Ukraine War, November 26, 2022 (I): “Woke” trigger warnings, literature classics, and students’ responses to Russian military aggression and barbarism in Ukraine; Germany fails to ramp up war production, as have many NATO countries

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To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.


1) “Allison Ferguson, “Will any beloved classics be safe from trigger warnings? Precious university students beware – this poem may contain scenes of cruelty to daffodils,” The Telegraph, November 23, 2022 (7:00 pm);

2) Jorg Luyken, “Olaf Scholz accused of ‘breaking promises’ as German army barely receives any new funding; The Chancellor pledged €100 billion in extra spending on the Bundeswehr three days after Russia invaded Ukraine,” The Telegraph, November 26, 2022 (4:50 pm);


Allison Ferguson reports on the “woke” trigger warnings that are making increasing inroads in British (and other) universities.

Many of the great classics of Western literature are now served to students with “trigger warnings” alerting young vulnerable adults to the risk that the content may upset their sensitive feelings.

One wonders about the extent to which the “woke” movement’s inroads in universities is affecting students’ and graduates’ (and all “woke” proponents’ and defenders’) ability to respond to evil, such as the evil of Russian military aggression against and barbarism in Ukraine.

Such “woke” advocates would do well to be mindfull of Michael Walzer’s 1977 aphorism, commonly misattributed to Leon Trotsky:

;“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”
-—Michael Walzer,in Just and Unjusr Wars(1977) – Quote apparently misattributed to Leon Trotsky

Jorg Luyken describes how Germany has completely dropped the ball when it comes to ramping up war production of munitions. Sadly, Germany is not the only case among NATO countries and Western allies.

The debacle illustrates how President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders have failed to grasp the nature and implications of the Russian war against Ukraine.

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