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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Bruce Bawer: For the Destruction of European Ethnic Identity: Part II

by Clare Ellis
Part I | Part II | Part III


The American Melting Pot compared to European Multiculturalism


Gay men kissing on a parade
Bawer defends Secular Hedonism
Bawer claims Muslim radicalism in Europe is an integration problem that has been facilitated by Leftist policies that afford special rights to immigrant minorities. These special rights have enabled Muslim immigrants to self-segregate into closed communities, preserve illiberal cultural practices, adhere to a parallel legal system, and affect change on many levels of society. Any criticism of these developments is vehemently condemned and silenced by Leftist dhimmi authorities.

In comparison, Bawer thinks the American assimilating melting pot model of immigration integration is a spectacular "success." America views immigrants with "respect," sees them as "individuals" and "potential assets," and treats them as "free, self-determining Americans" whereas Europe "condescends" them, perceiving them as "needy cases, wards of the state" — victims — and as "members of an ethnic and religious group," a collectivity with particular customs that needs to be preserved.1

A dire result of European multiculturalism for Bawer is the trumping of individual rights by collective rights of minority groups; differences between cultures rather than between individuals are respected and preserved. What this means is that "ethnic Europeans are viewed as individuals" but Muslims are not as they are seen as members of the Muslim community, a "common identity [that] is determined entirely by skin colour, ethnicity, and religious background." The consequence of this thinking and practice has led, according to Bawer, to the view by the European establishment that intolerance, self-segregation, and forced marriages within the immigrant community are "aspects of cultural difference" that must be accepted in a multicultural society.2

Bawer claims Europeans adopted multiculturalism not out of respect of ethnic differences but because they have "a profound discomfort with the idea of 'them' becoming 'us'."3 European multiculturalism presents itself as an anti-racist method of preserving the diversity of distinct non-European cultural and ethnic identities, but it is actually an ethnocentric strategy to maintain the ethnic homogeneity of Europeans in the face of large-scale immigration from the Third World. Because Europeans are aware of their ethnic differences, non-European immigrants are not treated as individual citizens but rather as "guests;" they are seen as members of a particular ethnic immigrant group irreconcilable with the national identity of the host country and, in consolation, are given special rights to remain separate, promote and celebrate their collective ethnic identity.

For Bawer, multicultural policies are merely segregating tools related to the "widespread" bigotry and xenophobia in Europe and have prevented immigrant minorities from assimilating into mainstream society and assuming a common national identity. These bigoted multicultural policies partly explain why Europe has a problem with radical Islamism: they have repelled many of the "most liberal and easily integrated" Muslims from immigrating so that Europe is left with "the more illiterate, reactionary ones" instead. Furthermore, rather than multiculturalism being "an act of generosity" Bawer thinks it is really an "act of cultural self-hatred and cultural suicide." Bawer perceives that this "deep self-contempt" and xenophobic European multiculturalism, as well as Leftist PC dhimmitude, have provided the conditions for Islamic radicals to flourish in Europe at the expense of liberal democracy.4

The solution that Bawer suggests to counter Leftist-enabled Islamism is for Europe to be more careful when selecting Muslim immigrants — "[a]uthorities must simply be more careful about whom they let in" — and to scrap multiculturalism in favour of the American way: assimilation into a non-ethnically defined national identity and the glories of liberal individual rights. He writes:
the answer to the narrow strictures of fundamentalist Islam lay … in democratic liberalism, pluralism, and tolerance — the liberty that had made America prosperous and powerful.
In this view, if all immigrants, especially Muslims, assimilate into a liberal democratic Europe which treats them as individuals and citizens rather than as guests with a separate collective religious identity, then Europe would have no problem with Islamism. He believes that Islam can be compatible with democracy and liberalism but the onus is on Muslims who "must discover more liberal ways of understanding their faith." Furthermore, Muslims in Europe "can defeat extremism by disavowing and discrediting it as an expression of Islam" and their children must not "be raised to see their religious affiliation as the be-all and end-all of their identity."5

