There is nothing new under the sun. What goes around, comes around. If you want to know what is going on with the craziness of the progressive left since America rejected Obama and Hillary, take a look back at the late 50’s and 60’s.
In the late 1950s and 60s many progressive intellectuals and student activists became disillusioned with the tactics of the old labor movements and class struggle. Thus a group of educators banded together to establish a journal called the New Left Review popularizing the economic theories of Engels, Gramsci, Reich and others. They sought to change the cultural superstructure of modern society by implementing a broad range of reforms on issues involving abortion, homosexual rights, gender roles and drug legalization.
The most influential philosopher of the New Left movement was Herbert Marcuse, an educator from the Institute for Social Research at Goethe University. His most famous work, Eros and Civilization, presented an argument that Judeo-Christian repression of a natural sexual instinct enslaved man to a patriarchal family structure, psychologically inhibiting acceptance of economic liberation. Marcuse viewed homosexuality as the radical standard bearer of sex for the sake of pleasure and a key element in the struggle to undermine morality, religion, marriage and the traditional family unit, believing that if they could destroy the traditional family unit, they could create a culture where people would be far more likely to accept state supremacy. Unfortunately, it looks like his theory was right.
One of the primary cultural institutions targeted by the New Left movement was the Democratic Party. During the 1968 DNC Convention in Chicago the Students for a Democratic Society rioted against pro-Vietnam War candidate Hubert Humphrey, forcing the Democratic Party further left, leading to the nomination in 1972 of George McGovern. While not a member of the New Left himself, McGovern was sympathetic to its platform and became known as the candidate of “acid, amnesty and abortion.”
Left with three competing wings, traditional democrats, the labor caucus and the New Left, the Democratic Party was weakened during the election of 72 and became more closely associated with protests and Maoist slogans of the New Left. Fed up, the “silent majority” of Americans moved into action, electing the previously unpopular Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon.
After their loss the New Left movement went underground flooding into academia and community organizing. As professors they taught that the classic American narrative about individual liberty and constitutional checks and balances was a mask for the power of wealthy, white European males. As community organizers they gave up their radical catch phrases opting to use more subtle means to achieve their goal of undermining society by playing the race card, by pitting one segment of society against another.
According to an article in The Trumpet, Community organizer Saul Alinsky was instrumental in reorganizing the New Left movement. He criticized them for burning the American flag, for their Maoist slogans and hippie lie-style, recommending instead that student activists cut their hair, put on a suit and infiltrate the system from within. He wrote in his famous Rules for Radicals: “As an organizer, I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be….That means working in the system.”
Using Alinsky’s methods, activists from the New Left had great success in working their way into key positions within the Democratic Party. Just as a note – Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley College in 1969 on community organizing at the Allinsky established Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago. With all the radicals from the 60s in charge, is it any wonder that today the platform of the modern Democratic Party is almost identical to the 1960s New Left movement.
During the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, like Obama, preferred Progressive to describe their political ideology in an attempt to separate themselves from Bernie Sanders who preferred the phrase “democratic socialist.” At the end of the day, however, a label doesn’t matter. What matters is the vision they share – the destruction of traditional family values in order to create a culture where people are far more likely to accept state supremacy.
The popularization of pornography and premarital sex during the sexual revolution led to the undermining of the matrimonial bond uniting families together, leading to a wave of abortions and divorces. As women left the home to join the workforce, children were left behind in local day-care centers. As these children reached maturity, many gave up on the idea of marriage and family. As marriage rates plummeted, out-of-wedlock births skyrocketed. Without traditional parents as examples, confusion about gender roles reached such a level that people increasingly started to question the very concept of sexuality itself. The confusion reaching a new height in 2015 when SCOTUS legalized homosexual “marriage.”
The government now spends 49% of its annual budget on mandatory government entitlement programs. Politicians can talk about the financial dangers of out-of-control welfare spending but the truth is a huge chunk of the population uses these programs. Why you ask? In many cases it is because of the dissolution of family.
Without strong families to educate children and care for those who can’t care for themselves, people turn to the state for security. History shows that when the state seizes womb-to-tomb responsibility over people’s lives, dictators like Lenin, Mao Zedong, Tito or Castro always end up gaining control.
The election of Trump has thrown a cog into the wheel of Marxism. While no political candidate is going to make America great again, the left is frustrated that Americans woke up. Thus the cycle of rioting, destruction of public property, the lies and distorts begins anew.
Leftist mentality coupled with Marxist theory is the perfect recipe for tyranny.
Read Nationalizing the Family, The Trumpet at this link.