Due to a flaw in Word Press’ Quintus theme, I have moved this post: here.
Since WordPress’ Quintus theme doesn’t look well in laptops, especially with its narrow quotation style, today (January 5, 2013) I moved this post: here.
I am against abortion too, but for reasons totally alien for those who are still struggling inwardly with their families. See what I say about feminism in my blog The West’s Darkest Hour.
In that blog you’ll see that I oppose capitalism too. But, again, for reasons not only unfathomable to Alice Miller’s fans but to leftists as well. Believe it or not: I oppose capitalism because I am located miles away to the right of the likes of Nixon, Reagan, Bush and the Christian fundamentalists.
Impossible to understand what the hell do I mean without reading my above-linked blog. Anyway, for those who cannot digest the strong meat of The West’s Darkest Hour, I’d advise starting with the fourth part of my book Whispering Leaves about child abuse from the psychohistorical viewpoint.
Finally, every single commenter at Daniel Mackler’s and Dennis Rodie’s forums freaked out before my approach to Psychohistory. No one has even tried to discuss the issues at length. None of them.
Reason: My interpretation of psychohistory, if faced with brutal honestly, would metamorphose the naive Miller fan into a conservative racialist. And given the fact that the overwhelming majority of 21st century westerners are intellectual cowards, I expect they will continue to behave like cowards when confronted with reality.
Update of 14 July 2011
BO (“Becoming Other”), who asked me not to reveal his name, has been emailing me even after I clearly asked him to read my above-linked book on Psychohistory if we are to have any coherent discussion on important subjects. He either hasn’t read it or hasn’t commented anything about it. Furthermore in his forums he continues to write Lefty stuff like this:
Attacking the Family System doesn’t just mean attacking parents, though this is important. Rather it means attacking all that is unfair in society. It means fighting for all the political left has always fought for.
Nope! Sorry, but leftism has been thoroughly refuted in the blogsites and webzines linked at my blogroll list at The West’s Darkest Hour. Therefore, next time BO e-mails me without addressing what I’ve been trying to communicate in my book and blog, I’ll limit myself to reply with a link to this entry. Anyway, this was my e-mail reply to BO’s e-mail a week ago:
It is good to see you’re still there.
I now believe that all of the “big minds”, Dennis, Daniel and Bernard (who a few years ago posted under the penname of Bookish) who have been reading Miller are intellectual cowards. When I discovered that they were unwilling to discuss Psychohistory I realized that they were cowards.
Daniel closed his forum when he got real intellectual opposition coming from me. Dennis on the other hand said explicitly that I was not welcomed anymore at his forum, and Bernard (Bookish) actually expelled me from his private phpBB “forum”.
My new intellectual friends, white nationalists, have nothing to do with Miller. But since they want to expel from the West the millions of immigrants (e.g., the Muslims, who according to psycho-historical research treat their children even worse than whites) they are doing exactly what must be done to protect the rights of the child in Europe and in North America.
Bernard is the son of an Egyptian Muslim woman who abused him badly as a child. Dan is the son of a Jewess who also abused him. Dennis is a hundred percent white. As you know, I live surrounded by Amerindians in Mexico, who treat their children worse that the few Iberian whites who live here.
As long as the Miller fans don’t address the bridge that took me to the racialist camp—my book [linked above]—I’ll have nothing to say to them. And now you are confronting them with still another issue: the fact that therapy and enlightenment are per se dissociation!
I have concluded that there are stages of awakening. These guys have chosen to remain in the dark. What we need are more honest and valiant readers of Miller. The problem is that I can’t find them over the net. My educated guess is that there’s not a soul in the entire world who has reached similar conclusions of what moved me to write “Whispering Leaves” together with what I say at “The West’s Darkest Hour”.
This was a polite way of telling BO that I will not tolerate leftist rants against the West unless and untill what I say in my book is actually addressed, given that it refutes leftism in the sense of defending my civilization against one of the Left’s main tenets: cultural relativism.
On the basis of what Daniel Mackler (photo) wrote in his forum back in 2006-2007, I collected a few key sentences for my Amazon Books review. As stated in my previous post, this longer review got probably censored by Mackler but I reproduce it for this blog:
Unlike an academic book that Daniel Mackler coedited, and unlike another coauthored Mackler book with many authors, Toward Truth: A Psychological Guide to Enlightenment is Mackler’s most personal statement. Both in the book’s front cover picture and in its contents, Mackler’s “Enlightenment” concept is so central (“This is about my favorite subject, more precious to me than all the others, really”) that it merits an analysis of its own.
