First, They Ignore You….

Then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. Gandhi

Over the years I have written many letters and emails to politicians, MPs, Senators, Congressmen, Legislators and Ministers. Many people say this is a waste of time, sometimes you get a reply and its rare that your efforts will get any result. I say do it anyway, there is a method to my madness.

If you carefully use the system to your advantage, you can put these people on notice of a problem or impending problem. Usually when a problem is exposed, the people who should have known better and prevented it, will be the first to plead ignorance and pretend they knew nothing. When the story emerges they will plead they knew nothing, but you have proof that they did know because you had informed them.

They will ignore you, but at their own peril. If they choose to ridicule you or fight you, at least your side of the story is coming out. In Ireland, it is virtually impossible to get accurate information and statistics. The secrecy with which the system operates allows the system to hide behind the law. In Ireland when a group of people protested the deaths of children in State “Care”, the Minister for Children asked the Child and Family Agency for a report on the deaths. The Minister was told this was none of his business, which technically was true. The Minister is not entitled to know about any case before the courts. This is still true today, so you have a situation where the top person in charge is oblivious of what the people in her department are doing.  There is no “Leadership” at the upper levels because the system and the law intended to protect the children involved also prevents any scrutiny and exposure of wrongdoing.

I advise people to complain to CPS. Many will say this is pointless because CPS will investigate CPS. I helped make a complaint against a manager and the person who investigated was the manager himself. Essentially the manager investigated investigated himself and found himself innocent of any wrongdoing. Later in court, the judge was handed the complaint and the findings by the manager. The fact the complainant followed the process completely turned the case around. The judge saw through the deception and could see that CPS were putting their own interest before the interests of the child. The system is a; “Self Protecting Ecosystem”.

One thing that has come up a lot lately is children showing up to “Contact” with obvious injuries. When the parent asks how the injuries occurred, they are told not to ask and not to pursue the matter as they are emotionally abusing the child and causing them emotional distress. Let me be very clear. If your child shows up with injuries, you must immediately call the Police to investigate. Under the laws of Ireland the Gardai (Irish Police), have the right to remove any child from anywhere if they reasonably believe the child to be in danger. The only caveat is that the danger to the child must be established. This is covered under Section 12 of the Childcare Act. Most countries have similar legislation. In any case, if there is evidence of abuse, regardless of the perpetrator, Police must investigate.

I know many parents who’s children died in State “Care”. All of them would advise you to call the Police if your child shows up with any evidence of injury. I know of cases where children died of neglect because their “Carers” didn’t act responsibly. I know of very few cases where these “Carers” were held accountable, mostly because of the secrecy involved.

Use every opportunity available to you. You have to play their game, on their turf by their rules but you can still beat them with their own incompetence. Make every report to every State Body and make sure you do it within the allowed time-frame, usually a year in most cases with few exceptions. Occasionally, someone will listen and champion your cause. When this happens, you will win your case because they fought you and lost.

If CPS and “Care” is ever to be reformed, it will only be because people fought for accountability.

Joe

In the absence of another explanation, we will keep your child in “Care”……

Can you imagine sentencing a man to death on the basis of;

  • The man can’t explain how the victim died
  • The man is not an Expert in the field of the subject he is accused of
  • The man offered an explanation but the prosecution sought witnesses who would disagree withe the defense expert witnesses
  • The experts on both sides examined the same material but came to different conclusions
  • One expert for the prosecution has a history of previously perjuring themselves and was responsible for miscarriages of justice where innocent people were convicted and later proved innocent
  • Where the entire case of the prosecution rests on nothing more that hearsay and circumstantial evidence?
  • I could go on and on with this list

Actually I know of a case where a man is on death row for a “crime” which Science has proven quite impossible and has offered a very plausible explanation which is supported by science. At the present time a judge is deciding if he deserves a new trial, despite all the controversy surrounding his case. His case is here at this link.

In normal circumstances, if you don’t have corrupt prosecutors and inept scientists, these cases would rarely happen given the scrutiny in a Criminal Court, but let’s be honest, they do happen, a lot. When you are up against the State, you might be up against 60 people working to prove you guilty and may only have a Public Defender on your side. A lawyer with little time and little resources, but occasionally they succeed. Justice is supposed to be predicated on the belief that 10 men should go free before 1 innocent man is convicted. Obviously that doesn’t happen.

Compare all this with Family Court.

