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Capturing the Culture Pressure From Above &Below Manipulating Public Opinion Is It Too Late?

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3 From the Editor


4 Radical Transformation

WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG America is moving away


from its constitutional
moorings toward despotism

7 Strategy for Subversion


FR.JAMESTHORNTON- The quiet revolution envisioned
byCommunist theoretician Antonio Gramsci is being
implemented inAmerica today

STEVE BONTA- Orwellian


techniques are employed
to condition thepublic to
love Big Brother

33 An Annotated Bibliography
ROBERT W. LEE- A number ofsources are available
on power politics andthelarger cultural revolution

13 Capturing the Culture


WILLIAM F. JASPER - The architects ofthetotal state
are subverting our social, cultural, andpolitical
organs - allaccording to Gramsci's strategy

17 Pincers Strategy

29 Capturing the Mind

WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG In a top-down revolution,


"pressure from above"
and"pressure from
below" are combined to
force radical change

21 Creating Causes
WILLIAM F. JASPER - The opinion cartel notonly picks
theissues andestablishes theframework fordebate,
but creates whatever causes andpersonalities it needs

36 Is It Too Late?
GARY BENOIT - America still hasmany layers of
strength that prevent instant dictatorship

41 Projecting the Lines


FR. JAMESTHORNTON- America is at a crossroads in
history: Will we choose tyrannyor liberty?

44 The Way to Win

JOHNF. McMANus Through organized


leadership informed
citizens can expose the
Gramscian strategy
andwin the fight for
freedom

25 Rule by Polls

ROBERT w. LEE- Would-be usurpers useopinion


surveys as a tool formanipulating the public

Cover: Photo by Hulton Getty/TSI

FROM THE EDITOR


merica's traditions of limited gov- "It gives us National Socialists a special seernment, political and economic cret pleasure to see how the people about us
freedom , fixed moral standards, and are unaware of what is really happening to
the rule of law are being supplanted with om- them," Hitler boasted . By the time they were
nipotent government, the regulatory state, aware, it was too late. The police force had
moral anarchy, and the Fuhrer principle. been nationalized, the guns had been confis Americans are not as free as they once were, cated, and Germany was engulfed in a terrinot only because of more intrusive govern- ble war that threatened its annihilation.
ment but because of an erosion in core valEven today, in spite of the explosive
ues that has made our communities less safe. growth of government, America is not a poThe President , whose job it is to execute the lice state . But the absence of the goose-step
laws passed by Congress, has instead become does not mean that the danger is not already
a virtual dictator, issuing Executive Orders upon us, that the march toward totalitarianthat have the force of law
ism has not already begun. As
and launching offensive
Pettengill put it: "It does not anwars without the approval of
swer the question to say that it
Congress . And the Congre ss,
is hard to tell when twilight
p~i~~~~;~'~f'the Total State ends and when night begins....
instead of reining in an outof-control Executive, has
There is a point beyond which
made its own contributions to
it is night . There is a point bethe emerging new totalitarian
yond which the state is no
order.
longer the Servant of the CitStep by step , America izen but his Master. There is
the greatest experiment in hua point where freedom ends ,
man liberty the world has ever
and despotism begins. There
seen - is becoming a collecis a point between Caesar,
tivist state . This radical transand God, beyond which Caesar
formation is happening in spite of the fact must not enter."
that the American people still possess the
In this special issue of THENEW AMERICAN,
power of the ballot , and in spite of the fact we examine the stealth strategy for subvertthat they don 't want to be enchained. And it ing liberty. That ubiquitous assault , which is
far more dangerous than overt military invais happening without a shot being fired.
The transformation was already underway sion, entails subverting a nation 's social, culwhen Democratic Congressman Samuel Pet- tural, moral , and political underpinnings,
tengill , who had served in the House in the paving the way for the moral and political an1930s, warned that ED .R.'s New Deal was archy that will culminate in public accep"fundamentally fascist." In his 1940 book tance of, and even the embrace of, the total
Smoke-Screen, Pettengill opined that the col- state. That strategy was articulated by Comlectivist march will be "step by step, and by munist theoretician Antonio Gramsci many
muffled tread ." "There will be no sudden years ago, but although Communism is supcoup d'etat," he predicted . Instead , "We will posed to be dead, the total state he champicontinue to pay lip service to privately owned oned is still being advanced under other flags.
Yet there is much cause for hope, since the
property and the profit-motive in place of the
bayonet as an incentive to produce . But the enemies of freedom must operate covertly
control and the profits , if not the actual man- and must overcome the "fortresses and
agement of property will be gradually - and earthworks" the Gramscian strategy is destealthily - taken from is owners and gath- signed to subvert. Those fortresses and
ered into the hands of bureaucrats. For some earthworks , although battered, still remain
time we will continue to call it American, but largely intact and still prevent instant dictatorship . They include our centuries-old trait will become a species of Nazism ."
No, the American people have enjoyed dition of ordered liberty, our independent
freedom for far too long to acquiesce to an police forces, and our continuing faith in
overt and sudden revolution such as the one God . Expose the strategy before these
that shook Russ ia in 1917. If the American fortresses and earthworks are mostly depeople are to be enslaved, it will be more like stroyed, and the battle will be ours .
- G ARY B ENOIT
Germany in the 1930s, where the people
were beguiled into electing their future tyrants
and where the final steps on the road to tyran- Extra copies of this issue are available at quantityny took place over a period of several years . discount prices (see the card between pages 30 and 31).

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RADICAL TRANSFORMATION

Toward the Total State

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as the left won America's culture


war? Some observers, including
political organizer Paul Weyrich
(who co ined the term "moral majority"),
appear to think so. For many Amer ica ns
who cherish our nation 's traditions of individual freedo m, limited governme nt, and
personal moral respo nsibility, the Clinto n
impeac hme nt melodrama abounded in evidence that Ame rica has undergone a dramatic transformation .
If one were to cre dit the ubiqui tou s
opi nio n polls and the outpouri ngs of the
"mainstream" medi a, the American people were nearly unanimous in their support for President Clinton, des pite his ongoi ng personal dep ravity and his willingness to abuse both the powers of his office and the institut ions of our j udicial
sys tem in order to retain his posi tio n as
the nati on 's chief exec utive. The only
hold out s were to be found among the "religio us rig ht," which - according to the
custodians of "respec table" opinion - is
a marginalize d gro up unworthy of political influence .

Whi le the outco me of impeach ment


was largely a product of the gangland tactics (including blackmail and charac ter assassi nation) employe d by the Clinto n Administration agai nst its opponents, as well
as the institutional cowardice of the Senate, there is no doubt that America's culture has undergone a dramatic transformatio n - a transformation eng ineered by
the radica l left. Writi ng in the Winter 1996
iss ue of the Marxist jo urna l Dissent ,
Mich ael Walzer enumerated some of the
cultura l victories won by the left since the
1960s:
"The visible impac t of femin ism."
"The effects of affirmative actio n."
"The emergence of gay rights politics,
and . . . the attention paid to it in the media."
"The acceptance of cultural pluralism."
"The transformation of family life," incl uding "risi ng divorce rates , chang ing
sex ual mores, new hou sehold arra ngemen ts - and, again, the portrayal of all
this in the media ."
"The progress of sec ularization; the
fad ing of religion in ge nera l and Chris-

tianity in particular from the public sphere


- classroo ms, textbook s, legal codes, holidays, and so on."
"The virtual abolition of capital punishment."
"The legalization of abor tion."
"The first successes in the effort to regulate and limit the private owners hip of
guns."
Significantly, Walzer admitted that these
victories were imp osed upon our soc iety
by "liberal elites," rather than being driven
"by the pressure of a mass move ment or a
majoritarian party." These changes "reflect
the leftism or liberalism of lawyers, j udges,
federal bureaucrats, professors, schoo l
teachers, social workers, jo urnalists, television and scree n writers - not the popu lation at large," noted Walzer. Rather than
buildin g "sta ble or last ing move ments or
creat [ing] coherent constituencies," the left
focused on "w inning the Gramscian war of
position ."
Wh ile most Americans would be mystified by Walzer 's reference to Italian Communi st theo retic ian Anto nio Gram sci,
those who wish to understand the ongo ing
culture war must first have some understanding of the Gramscian concept of the
"long march through the institutions." The
process described by Walzer, in which the
cultural and bureaucratic organs of our socie ty have falle n under the influence of
"prog ressive" forces devoted to transforming our nation, is derived directly from
Gram sci 's blueprint for Marxist subversion. Gramsci 's distinctive insight, as we
will shortly see, was that the construc tion
of the total state requi res the seizure of the
" mediating institu tions" that insulate the
individ ual from the power of the govern ment - the family, organized religion, and
so fort h - and a systematic redefini tion of
the culture in order to sustain the new political order.
That process is well underway in our nation - and if it is co nsumma ted, Americans will learn that the cu lture war is a
deadly serious effort to destroy the institutions and traditions that have pro tec ted
Americans from the horrors of the total
state.
"The scientific concept of dict atorship ,"
wro te Soviet dictator Vlad imir Lenin ,
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"means nothin g else but this: power without limi t, restin g directl y
upon forc e, restrain ed by no laws,
abso lute ly unrestri cted by rules."
Benit o Mussolini 's totalitarian formul a was even more co ncise :
"Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against
the state." What ever its specific configuration or ideological pretext, the
total state always requires that all
human activities be made subject to
its power. But to exercise that power, the total state relies, to a remarkable extent, on the cooperation of its
victims .
No matter how vast the instrumentality of coercion or how vicious
the intentions of the ruling elite, the
" Consent of the governed" : Americans have yet to submit to total state power.
masters of the total state are always
cally oppose d to the Leninist "scientific
dramatically outnumbered by their vic- "Death by Government"
tims. No army of occ upation is large Of course, wholesale murder is very much concept of dictatorship" : the rule of law,
enough to exercise total control over a tyr- a part of the totalitari an experience, as a administered by a govern ment that is itself
annized population; no secret police is ca- way to dispose of those who prove unsuit- subject to the law, deriving "its j ust powpable of exercising incessant and all-en- able for "co nversion." Lenin's "scientific ers from the consent of the governe d," and
co mpassi ng survei llance. The triumph of concept of dictatorsh ip," when put into crea ted for the excl usive purp ose of prothe total state is made possible by the con- practice by criminals in positions of polit- tecting the lives, rights, and property of the
quest of the human mind. "We are not con- ical power, has led to unimaginable horror. law-abiding.
But these institutional safeg uards of libtent with negative obedience, nor even In the Soviet Union , Communist China,
with the most abje ct submiss ion," ex- Cambodia, Vietnam , and elsewhere, the erty and the rule of law are dependent on a
plained O'B rien, an agent of Big Brother 's unch ecked power of the state "has been culture condu cive to freedom. In a self"Ministry of Love" in George Orw ell's trul y a cold-blooded mass murd erer, a govern ing society, public morality and private morality cannot be compar tmental1984. "When finally you surrender to us, global plague of man 's own makin g,"
it must be of your own free will. We do not writes Professor R.J. Rummel in his study ized; people who have abandoned what
George Washingto n referred to as the
destroy the heretic because he resists us.... Death by Government.
During the first nine decades of the 20th "eternal rules of order and right" will be
We co nvert him, we capture his inner
century, writes Rummel, "a lmost 170 mil- incapable of exercisi ng the self-disci pline
mind, we reshape him."
lion men, women, and children" have been necessary to maintain a free government.
destroyed through the "myriad ways gov- In his Farewell Address , Washin gton adernments have inflicted death on unarmed, vised that there is "no truth more thorhelpless citizens and foreigners. The dead oughly established than that there exists in
co uld conceivably be nearly 360 million the eco nomy and co urse of natu re an inpeople." In a particul arly sober ing obser- dissolubl e union between virtue and hapvation, Rumm el points out that while "li- piness; between dut y and adva ntage; bebrary stacks have been written on the pos- twee n the genuine maxims of an honest
sible nature and consequences of nuclear and magnanimous policy and the solid rewar and how it might be avoided, in the life wards of public prosperity and felicity."
of some still living we have already expe- When such habits of virtue are cultivated
rienced in the toll fro m democide (and re- and preserved, society can enjoy the blesslated destruction and misery among the ings of limit ed gove rnment - one that
survivors) the equivalent of a nuclear war, will, in Jeffer son 's words, "restrain men
especially at the high near-360 million end from injuring one another, [and which]
shall leave them otherwise free to regulate
of the estimates ."
America has been spare d such horror s their own pursu its of industry and imbeca use it is uniquely blessed among all prove ment, and shall not take from the
nations with a tradition of ordered liberty mouth of labor the bread it has earned."
and limited government. Our nation 's
founding docum ents, the Declaration of Quiet Revolution
Independence and the Constitution , em- In principle, and to a limited extent in pracGovernment accordin g to Soviet
brace a concept of gove rnment diamet ri- tice, Bill Clin ton and his Administratio n
dictator Len in: Power w ithout limit.
THE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

have emb raced Lenin 's "scientific concept


of dictatorship." Consider, for example, the
fact that Mr. Clinton has brazenly and repeatedl y ignored Congress' constitutional
authority to declare war - most notably in
the undeclared Kosovo War, which Mr.
Clinton has conducted in defiance of a
pointed refusal on the part of the House of
Representativ es to decl are war against Yugoslavia. In domestic affairs, Mr. Clinton
has made good on his stated intenti on to
bypass Congress entirely, ruling instead by
executive decree. Former Clinton Admi nistration lackey Paul Begala memorabl y
summarized Mr. Clinton 's ruling doctr ine
in these terms: "Stroke of the pen, law of
the land - kind a coo l."
Just as distu rbin g is the fact that much
of the Senate , and a significa nt porti on of
the Hou se of Represent atives, have embraced a co mplementary conce pt tau ght
by Ad olf Hitler: [u hre rp rinzip , or the
" leader prin cipl e." Und er that doctr ine,
an autocratic executive claim s access to
the "co llective will of the peopl e," exer cises power that is "inde pendent, alI-inelusive, and unlimited ," and co ns iders
him sel f res ponsible "o nly to his co nsc ience." Thu s, the legislature exists
merely to rubb er-stamp the decision s of
the imp erial leader.
Obviously, America was not conquered
by the Soviet Union or by National Socialist (Nazi) Germany. The institut ions of
our federa l system of government still exist, albeit in a somewhat distort ed form .
Elections still occur at regul ar intervals,
and citizens can still exercise their right to
petition their elected representati ves and
express their political opinions in the public square. Nonetheless, the chief tenets of
the most murderous dictatorships in history are now the operative principles of our
national government. How did this dire
situation co me about? How can it be
reversed?
Americ a has undergone what histori an
Garet Garrett describ ed as a "revolution
within the form ." Although the "fo rms of
republican gove rnment survive," wrote
Garrett, "the character of the state has
changed ." To illustrate how this was accomplished, Garrett quoted this observation from Aristotle's Politics: "People do
not easily change, but love their own ancient customs; and it is by small degrees
only that one thing takes the place of another; so that the ancient laws will remain,
while the power will be in the hands of
those who have brought about a revolution
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in the state." (Emphasis added.)


Communist theoret ician Antonio Gramsci urged those who sought to bring about
a "revo lution in the state" to pur sue the
course described (although not endorsed)
by Aristotle: The steady, incremental subversion of free societies by conducting a
"long march through the institutions" that
define such soc ieties . In some ways the
Gramscian appr oach is kindred to that
pur sued by Britain 's Fabian socialists,
who chose "patient gra dualism," rather
than violent insurrecti on , as the most effec tive mean s to coll ectivize socie ty.
Gramsci 's distinctive insight was to urge
Marxists to esc ape from the shac kles of
eco nomic theory and focus instead on society's cultural org ans - the press and
other media, education, entertainment, religion, and the family. In order for revolutionaries to establish "political leadership
or hegem ony," advised Gram sci, they
"must not count solely on the power and
materi al force of government"; they must
change the cultu re upon which that government was built.
Cultural commentator Richard Grenier
recalls that during Gram sci's incarceration
in one of Mussolini 's prisons, he "formulated in his Prison No tebooks the doctrine
that tho se who want to change society
must change man's consciousness, and that
in order to accomplish this they must first
control the institut ions by which that consciousness is formed: schools, universities,
churches, and, perhaps above all, art and
the communications industry. It is these institutions that shape and articulate 'public
opinion,' the limit s of which few politicians can violate with impunity. Culture,
Gramsci felt, is not simply the superstructure of an economic base - the role assigned to it in orthodox Marxism - but is
centr al to a society. His famous battle cry
is: capture the culture."
Gr am sci recogni zed that the chief
"fortresses and earthworks" impedin g the
triumph of Marxism were precisely those
institutions , cu stom s, and habi ts identified by Washin gton and the other Founding Fath er s as indis pe nsa ble to ordered
libert y - such as the family, privat e initiative, se lf-res tra int, and prin cipl ed individu ali sm. But Gramsci foc use d particularly on what Washin gton described
as the " indis pe nsa ble supports" of free
soc iety - reli gion and moralit y. In order
to br ing abo ut a revolution , Gr am sci
wrote, "The conce ption of law will have
to be freed from every re mnant of tran-

sce nde nce and absol uteness, practic all y


from all moralist fanaticism."

Layers of Strength
At this juncture, a question naturally arises: If the conspiracy to undermin e our culture and constitutional system has enjoyed
such success , why aren' t Americ ans living
in abject, undisguised tyranny? If Lenin's
"scientific conce pt of dictatorship " and
Hitler 's fu hrerprinzip have been accept ed
as rulin g tenet s by our apostate politi cal
elite, where are the gulags and gas
chambers?
The answer to this question is quite simple: The institutions referred to by Gramsci as "fortresses and earthworks" have not
yet been completely overcome by the
forces of revoluti on. Yes, the American
family is under siege, but its resilience has
pro ven to be formid able. Parents still seek
to instill habits of self-discipline, honesty,
and genuine publi c service in their children. Millions of Americans from all religious denominations and traditions remain
committed to livin g honorable lives defined by God 's law, and insist that their
elected represe ntatives, for the most part,
pay at least nomin al homage to that standard as well. The American tradition of individu alism remains a vivid part of our national her itage. And despite decades of
mass indoc trinatio n regardin g the supposed glories of collectivism, most Ame ricans still cherish their individual rights and are provoked to militancy when those
rights are threatened.
These admirable traits - the "fortresses
and earthworks" Gramsci sought to overcome - were celebrated by Robert Welch
- a devoted champ ion of freedom - as
"layers of strength" that should be fortified
by conscientious Americans. The reason
the enemies of freedom must pursue Gramsci's long-term subversive strategy rather
than more overt measures is because most
Americans will not meekl y submit to the
will of their would-be masters.
Yes, our situation is grave. No, America
does not enjoy any privileged immunity to
the horrors that have descended upon many
other countri es durin g this century of rampant democide. In order to preserve our existing freedoms, and to restore those that
have been stolen from us, it is necessary
for America ns to und erstand the tactic s,
strategies, and objectives of the Gramscian
conspirators who are waging a culture war
against us.
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WI LLIAM NORMAN G RIGG

THE NEWAMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

STRATEGY FOR SUBVERSION

Gramsci's Grand Plan

ne of the most interesting aspects


of the study of history is that very
often men born in the most humble of circum stances neverth eless rise up
to affect the course of human history dramatically. They may be men of action or
men of thought, yet in either case their activities ca n father tremendous change s
across the yea rs. Antonio Gramsci was
both a man of actio n and thought and,
whatever the outcome of the events of the
next several decades, he will almos t certainly be reckoned by future historian s to
have been a remarkable figure.
Born in obscurity on the island of Sardini a in 1891, Gram sci would not have
been considered a prime candidate to impact significantly the 20th century. Gramsci studied philosophy and history at the
University of Turin , and soo n became a
dedicated Marxist, joinin g the Italian Socia list Party. Imm edi ately after the Fir st
World War, he established his own radical
newspaper, The New Order, and shortly afterward s helped in the foundin g of the Italian Communist Party.

Disillusioned Marxist
The fascis t "March on Rome," and the appoin tment of Benito Mu ssolini to the
prime min istry, impelled the young Marxist theorist to depart Italy. Castin g about
for a new home, he chose the most logical
place for a Communist, Lenin 's newly
fashioned USSR . However, Soviet Russia
was not what he had expected . His powers of obse rvation wakened immediately
to the distance that so often separa tes theory fro m reali ty. A fanatical Marxist insofar as politi cal, eco nomic, and historical
theories were co nce rned , Gram sci was
profoundl y disturbed that life in Commu nist Russia exhibited little evidence of any
deepl y felt love on the part of the workers
for the "paradise" that Lenin had constructed for them . Even less was there any
deep attachment to such co nce pts as the
"proletarian revolution" or "dictators hip
of the proletariat," apart fro m the obligatory rhetoric.
On the co ntrary, it was obvious to
Gramsci that the "paradise" of the work ing class maintained its hold over workers
and peasants only by sheer terror, by mass
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murd er on a gargantuan scale, and by the


ubiquitou s, gnaw ing fea r of midn ight
knocks on the door and of forced-labor
camps in the Siberian wilderness. Also
cruc ial to Lenin 's state was a continuous drumbeat of propagan da, slogans, and outrig ht lies . It was all
very disillusion ing for Gramsci.
Wh ile other men mig ht have reassessed their entire ideological
outlook after such experie nces ,
Gram sci's subtle, analytical
mind worked on the see ming
paradox differently .
The death of Lenin and the
seizure of power by Stalin
caused Gramsci immedia tely
to reconsider his choice of residence. Building upon Lenin's
achievements in terr or and
tyranny, Stalin began to transform agrarian Russia into an industrial giant that would then turn
all of its energies to milit ary conquest. It was Stalin 's design to build the
grea test milit ary machine in history,
crush the "forces of reaction," and impose
Comm unism on Europ e and Asia - and
later on the whole world - by brute force.
In the meantime, however, to consolidate and assure his power, Stalin systematically co mmenced the extermination of
potential foes within his own camp. That ,
as it turn ed out, became an ongo ing
proce ss, one that lasted until his own
demi se. In parti cular, men suspected of
even the slightest ideol ogical heresy in relation to Stalin 's own interpretation of
Marxis m-Leninism were sent straight to
torture chambers or dea th camps, or were
hurried before firing squads.