First question, is Daniel Mackler truly “enlightened”? As a child advocate, what strikes me the most about the books and writings of Mackler, including Toward Truth, is the fact that he gives no credit to Lloyd deMause, a well-known social thinker for his work in the field of psychohistory. DeMause lives in Mackler’s town and started to publish on abusive childrearing when Danny was a little kid. Of course, when one finds out that the ultimate conclusion of deMause’s psychohistory is that childrearing methods are even worse in non-western cultures, the reason for Mackler’s aprioristic dismissal of psychohistory becomes obvious.
Like most New York Jews of his age, Mackler is an extreme liberal who subscribes the post-modern fads of our suicidal Zeitgeist (of the books I’ve reviewed for Amazon, take a close look at my review of Preserving Western Civilization by Michael H. Hart). Mackler may not be fully aware but he unconsciously subscribes what anthropologists call cultural relativism. Mackler wrote:
This [deMause’s “psychoclass” concept], to me, accounts for the danger in just labeling another culture inferior, or labeling them totally “infanticidal.” It basically says that they are totally evil, vile, useless, and moronic—and that we have nothing to learn from them, whereas this might not always be the case. Likewise, it makes it too easy to idealize ourselves…
Of course, Mackler is ignorant of psychohistory. Neither deMause nor other psycho-historians say that the tribes are “totally evil” or “totally infanticidal”, and they never, ever idealize themselves.
When a New Age therapist like Mackler pursues “full internal connection” that purportedly culminates in “Enlightenment”, is he saying it’s possible to heal the real world through introspection without political action (yes: even war against inferior cultures, as the Romans erased notorious Carthage, which used to burn their children alive)? To put it bluntly, when confronted with conservative political thinking, Mackler distorts psychohistory and magically turns gruesome historical facts, like infanticide and child sacrifice among aboriginals, into navel gazing of his own body. Elsewhere Mackler wrote:
Chances are I’ll never make it to New Guinea [the home of a notorious infanticidal tribe], and they’ll never hear of me. My job—our job—as I see it, is to “reform the most regressive psychoclass” within ourselves, to heal within. Part of me is still primitive and regressed.
Mackler thus confuses the objective world where non-westerners abuse their children more than we do with his petty, New Age-ish subjective world. He is essentially saying that his job is to be free from his traumas within, as if such practice would put an end to the infanticidal behavior of New Guinea parents!
Infanticide at Oceania and in the surviving tribes of the world may not have a direct impact on our civilization. But since both women and children are badly mistreated in Islam, the ongoing massive migration of Muslims into Europe has become an issue.
This should be a no-brainer for genuine child advocates. But I am appalled by the fact that both Miller’s and deMause’s fans—including Mackler and even Mackler’s critics!—, are willfully ignorant of it. Here I cannot discuss the books by Bruce Bawer, Robert Spencer, Oriana Fallaci and many others. Suffice it to say that the collapsing demographics of white westerners are placing in great danger the child advocates’ cause and what deMause calls “helping mode” of childrearing. This is because, like Mackler himself, many potentially helping parents are refusing to breed. To boot, Muslim immigrants are breeding profusely, and they crave to impose Sharia Law in their adopted European countries—i.e., Koranic law, which mandates greater abuse on women and children than what we male westerners do.
A book written in… Mars?
It took Will Durant more than three decades to write the monumental The Story of Civilization. After finishing the ten volumes of the Story, it followed the essay The Lessons of History, which reflects both Durant’s erudition and his accumulated wisdom. I read The Lessons of History in 1996 and would like to quote some excerpts from one of the chapters, “Biology and History”. It resonates with the point I am trying to make against Mackler’s ethics (“My real point of view is about how horrible most [Western] parents are and why they shouldn’t have children, which I addressed in the Alice Miller paper”). Durant wrote:
So the first biological lesson of history is that life is competition. The second biological lesson of history is that life is selection. We are all born unfree and unequal. Nature loves difference. Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization.
Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. Leave man free, and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteen-century under laissez-faire […].
Utopias of equality are biologically doomed.
The third biological lesson of history is that life must breed. Nature has no use of organisms, variations, or groups that cannot reproduce abundantly [like homosexuals, whom incidentally Daniel Mackler vehemently defends]. She has a passion for quantity as prerequisite to selection of quality. She does not care that a high rate has usually accompanied a culturally low civilization, and a low birth rate a civilization culturally high; and she sees that a nation with low birth rate shall be periodically chastened by some more virile and fertile group.