  • Hearsay may be the only evidence used to take your children away
  • You are not entitled to full disclosure and may not see the evidence against you
  • You are guilty until you prove yourself innocent but will not be given the opportunity
  • The “Burden of Proof” is so low that you could lose your children forever on nothing more than suspicion, hearsay, or “evidence” that would not be allowed in an open court.
  • You will be gagged, twice. Once by the court under threat of prison if you say “anything to anybody”, and again by social services who will use your child as weapon against you and deny you access until you cooperate

I am reading an appeal at this minute which social services have based their case on nothing more than “in the absence of another explanation”. I have seen many of these cases before. In all the cases I have seen, Police investigated and no crime or evidence sufficient to prosecute, and still, the parents were punished with the removal of their children. Under the Human Rights Act, it states; “There shall be no Punishment without crime”, a colleague of mine Ian Josephs has been pointing this out since the 1960’s since he first took an interest in the topic of Child “Protection”.

Parents should be alarmed that on the whim of someone working for government, that you could lose your child forever. People could arrive at your home tomorrow and dictate to you how you should live and raise your child. Of course every case of child abuse or neglect must be investigated, but social workers are not trained in investigation and in fact don’t even do investigations, they do “Assessments”. If an inept or corrupt social worker has decided you will lose your child, there is  little you can do to prevent it. The normal rules of Justice and Law don’t apply.

This is not to say that CPS cannot be beaten, my colleagues have done it many times, unfortunately we cant discuss any case, but we can educate you.

I wrote a chapter in the book entitled “How’s that working for you Phil?” in which I mentioned TV Psychologist Dr Phil McGraw. Phil said he would rather see 1,000 children taken if it saves one child. This is the prevailing belief with Child “Protection”, not just Phils opinion. I mean no disrespect Phil, but taking 1,000 children is Child Abuse, however I don’t doubt your sincerity. Abusing 999 children and subjecting them to a horrendous experience will no doubt cause many of them to suffer PTSD. Many of these children will never return home even though their parents have done no wrong. The child and the parents will be left brutalized by their experience. Those children who don’t return home will be dumped on the street on their 18th birthday. Taking 1,000 children to find the 1 abused child also makes the system 999 times more expensive than it needs to be.

In the absence of another explanation Phil, how’s that workin for ya?

Joe

Persecution Strategies of Social Workers

In Sweden, where Family Courts are not secret, where parents are not gagged, a Social Worker wrote an excellent paper on the topic of how parents are persecuted by social workers. When it was written, it was widely circulated by victims of Child Protective Services (CPS), but didn’t create many shock waves in the Social “Care” Industry itself. The 106 page report can be read or downloaded here by clicking this link. 

In my own experience and that of my colleagues, I see an insane pattern in cases that repeats and repeats;

  • Take the child from the parents
  • Lie, cheat and steal, exaggerate, perjure yourself, distort facts to make them more damning against the parent
  • Tell the child the parents are bad people
  • Alienate the child from their parents and siblings over a period of time
  • Lie to the Foster “Carer” and tell them the child was horribly abused to get them on your side. If they ask why aren’t the parents in jail for child abuse and neglect, move all children from that home
  • Tell the children their parents don’t love them, initiate Stockholm Syndrome in the child so that they feel helpless and make them dependent on you. Tell them they are never going “home”, this is your new home
  • Avoid reporting any crimes by the parents or foster “carers”, to Police. Once a crime is being investigated, social workers lose all control of the case and cannot coach the child or manipulate the parents
  • Delay, delay and delay. Keep the child in “Care” as long as possible. Demand reports from experts who are on your side and will write damning reports to keep the children. Stall for time as much as possible to alienate the child from their parents
  • Cut Contact and Visitation with the parents as much as possible over time. Call the parents a few hours before contact to tell them that contact is cancelled because your Social “Care” driver or supervisor is not available. Tell them the child has a routine doctor or dentist visit. Every moment the child spends with the parents reinforces the love between the family, your goal is to break up the family
  • When sufficient time has passed, tell the judge that the children are happy in their new home and removing them from “Care” would cause further harm to separate them now
  • Once you have successfully alienated the child, it is time to remove the parents rights, a Full Care Order or Forced Adoption is in order.

A colleague of mine has just written a book for parents which is basically a “How to get your children back manual”. It will be very interesting reading given some of the cases he and his partner have been involved in. I hope Darren will write a guest blog for us and when the book comes out we will help promote it.

