Skip to comments.Why Liberals Attack America
Posted on 01/22/2014 5:37:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Have you noticed how liberal intellectuals are drawn to various dictators? Largely unknown to most Americans is the history of many intellectuals who expressed their disdain for the masses, all those millions who work in manufacturing, have small businesses, and hold onto the American dream of success, having a home of their own, and other elements of a good life based on hard work.
Those ordinary Americans dont worry about income inequality because there has always been income inequality and because America provides income mobility. You can earn more if you want to. You can change jobs. You can open a business. You can acquire wealth. There were 53,000 new millionaires in America last year. We have a President who criticized millionaires and billionaires throughout his first term.
In his book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class by Fred Seigel (Encounter Books), he provides a history of liberalism that dates back to the early years of the last century and the rise of communism; particularly in the Soviet Union that collapsed in 1991 from its implementation.
You may be surprised to learn that authors like H.G. Wells (1866-1946), the famed science fiction writer, were early advocates of socialismcommunism-light. Liberals thought themselves smarter than other people because they had seen through the supposed Victorian verities to a future not yet born, says Seigel, noting that one of his books, Anticipations, was described by Wells was designed to undermine and destroy monogamy, faith in God, and respectability, all under the guise of a speculation about motor cars and electrical heating.
The success of liberalism has given us a nation where a million unborn are killed every year, where marriage is subject to a 50% divorce rate, where same-sex marriage is now law in several states, the middle class is heavily taxed, andnot surprisinglyan increasing number of Americans regard Big Government as the biggest threat to their liberty and freedom.
It is also a nation that has twice elected a Marxist named Barack Hussein Obama who is now openly equating any criticism of his failed policies as a form of racism.
The early liberals looked to a new elite, a separate caste with the wisdom to lead society to social salvation by breaking with the conventions of middle-class Victorian morality. It was an early liberal, the literary critic Van Wyck Brooks, who coined the terms highbrow and middlebrow to demarcate the levels of taste in American life. Americas entry into World War I put the liberals into high gear as they regarded the war years as revealing American society and democracy (as) agents of repression.
Seigel writes of liberals that They had no doubt that the American masses were culturally diseased people, playthings in the hands of Americas philistine plutocrats. For the critics of mass culture, World War I had discredited not the Kaiser and German militarism, but democracy. Those attitudes from the 1920s persist today.
So now we have a President who daily reveals his contempt for the Constitution and wants to rule by executive order rather than work with the Congress. We have a President who disdains the U.S. military, has been engaged in a purge of many top generals and admirals, and whose view that America is not an exceptional nation, has triggered and supported a growing disrespect of America, contributing to its declining influence on global events and trends.
By the 1940s and 50s, liberalsoften Soviet agentshad infiltrated the U.S. government to such an extent that many Americans became concerned, but Sen. Joseph McCarthy who tried to expose them was attacked by liberals who have turned McCarthyism into a term for anyone who seeks to expose them.
The intellectuals who led liberalism had a deep disdain for the masses and the egalitarianism of American democracy which they regarded as a degraded form of government that in ones description discouraged respect or esteem for superior individuals. That, too, remains a major theme among the current generation of intellectuals. Obamas administration is filled with people who never ran a business or worked in one. Government for them is the ultimate means to control Americans, not serve them.
Over the course of the 1960s, national income had doubled. The poverty rate was cut in half as unemployment dropped to only 3.5 percent and inflation-adjusted personal income grew by nearly 40 percent. Home ownership reached record highs that have been difficult to surpass. Yet it was the 1960s in which Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty saying that the days of the dole in this country are numbered.
Under Obama, the most liberal President ever to hold the office, unemployment is estimated to be over 13 percent and millions are on some form of government dole. Liberals still do not make a connection between liberal policies and actual outcomes. Facts do not concern them.
The 1960s also marked the takeover the American system of education and what we are witnessing today has much to do with the indoctrination of socialist values in the generations that attended schools and universities since then.
The 1960s also saw the beginning of the environmental movement. Now dont get me wrong. America needs clean air and clean water, but it does not need an out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency whose real agenda is to undermine the provision of energy and the entire economy. It is environmentalism that led the government to ban incandescent light bulbs, to mandate a reduction in the amount of water in your toilet seat, and generates countless other idiotic regulations whose real purpose is to control all aspects of your life.
In 1962, a baseless screed against the pesticides that protect human health and property against the onslaught of many pest insect species was published. It was Rachel Carsons Silent Spring. The establishment of Earth Day followed in 1970 and ever since liberals have corrupted science to claim that humans were destroying the Earth and to advance the greatest hoax of the modern era, global warming.
The liberal disdain for humanitythe masseswas reflected in Paul Ehrlichs The Population Bomb, published in 1968, that claimed that the battle to feed all of humanity is over. Like environmentalism, it was a fear-mongering theme designed to influence public policies. Liberals not only disliked humanity, they disliked the industrial societies that gave them the opportunity to live better lives with innovative technologies.
