Seeds of Deception Part II, From Whence It Came

In my first post Seeds of Deception Part 1, I commented on textbook indoctrination particularly in light of the Collier County School Board’s approval of a slate of textbooks with significant viewpoint bias.  Biased to what end you ask?  There is and has been a relentless effort to popularize socialism while denigrating America’s founding principles.   In my last post, I gave some statistics that illustrate the effect of this indoctrination.  And who provided the key insight into how to undermine American values?  It was Joseph Stalin, one of the most cruel and evil rulers of the 20th century, America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold; its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life.  If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

Why this urge to instill socialism?  Considering all the damage it did in the 20th century, what is the attraction?  Here is a definition for socialism - “So·cial·ism (noun) a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or tightly regulated by the community as a whole.”

“Regulated by the community” is misleading.  If you think all citizens will have a say in how goods and services are “regulated” you would be very mistaken.  Some amount of oversight is necessary to achieve the necessary regulation.  Someone must make the trains run on time after all.  This authority tends to consolidate in the hands of a small group of men and women.  That might go well for a while, but as Lord Acton famously said, “power corrupts and absolute power, corrupts absolutely”.   Given mankind’s fallen nature it is folly to expect a man-made collectivist utopia.

There have been various iterations of socialist thinking going back into history, but in 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote a pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto in which the authors laid out their theories about the nature of society and politics.  For them it boiled down to winners (bourgeoisie) and losers (proletariat) or the haves and the have nots.  They saw everything as a struggle between the classes.  Marx followed that up with Das Kapital which became the seminal writing on socialism.  On its face, socialism has some appeal, particularly against the backdrop of Europe’s monarchial absolutism, mercantilism, guild culture and newly emerging capitalism.  The concept of sharing resources and output, from each according to his ability, to each according to their need had a nice ring to it.  To the extent capitalism was practiced it created some uneven economic results.  Many of the intellectual elites in Europe saw socialism as a way to gain dominance.  In effect, they would replace the royal ruling class, with a ruling class of intellectuals while bringing economic fairness to the people.  A grand design for the world.  One of the failings of socialism is that it’s view of economics is very limited.  Socialists see the economy as a big static pie and then argue about how to cut it up.  Whereas the capitalist system, properly integrated into society creates market driven dynamics that actually grow the pie, making everyone’s piece larger. 

The American economy reflected the principles of liberty, the rule of law and strong property rights.  As a result, the American economy became the envy of the industrial world.  Some of the most important inventions of the late 19th century forward were the fruit of our market based, free enterprise system.  That is not to say that we did not experience some difficulties due to dislocation and income equality.  However, America was where the jobs were and people immigrated here in significant numbers. 

Most Americans saw no need to pursue a different economic model, however, there were small pockets of academics here and in Europe who pushed to implement socialism.   In the United Kingdom groups like The Socialist League, the Social Democratic Federation and most notably the Fabian Society formed to promote and lobby for the implementation of socialist principles.  Many Christians took an interest in the economic theory since it seemed to balance resources and might be a way to alleviate poverty.  In the United States, Rev. William Dwight Porter Bliss founded the American Fabian Society in 1895. Rev Bliss was an ordained Congregationalist minister.  Some socialist leaning clergy attempted to move the church to the left politically under the banner of Social Justice.  The socialist movement was making some progress albeit slow.

Socialist groups also arose in the Russian Empire ruled by Tsar Nicholas.  The political environment in the Empire was volatile and the economic conditions were very poor.  Russia was largely an agrarian economy with limited industrial assets relative to other modern countries.  Individual liberty and property rights were not well established and the rule of law was not applied evenly.  In this environment, an uneven form of capitalism existed which significantly benefited the influential.  Socialist leaders such as Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky advocated for a violent revolution to overthrow the Tsar and in 1917 the Bolshevik Revolution commenced resulting in the first major country organized and governed under socialist principles.  This event was celebrated by socialists around the world including the socialist organizations here in America.  Events in Russia emboldened socialists here and in Europe who pressed for more socialist programs and were starting to see results. 

