Developments in Great Britain & America
and why they can and do have repercussions worldwide…
Any Western place, any one time long standing democracy, anyplace where morals and values were once based upon the One True God and the Holy Bible and have been removed, replaced, corrupted, or there is an orchestrated and diligent movement to remove God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible? Those places, those peoples are failing, are falling into the abyss. Deeper and darker into the abyss. They will fail and will become a totally moral and spiritually bankrupt place and peoples. Consequences for actions taken. Consequences for choices made.
Such is happening throughout Great Britain. And in America as well. And throughout all of Europe.
The times they are a changin’… and rapidly, and not for the better. There is no bright future on any horizon. The people continually ask and seek signs? Wonders? Show us the signs, the times?
Yet they refuse to look, see, listen and hear. The signs are given. The signs are all around. Everywhere. Yet the people refuse to look, see, listen and hear refusing the glaring truths right before them. Everywhere.
ACP — A Crooked Path
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
Communism thrives in our moral vacuum
The education establishment must take much of the blame for the new anti-capitalist creed
November 12, 2019
Reprinted from: The Times of London
One of the many unsettling aspects of this general election concerns the extremism of Jeremy Corbyn and his cadre of ideological soulmates who are in control of the Labour Party. They have rightly been described as unreconstructed Marxists, Trotskyites, Leninists and even Stalinists who, if they came to power, would destroy Britain’s economy, leave it defenceless against its enemies and undermine freedom and democracy.
This has created a Stop Corbyn movement, with many voters reportedly planning to shelve their normal party allegiance — or support for a clean Brexit — to prevent such a catastrophe for the country. Yet for other voters this chilling assessment elicits not a shrug but positive support. Among young people, communism has long been cool.
In 2016 a YouGov survey found that people aged between 18 and 24 viewed socialism more favourably than capitalism. Last year, a ComRes poll found that 24 per cent of this age group viewed “right-wingers” and big business as the most dangerous things in the world, compared with just 9 per cent who said the same about communists. More students were signing up to campus Marxist groups, with more of them holding more revolutionary views than previous recruits.
Something similar has been happening in the U.S. too, where the Democratic Party’s presidential contenders include hitherto (for the U.S.) unthinkably left-wing candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. And like Corbyn, these receive significant support from the young.
This year’s annual poll by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found that support for capitalism among people aged 23 to 38 in the U.S. had plummeted. More than a third said that they approved of communism, up eight points from the previous year, while almost a quarter believed “society would be better if all private property was abolished”.
In Britain, support for communism has provoked astonished dismay. How, people ask, can anyone possibly support a creed that was responsible for the deaths of countless millions under some of the most repressive and barbaric regimes in history?
Part of the reason is the legacy of the 2008 financial crash and the difficulties of young people facing high student debt, unaffordable housing and zero-hours contracts. Even Conservative politicians expressed their revulsion for “fat cats”, “obscene” pay rises and bankers who had got away with causing widespread financial distress and impoverishment. The idea that capitalism was inherently rapacious became a centrist position.
John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor and a self-confessed follower of both Trotsky and Lenin, told supporters in 2013: “I am a Marxist. This is a classic capitalist crisis. I have been waiting for this for a generation.” The young nodded along on the basis that this was merely a legitimate stand against injustice, greed and inequality.
In addition, the evils of capitalism have long lurked as an assumption beneath much of what is taught in schools and universities. In an article in the Wall Street Journal last July Williamson Evers, a former education official in the George W Bush administration, wrote that California’s proposed “ethnic studies model curriculum” described capitalism as a “form of power and oppression” alongside “patriarchy”, “racism” and “white supremacy”.
Few British or American students are told about the evils of communism in the same way as they are told about the evils of Nazism. Few are taught that central America, eastern Europe or southeast Asia have, at various times, been crippled by centralised state controls or the absence of freedom. Few are taught that capitalism is the precondition for freedom and prosperity.
This anti-capitalist attrition has been going on for decades. In 1996 I noted in my book All Must Have Prizes, about the co-option of the education system into the cultural onslaught on the West, that trainee teachers were being taught that the maths curriculum was an elitist tool to maintain an unskilled workforce, that literacy entrenched privilege and that English language, literature and history teaching should be used to “empower” pupils to challenge established institutions.
An avalanche of scorn and denial crashed down upon me then. And now we are where we are, with capitalism denounced and communism in vogue.
This raises, of course, the further question of why universities have embraced ideas so inimical to freedom and prosperity. Thinkers such as the political philosopher John Gray and others have observed that the phenomenon goes wider and deeper than a revisionist fashion for Marxism. It is part of an assault on the liberal values of the Enlightenment, such as truth and reason.
Humanities departments were hugely influenced by the ideas of Marxists, post-structuralists and other post-modernists who, in the wake of Nazism and the Holocaust, identified modernity and the West with terrible things. In the view of one of the most influential of these thinkers, Theodor Adorno, the pursuit of rational enlightenment led directly to the extermination camps.
The result has been that knowledge has been replaced by power and virtue turned inside out. As Gray has written of liberalism: “From being a philosophy of tolerance aiming at peaceful coexistence among divergent world views, it has become a persecutory orthodoxy that tolerates no view of the world other than its own.”
Look no farther, surely, to realise why the persecutory orthodoxy to which the Corbynised Labour leadership subscribes has achieved such terrifying hold among so many.
Connnected within the same ideology, framework, movements…