In fact, in all of human history, there has been only one genuinely progressive, genuinely liberating idea: a lightning bolt across the pages of history – the why in 1776, the how in 1787 – the idea of limited government, god-given rights, personal liberty and rule by the vast collective wisdom and industry of the common man, and not by the bored, pampered and self-hating elites that have run everything before and since. This is a once-in-history idea. This is why we have to conserve it. We have to conserve this fundamentally liberal idea.
Brilliant! I don’t think it would be possible to sum things up with less words without loosing clarity.
So if that is “It”, what is the opposite?
When a society – after generations of hard work, sacrifice and hardship – reaches a certain level of prosperity, “Progressives” like Bill Maher, Janeane Garofolo, Rosie O’Donnell and Gaius Gracchus – that last Progressive died in 121 BC – assume that the prosperity is endless, and push for more and more people to get more and more goods and services for less and less work. Why? Because – as today, in America, as with the British Empire, the French Empire, the Spanish Empire, the Ottomans, the Mongols, Rome, Greece, Eqypt, Babylon… They do it for political power. They live for political power. This “Progressivism” is ancient, recurring, tyrannical and ruinous.
And we voted for it. Just like the Romans did.
It is not just the opposite of “It”. The opposite is the norm course of events.
And so they asked themselves: if the vanguard of the revolution wasn’t going to be the worker, then who would it be? And the answer they came up with was: the dispossessed.
The Neo-Marxist revolution would not attack the capitalist economy – that was too successful. The target of the new Marxist revolution would be the Culture.
Marxist philosophers like Antonia Gramsci, and later, Saul Alinski – personal hero to such present-day fellow travelers as Chris Matthews, Hillary Clinton and, of course, The President of the United States – started to create narratives – stories – about America. This rapidly evolved into a philosophy called “Critical Theory” and the idea of Critical Theory was to attack the dominant culture – that would be us – from all sides, simultaneously.
The objectives of the Frankfurt School, of Gramsci and Alinski in their assault on the culture, were laid out in detail and were very clear: Eliminate not only the voice, but the very idea of reason. Destroy history. Delegitimize shared morality. Medicate instead of discipline children. Promote the idea that problems are so complex that only elitists, experts and academics can discuss, let alone solve them. A later pair of American Marxist philosophers developed what became known as the Cloward-Piven strategy: overwhelm America’s social systems – welfare, health care, immigration, etc. by telling people they were owed things, and by intentionally overwhelming them, cause them to collapse – leaving nothing but smoking wreckage, and no where to turn but to the government.
This is certainly “Secret War” or “War of Hidden Movements”. Most of us don’t even know it is going on. Whittle calls even says:
we are in an information war, a battle of narratives…We are, together, soldiers in this narrative war for America and for civilization
So…how do “we” win? Using a Titanic analogy he gets to:
We need to ram the iceberg. We need to hit it head-on. We need to put in all the power we have – all of the power – and go right at the heart of that monster. Because everyone talks about what the iceberg did to Titanic, but no one talks about what Titanic did to the iceberg.
That sounds like degrading the 5GW into a 4GW. Maybe.
We, for the first time in human history, have an example of what a free society looks like. We, for the first time in history, are children of the only real progressives in all of human history. And we, for the first time in history, have the technology that allows common people to talk to each other, to encourage and inform each other, and to make an end run around the suicidal elites and their suicidal, dying media organs.
Is that it? I think (and it sounds right to me) he is suggesting every meme/false-story/false-narrative on the must be challenged whether it it is in public or in our institutions with four intermediate ends in mind:
- Slow/prevent/rollback the memes opposed to “It”
- Convince the undecided to join on the side of “It”
- Discourage those opposed to “It”
- Encourage those on the side of “It”
What is the end goal for “It”? How about this blast from the past:
[…]that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
So now what?
By 1941, however, the Nazis had taken away most of the town’s Jewish men.
“Luckily, a good Polish man gave my father a rifle and 150 bullets,” Jack said. “My father started the nucleus of a mostly Jewish fighting group – the majority were Russian Jews – with other Polish and Ukrainian and Russian fighters.”
On Sept. 23, 1942, the Nazis and police began rounding up all the remaining Jewish residents of the town.
“They took us out, put us in the middle of a road and counted everyone,” she later recalled in a news article. She was then a 32-year-old mother, holding the hands of her daughters, ages 4 and 2.
The situation was still fluid. She tried to get people to do something, anything, saying they should burn the town and run for the forests. People were too afraid to try.
“So she told her mother and sisters and daughters, ‘Let me try to find a place for us to hide,’ ” Jack said.
A policeman stopped her as she left the area. “Why waste a bullet on me now?” she argued. “You’re going to kill us all tomorrow.”
He let her leave.
She found a barn and tried to go back for her family, but by then there were too many guards. Even if she managed to get back to her family, there was no way they could escape together.
“She went back to the barn,” her son said. “And the next morning she heard the shots.”
Twenty-five members of her family and her husband’s family were killed.
“Three-hundred-eighty Jews were rounded up and taken to the edge of town, shot and buried in a mass grave,” said daughter Bella Smith.
Nazis began searching the countryside, including the barn where she was hiding. She was grazed by a bayonet as a Nazi stabbed the hay pile. That night, she crawled into the forest, alone for months.
“She didn’t know my father was alive,” her daughter said. “He didn’t know she was alive. He heard there may have been survivors and found her. She was down to 80 pounds and he carried her back to the partisan unit.”
The partisan group, which became known as the Kruk-Max Otryad, grew to include 150 fighters and more than 250 civilians in a family camp, the third-largest such group in Europe, Jack said.
“Mom was the nurse and a cook with the fighter group,” Jack said. “Theirs is like the story of the movie, ‘Defiance,’ about the Bielski Otryad.”
After liberation by the Russians in 1944, they lived at the Bindermichel displaced persons camp near Linz, Austria. There they were a rare married couple who survived the war, becoming surrogate parents to young people who had lost their own.
“They would walk these girls down the aisle when they married,” Jack said.
His father’s brother, in the U.S. since the 1920s, heard they were alive. He sent $100, enough for steerage tickets for the couple and son Jack. They first lived in Chicago, but soon settled in Milwaukee in 1946.
Dec 31, 2008 @ 15:53
I should still write this up more fully, if I have time to get into it. The revelation was pretty shocking and way under-reported.
I was too young to remember it, but I was inspired by it and the subsequent missions. I didn’t want them to stop. I wanted the Orbital stations, the moon colony, and the mars mission. I wanted my Science fiction future. I don’t want humans stuck on Terra Firma waiting for a natural or self-created extinction event. We need to get moving and get off this rock. The power of human imagination and ingenuity must be unleashed to fill the heavens. I still want a science fiction future for all of us.
There is no Texan right to succession.
There is madness in that kind of talk. I want no part of a political movement that seems okay with its “leaders” suggesting that sort of thing.
The matter was settled a long time ago.
The Union Forever.
From the The Wednesday Report:
Nikita Khrushchev once said, “We cannot expect the American people to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism until they awaken one day to find they have Communism”.