses this topic amongst others – :

    These things are not words, they are alphabetical processions. And they are not rare; one can open a German newspaper at any time and see them marching majestically across the page–and if he has any imagination he can see the banners and hear the music, too. They impart a martial thrill to the meekest subject. I take a great interest in these curiosities. Whenever I come across a good one, I stuff it and put it in my museum. In this way I have made quite a valuable collection. When I get duplicates, I exchange with other collectors, and thus increase the variety of my stock. Here rare some specimens which I lately bought at an auction sale of the effects of a bankrupt bric-a-brac hunter:







    Of course when one of these grand mountain ranges goes stretching across the printed page, it adorns and ennobles that literary landscape–but at the same time it is a great distress to the new student, for it blocks up his way; he cannot crawl under it, or climb over it, or tunnel through it. So he resorts to the dictionary for help, but there is no help there. The dictionary must draw the line somewhere–so it leaves this sort of words out. And it is right, because these long things are hardly legitimate words, but are rather combinations of words, and the inventor of them ought to have been killed. They are compound words with the hyphens left out. The various words used in building them are in the dictionary, but in a very scattered condition; so you can hunt the materials out, one by one, and get at the meaning at last, but it is a tedious and harassing business. I have tried this process upon some of the above examples. “Freundshaftsbezeigungen” seems to be “Friendship demonstrations,” which is only a foolish and clumsy way of saying “demonstrations of friendship.” “Unabhaengigkeitserklaerungen” seems to be “Independencedeclarations,” which is no improvement upon “Declarations of Independence,” so far as I can see. “Generalstaatsverordnetenversammlungen” seems to be “General-statesrepresentativesmeetings,” as nearly as I can get at it–a mere rhythmical, gushy euphuism for “meetings of the legislature,” I judge. We used to have a good deal of this sort of crime in our literature, but it has gone out now. We used to speak of a things as a “never-to-be-forgotten” circumstance, instead of cramping it into the simple and sufficient word “memorable” and then going calmly about our business as if nothing had happened. In those days we were not content to embalm the thing and bury it decently, we wanted to build a monument over it.

    Comment by Mikey — December 11, 2023 @ 5:14 am

  25. “so you claim leave to enslave, because no one has right of ownership to their body.” You are being unusually obtuse. History shows there is no “human right” not to be enslaved: history is littered with societies that kept slaves.

    It also shows that various societies did develop the social right/civil right not to be enslaved. In many societies you can even date the introduction of that civil right/social right with reasonable precision. Yet the human status of the people changed not a whit, what changed was the customs or laws of their societies.

    Comment by dearieme — December 11, 2023 @ 11:11 am

  26. The interesting thing about ‘Geschlechtsverkehr’ to me is exactly that ‘Geschlecht’ means both sex and gender. In the context of horizontal athletics it means ‘sex’, and in the context of grammar it means ‘gender’. You have to work out the whole phrase to know which is more likely, which is how initially got to ‘gender traffic’.

    Linguistically both come from Latin via French, but ‘gendre’ originally meant type or nation while ‘sexe’ always meant XX or XY.

    There is no semantic distinction available in German whereby you can claim that sex and gender are two different things. You can’t be a woman in gender while being a man in sex, and it speaks volumes that in order to create this phoney distinction, German has had to import a second word that does not exist in the language so as to fabricate a distinction that does not exist either.

    Comment by Green as Grass — December 11, 2023 @ 12:17 pm

  27. Dearieme
    I don’t think Pat Frank was being obtuse, but I suspect you are being mischievous.

    Yes universal human rights are a social construction, and thank God for that. As a bonus, it allows us to hate those who we deem to have violated them.

    Comment by philip — December 11, 2023 @ 12:34 pm

  28. @Mikey – Yep Twain was awaketothegame early on. Thanksfortheextract.

    @Green – I think it’s James Lindsay who has proposed the whole ‘woke’ thing is based on linguistic ‘motte and bailey’ trickery using Englische words. So for example, ‘inclusion’, everyone is in favour of inclusion, right (well maybe not here in the Prof’s den, but it’s ‘motherhood’ to most). So ‘inclusion’ in its ‘motte’ sense, the sense in which it is used normally, becomes a policy of governments, govvy departments, businesses, community groups, etc. And then the woke brigades come along with their ‘bailey’ interpretation – that ‘inclusion’ actually means ‘no white people, especially not white men, and really no white Christian men’, and the policy comes to reflect this woke interpretation. But this linguistic footsie only works with English words – hence the incorporation of the English ‘sex’ into German, to facilitate the woke interpretation and policy programme.

    Links – the English ‘links’, not the German ‘Links’ – don’t work for me here, so Goggle Search ‘Stealing the Motte: Critical Social Justice and the Principle of Charity’ for Lindsay’s conjecture.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — December 11, 2023 @ 8:04 pm

  29. @25 dearieme — “You are being unusually obtuse. History shows there is no “human right” not to be enslaved: history is littered with societies that kept slaves.

    You make a peculiar argument. Why do you think behavior determines rights? Why should violation of rights obviate the existence of rights?

