[Paleopsych] islamic radicalism

G. Reinhart-Waller waluk at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 10 20:24:21 UTC 2005

One reply an unemployed U.S. academician might make is 
"why is a Brazilian citizen able to land a cushy job at 
state university in Connecticut?"

Are you also a U.S. citizen?

They might further comment:  "If I learned Portuguese, 
would I then get a decent academic job in Brazil or are 
such positions reserved for Brazilian citizens"?

People learn English usually because it guarantees them 
employment.  If and when Arabic language and Muslim 
religion and lifeways become a ticket to wealth and 
prosperity, then people will learn Arabic.

Gerry Reinhart-Waller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christian Rauh" <christian.rauh at uconn.edu>
To: "G. Reinhart-Waller" <waluk at earthlink.net>; "Lista 
Paleopsych" <paleopsych at paleopsych.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [Paleopsych] islamic radicalism

> Gerry,
> I am a Brazilian citizen and I was forced to learn 
> english because
> without knowing it I would not be able to get a 
> decent job in this world.
> My point was to show the irony of people fearing 
> having to learn arabic
> or going to mosques when other people are having to 
> learn english. What
> they fear is to be influenced to do things they 
> otherwise would not.
> The US exerts pressure in other countries. In other 
> places, people have
> to learn English. One can argue that it is not a 
> deliberate and
> conscious pressure, however, to the person learning 
> the language, the
> prospect of not having a decent job is as coercive as 
> troops on the
> street. That's economic pressure.
> And to the counter-argument that you always have the 
> individual choice
> of *not* learning english, goes the answer that you 
> always have the
> individual choice of *not* learning arab or going to 
> mosques. But you
> will have to face the individual consequences.
> As a final comment, I don't think that, in general, 
> American citizens
> are aware of the amount of influence and pressure 
> that the US exerts in
> the world. That is the reason why I believe that, in 
> general, most
> Americans can't understand the cynicism that 
> foreigners have towards
> "spreading freedom".
> G. Reinhart-Waller wrote:
>> Christian Rauh writes:
>>> I have been forced to learn English.
>> When?  By whom?  Why?  Which country would do such a 
>> heinous thing?
>> France?  Germany?  Sweden?  You aren't buzzin' about 
>> being an American
>> citizen and having to speak English, are you?
>> Gerry Reinhart-Waller
>> Independent Scholar
>> http://www.home.earthlink.net/~waluk
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