What Bawer essentially wants is the casting off of collective ethnic, racial, and cultural identities by non-European immigrants and European natives alike so that all peoples will assimilate into a neutrally defined common national identity based on a set of secular liberal democratic values. This is paramount to him. He wants people to be individuals — a diversity of characters — with their own lifestyle in tune with liberal rights but does not want people to identify with an ethnic collective displaying a distinct and unified way of life. The epitome of successful American-style immigrant integration, "a true melting pot, an immigration triumph" is to him, the Chinese restaurant in a European town with Asian waitresses who speak several languages and the laughing mixed race couple eating Chinese food with their mixed-race child.6 The notion of nationhood and identity based on an historic ethnoculturalism is anathematic to his dream of a world-wide American-style monoculture based on abstract human rights.

On the one hand Bawer rightly states that European nations have had long and continuous ethnically contained histories prior to large-scale immigration from the Third World and are still "ethnically very homogenous" compared to America; on the other hand he dismisses this when comparing American integration to European integration models: Europeans "don't understand the radical process that is true integration — a process that's been a part of American life for generations" because Europeans are too aware of their ethnicity and too wary of allowing outsiders to take part in their centuries old traditions. He writes that across Europe there is a
reflexive, inflexible clinging to native customs; the identification of nationality with ethnic identity; and the equation of membership in the society with an attachment to long-standing tribal traditions — all this is still part of the fabric of Europe, and it continues to make true, full, American-style integration next to impossible.7
Bawer assumes that integrating European immigrants into a melting pot like America is necessary and good and that the ethnocentric identity of native Europeans must be replaced by American style values. Imagine telling this to non-White ethnic groups such as the Japanese, the First Nations of Canada, or the Buddhists of Tibet.

Under the rubric of multiculturalism, unlike ethnic minority groups, when ethnic majority Europeans define themselves by their skin color and native traditions they are called retrograde, racist, or white supremacist. Bawer wants to prevent any ethnic group from having an ethnic identity — immigrants and natives alike — and wants to scrap the multicultural model and replace it with assimilation and eventually channel all peoples of the West into an American-style liberal melting-pot democracy.

Like a typical Neocon, Bawer blames Europeans Elites and natives for the failures of Muslims to integrate into society and for the presence of Islamism in Europe. It does not occur to him that many Muslim radicals in Europe are third generation immigrants, many are refugees, many are illegal immigrants, many are radicalised over the internet and by satellite TV, many feel disillusioned from the impartial consumer society of liberal individualism, many are indeed angry at the military endeavours of the West in the Middle East, and many aim to conquer Europe and the West whether or not it practices multiculturalism or assimilation. He also does not seem to fathom that people have strong attachments to their particular cultures and ethnic identities and will come to America, to Europe, and to the West for economic reasons only; they will stick together and keep their cultural particularities, practicing their way of life in private if necessary, and will push against and not conform to the universal idea of American monoculturalism, no matter how much Bawer et al want it.

Bawer also fails to perceive that the supposedly non-discriminatory model of universal liberal democracy has not worked in his beloved America either. Although he tries to convince the reader of the superiority of American style immigrant integration this does not mean that the U.S. is a model to emulate or does not suffer from its own problems. In fact, the American-style melting pot model is not even a reality. There is no common American identity other than abstract individual rights and there is copious evidence of multicultural-like features characterising the US: emphasis on ethnic diversity in education, employment, and government, separate ethnic/racial groups, immigrant enclaves, Black ghettos, ethnic minority rights, abuse of individual rights, a non-White victim culture, La Raza, Black Pride, race-related crimes, and so on. Not only is assimilation or the melting pot not real, but the so-called democracy of America is questionable. A recent report by two university professors suggests that America is more like an oligarchy than a democracy.

