Posts Tagged ‘Cultural Marxism’
By Spartacus Thrace
As 2013 dawns across America, the Progressive Movement appears to be at the zenith of their power within the federal government and throughout major sectors of American society and culture. Buttressed by decades-long control or domination of the academy, the theater, the press, labor, and the Democratic Party, the Progressives have fundamentally changed the state of the nation by creating a secular utopian statist path as an alternative to the religious individualistic minimalist government path set down by the Founders two centuries ago and expressed in the obligations of the government to the governed they enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The Declaration has long been treated by many in power as an irrelevant historical relic. The radical notion that the Constitution is a “living document” has gained wide adherence across several parts of the societal spectrum, even among those who hold themselves out as experts on matters of constitutional law. America is now governed by a semi-permanent ruling class, engaged in rampant self-entitlement, seeing itself as separate and apart from — and superior to — the governed. The notions of the American melting pot of disparate peoples and American exceptionalism have been lost to Balkanization of the population along the classic imaginary socialist fault lines of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. The fundamental concept of minimalism — where the power of government is a revocable grant from the governed and the government has only that power and authority necessary to perform the essential duties entrusted to it by the governed — has long been smothered by massive growth in the size, power, and reach of the federal government and the concomitant decrease in individual liberty. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s actually rather fitting that the hot topic du jour has all the usual suspects in the media prattling on about what has become the Contraception Crisis, a state of affairs so dire than nobody even realized there was a problem accessing cheap and reliable birth control without the intervention of the Nanny State. After all, it’s not like I can run down to the corner drug store and pick up a box of Jimmy Hatz for roughly the same price as a vendi mocha latte at Starbuck’s, or hit up the local Planned Parenthood for some federally-subsidized Plan B. Oh, wait a second–I can. Come to think of it, your average Joe or Jane can pick from a variety of contraceptive options that would make the number of flavors at a Baskin Robbins seem paltry by comparison, for prices ranging from nothing to next to nothing. So why the sudden urgency in mandating that health care plans now provide that same stuff free of charge, even by religious organizations for which such things violate their most deeply-held beliefs?
Oh, yeah. There’s an election this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Spartacus Thrace
David DeCamp, Staff Writer for the St. Petersburg Times, is trying to create the impression of controversy involving Republicans where none exists, as he has in the past.
In a June 7, 2011 article titled “Pinellas Housing Authority land purchase could yield commission for former member,” DeCamp does not state, but strongly suggests without foundation, that members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) engaged in illegal or unethical activity involving a proposed real estate purchase. The truth of the matter is clearly and demonstratively otherwise.
The facts are straightforward: The Pinellas County Housing Authority Board of Directors has been looking for land for a housing complex for veterans. Housing Authority Chairman Joseph Triolo asked Jay Beyrouti, a Florida licensed realtor for over a decade, if he knew of any land the Authority could purchase. Beyrouti told Housing Authority Board Executive Director Debbie Johnson about a 13-acre plot on Lake Seminole (about a mile from the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital) owned by Cornerstone Community Bank which had originally been purchased for $4.3 million and for which the bank wanted $2 million. Johnson recommended the purchase to the full Housing Authority board of directors at an open meeting on the record, and the Authority made an offer to the bank of $1.5 million. The bank refused the offer and the land was not purchased. No money — taxpayer or otherwise — changed hands and, if the deal had gone through, any rightfully-earned commission paid to Beyrouti would have been paid by the bank in accordance with standard business practices. Everything was done out in the open and on the record, and there was nothing illegal, unethical, or immoral about anything that any of the persons involved did — period. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most enduring and effective weapons employed by the radical statists who comprise the mainstream media (MSM) is the political “hatchet job.” Wielded for decades with near-impunity by the MSM against conservatives, Republicans, and other political enemies, the hatchet job has been a potent force for the Left in its efforts to reduce or eliminate political debate at the national, state, and local levels. This article is a primer for conservatives and members of the New Media on what a hatchet job is and how it is employed.
Hatchet Job Defined
A hatchet job is a biased, maliciously destructive, and often cruel written or spoken critique or attack on the character or activities of a person, organization, or institution. In its most common form, a hatchet job comprises a printed attempt disparage, discredit, and ultimately destroy a targeted person’s or organization’s reputation in the eyes of the public and to deny the target public sympathy or support through the use of innuendo, inaccuracies, and misleading statements. It is also used for the inherently undemocratic purpose of intimidating and stifling political opposition or dissent.
The hatchet job is a work of pseudo-journalist art, psychological warfare, and political disinformation. Hatchet jobs are in derogation of the ethical rule that journalists should always be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.1 While some hatchet jobs are one-time efforts, many are part of a sustained political campaign. The smear campaign waged by the MSM against Sarah Palin is an example of the latter. Few are blatant, and most are quite subtle. Sometimes, for example, a direct accusation against the target is merely the carrier for darker and more ominous insinuations. In many more cases, however, factual errors, innuendo, and implications of wrongdoing are placed alongside, and draw plausibility from, scattered truths to create a grossly distorting effect on the reader or viewer. Read the rest of this entry »
By Spartacus Thrace
Saul Alinsky and many of the other Big Lefties in America long realized the potential of ridicule to isolate and weaken political enemies. It is indeed ironic that ridicule is now proving to be a powerful political weapon against Barack Obama and the statists.
If you have ever wondered what kind of drug the drones who support Obama are on, this video by Enlightened Self Interest has a very amusing answer.
[UPDATED August 21, 2010]
The 2010 campaign season is already well underway and next fall’s state legislative elections in Florida’s Pinellas County are a microcosm of the political trends emerging nationally. One trend is that the more experienced and prepared candidates are tending to avoid head-on contests with incumbents and are instead trying to pick up seats of those who are barred by term limits from seeking re-election. Overall, the 2010 elections may result in rightward adjustments, but won’t effect anything approaching a revolution in government. Still, there are no certainties as to outcome at this point. There remains time for new candidates, issues and events to change the course of the elections, but that time is slipping away. Read the rest of this entry »
By Le Corbeaunoir
In August or September 480 B.C., Sparta’s King Leonides and 300 Spartans, joined by several hundred warriors from other Greek city-states, took a stand for principle and halted the quarter-million-man invading army of Persian King Xerxes at the Pass of Thermopylae for seven days. This stand cost the lives of almost all of the Greek defenders but saved the Greek city-states — and ultimately Western civilization – from extinction and strategically weakened the Persians materially and psychologically to such an extent that the Greeks were later able to defeat them in battle and compel them to abandon their plans to conquer Europe. Up until the battle of Thermopylae, the Persians were considered invincible. Afterward, the world became a very different place.
The mid-term elections in 2010 will be the Battle of Thermopylae for Conservatives in America. If the Conservatives are victorious in battle, the eighty-year march of the statists will be halted and the red tide of cultural Marxism that is destroying our society will turn. America will be able to return to the path of liberty and regain its place as the shining city of the hill that serves as a beacon for all who yearn to be free. If the Conservatives are defeated, our country will lose its culture as it slides leftward into historical oblivion under an increasingly tyrannical government. Read the rest of this entry »