Most people believe that Child Protection is working, this is the public perception. It is only when social workers show up at your door that most people will realize that everything they previously believed about Law and Justice no longer applies. When they arrive, you realize you are way out of your depth and your previously held belief that you were living in a reasonably free and democratic society has dissipated in the space of a few minutes. Make no mistake, you are in an “Alternate Universe” and you are in for the fight of your life. Most people who fall afoul of the system are left damaged, broke and broken by the process.

To understand what you are up against would take many months of study just to get your head around this. This is why I wrote the Secret Courts book, so that people who are unaware of how the system operates know most of their rights and obligations and how to deal with these cases. I hope Darrens book is widely read so people are prepared before-hand. To read the article I shared above would take hours to understand. I’m told that my book takes days to read.

I didn’t write the book to “preach to the converted”, victims of CPS have a very good handle on their situation, but most if not all will tell you they wish they knew what they were up against beforehand. My book and others on the topic are not “romance novels”, they are not easy reading and many will avoid frightening themselves. The people who really need to read this type of book is legislators, judges and lawyers. I have made it clear in the book that above all, I would hold judges, especially in the lower courts, responsible for their actions which harm children. If you don’t want to read the book, please donate it to a library or give it to a judge. Change begins with Understanding, fore-warned is fore-armed.

Joe

Scientism, the “Religion” of Science

I have always been fascinated with the concept that two psychologists could examine the same patient and have diametrically opposed views on the same patient, especially in court. One will appear for the prosecution and one for the defense. What fascinates me about it, is that working as a Mechanic/Technician/Engineer, when you are called in to solve a problem, there may be many schools of thought at the beginning of the process of Problem Solving, everyone is in agreement by the time the machine or tool is up and running.

Of course, machines even as complex as “Rocket Science” machines, are nowhere near as complex as Human Beings. But still, I have seen time and time again how Physicians and Psychologists can have bitter disagreements, whereas Engineers, Mathematicians and Statisticians will come to a consensus given the opportunity to work it out between then. This is especially true when they are given the opportunity to solve a problem which relies on quantifiable and repeatable experiments. However, if left to work as separate groups, they will both likely fail.

A trend we have seen in the last decade, is where even Scientists disagree.  Look at the Global Warming, sorry, Climate Change debate, and people will tell you on either side that there is no debate, both sides will claim “Settled Science”. If you disagree you are a “Skeptic”, a “Denier” or a downright Conspiracy Theorist. Lately we have seen people of strong Faith on the Climate Change issue for “Deniers” to be jailed. Personally I wouldn’t want to live in a world where you could be jailed for beliefs. I would defend the right of anyone to believe anything they want with one caveat, that they are not harming anyone.

One lesson that could be gleaned from this is don’t hire a Climate Change Scientist to repair your Washing Machine,  Ion Implanter, Vehicle or Hadron Collider. You could end up in jail if you disagree with their opinion, and they’ll probably not be able to repair it. What we are witnessing is the demise of Science. Galileo was a renowned Conspiracy Theorist. He insisted that the Earth could not be flat. When he spoke out he was branded a heretic by the Church, who at the time were the ultimate authority on everything including Science. If the Church had not existed, Galileo would still be branded a “Denier” by other scientists at the time. This is not a pattern repeating itself, up to this point in history, everyone believed the Earth to be flat and nobody had any reason, except Galileo, to believe otherwise. We know now that we cant go back to the day when Scientific Theory was dictated by Religion. And yet this is where Science is headed, if you go against the dogma you are a “Heretic”.  So why are people in complete disagreement even though they have examined the same evidence?

We can go a little further into the issue by looking at the fact that one group “believe” that God created the Earth and that we all descended from Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago. Even when you point out scientific fact to some people, for example, the issue that every human on Earth came from Eve, who had 3 sons, and yet there are Asians, Caucasians and Africans? There many other issues with this belief, you will find their faith in their belief is unshakable. Again, I have to say I have no issue with people believing anything they want, as long as nobody is harmed. Religion is a good thing for society in general, but if your Deity tells you to kill others, then you need to find a new Deity.

In Science, everything is a theory. The theory relies on constant questions and debate, even attack. In the Peer Review process the scientist puts the theory out there for all to see. In science, there are no stupid questions, anyone is allowed to ask a question without being labelled a Conspiracy Theorist. Sure, there will be idiotic questions and actual conspiracy theorists making connections that don’t exist. But, when they post their theory and allow peer review, their theory is either bolstered or dismissed. Usually the people who will resort to ad hominen attacks are the conspiracy theorists.

What I have come to realise is that many people act on their feelings rather than thinking out the problem or even thinking before speaking. Over a decade ago a Psychologist pointed out that if we raise children to believe they are equal or superior to others, if we don’t teach children that there are consequences to their actions, if we fight their battles for them and tell them they are special, that we are likely to see a “Spoiled Generation”. His prophetic message has come to pass.

Dr Aric Sigman, although he will probably never be credited for it, predicted the current generation  we see, particularly in universities, who become offended at the least little thing, even if they are not the victim. The rise of “Safe Spaces”, Political Correctness, support for failed ideologies such as Marxism, Stalinists, Socialism, and people who generally don’t fit well in society, should be more than apparent. We have mothers calling employers about their children, just as they bullied the child’s school teacher. We have a generation who feel “entitled” to everything without having to compete. We have many, but not all young people, who were constantly told they were special, but are extremely disillusioned that others are surpassing them in every aspect of life. Some are very angry with their parents, who didn’t prepare them for real life.

We are now seeing these people in positions of power and making decisions for you and me. It’s a scary thought, but a young social worker may arrive on your doorstep and have the power to make life-altering decisions for you and your family. With Political Correctness and equal rights and other changes we have made over the years, this young woman (in 85% of cases), came from a university and was taught Socialism or Marxism from professors who have little connection with the “Real World” most of us live in. If they had to survive outside their ivory towers, most would struggle, they have no proven ability in many cases, except as an “Academics”. She had a diploma and the necessary qualifications, so it doesn’t matter she has no children of her own, or no real life-experience, she was given the job because she had the necessary qualifications. And she’s going to make decisions for and about your children.

To compound the problem with this Social Worker, she is trained in a discipline which is not scientific and has no proven history of excellence. I am a big fan of Science and applying scientific principles to every endeavor in life. For me there must be measurable and demonstrable benefit in everything. To apply this standard of quality in courts, we would never see two Psychologists having diametrically opposed opinions on the same patient. The solution to this in courts is simple, only allow Forensic Psychologists to testify. A Clinical Psychologist at best can only offer an opinion, where a Forensic Psychologists give the patient a barrage of tests in which they are compared to the general population. Of course there will be the “Whores of Court” that sell their soul to the highest bidder, usually the government, and will repeat any lie you want for enough money.  Psychologist Margaret Hagen wrote a book entitled “Whores of Court” which until recently, was free to download from her website. Another study by Dr Jane Ireland also looked at the use of experts in Family Court in the UK and found that 70% were not qualified.

I have to wonder sometimes how far we have advanced as a civilization when so many field of endeavor are actually going backwards. We have of course advanced, people are living longer these days and many diseases are curable or treatable because of advances we have made, mostly by scientific means. While there have been a few positive strides in Psychology, and a few retrograde, Psychologists cannot claim to have “cured” a single patient, ever. This is not to say that Psychology has no value, a skilled therapist can save lives just as sure as an Emergency Physician or Surgeon. Psychology and Psychiatry have gone retrograde with many Psychologist and Psychiatrists criticizing their own profession and the turns it has taken recently. For example; every Human Emotion is now listed as a “Disorder”. Many have rejected the DSM latest edition.

The problem I see with Psychology and Psychiatry, is that they have never embraced Science. Both being part of Medicine, which in itself is not scientific, have relied too heavily on theorists rather than science. For most Psychologists, you are either Freudian or Jungian and subscribe to one school of thought over the other. Science exists independent of the scientist. Science doesn’t care what you or Sigmund Freud or Carl Jung thinks, it just exists. Every scientific theory must remain a theory and be challenged on a regular basis if we are to advance as humans. The experiment that water boils at 100*C at Atmospheric Pressure may one day be dis-proven, this is as it should be. Perhaps one day a scientist will change our understanding of the process and this will lead to new advancements.

These days “Consensus” means something different from what it once meant. If you don’t “believe” in Global Warming, you are not part of the consensus and must be ridiculed and your reputation burned at the proverbial stake, this is not how Science works.  No “Denial” is acceptable, no questions are possible with this new Religion of Science.

