The bad thing about behaving morally is that in the short run it requires a lot of discipline, self-control, and education toward gaining real wisdom.
It will always be easier to get people to want to hang out, hang loose, do some drugs, have some sex, slack off, etc.
There's no need for a Communist vanguard of crack propagandists to start such a movement going. All that our society needed to start sliding down the slippery slope of selfishness was the cultural permission to get on the slide.
I believe that our best tactic right now is to make sure that everyone and every organization has the right to promote specific beliefs. If the morally upright have a soap box in the public square then we can always be certain that we can get people to see the long term values of living a moral life.
If we are prevented from even sending out our message, then all that anyone will be hearing is the noise pouring out of the MSM.
Accusing everyone who disagrees with you of being a communist or marxist or whatever is not a good way to frame the message, and is a pretty good way of getting your soap box removed from the public square.
True, but part of free speech is calling a spade a spade.
It makes no sense to accuse "everyone" of being communist or marxist. Only the communists and marxists.
If freedom exists to express alternative perspectives then, as you say, some will recognize the benefit of them.
I disagree with what I think I understand your argument to be that where we are today is explainable as merely the natural result of the slacker tendencies of human nature.
There most certainly is, and has been for some time, a world wide Communist conspiracy. The fact that at most universities in the U.S. a new faculty candidate is often judged at least as much on their political views as their academic standing when getting hired is not an accident. There is even a name for it: Revolution by search committee.
Watch the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh September 24-25 on TV and see if you think the 35,000 protesters expected to descend upon that city just happened to show up there because they thought it was a cool thing to do.
Most are part of an on-going organized effort, of which many of those who were doing "sit-ins" at universities in the 60's are active participants in one way or another.
They have deliberately and in coordinated fashion come for the minds of our young, and to a great extent have successfully taken control of them.
snip: “Accusing everyone who disagrees with you of being a communist or marxist or whatever is not a good way to frame the message, and is a pretty good way of getting your soap box removed from the public square.”
Spirited: The author did not ‘accuse everyone’ as you imply.
While you accuse the author of ‘broadbrushing,’ it is in fact you who have done the broadbrushing.