Bawer also thinks that anti-American and anti-Israel media propaganda in Europe damage good relations between America and Europe, relations which he thinks are necessary for combating Islamism at home and abroad. He wants Europe to adopt American-style assimilation and foreign policy, both of which, in Bawer's mind, have allowed America to be free from any internal Islamic threat or threat from other immigrant groups. Maybe he thinks that the numerous Muslim terrorist attacks on Americans and on American home soil, illegal immigration from Mexico, the La Raza movement, Black pride groups, the reduction of White American population to a minority by 2042 and its celebration by non-whites, clashes between ethnic groups, and the fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, are nothing to worry about. Bawer's love-blind praise for America means he cannot see these problems for what they are: problems of immigration and race mixing.

While Bawer is not wrong in blaming the presence of radical Islam in Europe on Leftist thinking, nowhere does he factor in other elements that have contributed to Islamism in Europe, such as the effects of open border practices, illegal immigration from neighbouring Muslim countries, weakened European ethnic interests due to not just Leftist but also Neocon political correctness, Western military intervention in the Middle East, the antagonistic situation of Israel-Palestine relations, general anti-Westernism, robust Muslim family and community traditions, and Muslim transnationalism that links to the Middle East by strong physical, spiritual, and political connections (family, marriages, I.C.T., pilgrimages etc.). Although he mentions some of these things in other contexts they are off the table for reasons as to why radical Islamism is in Europe. Only Leftist Elites are to blame and multiculturalism has to go.

Bawer doesn't grasp (or does not care) about the tragedy that has unfolded for native Europeans. He doesn't perceive that Third World mass-immigration, cultural Marxism, and Neocon universalism are assaulting European indigenous culture with equally destructive results as Islam. Although multiculturalism is better than assimilation as it recognises that ethnicity and cultural roots matter for people's identity, the problem with it is that it does not afford the White majorities of Europe the right to preserve their societal culture, identity, and history. In the end, assimilation is not the answer to European problems of Islamism as the fundamental problem facing Europe today is large-scale Third World immigration.

Bawer welcomes Large-Scale Immigration from the Third World


Bawer is plainly pro-immigration, spouting the typical well-worn alarmist reasons for it:
Western Europe desperately needs immigrants. The native population is aging and its numbers are on the wane….more and more workers will be needed to keep national economies from shrinking and to help pay for mounting retirement benefits and hospitalisation costs….there's no reason why the difficulties posed by fundamentalist Islam should prevent Western Europe from maintaining a steady flow of immigrants.8
Bawer has no problem with mass-immigration from the Third World if it means immigrants assimilate into the contemporary Western way of life defined in terms of abstract individual liberal rights for all. All immigrants as well as natives must assimilate into a liberal democratic culture and not demand special ethnic considerations. If Muslims in Europe assimilate into an individual rights based society, become secular, abandon their collective identity and their illiberal beliefs and practices, and stop their terror attacks on the West, then they can stay and more can come too.

Bawer seems to think that only Muslims pose an integration problem due to their strong collective identity and their militant radicalism, which are banes to American global supremacy in Europe. He believes no other ethnic minority groups in Europe are a problem as they have accepted their minority status and are integrating quite nicely; they do not demand special accommodations, do not bomb and commit terrorist acts against the West, are not anti-capitalist or anti-democratic. Bawer doesn't comprehend that all other ethnic minority groups pose a threat to ethnic European identity and homelands. He doesn't consider Third-World immigration a threat because he doesn't consider the erosion of the White identity of Europe and the West as a problem. In these regards, he has, along with other Neocons, several elements in common with Leftism: he is for massive immigration from the Third World into the West and miscegenation, he outright rejects distinct ethnic identities, especially of Whites and Muslims, and completely opposes the right of Whites to maintain and preserve their identity at the national level in their own homelands. In the end, he thinks ethnic identity does not have a place in the American plan for global supremacy.

Bawer obviously fails to see that immigration itself is a problem for the existence of European peoples themselves. Across the Western world non-Europeans are creating problems for the majority White populations: the Chinese in Vancouver, the Hindus in Bradford, the Mestizos and Blacks in America, the Black, Asian, and Arab Muslims in Europe and Australia. Not only are non-European immigrants in Western Europe a problem, but so too are Eastern Europeans since the joining of Western and Eastern Europe into the European Union. This Union has led to a flood of East European immigrants flowing to the West, which threaten the distinctive nationalities of Europe at large.