Prison "Prophe t "


His days obviously numbered in Stalini st
Russia, Gramsci decided to return home
and take up the struggle against Mussolini. Seen as both a serious threat to the safety of the fascist regime and a likely agent
of a hostile foreign power, after a relatively shor t time Gram sci was arreste d and
sentenced to a length y term of imprisonment, and there, in his prison cell, he devoted the nine years that were left to him
to writing. Before his death from tubercu-

losis in 1937, Gramsci produced nine volumes of observa tions on history, socio logy, Marxist theory, and, most importantly,
Marxist strategy. Those volumes, known as
the Prison Noteboo ks, have since been
publi shed in many languages and distributed throughout the world . Their significance comes from the fact that they form
the foundation for a dram atic new Marxist
strategy, one that makes the "spontaneous
revolution" of Lenin as obsolete as hoop
skirts and high button shoes, one that
promi ses to win the world voluntarily to
Marxism, and one based on a realistic appra isa l of historical fac t and hum an psychology, rather than on empty wishes and
illusions.
As we shall see, Gramsci 's shrewd assess ment of the true essence of Mar xism
and of mankind makes his writin gs among
the most powerful in this century. Whil e
Gramsci himself would die an ignominious and lonely death in a fasc ist prison ,
his thought s would attain a life of their
own and rise up to menace the world. What
are these ideas?
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Essence of the Red Revolution ary upheaval, but always by force or sub- Soviet regime was in its infancy and Com Gramsci 's signal contribution was to lib- terfuge. The only popular revolutionary muni sm still largely untried conjecture.
Gramsci was a brilliant student of phierate the Marxi st project from the prison upheavals recorded in the 20th century
of economic dogma, thereby dramatically have been anti-Marxist "counter-revolu- losophy, history, and languages. This eduenhancing its ability to subvert Christian tions," such as the revolt in Berlin in 1954 cation imparted to him an excellent grasp
and the Hungarian uprising of 1956.
of the character of his fellow men and of
society.
Looking back on the 20th century, it is the character of the societies that made up
If we were to take the ideological pronouncements of Marx and Lenin at face clear that Marx was wrong in his assump - the civilized community of nations in the
value, we would believe - as have mil- tion that most workers and peasants were early decades of this century. As we have
lions of their deluded disciples - that the dissatisfied with their places in, and alien- already seen , one of the foundational inuprising of the workers was inevitable, and ated from , their societies, that they were sights given him by this education was that
that all that was to be done was to mobi- seething with resentment against the middle Communist hopes for a spontaneous revolize the underclass thro ugh propaganda, and upper classes, or that they in any way lution, brought about by some process of
thereby sparking universal revolution. Of were predisposed to revolution. Moreover, historical inevitability, were illusory.
course, thi s premise is invalid , yet it re- wherever Communism achieved power, its Marxi st ideologues were, he asserted, bemained inflexible doctrine among Com- use of unprecedented level s of violence, guiling themselves. In the Gram scian view
munists - at least, for public consumption. coercion, and repression have generated workers and peasants were not , by and
However, the hard core of the Commu- underground opposition at home and mil- large, revolutionary-minded and they harnist movement consi sted of ruthless crim- itant opposition abroad, making endless bored no desire for the destruction of the
inals, clear-eyed in their understanding of killing and repression endemic to Marxi sm existing order. Most had loyalties beyond ,
the intellectual errors of Marxism, who were and essential for Communist survival. All and far more powerful than , cla ss con sidwilling to employ any necessary mean s to of these undeniable facts , when examined erations, even in those instances where
obtain the power they sought. For such hard- honestly, posed insurmountable difficulties their lives were less than ideal. More
ened, hate-intoxicated conspirators, ideol- insofar as further extensions of Commu- meaningful to ordinary people than class
ogy is a tactic , a mean s of mobilizing sup- nist power were concerned, and assured solidarity and cla ss warfare were such
porters and rationalizing criminal actions . some kind of ultimate crisi s for Marxi sm . things as faith in God and love of family
Those who accept uncritically the idea
While the foregoing is obvio us to per- and country. These were foremost among
that "Communism is dead " fail to under- ceptive observers now, looking back from their overriding allegiances.
stand the true nature of the enem y. Com- the vantage point of our time and after more
Such attractiveness as Communist
munism is not an ideology in which one than eight decades of experience with the promi ses might pos sess among the workbelieves. Rather, it is a criminal con spir a- reality of Communism in power, we begin ing classes was, moreover, diminished by
cy in which one enli sts . Although Lenin to understand something of the insightful- Communist bruta lities and by heavy-handprofe ssed to revere Marx's scribblings as ness of Antonio Gramsci when we realize ed totalitarian methods. Stirring the aristosacred writ, once his Bolsheviks had seized that what is evident now, at the close of the cratic and bourgeois classes to action,
power in Rus sia , Lenin freely modified millennium, was evident to him when the these negative attributes were so terrifying
Marxism to suit his need s. The
same was true of Stalin . The Bolsheviks did not come to power in
Russi a by any uprising of the
workers and peasants, but by a
coup d 'etat , orchestrated by a tightly disciplined Marxist cadre and ultimately con solidated by civil war.
They also received - lest it be forgotten - critical help from Western political and bankin g elites.
In similar fashion, Communism
did not come to power in Eastern
Europe by revolution , but rather
through the imposition of that system by a conquering Red Arm y and, once again , through the corrupt connivance of conspirators in
the West. In China, Communism
came to power through civil war,
aided by the Soviets and by traitorous elements in the West.
In no single instance has Communi sm ever achieved power by
means of any popular revolutionStalin 's military machine was designed to impose global Communism by brute force.
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and sobering that militant anti-Marxist organizatio ns and move me nts sprang up
everyw here, effec tive ly putting a halt to
plans for Co mmunist expansio n. With all
of this eas ily appare nt to him, and, blessed
in a way with the seemingly endless leisure
afforded by prison life, Gramsci turned his
exce llent mind to savi ng Marxism by analyzing and solv ing these questions.

Subverting Christian Faith


The civilized world, Gramsci deduced, had
been thoroughly saturated with Chri stianity for 2,000 yea rs and Christianity remains the dom inant philosophi cal and
moral system in Europe and North America. Practi cally speaking, civilization and
Chris tianity were inextri cably bound together. Ch ristian ity had become so thoroughly integrated into the dail y lives of
nearly everyone, including non-Christians
living in Christian lands, it was so pervasive, that it formed an almost impenetrable
barrier to the new, revoluti onary civilization Marxists wish to create. Attempting to
batter down that barrier proved unproductive, since it only ge nerated powerful
counter-revo lutionary forces, conso lida ting them and mak ing them potentiall y
deadly. Therefore, in place of the frontal
attack , how much more advan tageo us and
less hazardous it would be to attack the enemy's society subtly, with the aim of transforming the society's collective mind gradually, over a period of a few generations,
from its former Christian worldview into
one more harmoni ous to Marxism. And
there was more.
Wh ereas co nventional Marxist-Leninists were hostile towards the non-Communist left, Gra msci argued that allia nces
wit h a broad spec trum of leftist gro ups
would prove esse ntia l to Communist victory. In Gram sci's time these included,
among others, various "a nti-fasc ist" organizations, trade unions, and soci alist political gro ups. In our time, alliances with the
left would inclu de radical feminists, extrem ist environmentalists , "civi l rig hts"
move me nts, anti-police associations, internationalists, ultra-liberal church groups,
and so forth. These organizatio ns, along
with open Com munists, toge ther create a
united front working for the transformation
of the old Christian culture.
What Gramsci proposed, in short, was a
renovation of Co mm unist methodology
and a stream lining and updating of Marx's
antiquated strategies. Let there be no doubt
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"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which


the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their
army of managers control a population of slaves who do
not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude."
Aldous Huxley,
Brave New World
tirely Marx ist and that he accep ted the validi ty of Marxis m's overa ll worldv iew.
Where he differed was in the process for
achievi ng the victory of that worldview.
Gram sci wro te that "there can and must be
a 'political hegem ony' even before assuming gove rnment power, and in order to exercise po litica l lead ership or hegemony
one must not count solely on the power and
material force that are give n by gove rnment." Wh at he mean t is that it is incum bent upon Marxists to win the heart s and
minds of the people, and not to rest hopes
for the future solely on force or powe r.
Furthermore, Co mmu nists were enjo ined to put aside some of their class prejudice in the struggle for power, seeking to
win eve n elemen ts wit hin the bourgeois
classes, a pro cess which Gramsc i described as "the absorption of the elites of
the enemy classes." Not only would thi s
strengthe n Marxi sm with new blood, but it
would deprive the enemy of this lost talent.
Winn ing the bright young sons and daughters of the bourgeoisie to the red bann er,
wrote Gra msci, "results in [the anti -Marxist forces'] decapitation and renders them
impotent." In Sh011, violence and force will
not by themselves gen uine ly transfor m the
world. Rather it is through winning hegemony over the mind s of the peop le and in
robbing enemy classes of their most gifted
men that Marxism will triumph over all.

Free-Will Slaves
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, a classic study of modern tota litaria nis m, contains a line that epitomizes the concept that
Gramsci tried to convey to his party comrades: "A really efficient total itarian state
would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army
of managers contro l a population of slaves
who do not have to be coerced, because
they love their servitude." While it is improbable tha t Huxley was fam iliar with
Gramsci 's theories , the idea he conveys of
free persons marching willingly into

bon dage is neverth eless precisely what


Gramsci had in mind .
Gra msci believed that if Com munism
achieve d "mas tery of hum an co nsc iousness," then labor camps and mass murd er
would be unnecessary. How does an ideology ga in such mastery over pattern s of
thought inculcated by cultures for hundreds of years ? Mastery over the co nscio usness of the great mass of peopl e
would be attained, Gra msc i co ntended, if
Communists or their sympathizers gained
contro l of the organs of culture - churches, ed ucation, newspapers, magazines, the
electro nic media, serious literature, music,
the visual arts, and so on. By winning "cultural hegemony," to use Gram sci 's own
term, Communism would control the deepest we llsprings of hum an thought and
imag ination. One need not even control all
of the information itse lf if one can ga in
contro l over the minds that assim ilate that
information. Under such conditions, serious opposition disappears since men are no
longer capable of graspi ng the arguments
of Marxism's opponents. Men will indeed
"love their serv itude," and will not even realize that it is servitude.

Steps in the Process


The first phase in achieving "cultural hegemony" over a nation is the underm ining of
all elements of traditional culture. Churches are thus transformed into ideology-dr iven political clubs, with the stress on "so cia l ju stice" and egali tarian ism, with worship reduced to trivialized entertainment,
and with age -old doc trinal and moral
teach ings "modernized" or diminished to
the point of irrelevancy. Genuine education
is replaced by "dumbed dow n" and "politically correc t" curricula, and standards are
reduced dramatically. The mass medi a are
fashioned into instrument s for mass manipulation and for harassing and discrediting tradi tio nal institutions and their
spokesmen. Moral ity, decency, and old
virtues are ridiculed without respite. Tra9

dition-m inded clergy men are portrayed as cellorship in 1933, the leftist stalwarts of masochi stic reso lution of the Oedipus
hypocrit es and virtuous men and women the Frankfur t School fled Germany for the comp lex,' producing a psychological cripUnited States, where they soon established ple, the 'a uthoritarian personalit y.' The inas prud ish, stuffy, and unenlightened .
Culture is no longer a buttress support- a new institute at Columbia University. As dividual' s hatred of the father is suspending the integrit y of the national heritage is characteristic of such men, they repaid ed and rema ins unresolved, becomin g inand a vehicle for imparting that heritage to their debt to the U.S. for shelter ing them stead an attraction for strong authority figfuture generations, but becomes a means from Nazi brutality by turnin g their atten- ures whom he obeys unquestioningly." The
for "des troying ideals and .. . presenting tion to what they regarded as the inju stices traditional patriarchal family is thus a
the youn g not with heroic exam ples but and social deficiencies inherent to our sys- breeding ground for fascis m, accor ding to
with deliberately and aggressively degen- tem and soc iety. Imm ediately they set Horkheimer, and charismatic authority figerate ones," as theolo gian Harold 0.1. about devising a program of revolutionary ures - men like Hitler and Mussolini Brown writes. We see this in contemporary reform for America.
are the ultimate beneficiaries of the "a uAmerican life, in which the grea t
thoritarian personality" instilled by
hist orical symbo ls of our nation 's
the traditional family and culture.
past, includ ing great presidents, solTheodor W. Adorno, another nodiers, expl orers, and thinkers, are
tabl e of the Frankfurt School, unshow n to have been unforgivabl y
derscored Horkheimer's theory with
flawed with "racism" and "sexism"
his own study, publ ished in book
and therefore basically evil. Their
for m as The Authoritarian Personplace has been taken by pro-Marxality, which he authore d toge ther
ist charlatans, pseudo-int ellectu als,
with Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel
rock stars, leftist movie celebrities,
J. Levinson, and R. Nevitt Sanford.
and the like. At another level, tradiUpon closer exam ination, it became
tional Chri stian culture is co napparent to critics that the research
demned as rep ressive, "E uroce non which The Authoritarian Pertric," and "rac ist" and, thus, unworsonality was based was pseudo-sothy of our continued devotion. In its
ciologica l, flawed in its methodoloplace, unall oyed primitivism in the
gy and skewed in its co nclusio ns.
gui se of "multiculturalism" is held
But, the critics were ignored.
as the new model.
America , Ado rno and his reMarriage and family, the very
searc h team pronounced , was ripe
building block s of our society, are
for its own, home-grown fasc ist
perpetually attacked and subverted.
takeover. Not only was the AmeriMarri age is portrayed as a plot by
can population hopelessly racist and
anti-Semitic , but it had far too acmen to perpetuat e an evil system of
quiescent an attitude towards audom inati on over women and chil thority figures such as fathers, podren. The family is depicted as a
licemen, clergy, military leaders,
dangerous instituti on epitomized by
and so forth. It was also far too obviolence and exploitation. Patri arsessed with such "fascist" notions
chally oriented families are, accordas efficiency, clea nliness, and sucing to the Gra mscians, the precurPublic enemy No.1: Gramscian strategy focuses its
cess, for these qualiti es revealed an
sors of fascism, Nazism, and every
subversive power on destroying traditional family.
inwa rd "pess imistic and co ntemp organized form of racial persecuMax Horkheimer, one of the notables of tuous view of humanity," a view that leads,
tion.
the Frankfurt Schoo l, determined that Adorno held, to fascism .
America's profo und allegiance to the traThrough such unmitigated balderdash as
The Frankfurt School
With respect to the subje ct of the under- ditional family was a mar k of our national one finds in the writings of Horkh eimer,
minin g of the America n family, and to inclination towards the same fascist system Adorno , and the other luminaries of the
many other aspects of the Gramscian tech- fro m which he had fled . Explaining this Frankfurt School, the structures of the tranique, let us explore briefly the story of the connection between fascism and the Amer- ditional family and traditional virtue have
Frankfurt School. This organization ofleft- ican family, he declared : "W hen the child been called serio usly into question and
ist intellectuals, also known as the Frank- respects in his father's strength a moral re- confidence in them blunted. Elected govfurt Institut e for Social Research, was lationship and thus learns to love what his ern ment offic ials and bureaucra ts have
founded in the 1920 s in Frankfurt am reason recognizes to be a fact, he is expe- contr ibuted to this problem throug h govMain, Germany. There it flourished amidst riencing his first training for the bourgeois ernment taxation policies, which mulct the
traditional family while subsidizing antithe decadence of the Weimar period, both authority relationship."
Commenting critically on Horkheimer's traditional modes of life.
compounding and feeding off the decaAdditionally, these officials arc inclined
dence, and extending its influence through- theory, Arthur Herman writes in The Idea
of Decline in Western History: "The typi- more and more towar ds the elevation of
out the count ry.
With Hitl er's acqui sition of the chan- cal modern family, then , involves 's ado- abominations such as homosexual and il10

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licit hetero sexual union s to the same level


as marriage. Alre ady, in many localities
throughout the country and in numerous
private corp orations, benefits previou sly
reserved to married couples are now granted to unm arried sexual "partners." Even
the word "fa mily" is slowly being superseded by the vague euphemism "household."

A Lawless Land
Americans have long boasted that their nation is a government of law, not of men.
American law is derived directly from
English common law and from the biblical
and Christian principle s that are at the root
of English common law. One would therefore expect law to con stitut e one of the
chief barriers against the subversion of our
society. Instead, in the field of law, revolutionary change has become the order of the
day, change so astounding that it could not
have been imagined by Americans of 50
years ago. None would have dreamed of
the outlawing of prayer and any expression
of religious conviction on public property,
the legalization of abortion as a constitutionally guaranteed "right," and the legalization of pornography, to menti on but
three.
Clearly expressed principl es embr aced
by the Founding Fathers and set forth in
our Constitution are now routinely reinterpreted and distorted. Those that cannot be
reinterpreted and distorted, such as the
Tenth Amendm ent , are simply ignored .
Worse yet, the ideological agenda underpinning the radicalization of American law
is blithely accepted by millions of Americans, who have themselves been radicalized withou t ever realizing it.
Crucial to the Gramscians' success is the
disappe arance of all memory of the old
civiliz ation and way of life. The older
America of unregulated lives, honest government, clean citie s, crime-free streets,
morally edifying entertainment, and a family-oriented way of life is no longer vivid
in the mind s of many Americans. Once it
is gone completely, nothin g will stand in
the way of the new Marxist civilization,
which demonstrates as nothin g else that
through the Gramscian method it is indeed
possible to "Marxize the inner man," as
Malachi Martin wrote in The Keys of This
Blood. Then and only then, writes Fr. Martin, "could you successfully dangle the
utopia of the 'Workers' Paradise' before his
eyes, to be accepted in a peaceful and humanely agree able manner, without revoluTHE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

Crucial to the Gamscians' success is the disappearance of


all memory of the old civilization and way of life.
tion or violence or bloodshed."
It must be evident to all but the most
simple souls that after the passage of a generation or two, such ceaseless social conditioning is bound to alter the consciousness and inner-substance of a society, and
it is bound to produce significant structural crises within that society, crises that
manifest themselves in numb erless ways
in virtually every community throughout
the country.

The Good Fight


It may seem to some that the situation in
our nation is hopele ss and that no force or
agency can possibly put a halt to the insidious strategies working to destroy us.
Despite the grim chron icle of the past 60
or 70 years, howe ver, there is still much
that may be done and much reason for
hope. Famil ies and individual men and
women still possess, to a large extent, the
freed om to avoid and esca pe the mindaltering social conditioning of the Gramscians. They have the power to shield
themselves from these influences and especially to shield their young. There are alternatives to public schools, television,
trashy movies, and strident "rock" music,
and those alternatives must be embraced.
The propa ganda and cultural strychnine
must be excluded from our lives.
Those in charge of young people have
an espec ially weighty respon sibility. Despite all of the efforts of the radical left and
of their sympathizers in the schoo ls and
media to transmute young Americans into
savages, they must not be allowed to succeed, because disorganized minds - mental vortices of anarchism and nihilism have no powers of resistance. Savages
soon become slaves. Children and youths
should be introduced to such bedrock concepts as honesty, decency, virtue, duty, and
love of God and count ry through the lives
of authentic national heroes - men like
Geor ge Washington , Nathan Hale, John
Paul Jones, and Robert E. Lee.
Similarly, they will better be able to retain civilized values and maintain healthy
mind s if they are enc ouraged to learn to
love their cultural inheritance through
great literature, poetry, music, and art. Parents must demand from their children the

upholdin g of the morals, manners, and


standards of their ancestors.
In school, the young must be required to
adhere to high standards of scholarship.
Most importantly, traditional religion must
be an integral part of daily living.
We as citizens must also exercise our
persuasive powers over our elected representatives. In doing this our mindset must
be one of dem anding absolute non-compromi se from politi cians. Likewise, in
choosing elected representatives at every
level, we must look to men and women
who refuse to compromise.
Just as importantly, the honorable , uncompromising men and women we elect to
represe nt us must be made aware of the
Gramscian strategy of cultural subversion;
they must be able to recog nize the tactics
and strategies being used to undermine the
institutions upon which our liberties depend. Building that understanding will, in
turn , require the creation of an educ ated
and principled electorate that will impart
this wisdom to our representatives - and
hold them accountable once they have
been entrusted with elective office.
We should never allow ourselves to be
stampeded, herd like, into forming opinions and judgments stimulated and orchestrated by the sensationalism of the
press and the other media masters. Instead ,
we must calmly resist their mind-control
techniqu es. We must strive to be independent thinkers. Realizing that we are not
alone, we should turn to tradition-minded
church es, schools, and political and educational organizations, and there lend our
voices and support to the creation of bastions of resistance to the Gram scian onslaught.
Finally, we must never give up our faith
in the future and our hope for a better
America and world. God, with His infinite
power and boundless love for us, will never forsake us but will answer our prayers
and reward our efforts, as long as we do not
lose our faith. Marxism - and whatever
other flags the total state parades under
these days - are not inevitable and are not
the wave of the future. As long as we think
and act in the indomitable spirit of our
forefathers, we cannot fail.
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F R. JAMES THORNTON

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CAPTURING THE CULTURE

Demolishing Our Core Values


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n his popular 1984 movie Red Dawn, take eastern Europe. Next, the masses of perstructure') of bourgeois society, a process
director John Milius presented a Asia. Then we shall encircle that last bas- that would in tum transform the values and
frightening scenario of an America tion of capitalism, the United States of morals of the society. Gramsci believed that
largely conquered and occupied by invad- America. We shall not have to attack ; it as society's morals were softened, so its poing Soviet forces. The first inkling the will fall like overripe fruit into our hands ." litical and economic foundation would be
film's young protagonists had that someThere is no evidence that Lenin actual- more easily smashed and restructured."
thing was amiss was when Soviet airborne ly uttered those exact lines , and the patriOne of the most popular evaluations of
troops parachuted into the school
Antonio Gramsci's revolutionary
yard of their rural Colorado comtheories from a friendly , Marxist
munity and began mowing down
viewpoint is to be found in Carl
their classmates and teachers . The
Boggs' The Two Revolutions:
liberal-left intelligentsia and meGramsci and the Dilemmas of
dia mavendom erupted (preWestern Marxism. According to
dictably) in paroxysms of
Boggs, "the transition to socialism
apoplectic fury over such a brutal
must occur on two distinct but indepiction of our dear Soviet
terwoven terrains - the state and
"peace partners."
the economy." "It is not enough ,"
The offended literati had no call
Boggs explains , "for movements
for outrage; the Communists have
to simply overthrow the existing
repeatedly shown throughout this
state machinery, or destroy the old
century that they are indeed more
institutions , or even to bring into
than willing and ready to use barpower leaders calling themselves
barous, aggressive force whenev'communists.' Beneath the level of
er it suits their purpose. However,
insurrection and statecraft there
knowledgeable anti-Communists
must be a gradual conquest of socould point out a genuine problem
cial power, initiated by popular
with the film's focus on a danger
subversive forces emerging from
that was wholly an external, miliwithin the very heart of capitalist
tary threat. The real Soviet invasociety." Or as Gramsci's German
sion had already occurred decades
disciple, Rudi Dutschke, put it, the
earlier, and the invaders and their
revolution must be preceded by
liberal-left allies had assiduously
"the long march through the institution s," i.e. the universities,
penetrated and largely subverted
Arthur Schles inger: Amer ica's most well-known
schools,
churches, arts , media ,
much of our nation 's political and
historian has spouted Fabian farce for decades.
government bureaucracy, the
social superstructure. While
America 's military defenses should not be mony of this famous "Lenin paraphrase" courts, political parties, labor unions, etc.
Gramsci was not devising a completely
ignored, a cataclysmic clash of arms with is not known. But it does accurately sumthe disciples of Marx and Lenin is not our marize the strategy he laid down in the So- new theory, but restating with new emphaviet Union's infancy - and which has sis and insights a basic Leninist principle.
most immediate danger.
been followed by all of his successors. For His call for "cultural hegemony" was also
more than 80 years the Comm unists, work- consonant with the general scheme of the
"Overripe Fruit"
"To subdue the enemy without fighting is ing together with the socialists and liberal- British Fabian Socialists' program for sothe supreme excellence," observed Sun left fellow travelers and dupes, have been cial "permeation." Margaret Cole, who
Tzu in his famous military text, The Art of carrying out a concerted, long -range with her husband, G. D. H. Cole , was a
War. This strategist's opus has long been scheme to destroy the Christian-based longtime leader of the Fabian Socialist Sorequired reading for Communist military, morality, patriotism, and constitutional un- ciety in England, explained in The StOlYof
intelligence, and political leaders, and his derpinnings of America, so that it will fall Fabian Socialism that through the conspiratorial Fabian practice of "permeation"
conception of taking the enemy's country "like overripe fruit" into their hands .
Author S. Steven Powell notes in Covert society would "pass into collective control
intact, without military conflict, has been
a tenet of Communist grand strategy since Cadre that Italian Communist theoretician without there ever having been a party defthe early days of Bolshevism. Vladimir Antonio Gramsci "argued that power is best initely and openly pledged to that end ."
Lenin is credited with devising this strata- attained in developed, industrialized coun- "What Fabi an permeation meant," said
gem, implementing the Sun Tzu doctrine tries through a gradual process of radical- Cole , "was primarily 'honeycombing,'
of "passive aggression": "First, we will ization of the cultural institutions (the 'su- converting either to Socialism or to parts

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of the immediate Fabian Programme ...


key persons, or groups of persons, who
were in a posi tion either to take action
themselves or to influence others...." "It
was not necessary," she averred, "that these
' key persons' should be members of the
Fabian Society; often it was well they
should not ; what was essential was that
they should at first or even second-hand be
instructed or advised by Fabians ."
The Fabians have been fabulously successful in Britain , as have the Society 's adjuncts in the United States, which have included the League for Industrial Democracy, the New School for Social Research,
and the Rand School of Social Science . Often working hand -in -hand not only with
the Communist Party, but also with the Establishment elite of internationalist corpo rate America, the Fabians have carried
forth the Gramscian strategy of subverting
and transforming the entire cultural milieu .

Rewriting H istory
Take, for example, the near-complete
stranglehold they have effected with regard
to the writing of history in this country. Perhaps the best-known living historian is
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., whom President
Kennedy plucked from the Harvard professoriat to serve as his Special Assistant.
The bow-tied , bespectacled Schlesinger is
still a regular feature on the talking-head
circuit, where he regularly dispenses Fabian wisdom to both the masses and the
cognoscenti. Rarely is he described even as
a liberal, and never as a socialist. Yet a socialist he is, as evidenced by virtually
everything he has ever said and written, and
by his own explicit admission. Consider,
for instance, an article he wrote entitled,
"The Future of Socialism: The Perspective
Now," for the November 1935 issue of the
leftist journal Partisan Review. According
to Schlesinger: "Socialism, then, appears
quite practicable within this frame of reference, as a long-term proposition. Its gradual advance might well preserve order and
law, keep enough internal checks and discontinuities to guarantee a measure of freedom , and evolve new and real forms for the
expression of democracy. The active agents
in effecting the transition will probably be,
not the working class, but some combination of lawyers, business and labor managers, politicians and intellectuals, in the
manner of the first New Deal, or of the Labor government in Britain."
Togetherwith his father,also a history professor at Harvard, SchlesingerJr. and Charles
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A. Beard , Albion W. Small, James Harvey


Robinson, E.R.A. Seligman , Max Lerner,
Frederick Jackson Turner, Henry Steele
Commager, James T. Shotwell, Carl Becker,
Allan Nevins, and a host of others have
rewritten history from a socialistperspective.
They have been succeeded in the hallowed
halls of academe by the likes of professor/authors Bertell Olliman, Eugene Ruyle, and
Howard Zinn, unabashed, self-professed
Marxists all, and the radical deconstructionist, feminist, multiculturalist "historians."
Have these subverters of history made
an impact on America? It is difficult to
exaggerate their baleful influence. The
free-market economist and Nobel laureate
EA. Hayek writes in Capitalism and the
Historians: "The influence which the writers of history thus exercise on public opinion is probably more immediate and extensive than that of the political theorists
who launch new ideas. It seems as though
even such new ideas reach wider circles
usually not in their abstract form but as interpretations of particular events. The historian is in this respect at least one step
nearer to direct power over public opinion
than is the theorist."
History, Hayek notes, is a powerful, hidden persuader. "[I]t is via the novel and the
newspaper, the cinema and political
speeches, and ultimately the school and
common talk that the ordinary person acquires his conceptions of history," says
Hayek. "But in the end even tho se who
never read a book and probably never
heard the names of the historians whose
views have influenced them come to see
the world through their spectacles."

Top.Down Subversion
Those unfamiliar with the eccentric funding habits of the educational clerisy may
find it odd that many of the worst Marxist
assaults on historical truth have been paid
for by tax-exempt foundations bearing the
names of famous capitalists like Ford ,
Rockefeller, and Carnegie. As early as
1934, the Carnegie Corporation had made
a grant of $340 ,000 to the Commission on
Social Sciences of the American Historical Association (AHA) for the development of a program to indoctrinate students
through social studies classes in the
schools. The Carnegie-financed AHA report, Conclusions and Recommendations,
stated: "Cumulative evidence supports the
conclusion that, in the United States as in
other countries, the age of individualism
and laissez-faire in economy and govern-

ment is closing and that a new age of collectivism is emerging." Of this "new age,"
the Carnegie/AHA report said approvingly: "Almost certainly it will involve a larger measure of compulsory as well as voluntary cooperation of citizens in the conduct of the complex national economy, a
corresponding enlargement of the functions of government, and an increasing
state intervention in fundamental branch es of economy previously left to individual discretion and initiative."
Moreover, the Carnegie-funded Marxist
screed proclaimed that "two social philosophies are now struggling for supremacy: individualism, with its attending capitalism
and classism, and collectivism, with
planned economy and mass rights. Believing that present trends indicate the victory
of the latter the Commission on the Social
Studies offers a comprehensive blueprint by
which education may prepare to meet the
demands of a collectivist social order...."
The Fabian Socialist historian, Profe ssor Harold 1. Laski, who was entirely favorable to the effort, candidly concluded
of this Carnegie project: "At bottom, and
stripped of its carefully neutral phrases , the
report is an educational program for a socialist America."
Another example of the Carnegie collectivist bias is the economics book Business
as a System ofPower, written by Professor
Robert A. Brady under a grant from the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching . In the introduction to this volume, we are told that "capitalist economic
power constitutes a direct, continuous and
fundamental threat to the whole structure of
democratic authority everywhere."
Probably the most serious and successful
of Carnegie 's subversive operations was its
heavy funding of the Institute of Pacific Relations, which was cited by a U.S. Senate investigative subcommittee as "an instrument
of Communist policy, propaganda, and military intelligence." Thanks in great measure
to the influence of the Carnegie-funded IPR,
China was betrayed by our government into
the hands of the Communists .
And thank s to the subversive generosity of the Rockefeller Foundation, some of
the most despicable Communist culture
vultures have been lavishly funded in diabolical schemes. The case of the Eisler
brothers is but one of numerous examples.
Maurice Malkin, a founding member of
the Communist Party, USA , testified before the 1951 Reece Committee investigating the tax-exempt foundations conTHE NEW AMERICAN / JUL Y 5, 1999

cerning his knowledge of brothers Hans appro ved theoretical journal, Political Af- Rhet orical Camoufl age
and Gerhardt Eisler, members of the Ger- f airs, and an editorial board member and However, like Fabian Dame Cole, Jerome
man Communist Party Central Committee writer for the Marxist magazine s Main- explained to the Party true believers that "it
who had been sent to America on orders of stream and New Masses. In his 1951 book- would manifestly be wrong to dem and of
the Kremlin . In 1927, Malkin recounted, let, Grasp the Weapon ofCulture, Comrade everyone who participates on a politicalHans "came to the United States, and we Jerome explained to the Party faithful: "Cul- cultural basis in a united-front peace acimmediately received orders throughout tural activity is an essential phase of the Par- tivit y or organi zation that he nece ssarily
the country - in fact every party secretary ty's general ideological work, and as such give full expression to the proletarian class
received orders - to cooperate with Hans is interconnected with the Party's struggles ideology." "What should be expected of
Eisler becau se he is a CI [Communist In- in the economic and political spheres. For him is that he express himself as citizen
ternational] repre sentative." Malkin ex- Marxist-Lenini sts it should be, therefore , and artist on the level of his own underplained that "Hans Eisle r actually started axiomatic that cultural work is for the Par- standing," said Jerome, noting that "it is
organizing what they called Comthe task of Communi sts to help the
munist music festivals, Communi st
non-Communi sts in the united front
music sections, and literary circles.
to under stand that the cultural
He was received with open arms in
force s with their pursuit s and talHollywood by some of our Coments can , in the alliance with the
munist friend s like Clifford Odets ,
working class, labor and struggle to
John Garfield, and - for instance,
hasten the end of a system which
Lionel Stander, whom I personally
historically doomed, enslaves and
recruited into the party - people
humiliates them."
like James Cagney and Alvah
Or, as the old Red dictum goes,
Bessie and others. As a result, Hans
"Communism must be built with
Eisler actu ally became what they
non-Commun ist hands." To engage
called the cultural director reprethe non-Communi st dupes in these
sentative of the Communist Interendeavors, though, requires rhetorinational in the United States in pencal camouflage and deception. A
etrating cultural group s."
prime example of this rhetorical
And Brother Gerhardt? He was
treachery can be found in the judicial
a real charmer. "Gerhardt Eisler acrevolution launched in 1913 with the
tually took over organization and
Conference on Legal and Social Phihatchet work for the Comintern losophy organized by Fabian Socialthat is, to liquidate the dissenters of
ists Harold Laski, John Dewey, Morthe Communist International,"
ris Cohen, and Roscoe Pound. CoMalkin testified. Rockefeller Founhen's son, Felix, later boasted that it
dation President Dean Rusk, later
is from this conference that "much of
Secretary of State under Presidents
the social and philosophical conKennedy and John son, profe ssed
sciousness of modern American juRoscoe Pound led "socialization of law" in u.s.
complete ignorance of the Eislers'
risprudence derives."
Communist backgrounds when called to ty inalienable from general mass work."
Unfortunately, this was not an empty
explain to the Committee his foundation 's
"Only as it learns to grasp the weapon boast. The influence of Harvard's Roscoe
grant s to Hans. Thi s despite the fact that of culture and fights with it, only as our Pound , for example, the chief exponent of
the Eislers were publicly well known as Party itself come s forward as a creative "sociological juri sprudence" early in this
Red s, with Eleanor Roo sevelt having in- cultural force," said Jerome, "will it be able century, is hard to overstate. According to
terceded with the State Department to se- to contribute effectively to the develop - the leftist Encyclopedia ofSocial Sciences,
cure permanent resident status for them , ment of the cultural expre ssions of the "Roscoe Pound has been the leader in this
and Gerhardt having been tried and con- working class and the people, and to mo- reorientation of the law, which he has
victed for his illegal activitie s. Rusk also bilize them to fight with that weapon in called the sociological theory of jurisprudence ." What Pound and his Fabian conpleaded ignorance concerning the funding defen se of peace and culture itself."
of Communists J.B.S. Haldane , M. JoliotEchoing Gramsci, Jerome declared: "A spirators intended with this "reorientation"
Curie, Oscar Lange, Ignace Zlotowski, true understanding of our independent role was actually (in Pound's own words) the
Granville Hicks, and a throng of other in- should require that Communist cultural "socialization of law." However, Pound
veterate Communist-fronters. And he workers create in the interests of the work- wrote to his confreres, "if the term 'solamely pleaded that Rockefeller funding of ing class and from the standpoint of its lib- cialization of law ' has alarming implicathe two council s of the Communi st Insti- erating world outlook. The situation de- tions for any of you," and if it sounds "too
tute of Pacific Relations amounted to only mands from our creative forces novels and suspiciously like dynamite and socialism
37 percent of the IPR's revenues.
plays, poems, paintings , musical composi- . .. it is possible to put the matter in wholWorking under the Rockefeller-financed tions, popular songs and criticism, vibrant ly innocuous phrases and in term s of
Hans Eisler was V.I. Jerome , editor of the with Party spirit, the very essence of So- thoughts of the moment.... Let us think of
Communist Party USA's official, Krernlin- cialist realism ."
the problem of the end of the law in terms
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of a great task or great series of tasks of so- is always possible to attack exis ting law,
cial engineering ." Incredibly, Pound was and, if the power is available, to destroy exhonored by the American Bar Assoc iation isting law, in the name of democracy, j usfor "conspic uous serv ice to the ca use of tice, and liberty, in the name of the grea t
America n j urisprudence."
ideals of the American Cons titution , and in
But his "service" was to an entirely oppo- the name of the law itself." In fact, he
site cause. Harvard's Felix Frankfurter later claimed, "There is probably no part of the
admitted the truly subversive intent in estab- law or the constitution which the Supreme
lishing Roscoe Pound at Harvard Law Court could not demo lish, if the need arose,
School: "[W]ith Pound there . .. we could lug in the name of the constitution itself."
in a Trojan Horse of what [Judge Learned]
Hand calls our 'heretical thinking' .... It is a Apostles of Deceit
great job that has to be done - to evolve a Religion, "the opiate of the masses," was
const ructive jurisprudence going hand in not overlooked by the revol utio nists , of
hand with the pretty thoroughgoing
overturning that we are in for."
The terms "socialization of law,"
"dy namite and soc ialism," "social
"Troj an Horse,"
engi neering,"
" here tica l th in king," "thoroughgo ing overturning" - all aptly describe the revo lution ar y soc ia l
dem ol it ion per petrated by these
disguised Bolsheviki and their intellectual progeny in American institutions over the past century. Frankfurter, together with Communists
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Roger
Baldwin, and William Z. Foster, and
Socialist Norman Thomas founded
the pro-Communist American Civil
Liberties Union. Frankfurter was
also a mentor of, and unyielding
supporter of, arch-traitor Alger Hiss,
and as a U.S . Supreme Court justice
he contin ued his com mitment to
"overturning" our system which he
had swo rn to uphold.
But in the minds of Frankfurt er,
Frankfurter took subversion to High Court.
Cohen, Pound, et ai, sacred oaths
were mere words to be twisted in the ser- course. "E very religious idea, every idea of
vice of their dep raved ideology. We get a a god, even flirting with the idea of god is
sma ll glimpse of j ust how mend acious unuttera ble vileness of the most dangerous
these miscreants were in a self-indicting ar- kind, 'co ntagio n' of the most abominable
ticle by Felix Cohen in the November 1935 kind ," Lenin cla imed in a letter to A.M.
Am erican Socialist Quarterly, entit led, Gorky. Neve rthele ss, Len in and his
"Socialism and the Myth of Legality." Like wretched heirs found Catholic clerics,
his father, Morri s, Felix Cohen was an un- Protestant theologians, Orthodox prelates,
regenerate socialist, and in this openl y sub- Jewish rabbi s, and Muslim mullah s aplen versive essay he declared that "it is possi - ty to carry their poison . Bishop William M.
ble for a revolutionary party, with perfect Brow n of the Episcopal Church in Galion,
consistency, to proclaim loyalty to the idea Ohio, was one of many who ope nly em of law and order, to the principles of the brace d the Bolsheviks. In the early I920s,
constitution, and even, in large measure, to this notorious " Red Bishop" penned the
the lang uage of statutes ... while at the blasphemous book , Communism and
same time waging a relent less strug gle Christianism : Banish Gods From the Skies
against the substance of the capi talist legal and Capitali sts From the Earth. Another
order." In the Orwe llian double-speak of a was Dr. Walter Rausch enbusch, a militant
practiced Stalinist, Cohen wrote: "Social- soc ialist and the main pro pagator of the
ists can learn from their adversaries that it "social gospel" in the early part of this cen16

tury. Dr. Harry F. Ward, for 25 yea rs a professor of Christian eth ics at New York's
pres tigio us Union Theological Semin ary,
was an offic ial Communist Party memb er.
Comrade Ward was also a key founder of
the Federal Council of Churches, forerunner of the present -day National Council of
Churches, and played a major role in
score s of Communist fronts.
Like their numero us counterparts today,
these Judases could be relied upon to support the cau se-of-the-week promoted by
Mo scow 's militant atheists and the leftwing media cartel: U.S. disarmament,
recognition of Russia, aid to Russia,
support of the United Natio ns,
recognition of Red Chin a, adm ission of Red China to the UN, opposition to co ngressional investigations of Communist subvers ion,
de nying the reality of Co mmunist
mass-murder, etc., etc . Th ey questioned the authenticity of the Holy
Sc ripture, challenged the Virgin
Birth of Christ, the Deity of Christ,
the Holy Trinity, and other esse ntial
Chri stian doctrines, as we ll as the
biblical injunctions against adultery,
divorce, forn ication, and other immora lity.
These ravenous wolves in sheep's
clothing have assisted mightily the
all-out, diabo lical attack on our nation's moral fabr ic and have accelera ted our decline into what the
great Harvard Professor (yes that iniquito us institution has produced
some good Christian scholars) Pitirim Sorok in has describ ed as " late,
degenerate, sensate culture." It is a
culture that exalts moral cretins like Marilyn Manson, Howard Stern, Dennis Rodman, Mike Tyson, Madonna, Boy George,
or whatever other depraved, body-pierced,
tattooe d, anti-hero celebr ity is being offered up for popul ar adulation by the liberal-Ieft culture cartel. It is a culture of
deat h and despa ir that revels in drug abuse,
drunkenness, sexual depravity, colossal
spectacle, ultra-violent entertainment , extravagant materialism, narcissism, disorder, and chaos. But it is not all chaos without purpose; much of the chaos is planned
and managed. As Lenin said: "No one will
deny that a certain amount of chao s is inevitable. But out of this chaos will come
order, the order of revolutio n, which is the
highest stage of chaotic, spontaneous, popular outbreaks ."
- W ILLIAM F. JASPER
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PINCERS STRATEGY

Pressure From Above & Below

eorgie Ann Geyer, a political analyst and syndicated columnist of a


decidedl y liberal bent , is a member of the Co unci l on Foreign Relations
(CFR) and a professed disciple of the late
radica l agitator Saul Alinsky. Obviously,
Geyer is not someone who can be dismisse d as a "right-wing extremist" or
"conspiracy kook." Thus it is of some moment that in her bookAlIlericans No More:
The Death ofCitizenship, Geyer describes
how America's traditional ideals of the rule
of law and responsible citizenship are under assault by Mar xist radi cals pursuing
Gramsci 's culture war strategy.
.
According to Geyer, those who seek to
transform America into a collec tivist state
are followi ng "an Americanized version . ..
of Marx ism's idea that society co uld be
transformed by changing the culture: the
Sardinian Antonio Gramsci's ' march
through the culture.' According to this theory, those holding views antithetical to the
America n way of life would destroy
democracy, Christianity, and capitalism by
infiltrat ing and rendering impo tent every
tenet of the culture."
Through the diligent use of Gramsc ian
infiltratio n, Geyer continues, Marxism has
infected "American universities, unions,
churc hes, bureaucracies, and corporations.... Three whole generat ions, ofte n its
best students and thinkers and even labor
leaders, were formed with a Marx ist component to their thoughts and actions, often
without even knowing it."

Cove rt Coll aboration


Once the revolutionaries succeeded in establishing a new "po litical hegemony"
(Gramsci's term ) in these cult ural organ s,
the next step was to pursue a strategy referred to by Marxist theoret icians as "revolutionary parliamentar ianism" - more
commonly called the "pincers strategy" to impo se radical changes on socie ty. As
explained by Willi am Z. Foster, nati onal
chairman of the American Comm unist Party from 1933 to 1957, the "pincers strate gy" combines "parliamentary action inside
legislative bodies with . . . mass actio n outside and fights to force all possib le con cessions from the govern ment." The key to
the strategy 's success lies in the fact that
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Hispanics demonstrate in California : Foundation-funded mob action.

the two supposed antago nists are co nscious ly collaborati ng in the covert effort
to radicalize society.
In the "pincers strategy," politica l elites
acting through legislative and other government bodies apply "pressure from above"
by expanding the power of the state through
proposed "reforms ." At the same time,
"grassroots" radica l groups controlled by
the same elites apply "pressure from below"
by agitating on behalf of the same subversive proposals in the name of "the people."
While this strategy was mapped out by
Lenin as early as 1905, and had bee n adumbrated by Friedrich Engel s in the late
1800s, it received its most deta iled exposi tion by Jan Kozak, a membe r of the Czec h
Communist Party's Secretariat, in 1957 . In
his lecture, which has been translated and
published under the title And Not a Shot Is
Fired, Kozak recalled how, following the
"liberation" of Czec hoslovakia by Soviet
occupatio n troops after World War II, that
nation's Communist Party succeeded in
bringing about a "peaceful and bloodless
cha nge of the national and democratic revolution into a socialist one" by sim ultaneously applying "pressure from above "
through legislative and bureaucratic initia-

tives and "pressure from below" through


Comm unist-controlled mass organizations.
In the scheme descri bed by Kozak, the
Commu nist-dominated central governmen t
provided "pressure from above " by disseminating propaganda to popularize "revolutionary demands and sloga ns" and utilized its "economic [and] political power
positions" to cultivate a supposedly "grassroots" movement to create an appearance
of popular support for the proposed measures - and to agitate for further expansion of state power. In this fashion, Kozak
reca lled, "the bourgeo isie [the non-Communist population] was pushed step by step
from its share in the power." The key to the
"transition .. . from capitalism to social ism," Kozak emp hasized, was the "revolutionary use of parliament ," coupl ed with
"the revolutionary use of the masses" who were suppose dly represented by the
Communist-dominated organizations who
presumed to speak on their behalf.

Foundation-Funded Mobs
Geyer has doc umented the use of the "pincers stra tegy" in the creation of ethnic
grieva nce groups that have helped radica lize America 's immigration laws. In the ear17

Iy 1980s, Geyer recall s, she had a meeting


with "two representatives of one of the major and supposedly representative 'Hispanic' groups, the National Council of La
Raza ," The activists had sought out Geyer
to complain about a syndicated column in
which she had criticized illegal immi gration . During the conversation, Geyer
asked, "How many members to you have?"
One of the activists replied, "Well, we
don't have members."
Taken aback by this admission, Geyer
inq uired how an organ ization without
members could fund and support its activities. The activists replied, almost in unison, "The Ford Foundation!" Recalls
Geyer : "The two smiled as though they did
not have a care in the world , and, indeed,
financi ally, they did not. To promote and
push through their programs and policies,
they needed no elections, no campaign
strategies, and none of that bothersome
busines s of fund -raising or member- seeking. At the same time, of course, they basically suffered accountability neither to
disparate sources of funding nor to the
fickle interests of individuals."
Despite the fact that it was not a mem bership-based organization, La Raza at the
time claimed 150 organizations in 36
states, and described itself as "the Latino
equivalent of the Urban League" - which
is itself a foundation-funded racial grievance lobby. Nor is the Ford Foundation La
Raza 's sole sugar daddy. The organization's 1989 financial disclosure statement,
according to Geyer, revealed that of
$3,553,606, the group received $2,562,224
in "direct support" and another $99 1,382
in taxpayer subsidies. "Direct support" to

La Raza included $590 ,000 from the Ford


Foundation, $200,000 from the Rocke feller Foundation, and two $75,000 gift s
from the PEW and Mott Foundations.
In a very real sense, the rad ical "Chicano " movement, which has helped undermine America's immigration laws
(thereby dimin ishing our national sovereignty) and has spawned a movement
seeking to "reconquer" the U.S. Southwest
in the name of the mythical Aztec nation
of "Aztlan," is a creation of the Ford Foun dation. In 1970, the Marxist magazine
Ramparts, referring to the emergence of
Hispanic radical groups such as La Raza
and the Mexican -American Legal Defen se
and Education Fund (MALDEF) , observed : "There has been a new invasion of
the Southwest. Thi s time it is the Ford
Foundation, not the U.S. Army , and it is
backed by doll ars, not by soldiers."
A 1970 report compiled by the California Senate 's fact-finding Subcommittee on
Un-American Activities disclosed that the
Southwest Council of La Raza Unida (the
direct ance stor of La Raza) was created in
1968 with a $630,000 Ford Foundation
grant , and had received a subsequent Ford
grant of $ 1,300,000. The organization's
president at the time , Maclovio Barraza,
was an identified member of the Communist Party. Noted the report , "The operation
ofthis large and well-financed private concern, with a Communist at its head, obviously exerts a powerful influence on the
Mexican-American minority throughout
its domain including the [paramilitary]
Brown Berets."
MALDEF, which was founded in 1968
by radic al activist Pete Tijerin a, was also

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Eco-R evolution
The "pincers strategy" is also at work in the
contemporary environmentalist movement ,
through which socialist controls have been
fastened on the U.S. econom y at an astonishing rate. "Pressure from below" provided by supposedly "grassroots" radical environmental groups is intended to indoctrinate the public at large regarding
the impending age of scarcity, in which
government restrictions on consumption, population, freedom of movement,
and quality of life will supposedly be
necessary in order to "save the planet."
Complementary "pressure from above"
comes in the form of new eco-Iegislation and bureaucratic regulatory decrees
that expand government control over
nearly every aspect of human society.
In 1977, in order to (as Kozak would
put it) popularize the environmental
movement's "revolutionary demands
"0 and slogans," the Rockefeller Brothers
~ Fund published The Unfinished Agenda,

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Earth Day 1999: Warm bodies scream false gospel of eco-extremism.

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created with the help of a Ford Foundat ion


grant. Geyer describes MALDEF as "one of
the most radical pro-immigration and anticitizenship lobbies." The group 's focus is
upon litigation to fight immigration-control
laws. The 1982 Supreme Court decision
Plyer v. Doe, in which the Supreme Court
ruled that children of illegal immigrants
have a "right" to public education , was the
product of a MALDEF lawsuit. More recently MALDEF (in collaboration with the
ACLU) mounted a successful lawsuit seeking to strike down California 's Proposition
187, a measure intended to withhold welfare benefits from illegal aliens.
Because groups such as La Raza and
MALDEF "are funded laterally by the big
foundations , even though their numbers
are very small, their action s can and do
constitute a kind of megaphone exaggerating their ideas and influence," Geyer concludes. La Raza, MALDEF, and similar organi zations have been unde rwritten not
onl y by tax-exempt foundations but also
through direct taxpayer subsidies "under
laws that came out of the social activi sm
of the sixties requiring organs of govern ment, as well as corporations and banks, to
donate to and help such activism," Geyer
continue s. It is difficu lt to find a better example of Kozak 's "pincers strategy" than
that described by Geyer.

tially a blueprint for a centrally planned,


THENEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

Lesbian bikers take to the street in " Gay Pride" parade.

eco-socialist society, that report called for


the creation of an "Economic Planning
Board" to regiment the U.S. economy,
heavy taxes on gasoline and other carbonbased fuels, restrictions on the ownership
and use of automobiles, increased controls
on population, tighter control s over agriculture and food and water distribution, and
a host of other quasi-totalitarian measures.
The Task Force responsible for that report
drew from the leadership of several foundation-funded environmental groups, such
as the Natural Resources Defense Council,
Friends of the Earth, the Wildernes s Society, the Nature Conservancy, and the Environmental Defense Fund .
In 1985, the Rockefeller Family Fund
created the Environmental Grantmakers
Association (EGA), which is described by
scholars Ron Arnold and Alan Gottlieb as
"the cartel of eco-money," The EGA is "the
planning, coordination, and monitoring
center for hundreds of millions of dollars
worth of environmental grant money," explain Arnold and Gottlieb. "In its closed
meetings, funders discuss their agendas and
activist organizations discus s their tactics
and together they plan and coordinate most
of the movement 's programs." The 1999
Environmental Grantmaking Foundations
directory profile s 809 foundation grantmakers whose combined assets amount to
roughly $ 135 billion, and collectively provide more than $500 million in grants to environmental groups each year.
In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - an agency that was
created during the Nixon Administration
THENEW AMERICAN/ JULY 5, 1999

with the support of "pressure from below"


by radical environmental activists - provides direct subsidies to scores of environmenta l groups. A recent sampling of EPA
grants documents that millions of dollars
in taxpayer subsidies have been given by
the EPA to eco-lobbies such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Global Action
Plan for the Earth, Inc., the Green Mountain Institute for Environmental Democracy, the Aspen Institute's Division of Environmental Programs and Globa l Change
Institute, the Audubon Society, and the
Center for a Sustainable Future.

"Wildlands" Lockup
Such foundation-funded and taxpayer-subsidized groups collaborated with kindred
orga niza tions from arou nd the world to
create the UN 's Agenda 21, a massive
blueprint for global eco-government, and
the UN's Global Biodiversity Assessment
(GBA), a 1,400-page guidebook to implementing the "soft law" guidelines contained in the world body 's Biodiversity
Treaty. The GBA's central proposal is the
Wildlands Project, through which one-half
of the surface area of the United States
would be re-primitivized and turned into a
vast wilderness area. The product of a
foundation-funded project headed by former Earth First! founder Dave Foreman,
the objective of the Wildlands Projec t is to
roll back industrial civilization and restore
conditions in the Western Hemisphere as
they existed prior to 1492. As John Davis,
editor of the Wildlands Project's journal
Wild Earth , has admitted, proponents of

Lavender Mob
The Gramscian "culture war" and Kozak's
"pincers strategy" are also clearly at work in
the "Lavender Revolution" - the militant
homosexual movement. The Gramscian
aspects of the homosexual revolution are
described with great candor in After the
Ball: How America will Conquer its Fear
& Hatred of Gays in the 90s, a 1989 manifesto written by radical activists Marshall
Kirk and Hunter Madsen .
"Gays must launch a large-scale campaign - we've called it the Waging Peace
campaign - to reach straights through the
mainstream media ," write Kirk and Madsen. "We' re talking about propaganda." The
chief objective is to seize control of the organs of mass indoctrination and use them to
envelop the culture in pro-homosexual messages. "The main thing is to talk about gayness until the issue become s thoroughly
tiresome ... [The] fastest way to convince
straights that homosexuality is common place is to get a lot of people talking about
the subject in a neutral or supportive way."
Once the public has become inured to
homosexuality, the next step is to demonize those refractory holdouts who cling to
conventional morality. Attacking such people with what Kirk and Madsen describe
as "ice-cold, controlled, directed rage," homosexuals and their allies in the media and
political esta blishment seek to vilify and
dehumanize "religious Intransigents" :
"The best way to make homohatred look
bad is to vilify those who victimize gays.
The public should be shown image s of homohaters whose associated traits and atti19

tudes appall and anger Middle A merica"


- such as Klansmen, thugs, punks, and
"hys terical backwoods preachers, droolin g
with hat e to a degre e that look s both co mical and deranged ...."
Kirk and Madsen cunningly ada pted, for
the purposes of the hom osexual revoluti on ,
a meth od outlined by Lenin, who wrote:
" We ca n and mu st write in a lan gu age
which sows amo ng the masses hate, revulsion, and sco rn toward those who disagree
with us." In 194 3, an official Communi st
Part y directive elaborated on Lenin 's decree: "W hen certain ob stru ct ioni sts become too irritating, label them, after suitable buildups, as Fasci st or Nazi or ant iSemitic.... In the publ ic mind co ns tantly
associate thos e who oppose us with those
names that already have a bad sm ell." Th e
illiterate coinage "homophobia,"
which supposedly refers to fea r
or hatred of homosexu alit y, and
its kindred epithet " ho mophobe," ha ve been deployed
ag ains t defenders of bibli cal
morality in a fashi on quit e similar to that sugg es ted by the
Communi st Part y's 1943 dire ctive.

yea rs later, over half of the Fortune 500


had instituted nondi scrimination policies.... Over 100 of the Fortune 1,500 have
institut ed domestic part ner coverage . Th at
mean s the CEO at some poi nt says, ' I am
goi ng to take on my board, my shareho lders, and my customers and do this.' And I
happ en to have the pri vilege to work very
closely with a number of these co mpa nies.
Th ese are hou seh old names like Kod ak ,
Ame rican Express, IBM , and the Disney
Corporation."
In classic Gra msc ian fas hio n, hom osexual militants are dem anding tha t priv ate
cultura l organi zati on s, including institution s such as the Boy Scout s, be force d to
aba ndon their moral sta ndards and accept
as members and lead ers those who practice the unm enti on able vice. Every tremor

lead ing ca mpus radi cal James Kunen describe d how an associate in the so-called
Student s for a Dem ocratic Societ y (SDS),
one of the most notori ou s and terr oristic of
the 1960s radical gro ups, had been approach ed by representati ves of the Bu siness Intern ati on al Round Tables, wh o
"tr ied to buy up a few rad ica ls." "T hese
men are the wor ld's leading industria lists
and they co nvene to decide how our lives
are goi ng to go ," Kunen pointed out. 'T hey
offered to fina nce our dem on st rati on s in
Chicago. We were also offe red ESSO [that
is, Rockefell er Fo unda tion] mone y. Th ey
want us to mak e a lot of radical commotion so they ca n look more in the center as
they move to the left."
An even more forthright acco unt was offered by Jerry Kirk , an erstwhile student
radic al who had been active in
the SD S, the Communist Party,
and the Black Panth ers. After his
break with the Communist Party
in 1969, Kirk offered the following dra ma tic testimon y before
the Hou se and Se nate Internal
Sec urity panels:

"We can and must write in a language


which sows among the masses
hate, revulsion, and scorn toward
those who disagree with US."
- Lenin

Media Blitz
The ma ss med ia have coo per ated fully in
the Leninist/G ramscian cam paig n outlined
by Kirk and Madsen. It is by no means an
exaggeration to state that in 1999, pro-homosexuality propaganda has infused nearl y
ever y aspect of the entert ainm ent media including movies, television, popul ar "literature" - and the same subversive messages
dominate both public schools and universities . Havin g succeeded in carrying out what
Kirk and Mad sen described as a "planned
psycholo gical attack" on mainstream American society, pro-homosexual activists have
succeeded in creating what Gramsci would
call a new "political hegemony" on beh alf
of the Lavend er Revolut ion.
In early 199 8, lesbian activist Elizabeth
Birch of the Human Right s Campa ign
Fund, a foundation- spon sored hom osexual lobby, exulted that " this co un try has
shifted in the I990s and has tran sform ed ."
Asked Birch : " Where is the least likel y
place anybody wo uld look for leadership
on a so cial iss ue ? Corporat e America,
right ?" She triumphantly reported that the
contrary was true regarding hom osexuality. "By 1991 , almos t no companies in this
country, alm ost non e , had eve n nondi scrimination policies. Ju st a handful of

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of organiz ed op posi tio n is denounced by


homosexual militants as a manifestation of
"hatred," and these de nuncia tio ns, in turn ,
amo unt to " pressure fro m be low" on behalf of new feder al mea su res int end ed to
co mba t "hatred" and " hate cr imes ."

Broad-Based Assault
Alb ert Michaels, a history pro fessor at the
State Uni ver sit y of Ne w York at Buffalo ,
has described how Ame rica's culture and
institutions are und er a prol on ged assault
from a "loose, fluctuating .. . alliance with
a funda mental world view," which includes
" multiculturalists, fe m inists, rad ical ho mosexua ls, new historicists, Marxists, and
extre me environmen tali sts." Altho ugh the
allia nce bet ween suc h gro ups, whic h coalesced in the radicalism of the I960s, may
at first glance appear to be " loose" and
"fl uct uating," it is in fact a cohesive effort
defi ned by the strategic visio n of Anto nio
Gramsci and Jan Kozak. This co nclusion
is not alarmist speculation, but is supported by masses of ind irect evide nce and by
firs t-person accounts pro vided by so me
who have participated in the co nsp iracy.
In his 1968 book The Strawberr y State-

ment: Notes of a College Revoluti onary,

Young peop le have no conception of the conspiracy's strategy of pressure from above and
pressure from below.... Th ey have no
idea that they are playing into the hands
of the Establishment they claim to hate.
Th e radicals think they're fightin g the
forces of the super rich, like Rockefeller
and Ford, and they don't realize that it
is precisely such forces which are behind their own revolution , financing it,
and using it for their own purpo ses.

Th ank s in no sma ll mea sur e to the diligent


application of Kozak 's "pincers strategy,"
the Gram scian revolution ha s achieved
dramatic victor ies in America . Th e incumben t Ad mi nistrat ion is headed by a soc iopathic spec imen of the Marx ist counterculture, and is larded with ideologue s and
rad icals draw n fro m the sa me despic able
soc ial stratum .
B ut the co ns piracy (which is the very
wo rd Jerry Kirk used in his testimony) has
not entire ly succeeded in ove rco ming the
"layers of strength" that still defi ne much
of America's culture, nor wi ll it unl ess
those who cherish America's traditi on of
ordere d liberty aba ndo n the fight and leave
the enemy in uncont ested co ntro l of the
battl efield.
-

WI L LI AM N ORM A N GRIGG

THE NE W AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

CREATING CAUSES

Presetting the Dials


ohn Strachey was once denied admit- Kremlin . The Red "Masters of Deceit" affiliations and goals of the cause advocates.
tance to the United States becau se of could not have carried out these colossal
Orchestrate a tidal wave of support by
his militant activities as a member of deceptions unaided. Indeed, they could not "independent" experts, politicians, and enthe British Communi st Party. He ostensi- have come close with out the enormous tertainm ent celebrities.
bly broke with the Communists in the prop aganda power of the news/entertain Condu ct rigged opinion polls to show
1940s and became a top official in the La- ment media and the fabulous financial a public "consensus" favoring the cause.
bor-Socialist Party, eventually serving as support provided by government agencie s,
Ignore, marginalize, and/or demon ize
Britain 's Minister of War. But this f ormer tax exempt found ations , and corporations the opposition by portraying it as old-fashRed, by his own words and actions, - all operatin g under the superintending ioned, retrograd e, reaction ary, anti-intelshowed that he was still pursuin g
lectual, mean-spirited, uncompasthe same vile purpose under a difsionate, greedy, raci st, fascis t,
ferent color. In his book, The Theanti-Semiti c, etc.
ory and Practice ofSocialism, he
Undermine genuine, popular
wrote: " It is impossible to estabopposition to the radical cause by
lish Communism as the immediarranging strategic cave-ins by
ate successor to Capitalism. Acthe controlled oppos ition - i.e.,
cordingly, it is proposed to estabRepubl icans and phony (or weak)
lish Soci alism as something
Conservatives.
which we can put in the place of
our present decaying Capitali sm.
Lavender Revolution
Hence the Communists work for
Consider, for instance, the incredthe establishment of Sociali sm as
ible revolution that has taken place
the nece ssary transition stage on
over the past four decades under
the road to Communism."
the banner of "homosexual
Strachey was merely restating
rights." The John Birch Society
the Leninist dictum that "Comwas ridiculed and attacked in the
muni sm must be built with non1960s for seeing Reds behind the
Communist hands" - often grad. .
.
Lavender jih ad and for suggesting
In-your-face perversion: Casting off moral restraints.
that legitim izing the sodomites '
ually, piecemeal. Communism,
the "C" word, even today, after a decade of direction of the global elitists such as the depravity would lead to ever more radical
ince ssant propaganda proclaiming its capitalist cadre who belong to the Arneri- and destructive demands by the organized
death , still hasn't completely shaken the can Council on Foreign Relation s (CFR). perverts. Then in 1990 the Communist
odious taint of its violent, murderous With some 3,500 members strategically founders came out ofthe closet in a pro-horecord . The "S" word, socialism, carries a placed in the feder al government, Wall mosexual book entitled The Trouble With
much more benign ring to our ears. But it Street, philanthropy, academe , think tanks, Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay
still sounds too radical for most Ameri- and the media , the CFR cryptocracy exer- Movement. It turns out that Harry joined the
cans, so the subterfug e must go a step fur- cises unpar alleled influence.
Communist Party in 1938 and, together
ther, marketing socialism under labels such
The treble clout of media, mone y, and with fellow Party members Robert Hull and
as "New Deal ," "Great Society," "New governm ent has enabled this caliginou s Charles Dennison Rowland , found ed, in
Covenant," national health care, national claque of CFR operatives not only to define 1948, the homosexual Mattachine Society,
industrial policy, national service, etc.
and frame the "debate" on most crucial is- which spearheaded the organized sodomite
sues, but even to determine the spokesmen drive to power. Commun ist bookstores and
for both sides of the charade . Time after Communist/radic al book publi shers took
Fa lse Flags
Over the course of this century, our coun- time after time we have seen the CFR elite up the "homosexual rights" standard early
try has adopted much of the socialist/Com- utilize the same formula to legitimiz e the on. Citadel Press, run by Communist Philip
S. Foner, and Barney Rosset 's Beacon
munist agenda under the falsely labeled most extreme and seditious "causes" :
Fund phony research by radical advo- Press, infamous for Communist and pomonostrum s offered by Democrats and Republicans. Time after time the American cates proving some "crisis" demanding im- graphic literature, were pione ers in the
"queering of America" long before Disney
people have allowed this to happen be- mediate intervention.
Provide credibility to the cau se by and network television came on board.
cause time after time they have been deFrom those early day s to the present ,
ceived and misled. But the deception has showering its "research" and its "experts"
not been perpetrated solely, or even prin- with abundant and overwhelmingly posi- providin g legal assis tance to the
RedlLavender revolutioni sts in their legal
cipally, by propag anda and brainwashing tive media coverage.
Hide the Communi st, socialist, radical challen ges of sodomy laws and laws conartists operating under the control of the

THENEWAMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

21

cerning marri age , adoption, employment,


military serv ice, immigration, etc., have
been the Communist and pro-Communist
attorneys of the National Lawyers Guild
and the ACLU. Such Communist organs as
the Peopl e's World and World Ma rxist Review presented homosexuals and lesbians
as an "oppressed minority." The Establishment press joined in, softening up public
opinion by presenting homosexuals as a
misunderstood and persecuted group , and
highlighting the "eccentric genius" of
prominent homo sexual s, such as socialist
economist John Ma ynard Keyne s. Lord
Keynes was a member of the infamou s homosexual nest of "Apostles" at Cambridge
University that produced the notorious
British traitors Gu y Burgess, Donald
Maclean, and Anthony Blunt, all of whom
spied for Stalin.

"Bourgeois Morality"
Chri stian condemnation of homosexuality
and other sexual licentiousness is anathema to the cultural elite, who view such
remnants of "bourgeoi s morality" as intol erable threats to their right to every form
of sensate deb auchery imaginable and as a
thorny impediment to their full socialist
agenda. So over the past three decades, the
federal government and huge tax-exempt
foundations have showered billions of dollars in grants on the like s of Alfred Kinsey,
Sol Gordon, Lester Kirkendall , Mary
Calderone, Ma ster s & John son , and other
champions of the Lavender Left. And the
CFR opinion cartel has given the equi valent of billions of dollars more in the form
of "news" and "e ntertainment," aimed at
normalizing homosexual depravity in
American culture. The justifiable outrage
of millions of Americans over federal
funding of the sadomasochistic, "homoerotic art" of Robert Mapplethorpe, Tim
Miller, Holl y Hughes, and other degenerates has not cau sed the per vert lobb y or
their powerful patrons to aba ndo n their
wretched agenda . In fact, they are pressing
forward with greater arrogance and fury.
In virtually every other area of sexual
immorality, we again see the same coalition of socialist/Communist/Insider forces
at work. Ince st, fornication, adultery, and
pedophilia all were given mighty boosts in
the 1960s by UNESCO, Planned Parenthood, and SIECUS (Sex Inform ation and
Educ ation Coun cil of the United State s),
and all have been heavily funded from the
same fedgov -foundation trou ghs.
SIECUS director Isadore Rubin was of22

ficially identified as a member of the Commun ist Party, and many other SIEC US officials and authors are, or have been , notorious Cornmunist- fron ters and avowed
milit ant humanists. And they have floo ded
our schoo ls with a non- stop ocean of taxfunded filth masquerading as "sex education ," " health awareness," "family life ,"
"AIDS education," and "diversity training."
Nevertheless, the squalid SIECUS offerings, which have been endorsed by (and
even funded by) Playb oy porn king and
militant anti-Chris tia n Hum anist Hugh
Hefner, have also been end orsed by the
American Medical Association, the
YMCA, the PTA, the National Educa tion
Association, and oth er org anizati on s that
have been subverted , bribed, or tricked into
adding their prestige to the corrupt scheme.
The CFR media mandarinate portray these
advocates of lurid licentiou sness as moderate, sensible, educated voices of tolerance,
reason, and progress, while those who adhere
to Christian morals are depicted as priggish,
insufferabl y sanctimonious, sex-repressed,
puritanical fuddy-duddie s clinging to an extinct "Ozzie and Harriet" era. Or, even worse,
they are presented as dangerous, eye-bulging,
slaveri ng, slobbering, Bible-thumping bigots
and homophobes.
Feeding at the same fedgov-foundation
teats and basking in the media lim eli ght
are the harridans of NOW and their radical
feminazi sisterhoo d. Betty Fried an, Glori a
Stein em , Margaret Me ad, Sim one de
Beauvoir, Bern adette Devlin, June Sochen ,
et al. are not merel y feminists, but "femiLeninists," Don't take our word for it; listen to Ms. Sochen, who has said: "Most
women's lib groups . . . share the MarxistLenini st per spective of the evils of a capitali st society."
Thi s should help explain the unmitigated hostility of these radic al women to the
"re ligious right " and their special animus
toward "dogmatic" Chri stians. It also helps
explain why their ilk is constantl y put forward by the CFR media clerisy as the
"s po kespersons" for " women's right s."
Alon g with former Communist Party
leader William Z. Foster, thes e feminoid
radicals hold that "religion is the sworn enemy of liberty, education, science . Such a
mon strous sys tem of dupery and exploitation is totally foreign to a socialist society."
We should stipulate that this see thing antip ath y doe s not extend to all reli gion s.
Many of these "atheists" are enthusiastic
adhere nts of Wicca and other occult rel igions. Many feminist bookstores are brim-

min g with books on witchcraf t, magic,


theosoph y, the New Age, and Satanism alongs ide the usual Marxist-Lenini st fare.

Bonfires of the Insanities


Wh en it comes to the "fi ne arts," we again
see the same sickening pattern. According
to Chairm an Mao Tse-tung, " [Our purpose
is] to ensure that literature and art fit well
into the wh~le revolutionary machine as a
component part, that they operate as powerful wea po ns for uniting and educating
the people and for attac king and destroying the enemy, and that they help the people fight the enemy with one heart and one
mind." Quick, name the most celebrated
pa int er of our age. Pablo Picasso, of
course, the self-avo wed millionaire Communist, who , echoing Mao 's command,
said : "No, painting is not done to decorate
apartment s. It is an instrument of war for
attack and defense against the enemy." Art
cr itic Herbe rt Read ex plains that surre alists "a re perform ing a very important revolutionary function. The particular method
they adopt is to so mingle fact and fanc y
that the normal concept of reality no longer
exists." Moreover, said Read: "Surrea lism
is an application of the same logic method
(dialectical materiali sm) to the realm of
art. By the dialectical method we can explain the development of art in the past and
ju stify a revolution ary art at the present
tim e." Two of the most noted surrea list
paint ers, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc
Chaga ll, fought for Lenin and became art
commissa rs in the Bolshe vik regime, but
that didn 't dim inish esteem for their subvers ive "art" amon g the pseudo-sophi sticate s and moneyed plutocracy of the West.
Likewise, the Dadaist painters infused
their work with the dialectical materialism
of the politically correct artist. Two of the
group's eminent practitioners, George
Grosz and John Heart field , admitted that
thei r works were knock- offs of the Soviet
agi tpro p artist Comrade Tatlin. The glorificatio n of the ugl y, obscene, absurd,
chaotic, blasphemous, and disordered has
so permeat d all of the visual arts for this
century th . . it is difficult to overstate the
long-term, lete rious impact this has had
on the mor. ! and psychological balance of
Western sdciety.
When it comes to literature it' s the same
dreary story.It see ms you have to be Communi st, deranged, alcoho lic, dru g-addicted, rac ist, oran habitu al sex offend er (or
all of the above) to obtain recognition from
the culturati . Chil ean Communist Pablo
THE NEW AMERICAN / JUL Y 5, 1999

\<

Neruda , a so-called poet, was awarded the


Nobel Prize more for his ideological rants
than for his poetic creation s, you can be
sure. Ditto for Guatemalan Marxi st and
" indigenous peopl es" activi st Rigoberta
Menchu. Also, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Marquez runs Fidel Castro 's Cuban Film
Institute, which endears him to the Holly wood Left and the outre-chic tren dies of
the New York literary set.
When you look at almo st any controversial policy issue facing America today,
you see the same media-entertainment-cultural elit e locked arm-in-arm with
the fedgov-foundation funders and
the hardcore Left. If the issue is
black-white race relations, you will
rarely see conser vative black
spokesmen like Ward Con nerly,
Thomas Sowe ll, Walter Williams,
Ken Hamblin, Jesse Lee Peterson,
or Ezola Foste r. The rulin g cla ss
journali sts of the CFR media cartel
have all of their time and space reserved for the radical race hustlers
like Jesse Jackson , Maxin e Waters,
John Conyers, Spike Lee, Johnny
Cochran, and Al Sharpton, who
reliably demand more federa l government intervention and more
socialist legislation.

"Out of 103 evening news segments,


pro-gun control stories outnumbered antigun control stories by 70 to 6, along with
27 neutral report s."
"Pro-gun control talkin g heads were
tele vised 99 time s on evening shows, to
ju st 67 anti-gun control spoke smen ...."
'The morning shows were also far more
likely to invite gun control spokesmen like
Sarah Brady than 2nd Amendment defenders.... Pro-gun control spokesmen were able
to advocate their side three times more than
the anti-gun control speakers...."

conferences going with hired "experts" on


every bogu s "crisis" from asbe stos and
acid rain to global warming, ozone depletion, and endan gered dung beetles .
In 1997, when several hundred scientists
signed onto the UN "global warming" treaty
callin g for vast, global controls, the controlled media trumpeted their bogus warning. However, when fifteen thousand distinguished scientists, led by Dr. Arthur Robinson and Dr. Frederick Seitz (a physicist
and past president of the National Academy
of Science s - and president emeritus of
Rockefeller University), challenged
the global warming thesis and the
proposed radical treaty solution, it
was not "news." Again, the professional disaster lobbyist s such as
David Brower, Paul Ehrlich, Stephen
Schneider, Jeremy Rifkin, the Aspen
Institute, the Audubon Society, the
Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, etc. were given - like
their anti-gun zealot brethren - the
lion's share of media coverage.
In the case of the guns, the ultimate objective is quite transparent:
confiscatio n of all privately held
guns . Many of the gun-control advocates have openly stated this. Such
policies, of course, are standard procedure in socialist, fascist, and ComEco, Anti-Gun Bias
munist regimes. The total state canWe have space here to look at only
not tolerate the checks to its monoptwo important, current issues: gun
oly of power presented by an armed
control and environmental activism.
citizenry.
The Columbine High School masAnd the ultimate objectives in the
sacre brought the anti-gun extrerncase of environmental control s?
ists to an unprecedented fever pitch .
There are many, but confiscation of
A detailed analy sis of the medi a
all private property (excepting that of
coverage of this issue is not yet
..
. .
.
.
.
the elite nomenklatura, naturally) is
available , but there is no doubt that POSitive Christian action as reactionary, repressive. a top priority. Like their comrades in
it has been even more overwhelmingl y
The print media is equally biased, if not the arts, many of the leading enviromaniacs
slanted than past anti-gun onslaughts.
worse. This striking prejudice is patently barely disguise their Marxist-Leninist pasA study by the Medi a Research Center obvious when it comes to environmental sions. And what did Lenin say on the mat(MRC) in 1997 co nfirmed the blatant anti- issues. Try to think of a single story you ter? The Maximum Leader declared: "All
gun bias of network television news. MRC have read or watched that debunked one of we can say is that whoever conceives of the
analysts reviewed every gun policy story the numerous eco-crisis myths. You' ve transition to Socialism without the suppreson four evenin g show s (ABC 's World seen thousands of stories propagating these sion of the bourgeoisie is not a Socialist." To
News Tonight , CBS Evening News, CNN 's myths. Many of tho se stories have their whom was he referring? "Bourgeois means
The World Today, and NBC Nightly News) genesis in funding grants ladled out by an owner of property,"Lenin explained. That
and three morn ing broadcasts (ABC's your very own fede ral EPA and other gov- may explain why the CFR one-worlders, the
Good Mornin g Am erica , CBS This Morn - ernment agencie s, or by those ever-gener- hard-core eco-Bo lsheviks, and the Hollying, and NBC's Today) from July 1, 1995 ous folks at foundations like Ford , wood-media gliterati all seem to be unanithrough June 30, 1997. "In 244 gun policy Carne gie, Rockefeller, Packard , etc. When mous in the selection of Mikhail Gorbachev
stories, tho se favoring gun 'control out- you add up the billion s of dollars available to lead the international "greening" of Plannumbered stories opposing gun control by to the socialist greenies from both govern- et Earth. As head of the International Green
157 to 10, or a ratio of almost 16 to one (77 ment and private fundin g, it is easy to see Cross, this top one-world, Communist
were neut ral)," noted the MRC.
how these activists can keep the non-stop strategist is the obvious pick.
- WILLIAM F. JASPER
Other finding s of the study:
flow of studies, opinion polls, and press
THE NE W AMERICA N / JUL Y 5, 1999

23

RULE BY POLLS

Manipulating Public Opinion


to manipulate mass opinion on behalf of a
new enrichment of government power and
invoking opinion polls as a means of generating "pressure from below."
Most importantly, in the Good Mornin g
America discussion of proposed gun control, the U.S. Constitution played no role .
The only considerations in pl ay were the
current mood of the public and the current
state of negotiations between the White
House and Congress. But as Joseph Sobran
has pointed out , 'The Constitution is supposed to be nonnegotiable . That 's the
whole ide a of a written Constitution ."

Re public or Democracy?
According to the published notes of Dr.
'" James McHenry, a delegate from Maryland
~ to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, as
~ Benjamin Franklin was leaving Indepen~ dence Hall on the final day of the assembly
~ a woman asked, "Well Doctor, what have
:;;
~ we got, a republic or a monarchy ?" To
which Franklin replied, "A republic .. . if
President relies on media -cooked opinions to herd public into statist policies.
you can keep it." Franklin and the other
ongress is out of touch with the years. " When Good Morning America cor- Founding Fathers recognized the essential
American people," asserted Bill respondent Charlie Gibson interjected that attributes of a properly structured republiClinton during a June 4th inter- "the polls have shown that thi s country can form of government, and shunned not
view on ABC's Good Mornin g America would accept registration of firearms ," Mr. only monarchy, but democracy as well.
program. Referring to the massacre at Lit- Clinton 's reply essentially conceded that
Explanations of why the U.S . was estabtleton , Colorado's Columbine High School, the polls do not necessarily represent an ac- lished as a republic rather than a democracy,
and why it is imperative to keep it that way,
in which two pyschotic teenagers murdered curate reflection of the electorate's mood.
"This [Republican-led] Congress came were unnecessary prior to about 1930, when
12 innocent victims before turning their
guns on themselves, Mr. Clinton declared to power after the 1994 elections because the carefully orchestrated drive to mislead the
that "Littleton . . . seared the conscience of in critical races the people who voted for American people about the matter was barethe nation." Mr. Clinton insisted that "the more modest [gun control measures], like ly underway, Today, however, clarification is
question is whether, on gun issues . . . the the Brady Bill - which the polls showed required lest critics of "democracy" be
people who now constitute the House and the voters support - got beat," the Presi- viewed as unpatriotic, disloyal, or worse .
A republic entails rule by written law,
the Sen ate will pass what is sensible." In the dent recalled. " You say I should be rec Clinton Administration, "sensible" gun ommending more.... Should we do more? banked and curbed by checks and balances,
control measures, like mo st matters of pol- Should people ought to have to register with basic individual rights protected from
icy, are defined by reference to opinion their guns like they register their cars? Do the pugnacity of majorities. Democracy, in
I think that? Of course, I do .... But I tell contrast, means majority rule. The paradigm
poll s, rather than by the Constitution.
you, the American people may have one of Democracy is the lynch mob or rape
opinion, but they elected the Congress and gang. Were our government intended to be
Pushing Past Congress
a democracy, a razor-thin majority could
Referring to new federal restrictions on the the Congress doesn't have that opinion."
empower the central government to crimiThis
exchange
reveals
that
for
Bill
Clin
purchase of firearms at gun shows, which
passed the Senate on the strength of Vice ton, and the Gramscian political elite he nalize the private ownership of firearms, or
President AI Gore's tie-breaking vote , Mr. typifies, it is opinion polls, and not polling to abolish protections for freedom of speech
Clinton stated: "1 want to pass what we 've places, that define the values and prefer- or assemb ly, or otherwi se decimate our conpassed in the Senate in the House. Then I ences of the electorate. The display also stitutionally protected individual right s want us to come back with a second set of captures one key facel of the Gramscian or, for that matter, to liquidate an entire class
recommendations . I intend to keep work- strategy at work: The central government, or race of people. The restraints on governing on this . I think this is going to take in collusion with a statist media, is seeking ment power written into our Constitution

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THE NEW AMERICA N / JUL Y 5, 1999

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are intended to prevent the imposition of


such acts of democratic tyranny.

Polls and Tyranny


By way of contrast, Marx and Engels wrote
in the Communist Man ifesto that "the first
step in the revolution" is "to win the battle
of democracy." Among the tactical refinements made to Marxism by Vladimir Lenin
was his pioneering work in the field of
opinion sampling - what we would now
refer to as pollin g and the use of "focus
groups." Indeed, it might well be said that
Vladimir Lenin , the founding dictat or of
the Soviet Union, was the father of political opinion pollin g. In seeking to mobilize
the masses to "win the battle of democracy," Lenin explained in his book Friends of
the People, "All we do is provide a true slogan for the people ." In order to do this, observed Dr. Eugene Methvin in his study
Roots ofRadi calism , Lenin "had to start by
pioneering in-depth interviews, sampling
techniques and motivational research ."
Nadezhda K. Krupskaya, a teacher in St.
Petersburg, Russia who would becom e
Lenin' s wife, recalled that "Vladimir Illych
[Lenin] was interested in every detail that
could help him to piece together a picture of
the life and conditions of the workers, to find
some sort of avenue of approach to them in
the matter of revolutionary propaganda." Toward that end, writes Dr. Methvin, "Lenin
formed a worker class of his own from
Krupskaya's pupils, and used them as guinea
pigs for teaching Marxism. He learned more
than his pupils from these classes: how to
adapt Das Kapital to everyday Russian life;
how to simplify the Marxian terminolo gy;
how to articulate the class struggle dogma in
simple terms; how to lead workers to identify 'exploitation' in their concrete everyday
lives; [and] to see the visible and accessible
hate targets of 'ca pitalism' ...."
In brief, in 1894 Lenin created the progenitor of the "focus groups" that would
be used by modern political consultants
such as Stanley Greenberg and Dick Morris to help the Clinton Administration refine and package its leftist age nda. Using
such means, Dr. Meth vin notes, Lenin
"was charting the pools of frustration and
discontent" and adapting his message accor dingly. His ambition was to crea te "a
gigantic co mmunications monopoly to
prop agand ize and tap every pool of disco ntent in the new mod ern indu striali zed ,
urban socie ty." By using his proto-focus
gro ups to identify messages that would
resonate with the masses , and using what
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crude polling science was available to him


at the time to measure his success, Len in
was learnin g to use "mass media and mass
propaganda as wea pons of soc ial demolition and as a baton for confli ct orchestration ," Dr. Methvin continues. In this fashion did the apostle of Marxist revolution
bring about "a quantum leap into a totally
new human epoch, the age of mass [political] marketin g and mass manipul ation...."

Hitler kept hand on pulse of public,


searching for strongest power base.

"He re Lies Power"


The 20th century has been the age of the total state, and ambitious would-be rulers in
many nations have mad e use of Lenin's
methods in their quest for power. Eco nomist John T. Flynn obser ved in his 1944
study As We Go Marching that the "astute
politici an is forever locating ... currents or
forces [of enthusiasm or panic] and running
with them ." Such an opportunistic figure is
not so much concerned "w ith altering the
course of these streams" as he is "w ith harnessing [their] power to his own conquest
of power." Flynn cites as an example German Nation al Socialist dictator Adolph
Hitler, who, as Dr. Methvin notes, followed
Lenin 's strategy very faithfully. Despite the
fact that Hitler publicly professed that
"public opinion" must remain national socialism's slave, and never become his master, he was in fact " forever feelin g around
for the pul se of the grea t controlling minoritie s," Flynn wrote. "He played with

them all, coddl ed them all, promis ed all,


and lied to everyone." Indeed , "He played
every car d, worked every side of ever y
street until he was able to put his finger on
what may be called the great mass public
pulse and say : here lies power."
There is an eerie similarity bet ween
Hitler's searc h for the public pulse and the
obsess ion of co ntemporary U.S. politicia ns, including Presidents, with poll s. In
mid-M ay, the American Enterprise Institute sponsore d a forum in Washington devoted to an evaluation of the relevance of
Italian politi cal philosoph er Niccolo
Machi avelli to the political scene in Washington today. Forum participant Repre sentative Henry Hyde (R-IL) asse rted: "I see
Machiavellian pra gmatism behind just
about everything [President Clinton] does."
But while Machiavelli did not have pollsters, "This guy does, and he'll follow
them slavishly without any real principle
or core conviction." What Hyde describes
is Machi avelli an pragm atism wedded to
Lenin 's meth ods of poll-dri ven mass mobili zati on , and Bill Clinton is indeed the
contemporary master of this appro ach .
One of the chief purp oses of Lenin 's
"sa mpling" exercises is to identify the most
effective ways of indoctrinating the masses
about "hate targets," and contemporary political polling often serves exactly the same
purpose. Once again, the colloquy from the
June 4th Good Morning America program
provides an interesting glimpse of how
"hate targets" are used in contemporary politics: Journalist Charlie Gibson and President Clinton depicted the National Rifle Association (NRA) as the enemy of "sensible"
gun laws and the poll-defined "majority"
who supposedly favor such laws.
Bill Clinton accused the NRA of "targeting" congressional gun control advocates
who have been "standing up for the lives of
our children." Thi s is a perfect example of
Lenin's rhetorical strategy. Concern over
children's safety is among the preoccupations that consistently rank high in both opinion surveys and the findings of focus groups.
Mr. Clinton has fashioned a Leninist hate
message in which the NRA , and other defenders of private gun ownership, are defined
as enemies of "the children" - and thus an
acceptable target for politically useful hatred.

Manipulating Opinions
In similar fashion, politically manipulated
polls are used to generate inten se pressure
on the publ ic to co nform to the "public
will," and to demoralize and isolat e those
THENEWAMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

who oppose the trend. Economi st Llewelyn Rock well, president of the Ludwig von
Mises Institute, has observe d: "If polls are
trumpeted loudl y and often, yo u can be
sure the message is for all political disside nts to fall in line ." The mes sage is an
even more pointed one to elected repre senta tives. Frank Newport of the Ga llup
polling organization has bluntly advised
that if politicians "can't move the public,
they sho uld move closer to where the public is, because in a democracy [the people]
are the ultima te rulers."
The post-Littleton gun control blitz illustrates how poll-driven democracy can be
used to undermine constit utional protections by politicians who seek to "move closer to where the publ ic is." George Washington once described the function of the
Senate as akin to that of a saucer; it was intended to "cool" intemperate legislation that
was passed in the heat of publi c passion .
Yet, after brief initial resistance, Senate Majori ty Leader Trent Lott agreed to consider
the Clinton Adm inistration's gun control
proposa l in the immediate afterma th of the
Columbine High School tragedy, when the
emotional impact of the tragedy crea ted a
poll-driven window of opportunity for an
assault on the Constitution.
Remarkably, it was the House of Representatives that served as a brake on the postLittleton gun control assault. This prompted
Bill Clinton to complain, "Did the House of
Representatives make a priority out of what
was passed in the Senate and pass it right
through? No. They went home before taking
action. Why? To give the NRA time to lobby them, to water down what was passed."
From Mr. Clinton's perspective, the proper
role of Congress is to enact immediately
whatever executive branch initiative happens
to benefit from a temporary "spike" in the
opinion polls. (It is also worth noting how
Mr. Clinton took care to associate, in Leninist fashion, his congressional opponents with
his designated hate target - the NRA.)

