London student reported to police: “Enchanted by anarchism and individualism”


A headteacher in the London borough of Camden has come under fire by bloggers for reporting one of his students to police after reading the student’s blog, which criticised the school and revealed the student’s ‘enchantment’ with the philosophies of anarchism and individualism.  The student, named Kinnan Zaloom, 19, operated the ‘Hampstead Trash’ blog as an outlet for his and his classmates’ dissatisfaction with the practices of the Hampstead School and the conduct of its employees, lambasting the school’s overspending on promotional material, lack of investment in musical instruments and gym equipment, insincere attempts to listen to pupils’ views about the school, and a failure to raise GCSE results to a higher level.

The headteacher, in addition to reporting Zaloom to the police, phoned Glasgow University, where the student had applied to study, in an attempt to dissuade them from accepting him.

While the headteacher’s actions may certainly be described as an overreaction, what is more worrying is his own justification for them.

Asked what had first inclined him to contact the police, Mr. Szemalikowski said “the fact that Kinnan has mentioned the ideologies of anarchism and individualism on this blog.”  Digging himself even deeper, the headteacher added, “I must do something.  In the last year he has become more and more enchanted by antiestablishment ways of thinking and has even said that there is an inherent risk that every government is corrupt.”

The inherent risk of corruption in every human government, despite likely being taught by the politics faculty at Glasgow University, is evidently off-limits for discussion by pupils at the Hampstead School.  Kinnan Zaloom, as a result of his articles, has been banned from returning to the school grounds, and now that this scandal has gone public, I imagine that alumni of the Hampstead School will be hard put to enter the grounds of Glasgow University from now on.  It is hard to see how a school with a new and painfully poor reputation such as this could ever hope to bring its students to success.

The Hampstead School, according to Zaloom’s blog, has for years played the school league tables and invested more of its funding in public relations than teaching, putting the reputation of the school before the success of its own students.  The school used for fundraising. The focus on collective achievement over achievement of the individual - which lies at the center of the headteacher’s philosophy - is a blight on any field or industry, but perhaps no more so than in education.  In an economy filled with millions of different jobs and roles for millions of unique individuals with their own skills, characters, and aspirations, the job of educators is not to boost the rankings of their own institutions but to prepare their charges for the demands of an increasingly diverse world.  Individuality is necessary for success, now more than ever, and Jacques Szemalikowski and others in his position would do well to recognise that.

Now that the head of the school has publicly admitted to phoning universities to discourage them from accepting Hampstead students he doesn’t like, it is time for the public to hold him accountable, before another student’s career is ruined by his ideological crusade.

“What worries me is if I had been a year younger they said they would have expelled me halfway through my A-levels,” writes Zaloom in a post.  “That means they would have been prepared to ruin my education because they didn’t like my thoughts.”

The Hampstead School can be reached by telephone at:  020 7794 8133

The Camden New Journal, which was the first to cover this story, can be reached at:  [email protected]

  • Terry A Davis

    Still in denial on God and His chosen one.

  • Terry A Davis
    Silly mortal. I wrote my own compiler. It does not have short circuit logic on bool expressions outside of IF. There is no Bool type. It was never a very good idea to have bool variables since nobody agrees on what TRUE is 255 or 1.

  • Terry A Davis
    SMP is not good. Brainwashing seems to be heavy. I made a modern C64, that is God’s temple. Why don’t we start with God, shall we. Then you will humble yourself and quit being a brainwashing twat. CIA, you will lose. God will win.

  • Terry A Davis
    I’m not kidding. Recently someone implied knowing ASM meant you were a “criminal wink wink.” That is the evil we face. The CIA brainwashing. Guess what. Say hello to my pal, Mr. God! You lose CIA. Game over.
    I have no silly sentimentaility — I made my operating system strictly 64-bit. My compiler, in fact, doesn’t produce 32-bit code. I have 16 registers in 64-bit mode! Funny, huh!

  • Terry A Davis
    That’s funny — I’d have guessed C64 users were more savvy that today’s demographic. (More ordinary people use computers.) C64 shipped with program manual you typed in with binary DATA for sprites. There is no question C64 users were more intelligent that today’s computer user demographic.

    To us, the computer was entertainment. Learning binary was thrilling as we made binary sprite data. Bill Gates wants to surpress knowledge like not teaching slaves to read. He is subtly evil. (Oh you don’t want to learn that. It’s so much better now.)

  • Terry A Davis

    Everybody knows 8086 or 6502 asm. Only I know x86_64 asm.