As Seigel notes, Before the 1960s, government regulation was aimed at specific industries. But with the creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1964) the Environmental Protection Agency (1970), the Consumer Products Safety Commission (1972)m and the vast expansion of the Federal Trade Commission, government asserted its influence over the entire economy.
Now the nation is sharply divided between liberals and conservatives. The problems encountered in the decades since the 1960s have not had any impact on the views of liberals. As Seigel says, Liberal interests never examined their assumptions, even when faced with social and political failure. They turned to the courts to achieve their goals and have been successful in transforming the nation through them.
The greatest transformation is the Affordable Care ActObamacarethat has seized one sixth of the nations economy while depriving millions of Americans of their personal health plans, forcing many to give up their personal physicians, and is negatively affecting the entire economy. The fact that it is such a disaster is the only good thing that can be said for it because it will likely force many who favor such liberal programs to rethink their views. It will likely have a major political backlash toward more conservative candidates.
The lesson is clear. It is liberals who have been working very hard to undermine the U.S. Constitution, our democracy, and our freedoms.
“Why Liberals Attack America”
Because liberalism is, as Savage says, a mental disorder.
I dont believe that socialism is communism light. In Economics school we were taught that Socialism is an economic system whereas communism is a political system that is required to maintain socialism.
I point this out because if someone doesn't understand that they may think that socialism is ok as long as we aren't at communism yet, which is not true.
I totally disagree with calling them “liberals” anymore. That name is completely inaccurate now.
He stated it pretty well.
Liberalism and it’s twin, socialism are both children of Envy and the basis for hatred.
Evil never sleeps.
Having lived through all of that except HG Wells, I can say this with certainty, I am a free individual. I am not and never have been a member of the “Masses.”
Stop stop stop with the envy of academics. Yes, we do make good money. Yes, we spent years on book learnin’.
However, at most, 10% of academics are “professors.” The rest teach, like myself. And most really couldn’t care less about politics, and just do our jobs.
When you attack “professors,” you give away the fact that you are repeating $arah Palin blah blah blah,and are frightened to death of book learnin’.
Get over it, grandpa. Even some PhD’s worked on Reagan’s campaigns!!!
A contradiction of terms if ever I heard one. But read away; there's good stuff here.
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Simple - American values and traditions and foundational laws are based on the Judeo-Christian ethic,
and leftists’ primary enemy is Christ.
THEY ATTACK AMERICA FOR THE SAME REASON A POOR PERSON ATTACKS THE RICH. THEY ATTACK OUT OF A ‘GET EVEN’ FRAME OF MIND. AFTER ALL IT’S IRKSOME WHEN YOU REALIZE ALMOST EVERYBODY HAS MORE THAN YOU...EVEN THO YOU KNOW ALMOST EVERYBODY WORKED HARDER THAN YOU DID FOR WHAT THEY HAVE...IN ORDER TO RATIONALIZE WHY YOU LOST AFTER LAZIN YOU CRY ‘INCOME EQUALITY’
Few, if any, on FR will ever be caught dead envying academics.
Many, however, are condemning the strain of academia that has actively hated our national history and preached Marxism since the 60s, and that has taken massive government contracts that have resulted in government muzzling free speech, government dictating the outcomes of "research", and government using universities as atheist, collectivist indoctrination centers instead of temples of learning and free inquiry.
If the shoe fits, wear it. If not, go underground where you are, and stop identifying with the victim class.
A strong, sad strain of anti-intellectualism has survived in the U.S. from the Nineteenth Century, promulgated to this day by evangelists (Bible faith cannot equal book learnin’) and grifters like $arah Palin (buy my book, dontcha know).
Mark Twain wrote several hilarious essays on this very topic.
I’ve found that people who call university teachers “Marxists” have no idea what goes on within college campuses, envy someone getting paid to study, and are scared to death of college-types, by gum!(I’d NEVER set foot in a classroom because I might catch the LIBERALISM! Augh!)
/It’s easier to be deliberately ignorant than to have one’s beliefs challenged.
Well, then, let me challenge your beliefs, darlin'. I'm Ivy League and I've also taught college, and all the men in my family as well as my offspring are professionals or have the doctorate. I have worked primarily in the top echelons of business, with colleagues who have achieved technological innovations and possess one or more graduate degrees, as I do myself. And I love Sarah Palin. Had you ever been to hear her speak in person, you might be able to hold your nose long enough to realize that her cornball accent has little to do with her message, like with Ross Perot, who was laughed at the same way she has been, but whose messages were not only on point, but I remember many of the brilliantly prescient things he said more than 20 years later. Oh, and did I mention I'm also literate in the Bible as well as the classics, and if I could take only one book to a desert island, it would definitely be the Bible?