It is amusing to find Julius Caesar offering (59 B.C.) rewards to Romans who had many children, and forbidding childless women to ride litters or wear jewelry. In the United States the lower birth rate of the Anglo-Saxon has lessened their economic and political power. So the birth rate, like war, may determine the fate of theologies; just as the defeat of the Moslems at Tours (732) kept France and Spain from replacing the Bible with the Koran.
There is no humorist like history.
Compared to Durant’s Story, Mackler’s Toward Truth seems to have been written in Mars. The central problem is Mackler’s pet concept of “Enlightenment”, a state of mind that… Mackler himself defines! (“no dreams”, “no unconscious” and other similar stuff). Yes, it is Mackler the one who defines when a Caucasian person is enlightened enough and thus has the right to have children. Absurdly, Dan Mackler doesn’t preach to the Muslim immigrants to stop breeding; let alone has he suggested, like in some essays of Preserving Western Civilization, to expel them (and other Third World child abusers) from Europe and the U.S.
If Mackler’s “Enlightenment” or Thou Salt Not Reproduce ethic were just his personal decision for not getting married and having kids, I would not object. But Mackler is preaching to others: “they shouldn’t have children” (my emphasis). Yes, Mackler places his bar to get the right to breed so high that he believes that the Enlightened one, presumably the reproductive guy, will have no need to dream! Obviously if every westerner followed Daniel’s advice, both Western Civilization and the white race would go extinct. If psychohistory got its facts right, Mackler’s little utopia would leave the world’s children in far greater danger of being abused in the surviving non-white, non-western cultures.
How can we understand Mackler’s extraordinary mind? In Toward Truth: A Psychological Guide to Enlightenment, whenever Mackler speaks of the abused child he refers to him as “he”, while the abusive parent is a “she”. This makes me read his text between the lines.
Using his real name, Mackler has confessed in his YouTube videos that the perpetrator in his life was his mother. Curious… Couldn’t his distribution of gender roles suggest that the fuss he made on poor Alice Miller (presumably because her occasional sexual fantasy, not acts, toward her offspring) be Mackler’s own projection? What exactly his mother did to him when he was younger? Alas, Mackler has stated that he won’t publish his four-volume autobiography during our lifespan, where he discusses what happened to him. He wrote:
I have made certain decisions regarding keeping most aspects of my personal life personal […], so it might come across as hypocritical for me to pick apart the personal lives of others, and I sometimes feel a guilt about this. With [Ellie] Van Winkle, though, she has been dead for over five years, so I feel that is acceptable. Also, I have no intention of leaving my personal story untold forever. I have actually written a huge amount of it down, in excruciating detail, both in ways that tells the truth about my traumatizers and also tells the truth about the ways—both very healthy and very unhealthy—that I reacted to it. But I can’t see publishing it anytime soon—my thought is that it’s decades and decades away. Perhaps after I and many others have died. I don’t know.
Mackler is wrong. Toward Truth does not “take Alice Miller to the next level” as it says on the cover. It’s just the opposite. Unlike Mackler, Miller shared a lot about her intimate life. Andreas Wirsén has noted that statements such as the above are a step backwards from Miller’s soul-searching legacy. Don’t take my word for it. The proof in the pudding: just read Mackler’s books and compare them with Miller’s and see what do I mean.
I wanted to write a review debunking Mackler the very year that my beloved Alice Miller died. My conclusion is that child studies do indeed need to take her findings to the next level. But what we need is a saner turn, like merging Miller’s findings with psychohistory. I’ve written a book on this very subject (see sample chapter here), but the subject goes far beyond our present review.
Note of March 12, 2012:
And now, thanks to our complains, the reviews have been restored.
I have read the September 17, 2010 book-review in Amazon of the book by Mackler Toward Truth: A Psychological Guide to Enlightenment. The very title is imbued with the entrapments of the New Age. Below I quote part of the book-review I’ve just read in epistle form:
How are you? I finished reading the book and I agree with you to a great extent. By no means DM [Daniel Mackler] “takes Alice Miller to the next level” as it says on the cover and as he seems to see himself. There is nothing much new in this book that Alice Miller hasn’t already said, but in a much better, clearer and more convincing way. He has no real arguments to prove what he says and just repeats what he has read or heard elsewhere and adds some of his own personal points of view, which he has a right to of course, but which he shouldn’t present as general truths, for example his views on sex, relationships, abortion and having children or even keeping pets.