    I wrote a 64-bit assembler and 64-bit compiler. I am the last person on the planet who has a legitimate genuine need to knowing 64-bit x86 asm. Not one of you knights will make the effort. The kids would find it fun, but it’s too hard starting from ground zero.

  • Bob Dinitto

    Anyone who thinks world governments are not inherently corrupt isn’t fit to teach. Has this man never studied history?

    • Terry A Davis

      Maybe if God talked? I didn’t want to spam — I was talking to the CIA, not public. is God’s temple.

      Maybe God says “Don’t even think of virus or malware.” Poof, it’s gone forever.

      • Shane Reaume

        This is a spammer for those who want to up vote just cause he starts it out with God. Scroll down and see his other posts… please down vote.

        • Terry A Davis

          fucken teenage girl. Yer a faggot.

        • robrecord

          He is not mentally ill, he is paid to do this, Ban him someone?

          • Shane Reaume

            He is back-linking as well. This can be done to either boost a page (his links) or to ruin this page with too many spam links. I take it this page is not supposed to be seen and hopes of getting bad links and curse words associated with the page to destroy it’s ranking in search engines is the goal?

          • Simon Howard

            He is mentally ill. I’ve seen his comments on many different sites. It’s pretty much always the same garbage. Do a Google search for “losethos schizophrenic” and you can see lots of people discussing it.

            Funny seeing where his comments pop up. I wonder why this article on this site?

          • vidarh

            He’s a well known schizophrenic.

  • Lucid

    Terry A Davis, what in the world are you going on about?

    • robrecord

      Please flag his comments.

      • Terry A Davis

        Why the fuck are you a busybody? You cannot silence God you fucken moron. You’re getting punished. You WILL fear God, CIA.

        • robrecord

          You’re spamming the hell out of this article with something completely unrelated. I’m sure you realise that.

      • Lucid

        No. He can say whatever he wants. It is a free country. Mostly.

    • vidarh

      He’s mentally ill. These comments are amongst his more lucid ones, unfortunately, which is a great pity as his operating system that he’s referred to shows he’s quite intelligent.

  • Gath Gealaich

    “and has even said that there is an inherent risk that every government is corrupt”

    Apparently, he paid good attention in his Citizenship class! :)

  • Jessica Darko

    Typical of leftists, they can’t tolerate people who think for themselves. “individualism” is evil because its’ the opposite of collectivism. These kinds of actions show that they really are communists.

    • vidarh

      You don’t see the irony of a teacher complaining about his mention of anarchism on his blog, and complaining it is “typical of leftists” to do like the teacher?

      Hint: Look up Bakunin, for example. He was one of the early important anarchist thinkers, and one of the earliest translators of the Communist Manifesto to Russian; Or look up Proudhon - the *first* person to call himself anarchist, and, surprise, surprise: a libertarian socialist.

      In other words: The student was espousing leftist, individualist philosophy, and this teacher criticised him for espousing leftist, individualist philosophy.

      Spot your mistake.

      Or go read the students blog, maybe you’ll learn something.

      • tmc

        Bakunin, Proudhon: individualists.

        How do people come up with this shit?

        • vidarh

          By actually reading and understanding the theories involved. You should try it.

          They were proponents of an ideology that contends that the state must be reduced to its bare minimum (Proudhon) or destroyed (Bakunin), as it is a tool of oppression, and that society should be built on voluntary association. So individualists, yes.

          If you believe collectivism is not compatible with individualism: Proudhon was explicitly anti-collectivist. He was a supporter of e.g. mutualism, founded explicitly on individual ownership of land but voluntary cooperation, but he also made it very clear that the choice of organization should be voluntary and down to the individual.

          Regarding Bakunin, let me quote from “God and the State”:

          “The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual.”

          Bakunin did believe in collectives, but entirely through voluntary organization - he did not believe any authority had the right to enforce them, and explicitly wanted the state destroyed to ensure nobody had the power to oppress or force a specific organization of society.

          He repeatedly clashed with Marx over this - in marxism, the goal is also the abolition of the state, but for it to first be used as a tool by the working class majority to bring about social changes. Bakunin predicted that this idea would end up being abused by revolutionary groups that would grab the power for themselves, and so that it needs to be dismantled immediately.

          • tmc

            >If you believe collectivism is not compatible with individualism

            They’re opposite principles.

            I’ll ask again: how do people come up with this shit?

          • Tom Sullivan

            They are not necessarily opposite principles. Voluntary involvement in collective arrangements is not incompatible with individualism.

