Nice multi-level turn of phrase and metaphor. So many peeple are clueless about this. or are in complete denial.
The enemy challenges the Enlightenments insistence on the supremacy of pure reason by forcing us to respect those code of honor whose foundation is far more visceral than rational, a fact that explains the modern intellectuals hatred for such codes in whatever guise they lurk. The enemy requires the continued existence of large groups of men and women who refuse to question authority and who are happy to take on blind faith the traditions that have been passed down to them. The enemy necessitates the careful cultivation of such high-testosterone values as brute physical courage and unthinking loyalty to a leader. The enemy demands instinctual patriotism and what Ibn Khaldun calls group feeling, that is, the sense of identification with ones own people. The enemy propels into positions of command men who are accustomed to taking risks and who are willing to gamble with the lives of others, and shuns aside those who prefer the leisure of contemplation to the urgency of action. Lastly, the enemy shatters the Enlightenments visions of utopia, of Kants epoch of perpetual peace and of the end of history.The other reason that Harris doesn't mention is that many European and American intellectuals agree with our enemies, in that they wish to see our civilization destroyed. It is nothing less than the worst kind of betrayal, a civilizational suicide. It is a sick desire borne of self-hatred that condemns countless generations to slavery, servitude and slaughter. This is why I can make no peace with liberals or their ilk. They are like a cancer with which no negotiation or accomodation is possible.
And this is why so many European and American intellectuals refuse to acknowledge today even the possibility of the enemys existence, concocting theories to explain the actions of Al-Qaeda as something other than what they were.
I agree. Our children are our repositories of the knowledge and courage that makes freedom possible. We must guard, tend and teach. No one else will. Waht sort of response do you get to your work on other forums?
There are three responses:
** Those from clueless conservatives that believe that if somehow we could go back to some magical decade in government schooling, or eliminate unions, or have a minute of prayer in an atheistic day, or close down the Department of Education...etc....that somehow we could reform socialist-funded and atheistic government schools.
**Those from professional trolls who are paid by the NEA.
** Those very FEW conservatives who “get it”. Those few conservatives who understand that socialist-funded government schooling can NOT NOT NOT be reformed. Those conservatives who understand that simply by sending a child into government schools, the child learns to be comfortable taking money from his neighbor to pay for a service their parents want tuition-free.
Marxism is our nation's most urgent and serious threat. Government K-12 schools are the Marxists’ most powerful weapon against us.