To me he seems a very frustrated person who has not overcome his own traumas as much as he thinks [my emphasis]. The whole book seems more like a personal diary, which may help him in his own personal quest to find himself, but I don’t find it very helpful for someone who is looking for a way out of his or her childhood trauma.
Before he works as a therapist or gives advice to others, he should get a lot of more things settled for himself, in my opinion. He touches a lot of general subjects and truths without getting deeper into any of them, unlike Alice Miller who concentrates on concrete cases and uses them to explain the general mechanism of how mistreatment affects the individual and the society.
Apart from that, I don’t really understand his criteria for enlightenment. Who defines when a person is fully, partially or not at all enlightened and thus has the right to have children for example? I think he generalizes far too much without giving convincing explanations for his opinions, which is ok, as long as it is just his opinion and not an expectation to others.
In general I don’t disagree with what he writes, because it’s obvious that his intentions are good and he wants to defend children. Maybe I wouldn’t go as far as you to call him abusive, I think it’s a question of definition, but I also found him confusing and not very precise, especially for people who read this book without knowing Alice Miller. I think he will rather confirm the negative options of people who reject or minimize the idea of the importance of childhood traumas than convince them. To me he seems to be a perfectionist and a puritan.
As to his language I found it simply horrible, hammering the same phrases over and over again into the reader’s mind, using anaphors (all the sentences starting with the same words) all the time (e.g., it comes as no surprise… if he is fortunate… he conceives… he imagines… etc.). This is the typical stylistic device used by a preacher or a politician who wants to convince his audience of something he has not completely understood himself, trying to give power to his words and to make up for the lack of genuine meaning. His style is demagogic, polemic and fanatic and he states a lot of common places and platitudes (something that he criticises in other writers). When I was reading the book, especially the first part, I visualized a fanatic man preaching to a big crowd. Besides I don’t like his distribution of gender roles, whenever he speaks of the abused child he refers to HIM as HE, while the abusive parent is always a SHE, the same when he speaks of the therapist: the (enlightened) therapist is always a HE while the patient is a SHE. I think this is just discriminating and sexist use of language, even if it is exchangeable, it’s quite significant.
[Paragraph unrelated to Mackler omitted. Note that Mackler himself has confessed in YouTube that his mother was the perpetrator in his childhood—cf. Wirsén’s point about post-Miller entrapments. Search for the phrase: “the author secretly smuggling out and reworking, often lying about and numbing, their abusive emotional childhood…”]
Back to DM I think his book is definitely not a great work of art, but whoever writes a book writes it from his or her own point of view, and it’s up to the readers what we make of it: if we like it or if we consider it worthwhile. Every attempt to make people aware of the connection between childhood dramas and the state of our world is good.
Conclusion: let’s write a better book, a more practical one that might really appeal to people who usually don’t read this kind of books.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Note of October 9, 2011:
The above review is gone! It looks like Mackler asked Amazon Books to censor this review from their site.
My own review was deleted from Amazon too, on the excuse that I quoted Mackler violating his copyright. Actually my review was removed twice! But then I re-submitted it without the quotations and, at least for the moment, this shorter version of my review can be read at Amazon.
Note of March 12, 2012:
And now, thanks to our complains, the reviews have been restored.
Only thanks to you
Could I finally see
What was done to me
Below I translate today’s short obituary of a grateful follower of Alice Miller, the Spanish psychologist José Luis Cano-Gil. It contrasts dramatically with the ungrateful “followers” of Miller such as Daniel Mackler, whose website contains as to date no obituary about her decease.
Though this was expected from someone as egocentric as Mackler, something similar could be said of some ex friends of mine. They show no gratitude to Miller even after her decease. Unlike these ungrateful “sons” of Miller, here there are Cano-Gil’s touching words:
I just received an email with horrible news: Alice Miller IS DEAD. I am shocked. My mind is empty… The tears rise to my eyes… She is dead. Alice Miller. My spiritual mother. The spiritual mother of my work, my website, this blog… Of all of us.
Thank you, Mrs. Miller, for your tremendous courage and humanity… For your great wisdom, born—alas—from your own suffering… Thank you for the lighting guide, example and freedom experience you have given to all of us…
Admirable Alice Miller, courageous explorer of pain and truth, discoverer of routes beyond human shadows with our perpetual remembrance and gratitude: THANK YOU!
Rest, at last, in peace.
Revised in 2011 and heavily edited from a series of 14 entries I originally wrote for a blog in Spanish
Note of 25 May 2013:
I moved this post here: