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This note is for our people who are thinking of becoming involved in publishing and writing. I hope many intelligent folkish Asatru and Odinists who are, or could be, good writers consider exploring this area in one way or another, if they have not already. Ideas are hard things to stop, and they can spread despite all the media control we are subjected to, even if this takes a great deal of effort. Right now it is the only defensive weapon many of us have for our people, and we should use it, relentlessly.
For the moment at least, our journal will include scholarly, general and popular articles, as well as news items that have been suppressed by the mainstream media. There will also be various announcements for our Othala, our family, which is to say, all of our people in the Nation of Odin, wherever they reside.
What is Scholarly Writing Style?
There is often confusion about what good, or scholarly, writing actually is, in American circles especially. A general article is one that is based upon knowledge that is available, for example, in an encyclopedia, or based upon personal experience or thought, and which may not require any citations. The absence of citation does not necessarily mean that a general article cannot be of a scholarly nature. If it is of a high standard and the topic does not happen to require citation, and if no one else’s personal work, research or theories were used to create it, then it should not have citations.
What is more commonly thought of as a scholarly article, or book, will have references giving credit for more specific knowledge, theories and research, and for original ideas of other scholars. For example, a textbook I am writing currently has citations in academic style for the ideas of others I have referred to, ancient sources, and the like, and even in cases where a person has suggested a hypothesis in a personal conversation, but it does not have citations for the sake of citation. This particular article you are reading could, perhaps, be considered an “opinion piece”. It does not have any citations because I have not drawn upon anyone else’s research or ideas.
A general article or “primary source” article with no citation at all, based upon extensive knowledge and informed opinion, or simply on reason, or new, original ideas, can often be far superior to the average academic article, and of more value to the reader. Ironically, it also can be more scholarly than the average “scholarly” peer- reviewed article. An additional problem with the peer review system is that in many cases, particularly in the social sciences, it is a Zionist brainwashing tool and instrument of oppression, rather than an actual scholarly system. It values adherence to Zionist propaganda over content and merit, and for this reason, it can honestly be said that our current system of academic review itself is often unscholarly.
In regard to writing style itself, certainly many scholarly articles should have citations, but only where the topic at hand or the situation calls for them. The reason this is important is because we see a great many articles and books nowadays which have plenty of citations, but no content, and no voice. This is not good writing. People are taught that if they cite anything that moves, this is scholarly, but, in fact, this habit can result in bad, overly wordy, writing. Citation alone does not a scholarly article make.
When does a person not need to make a citation? One does not make citations in reference to knowledge that might be considered to be general and that would be found in an encyclopedia, or any fact that can be considered common knowledge. A reference that has nothing to do with what one is discussing, added just so that it looks like there are “enough” citations, is not a good idea. This is just what might be termed “busy writing”. There is no reason or ruling intellect involved in writing such as this, and it is solely pedantic. In other words, it is writing for effect, and posing, with no substance, and nothing real gained.
No Honor among Thieves
The topic of preventing someone from plagiarizing your work is also an important consideration. The high incidence of plagiarism is troublesome enough, but the idea that this is somehow acceptable in our society, is even more disturbing. An “anything goes” society has never been healthy for the people who live in it, which is why it is being promoted so vigorously by those who wish to pervert European culture and destroy its people. The Zionist anti-culture that is responsible for this does not even make those who choose to be part of it happy. They are empty of all thought and meaning, and have nothing sacred in their lives.
Many of our people have embraced this envious, greedy, philosophy in which all that matters is personal advancement, ego strokes, and monetary wealth. This is a false philosophy, based upon false values, and it is certainly not European. We are an Odinist publication on the honor system, and this is fairly unusual at the present time, but I do think it is possible for our people to rise out of the propaganda, pedantry and plagiarism. We need to enter into a world of true intellectual and spiritual inquiry again.
It would seem that in what passes for academia at the present time, the idea of true scholarship is something of a lost concept, or even a joke. Many students think it is cool to cheat, and stupid not to. Students who do not cheat and plagiarize are rare. Those who do are only occasionally branded as having done something wrong . They are behaving badly, however, my feeling is that a younger person might not fully understand the implications. They are not as responsible as the real culprits: those faculty and administrators who set a bad example by behaving this way themselves.