May I also point out that a pugnacious defense of the Ivory Tower is not going to get you far on this Forum. People who cannot debate issues objectively without just assuming others are less capable or without throwing around ad hominems about their inferiors simply won't be happy here. Word to the wise.
See my tagline.
If you stay on the side of campus where the STEM classes are taught you are ok. The humanities side of campus, you know the side of campus with the hot chicks and FM doper types, is to be shunned and avoided if at all possible. All non STEM majors(a useless study area IMO) are subject to a form of Marxist indoctrination on almost EVERY campus.
“Why Liberals Attack America”
Does understanding their inner motivations give us any advantage? If not, then why dwell on it?
That’s a question one must ponder for one’s self.
I teach history on a campus with over 50,000 students.
You obviously don’t know a college campus from a televangelist’s mansion.
If you possessed such a wonderful academic background, you’d know to break up large paragraphs.
I didn’t read past your first four words.
IMO unless you teach STEM courses you are worthless and a drag on society. History is a hobby and learning history doesn't require listening to a wanna be Marxist bloviate. Especially in the internet age, so < expletive deleted >.
If only professors had some real life experience, instead of their inclination for indoctrination.
Of course, not all professors are bad...some have escaped the Communist indoctrination protocol...or perhaps they have been allowed to escape because they were considered harmlessly stupid or irrelevant.
PS...your desperation ( i.e. the visceral sense that you are wrong on this issue) is revealed by your ad hominem attack.
Just curious...what is your problem with Christians?
BTW, your industry is going to be replaced with the likes of Khan Academy. You bloviating professorials will be replaced with robots.
“Bloviating”: jealousy of people who think for a living.
/And, yes, I see the “college” bubble bursting as our nation continues to circle the drain.
No problem with Christians, as such. Prefer REAL Christians over Moslems or fundamentalist Jews, any day.
My wife is a Catholic. We discuss this often.
I think organized religion, which has its origins in the Bronze Age (thousands of years ago), is a weight holding us back from the next step in our evolution. It’s regressive, and primitive and used as an excuse for ignorance and bigotry by modern Americans.
Please note: I am NOT AN ATHEIST. I believe in a Creator. I can’t imagine this complex universe without one.
However, theology school taught me that the badly-translated folklore of a Bronze Age goat-herding culture is no way to progress in the 21st Century.
Very modern and advanced!
I cut my teeth in Reagan’s first election campaign. I wasn’t old enough to vote, but I recognized a leader when I saw one.
I keep telling the derps on FR:
25% of college teachers are conservative;
25% are liberal;
and the rest don’t care.
They’re like people everywhere.
The derps on FR listen to televangelists too much.
And then you tell us how enlightened you are.
Your wife is Catholic and you discuss this often...
Well then you are an expert aren't you?
Experts are not in search of the Truth...they already have it.
Do you have the Truth?
I think you might be just a human reaching out for the Truth like the rest of us.
If so, welcome to the club.
Come on in...the water is fine.
I went to a large college and then to grad school (was top of class, not that matters)...but I can't say that I know a college campus from a televangelist's mansion.
I hardly have all the answers.
I’m approaching fifty, have five college degrees and 25+ years of marriage...
and I know nothing.
It’s quite stimulating, since this means I have so much to learn!
They’re not liberals, they’re totalitarian leftists.......
You think professors are the only folks who think for a living?
I've got squirrels in the back yard who are ahead of you.
They think for a living.
But many are indoctrinated.
If you have escaped such indoctrination...God bless you (or is God forbidden at your campus)...
How stupid of you to think that people who live in the REAL world don't think.
This is why your world is dying.
Salman Khan and MIT Open Courseware send their regrets.
What’s left me uncertain is this...
I have three undergrad degrees:
in mathematics (game theory),
in theology (trinitarian/Arian duology),
and history (modern European...on my way to a WWII specialty).
I was top of MY class all three times (a 4.00 in history).
Does this mean I was extra-smart
or my classmates extra-dumb?
My history degree was taken at an “elite” university (not where I currently teach.) And those kids were smart, let me tell you; they just couldn’t write at my level.
Was I smart (or mature) or was my competition dumb?
I am confused!
I am confused!
LOL...I wish I knew that answer to that question.
Yes, I think you were probably smarter than most...but life if still beyond us.
You seem to be on the right track (searching for the Truth).
There is The Truth! And it overwhelms those of us who find it so damned overwhelming (smart as we are).
Good luck and God bless you!
No one has ever found the absolute truth.
It’s the search that gives life meaning.
I wish YOU only good.
/And please ignore what I say when I troll bigots on FR...I’m just jerking their chains. I’m working one right now on another thread. I know I shouldn’t mess with them, but it’s just sooooo much fun!!!!