Progress? ~ A poem by Forty Two

Written by Jasmin

This poem was just shared with me and I felt it a very fitting reminder of what this world of social justice warriors are pushing towards. Silencing, shaming, prohibitions and domination. Freedom of speech has been replaced with thought police and hyper sensitivity – not out of real threat, out of sickness of mind.



The students
galvanised by there leaders
marched by torchlight through the cities
armed only with books
25, 000 books
at their destination
thousands gathered
to watch them
sing, dance and take oaths
illuminated by the flames
of burning books
that was May 10th 1933
34 German University towns
removed the words
deemed unacceptable

Eighty years of progress
building a society
based on acceptance
and social justice
mean mobs will never
take to the city streets
and burn the words they disagree with
why would they ?
when they can simply
galvanise students
shut down seminars on male suicide
in the name of safe spaces
or mass report facebook pages
to have opinions that contradict theirs removed
from the comfort of their own home
and the anonymity
of a sock puppet account

Perhaps progress
has been imagined

Forty Two


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Jasmin is a specialist men’s coach who supports men in all aspects of relationships, but specifically those who are going through high conflict separation and divorce. She is also a dedicate advocate for services for men and their children who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Jasmin helps men who are struggling and feeling lost and alone, to move to a place of acceptance and confidence so they can move ahead and live a life consistent with their values and beliefs. She believes strongly in the power of overcoming past hurts through empathy and compassion.

She is a mother of two, author, presenter and coach. She lives in the idyllic coastal town of Merimbula, NSW, Australia.

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