The Media's Role


Gramsc ian revolutionarie s who occupy positions of influence in the medi a play an
important role in poll-driven democ racy by
choosing which polling data to publicize
and how that data will be used. Polling data
that would undermine the mission of expand ing the power of the cen tral state and
undermi ning traditio nal values and institutions will get very little attention from the
"change age nts" who preside over Establishment media organs.
THE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5. 1999

Journ alist Robert Novak offered a fascinating illustration of this fact in his March
8th co lumn for the Washington Post. At
Novak 's reque st, the revered Zogby International polling firm asked a sample of756
likely voters to choose between the following two statements:
Statement A: "You are a citizen of the
U.S. and have respon sibilities to the nation
as a whole . Your tax cut should be used for
good purposes as defined by the federal
government."
Statement B: "Whatever you receive as
a tax cut is yours, and you should be free
to spend it as you wis h."
Zogby fou nd that 68.1 percent of those
polled chose Statement "B" - "including
60 percent of Democrats, 71.2 perce nt of
women, and 73.1 percent of Africa n Americans," reported Novak.
Zogby posed another set of question s to
the same sample concerning Social Security:
Statement A: "All individuals should
be free to make the [Soc ial Security] investme nt as he or she sees fit."
Statement B: "Many individuals either
lack the knowledge or ability to make good
investment decisions. It is better that the
government make the investment for them."
Statement "A" was favored by nearly a
2-1 margin - 58. 1 percent to 29.9 percent ,
with "all subgroups favor ing ind ividual
freedom," Novak observed.
The questions posed in this poll addressed some of the key tenets of soc ialism, namely the assumption that an allwise cen tra l gove rn men t should manage
society's wealth, and that the gove rnme nt
defines its subjects ' "responsibilities to the
nation as a who le" rather than protectin g
the individual rights of citizens.
Zogby's findings illustrate that among all
Americans, including key pmt s of the "Clinton coalition," there is a solid potential constituency in favor of limited government and
individual rights. Of course, these findings
received no significan t publicity by the
Gramscian managers of the opinio n cartel,
since they would tend to impede the progress
toward victory in the "battle of democracy."
In the Leninist concept of mass democracy, polls are intended to manipulate public
opinion and mobilize discontent on behalf
of the effort to erect the total state. In our republic, the polls that have decisive impact
are those at which educated, responsible citizens can hold their elected representatives
accountable to uphold the Constitution and protect our rights and property.
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CAPTURING THE MIND

Brainwashing American Society

n the days of the Korean War, Americans were shocked to learn of former
American POWs in the Co mmunist
north returnin g home in various stages of
severe ment al and psychological traum a,
convinced of the reality of events that never took place and uncertain of their co re
beliefs. Americans were told of
a disturbing number of incidents
of collaboration with the enemy
amo ng capt ured U.S. soldiers.
Our war experience in Korea,
the first direct conflict against a
Communi st foe, was something
genuinely new : For the first
time, we were confronted by an
enemy not content merely to inflic t battl efield cas ualties, but
who waged war directly, by devilishly subtle means, against our
psychological will to resist, and
against our entire system of beliefs. Unable to prevail on the
convent ional battlefield , the
Communists were fighting a new kind of
war, subjec ting captured Americans to sophisticated mental and psyc hologica l tortures, including the use of mind-cont rol
drugs , to turn them aga inst their countrymen . Foreign correspondent Edward
Hunter, who first investigated Communist
psychological warfare in depth, coined a
word for this newest, most frightening
weapon in the Communist arsenal of subversive tactics: brainw ashing.

Loving Big Brother


In our day, the word has gained a much
broader connotation than the psychological torture of prisoners of war. We bandy
the term with a casualness that not only betrays how widespread, even accep ted, the
techniques of brainwashing have beco me,
but also how complet ely its origins and underlyin g purpose have been forgotten.
Engli sh author George Orwell , with
characteristic sagac ity and uncanny foresight, understood the importance of brainwashing to Communist and socialist revolutio naries. The nightm are totalit arian
regime contemplated in his novel 1984 relied heavily on mind control, by means of
relentless pro paga nda broadcast fro m
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trolled media outlets. Those plucky souls


able to see through the official barrage of
ever-evolving lies and historical rewrite s
were eventually, like protagonist Winston
Smith , corralled by the Thought Police.
In the labyrinthine interior of the Ministry of Love, Winston Smith and fellow un-

fortunates were subjected to more individualized forms of mind control, involving


endless interrogation and unendu rable
physical tortures. O'Brien, the disarmingly
avuncular Party opera tive in charge of Winston Smith's torture and interrogation, informed his helpless charge that "we are not
content with negative obedience, nor even
with the most abjec t submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your
own free will. We do not destroy the heretic
because he resists us.... We convert him, we
capture his inner mind , we reshape him."
Durin g the course of extreme physical
torture, Winston Smith began to acknowledge that, as O'B rien insisted, two plus two
may equal five, if the Party decreed it so. In
the tragic climax , O'B rien flushes out Winston' s remaining strands of psychological
resistance to Party indoctrination, by threatening to allow hungry sewer rats - Winston's greatest fear - to attack his face. At
the novel' s end, Winston, now a pathetic ,
mind-blasted husk of a man, huddles gratefully in front of a telescreen, weeping at the
realizatio n that he has come to love Big
Brother, the mythic figure who embodies
Party omniscience and beneficence.
Such a tale seems almost trite in ajaded,
cynical age enjoy ing the dubious benefit of

retrospect across three-quarters of a bloodsoaked century of totalitarian propaganda,


revolution, mind-control, and mass murder.
But it was eerily prescient in 1949, the year
of its publication, when the world had not
yet learned how heavily socialist totalitarians relied on the techniques of mind control. The free world had already
seen the handiwork of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbel s, yet
few outside the domin ions of
Stalin were aware that, almo st
two decades before the Nazis
came to power, experimenters in
Russia were developing a new
set of scientific techniques,
grounded in careful research, to
enslave the minds of men.

Stimulus, Response
Russian behaviorist Ivan P.
Pavlov, whose experiments on
the conditioning of animal behavior are well-known even in
our day, was already a famou s man when
Lenin 's Bolsheviks seized power in Russia
in 1917. Lenin and his revoluti onary cabalists were fascinated by Pavlov's behavioral work with dogs. Pavlov had co nditioned dogs to respond to stimuli, such as
uncontrolled salivation at the ringing of a
bell, which the animals had been trained to
assoc iate with food. The Russian Communists had discovered that few men would
voluntarily submit to their collectivist program. In Pavlov' s work , they recognized
the potential for developing techniques to
condition (or, more accurately, recondition) hum an respo nses , reshaping the
minds of recalcitra nt foes of the Revolution. After all, in the godless philosophy of
Communism, no distinction was made between man and beast. If men were treated
like Pavlov's animal subjects, Lenin and
his fellow revolutionarie s rea soned , they
ought to respond in similar ways.
While other Russian scientists, writers,
and thinkers of every stripe were imprisoned
and murdered by Lenin and his successor,
Stalin, Pavlov was given plush new facilities
for his research, and encouraged with lavish
state funding. Pavlov was probably never
aware of the true motives of the Communists; he lived under constant supervision in
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a remote village-turned-research settlement,


where his progress was eagerly monitored
by his masters in Moscow. He died in 1936,
in apparent blissful ignorance of the diabolical purpose to which the fruits of his life's
work were being diverted.
The Korean War gave the Communi sts
their first opportunity to test Pavlovian
method s of mind control on a hostile enemy from a society vehemently opposed to
the Communist program. U.S. soldiers, arriving in Korea sec ure in old- fashi oned
American values (including an aversion for
Communism), were returned to their outfits confu sed, emotional wrecks. A few repudiated their value s and country altogether, and refused to return home.
In addition to suffering incredible hardships from the freezing cold, malnutrition,
dysentery, and other illnesses, Americans
in Korean camps were tormented by every
fiendi shly cre ative phy sical torture their
captors could invent. They also endured
uncea sing mental and psychological harassment by sleep deprivation, harrowin g
cross -examination, interrogation , and
wearing political debate. They were bombarded with anti-American, anti-Chri stian,
and anti-capitalist slogans. They were systematically lied to about events in the outside world, and denied access to all outside
communication . Even the most valiant
among them later reported being sapped of
the will to resist under such extreme conditions, signing false confessions of crimes
they never committed, entertaining serious
doubts about many of their core beliefs and
value s, and even remembering events
which had never taken place.
In 1996, Genera l Major Jan Sejna and
Colonel Phillip Corso provided shocking
testimony to Congress on the use of hundreds of American POWs as "human guinea
pigs" by Korean and Soviet scientists for terrible "Nazi-like" experiments utilizing hallucinogenic drugs, biological and chemical
warfare agents, and surgical experimentation. General Sejna , one ofthe highest-ranking Commun ists ever to defect to the West,
was a top Czech official who worked closely with the Soviets. Col. Corso was a military aide to President Eisenhower.

Controlling the Environment


The Communists, and the Insiders who directed them , must have added grea tly to
their already considerable stock of knowledge about psychological warfare and
brainwashing, as a consequence of their
experimentation on American and other al30

lied POWs. Yet the Insiders and their Communist stooges, whose overarching goal is
socialist world government, never planned
to confin e brainwashin g to a few captured
enem y soldiers. Rather, mass indoctrination, as Edward Hunt er observe d, is intended to subdue entire populatio ns, by

mind -numbing form s of mass entertainment, and saturated the masses with Party
propagand a. Even language itself was remade to the specifications of the Party.
Words were destroyed and syntax simplified, as English was transformed into a bastardized technobabble called "News peak."
As Syme, Winston 's friend who was involved in this linguistic revision, explained:
The whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought. In the end
we shall make thoughtcrime literally
imposs ible, because there will be no
word s in which to express it. Every
concept that can ever be needed will
be expressed by exactly one word ,
with its meaning rigidly defined and
all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out
and forgotten.... [T]he process will
still be continuing long after you and
I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.... The
Revolution will be complete when the
language is perfect.

Pavlov's research provided basis for


Soviet mind control techniques.

brainwashing whole soc ieties.


The first problem that totalitarian mindbenders must confro nt is control of environmental fac tors. In a co nce ntration
camp, this problem is easily solved: Armed
guards and barbed wire keep POWs completely insul ated from any "co ntaminating" out side influences. Access to information and social interaction is totally regulated by authorities, who deny their prisoner s any outside reinforcement in his efforts at menta l resistanc e.
In the real world, of course, the problem
is vastly more complex. Confronted with a
hostile ideology, free people associate ,
form opinions, circul ate inform ation , and
generally oppose efforts by would-be
tyrants to remold their attitudes and beliefs.
But if all organs of inform ation, even
langu age itself, were subjec t to state control, then environmental factors co uld be
manipulated by the state, and resistance to
mass indoctrin ation would crumble. In Orwell's bleak account, history was continually revised, as records of past events that
contradicted the Party's current version of
reality were methodic ally tracked down
and con signed to the "memory hole ."
Armies of hacks in the Party's employ produced insipid popul ar songs and other

Media M a nipul ation


Our cent ury has seen many Orwellian efforts, by state-owned media in socialist
countries, to control the flow of inform ation. Most American s suspect, however
vaguely, that our own media are often exploited for similar purposes. Yet many do
not fully appreciate the pivotal role of the
Fifth Column of the globalist Establishment
in the drive to subordinate American sovereignty to a socialist global regime. Nor do
they grasp the grand scheme systematically to eliminate or neutralize those aspects of
American culture , including her religion
and her moral foundation s, which are inimical to the Insiders' long-range plans.
The "free press," includin g major newspapers, magazines, and televi sion networks, have long been controlled by an Insider- do minated "o pinion cartel." The
membership list of the Council on Foreign
Relations, America's premier agenda-setting organization for global elites, includes
hundreds of America's most influential figures in journalism and major network news
organizations, as well as eminent formulators of policy and publi c opinion from major universities and think-tanks.
Unlike news organizations in Commu nist countries, which brook no glimmering
of dissent , American medi a elites prefer
the subtler strategy of allowing and even
encouraging controlled oppo sition. Thu s
THE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

we have Establi shment "conservatives" as


well as "liberals," who often disagree vehemently on policy issue s, but alw ays
within term s of discussion that have been
determined beforehand and which coincide with the Insiders' agenda.
In the illegal war in Yugoslavia, for example, pundits perorate endlessly about the
expedience of this policy or that - whether
or not ground troops should be deployed,
for example. But ignore moral and legal issues, which have been carefully screened
from the debate, such as the President's lack
of constitutional authority to wage war
without a formal congressional declaration.
Similarly, public discussion of issues from
gun contro l to Social Security to sovereignty-compromising trade agreements like
NAFTA always skirt vexing topics like constitutional legitimacy. The Insider s shrewdly reali ze that if they are to successfully
prosecute their assault on our sovereignty
and our Constitution , political debates must
be framed in terms of partisan or policy differences. Matters of principle, especially
constitutionality, must be ignored or suppressed. In this way are the American people being conditioned to disagree on matters partisan and procedural, within the limits of acceptability determined by the latterday arbiters of thoughtcrime.

our righteous overlord s must liber ate us?


Th e pamphlet explains: "It is most fre quently in the famil y that the children are
infected with nation alism by hearin g what
is national extolled and what is foreign disparaged .... [T]he schoo l can do little if parents infect the child with that sclerosis of the
mind which makes so many men and
women incapable of appreciating the worth
of anyone not belonging to their class, confess ion, political part y, or country."
And the remedy for this intolerable state
of affairs? Answe rs the UNESCO pamphlet: "It has been said that it is the children
who educate the parents. Let the school then
make use of this leverage." In the 50 years
since this prescription was set forth, tradi-

tribute to the virtues of service. The President remarked that the lives of Americorps
volunteers "will be richer and better. They
will be wiser sooner.... Every Ameri can
needs to serve." Of course, he meant "serve
the state." Yet no one batted an eye. We are
reminded of the Orwelli an premi se that
"Freedom is Slavery." The astonishing thing
is that political leaders like Bill Clinton can
now make such statements unchallenged.
The war in Yugoslavia is being carried out
against a backdrop of some of the most
brazen newspeak the world has yet seen,
preparing and conditioning Americans for
the eventual ground invasion and occupation,
under UN auspices, of a sovereign territory.
We must prevent the fighting from spreading, we were informed, even as we unilaterally widened the conflict by injecting NATO
forces into a civil war. We must help the
Kosovars, our leaders temporized, even as
they admitted that the humanitarian catastrophe precipitated by NATO bombing had
been anticipated by military analysts. The socalled opposition provided by the Republican leadership, as usual, has no quibble with
the morality or legality of the war, but offers
only tepid criticisms of supposedly rudderless policy, together with recommendations
for more troops and better-defined military
objectives. All of this, we are told, is to set
the stage for a more peaceful 21st century.As
with Orwell's totalitarians, so with tyrants
everywhere: "War is Peace."

Wurmbrand: Faith in God provides only


effective protection from brainwashing.

One of the surest techniques of the propa gandist is the misapplication of numbers
and statistics . Who , after all, can dispute
cold , hard figures ? We are lied to about the
deficit, the national debt, the condition of
Social Security and Medicare fund s, about
econ omic growth, about crime statistics,
and about anything else that serves the purposes of the Clintonian Mini stry of Truth .
Such is the numinou s awe with which most
Ameri cans have been conditioned to revere
numb ers-crunching economists and statistician s, that the most outrag eo us falsehoods, backed by cooked statistics, are
now routi nely peddl ed with sca rce ly a
peep of dissent. Trul y, in the Clinton era,
as in 1984, " Ignorance is Stren gth."
The substitution of raw data and statistics
for reasoned discourse is only one form of
language simplification designed to curtail the
dialogue of dissent. In our day, hosts of terms
indispensable to political and economic
thought have been stripped of their original
meanings. How many Americans realize that

Infiltrating Education
One of the most potent weapons in the Insiders' arsenal for mass indoctrin ation is
public educ ation . In recent years, many
Americ ans have become aware of the hostility of public schools to Christian faith, to
traditional moral values, and to families.
Their unblushing consistency in retailing the
official line on the obsolescence of national
sovereignty, the benevolence of the UN, and
other vital planks in the Insiders' propaganda platform , is also attracting attention.
In 1948, UNESCO (the UN's educational
arm) produced a revealing pamphlet entitled
Towards World Understandin g, which contained recomm endations for using schools
to reeduc ate children in the gospel of socialism and world government. "Before the
child enter s school, his mind has already
been profoundly marked , and often injuri ously, by earlier influences," the authors observe in the opening paragraph. The pamphlet
discusses ways by which young students
may be "freed from nationalist prejudices"
and made to understand the need for "fulfillment of the obligations of a world citizen."
Who is to blame for instilling in children
those "nationalist prejudices," from which
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tional standards of education have been


dumbed down and replac ed with curric ula
and teaching method s designed to produce
an ignorant , ductile , amoral youth fully receptive to the tenets of the new world order.

White House Newspeak


The Clintons and their spinmeisters have
dem onstrated an unprecedented aptitude
for manipul ating the propaganda mach inery. Such is their mastery of newspeak that,
after seve n years of brazen lies and divisive rhetoric mingled with soo thing flat tery, Ame rican sensibilities see m to be
dulled into almos t bovine complacency.
We are rapidly approaching the condition
in which we are willing to persuade ourselves that two plu s two can eq ual whatever the Whit e House wants it to equal , as
long as the eco nomy is runnin g smoothly.
In a recent speech to Americorps volunteers , President Clinton offered a glowing

Numbers Scam

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a century ago "liberalism" meant precisely


the opposite of what it means today? Or that
rising prices are the effect, and not the cause,
of "inflation"? Or that a "monopoly" meant
an enterprise protected by the state from competitors? Deprived of their original force,
words such as these are now enlisted in the
service of the enemies of freedom.
More ominously, the Newspeak of political correctness is now firmly entrenched in
the media and the Academy. During the
Clinton era, the crescendo of voices advocating censorship of political opinion, under
the guise of suppressing politically incorrect
"hate speech," has reached a fever pitch.

Looking to God
Brainwashing has adva nced fro m mindbend ing exper imentation on paws to
mass indoctrination designed to neutr alize
entire popul ations. We are saturated with
brainwashing every day of our lives, unless
we do not read the newspaper, watch television, listen to the radio, attend a publ ic
schoo l, or invol ve ourse lves in any way
with American popul ar culture and mass
entertainment. Short of moving to Antarctica , how ca n we resist the all-pervadi ng
tentacles of socialist indoc trination?
Edward Hunter noted that brainwashing

is carried out in two stages, softening up


and indoctrination. Softening up is essentially a demorali zing procedure designed
to deprive the subjec t of his moral will to
resist. In a conce ntra tio n-ca mp enviro nment, paws were softened up by physical
torture, sleep deprivation , and relentless interroga tion. When the object of softening
up is an entire society, the most sustained
attacks will be aga inst a society 's moral
foundation - against family, religion , and
mora l codes.
A man's faith in God is the one aspec t
of environment that no totalitarian program
can control. God resides outside the thickest prison walls, and beyond reach of the
most pervasive prop aganda campaign.
Richard Wurmbrand, a devout Chri stian
who endured years of imprisonm ent in
Communist Romania, reported being required to sit 17 hours a day, for month s at
a time, hearing endless repetitions of:
"Communism is good ! Christianity is stupid ! Give up !" He beli eved that "there is
only one method of resistance to brainwashing: it is ' heartwashing.''' Th at is,
only hearts full of faith in God will have
the resources needed to successfully parry
every attack by the brainwasher.
Edward Hunt er found that many of

those paws who were unmoved by enemy propaganda were deeply religious. We
should therefore not be surprised that a society that is losin g its spiritual moorin gs
and its moral convictions is now finding itself adrift in a sea of propaganda, whose
curre nts are bearing us toward the shoals
of political enslavement.
As Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci
understood, socialist revolutionaries must
capture cultural and religious institutions
in order to achieve complete victory.
America 's moral decline has been hastened
by a near-total defilement of our culture,
espec ially our forms of mass entertainment. None of this has been acci de ntal.
Our dizzying decl ine in standards of art
and entertainment, our renun ciati on of
"outmoded" sexual mores, our acceptance
of the abomination of abortion, and many
other symptoms of moral declin e, are being enco urage d by an Insider -spon sored
plan to sap us of our will to resist. The only
sure co untermeas ure for brainwashin g is
moral charac ter, coupl ed with sound understandin g of the principles of freedom,
and gro unded in religious faith. May
America come to understand this before it
is too late.
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An Annotated Bibliography
he following list of books will provide a helpful guide to
those interested in a deeper understanding of elite power politics and the larger cultural-social revolution which is the
"prefigurative dimension" of the political revolution that is battering and undermining American society, institutions, and values .

Prison Notebooks, by Antonio Gramsci, New York, NY: Columbia


University Press, 1994 edition, 1,336 pages, hardcover, $89.50.
In 1926, shortly after assuming the post of General Secretary of
the Communist Party of Italy, Antonio Gramsci was arrested and
eventually imprisoned by Mussolini's competing regime . During his
years of incarceration, he spent much of his time jotting down
shrewd assessments of human nature and the shortcomings of orthodox Communist strategy. His Prison Notebooks, which were collected and published after the war, suggested that Communist objectives could better be achieved by co-opting a nation's culture than
with force.
Whereas early Communist theorists, including Marx, considered
contentious class struggle to be the key to successful revolution,
Gramsci believed that it is also imperative to take into account popular demands that are not purely class-oriented. He urged his fellow
revolutionaries to seek the intellectual and moral reform of a people
through a patient , persistent erosion of traditional moral, spiritual,
and cultural underpinnings. This was to be accomplished by capturing major cultural organs and turning them against the values of
the existing order. Since deep-seated commitments to God (religion),
family, and country (patriotism) were incompatible with Communist objectives, Gramsci singled them out for special attention .
By gaining decisive control of civil society, which Gramsci defined as a nation's historical traditions and social movements
(churches, schools, political parties, trade unions, print and electronic media, arts, etc.), the need for slave camps and violence would
abate. The ultimate objective was similar to that suggested by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World (1932) : An "efficient totalitarian
state" in which "the all-powerful executive of political bosses and
their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not
have to be coerced, because they love their servitude."

The Two Revolutions: Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western


Marxism , by Carl Boggs , Boston, MA: South End Press , 1984,
31 Ipages, paperback, $9.50.
Carl Boggs' Two Revolutions is one of the most popular and readily accessible "textbooks" on Antonio Gramsci and his theories
written from a leftist perspective. Boggs , a radical at the University of California-Berkeley in the 1960s, is clearly an admirer of
Gramsci and has provided a very useful analysis of the development of Gramsci's theoretical concepts, interwoven with a backdrop of the political and social context of the era in which the Italian Communist leader lived, and the allies and adversaries with
whom he interacted. Boggs quotes extensively from Gramsci's writings , covering the full span of the revolutionist's career and elucidating the most important aspects of his views. Boggs' book is also
helpful for its glossary of theorists, which provides a compendium
of information on Gramsci contemporaries such as Amadeo Bordiga, Nikolai Bukharin, Benedetto Croce, the Frankfurt School,
George Lukacs, Wilhelm Reich, George Sorel , Palmiro Togliatti,
and others.
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And Not A Shot Is Fired, by Jan Kozak, Appleton , WI: Robert


Welch University Press, 1999 edition, 97 pages , paperback, $6.95.
(To order, see the ad on page 43.)
Jan Kozak was a Communist member of the Czechoslovak National Assembly and for a time the Czech Communist Party's official historian. Whereas early Red strategy sought to destroy nationallegislatures in non-Communist nations, Kozak, using the post-war
Red takeover of Czechoslovakia as a blueprint, describes how an
elected parliamentary system can be transformed by large ly legal
and constitutional means into an engine of revolutionary collectivism
- without a shot being fired. The central strategy entails a pincers
movement of pressure from above and below. As summarized by
Thomas R. Eddlem in his introduction to this new edition of the
Kozak classic , Communist and socialist elements within a parliament, though in a minority, initiate "policies and legislation which
strengthen the hand of grassroots revolutionaries." They also connive to punish those who oppose the planned coup. "Meanwhile,
grassroots revolutionaries whip up the appearance of popular support" for the revolutionary agenda "through strikes, rallies, petitions,
threats, and - sometimes - sabotage. The 'pressure from below'
by the small number of revolutionaries and their larger number of
dupes is then used to 'justify' the centralization of power in the hands
of the executive branch of the state. Wishy-washy politicians are intimidated, and the 'pressure from above' intensifies. Each legislative victory results in new demands ('pressure from below') for even
stronger legislation, which is relentlessly pursued by communists
and their dupes in parliament - who claim , of course , that they are
acting in the name of the popular will. The cycle continues until opposition is completely powerless, intimidated, or liquidated - and
the revolution is afait accompli."