They say that you should never bring up a problem without suggesting a solution. I honestly don’t have any solutions. I have struggled for years to understand this, and while I have filled in a few blanks, I am still a long way off. Perhaps if schools taught children from a young age how the scientific process works, people would be a bit more “Scientific” in their thinking? One thing I learned is that many people go through life without thinking, hardly at all. The ones who excel in school and college are those who can assimilate information and repeat it, often without really understanding what they are talking about. People who drive cars on “Autopilot” are more likely to have a collision because they are not “Driving Defensively”, and not thinking.

I took a third-level Psychology course in Teaching & Learning, at the time I worked as an instructor. The tutor told me to read chapters 1, 3, 5, 7 and skip 2, 4, 6, 8. I was so captivated by the subject of Psychology that I read everything, and have continued for years. One fascinating thing I learned was a topic called “Over-Learning”. This is where you have done something so many times that you don’t need to think about it, eating, drinking or driving are some examples. The part of your brain that processes these tasks operates very much like a computer. When I studied this, I learned to play guitar in a week. I had struggled for years with guitars and instructors and couldn’t play a note, when I learned “How” to learn a repetitive skill I could I learn so much faster. I have since taught hundreds of people to play, absolute beginners, and all could play a complete song from start to finish in less than an hour.

If a guitarist or any musician wanted to play a complex piece and had to make their fingers respond to what their brain is thinking, their fingers couldn’t respond rapidly enough. You must over-learn each piece and there are a few tricks to know, most importantly, when you make a mistake, stop and go back to the beginning, otherwise you have programmed the wrong thing into you brain’s “Computer”. Ever notice how you make the same mistake over and over in the same place every time? It is also necessary to program your left hand separately from your right hand, and then put the two together. Musicians will tell you that practice makes perfect, but now you understand the psychological process.

The reason I mention this is because too many people operate on “Autopilot” and we all suffer from it in some ways. People not thinking and reasoning out problems will resort to “Cut & Paste” solutions. It worked in the past so they do it by default. Bad drivers have taken a drink before driving and never had a problem until they had a collusion. Police arrest a suspect because he has tattoo’s or uses cannabis, there is a certain mindset or certain modus operandi because they do this every day and have over-learned the process. The problem is that many times they get it wrong. I was reading about a murder and 18 people were arrested and questioned. Obviously only 1 person committed the murder, but they arrested 17 innocent people to get their suspect. It also took 17 times longer to arrest that suspect and the process costs 17 times more than it should. If the process or the experiment is flawed to begin with, so will be the results.

Albert Einstein gave us a wonderful gift, he said; “to repeat the same experiment over and over again and expect different results every time, is Insanity”. Not following a scientific approach to everything we do is insanity. Turning Science into a Religion based on Faith and Belief is Insanity. Governments relying on unscientific Sociology to try to control society is Insanity. Courts using Clinical Psychologists instead of Forensic Psychologists is Insanity. Courts allowing untrained Doctors to express opinions on Forensic matters is Insanity. Social Workers claiming they can predict future risk of children, and then place these children at far higher risk is Insanity. The signs & symptoms of this insanity are easy to spot if you know what you are looking for. When people are so fixed in their beliefs or dogma that they wont be swayed by evidence, you are dealing with a form of Insanity. The term Cognitive Dissonance explains what is happening, but it doesn’t explain why or how to “cure” a person suffering from it.

Maybe it’s time we listened to Einstein?

Joe

Please listen to a child being abused by social workers.

I offer this recording without comment on the specific case.

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This is a scene that plays out every day at “Contact” sessions between parents and children. I want you to understand the dynamics of what happens when a child is in State “Care”.  This happens in every country where children are in “Care”. I hope this recording will give you some insight into why I do what I do.

Children usually show up at contact happy to see their parents. By the end of contact the children are crying. Each child says the same thing;

I want to go home. 

In the mind of the child, they believe that the parent has a right to choose where the child lives. They don’t understand why their mother or father doesn’t come to the foster home and pick them up. They feel rejected. They feel that they are bad, that they did something wrong and this is why their parent doesn’t want them living with them. It’s virtually impossible for the child to rationalise what is happening to them other than in terms of that they are bad and did something wrong, that they cant live with the parents.

Obviously “Contact” is deeply traumatising to children in “Care”. It’s like handing a baby a wonderful toy and then taking it away. It’s no wonder these children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at twice the rate of troops returning from war zones, and at a severity 4 times more severe.

