Bricks In The Wall
Over at The American Spectator, they have published an excellent mini-essay by Stacy McCain entitled Heroes Forgotten, Lessons Unlearned, which looks at the sorry state of historical knowledge of our younger generations.
…And if nobody else understands what motivates these protests, certainly the Communists do. "An epic battle is underway for the direction of our country," the Communist Party USA declared last month. "The Occupy movement is not alone.… We stand with the courageous young people who have sparked this movement and join with the occupiers who are putting themselves on the line to transform our nation and achieve a secure and sustainable future. … The time has come to put people before profits."There was a time ― not really so long ago ― when a ringing endorsement from CPUSA would have been the kiss of death for any political movement in America. Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, the anti-communist sentiments of the Cold War seem as obsolete as the F-105 fighter-bomber (finally mothballed by the Air Force in 1984), while a vaguely Marxist mentality inspires headline-making protests from coast to coast. I say "vaguely Marxist" because most of the demonstrators seem incapable of articulating any coherent ideology or agenda beyond a hatred of the rich, hatred of corporations and banks, and hatred of whomever or whatever else they associate with the "1%" against whom they rant and chant: "We are the 99 percent!"
The same news organizations that scapegoat conservatives for the failures of the not-so-super "supercommittee" are also busy trying to convince Americans that the Occupiers are a non-violent mainstream movement, no matter how extreme their rhetoric or violent their actions. Sunday’s Washington Post prominently featured an op-ed manifesto by the ideologues who claim credit for inspiring the Occupy movement, and the paper also offered Barbara Ehrenreich’s suggested reading list for the soi-disant "99 percent." First on that list was A People’s History of the United States by former Communist Party comrade Howard Zinn. When the works of known Marxists are so highly recommended in the prestige press, as their way of showing solidarity with anti-capitalist street mobs, we might suspect many in the media have adopted the radical motto of French revolutionaries: Pas d’ennemis à gauche! "No enemies to the left" also evidently describes the posture of today’s Democratic Party, which has drifted so far leftward that the heirs of Marx and Engels might plausibly sue for copyright infringement.
Please do take the time to click here and read the whole essay. And please check out this post by Stacy that he’s published over at The Other McCain wherein he explains what motivated him to write the essay for TAS.
Every part of Society that the Left touches, it corrupts by making the perverse normal and the normal seem perverse.
If these younger generations don’t make a serious effort to educate themselves on what actually happened in the past, they will find themselves suffering, as did so many during the 20th Century, at the hands of an American version of Marxism that plagued a good portion of the world for one hundred years, and the best they will be able to hope for is a quick and painless death at their master’s hands.