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Weimar America’s Soviet Summer
American Conservative ^ | June 6, 2020 | Rod Dreher

Posted on 06/06/2020 9:51:42 AM PDT by C19fan

I have been posting a lot about my upcoming book Live Not By Lies, though it won’t be published until September, because events of the past ten days have validated its thesis beyond anything I could have expected. It’s a book that tells Americans — especially American Christians — to prepare themselves for “soft totalitarianism” at the hands of the woke, who are taking over established institutions. It offers lessons from those who endured Soviet, and Soviet bloc, hard totalitarianism. As I was finishing the book this spring, I worried that the thesis might be hard for many Americans to accept.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: 2020election; blm; culture; deepstate; leftists; society; theleft; woke
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Then the past two weeks happened. If you, as a conservative, and especially a conservative Christian, don’t understand how quickly the Woke within institutions — including corporations — can and will force you to say and affirm things you don’t believe on pain of being a jobless outcast, you are willfully blind.

So far I have been able to avoid participating anything Woke at my job. I have a feeling that will be ending soon.

1 posted on 06/06/2020 9:51:42 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
I think the 20th century, on the whole, was a wrong turn. Sure, the technology was mostly good -- antibiotics, polio vaccine, computers, etc. Who's going to complain? But Progressivism, WWI, Bolsheviks, Nazis, WWII, Stalin, Liberalism, the long march of the Left through our Institutions, Armenian genocide, Jewish holocaust, Holodomor in Ukraine, Mao's Great Leap Forward .. we got a lot of things very wrong.

I'm not sure if I would push this idea very far, but I feel like we're circling back on a lot of that. Should we have a new Bolshevik revolution? Right here this time? Big Flu epidemic, cultural debasement like Weimar all over again, blatant racist policies on the Left (BLM this time), I see a tremendous, desperate push toward Progressivism and Global Government.

I think Trump is the last hope. We need the Great Awakening. We need to drain the swamp and kill Globalism very, very dead. I think 2020 is the year. Either we choose a better path this time, or we get ready to re-live all the worst parts of the 20th century all over again.

It's important to fight back.

2 posted on 06/06/2020 10:02:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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Many Soviet dissidents wrote about this. Every time you force a man to say something he believes is a lie, he learns to hate you. You can coerce people with enough threats, bullying, and consequences of poverty to say something. But all you did was create someone who despises you.

They think they are winning. They are creating an army of people who bitterly oppose them.


3 posted on 06/06/2020 10:05:12 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: C19fan

Bookmark


4 posted on 06/06/2020 10:26:57 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.)
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To: DesertRhino

You could kind of see that I Drew Brees’ statement recanting his earlier position regarding never kneeling during the national anthem. He never saw the firestorm coming. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he put his retirement papers I. Rather than report to training camp.


5 posted on 06/06/2020 10:54:03 AM PDT by Tallguy (Facts be d@mned! The narrative must be protected at all costs!))
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To: DesertRhino

There was a very good interview in the WSJ with an American scholar of the Soviet Union and Russian history. The parallels are stunning.

It’s behind a paywall but I think it will be openly available in a couple of days. I’ll try to post it if so.


6 posted on 06/06/2020 11:11:59 AM PDT by livius
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Indeed. What does it mean to bully people into pretending your life matters? It works just fine as ritual humiliation, but does not make converts.

They kid themselves they are making converts.

7 posted on 06/06/2020 1:01:49 PM PDT by Salman (If the Democrats can parlay this into a win in November, Charles Manson is finally vindicated.)
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