The social workers will justify this torture of children in terms that it’s not their decision, the Judge is the person responsible, but it would be exceedingly rare that a judge would go against the whims of social services. Bear in mind also that it was Social Services who took the case to the judge to prosecute in the first instance. The judges will tell you that they must go along with the “Experts”, as Social Services are there to “help” the child.

What typically happens next with contact is that Social Services decide that contact is too traumatising to the children, and they start cutting the frequency of contact until there is no contact. They will then have successfully have alienated the child from their parents and keep them until age 18 when they will be dumped on the streets. No matter what the parent does at contact, social workers will find a way to use it against the parent in court. They will say that on entering the room, the child shied away from the father as if they were afraid of them. I know of a case where a father took a mango to contact along with a potato peeler and a spoon for the child to eat, and in court the peeler became a knife which frightened the supervising staff.

As much as I would like to, I cant go into any specifics of this case. I have no doubt that when social services find this recording they will apply for a court order to have it removed. It doesn’t identify any child. The recording itself is in compliance with the law. Some people will no doubt have issues with the recording being played. The recording is very much a Crime Scene, a child is being tortured. Some will want this removed but I believe the Public’s right to know far outweights the States right to prevent the public from witnessing a child being tortured.

In the vast majority of these cases, the children find themselves in “Care” even though their parents are not accused of any crime or incapacity to care for and love their child. Most children are removed on the basis of “Risk of Future Emotional Abuse”, but if this recording doesn’t demonstrate actual abuse of children then I don’t know what does. I wish that the judge involved in this case was forced to attend a contact session. I wish that someone would play this on national or international television and radio. I wish that everyone reading this shared the recording for everyone to hear. I wish that everyone would listen to this child and that their wish to go home was fulfilled.

When are we going to start listening to these children?

Joe

Ideologies

Watching a video of Glen Beck of Prager University talking about how in Socialist Ideology, your children are not “yours”, they belong to everyone (the State). I can pick several flaws in Mr Becks theories, but as I always say, good Scientific Theory relies on constant attack to either bolster or negate a theory. We should never attack the Theorist, Mr Beck was kind enough to put his theory “out there” for debate, but I see some commenter’s are resorting to ad hominen attacks on the theorist.

I accept his theory that Socialism sees children as being “community property”, but it’s not just Socialists who believe this. Sociology and Eugenics also believe this. Many governments are also starting to take the view that children are State “Property” and making laws accordingly. In 2011 in Ireland we had a “Children’s Referendum” which supposedly gave children a magical set of rights that they didn’t previously possess. They didn’t pull these rights out of thin air, they took these rights away from parents to be able to vindicate for the rights of their children. Most people voted yes to amending Art 42 of the Irish Constitution, many not realising that a countries constitution serves to protect the people from the government. The Irish have a dismal history in referendums, having given away Irish Sovereignty and Autonomy and creating the “United States of Europe”.

I spoke at great length about “Rights” in the book and how we don’t actually benefit from having Civil and Human Rights. When our rights are being abused, the usual suspect is the State itself. In Ireland we took away parents rights to vindicate rights for their children and gave it to the State. They even took away children’s rights to vindicate for themselves. So essentially, when the State abuses a child by denying them a Civil, Human or Constitutional Right, the State will also vindicate those rights against the State. If Human Rights existed, we wouldn’t need Human Rights lawyers and courts.

One of the inaccuracies in Mr Becks theory is that Sweden separates children from their parents in exchange for education, but this is factually incorrect. While this might actually be Swedish Policy, and I don’t honestly know the answer, it is simply not enforced. I would agree with him that Socialists have the utopian view of everyone working together as a society and that “it takes a community to raise a child”, but what’s lacking in his thesis is that this particular ideology has it’s root in Eugenics and Sociology, and probably pre-dates that in other ideologies.

Here’s what Mr Beck is missing:

“Family is an outdated concept with it’s vestiges in our tribal roots”

This is straight out of the Eugenics Manual and later adopted by Social Work. Your children are not “yours”. However what’s missing from this ideology is one important factor;

“Children are not Autonomous Beings and are incapable of making important decisions for themselves”

Someone must feed, clothe, bathe, nurture, educate and make decisions for children, they become more autonomous as they grow, but even in early adulthood they need support. The difference between the “Community” and Parents raising a child, is that the parent makes all decisions out of Love. “Best Interests doesn’t love any child, parents do”.

