What new wholly created crisis by this administration will emerge today? No one can know for certain except that whatever manufactured crisis the Left creates today will surely be one that pits one group of Americans against each other. Sadly it’s become the status quo for our way of governance in which new morals, values, laws and rights are established at the benefit of a few to the detriment of the majority. All the while this is happening we meaninglessly drift away from the norms established in the past as our own history fades away from popular discourse.
In the blink of an eye, or in a generation, society itself unravels as it seems today to have lost the ability to retain the qualities that once made America exceptional. Liberty, freedom, truth, and the Constitution have given way to ideology, entitlement, and moral relativism. What we are left with is a pervasive atmosphere of decadence and moral bankruptcy that stands no chance in fighting an ideology that is consuming us.
Thanks to a “progressive,” anti-intellectual educational system we have created a generation of students who can’t read or write as they function like zombies attracted to materialistic greed and outraged at the latest perceived instance of “injustice”. As Leonard Peikoff in The Ominous Parallels writes, students today are “brainwashed into feeling that their minds are helpless and they must adapt to ‘society’, that there is no absolute truth and that morality is whatever society says it is.” Writing in the introduction to The Ominous Parallels, Ayn Rand notes, “It is a tragic irony of our time” to forget that the bloodiest tribe of our history, the Communists of Soviet Russia, were “motivated by brute powerlust and a crudely materialistic greed for the unearned.”
Rand goes on to write that the Communists only showed respect “for the power of philosophy (which they called ideology)” as they spent “billions on propaganda and indoctrination, realizing that man’s mind is their most dangerous enemy and it is man’s mind that they have to destroy.” The group-think mentality that dominates society today is an example of this, and to dare question the mob is to be ostracized, marginalized, and politicized as being radical. The ability to think for oneself is a virtue that has been lost on a generation that cannot see past the future of tomorrow, let alone the repercussions of their actions today.
With both political parties devoid of principles or respect to their own constituents let alone country, America’s future looks to be heading at breakneck speed towards Soviet Russia’s past. The underlying principle that serves as the catalyst for this is the prevailing ideology of socialism and communism. It goes by the much friendlier name of progressivism today and all that it asks of you is to abide by its principles without question while it slowly and methodically takes from you your rights until you’re rendered defenseless.
“Communism“, wrote Whittaker Chambers, “is what happens when, in the name of mind, men free themselves from god. Man does not, as a rule, become a communist because he is attracted to communism, but because he is driven to despair by the crisis of history through which the world is passing. The communist party has the least to offer a man bent on personal advantage. For the intellectual of any ability, it has nothing whatsoever to offer in the way of gain…it only offers those who joined it the certainty of being poor and pariahs…for the party must always demand more than it gives.”
Communism, like socialism, attacks the principle of private property as it holds in contempt the liberty of each individual. In his Critique of Socialism, Alexis de Tocqueville summarized the ideology of progressives by writing the following:
“They unceasingly attempt to mutilate, to curtail, to obstruct personal freedom in any and all ways. They hold that the State must not only act as the director of society, but must further be master of each man, and not only master, but keeper and trainer. For fear of allowing him to err, the State must place itself forever by his side, above him, around him, better to guide him, to maintain him, in a word, to confine him. They call, in fact, for the forfeiture, to a greater or less degree, of human liberty, to the point where, were I to attempt to sum up what socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom.”
Tocqueville goes on to conclude that “Socialists offer us, a formal, regimented and closed society where the State has charge of all, where the individual counts for nothing, where the community masses to itself all power, all life, where the end assigned to man is solely his material welfare.” This ideology does not value each man at his highest, as it makes of each man an agent, an instrument, and a number for it desires equality in constraint and in servitude. Progressivism is anathema to the principles that founded America and it is destroying this country from within aided by both parties in Washington, compounded by the sheer extent of the public’s willful ignorance.
Fredric Bastiat, the great French classical liberal theorist explained that “the parties need to destroy us” as “they are all against us having the same goal of tyranny.” Bastiat continues, “They differ only on the question of knowing in whose hands the despotism will be placed. This is why the thing they fear most is a spirit of true freedom.” What the establishment class in Washington fears the most is an enlightened citizenry that recognizes this. It is why both parties continue to allow this administration to pit one group of Americans against each other by race, religion, class etc. By constantly ginning up crises where they do not exist by adding solutions to problems that are figments of their imaginations, the establishment in Washington is content with keeping us distracted by hating each other as long as we don’t turn our attention towards them, our “representatives”.
It’s quite interesting to note that as soon as we turn our gaze towards these progressives and charge them for espousing a communist and socialist agenda, they become enraged. This is precisely because they cannot grasp the difference between themselves and those against whom the charge was made. Whittaker Chambers elaborates that “men who sincerely abhorred the word communism, in the pursuit of common ends, found that they were unable to distinguish communists from themselves…For men who could not see that what they firmly believed was liberalism added up to socialism, could scarcely be expected to see what added up to communism.” This is why every attack against communists and socialists is felt by the progressives as an attack against themselves.
While it may seem extreme to call the majority of our politicians in Washington as being socialists or communists, it cannot be refuted that their agenda is leading this country down the very same path. You can act as if Republicans and Democrats are different, but over the course of the Obama administration we have seen that this notion of “difference” between the two parties begets reality. They may use different means to justify the end, but the end is all the same.
The longer we continue to ignore this while we fight among eachother over the latest fabricated issue of audacious act committed by the president with the aide of congressional capitulation, the harder it becomes to counter. If we are unwilling to let go of our personal animosities against eachother in favor of turning our energy against those in power who are destroying us, then we leave for the younger generations a future that will destroy them.