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli , New York, NY: Bantam Classics, reissue edition, 1984 [1532], 147 pages, paperback, $3.95.
The Discourses, by Niccolo Machiavelli, New York, NY: The Penguin Group, 1985 [c. 1517],528 pages, paperback, $10 .95.
The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 1998 edition , [1850], 79 pages, paperback, $2.95. (To order, see the ad on page 43.)
President Clinton's political ethos has been described by some
critics as "Machiavellian." It is a reference to the standard of behavior for princes (and presidents) espoused nearly 500 years ago
by Italian politician and political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli (14691527) in The Prince.
Machiavelli believed that issues of right and wrong are irrelevant
to how a prince should govern. He admonished rulers to completely disregard the question of whether their actions are virtuous or vile,
humane or heartless, urging instead that their ethics be determined
solely by the circumstance and what will lead most quickly and efficiently to success. Machiavelli was not concerned with good or
evil, but only with political efficiency. "While every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel," he wrote , he must nevertheless "not mind incurring the charge of cruelty for the purpose
ofkeeping his subjects united and faithful." Ideally, the prince would
be both feared and loved, but if forced to choose, "it is much safer
to be feared than loved," since "love is held by a chain of obligation
which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose;
but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails."
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Machiavelli was critical of Christianity because he believed that


Christian virtues hamstring political effective ness. His views nourished those who sought to free mankind from the "o ppressive"
shackles of biblical morality. In the 20th century, both Lenin and
Stalin were among his devotees. Mussolini selected The Prince as
the subject of his doctoral thesis. It was Hitler's bedside reading.
All of which is understandable. In The Discourses, Machiavelli
advocated a free republ ican regime predicated on vitality, rather than
virtue, and his percept ion of organized society bereft of virtue closely parallels the modern concept of the collectivist state . He believed
that all political organizations are subject to the same laws of nature
as living thing s (they are born, mature , become old, and eventually
die). Th is view of the ins tability and impermanence of political
regimes braced his belief that all possible means and weapons are
justified to preserve the state, for as long as possible, before the inevitab le decli ne sets in.
In sharp contrast to Machiavelli 's amora l and values-neutral politica l criteria is the persuasive plea for an ethical standard of government champio ned in The Law by French statesman and free-market eco nomist Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850). Bastiat believed that
lawful government grows out of the "i ndivid ual right to lawful defense." "If each man has the right to defend, even by force, his person, his liberty, and his property, severa l men have the right to get
toget her, come to an understanding, and organize a collec tive force
to provide regularly for this defense." But that collective (i.e., government) exceeds its lawful (and ethical) boundaries when it employs force to "destroy the perso n, liberty, and property of individ uals or classes." His formula for evalua ting the rightness or wrongness of a law is found in his assertion that "All we have to do is to
see whether the law takes from some what belongs to them in order
to give it to others to whom it does not belong. We must see whether
the law performs, for the profit of one citizen and to the detriment
of others , an act which that citizen could not perform himself without being guilty of a crime."
On one hand there is Machiavelli 's anything -goes- if-it-works philosophy, and on the other Bastiat's belief that governments should
abide by the same ethical rules as individuals. The ghost of Machi avelli haunts Washingto n today, but that can change.

The Comm unist Manifesto , by Karl Marx , preface by Friedric h Engels, App leton, WI: American Opinion Book Services, 1974 edition
[1848], 56 pages, paperback, $3.00. (To order, see the ad on page
43 .)
Perhaps the most pertinent aspec t of the notorio us Manifesto today is a comparison of its ten-p oint plank for transfor ming a capitalist system into a social ist nirvana with where the U.S. now stands.
The corre lation provides a revealing and disturbing look at the degree to which we have been begui led into following the Marxist
path .
Marx and Engels conjured up the Manifesto in 1847 (it was published in January 1848) at the behest of an organization called the
League of Just Men , which had formerly been known as the League
of Communists. Marx , the principal author, ranked so far down the
conspiratorial pecking order that his name did not appear on the document for another 24 years. In calling for the abolition of private
property, the family, religion, and separate nations (all of which are
competitors with the state for the loyalty of individuals), Marx bluntly stated that "Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims.
They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the
forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."
Step by patient step, the planks proposed by Marx have been , or
are being, implemented here in the U.S. The secon d, for example,
called for "A heavy progressive or grad uated income tax," which is

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now a wide ly accepted hallmark of tax policy. Next was "Abolition


of all right of inheritance," which is partially fulfille d by the noxious and unnecessary inheritance tax. Fifth was "Centralization of
credit in the hands of the State , by means of a national bank with
State capital and an exclusi ve monopoly." The Federa l Reserve System fits that mold to a disturbing degree . And last, but far from least ,
Marx urged as his tenth plank, "Free education for all children in
public school s." He recognized, as do all astute despots, that control
of education is essential to the maintenance of socialist regimes. In
the early 1930s, for instance, Mu ssolini launched a school con struction program in Sicil y specifically to help raise literacy to the
point that Sicilians could comprehend his propaganda.
It is at least arguable that The Communist Manife sto has been
more influential in guiding our recent destin y than has the U.S. Constitution .

Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, by Carroll Quigley, Rancho Palo s Verdes, CA: GSG & Associates, 1997
edition [1966], 1,348 pages, hardcover, $39 .95. (To order, see the ad
on page 43.)
During his acce ptance speech at the 1992 Democratic Natio nal
Convention, Bill Clinton paid homage to the late Georgetown University history professor, Carroll Quigley , who had been one of Mr.
Clinton 's college mentors . The President-to-be lauded Dr. Quigley
for having served as an inspirat ion who had helped shape his political perspective.
The compliment was revealing, since Quigley had years earlier
written a book exposing the existence of a huge conspiratorial network striving to control the world .
After noting the behind-the-scenes dominance of the Eastern Establi shment's Council on Foreign Relations (CFR, to which President Clinton and scores of key Admini stration personnel currently
belong ) over the affairs of our nation, Quigley stated in Tragedy And
Hope: "I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted in the early 1960s to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to
most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and
to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently to a few of its policies...but in general my chief difference of
opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown , and I believe its role in
history is significant enough to be known ."
Quigley descri bed a secret socie ty estab lished in 1891 by Cecil
Rhode s (of Rhodes Scholars hip fame). Its purpose was to unite the
Engl ish-speaking peoples, then bring the remai ning habitable parts
of the planet under its con trol. After the death of Rhodes, the activities of the movement were shouldered by his successors, who established semi-secret "Round Table" groups in the chief British dependencies and the United States . The Round Tables, in turn, founded the Royal Institute of International Affairs. An American counterpart (the American Institute for International Affairs) was
launched in the United States and subsequently incorporated in 1921
as the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bill Clinton 's political coach also endorsed the not-a-dime'sworth -of-difference concept of political parties, asserting that the
"argument that the two partie s should repre sent oppo sed ideals and
policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea . Instead , the two parties should be almo st identical, so that
the American people can 'throw the rascals out ' at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy." When voters become fed up with one of the clones, he continued, they "should
be able to replace it, every four years if neces sary, by the other party, which will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same
basic policies."
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Such counsel recalls Thomas Jefferson 's observa tion that "S ingle
acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accide ntal opinio n of a day;
but a serie s of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably thro ugh every change of ministers, too plai nly
prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery."
The Shadows ofPower: The Council on Foreign Relations and the
American Decline , by James Perlo ff, Appleto n, WI: Western Islands, 1988, 264 pages, paperback, $ 10.95. (To order, see the ad on
page 43 .)
Though not the first expose of the extent to which memb ers the
CFR , and such sister organization s as the Trilat eral Comm ission,
have manipul ated U.S. foreign and domestic policies to fit the conspiratorial blueprint for world government, The Shadows of Power
remains one of the most lucid and convincing. Beginnin g with the
early origins of the CFR, the author tracks its footprints through one
Admini stration after another, from President Franklin D. Roosevelt
to Ronald Reagan, detailing how CFR operatives have shaped and
implem ented the disastrous policies that have for decades caused the
U.S. to seemingly slip on virtually every banana peel on the international sidewalk. The author scrutinizes the Great Depre ssion, the
media, and the way World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam were
instigated and co nducted to furth er cru cial plank s of the internationalist agenda.
Ralph Waldo Emerso n once observe d that every mind must make
its choice between truth or repose, since it could not have both. Similarly, James Perloff suggests that "we America ns must make a
choice - libel1y or new world order," and warns: "If we wait too long,
a national crisis may sweep us into the wrong decision irrevocably."
America's Thirty Years War, by Balint Vazsonyi, Washington, DC:
Regne ry Publishing, 1998, 285 pages, hardcover, $24 .95. (To order,
see the ad on page 43.)
Vazsonyi, a concert pianist, esca ped from Communi st Hungary to
the United States in the wake of the failed 1956 upri sing of Hungarian freedom fi ghter s. Having lived under both Nazi and Soviet
occupations of his former homeland, he was shocked to see socialism permeatin g the free bastion of the West. For at least three
decades, he writes. "a ll aspects of our lives - and all our institutions - have bee n moving in one direction : away from America's
founding principles."
Refle cting on the supposed dem ise of Communism in the old Soviet Union, he points out that "Fundamental attitudes don't disappear
into thin air. People might die, but ideas rarely do, especially when
the idea is one of only two major strains of polit ical thought that excite the people, dominate the minds, and determine the affairs of man
for centuries." He recalls many of the historical transformatio ns of
the sociali st Idea. " It has been ' Bolshevism ' in Russia, ' Fascism' in
Italy, 'National Socialism' in Germany ... and the ' Long Ma rch' and
'Cultural Revolution ' in Chin a.... The Idea has been successfully installed in America 's schools, as well as in most of the informati on
and entertainment media . Academia, Hollywood, the news media,
the National Education Association, and the environmental movement are far more effe ctive than any politi cal party. And, as high
school textbooks, college co urses, television newscasts, or national
newspapers attest, the purpose is the transf ormation of America."
Ame rica 's Thirty Years War is replete with perceptive insight, such
as the author 's comparison of the bibli cal Ten Comm andm ents to
the ten amendments that compri se the Constituti on 's Bill of Rights.
He contends that the two codes are so closely intertwined in principle that "o ne avails onese lf of both - or neither," and that the bulk
of our country's problems can be attributed to the extent to which,
"one by one, these constraints have been abandoned, even ridiculed."

THENEWAMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

Global Tyranny ... Step By Step: The United Nations and the
Emerging World Order, by William F. Jasper, Appleton, WI: Western Islands, 1992, 350 pages, paperback, $ 12.95. (To order, see the
ad on page 43.)
This important overview of the threat posed by the United Nation s
as the nexus of the new world order is as pertinent and enlightening
today as when publi shed just prior to the election of Bill Clinton.
Perhaps even more so, since it enables the reader to reflect back on
what was being planned at the time, and compare notes with how
things stand today. For example, William Jasper quotes Strobe Talbott, then a memb er and direc tor of the Council on Foreign Relations and editor-at-large of Time magazine, as pleading for a global
government that could supposedly be limited in scope (pledges to
restrict government genies once they are out of the jug litter the politicallandfill). Once in office, President Clinton named Talbott ambassador to the former Soviet republics, and later Deput y Secret ary
of State, where today he plays a key role in NATO's escalating and
blatantly illegal and unethical war of aggression in Kosovo.
It is also pertin ent to recall Jasper 's reference, while discussing
plan s for a new world army, to a 1992 column by Los An geles Times
columnist William Pfaff. Pfaff, a "committed intern ationalist," applauded that year's UN intervention in Yugoslavia specifically because it represented a significant further erosion of national sovereignty. "Slowly, too slowly, the great mutation occurs," he wrote .
'The principle of abso lute national sove reignty is being overturned.... The civil war in Yugoslavia has rendered this service to us."
Bolstering his case with copious documentation, Jasper reviews
the drive for world government in such areas as the environment,
popul ation control, religion, money, and the family . He also describes the deci sive role played by memb ers of the CFR in layin g
the groundwork for, and creating, and subsequently nouri shing the
UN. And he exposes the sordid Red, Nazi, and Socialist background s
of many of those who have served at the UN, from Secret aries-Gen era l on down.
Globa l Tyranny is an important handbook for Americans anxiou s
to become well-informed activist s in the effort to halt, then reverse,
the step-by-step sell-out of our country to a gang of international
bunco artists.
Con spiracy for Global Control, special report, THE NEWAMERICAN, expanded 1997 edition of the Septemb er 16, 1996 issue, 80
pages, $2.50 (10/$ 12.50; 25/$25.00; 100/$90.00), postpaid . (To order, see the ad on page 43.)
And finally, a reminder that this magazine 's special report on conspiracy is still available . Movie buffs may recall that it served as a
backdrop for scenes in the Mel Gibson/Juli a Roberts hit, Conspiracy Theory, More than 600,000 copies have been distributed to date
in an attemp t to create understanding about the fact (not "theory") of
conspiracy. The topics covered in more than 20 articles include the
CFR and Trilateral Commission (including lists and charts naming
names); the conspiracy's historical roots, which run back more than
two centurie s; the extent to which our government has consistently
aided the advance of Communism and other collecti vist movement s
worldwide ; concise rebutt als to arguments debunkin g the existence
of the conspiracy; the role played by large foundati ons in the "pressure from above, pressure from below" pincer s movement; the utilization of war as a major conspiratorial tool; the myth that formerly "bad" communists have transmogrified into "good " ones; an expose of false conspirac y theorie s; and an annotated bibliography of
over 100 key books and other resources. There are also suggestions
about what can be done to expo se and eventually route the perniciou s
plotters who seek to mire the U.S. in a collectivist one-world bog .
- ROBERT W. LEE

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IS IT TOO LATE?

Are We a Moral Minority?


Paul Weyrich, the man who suggested
to the Reverend Jerry Falwell that he
name his organization the "Moral Maj ority," declared in February that this
well-known alliteration has become an
oxymoron. HI no longer believe that
there is a moral majority," Weyrich
wrote in a letter to his supporters. "I do
not believe that a majority ofAmericans
actually shares our values." His candor
caught the attention of the Establishment media, which found in Weyrich's
remarks an admission that the religious
right has lost the culture war between
the antiquated old moralistic order and
the enlightened new morality.
That may be good news for the cultural
elitists responsible for the moral devastation. But, if true, it is certainly bad news for
America . Almost 160 years ago, Alexis de
Tocqueville observed that "America is great
because America is good , and if America
ever ceases to be good, America will cease
to be great." He recalled how he had initially "sought for the key to the greatness
and genius of America in her harbors," in
"her fertile fields and boundless forests,"
and "in her rich mines and vast world commerce...." But it was not until he "we nt into
the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness" that he understood "the secret of her genius and power." Today in far too many churches, the uncompromising flame of righteousness has
been extinguished by the froth y foam of
political correctness. According to
Weyrich, "Americans have adopte d, in
large measure, the MTV culture that we so
valiantly opposed j ust a few years ago...."

Which Way Hope?


That is a frightening thought, since the
MTV culture of rock, rap, and rot is a
moral wasteland devoid of the fixed moral
standards (hat make possible our system of
ordered liberty. If a major ity of our fellow
citizens has abandoned those standards in
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Majority no more: Weyrich suggests God less values predominate in America.

favor of nihili sm and moral relativism,


how can they distinguish right from
wrong? How can they even be capable of
critical thinking? If the goodne ss of America is largely a thing of the past, what hope
is there for preserving our freedoms ?
But even Weyrich is not so fatalistic as
to argue that MTV is a microcosm of
America. How could it be? The elitists behind our entertainment industry have been
carrying' out a Gramscian agenda of cultural subversion . That subversion cannot
be accompli shed by depicting a moral
America, but only by painting as bleak a
picture as possible - both to win convert s
to the new moral order and to break down
resistance to the transformation. That is, to
create the very defeatism which Paul
Weyric h has, to a degree, adop ted. What
can be more obvious than the fact that no
matter how immoral America may have
become, it cannot be as immoral as the
sewage pumped out by our cultural organs
would suggest. Not as immoral as MTV;
not as immoral as Hollywood; and not as
immoral as the Clinton regime .
That should give us cause for hope - but

not celebration. Bill Clinton is an exponent


of the MTV culture ; his continued presence
in the White House , in spite of what is now
widely known about him, shows that the
Gramscian strategy is working.
Mr. Clinton is perfectly willing to take
advantage of the moral anarchy he is helping to create in order to satisfy his tota litarian urges. In an April 19, 1994 interview
on MTV 's Enough is Enough forum , Mr.
Clinton observed that "when we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly
radical Constitution with a radical Bill of
Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed
that the Americans who had that freedom
would use it responsibly." However, Mr.
Clinton explained, "What's happened in
America today is too many peop le live in
areas where there's no family structure, no
community structure , and no work structure . And so there 's a lot of irrespon sibility. And so a lot of people say there' s too
much personal freedom . When personal
freedom 's being abused, you have to move
to limit it. That's what we did in the announcement I made last weekend on the
THE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

public housing projects, about how we're have been driven out of office month s Mr. Clinton had committed perjury and obgoi ng to have weapon swee ps and more ago," Weyrich wrote in his letter. How so? structed j ustice in connection with the
thing s like that to try to make people safer The Amer ican peopl e, in spite of all the Lewinsky scandal?
in their communities."
cultura l subversion to which they have
How many knew enough about the
The President made those remarks in the been subjec ted, were outraged about Bill Chinagate scandal to recognize that bribery
context of his directive - which was ruled Clinton 's sleazy affair with a White House and treason were involved?
unconstituti onal - to conduct warrantless intern. Many America ns stupidly support
What would have happened had they
searches for wea pons in publi c housing his policies, but they do so in spite of his been informed?
projects. More recently, he has exploited known philandering and prevaricating .
Mr. Clinton and his handlers know only
the Littleton, Colorado shooting tragedy to
Admittedly, the American people would too well the answ ers to these questions,
push forw ard a broader anti-gun agend a. have been even more outraged in times past, which is why they have taken such pain s
But he has not been as candid with the pub- and that additional outrage could have made to keep the truth from comin g out.
lic at large as he was with his MTV
Yet in spite of the cover-up, Mr.
audience abo ut his willingness to
Clinton was impeached ! One-third
limit freedom. Why is that - unless
of the American people supported
Bill Clint on recog nizes that the
impeachment, according to the meAmerican people as a whole are not
dia-trumpeted public opinion polls.
yet ready to embrac e that message?
The actual percentage of support,
Unless he knows that the American
which had to be higher than the acpeople possess a stronger moral
knowledged figure, was sufficient to
compass and a smaller degree of niforce the House of Representatives
hilism than the present moral clito do its duty. That victory occurred
mate in Washin gton or Hollywood
in spite of the fact that the political
would sugges t?
pundits had prattled for month s
If middl e America had already
about how Mr. Clinton would not be
adopted the worldview of Bill Clinimpeached . The intensity of the inton and other proponents of amoralformed pressure on Congress, genity, then there would no longer be
erated mostly by a grassroots acany reason for pretense. The Amertivism, proved them wrong.
ican peopl e themselve s would, at
Representative Bob Barr (Rthat point , be willing to exchan ge
GA) , an early supporter for imthe insecurit y of freedom for the sepeachment in the House, told THE
curity of Big Brother. The y would
NEWAMERICANin 1997 that "pubhave lost not just their morality, but
lic under standin g and involvement
their self-re liance, and they would
are essential. Th at' s what is necesno longer possess the noble attributsary before some members will be
es of free men and women.
willing to move forward formall y."
Instead, the usurpers have been
The following year he acknowlunable , even afte r decad es of susedged that "I don 't think we would
tained effort, to accompli sh the ima: have gotten an impeachment inlZ"-.... : quiry vote without the efforts of
portant step of ridding the AmeriPresident Clinton convinces an MTV audience that
can people of their gun s. Not ju st federal government must severely limit their freedom. [the National Impe ach Clinton]
A.C.T.LO.N . [Committee] and oththe Second Amendment, but a centurie s-old traditi on of gun ownership, the difference. Additional information also er grassroots mobilization effort s."
stands in the usurp ers' way. Thi s is why would have made a difference in the public
they must decepti vely argue that they attitude, which is why the Clinton spin- Homeschooling Phenomenon
merely seek to keep guns out of the hands meisters attempted to limit the impeach- Another indication that middle America is
of criminals and not the law-abiding, or ment debate to whether or not the President more moral than the cultural elitists would
that they want to reduc e crime, but not had lied about sex and whether or not lying readily admit is the present mass exodus
freedom. Even then they must shameless- about sex is an impeachable offense. They fro m the morall y bankrupt public school
ly exploit national tragedies such as the largely succeeded in that strategy of decep- system and the consequent growth in priColumbine High School shootin g in order tion and cover-up, thanks in part to the will- vate alternatives. Homeschooling, the chief
ingness of the Republic an leadership to ig- beneficiary of that exodu s, has mushto make incremental progress.
nore the shocking "Chinagate" evidence roomed in the space of a few years from a
co unter-culture phen omen on fighting for
Im pe a c hm e nt Victory
pointing to bribery and treason.
But Mr. Clinton is still President, and Paul
Yes, Mr. Clinton was acquitted by the the right to teach children at home into a
Weyrich sees in the failure to remove him Senate. But ask yourse lf these questions vibrant mainstream movement with hunfrom office confirmation that the moral ma- before co ncluding with Weyrich that the dreds of thousands of families and over
jority has been lost. "If there really were a moral majority no longer exists in America: one million children.
The growing political clout of that
moral majority out there, Bill Clinton would
How many Americans understood that
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37

