With the article appearing below, Dr. Hans Penner makes his English-language debut here on Laigle’s Forum. With the exception of the reference to Roman law, you could practically substitute “America” for “Europe” and “Germany” in this essay.
It is clear that a unified single agenda, which you can call the Left, or the international Left, is responsible for the changes occurring throughout the Western world.
Interestingly, it was a group of German leftist academics, known as the Frankfurt School, that contributed perhaps the most to the destruction of our American culture. Yet their stealth tactic was not a distinctly German one. In the late 1800s, a group of dedicated communists — including Karl Marx’s sister — had gathered in an upper-class residence in London to discuss just how communism could be implemented without violence, by promoting all of the sub-agendas without naming its name. They called it the Fabian Society.
How successful was this group?
Just to give you an idea: Tony Blair is a prominent member of the society. Bet you didn’t know this close ally of George W. Bush was part of such a group, did you?
You weren’t supposed to. Hiding out in the open is one of the most successful Fabian subterfuges and it is succeeding.
Europe could have a future
By Dr. Hans Penner
“The Decline of the West” (Oswald Spengler) is not an inevitable outcome of history but rather the consequence of political mistakes. Europe can have a future if this future is desired. The European Union does not show this desire for a future. We need another path. The path to the future is not hard to find. We recognize the path to the future if we see Europe as a tree whose roots must be cultivated.
Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany knew the path to the future. In his founding speech he quoted the Bible: “Righteousness exalts a nation.” Paradoxically, we find this path not through sustainability fantasies but by looking at Europe’s past: “There are three hills from which Europe got its start: Golgotha, the Acropolis in Athens and the capitol in Rome. The West is intellectually influenced by them all, and they can, and must, be seen as one.” Thus the tree of Europe has three roots: Greek thought, Roman law and the Christian faith.
Greek thought began with the decision to explain the cognizable world on the basis of natural causes. Logic and Mathematics were developed. Superstition, mysticism and myth were rejected. Thought and knowledge were systematized. Plausibility and working hypotheses became the bases of scientific thought. “Science is the recognition of reality for purposeful action” (Adolf von Harnack).
There is a vigorous attempt underway to sever this root. Postmodernism is characterized by rejection of thought and cognitive regression. Theologians boast of having no clue about science. Students of technology are scarce. The Bundestag (Lower House of Parliament) is approaching a complete lack of logic. Feelings are everything; thinking is hit or miss. Spirituality is in; plausibility is out. The solution to our problems is sought in absurd myths and viewpoints. Far Eastern mysticism delights our contemporaries. Public statements must be politically correct, not rationally founded. The Greek sense of order and moderation, and critical thinking are in disrepute.
Symbolic of our era is the irrational climate religion: “(Environment Minister) Jüttner is outraged that the Federal Institute (of Geoscience) is endorsing a new book by their colleague Ulrich Berner. This climate researcher attributes the so-called greenhouse effect primarily to the sun and not, for example, to industrially emitted toxins… Jüttner: “The inescapable conclusion that politics in Germany is insane really makes me furious!” (Hannoversche Allgemeine, May 18, 2001).
The provisional Minister of the Economy Renate Kühnast propagated anthroposophic agriculture, based on alchemistic notions. In Germany, a morass of superstition and esoteric thinking has spread widely.
The beginnings of Roman law were based on binding customs from which practical solutions to typical individual cases were developed. The separation between ius and fas, i.e., between civil law and religious custom, was concluded with the first legal record, the Twelve Tables (450 B.C.). Roman law was thereby separated from sacral oriental law. Modern democratic constitutional states are based on this separation of state and religion. The Romans also recognized the unity of the quest for justice with law. Law is directed as a challenge to our will.
There is an intimate relationship between natural law and Roman law. According to Cicero, it is natural law that creates and preserves human welfare. There can be common welfare at the expense of individual welfare. Humankind is invested with natural law. Justice is a frame of mind. It has its origin in nature: “Natural law was not brought about by a mere concept. It is an entity present in nature that nature has implanted in us.” Natural law is the law founded on the reason-endowed nature of man, independently of human legislation, unlike positive law established by the state. Human laws are based on natural law.
There is also an effort underway to sever the root of Roman law in Germany. There is a vast array of legal prescriptions that have no basis in reason. The relationship between law and legal consciousness is therefore lost. A concept established under Chancellor Helmut Kohl enables the illegal killing of innocent unborn humans to be perpetrated with impunity if the killing physician is presented with a “certificate of consultation.”
As Bernward Büchner, President Judge of the Administrative Court of Freiburg, said, this provision leads to the destruction of our sense of legality. To declare socially undesired people as “unworthy of life” is national socialist (nazi) ethics.
Islam, which is invading increasingly broad areas of public life, is incompatible with Roman law and hence un-Constitutional. The Federal Supreme Court has introduced components of Islamic religious law into German law, i.e., the slaughter of animals without sedation.
Christianity was founded in the near East by a Jewish craftsman named Jesus. At the age of 30 years, he began to challenge people to change their way of thinking. His teaching consisted of two propositions:
—we are to love God with all our heart, i.e., have a personal relationship with God.
—we are to love our fellow man as ourselves.
Jesus taught freedom of faith. He rejected all forms of religious coercion. Jesus healed sick people and asked people to trust him personally. Because of the conflict with the religious leaders of his time, he was executed by crucifixion by the Roman occupying forces in Jerusalem. Three days after his death, he appeared to numerous people in the flesh. No scientific doubt about the resurrection of Jesus is justifiable.
The Christian faith is one of the bases of European culture and of the high European living standard. The ethic of Christian faith is also the basis of the social market economy that permitted the reconstruction of Germany after the war and prosperity for all.
The concept of human rights came about as part of the Christianization of societies and states as the dignity of man was recognized in politics and law. Because a human being is free only in his bond with God, the source of all blessings, those persons and societies that minimize or reject God lose their freedom and run the risk of losing the privilege to exercise their rights.” (Miller)
The Christian faith is the target of massive assaults. Islam views the Christian faith as blasphemy worthy of death. In particular, the destruction of the family structure of our nation and the torpedoing of the principle of faithfulness and belief are anti-Christian activities.
What must be done today
This review of the cultural origins of Europe shows what must be done today for Europe to have a future:
—Europe’s cultural roots must be studied.
—Europe’s cultural roots must be cultivated.
—political forces that destroyed the cultural roots of Europe must be resisted.
Dr. Hans Penner is a chemist. He has taught in German universities and in the former Soviet Union.“““““““““““““““““““
This essay first appeared in the original German language at
Translated by Don Hank