Although he opposes multiculturalism and favours assimilation, like Leftists and other Neocons, Bawer supports the political ideal that all the races of the World should come to and exist in the West and that all races should mix together there. Neither Leftism nor Neoconism stress the importance of preserving real ethnic diversity in the world. Nor do they show concern for the demographic replacement of native Europeans in the work force, schools, and government and the displacement of indigenous Europeans from their neighbourhoods from non-European high birth-rates and large-scale immigration. They have no qualms about White peoples being overwhelmed, stifled, and dispossessed by the practices of mass-immigration. Rather, they encourage and celebrate these destructive processes.

Bawer considers the destruction of the ethnically White character of the West as necessary, and not just for financial reasons. He thinks immigration from non-European countries is essentially culturally-enriching. Take for example these statements:
Time and again…I've encountered immigrants who've brought values and habits to Norway that the country needs more of [and immigrants tend to be] much friendlier…than Norwegians.9
Bawer is plainly anti-European. He has a malicious perception of Europe and European peoples. He does not consider the diversity of ethnicities and cultures in the world as goods in themselves. He does not understand that geographical boundaries are integral to ethnic distinctiveness, or that ethnic distinctiveness is necessary for the brilliant diversity and vitality of the multitude of cultures of the world. Nor does he comprehend that ethnic particularity is a necessary feature of the psychological identity of social groups and that belonging and identifying with a distinct ethnic group with a collective identity and shared language, cultural heritage, norms, values, and traditions is an intrinsic feature of human psychology and of all human societies that have existed throughout human history. He wants to completely overhaul the traditions and character of Europe so to suit the needs, wants, and aspirations of the American global supremacist social engineering project, which aims towards the imposition of a universal monoculture on the whole world.

Massive immigration into Western Europe is plainly and simply an unethical practice that amounts to the cultural death and eventual genocide of European peoples.




[1] Bruce Bawer, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within (Anchor Books, 2006): 55, 58
[2] 66, 64
[3] 56
[4] 70, 72, 70, 219
[5] 68, 218, 234, 230, 229
[6] 188
[7] 50, 74
[8] 68
[9] 69



Part I | Part II | Part III

14 comments:

  1. In light of Bawer's dislike for European ethno-nationalism, and his own ethnicity, I wonder what his position on the UKIP is, http://jpupdates.com/2014/10/29/rise-anti-immigrant-party-parliament-alarms-british-jewry/

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  2. Thank you for writing these articles, I think you have clearly refuted Bawer's perspective completely, at the same time you have laid out a very clear and highly readable account of the New Right i.e. it's philosophical and political pitfalls. I am always amazed by how much I learn from the articles and essays on this blog.

    Just one last point, in the comments on part 1, I think it would be a good idea if some of the contributors there, read or reread Prof. Duchesne interview with Le Harfang in August. I think several points or comments came up there that are very germane to their comments as well as to these articles. Cheers!!!

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  3. It's one of the tragic ironies of political theory that individual liberties are only possible within an ethnic monoculture. As soon as you go to a multi-cultural model, you're forced to seek refuge in your own ethnic and cultural enclave. If you turn that around, as Bawer wants done, you strip individuals of group protection and expose them to the predations of more cohesive groups.

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    1. Why tragic? The very institution of civil rights could only have been developed within the context of a particular community. People who have a stake in particular community see the benefit of ensuring certain standards for their compatriots, often people with whom they share a cultural or familial bond, or with whom they identify with in some important way. Life is survival of the fittest. Do you really think that people historically would have struggled and fought for the civil rights of some abstract 'individual' that they had no tangible connection with, all in the name of some imaginary notion of equality? Religious fanatics maybe, but on the scale an of entire society, I just don't see it happening. There is a reason why the concept of civil rights arose in some of the most racially and culturally homogeneous parts of the world. Civil equality and ethnic identity go hand in hand.

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    2. You're right; tragic was the wrong word. It is ironic though that civil liberties, ie. freedom, can only be preserved by restricting the movement of peoples. All of which was just an aside. I agree with the main trust of your argument absolutely.

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  4. This is an excellent essay. How do I get my MP and MPP to read and actually address this issue????


    I've made sure they can't say they have never recieved this information, but they need to be forced to actually address it. No more excuses.

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    1. You raise a very good question here, the only thing I can think of "off the cuff" as it were. Is to set an appointment with your MP and MPP. Then show up and explain to them that you have been doing some research along these lines, give a short highlight if necessary, and that you would be very appreciative to get their take on the matter. Give them a hard copy of the articles, better than emailing it to them, and ask them when would be a good time to come back and hear their perspective on the matter. Be sure to tell them that you understand that they are busy, but at their earliest convenience would be great. Set a tentative time, thank them for their consideration, then book the time with their secretary as you leave.

      Be prepared, to have the appointment reset several times, be determined and keep going back. After several attempts, if they still don't want to discuss it. write a short letter to your local newspaper, stressing that "why is it my MP or MPP is not interested in hearing concerns from yourself, a voting member in their electoral riding?" " Are they interested in hearing the concerns of anyone?" and so on and so forth.

      Be sure, to keep a meticulous record i.e. time, date, what was said, etc. You may have to use this information to badger them in to speaking with you. Better yet, go with a bunch of likeminded people, it would be best if there are some eligible voters in the electoral district. Play with it, have fun, if they really try to stall you, make a banner, signs, call the paper, post on blogs, hand out leaflets, etc. Remember, to highlight the fact, that the MP/MPP doesn't care about the voters concerns or interests.

      At first, don't focus on multiculturalism, let this develop organically overtime, rather it's all about them having no time for the people of their riding. I am sure there is more, this is just to get the ball rolling.

      I would be very interested in hearing what you do with this, I am sure most readers of this blog would be.

      Great question, Cheers!!!!

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    2. I have an appointment with my M.P. on Nov. 13. The idea of taking a hard copy of this and other articles is excellent. I'm going to start, however, with an agricultural analogy. We got rid of threshing gangs with the introduction of combines, vastly reducing the manpower needed. Therefore, any scheme to replace higher cost workers with lower cost immigrants blocks automation and innovation. It also has the deleterious side effect of changing the very society doing the importing.

      I'm going to put this idea on our mailing list. If you're not a member, consider joining by using this link.

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  5. "The epitome of successful American-style immigrant integration, “a true melting pot, an immigration triumph” is to him, the Chinese restaurant in a European town with Asian waitresses who speak several languages and the laughing mixed race couple eating Chinese food with their mixed-race child[xvii]."

    If only Americans were content with enjoying their empty, rootless happy-meal culture in their own mess of a country and stay out of others' affairs like their founding fathers told them they should. Instead they seem intent on infecting all other cultures around them, perhaps like a leper who secretly longs for someone to suffer with him. I can say from experience that the effect of America on Europe, both politically and culturally, has been entirely negative, ever since it took over management post-WWII. Even Eastern Europe, which saw a re-bound after the collapse of state communism is not immune I'm afraid, and many foolish people there are eager to imitate the great cultural wonder of the West.

    The problem is that under Communism, America and the West were seen as the veritable Promised Land, all the more so for being proscribed by the socialist elite. Unfortunately, even decades later, the generations that grew up under Communism never grew out of this attitude, and it has been passed on to the younger generations, who've come to regard America as the paradise they must escape to. The media has been almost completely taken over by the United States, such that almost everything that's played on the radio or television comes from America. The result is, ironically, that culture in Eastern Europe was much more vibrant under Communism then it is now. Back in the 80s, Eastern European students were writing music that would have given Willie Nelson a run for his money, now 90% of what you hear over there is Black rap and generic American club pop, and if native kids make anything at all, it's an imitation of the aforementioned.