In the old Russia, the new Soviet Union (USSR) was consolidating power and designing plans to export their ideology around the world.  After Lenin’s death in 1924, Joseph Stalin maneuvered to consolidate his power and ruled the USSR from the mid-1920’s until his death in 1953.  Stalin was a ruthless leader focused on moving the USSR from a peasant society to an industrial powerhouse.  Affirming Lord Acton’s statement that absolute power, corrupts absolutely, Stalin ruled by terror killing millions of his own countrymen.  It is estimated that well over 20 million died during his reign of terror which ended in 1953.

Not to be outdone another socialist named Mao Tse-Tung rose to power in China in 1949.  China became known as the People’s Republic of China.  Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” campaign resulted in the deaths of over 40 million in just 4-years.  Then in Cambodia the Khmer Rouge under the leadership of socialist Pol Pot committed genocide on the Cambodian people killing 2 million of the 7 million inhabitants.   

The atrocities committed in these socialist countries met with condemnation from the civilized world.  It had the effect of stigmatizing any organization whose objective was to instill a socialist form of government.  There was great concern that the socialists might attempt to subvert the US Government.  The “Red Scare”, as it became known, gave rise to conditions under which official inquiries were made relative to the allegiance of US citizens.  American socialists went underground and regrouped.  They developed new strategies to achieve their objective, a Socialist America.  They knew they needed to separate themselves from the atrocious behavior of Stalin and Mao.  They needed a more benevolent posture and a new name under which to move forward.  The label “Progressive” was chosen as the new banner.  They also drew some lessons from the Humanist movement which advocated for a more civil society unchained from the superstitions of organized religion.  The textbook definition for humanism –

  • Hu-man-isman outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.

This was a perfect fit for a number of reasons.  First, the emphasis on “common human needs” relates well with socialist dogma of shared resources.  Second, at its core, humanism rejects the idea of a Creator God.  The socialist rejects the idea that a Creator God endowed men with certain unalienable rights.  In socialism, it is the state that is preeminent.  It is the state that grants and rescinds rights to the group, not individuals.  In that regard, I think the better term for socialism is collectivism.  While socialism and collectivism share many attributes, collectivism deplores individualism.  It is all about the collective.  American individualism/exceptionalism is anathema to the collectivist. 

So, the connection to socialism was de-emphasized, the connection to humanism was emphasized and it all moved forward under the Progressive banner.  The centerpiece of the socialist strategy was to get control of education and through that, influence the courts and media.!  To what end, you ask.  Let me restate Stalin’s advice noted above;

  • America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold; its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life.  If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

Let that sink in!  If you can undermine American patriotism, pervert moral values and separate Americans from God…. Well here are some prophetic words from a couple of very wise men.

  • “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

  •  “Freedom has more often been lost in small steps by progressive incrementalism, than it has been by catastrophic upheavals such as violence or war.”  James Madison

Notice Madison’s use of the phrase “progressive incrementalism”.  That is exactly what is taking place in America.  And just to be clear they plan to achieve their objective through indoctrination at every level of our education system.  This is evidenced by the following comments:

  • John Dewey, First President of the American Humanist Association, “You can’t make socialists out of individualists.  Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming.”

  • Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard, had this to say: "Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well - by creating the international child of the future."

  • Dr. Shirley McCune, (former) USDE official, “What we’re into is total transformation of society, we no longer see the teaching of facts and information as the primary purpose of education.”

  • Former NE Senator Peter Hoagland, Bible believing people do not have a right to indoctrinate their children in their religious beliefs because we, the state, are preparing them for when America will be part of a one-world global society and their children will not fit in.”

  • In the Humanist Magazine, Jan./Feb 1983, John Dunphy wrote: "The battle for mankind's future must be waged and won in the public-school classroom. The classroom must and will become the arena of conflict between the old and the new, the rotting corpse of Christianity and the new faith of humanism."

American socialists implemented their plan to undermine patriotism, pervert moral values and subvert Christian beliefs.  And they have been doing so with great patience and great success.  Today we have people who refuse to stand for our National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  It seems like not a day goes by without some protester burning an American flag.  There has been a steady assault on our Founding Fathers and the Judeo-Christian principles they espoused for America.  We used to talk about American Exceptionalism, now there is a generation of people who believe America’s success was, at best, an accident or worse, outright exploitation. 

There is little doubt America is at a crossroads.  Will we continue down the path to socialism and ultimate ruin?  Or will God fearing, red blooded Americans make a stand?  That stand must be made in our public schools.  In my next post, I’ll present some ideas on how to reverse course.  Stay tuned.