From the New
No. 137, 11 - 17 October 1999
Few people appreciate the power of ideas. When they experience the social and economic effects of intellectually inspired long-term trends, many tend to ascribe the process to a conspiracy of some kind. (If only that were so). More than 160 years ago J. S. Mill wrote of how the ideas of a few writers can eventually influence the thinking of a nation's intellectuals. Keynes made a similar point when he wrote:
The strength of the Left has, in my opinion, always lain in its understanding of the power of ideas. With few exceptions the so-called right has tended to treat ideas with disdain, preferring to concentrate on traditional values, as if these were independent of ideas. This gross error by conservative forces allowed Leftist ideas to capture the media, universities, much of the school system and the entertainment industry, especially Hollywood. In a sense, its greatest triumph was in giving America the most corrupt administration in the nation's history.
Once a nation's so-called elites begin to think alike, regardless of the content of their ideas, they will tend to direct the nation along a path that accords with their view of the world. Once we understand this fact, even the most incredibly stupid statements will make sense. Let take as an example Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott's publicly expressed view that the United States might not exist in its current form in the 21st Century because he believes that nationhood will have become obsolete. (A view not shared by the Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean governments, just to name a few).
Ordinarily, anyone with Talbott's views would not have found a position in a responsible and intellectually sound administration. But this is the sensitive '90s and Bill 'I-feel-your-pain' Clinton lounges about in the Oval Office. It took a Chinese columnist, Peter Zhang, to cleverly sum up the situation with the observation that America is being run by the "Arkansas Hick and his merry band of '60s dipsticks with their fairyfloss intellects and LSD-coloured view of the world [who] continue to pursue policies that puts the United States mainland at considerable risk."
And the '60s is the key. The likes of Talbott and the Clintons have their intellectual roots in the left-wing ideas that swept through American universities in the '60s. The malevolent fruits of that intellectual plague captured the humanity faculties and after 30 years of relentless Leftist indoctrination succeeded in thoroughly polluting the nation's intellectual environment. The products of this intellectual pestilence now dominate the media and much of the legal profession, including the judiciary; our schools have been contaminated to an extraordinary degree as has the entertainment industry. Even corporate board rooms have succumbed to this poisonous brew.
The basis of this ideology is a pathological hatred of America. Understanding this fact makes us realize that Talbott, a former journalist and college roommate of Clinton, is not really calling for the a world government but the destruction of the USA, an oppressive, exploitative and racist society. These were the ideas they absorbed during their college days and they have never renounced them. This is the principle reason why Talbott and the rest of Clinton's "merry band of '60s dipsticks with their fairyfloss intellects" are so light on China. It's really all America's fault, meaning "white America". This lot are so riddled with shame and guilt they are prepared to sacrifice America's interests in order to atone for her alleged sins while exculpating their own.
Talbott is an interesting example of the political decay and hypocrisy of America's self-anointed political elites. He shared the radicals' enthusiasm for the 'peace movement' and their doctrine of 'moral equivalence' that not only equated America's faults with the totalitarian Soviet Union's atrocities but which also accused Reagan of being provocative but never the Soviets. Talbott's ridiculous assertion in Time that the collapse of communism proved the peace movement had been right all along served to demonstrate that this ideological moron is congenitally incapable of learning the lessons of history. The trillions of dollars the US had spent on holding Soviet barbarism at bay were, according to Talbott, a complete waste of resources. That Reagan's defence push finally precipitated the Soviet collapse does not even register with Talbott. No wonder State Department veterans treat Talbott and the rest of Clinton's Leftist trendoids with contempt.
The Washington-based Institute of Policies Studies has been at the brain center of the Left's war against America. Established in 1963 by Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin (both former government bureaucrats) and funded by the Rubin Foundation (Rubin was a thief, a Soviet agent and a member of Stalin's Comintern). The IPS is a phony educational organization, registered with the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) organization, that has waged a relentless war against this country, supporting its enemies abroad, including Hanoi, the Sandinistas, Castro, the defunct Soviet Empire, etc, and giving aid to its enemies at home. According Raskin the US deliberately started the Cold War as part of its plan to "reach for the brass ring: world hegemony."
The insidious and destructive influence of the IPS pervades the media and now reaches into the Oval Office, with Clinton giving appointments to IPS luminaries like Derek Shearer, Anthony Lake and Morton Halperin, a former Kissinger aid and a character witness for Philip Agee, traitor and KGB agent. Incidentally, Agee was strongly connected to the IPS. These people are not even the tip of the IPS iceberg, hundreds of people with IPS links are now operating or should I say maggoting away through government agencies and departments. To these ideologues America is the real enemy.
Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute provides a graphic example of the degree to which the Left has corrupted our universities, turning them from centers of learning to centers for hating. The Institute encouraged Noel Ignatiev to launch "whiteness studies," the absurd basis of which is that "whiteness" is a "social construct that is oppressive and must be abolished." Far from being amusing, disciples of this racist left-wing cult produce a magazine called Race Traitor. To this crowd to be white is a social cancer that has to be removed by violence. If you think there is not much to choose between these left-wing fanatics and Nazi's, you'd be right.
That these ideological thugs are preaching race hate and inciting racial violence seems to meet with the approval of the Harvard faculty and other universities, the mainstream media and most of America's publishing houses. Why? Because they too are infected with the self-hating leftist ideology of the '60s. It should be patently clear that their ultimate aim is the destruction of America. It is their ideology that drove prayer from our schools and devastated educational standards; it is the same ideology that foisted multiculturalism on us and damns its critics as racists; this is the ideology that is subverting our cultural heritage by indoctrinating our children with a hostile view of their history and culture.
The Left's malicious nihilism is impacting on every aspect of the nation's culture. The almost farcical response of Clinton to the discovery of Kennewick Man is a sickening example of the pervasiveness of the Left's ideology and its contempt for scientific truth. Kennewick Man is thought not only to be more than 9,000 years old but of Caucasian origin. If this is true, then a momentous scientific and cultural discovery has been made. But such a discovery does not fit the Left's ideological view of the US. In keeping with this view, Clinton ordered the site destroyed and the bones vandalized in the hope of destroying any possibility of determining the remains racial origins. This is a calculated Orwellian attempt by the Left, through Clinton, to try and control the present, and hence the future, by destroying historical evidence. There is no clearer evidence of the Left's power, influence and malice, especially in the media.
The Left's campaign is not a culture war but a war against a culture by creatures who have nothing to offer but hate and loathing. These ideologues and their media allies are the real enemy. These are ones who have to be confronted and defeated.
Clinton's venality and moral turpitude should not blind anyone to his Leftist beliefs.
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