    @27 Philip — consider this: historical recognition of rights represents an advance in understanding. Rather like the development of Evolutionary Theory, for example.

    Evolutionary Theory is not obviated because history is littered with societies that believed, and indeed enforced, special creation. The positive is dearieme’s logic.

    Rights are not a social construction. They are an inborn possession of every human. Rights can be trampled upon. But not removed.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 12, 2023 @ 1:08 am

  30. Pat – as in “inalienable” [rights]. How’s my Englische?
    [all: thank you for an entertaining German tangent. Illuminated this gloomy NY day]

    Comment by Tatyana — December 12, 2023 @ 2:50 pm

  31. @30 Tatyana — yes. Except not endowed by a creator. Intrinsic by no objectively defensible hierarchy of the human state.

    Also, it’s great, although the Englische spelling betrays a bit of tongue-in-cheek.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 12, 2023 @ 3:20 pm

  32. @31 Pat: yep. Creator need not apply. Spelling is a h/t to #28. Tongue, as well as cheek[s] are intrinsically mine.

    To all: in spirit of true International, our radio presents this beautiful Iranian song

    Comment by Tatyana — December 12, 2023 @ 4:05 pm

  33. @32 Tatyana — if I may ask, what is your training?

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 12, 2023 @ 4:17 pm

  34. Industrial Engineer->Interior Architect-> Interior Designer-> Space Planner, &&&
    [immodest self-reference re: my profession:

    Comment by Tatyana — December 12, 2023 @ 4:26 pm

  35. @34 Tatyana — here’s what got me to your full site:

    If you’d really like a factual riposte to that LinkedIn Islamo-nutcase, read Bat Ye’or’s The Dhimmi.

    LinkedIn’s “Trust and Safety Team” is untrustworthy and dangerous. They merely enforced progressive views. They cancelled my LinkedIn account for refuting the ClimateCrisis™.

    So, how’s your math?

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 12, 2023 @ 4:44 pm

  36. If you donate to Harvard, don’t. Pull all funding. Rescind planned funding. Claw back any funding you already donated.

    Be transparent and intentional. Harvard will be in their Marxist indoctrination of students. The free market will bear out, and Harvard will burn.

    Don’t hire Harvard grads. Make them work at Walmart.

    Comment by Jeff Carter (@pointsnfigures1) — December 12, 2023 @ 7:12 pm

  37. @ EGSROALB

    One of the ways we may be more than usually exposed to Marxist gibberish is that it is propounded in Amerenglish, which allows it to ooze in. This is much harder if it has to be translated.

    One structural problem, as we have noted, with trying to persuade Germans that sex and gender are two different things is that the German words for them are not. The German word for sex is Geschlecht, while the German word for gender is Geschlecht. Another problem with infesting Germany with wokery is its naming obligations around children. This sums it up quite well, in English:

    “As part of the process of obtaining a birth certificate, baby names have to be approved by the civil registration office (Standesamt). The Standesamt will typically consult a list of approved names, and with foreign embassies for foreign names…

    An appropriate German name is one that is first recognised as a proper name. It cannot be associated with evil (e.g. Satan, Lucifer) or deemed religiously insensitive (e.g. Christus or Jesus). A name cannot be a product, brand, surname or a place name. Finally, German names have to indicate the child’s gender and they are not allowed to cross (one exception is Maria, which can be used as a boy’s second name). Neutral names (e.g. Alex, Kim) must be followed by a second name that indicates the child’s gender.”

    France has similar rules, I think.

    The German law around naming of children contemplates no problem in determining the sex of a child, even thought it’s a core tenet of trans dogma that mistakes are possible and frequent. Nor does the language itself allow a child’s sex to be one thing and its sex to be the other thing. It simply does not recognise any distinction.

    I’ve never really seen the German language as an asset in the same way that English is, but in its powerful inoculation of deutschsprachig society against malevolent Marxist bullshit, I am coming to see its advantages.

    Comment by Green as Grass — December 15, 2023 @ 5:06 am

  38. @GaG: but there is now a new ‘Selbstbestimmungsgesetz’ – Self-Identity-Law, Self-Determination-Law – in the making. Everybody above 15 alone, if younger through the parents, with three months prior notification, can change his/her(it’s?) sex entry and name at the civil registration office, once a year or so…There are names with different sex/gender use in different countries…e.g. ‘Andrea’ is female in German, male in Italian, this may be a solution for some, but not really my issue. I remember, while working at a hospital instead of military and civil service, a – how do you say it – originally male transexual patient – we needed to use the male civil name by law and for health insurance purposes and then manually overwrite the patient list with the female name for the phone registry and entrance, because the visitors did not know the male civil name. When I was younger a few years transsexuality was about sex mainly, now you don’t know why they’d bother anyway…or it’s about making money with amputating teenage-girls’ breasts…

    Comment by Mikey — December 15, 2023 @ 2:26 pm

  39. @GaG Many thanks for that. The point you make in your first para is indeed James Lindsay’s point.

    It’s a black day for us Anglos, when the Krauts can claim to have a stronger grip on sanity than we do.