Thousands of years of Human Evolution designed the most perfect Child Protect System imaginable, the Family. 99.999% of children are very well protected by Parents. Almost any parent would die to save their child, many have. There are not very many examples in history of “Communities” saving, or even raising children with any degree of success. When we look at the “Care” System in most countries we see a failing ideology which harms more children that it helps, albeit with the best intentions and by otherwise good people who only want to help.

Social Work strives to go against Nature and replace it. 50 Years of Social Work is no match for what Nature and Human Evolution has achieved. Of course there are a few bad parents, but there are also bad social workers and bad judges and bad foster “carers”. 50 Years of “Pop Psychology” and “Flavour-of-the-Month” parenting advise and Social Work Intervention, has no proven history of success. Opportunists preying on the fears of parents who want to do the best for their child have caused more damage. There isn’t a single scientific experiment to prove any “Social Experiment”, Social Work has no history of excellence, ever. That is not to say that Sociology has no value, social workers who intervene with clients and have no power to prosecute them, ie; Family Court, can make a huge difference in peoples lives. It is impossible for anyone to have the joint role of Advocate/Prosecutor as the roles are completely incompatible.

I take Mr Becks point that Socialism has no history of success. Many proponents of Socialism claim that it hasn’t been done properly and that’s why it has failed. I would urge some of these people to move to Cuba if they really believe Socialism is some form of utopia. Having visited Havana and many former Soviet Republics I can say not many people who have lived under these dictatorships or still do, millions of people know that Socialism has little value. While the aspirations of Socialism are good and altruistic in most cases, in practice it could not work.

The simple fact is that you cant replace Nature. We have a built-in Child Protection instinct in all of us and most of the time it works. Nature makes us protect people more vulnerable and only narcissists and damaged people go against their human instincts. There are dangerous ideologies in Right Wing and Left Wing politics and anyone straying from Conservatism is a radical. Extremists  hate “Welfare Recipients”. The radicals among us in every ideology whine and wonder why they should have to pay to raise other people’s children or other vulnerable people, not thinking ahead to the day when they could, in fact will, become vulnerable themselves and the people making decisions for them will be the people they paid (or didn’t pay) to raise, support and educate.

By any standard you choose, you really cant beat Nature. Eugenics has never worked and never will because it goes against Nature. The Lebensborn Program has never worked even though it has been tried in many countries, not just Germany.  We need to be on-guard against any ideology that doesn’t support Nature. 

Here is the Prager University video on Facebook, I’m not sure if everyone can access it, I couldn’t find it on YouTube.

Joe

Babysitter Wanted. $10,000 per week, per child. Apply Within.

How much do Nannies get paid working for billionaires? I would imagine that highly skilled Nannies would be highly paid. The cream tends to rise to the top in any profession and remuneration is often commensurate with experience and capability.

A few years ago in Ireland, with budget cuts, the standard rate for Residential “Care” was dropped from 8,000 Euro to 5,000 Euro. There are a few exceptions, but let’s just concentrate on 5,000/month/child. I wrote in the book that for 5K/month, I could send the child to prestigious schools normally attended by the rich and famous, I could send them to Oxford, Harvard or MIT to get a Doctorate degree, and still have enough money left to buy them a house, car and pay for their wedding, even though the payments stopped at age 18. Of course I am exaggerating and mocking Residential “Care”, but do billionaires spend that much on their children?

When you consider that many children are raised in “father absent homes”, with or without Child Maintenance being paid, that many of these children will go on to higher education and secure high-paying jobs. Contrast that with “Care” Alumni , especially Residential “Care”, and you’ll see that “Care” ends on their 18th Birthday. The euphemism social workers use is “Emancipation” or “Ageing-out of care”, a sanitised term for “dumping children on the streets”. Would you dump your 18 year old? Would any politician or judge who placed a child in “Care” leave an 18 year old to fend for themselves without family support?

Naturally, there will be some children who have been horribly abused, in home or in “care”, who will need intensive care. We know, or at least should know, that according to crime statistics, that such cases requiring intensive measures are few and far between. But bear in mind the care might need to be given from 0 to 18 and beyond in exceptional cases.

