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The Most Important Battle Is Not Being Fought In This War

21 November 2011 @ 17:50

That is one of the main messages I’ve tried to get across since I started The Camp Of The Saints back in late April of 2008.

Jeff Goldstein has been doing so for nearly a decade [tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain]:

Next month, protein wisdom will turn a decade old. And for the entirety of that decade I’ve tried to point out that the very structure of our epistemology, forged in language, has been corrupted — and that as a result, the left’s Long March through the institutions was continuing apace with little or no real and effective resistance from the proponents of classically liberal/constitutionally conservative or libertarian ideals: competing rhetoric, when the Left controls the media, is a rather flaccid strategy, particularly when it appears it is the entirety of the strategy.

The way forward has and always will be to defeat and then uproot the leftist assumptions that have insinuated themselves into our very epistemology. This requires, first and foremost, an understanding of how language works, how meaning must be anchored and determined, and a working knowledge of why these things are crucial — because such a meta-cognitive grasp allows for the spirited and intelligent defense of those ideals that protect individual autonomy and trouble the inevitability of the leftist move toward collectivism that they have set in motion by way of first corrupting, then institutionalizing, what are dangerous and incoherent ideas about language, ideas that, once they wend their way through the fabric of our thought as accepted truisms, provide the Left’s ideological trajectory with a sense of inexorability.

Which is why I’ve long described those on the right who fight the left superficially and locally — while allowing them [to] own both the tools and the rules for cultural discourse — as being willing to “lose more slowly.”

The perversion of Reason that is Leftist Thinking has infused each and every one of our souls.  This has not been an overnight process, but has taken over a century to achieve in America.  Like the skilled magician, the Left has played a sleight-of-hand trick on us, allowing and encouraging us to believe in the fantasy that, as Jeff writes, ‘worrying about horse-race politics and election results that give us more Rs than Ds is the only worthy pursuit of political opinion shapers’ and will actually give us a real chance us to reverse course, while they have gone on their merry way spreading their cancer throughout our Society and Culture because they have seized control of the language.  Control of that essential element has given them the power to fashion a view of the world created in the sterile laboratories of their minds [ie: isn’t grounded in Reality] and to corrupt our knowledge of the Real World, to be incapable of knowing that A is always A. 

Ideas that for millennia were considered and known to be abnormal are now seen as perfectly normal.  The result is that we all now think like Leftists to varying degrees.  They have seized the premises that once were written by Right Reason and rewritten them to conform with their fun house mirror views.  The result is that Leftism has continued it’s slow and steady march down the road to perdition, occasionally slowed-down for pragmatic reasons, but never halted, never losing much ground.

It is all well and good to stand athwart history and yell ‘Stop!’, but in the long run doing so will come to naught if you don’t know exactly what it is you’re trying to stop.

This is truly a struggle for the hearts and minds of a people — the greatest people the world has ever known.

All the electoral successes we achieve will always mean nothing if we do not regain control of the crafting of the premises that underlie our thinking, if we do not banish perverse thinking and restore Right Reason to the place it was put by the Creator.

This is the battle we should be fighting in the war to restore our freedoms and liberties.

Jeff’s essay is a must-read, as is Stacy’s piece on the indoctrination of the young by the Left — a highlight:

Certainly, the teenage prep-school girls who made that field trip to Occupy Denver never read Marx or Lenin, and they probably wouldn’t know Bill Ayers from Justin Bieber. The same can be said for most of the rest of the ill-informed mobs who have assembled themselves under the “Occupy” banner. They cannot articulate any rational agenda, but are motivated only by a general resentment of “the rich,’ whom the Occupiers vaguely understand to be unfairly exploiting “the 99 percent” in some way.

If the Occupiers are in any sense Marxist, then, they have absorbed their Marxism by some mysterious process of cultural osmosis, because it is impossible to imagine any of those nitwits taking time to work their way through “Imperialism” or “What Is to Be Done?” (And forget about Das Kapital, a book so notoriously unreadable that I doubt even the most devout Communists ever got past the second chapter.) What is important to understand is that Marxism is a belief system, and that a person may be influenced by Marxist ideas without ever realizing the origins of these ideas.

And that is exactly what has happened.  The Leftist cancer is everywhere, dropping tumors as it goes on it’s vile way.

Russell Kirk:

Must we believe those wicked words of doom and decadence that fatalists see written in the sky? Or is it still in our power as a people, by exertion of our wills and our energies, to renew our vigor and our beliefs? Must we trim sad lamps and strum sad strings, in the gloomy expectation that the forces of evil, those ‘seraph kings’, will work the death of God? Or, given resolution and imagination, may we Americans yet enter upon a time of greatness, an augustan age?…

The Wise Men Know, found in Redeeming The Time.

6 Comments
  1. 21 November 2011 @ 23:47 23:47

    Excellent post.

  2. 22 November 2011 @ 01:06 01:06

    And the forces of Islamic conquest are right behind them, using words that we think we understand – like religion, equality, terrorism, and justice, not to mention jihad – but defining them in ways entirely different from those we expect, and nobody notes the difference.

    So when the Deobandi conference, or the Cairo Convention on Human Rights says that “In accordance with Islamic Law, we condemn terrorism,” nobody thinks to ask what, precisely is meant by, “in accordance with Islamic Law.” If they had, they would realize that the concept of terrorism applies only to Muslims. It is defined as the “unjust killing of Muslims,” and has no application to non-Muslims at all. So the word assumes an entirely different meaning, but we take no note of that fact, and we comfort ourselves with an empty assurance.

    Control of the language is essential, and yet we have ceded that battlefield to those who would destroy us, even giving them the power to dictate what training materials we use to prepare the people who are supposed to defend us.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      22 November 2011 @ 19:03 19:03

      Dead solid perfect, Steven.

      I have just finsihed a short book that touches on some of what you write about: Allah Is Dead: Why Islam Is Not A Religion by Rebecca Bynum. It’s very good. She runs The New English Review.

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    22 November 2011 @ 05:02 05:02

    “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind,” Churchill

    And we are in danger of losing them.

  4. 24 November 2011 @ 00:56 00:56

    Very fine post, thank you! Premise, Premise, Premise!!! The Devil is NOT in the details. The Devil is in the premise – or not. This is why heresy and apostasy – which are different phenomena – have rightly been considered infectious, contagious social diseases and rightly treated with the utmost prejudice.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      24 November 2011 @ 12:03 12:03

      Dead solid perfect, Rev.

      While there is much to not like about Ayn Rand’s philosophy, when she was right, Ayn was dead right, such as this statement:
      I’ll give you a hint. Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
      -Francisco d’Anconia to Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged

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