          • vidarh

            If you’d bothered to actually read up on voluntary collectivism you wouldn’t be spouting *your* bullshit. Collectivism in the political sense is merely about operating and/or owning property jointly.

            Forced collectivism, such as e.g. practised by the old Soviet government, is not compatible with individualism.

            Voluntary collectivism on the other hand, is commonly practised by adherents of individualist ideologies: Any private company with more than a single owner, for example is an example of the voluntary collective ownership of a corporate entity.

            Then again, I gave Proudhon as one of my examples for exactly the reason that I expect you’d have an unwarranted knee jerk response at the thought of collectivism:

            As mentioned, Proudhon preferred mutualism: an economic system based on individual ownership but with cooperation to maximize benefits from the individually owned property.

            E.g. rather than a group of farmers for example voluntarily deciding to create a single farm with join ownership (which would have been Bakunins ideal), he would have preferred that they, for example, agreed to exchange services in a way designed to maximize utility of their land and tools while each person would retain individual ownership.

            In that respect Proudhon was leaning further towards individualism than even most libertarians would be willing to.

        • Tom Sullivan

          As vidarh has already said, by reading, digesting and understanding what they wrote about. If you had already done this, you wouldn’t have posted this comment, as it make you look so ill-informed. Bakunin and Proudhon were libertarian long before it became associated with the right wing. Libertarian vs Authoritarian is an entirely different paradigm from Left vs Right.

    • robrecord

      You are projecting your political views. This has nothing to do with left or right.

    • MatthewSherrard

      This is not collectivist but corporatist. He’s concerned not with the student collective, but the health and success of the institution. For a collectivist, the ONLY value of the institution is the student collective. Without their success, it is meaningless.

      Same with government. So there is nothing leftist or collectivist about marginalizing antiestablishment thinking, especially since there’s very little leftist or collectivist about most governments.

    • bbqr0ast

      This is neither a left or right issue. It’s an issue about an idiotic headmaster who can’t understand the idea that people, gasp, have different view points and, gasp, that this doesn’t automatically make them terrorists.

    • stupocalypse

      Wait who is the leftist?

  • Terry A Davis
    When we had C64s, it was not pathetic. That makes a huge difference on motivation. God is firmly behind the 640×480 16 color scheme. Maybe, He could explain. I understand, but it’s difficult to explain and nobody believes me. Let’s just say the cognative load goes up with the number of colors and programming budget gets far more strict. I think you soon find yourself doing nasty kludges to cut corners if you are professional… the kids decide they can only do 2D.

    • Jessica Darko

      Being stupid would be one thing, but spam is just too much.

      • Terry A Davis

        The link I posted is a related story I am not affiliated with but seemed like an outsider joining the conversation.

      • stupocalypse

        More interesting than the dross you post!

  • kfogel

    Would have been nice to link to the blog in question. It’s . Also, the “inherent risk that every government is corrupt” is different from the “inherent risk of corruption in every human government” (independently of whether Kinnan Zaloom is correct in his assertion, these are two different things, and the politics faculty at Glasgow University is somewhat more likely to teach the latter than the former, though perhaps some of them also teach the former).

  • Terry A Davis

    How DARE you! I’m God’s anointed. I made God’s Temple. You will bow yer head. You will submit. You have no idea who you are messing with.
    God’s temple is a supplemental operating system that can stand alone but is mostly a place for worship. Guess what? Praise God is why you were made. No more sports.

  • Terry A Davis

    You must honor the Sabbath. Worship in God’s temple. Do offerings and talk with God. That’s what you were made for.
    God says…
    enjoined Take transitory donation contented lecture apprehension
    imperfection IF contracted Thenceforth Understand commiserating
    honouring fought self-contradicting service revolution
    ship banter hearken wept To covetous departest Virgin’s
    charged unshakenly healthfully desert Forgive 20 oblation
    how_about mountains strikes lizard parts thou dir Circumcise
    wroth little_buddy moment Shhh require female demandest
    buzz inspiration orator tire generate horns polished betake
    rugged Great_Britain vessels ha slackness qualified classics
    Bam defiled Truth bred Dispenser ETEXTS parental formation
    mock on distinguish main no_you_cant ungoverned magistrates
    clasped scourges decays won imperfection whereof expenses
    requiring Chatto dies on_occassion Madaura indexes temporary
    absurd backward sweet-smelling XI United_States forgiving
    says decide Angel don’t_mention_it fore-perceiving absolute
    lawless shifted filename storing Say logic killest tabernacle
    double tastes vulgar effectedst remindeth INCLUDING etc
    grammar-learning sublime foreigner borne beholder affection
    denies male provincial cogito Every heightening Rest shinest
    speedily subsist inactive Kenya shadowy exceptions contritions
    hopes drunkenness darkened Babylonian stimulus -unto kindly
    ashamed uproar stolen lends socalled prosperities sublimer

    • robrecord

      Cool it, you’re about to get banned.