In Ireland when the budget cuts hit, one operator threatened to cut 220 jobs, because apparently for 4,800/week, you get little better than a babysitting service. I have the excerpt from the article below;

“Last year, the company was paid €9.6 million by the HSE. Dr Gargan said the cost depended on the level of intervention required and that one-on-one care (one staff member per child), at a cost of €4,800, was little more than “a babysitting service”.”

The full article can be found here;

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/health/220-jobs-threatened-at-care-units-for-children-172153.html

It would appear from putting 2 + 2 together, I may be wrong, but they found a way out of this impasse; paying for empty beds;

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/vacant-beds-for-children-in-care-cost-taxpayer-20m-1.1769338

Which begs the question, where are these empty beds when judges are looking to place a child?

https://www.childlawproject.ie/publications/no-secure-care-bed-for-troubled-boy/

We have seen a trend in many countries where companies who provide prisons and security services to governments, are now turning their attention to “Care” for children. Relatively small operators cant make a profit at 5K, but big operators want to get in on the action? I don’t have the figures for all jurisdictions for Foster “Care” versus Residential “Care”, but in Ireland each year we spend 100 million a year of Foster and another 100 million on Residential. About 90% of children are in Foster, and 10% in Residential “Care”. If you think about it, the government takes children away and then “Outsources” the job to the Private Sector. If you look at Foster “Care”, much of it is a “Cottage Industry”, and it’s tax-free money. I lived close to a house where 4 children were in “Care”. The children were her sisters who was apparently not capable of raising them. I haven’t touched on Kinship Care in my blogs yet, but I suggested in the book that it should be the first option to be considered.

So there you have it folks, 5 grand a week per child. You or I could work miracles with that money, but all the taxpayer can expect is a babysitting service. Residential “Care” doesn’t produce high achievers, they are often given troubled children who were moved on from foster home to foster home. It wouldn’t be unusual for these children to have had 10, 20 or 30 different social workers from birth to 18. Many children in Foster “Care” will remain after 18, none will remain in Residential “Care” except disabled or other exceptional case.

The problems for these children when they are “out on their own“, sorry, “Emancipated”, they are unable to fend for themselves. They end up homeless, jobless, on drugs  in prison, crisis pregnancy and otherwise have poor outcomes. I don’t wish for a minute mean to describe these children as criminals or “damaged”, or less than any other 18 year old. There are many success stories of the few that succeeded, but for the majority, life is tough when you don’t have support. The next time you see a homeless youth on the street begging, just ask them if they were in “Care”.

The odds are stacked so far against these kids, that for them to achieve what kids living at home with their parents would be miraculous in some cases. I have met many of these children and always urged them to get in touch with their families. Many of them cant get past why their parents didn’t rescue them. Even adults resort to this juvenile thinking, they fixed an image in their minds that their parents should have fought harder or didn’t want them. Few of them know what their parents suffered and were left broken and battered by the process themselves. Often these kids have crisis pregnancies and learn fairly fast that social workers see “Care” as so damaging to children, that they are 66 times more likely to have their child removed and placed in “Care”. It’s a self-perpetuating system. One judge referred to it as; “inter-generational recidivism”.

The cycle repeats itself and continues for generation after generation. Which presumably wasn’t the objective of the exercise in the first instance, especially when you consider the cost of Residential “Care”. We are paying millions over the lifetime of these children to systematically damage them. I was reading yesterday how poverty is increasingly becoming a reason to remove children from parents. This is absolute insanity. For the sake of a few hundred or a few thousand, we end up paying millions, for a babysitting service at best.

I could go on and on and have covered it sufficiently in the book. I hope you get the idea. I keep coming back to the same point. Incompetence is the number one issue we face in many aspects of our lives, especially dealing with government. This incompetence turns to corruption when they try to cover it up. The insanity that Einstein spoke about, repeating the experiment over and over and expecting different results every time is insane. Paying outrageous sums of money to systematically damage children is insane. Taking children away for poverty or minor infractions is insanity if it costs us more money and causes more harm.

I hope in these blogs that people are learning something new about the system and I hope that they are passing on this information to educate others. I have always said that I encourage people to change my mind on any subject and I’m always open to debate. I don’t want to “preach to the converted” here, many of you are victims of the system in one way or another, but I want to educate people who have the power to change the system. Your help in sharing this blog, in buying the book, in sharing the information or getting you friends and family to read the book, is all that is needed to change this awful system. We can change it one person at a time. It starts with you sharing, Thanks for all your support.

Joe