For some reason, the idea that it is somehow acceptable for a more senior academic to steal the work of a younger colleague, or even a student, and present it as his own, is rife. In actual fact, this is acceptable to universities because the only thing they will do in my experience, in the case of proven plagiarism, is attempt to slander the victim and to cover up the abuse.
This cover up tactics did not work in my case, and I am the only one I know of, out of hundreds whose work has been plagiarized at the university I am speaking of that year, who refused to sign a confidentiality agreement. I was able to force them to give me a report of their “investigation” legally despite my not having agreed to be silent about it. I had to request assistance from a government agency which oversees disclosure to do this. This means I can speak freely about it, and even publish the evidence of what was done if I wish. Suffice it to say, there is not the barest concept that stealing is even wrong in our academic institutions. I am going to discuss this a bit here because I feel my experiences may be useful to those who wish to publish their own work and actually get credit for it.
For example, if you send a manuscript to a publisher, and I am speaking of some very highly regarded academic publishers, you may find that the reviewers have a habit of simply using that work for their own projects. For example, one man in England who “reviewed” my work used one chapter to write a grant with, and the entire manuscript to construct an encyclopedia on the subject published in his name. In this case, the writing being about a fairly new discipline, figuring out what the important parts to cover were was a large part of the work, and required years of research for me, but this man thought nothing of doing this, and even admitted he had, saying he had been “careful”. The idea is that “getting caught” is what is wrong, and since it could not be brought home to him, he did not care. Now this man, a highly esteemed “academic”, knows little about the subject and has rarely done his own work, but simply goes around stealing from others. The only book he did write himself (presumably) was abysmal. Everyone knows, almost no one cares.
Another example is a local museum press here in Hawaii, which my former supervisor at Oxford suggested I submit a local version of my manuscript to for publication. Two people associated with this museum checked out the manuscript, “just because”. There was never any question of actually considering it for publication due to my being a Nordic woman, which is the most unacceptable thing one can be in Hawaii.
One of these two who officially checked out my work was very high up in the administration of a local university and he called me out of the blue and wanted me to allow him to use my work and implied that I would not be considered for a job I had applied for without doing so. I politely declined and was not interviewed for the job. He then proceeded to arrange to give a speech with the same exact title as my manuscript. I made it clear to the president of the university that I would not tolerate that, however, without my permission, my work was distributed to all and sundry and used in every way they could, even to make a course, it was just never published under my name. The woman who made the course, his subordinate, who was acceptably mixed race African, Hawaiian, and Asian, and who could not even speak a coherent sentence, also apparently used this same manuscript to obtain an online master’s degree in another state.
In order to give you some idea of how bad this sort of thing can be, if I have not already, the case I first alluded to involved a man who had been department head at another local university for 11 years and who was senior to me when I was working there. I created two courses entirely by myself and taught them, and I have since found out that it appears, from some documents I now have, that either he or the administrator of the grant was actually paid 10,000 dollars to create these courses I made, which neither he or she had any input in whatsoever. This senior “scholar” repeatedly asked for me to let him use my Hawaiian archaeoastronomy powerpoint for, as he put it, a “non- academic” “social” Rotary Club talk, until it became embarrassing. I felt very strange about this because I thought that if he were going to give a talk, why not do this on his own work? Finally, I was pressured into giving him the work (which I did by email) from just one archaeological site on the understanding I would be credited, and that it was just a social talk. Even so, he kept asking me to give him the entire disk, which, of course, would have made it impossible to prove that my work was mine. He then proceeded to use my material for all sorts of academic talks which I was not told about, but which my students informed me of.
I remember this same man talking about how computers only last 3 years. About 3 years later, imagine my surprise when, while searching the internet, I came across some very familiar words (mine) in a publication by him. They were, in some cases, many sentences long taken word for word from my work, only with his name on it. In the introduction to this same article, he also implied that he had created and taught the courses I had made and taught. My name was mentioned nowhere. When I confronted him with this behavior he was obnoxious and proceeded to lie about it, and when, because my computer had lasted more than the 3 years he had counted on, I was able to prove that my work was mine, the committee who had looked into it wrote a 70 page report on it, full of outright libel. They admitted that my work was mine in an indirect way, but implied (wrongly) that I was the plagiarist’s “secretary”! They thought I would either never be able to see it, or having seen it, not be able to do anything about it because their tactic is to silence people by requiring a confidentiality agreement before seeing the report on their own case. I refused to sign the confidentiality agreement but forced them legally to hand over their report anyway, a report which turned out to be a masterpiece from the point of view of blaming the victim based upon bizarre analogies which had no basis whatsoever in fact.