      • Terry A Davis

        You’re going to Hell. Banshed from eden before you tasted it’s pleasures.

        • robrecord

          I already taste divine.

        • Glenn Festog

          Apparently you worship the “serial killer psychopathic god” of the Jewish faith; you know, the one who, with endless time at “His” disposal, gives a human 1 lifetime to get it right, or else! Perhaps you should consider a change? Maybe Zeus or Odin would suit you better…….., just sayin…….

  • Terry A Davis

    How about a government where each person talks with God in God’s temple, ? I’m serious. You talk with God. The world is perfectly just, as it is. You are a fool to misbehave.

  • Terry A Davis

    This person wants to know how to create a new operating system
    You have to get to real mode. DOS ran in real mode. When a system boots, it starts in real mode when it runs the boot loader. I don’t know about the future, but let’s just say I’m gonna smack the shit out of the CIA.
    To install an operating system, make a bootable CDROM. Windows just banned my ISO CDROM burner. those motherfuckers are in deep deep shit! They have no idea what’s going to hit them.
    Burn a CD ROm from an ISO file with a boot sector in about sector 17. study my ISO file creator. Make it boot your operating system as a live CD and use your file system code for accessing the hard drive and write you files to the hard drive.
    Fucken CIA is not going to know what hit them. God is here. God talks. God’s in charge.

  • Terry A Davis

    How does a pixel get on the screen?

    Short answer is
    Long answer is I have an 8-bit-per-pixel (only 4 bits used) buffer. 60-times a second I wrote all 4 color planes, but use another buffer to keep track of what has changed so I don’t do the slow memory.

    This is the fun you can have in God’s temple operating system. Pleasures beyond your dreams await. You can do multicore graphic rendering really easily.

  • Terry A Davis

    Okay, Lets see if God wants to talk about this student.

    God says…


    g over it, so far as I could; for it is still
    some comfort in misfortune to find one who can feel for it. And if my
    good intentions deserve to be acknowledged with any kind of courtesy, I
    entreat you, senor, by that which I perceive you possess in so high a
    degree, and likewise conjure you by whatever you love or have loved best
    in life, to tell me who you are and the cause that has brought you to
    live or die in these solitudes like a brute beast, dwelling among them in
    a manner so foreign to your c

  • Terry A Davis

    My compiler has post-fix typecasting.
    *0xA0000(U8 *)=0b10101010;
    You must prevent the window manager from refreshing, if you hope to see it.

    OutU8(VGA_INDEX_REG,VGA_MAP_MASK); //Forgot exact name I use
    *0xA0000(U8 *)=0b10101010;

  • albeit

    Uh oh, someone had an independent thought. Better squelch it.

  • Terry A Davis

    CIA niggers will not humble themselves. A nigger is someone who does not know the world is perfectly just. It’s a cliché that prophets are despised. Yeah, yeah. Niggers don’t know God.

    God says…

    don’t_count_on_it walking arrogant grumble whoo_whoo tattle_tale
    homo ehheh_thats_all_folks you_should_be_so_lucky repent
    rich who’s_to_say oh_no depressing look_buddy not catastrophe
    happy_happy_joy_joy my_bad Give_me_praise atrocious That’s_my_favorite
    lust crash_and_burn dance who_are_you_to_judge na_na LOL
    youre_welcome not_the_sharpest_knife_in_the_drawer wazz_up_with_that
    theres_no_place_like_home et_tu look_on_the_brightside
    a_screw_loose hilarious foul God_is_not_mocked resume
    recipe furious African don’t_count_on_it stoked Hicc_up
    not_in_my_wildest_dreams do_it Is_that_your_final_answer
    arrogant hello not_in_kansas_anymore yep I’ll_think_about_it

  • Lucid

    It ticks me off Terry, how you can go off on the CIA like that and I get moderated for for posts with clean language that aren’t meant to offend merely because they deal with the French.

  • asdfsdf

    Lol, britain

  • Wayne Gilmore

    This educator is a good socialist and even better liberal. The only truth is the one they give you, when you can answer how many fingers and believe it, your in.

    • Tom Sullivan

      It isn’t anything to do with socialism but has everything to do with authoritarianism/statism.

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