    I wonder how das Standesamt treats requests to name boy-kinderen ‘Adolf’. Is it now a proscribed name? One would hope so.

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — December 15, 2023 @ 5:31 pm

  40. @Mikey Thanks for that.

    Some of the investigative reporting I have seen suggests that trans-mania is indeed, and was conceived, as a money-spinner, producing life-long demand for hormone and other medication.

    ‘We try to be cynical, …’ etc

    Comment by Ex-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — December 15, 2023 @ 5:33 pm

  41. @39 Ex-: ‘Adolf’ is allowed as first name, however the ‘Standesbeamte’ = registrar needs to check every case and needs to approve the naming (may get a burden for the child); however the name is not in fashion anymore anyway. But I disagree about proscription. The name is an old German name, that was too big for Mr. Hitler-Schicklgruber, who was Austrian; I think you cannot give him the monopoly on this name, same as you can’t give certain groups or meanings a monopoly on the rainbow or rainbow colours. Depending on the etymology it could be short for Adalwolf, from ‘adal’ = noble (Adel = Nobility) and Wolf = wolve (German name forms also Ulf and Wulf), or short for Attaulf, from ath/atta = father and ulf/wolf = wolve, or short for Hathovulf, from had = fight and ulf = wolve. Could also be written Adolph, and has forms like e.g. Aike, Adolphus, Adi, Adi, Dolfi, Engl. Dolph and Aethelwulf, Ital. Adolpho, Finn. Aatto, Atte, Span. Adolfo, Adolfito, Fito…there are tons of historical people with this first name:,-F%C3%BCr%20den%20Namen&text=Dabei%20handelt%20es%20sich%20um,Athaulf%20handeln. But not many more recently, exception Adolf ‘Adi’ Hütter, born 1970 in Austria, Soccer Coach, currently managing AS Monaco.

    Top 5 German male first names according to
    1900: 1. Wilhelm, 2. Karl, 3. Heinrich, 4. Hermann, 5. Friedrich (21. Adolf)
    1920: 1. Hans, 2. Karl, 3. Heinz, 4. Kurt, 5. Werner (47. Adolf)
    1940: 1. Peter, 2. Klaus, 3. Hans, 4. Jürgen, 5. Dieter (30. Adolf)
    1960: 1. Thomas, 2. Michael, 3. Andreas, 4. Peter, 5. Frank (Adolf not in the Top 200)
    1980: 1. Christian, 2. Michael, 3. Sebastian, 4. Stefan, 5. Jan (Adolf not in the Top 200)
    2022: 1. Noah, 2. Matteo, 3. Elias, 4. Finn, 5. Leon (Adolf not in the Top 500)

    Comment by Mikey — December 16, 2023 @ 3:49 pm

  42. @32 Tatyana: thank you for the version of Hava Nagilah. Do you know ‘La Mantovana’ aka ‘Il Ballo di Mantova’ or ‘Fuggi, fuggi, dolente cor’…’a popular sixteenth-century song’? With later versions e.g. as Smetana’s ‘Vlatava’ or Israel’s national anthem ‘Ha Tikvah’… . A version I like: .

    And what came to mind today, talking about Jewish-Russian ‘Exports’…Sophie Milman with ‘Ochi Chernye’ (!Caution! it’s infectious): The music is not Russian-gypsy; it’s the ‘Hommage Valse, Op.21’ of German-Polish composer Florian Hermann (1822-1892): (not sure whether this is the original version, though). The song is not “a Russian traditional song but a cabaret song”…

    Comment by Mikey — December 16, 2023 @ 4:24 pm

  43. Encore – came across a cool version – Les Yeux Noirs (Dark Eyes) | Django Reinhardt | Pomplamoose ft. The Vignes Rooftop Revival – …didn’t I write it’s infectious…

    Comment by Mikey — December 16, 2023 @ 5:27 pm

  44. Last word – my favorite Mantovana version by Ferrini on Harpsichord – more intense and expressive than even Smetana’s orchestra:

    Comment by Mikey — December 16, 2023 @ 6:41 pm

  45. Good morning (here), but for those who’d like to continue a bit with the 20ties vibes, German language vibes in the US and Jewish culture combined, we’d get into Yiddish (which is 80% a Germsn dialect). Do you know what a Galitsianer is?

    Mainly English version with a great video:

    Original Yiddsh version with nice pictures in the video:

    Comment by Mikey — December 17, 2023 @ 3:09 am

  46. Last word here: I did not find the original musical version of ‘Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn’ which is said to be a Duo, the first part of the lyrics is clearly for man. Mikey Milken has a version, but only sung by a man who’s Yiddish doesn’t sound too original and close to the lyrics in my ears:

    Comment by Mikey — December 17, 2023 @ 3:54 am

  47. This combo is pretty hot too.–UABwqW9Sg

    A Merry Christmas to our host and all the commenters, it’s been a delight to discover this site.

    It didn’t seem promising at the time. Being born in a stable is a bit crap, unless you’re a horse. Having a single mother. And yet rising to the right hand of God. Social mobility! I love it!

    Comment by philip — December 24, 2023 @ 5:16 pm

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