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From the Pen of David Horowitz: November 13, 2009

November 13, 2009

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Because the radical agenda is based on a religious myth, a rational person reading any radical text, including Alinsky’s will constantly come across absurd statements, which only a co-religionist could read without laughing. Thus, according to Alinsky, “All societies discourage and penalize ideas and writings that threaten the status quo.” This statement of course  is lifted directly from Marx’s German Ideology: “The ruling ideas are the ideas of the ruling class.” Alinsky then goes on to this howler: “It is understandable therefore, that the literature of a Have society is a veritable desert whenever we look for writings on social change.” According to Alinsky this is particularly true of our society which “has given us few words of advice, few suggestions on how to fertilize social change.” (p.7) On what planet did this man live and do his disciples now agitate, that they could miss the culture of “resistance” and “revolution” which is now actually the dominant theme of our culture?

—  To Have And Have Not: Alinsky, Beck, Satan and Me, Part IV

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11 Comments
  1. smithwinston permalink
    November 13, 2009 1:52 am

    “On what planet did this man live and do his disciples now agitate, that they could miss the culture of “resistance” and “revolution” which is now actually the dominant theme of our culture?”

    I think that’s the whole point. To endlessly feed on emotion and play on envy. To create anger at the illusion that righteous voices are not being heard, that those less fortunate are marginalized and repressed.

    The methodology of the left involves manufacturing, harnassing, and directing anger at the status quo. This mass hostility combined with underlying pseudo-compassion, however misguided, creates a narcotic like rush which one could call the opium of the left Marx forgot to mention.

    This high numbs any intellegent discourse, or appeal to reality. The very notion of reality and logic or historic record becomes meaningless to those caught in its foggy grips. It is the basis for all propaganda, which one need only study the Nazi party to appreciate.

    Radicalism is a method, not a happenstance. That is why the subjects of radicalization are so oblivious to the reality of their own exploitation. They believe they are in control. They believe their mobilization is a natural development, or reaction to, genuine injustices which prevent others from partaking in their sublime experience of the universal equality of their communal, intellectually bankrupt, love fest.

    Leftism is old fashioned fascism tweeked , to make society a willing participant in its own conquest, to allow people to control, to scapegoat, to steal, to indoctrinate, and to ultimately tear down, nations, all while convincing others in the innate “goodness” of the “struggle”, and worthlessness of the opposition.

    • therealend permalink
      November 13, 2009 3:58 am

      That was a really good analysis. But people do like to believe in sentiment even when the supporting facts are non-existant. And even when the result of their course leads to disaster, there remain those who still carry the party line. For example, the welfare state destroyed the futures of many people, but it is still viewed with admiration for what it hoped to accomplish. It seems sometimes like it’s all about self-flattery.

    • Robert Wargas permalink
      November 13, 2009 8:08 am

      The Left needs their illusions in order to thrive. Just look at how the orthodox Marxists treated Eduard Bernstein in the late 19th century, when Bernstein, once a hardcore Marxist, started questioning why capitalism seemed to be increasing the number of well-off people in the world, which is contrary to Marxist dogma. He was renounced as a heretic by people like Rosa Luxemburg simply for pointing out empirical evidence.

      David is right when he says that leftist doxy is no different from that of religious fundamentalists. Both rely on a steady stream of fantasy.

  2. betty boop permalink
    November 13, 2009 4:30 am

    Wow, well said both of you!

    “This mass hostility combined with underlying pseudo-compassion, however misguided, creates a narcotic like rush which one could call the opium of the left Marx forgot to mention.”

    This does indeed appear to be the case with the lefties I know and love. How else to explain the obvious lack of intellect from otherwise fairly intelligent people? An opiate rush or religious frenzy is exactly what this zealotry looks like. Great insight.

  3. Jack Hampton permalink
    November 13, 2009 5:29 am

    I have given up trying to reason with the left they only see it as weakness and reenforces there belief that they are winning. They will never understand what they would win is a world unfit for habitation where nothing is sacred where there is no right no wrong just different degrees of moral decay and all are excepted equal outcome for all no challenge to greatness or to self discipline. The if it feels good do it generation has come full circle. The question is can America bounce back can they regain the high ground from the marxist. I believe they can but were do we find that leadership?

  4. Teleologicus permalink
    November 13, 2009 5:53 am

    Leftist psychodrama exalts and provides meaning for players in the game of revolution. Boredom, nihilism and anomie are headed off by the frisson of righteous questing and the Manichean make believe of good guys v. bad guys. There is of course something profoundly immature and even childish about this fantasy play – and nothing enrages such players more than for other adults not to take them seriously. The game of Leftist ideology allows every player to play the hero and to distinguish himself simply by notional assent to the dogma itself. One ennobles oneself and becomes good simply by believing what is thought to be noble and good – an echo, perhaps, of justification by faith. Should one desire to complement such faith by works this can easily be done by proclaiming one’s bona fides and denouncing and vilifying anyone who disagrees with one’s advanced beliefs. Malicious personal abuse of political adversaries lifts one’s self-esteem and provides a sense of expanded power and glory in a good cause. Leftist fantasy ideology promotes the collective and downplays the existing individual to the point of insignificance, one side benefit of which is that the properly outraged and publicly zealous Leftist is free to engage in just about any variety of personal misbehavior, vice, corruption or downright criminality, in the reliable expectation that if his politics are correct and loud enough, virtually any merely personal transgression will be overlooked or, on certain occasions, excused or applauded. The superior political virtue of the Leftist is capable of buffering and absorbing or redeeming any number of personal peccadilloes as well as the gravest crimes and felonies, even on a massive scale. so long as the perpetrator is perceived as politically correct. Leftism is itself a teleological suspension of the ethical in which absolutely anything public or private goes, just so long as the political outlook is properly preserved and publicized. It may be said that in his fully developed state the Leftist can indeed do no wrong except to commit the unpardonable act of sinning against his ideology itself. The murderous malice of Leftist fantasy ideologists toward political opponents has much in common with the homicidal rage of fanatical jihadists. The Leftist fantasist hates everything that is not himself.

    • therealend permalink
      November 13, 2009 7:51 am

      In my delusional Marxist period from the time I was 17 to the age of 22, you described me to a Tee. I’m much better now BTW. Have a great weekend.

  5. Jacobse permalink
    November 13, 2009 6:28 am

    smithwinston, good analysis. The ground for the self-delusion is secularism, not the secularism of free thought and belief, but the secularism that sees no intrinsic sacredness in the creation, no transcendent referent, and thus must create one on its own, the structure of which you aptly described. Horowitz is right, the radical agenda is based on a religious myth, which makes our secularist (and atheistic) pretensions merely a layover to a place of great ideological darkness — The City of Man. We’ve got to recover the foundations, like Nehemiah.

  6. John Davidson permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:57 am

    I have nothing to say, “smithwinston” did it for me and that is comforting.

  7. peachey permalink
    November 13, 2009 2:41 pm

    Smithwinston,
    Ditto. Since Progressives view themselves as gods of multiculturalism and protectors of the planet and humans places themselves in a position of a hard, long fall from power. All it will take is persistent truth, relentless questions, and the the will to force a change in the direction of this country. Remember that Progressive ideology embraces the suspension of rational thought.

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