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The Road to Dystopia
American Thinker ^ | Sept 1st 2013 | Susan D. Harris

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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"despite Conservatism's firm moral foundation and a historically intellectual superiority over competing ideologies; it wasn't able to stop an ideologically inferior Alinsky trained robot from becoming the leader of the free world...."
1 posted on 09/01/2013 5:46:15 AM PDT by Popman
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To: Popman

useful idiots can always be found who will do the bidding and then be removed


2 posted on 09/01/2013 5:49:35 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Popman

“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?
— Yeats


3 posted on 09/01/2013 5:51:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Popman

This lady seriously thinks Ayn Rand would see the current big-government PC nanny state as the triumph of her principles?


4 posted on 09/01/2013 5:53:49 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

Serious thinking is not her bag.


5 posted on 09/01/2013 5:55:48 AM PDT by Misterioso (I was born an atheist and after 76 years haven't yet changed my mind.)
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To: Popman
The Progressive worldview, and the Libertarian, Rand-worshipping worldview — are all part of the same existentialist family tree
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This author lost me right here! My neurons are exploding. Maybe her’s have.

6 posted on 09/01/2013 5:56:22 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Popman

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.


7 posted on 09/01/2013 5:57:37 AM PDT by livius
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To: Yardstick
Rand and Alinsky?
8 posted on 09/01/2013 5:59:13 AM PDT by Misterioso (I was born an atheist 76 years ago and haven't yet changed my mind.)
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To: Yardstick

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.


9 posted on 09/01/2013 6:00:03 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Yardstick
This lady seriously thinks Ayn Rand would see the current big-government PC nanny state as the triumph of her principles?

No...that not what she said...

She said these worldviews are replacing Christianity...

10 posted on 09/01/2013 6:00:16 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: livius

Atheists have been around as long as has the Church. Can’t believe that they are the reason for any decline.


11 posted on 09/01/2013 6:01:42 AM PDT by Misterioso (I was born an atheist 76 years ago and haven't yet changed my mind.)
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To: wintertime

She isn’t saying all those world views are the same, just they spring from the same root...they oppose a christian worldview..


12 posted on 09/01/2013 6:02:43 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Thank you for actually reading the article...: )


13 posted on 09/01/2013 6:03:44 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: livius

Excellent post...


14 posted on 09/01/2013 6:04:59 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Popman
“it wasn't able to stop an ideologically inferior Alinsky trained robot from becoming the leader of the free world.”

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.

15 posted on 09/01/2013 6:05:05 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Misterioso
For almost 2000 years the dominant view was: "Atheists! [spit!] Scorn them! Shun them! They are fools! Don't listen to their lies!"

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.

16 posted on 09/01/2013 6:05:28 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Yup...gender politics, race politics, identity politics, class warfare...

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...

17 posted on 09/01/2013 6:10:43 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Popman
I eventually concluded that they had done to Western thought what Picasso had done to art: They'd rejected traditional techniques of perspective, jumbled everything up, and narcissistically expected everyone to proclaim their works revolutionary masterpieces.And throngs of their followers did just that; heaping praises upon kings that had no clothes.
18 posted on 09/01/2013 6:12:28 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Popman

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.


19 posted on 09/01/2013 6:18:24 AM PDT by Oklahoma
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To: Popman

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.


20 posted on 09/01/2013 6:19:07 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: livius

Christianity’s big problem is that God is a lot more subtle than had been taught for the previous 1700 years. Science explains most of what happens in this world, not God, at least at the most immediate level. Christianity was caught off guard by the sheer power of modern scientific explanation. It’s this crisis, with the resulting doubt in God, that has fueled the world-historical wave of atheistic socialism. Simple people were overwhelmed and left defenseless because their intellectual superiors had yet to come up with a reply to this new onslaught. It was like a movie where the bad guys roll out their super weapon and the good guys are momentarily routed. In our case momentarily means a few hundred years while Christianity searches itself and refines itself and climbs to an understanding that is higher than the wave that is rolling against it.


21 posted on 09/01/2013 6:19:28 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: ClearCase_guy

Christians number 2 billion and growing worldwide

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700209018/Christians-number-2-billion-and-growing-worldwide.html?pg=all


22 posted on 09/01/2013 6:19:46 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
Would say that the Christian worldview is growing in America today? Are we ascendant here?