    But the corrupting influence isn't just on the level of pop culture. I remember recently watching a debate about homosexual adoption in Poland. Compared to Western nations, Poland is still fairly conservative on these sorts of issues, but although I didn't stay to hear both sides of the debate, I had a gut feeling that whatever consensus Poles decided on afterwards, the outcome would still be a victory for the liberals. The reason is that, unlike the West, Eastern Europe never really had a large intellectual tradition of its own, partly because the middle class was almost entirely occupied by Jews until the 20th Century. The result is that while leftists have the support of a huge body of American-backed cultural marxist thinking, the right consists almost entirely of antiquated clerical conservatism supported by a rapidly aging generation. Even if many elements of Western liberalism seem strange or distasteful to young Easterners, it has the added credibility of being supported by America, that glorious hub of world culture and modernity. It's hip.

    That's why I came to the conclusion that the biggest enemy of Europeans is not Muslims, it's not even Jews per se, it's the United States of America, and I pray every night that it's collapse as a country comes as quickly as possible. It's the best hope we have of European survival anywhere on the planet.

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    1. An interesting comment, I like your attack on American culture, after having lived, worked and traveled throughout Asia for the past twelve years, I can verify that there is much to what you say. The point that I would like to address, and it is a simple point, is on the role of media.

      At this point in time, it seems to me, that no western G8 nation has any foreign policy that isn't first examined by Israel and then approved. In other words, the US, UK, Canada,Germany, France, etc. have no foreign policy of their own. At least, certainly not the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and for the most part New Zealand; all reflexively genuflect to Israel.

      Now my point is this, it's obvious that western media is run and controlled by Zionists, who are very happy with the miscegenation of the European people. The US being the country with the most military clout; is it surprising at all, that the state of affairs that you cite above are occurring. The US at this point in time, are equally a tool for Zionists to use, just as is Canada. The one thing I did learn about communism after living in three communist countries is this. For the people, their is utopian socialism, better known as Marxism, but for the elites, there is an apartheid country, i.e. Israel, where the socialism is not applied to the ruling class. Similarly, the first transformation of western civ. will be to the reality as outlined by the cultural Marxists. It's all about transforming the social/cultural reality of the European people, which includes the Eastern Slavs as well, and this is not addressing the situation with the Asians.

      http://redicecreations.com/article.php?id=26797

      A name that was once easy to find, is at this time difficult to find. I did a search for relevant information but could turn up nothing I am not sure why this is. Anyhow, his name is Kohovendorf Kaligheri, I would appreciate if your search turns up, what use to be, easily found information.

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  6. "The epitome of successful American-style immigrant integration, “a true melting pot, an immigration triumph” is to him, the Chinese restaurant in a European town with Asian waitresses who speak several languages and the laughing mixed race couple eating Chinese food with their mixed-race child[xvii]."

    The epitome of an Israel Zangwell melting pot, but the founding Americans? Highly unlikely.

    By R.B. Bennett
    Leader of the Conservative Party 1927-38, Prime Minister of Canada 1930-1935
    House of Commons Debates, June 7, 1928, pp. 3925-7.

    . . . Read the history of the United States, read what is written in every magazine in that country by thoughtful men, and you will find that the principle of the melting pot has failed; and they are quite apprehensive. Every thoughtful man in the United States, every keen observer, every man who travels, every author, everyone who shapes and moulds public opinion in the universities and in the great foundations-all these are bewailing the fact that uncontrolled immigration has been permitted into that country, to such an extent that there is now in the United States a polyglot population, without any distinctive civilization, and one about which many of them are in great despair . . . it is because we desire to profit by the very lessons we learned there that we are endeavouring to maintain our civilization at that high standard which has made the British civilization the test by which all other civilized nations in modern times are measured . . .

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    1. Interesting quote, when Bennett refers to "uncontrolled immigration" does he mean Slavs, Italians, Irish, French, and basically anyone who does not come from the UK ? I am just curious that's all - Cheers!!!!

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    2. There was a literacy requirement and a geographical restriction so as to preserve the kindred values of the founding Americans/Canadians.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Restriction_League

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  7. Please let others know about how your meeting with MP and MPP's go.

    Very important. Be sure an use 'Mantra style' thinking in discussing these issues.

    Discuss with MP's, record it, and then make them publicly accountable

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