movement took Capitol Hill by surprise in


Febru ary 1994 when it expediti ously
swung into action to prevent a veiled threat
against home and private schooling from
becoming law. The threat, in the form of
an amendment sponsored by Representative George Miller (D-CA), was buried in
a mammoth 900-page education bill. The
amendment did not specifica lly mention
homeschooling, but was so worded that it
would have required private and homeschool teachers to be state-certifie d in the
subjects they teach. When Representative
Dick Armey (R-TX) discovered the danger, he initially tried to rectify the situation
by adding language that it was not the intent of Congress to extend the certification
requirement to either private or home
schools. But his amendment was rejected
by a committee vote.
That set the stage for an amazing chain
reaction initiated by the Home School Legal Defense Fund but soon involving myriad indi vidu als and entities. Within the
space of a few days, an estimated millionplus calls inundated congressional offices.
Congressio nal Quarterly noted that "the
home-schoolin g issue overw helmed the
Capitol's phone system for days," and
"over the weeklong President' s Day recess,
members who held town meetings were
peppered with questions about the issue."
Some congre ssmen reported receiving
thousands of calls each.
The House got the message, voting 424
to I to strike the threatening Miller language from the bill, with Miller himself
casting the only dissentin g vote. And to
make crystal clear that the threat had been
removed, the House then passed 374 to 53
an amendment by Armey providing that
nothin g in the bill shall be construed to
permit "any federal control over any aspect
of any private, religiou s, or home school."
Since this impressive exercise of political clout, the homeschooling movement
has continued to grow. But more important
than the political arena is the future impact
today's homeschoolers could have in recapturing the nation 's cultural organs.
Generally speak ing, homeschoolers not
only receive moral instruct ion banned
from the government classrooms, but they
are also, acco rding to standardize d test
scores, better off academically than their
public school counterparts.
Layers of Strength
The homeschool movement is ju st one of
the obstacles the usurpers must overcome
THENEW AMERICAN I JULY 5, 1999

before they can install their version of the


total state. The constituti onally prote cted
right to keep and bear arms is another.
There are many other such obstacles, the
combined strength of which makes it impossible for Bill Clinton or anyone else to
success fully install instant dictatorship .
Any such overt attempt would backfire, in
fact, since it would wake up milli ons of
Americans and galvanize them to action.
No, in order for the usurpers to succeed,
they must rely on the covert Gramscian
strategy of patient gradualism.
The battle for repl acin g the old order
with a new world order is centu ries old .
The French Revolution of the l Sth century was the precursor of the Communist
revolution of the 20th century. And although various banners for the total state
have come and gone - Communism,
Nazism, socialism, etc. - the march toward that totalitarian objective has continued unabated. So the battl e was alread y
well underway when Robert Welch noted
at the foundin g meeting of the John Birch
Society in 1958: "We do not have to be too
late, and we do not have to lose the fight... .
We have many layers of strength not yet
rotted by all of the infiltration and political
sabotage to which we have been subjected. Our danger is both immense and imminent; but it is not beyond the possibility
of being overcome by the resistance that is
still available. All we must find and build
and use, to win, is sufficient under standing. Let 's create that under standing and
build that resistance, with everything mortal men can put into the effort - while
there still is time."
Those layers of strength - which
Gramsci referred to as "fortresses and
earthworks" - have obviously been weakened since 1958, but they still present a
formid able challenge to the would-be totalitarians. In addition to the homeschool
movement and the right to bear arms, other layers of strength include:
Basic Freedoms. Those freedoms includin g the ability to publish a magazine
such as THE NEW AMERICAN - can be
used to educate Americans about the crucial need to safeg uard our God-given
rights.
The U.S. Constitution. Even though
this document has been largel y ignored
and circumvented by our "public servants,"
it is still the supreme law of the land and is
still held in high regard by most Americans. To appl y the Constitution, we need
only to create sufficient understanding.

The Power of Public Opinion. The


enemies of freedom greatly fear the potential of informed public opinion - otherwise they would not work so hard to manipulate opinion and to beguile the public.
The hope for the future lies partly in the fact
that the public is still opposed to the total
state and will act in its self-interest when
presented with the truth. Creating the necessary understanding may not be as formidable a task as it may at first appear, since
truth is a much more powerful weapon than
the inferior substitute of falsehood that the
enemies of freedom rely upon.
The House of Representatives. The
Found ing Fathers made Congress the most
powerful of the three branche s of government, and they made the House more powerful than the Senate . Only Congress has
legislative power, and only the House can
initiate revenue bills. This is good news indeed, since House members are closer to
the people than either the senators or the
President.
Alternative Media. Talk radio, the internet, independent newspapers and magazines, etc. - although sometimes conveyers of misinformation - have made information distributi on more competitive
and have provided new avenues for circumventing the controlled major media.
The Free Enterprise System. In spite
of decades of socia lism, America's entrepreneur s and their technological enhancements have thus far prevented the destruction of our free-market system.
Our Local Police. A nationali zed police force, like a disarmed popul ace, is a
prerequisite for a dictatorship , and is not
close to being accompli shed.
Religious Faith and Political Freedom. In spite of the bad effects of the welfare state and the MTV culture, ordin ary
Ameri cans are still basicall y decent and
self-reliant. They work hard, many still attend church, and they are not about to give
up esse ntial liberties such as the right to
bear arms. Our centuries-old tradition of
religious faith, as well as the political freedoms on which our country was founded,
still exist today - not ju st in a few isolated pockets, but in all walks of life and
throughout our land.
Fighting Back
Those who question the existence of that
last "layer of strength" should consider
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's assessment of
the remaining goodness of America in The
Secret Life ofBill Clinton, his 1997 block39

buster book on Clinton corruption and


malfeasance. Therein the acclaimed
British journalist laments that "the American elite .. . is almost beyond redemption,"
and "moral relativism has set in so deeply
that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong ." Yet
there remains the resilient character of "the
ordinary citizens [who] still adhere to absolutes," who still recognize that "a lie is
an abomination," that "a vow is sacred,"
and that "inj ustice cannot be excused."
"A lesser nation would have succumbed
to Clintonism, a little at a time, from complacency and servile nature," notes EvansPritchard. But "Americans are too high spirited. They have shown that it is impossible
to graft the practices of a banana republic
onto their political culture. It makes me feel
almost proud to witness such defiance."
Continues Evans-Pritchard: "The protagonists have come from all walks of life ,
but mostly they have been simple people.
While credentialed officials looked the
other way or colluded at the edges , it was
the construction worker, the paramedic , the
man-in-the-white-van who refused to
change their testimony in the [Vince] Foster case. The well-connected, privately-educated prosecutors on the staff of the In-

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The heroic efforts of simple Americans
have caused Evans-Pritchard not to lose
faith in the American people. "In the end ,"
he believes, "it is the ordinary citizens who
will cleanse the institutions of the country
before they become irretrievably corrupt."

More John Birches Needed


Ambrose Evans-Pritchard undoubtedly understands that the heroic actions of a few
Americans directly confronted with the
Clinton corruption points to the existence
of other such noble individuals and the potential for a grassroots uprising to right the
wrongs . Over 40 years ago, Robert Welch
explicitly made this point in connection
with his discovery of John Birch , an exemplary young American whose murder at
the hands of the Communists was covered
up by the U.S. government. In The Life of
John Birch, Welch wrote that "the fact that
cultural traditions and ethical forces still at
work can produce one such man is clear
proof that they are still producing others
like him. Of the slowly built hereditary and
environmental molds, into which such
youth were poured, many have now been

smashed altogether, and many more have


their sidewalls badly cracked; but many
still remain unreached by the stresses of
political tyranny and the erosion of moral
anarchy around us . The output of these
molds can still save our civilization."
Look beyond the children who kill their
classmates and you will see the children
who risk life and limb to honor God and to
save their fellow students. In Littleton,
Colorado, two girls - one of whom paid
with her life - bravely told one of the gunmen that they believed in God. In Springfield, Oregon, a wounded Boy Scout risked
his life by tackling the gunman . How can
anyone look at such inspiring examples of
the goodness of America and conclude that
the youth of America are a lost cause , that
there will be no more future John Birches,
that the culture war has already been lost,
that America can no longer be saved?
The truth is, America can be saved - if
the good guys organize to inform Ameri cans of the danger to our nation while there
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The Ultima t e Battle


e live in an age deep ly riven,
tom into two grea t camps. Each
seeks mas tery over the world;
eac h is anima ted by its particul ar world view ; each carr ies out its endeavors knowing that in the end there can be no peaceful coexis tence, no truce, no armistice, and
no forbearance for one's oppone nt, for this
is not a gentleman's war. It is a fight to the
finish, a true guerre a mort.
Some theorists have depi cted
this struggle in narrow term s of
history, eco nomics, soc iology, or
polit ics. In tru th, it enco mpasses
all of these and it enco mpasses
much more. We speak of a contest
between socialism and capitalism,
individualism and co llectivism,
freedom and totalitarianism , and
the like. But these are in actuality
mere appe ndages, by-products of
the real war. They are skirmishes
on the periph ery of the central
event. To understand the true nature of this war, we must tum
away fro m exterior matte rs and
delve into the heart of things.

fro m pre -Chr istian cultures , slow ly refashioned life in acco rdance with Christ's
teachin g.
Thi s culture and civi lizatio n were never
perfect, since there ca n be no perfect paradise on earth, but were always interlaced
wit h those flaws and fai lings intrinsic to
fallen man. Moreover, from time to time
figures appea red in history who violated

In France, the Revolut ion of 1789 was


in fact a revolu tion against 1,500 years of
Christian civiliza tion. Not only were
churches and other relig ious inst itutions
suppresse d, plund ered, and devas tated, the
Revoluti on endeavored to obliterate the
very memory of the tradit ion s it was attacking, and this it did by setting up such
things as the revolutionary metric calendar,
dividin g the year into months of
thirty days and weeks of ten day s,
there by erasing Sunday as a day
of worship and rest. And the years
were co unted not from the Birt h
of Christ, but from the Revol ution.
Edmund Burke co mme nted at
the time that what men faced was
a war bet ween the cha mpions of
"the ancient, civil, moral, and political order" and "a sect of fanatical and ambitious atheists which
means to change them all." It was
with fearful travail and imm ense
cos t in lives and treasure that this
revo lt against Christian civi lization was finally put down, and for
some years relative peace reigned.
For 2,000 years , Christians have believed that the
Pick Your Side
But
there was to be no ge nuine
transforming power of Jesus Christ is the key to life.
How can we adequately describe
respite.
this grand historical confli ct? If we are to the norm s set by civilizat ion. Yet, the imcomprehend the perilous world around us portance of Christianity and the reason it Missionary of Hate
we must begin to think in term s of a con- is unequaled in history is that it hold s up Amidst the sense of victory and all of the
test that began before time was created, the the highest standards and ideals toward outward serenity, malignant schemes were
struggle of order versus chaos, of life ver- which all men under its sway are admon- being hatched by shabby little men, men of
sus death , of wisdom versus ignorance, of ished to strive. For ro ughly a millenni um crabbed imaginations and warped psyc hes,
eternity versus temporality, of heaven ver- and a half that Chris tian civilization t1our- men whose sick mind s were filled to oversus hell - of God versus Satan. In St. ished and spread its influence around the flowi ng with hatred for God and for ChrisPaul' s words, it is a battle "against princi- globe.
tian culture. One in particul ar stood out
Duri ng the last three centuries, howev- from others and would inspire an historipalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkn ess." At all times and in all er, the forces standing in opposition to God cal catac lys m of tsun am ic prop ortions,
places, that is what it really comes down and to God ly ways of life have gathe red transformi ng huge expanses of the world
to, that is what consti tutes the authentic their forces, attempting to storm the into veritable valleys of death. Karl Ma rx
citadels of Christendom. Initi ally, these was that man.
"heart of things."
Beginn ing about 2,000 yea rs ago, the forces were like infinitesimally tiny can Plumbin g the depth s of man 's basest
followers of Jesus Chri st fanned out across cerous cells appear ing suddenly in a robust emotions - envy, hate, resentment, greed,
the known world, establis hing for all time body. The strength of Christian civilization je alousy - Marx came upon the explosive
a new vision of Heaven and Earth, and of was such that it easi ly isolated and de- formul a needed for the overturning of the
the relationship between the two. In time, stroy ed the deadly intruders . Eventually, old order and for the establishment of the
that vision conquered the world by co n- nonetheless, the relentless, invadin g cells new. Eventually his doctrines would be used
quering the hearts of men , and in doin g so established a foot hold and began to prop- to mobilize legions of thugs, disgruntl ed
a child was ge nerated, as it were, in the aga te. Fro m that poi nt forward serious down-and-ou ts, criminals, quack theorists,
form of a unique civilization, Christian civ- dam age occ urre d that undermi ned and and psychopaths who reveled in thoughts of
ilization , which, while retain ing the best threatened the health of our civilization.
oceans of blood, limitless devastation, and
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41

limitless power. He would not live to see it


perhaps, but through his turgid and tiresome
prose he had bequeathed the world a legacy in the form of an ideological time bomb,
set to detonate in a few decades.
Marx's hope was not in vain. His evil,
hate-exalting doctrine would eventually
come to dominate most of the world, bringing much of Christian culture to ruin and
delivering death to tens of millions of human beings. But it is important to remember that these bloody triumphs were not the
unaided work of a disembodied idea; they
were brought about by the organized efforts
of conspirators. As Lenin wrote in his sem inal tract What Is to Be Done r, Communist
revolution is the outgrowth of conspiracy:
"According to its form a strong revolutionary organization may also be described as
a conspirative organization . . . and we must
have the utmost conspiracy for an organization of this kind."
One of the curious aspects of Marxism , especially in the mutated forms devised by
Lenin and Gramsci, is that it is a creature capable of whatever dramatic outward change
historical circumstances require for its survival. And this it does without changing in
the least any of its true nature and its ultimate
goals. While Marxism may seem, to the superficial observer, to undergo processes of reform, and while it may appear sincerely to
adopt such traditional attributes as concern
for human freedom and human life, in fact
these are merely deceptive strategies. "Marxism with a human face," Gramscian Marx ism in other words, is simply the ravenous ,
slavering Marxist beast decked out in a smiling human mask . It may even find the adoption of the external shell of democratic capitalism strategically advantageous, and this is
neither uncomfortable nor incongruous since
the effects and objectives of internationalminded big capitalism and Marxism are not
all that dissimilar: Both are shamelessly materialist to the core, both rest their base of
power on the psychological manipulation of
the mob , and both are highly corrosive to traditional religions, cultures, and patterns of
life. Marxism, in short, is far from dead .

is, so to speak, a threshold which leads to


two doors: Through one we enter onto an
ever-darkening, ever-narrowing, slippery
stairway that takes us effortlessly downward, into a gaping abyss of a one-world
government of wretchedness, desolation,
and unending despair; through the other is
an arduous but bright ascending avenue
that leads to a way of life that cannot be described in rigid ideological terms, but the
characteristics of which are ordered liberty, spiritual freedom, social concord, com munity spirit, and love of God, country,
family, and neighbor.
In the former, society is atomized, so
that the indiv idual person is a bare statistic, a unit of production and consumption,
the rootless plaything of chance, standing
powerless, naked, and alone before a God less super-state. In the latter, the individual
person is not powerless, naked, and alone,
but possesses the dignity of a child of God,
protected within the concentric circles of
family, church, community, nation, and
law, all of which are his natural heritage,
his birthright, and all of which are bul warks against the caprice of tyranny.
It is no accident that Marxism - whether
Stalinist, Leninist, or Gramscian - instinctively attacks God, family, church,
community, nation, and law. In Marxist
countries, these entities are assailed by fire
and sword, by cudgel and concentration
camp. Gramscian technique, however, focuses upon subtlety, rather than savagery,
and artifice rather than coercion. It is the
distillate of Marxism's subversive tactics.
Traditional mores and institutions are undermined by caricature and derision, or are
made to seem the instruments of tyranny,
rather than what they actually are, the ramparts against it. Through the infiltration
and control of the "organs of culture" the organs that inform, that educate, that
protect, and that shape public taste and
character - values are inverted, virtue
trivialized, morals ridiculed, law perverted, language debased, music and literature
poisoned, age-old customs mocked, character enfeebled, minds stultified, and
imaginations smothered. There can be no
question whatever that the Gramscian
Age of Liberty or Despair
As we anticipate the dawning of a new mil- technique is succeeding and that its suc lenni um, we stand at one of the great junc- cess can be measured by the fact that
tures in human history. It is ajuncture near- America and the whole of what used to be
ly as laden with significance for the future called Christendom are vastly weaker, spirof civilization and for man's inner spiritu- itually and morally, than they were a cen al well-being as that which presented itself tury ago. Christianity and Christian civialmost 20 centuries ago in a tiny manger lization have less hold on the minds of men
in the far-off Roman province of Judea. It than when Gramsci formulated his strata42

gems, and so it is that we as a society have


been steadily drifting towards some varia tion of the collectivist nightmare envisaged
by Marx and his followers .

Moment of Truth
One of the most salient reasons for the success of the Gramscian method, despite the
vulnerability of its hideous worldview, is
the fact that defenders of our free institutions consistently allow Gramscian con spirators to choose the battleground and
define the rules of engagement. This is a
reliable recipe for disaster, given the pervasiveness of Gramscian subversion - the
relentless assault upon traditional values
that is conducted through the "news" media , television, corrupting movies, and the
like . The Gramscians are masters at conjuring up an array of hallucinations - for
example, that everything will be satisfactory without any burden or bother, that the
maintenance of civilization requires no effort, that our adversaries are really not as
bad or as serious as they appear to be, and
that we are individually too helpless to stop
the "inevitable." These fatal delusions, diligently and maliciously sown by our ene mies, permeate our culture, and will continue to paralyze honorable Americans unless and until those who want to restore our
liberties are sufficiently organized to seize
the initiative from the forces of organized
subversion.
Were only a significant minority of the
American people to awaken to the danger,
clear away the clutter of short-term transitory issues, of petty rivalries and petty
thought, and come to a realization of its inherent ability to alter the course of history,
then we might resume our journey up that
ascending avenue to which we referred
earlier, the path towards freedom, dignity,
decency, and civilized life .
To be sure , none of the struggles and sacrifices that are requisite to the success of our
cause compare in even the smallest degree
to the supreme catastrophe of the triumph
of our enemies. Better to be generous towards those who defend us than to have our
wealth plundered by those who hate us. Better to live more sparingly for a time than to
live in rags for centuries. Better to feel the
pain of strenuous effort for a few short years
than for our children to feel the sting of the
despot's whip for eons to come .
The moment of truth is at hand , and God
has given us the gift of choosing. Which
shall it be?
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THE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999

THE WAY TO WIN

In Pursuit of Victory
he very fact that you are reading
this magazine is testimony to the
fact that free and open discussion is
very much alive in America. But it remains
under relentless attack .
Within 24 hours of the dreadful Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton attacked what American author and poet
William Cullen Bryant termed the "right
to discuss freely and openly ... all political questions." The nation's chief executive targeted the internet and talk radio ,
both of which are heavily spiced with facts
and perspective taken from THE
NEW AMERICAN. His unambiguous purpose was to silence the
nation 's "alternative" media. He
wanted a federal muzzle placed
on the steadily growing and increasingly effective competition
that continues to cut deeply into
the dominance held by CFR-led
misinformation dispensers.
Mr. Clinton's assault on free
speech only energized his foes .
And if the welcome trend continues - away from doctored news
and toward the telling of truth
and exposure of falsehoods freedom and responsibility will
not only endure but, after a period of damage repair, burst into
new and glorious heights.
Truth is contagious. So is courage. Any
single person who employs both can become a leader in his neighborhood, in his
community, in his state - even in his nation. Edmund Burke, the great English
statesman and friend of America, noted:

How often has public calamity been


arrested on the very brink of ruin by
the seasonable energy of a single
man? ... One vigorous mind without
office, without situation, without
public functions of any kind ... one
such man confiding in the aid of
God, and full of just reliance in his
own fortitude, vigor, enterprise, and
perseverance, would first draw to
him some few like himself, and then
that multitude, hardly thought to be
in existence, would appear and troop
about him.
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Many will read Burke's words , ponder


them for a time, but think only of others
and not of themselves. In part, they fail to
recall that every long journey begins with
the first step. Happily, there have been and
continue to be other Americans who possess "seasonable energy" even though they
are "without office, without situation,
without public functions of any kind ."
What they have is truth and the courage to
speak it, stand firmly behind it, and spread
it far and wide.
Readers of this publication and mem-

bers of the John Birch Society have learned


that speaking the truth firmly, loudly, and
responsibly makes one sound like a mob
and causes opponents to wilt . Doing so
also attracts and inspires others. Those
who have already made a stand are the
marvelous individual s whose deeds parallel that fabled child, the youngster who insisted that the king was naked and thereby
showed all who were present the idiocy of
a fashionably held falsehood.
Have long years of effort resulted in victories? Consider: Had it not been for the
"seasonable energy of a single man" - or
a growing number of likeminded women
- America's police forces would by now
have been federalized; the Constitution
would have been scrapped; the homeschooling option would have been criminalized; the treacherous United Nations
would have sailed merrily along; the Coun-

cil on Foreign Relations and other fountains of subversion would have remained
in the shadows; scores of ex-U.S. senators,
congressmen, and federal appointees
would have enjoyed free rein to subvert our
liberty; national morality would have descended into even deeper sinkholes; and
this nation's current President, impeached
for peccadilloes rather than for the bribery
and treason which will eventually be attached to his name, wouldn't have been
impeached for anything.
These and many more victories have
been achieved by activists who
knew not discouragement and
who cared not for fleeting popularity. May their numbers grow!
May their efforts bear more fruit!
We who are still free can indeed
speak, write, publish, recruit, and
organize. The freedoms won for
us in the past can be defended
and the advances toward despotism made in recent times can be
rolled back. But nothing worthwhile will be accomplished without the widespread understanding of both the principles that undergird liberty and the forces that
threaten to destroy it, as well as
the extensive dissemination of
the unvarnished truth and the organization to make this necessary
awakening possible.
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah
lamented, "Therefore is my people led
away captive because they had not knowledge ...." His divinely inspired prescription
for a return to freedom was gaining knowledge - and responding properly to the
truth. William Cullen Bryant pointed to the
importance of free and open speech. Edmund Burke urged "fortitude, vigor, enterprise, and perseverance" in its use. To all
of that we add the need for God's blessings
on all that we do.
Saving freedom can indeed be accomplished - but not without organization,
something that can be found in the principled leadership offered by the John Birch
Society, the veteran campaigner for America that is and always has been open to all
men and women of good conscience and
humane ideals.
THE NEW AMERICAN / JULY 5, 1999