My courses had already been cancelled, despite having 8 times the enrollment of the other similar courses in the department, because the Jewish department head, who had replaced the plagiarist at some point, had asked me to put my lectures online so that they could see them and I was, again very politely, unwilling to do this. His favorite subordinate, who is not very bright, actually told me that the plan was that he could teach the courses using my work when I was “gone”. Immediately after the plagiarism was reported and proven, this same man told me that everyone had known that the plagiarist had stolen my work but that they still had voted unanimously for the plagiarist to be the new department head again. This would have happened too, had I not threatened to sue the university for rewarding him for theft.
Hopefully this gives you some idea of why I, and many others who have had similar experiences, do not really consider our present university system, anywhere in the world, to be anything other than Zionist brainwashing centers. Most publishers fall into this same general, Zionist propaganda or else, category as well. . It might help you in your efforts to be aware of this.
Officially copyright everything if you are able to from time to time and remember that you have certain natural copyright rights as well if you cannot. Save emails, tape all telephone conversations with such people if this is legal in your state, and if you choose to deal with educational institutions and the average publishers. Preferably, find some way not to deal with them if at all possible. If they do steal your work, and if it is good and original, chances are they will, do whatever you can to fight them, but understand that your government does not truly represent you and is not on the side of honorable behavior. My general feeling is that we need to dispense with and ignore such a system and create our own.
Original Thought & Free Speech
Did you know that authors and publishers are actually being imprisoned under Zionist “hate” laws set up in 17 countries to curb free speech? I know this sounds like a science ficion novel. Would that it were so. Here is a little bit about this subject in case you have not heard of it.
Lastly, I wanted to write a few words about what would appear to be the impending death not only of free thought and speech, and of honor, but of original thought. Movies which were made 50 years ago are recast endlessly, sometimes even with the characters being changed from White to Black in politically correct fashion, as with the metamorphosis from “The Bishop’s Wife” to “The Preacher’s Wife”. Music also is re-made, not created.
Excellence is also rapidly becoming a foreign concept. I recently came across a man who was supposedly Odinist who had written a book full of incomplete sentences and grammatical errors. Assuming his native language was not English, I tried to bring this to his attention so that he would know there was a problem, but as it turned out, he had just not troubled to fix them, clearly because he thought he was too good to.
Examples of copying rather than creating as standard practice can be seen almost everywhere. Recently, a woman who apparently very much dislikes people who defend traditional folk values, as Osred Jameson does, gave a speech using (almost) exactly the title of his book. This sort of thing is not plagiarism, and I suppose it is flattering, in a sense, at the same time as being disrespectful, but most of all, it is profoundly unoriginal.
Even Stubba himself, who was clearly greatly inspired by our Divine Ones in his work, had trouble with plagiarists, and this is particularly distressing because these were not one’s average plagiarists. These were ones who actually consider themselves to be Odinists, and Odinist leaders at that. A few months ago, I came across a site with the beautiful words Stubba had written quoted word for word. Not only were these poetic words of Stubba’s taken from a modern publication that had used them and given him no credit, but the site vaguely and dismissively referred to his writing as “proto rituals”, basely trying to give the impression that these inspired words were another man’s, not his. Another implication was that Stubba’s far superior work was incomplete and that they had improved upon it, which is hardly the case. In a religion based on honor, and a real spiritual heritage, can any man acting thusly expect to reach Valhalla?
It seems as though none of the people of this type ever have any ideas of their own, and one has to wonder why on earth they are even going to the trouble of either stealing or making a bad copy of the original? I find that it is quite enjoyable to talk to people who have come up with theories I am interested in, and a delight to be able to give them credit for their original ideas. I do not feel that I am the one who is out of step for feeling this way. If one cannot find one’s own Muse, perhaps one should simply get the permission of the person who was inspired to reprint their article, but I hope that that everyone here will seek and find his or her own Muse. Honor those who inspire you, and be inspired yourself.
What is lost when there is no free thought or opinion?
Is it reason or judgment…honor and strength?
Character? Knowledge or intellect?
Creativity in every sphere of endeavor…in art, music and writing?
Answer: All of the above…
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