THAT'S the question for American Conservatives.

23 posted on 09/01/2013 6:21:55 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: ClearCase_guy; xzins

Exactly. What the author is emphasizing is that when you remove God from the equation (and by God, I mean the Judeo-Christian God), then whether your philosophy is Capitalist based or Communist based, an emphasis on a godless philosophy will ultimately lead a Nation to a social dystopia. In other words without reference and deference to the God who gave us our Natural Liberty, the end result will be that we will lose whatever Liberty God has granted us.

Certainly a Nation can tolerate Atheists, but when a Nation turns its back on God, when the Nation itself becomes a reflection of godlessness, then ultimately whatever gifts God has bestowed upon that Nation will dry up.

Ayn Rand’s and Saul Alynsky’s godless philosophies ultimately both lead to the same destination.


24 posted on 09/01/2013 6:26:25 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The disagreement between conservatives and libertarians is a second order thing. They agree about individual freedom and limited government. They have different abstract reasoning that gets them there but they agree at the concrete level. The disagreement between liberals and conservatives is different, because it exists at the concrete level. I’m always amazed at how conservatives want to throw libertarians, who agree with them where the rubber meets the road, under the bus with liberals who disagree with them from top to bottom.


25 posted on 09/01/2013 6:29:10 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Popman
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)

Hence: Ignorance is bliss.

Or as I would put it: Socialism is a fools paradise.

26 posted on 09/01/2013 6:29:50 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Yardstick
Science explains most of what happens in this world, not God, at least at the most immediate level.

Actually, science texts I have back to 1848 pay homage to The Creator, whose works they sought to understand. It is only later that scientific hubris decides that The Almighty isn't necessary because we're so smart. Darwin was a step along the way, but just one.

27 posted on 09/01/2013 6:31:09 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Not in America. America is moving towards becoming a secular country. After that we will become an atheistic country. After that we will cease to exist.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 6:31:16 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ClearCase_guy

Not in America. America is moving towards becoming a secular country. After that we will become an atheistic country. After that we will cease to exist.


29 posted on 09/01/2013 6:31:17 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Smokin' Joe

Understanding the Almighty is critical, but you have to understand him correctly. He is bigger than science. Let science have the material world and let God have the big stuff.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 6:35:54 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Popman
Great article.

Thanks for posting.

31 posted on 09/01/2013 6:38:25 AM PDT by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: Misterioso
Serious thinking is not her bag.

The only people I know thatAnyone hypes themselves as readers of The Economist are elitist liberal snobs, hipsters, and the "I'm far too socially connected to be part of the OWS crowd, but I hear they do great things" set. I tend to think of the publication as ahighlights for Kids... for grown up trustfund douchebags.

32 posted on 09/01/2013 6:39:14 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Maceman

As a christian.... I discovered Rand in the late 1980...

I found her work and philosophy very appealing.....also too appealing..

But in the end my christain faith and belief system did not mix well with an objectivist belief system....that does not mean I disavowed portions of it and are a much more rounded person philosophically because of her writings...

I would recomend her writing to any christain.....


33 posted on 09/01/2013 6:41:44 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Popman

To put it somewhat more succinctly:

Culture is more important than politics, because politics grows out of culture.

We have lost the cultural war, so we are inevitably paying the price for it, the loss of the political contest.

The only way in the long run to alter this equation is to counter-attack and retake the culture.

Unfortunately, I don’t really have any idea how to do it.


34 posted on 09/01/2013 6:49:37 AM PDT by Sherman Logan ( (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: Popman

To me, given the battle we fight to restore our nation as a free republic, I think that religious conservatives and Ayn Rand Objectivists need to remember that while they disagree intellectually and philosophically, their political interests are virtually identical.


35 posted on 09/01/2013 6:50:38 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Popman

Theodore Dalrymple on The Dystopian Imagination.

Key passages:

“This passage reminds me of the advertising slogan of a credit card launched in Britain about 30 years ago: it “takes the waiting out of wanting.” The advertisement showed no recognition that immediate gratification usually presents a bill, with extortionate interest.

