Skip to comments.The Road to Dystopia
Posted on 09/01/2013 5:46:15 AM PDT by Popman
Now things were coming together. The Progressive worldview, and the Libertarian, Rand-worshipping worldview -- are all part of the same existentialist family tree containing Sartre and Alinsky. Rand's humanistic objectivism is as cold and Godless as Sartre's humanistic existentialism. These pseudo-intellectuals are the reason Christianity has been quietly erased line by line, year after year in the popular psyche. God was dead to Nietzsche, Sartre, and Ayn Rand. Even Sartre's famous cousin, Albert Schweitzer, denied the divinity of Christ.They were simply players in a full-court press for a total paradigm shift that has led us to the Mad Max dystopian hellhole upon which we are now teetering.
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useful idiots can always be found who will do the bidding and then be removed
“Now things are coming together.”
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
This lady seriously thinks Ayn Rand would see the current big-government PC nanny state as the triumph of her principles?
Serious thinking is not her bag.
This author lost me right here! My neurons are exploding. Maybe her’s have.
As she points out, it wasn’t just a one-person movement - Alinsky could never have gotten a foothold without the steady undermining effect of the atheistic philosophers of the 20th century having prepared the way for him. I think one of the crucial things, however, was the collapse of the Catholic Church after Vatican II, because it left many very simple people completely without any intellectual defenses. That us, the average Catholic certainly didn’t spend time pondering the great truths of life and morality on his own, but he knew what they were because he had absorbed them through his upbringing.
But the Church had been undermined by these same atheists; it’s well known that the communists had a plan to infiltrate seminaries and that they in fact did. So when discipline broke down and tradition was rejected at Vatican II, they just hatched out and took over.
I think the idea is that any thinker who rejects the Judeo-Christian tradition is contributing to a modern worldview which leads us down a road that no Conservative wants to travel. Alinksy and Rand are completely different — but both convinced people that a moral foundation based upon something bigger than Man not needed by our culture.
No...that not what she said...
She said these worldviews are replacing Christianity...
Atheists have been around as long as has the Church. Can’t believe that they are the reason for any decline.
She isn’t saying all those world views are the same, just they spring from the same root...they oppose a christian worldview..
Thank you for actually reading the article...: )
Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Chavez, Castro, Mussolini, Kim Il Sung, Saddam Hussein, Mao.... It's a long list. I'm now convinced that it's all too easy for humanity to be fooled. Bombast, telling bold lies, faked sincerity, appealing to people's jealousies..... There's a formula that works, and it has worked over and over in the course of human history. Combine narcissism, grandiosity, and a willingness to say or do anything to promote oneself and ones ideology and you have the ingredients for a dictator. They are not hard to come by, unfortunately.
In the post-Renaissance world, and picking up much speed since the French Revolution, the dominant view has become: "Atheists! They are wise! They are educated! They are not taken in by the lies of the clergy! Everyone should heed their words!"
That's a change, and it has brought us to where we are today.
All of the tools in the progressive left toolbag...to beat us over the head..
What do we have...Boehner, McCain, his butt plug Linda Graham and a host of clueless no nads...
If I’m hiring someone to mow my lawn, or remove a wisdom tooth, I don’t care about their theological beliefs only about their competence in their task.
Religious Conservatives and Libertarians are on the same side but we have plenty of folks like this woman that are bound and determined to divide us.
Statists, Marxists, Nazis, Fascists, etc., are really religious fanatics that have substituted the state for God. C. S. Lewis once called Communism a Christian heresy and it’s not the first.
The Bible made it clear that not everyone would accept the message of Christ. For two thousand years enemies of Christianity have been trying to replace its views of truth. It’s nothing new.
As college freshman in 1968, the year left-wing radicalism went mainstream on college campuses, I discovered Ayn Rand.
Having only a year earlier declared myself a committed atheist, Rand’s writings appealed greatly to me on an intellectual level. I read every word she ever wrote in the next few years, and read Atlas Shrugged cover-to-cover at least twice, although “inhaled” would probably be a more accurate term than “read.”
The next year, I became editor-in-chief of my college newspaper, and remained so for the next three years. I am proud to say that during my tenure, my college had the only non-Marxist student newspaper in the country — at least that was my impression from attending the annual United States Student Press Association (USSPA) conference every year.
Under my editorship, we constantly espoused liberty and free-market economics, and derived great pleasure from consistently inventing new ways to give the leftwing radicals and SDS members on the faculty and in the student government a deliciously frustrating time — publicly opposing them and organizing against them at every possible turn.
After I left college, I never lost my passion for liberty and free markets, although I moved way beyond Ayn Rand as I discovered Henry Hazlitt, Adam Smith, FA Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and so many great conservative writers and organizations such as the Foundation for Economic Education and other conservative think-tanks.
In my 30s and early 40s, after reading books for laymen about modern physics (such as The Universe & Doctor Einstein), and undergoing many personal transformations, I renounced my Atheism and remain to this day a firm believer in God’s existence.
I am so grateful to Ayn Rand for initially raising my consciousness (when I first got to college, I was petitioning door to door for Eugene McCarthy like all my other young liberal skull full of mush peers).
I don’t understand why so many religious conservatives are so hostile to Ayn Rand. And I consider the fact that she developed a non-theistic justification for limited government and free markets to be a real contribution — especially in this day-and-age when so many potential converts to liberty are instantly turned off by any mention of God.
Everyone has their own spiritual path. It took my 20 years to come to God as an adult. I would rather live any day in a country comprised of traditional religion-based conservatives and Ayn Rand Objectivists than one in which the other side is composed of leftwing totalitarians, which is the case today.
As far as I’m concerned, I may have parted ways with her intellectually in many respects, but GOD BLESS AYN RAND! I wish more young people would be exposed to her these days.