Sounds fairly normal

Samoa is a small Polynesian country located in the western Pacific Ocean. Fields of taro flank the side of the country’s few roads, and coconut palms and ginger flowers dot well-tended villages, where the people by and large live very traditional lives; defined by church, subsistence farming, and loyalty to family.

But the beauty of this verdant tropical paradise conceals a dark secret: one of the highest rates of family and sexual violence in the world. Last year, Samoa became the first Pacific Island country to conduct a national public inquiry into family violence. Published in late 2018, the findings revealed an “epidemic” of violence and sexual abuse.

Why do you think the entire peasantry has escaped the villages as soon as they were able?

Everywhere, from Cornwall right around the world to the Carolinas, via Chengdu and all places in between?

Because village life is that suffocating conformity to the established power structure. It’s only in the crowds that freedom resides.

Why do you think both the commies and the fascists want block captains? To enforce that village uniformity in the towns of course…..

14 thoughts on “Sounds fairly normal”

  1. where the people by and large live very traditional lives; defined by church, subsistence farming, and loyalty to family.

    As soon as I saw “church” and “loyalty to family” I knew a hatchet job was coming.

  2. ” ….the people by and large live very traditional lives; defined by church, subsistence farming, and loyalty to family.”

    Everywhere, from Cornwall right around the world to the Carolinas, via Chengdu and all places in between?”

    The Amish don’t seem to suffer from this problem. Why are they different?

  3. Never heard of “block captains” before, though apparently they are a thing. I assumed it was a typo, and spent a good five minutes musing as to what you intended. Commies want to block capitalism, while eco-fascists want to block cars; either of which would indeed return us all to village life.

  4. I thought that subsistence farming was the New Green Deal and surely regular epidemics of family violence should cull superfluous population elements?

    Go Samoa!

  5. I’d imagine block captains is a reference to the appointment of a community political officer. E Germans certainly had them. There was a Nazi equivalent. Romanians got by by turning everyone into a political informer & everyone informed on each other.

  6. Of course maybe someone should ask Samoans whether Somoa’s a nice place to live. They might well reply in the affermitive. Doubt they’re beset by shrieking transexuals, whining snowflakes, Romanian beggars or enrichment muggers & rapists.

    Why do you think the entire peasantry has escaped the villages as soon as they were able?

    And turned them into hell holes of violence & crime.

  7. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    Yeah but isn’t the entire male population either Sumo wrestlers or rugger players ( of both codes) ?

    With all that testosterone about, it’s bound to get a bit tasty.

  8. I assume “sexual violence” means females being told by their father or husband to do something they don’t want to do, i.e. keep their knickers on.

  9. According to The Nazis: A Warning From History, the Nazis turned many of their citizens into informers. The idea of a Gestapo officer on every street corner was a myth. There were relatively few of them and they spent most of their time sifting through mountains of mail from ordinary citizens denouncing neighbours who were in any way different.

  10. BiS: cities are not hell holes of crime, merely for being cities.

    Zurich, for instance.

    Big populations have large amounts of crime. Obviously. But per capita, not so much. More reported crime is not the same as more crime.

    For the last three centuries people have been leaving villages for cities. At what point should it become obvious that people (in general) prefer cities?

    I live in a city. Odds are, most of the people here do too. Are we all idiots? Or have we worked out that we like cities?

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