Huxley surmised that life lived as the satisfaction of one desire after another would result in shallow and egotistical people. True, he had a poor opinion of mankind to start with: “About 99.5% of the entire population of the planet are as stupid,” he once wrote, “as the great masses of the English.” But after gratifying their desires instantly throughout their lives, people would cease to carry the divine spark that distinguished man from the rest of creation. They would seek entertainment unto death: at Brave New World’s Park Lane Hospital for the Dying, “at the foot of every bed, confronting its moribund occupant, was a television box.” I think of my own hospital, where the dying usually depart this world to the sight and sound of driveling television soap operas.

Those who live lives of immediate gratification, Huxley thought, would not be able to bear solitude of any kind. As Mustapha Mond explains, “people are never alone now. We make them hate solitude; and we arrange their lives so that it’s almost impossible for them to ever have it.” A life devoted to instant gratification produces permanent infantilization: “at sixty-four . . . tastes are what they were at seventeen.” In our society, the telescoping of the generations is already happening: the knowledge, tastes, and social accomplishments of 13-year-olds are often the same as those of 28-year-olds. Adolescents are precociously adult; adults are permanently adolescent.”

Re: “It takes the waiting out of wanting.” A perfect description of Obama, symbolic of the credit card immediate gratification mentality - the quintessential man of the times for the times - a man who never had a productive job in his entire life, cossetted and feted by a virtual army of sickening sycophants. The guy who along with his wife amassed $120,000 debt in student loans and took over twenty years to pay it back
( http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/27/its-personal-obamas-carried-120000-student-loan-debt-for-decades/ ). You’d think that two people with Harvard Law degrees could have had productive jobs and paid off that debt earlier.

http://www.city-journal.org/html/11_4_oh_to_be.html


36 posted on 09/01/2013 6:54:36 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: Sherman Logan
Unfortunately, I don’t really have any idea how to do it.

I would say that historically the typical way to reverse entrenched institutionalized culture is to burn it down and start over.

37 posted on 09/01/2013 6:56:25 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: P-Marlowe
"...when you remove God from the equation (and by God, I mean the Judeo-Christian God), then whether your philosophy is Capitalist based or Communist based, an emphasis on a godless philosophy will ultimately lead a Nation to a social dystopia."

When a person or a society subscribes wholly and completely to either a purely free market or a rigid command economy, the preoccupation is with how to live, never addressing the purpose of that life.

38 posted on 09/01/2013 7:04:22 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

So you’re saying there has to be certain amount of government control over the markets for life to have meaning?


39 posted on 09/01/2013 7:08:10 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: donaldo

Thanks so much for the Dalrymple link. How incredibly profound!


40 posted on 09/01/2013 7:11:29 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Sherman Logan

Excellent point and well said...


41 posted on 09/01/2013 7:17:46 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Popman

I will post my American Thinker comments.

#1
In a world with free markets, rule of law, and very limited government, as espoused by Ayn Rand, proclaiming the Gospel is completely and freely possible.

In the world of fascist oligarchy promoted by the Progressives, Christians will be driven into the catacombs.

How Susan Harris can compare Rand to the Progressives is unbelievable. It is Harris who is the idiot.


42 posted on 09/01/2013 7:19:20 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Yardstick
"So you’re saying there has to be certain amount of government control over the markets for life to have meaning?"

Wherever did you get that idea? I stated that when the economic system, that is the means by which people satisfy their material needs and wants, becomes their raison d'etre, they tend to abandon the spiritual component of their existence. This can occur at any point along the continuum from purely free markets to a rigid command economy.

43 posted on 09/01/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Popman

God is in my heart and mind, and there he will remain for all time even as the hands that control our commutation work to suppress and oppressed his follows and good words.

We must not falter in our faith toward him our father. We must remember that even in roman times when Christians were persecuted we stood strong and outlasted & out preformed theses hedonistic evils.

Time will deal with those who fall victim to theses self-destructive hedonistic ways. We must simply focus our efforts to see to it that we ourselfs do not become their victims or fall victim to this evil ourselfs. In the end should we remain true to God we shall survive & outlast this evil.


44 posted on 09/01/2013 7:19:58 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Popman

I will post my American Thinker comments.

#1
In a world with free markets, rule of law, and very limited government, as espoused by Ayn Rand, proclaiming the Gospel is completely and freely possible.

In the world of fascist oligarchy promoted by the Progressives, Christians will be driven into the catacombs.

How Susan Harris can compare Rand to the Progressives is unbelievable. It is Harris who is the idiot.


45 posted on 09/01/2013 7:21:49 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Joe 6-pack

Well then you’ve raised a strawman, because I don’t think anyone, including Ayn Rand, has claimed that free markets are the raison d’etre. Instead, free markets are a natural corollary of some other raison d’etre, namely that human beings possess a right libery.


46 posted on 09/01/2013 7:22:44 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Popman

Here are all of the posts I made a American Thinker:

Amen!

I, too, ( a solid Christian) am tired of it, too. I believe that Susan and her ilk are being deliberately dense!

wintertime1 • 20 minutes ago
“. These pseudo-intellectuals are the reason Christianity has been quietly erased line by line, year after year in the popular psyche.” ( Harris)

Well! Gee! It couldn’t possibly be due to the godless K-12 INDOCTRINATION that the government imposes using the threat of police action in its monopoly and price-fixed cartel schools. N!. No! That couldn’t possibly be one of the reasons. ( with sarcastic eye roll) ( sigh!)

Ayn Rand would be utterly and completely opposed to any government run and price-fixed socialist-entitlement, especially schooling!

wintertime1 • 26 minutes ago
In a world with free markets, rule of law, and very limited government, as espoused by Ayn Rand, proclaiming the Gospel is completely and freely possible.

In the world of fascist oligarchy promoted by the Progressives, Christians will be driven into the catacombs.

How Susan Harris can compare Rand to the Progressives is unbelievable. It is Harris who is the idiot.

wintertime1 • 30 minutes ago
Susan,

Susan, just because a person is an atheist does not mean they are wrong on everything. I suggest that you remove your prejudiced blinders.

Ayn Rand was absolutely **right** about free markets, rule of law, and limited government. A society with free markets ( both economically and of ideas), rule of law, and limited government is the best setting for the spreading of the Gospel. Progressives espouse a political, religious ( “spiritual but not religious” paganism), and cultural worldview that is the utter antithesis of Rand’s.

Re: Kids who are raised Christian and then go off to college where they are swayed from their faith.

Maybe we should look to COMPULSORY ( that means police threat) and GODLESS, government owned and run. socialist-entitlement, K-12 schooling!

Rand would be absolutely opposed to police enforced, government-owned, and socialist-entitlement K-12 schooling. She would flat-out be against **forcing** children to think and reason according to the approved government religious worldview (currently godless). Children who attend our police enforced and godless socialist-entitlement K-12 schools must do this just to cooperate in the classroom.

Studies show ( Nehemiah Institute) that 85% of children, from highly active evangelical homes, who attend the government’s godless socialist-eentitlement schools will be inactive in their faith within 2 years of graduating from high school. Remember, please that Rand would **oppose** compulsory and socialist-entitlement schooling. Progressives favor it and pushed this on American citizens in the 19th century and are its greatest cheerleaders, today.

On the other hand, 95% of homeschoolers, from highly active evangelical homes, remain active in their faith. Rand would fully support complete separation of school and state and total delivery of education through the free market with NO government interference whatsoever! Progressives would outlaw homeschooling and are working at this as I type.

Finally, Progressives would use the power of government to kill Christians if they could. They just can’t get away with it....( yet). Rand, on the other hand, wrote passionately and strongly warned about the killing powers of the state. She witnessed it first hand.

wintertime1 • an hour ago
“The Progressive worldview, and the Libertarian, Rand-worshipping worldview — are all part of the same existentialist family tree containing Sartre and Alinsky.” ( Susan D. Harris)

Susan,

My neuron’s are exploding. It’s that or your’s have.


47 posted on 09/01/2013 7:24:14 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime
How Susan Harris can compare Rand to the Progressives is unbelievable

Huh...she didn't...

Did you even read the article?

Here it again:
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.

She is not making a comparison, just they have the same result..."Christianity has been quietly erased line by line, year after year in the popular psyche"

Really, it's not that hard to understand...

48 posted on 09/01/2013 7:24:31 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Popman

Gave up listening to Rush, etc. All they ever do is talk politics. They complain about the culture, but it’s like talking about the weather. People complain about it, but nobody ever does anything about it.

Meanwhile over at NPR, there are multiple programs that are non-political, at least not overtly so. No wonder people get the idea that conservatism is ideological/partisan, while liberalism is not.


49 posted on 09/01/2013 7:24:41 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Yardstick

right to liberty


50 posted on 09/01/2013 7:26:45 AM PDT by Yardstick
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