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March 3, 2008
The Cold War Never Ended; Media, Education
and Hollywood are the New Soviets
We all remember well that November night
back in 1989, when the Berlin Wall finally came down. A glorious day
most thought would never come, yet it did. And just as quickly, most
declared the 45-year-long Cold War over, never to return, what with
Marxism soon thereafter losing its top sponsor in the Soviet Union.
What most didn't count on, however, was that
the forces of hard leftism would simply regroup and go domestic. Having
learned the hard way that the worst thing they could do for their cause
was to be overt about it, they settled down to the business of the long
slog through America's institutions. Steadily, the four main sources
from which most people obtain what passes for information were co-opted
and eventually controlled by the left.
And now, the cultural Marxism that they
routinely espouse is scarcely noticed and certainly not recognized as
such by the masses. Much like the frog-in-a-pot-of-boiling-water
analogy, the heat was turned up slowly enough that nobody noticed until
they were cooked.
If we are to turn the tide against the
forces of collectivism, and stop them from killing the goose that lays
the golden eggs with their forcible redistribution of income – which
naturally destroys any incentive to invest, work or innovate and
multiplies the incentive for sloth, irresponsibility and parasitic
living – we must first neutralize these four institutions that the
liberal left has turned into de facto propaganda outlets for
their worldview. They are:
Mainstream media. To anyone but
the hard left, any pretense of the media being anything like Sergeant
Joe Friday (“Just the facts, Ma'am”) is laughable. At best, they slant
stories to manipulate the outcome of political decisions as they would
like to see. At worst, they use their megaphone as a sword or club, to
outright damage or destroy those who stand in the way of implementing
But while their ratings have suffered
greatly for it and new media outlets like talk radio and Internet blog
sites have come about to supply the demand for conservative news that
their bias created, the mainstream media continues unabated. And enough
of the masses still consume and believe their output to give liberalism
K-12 public education. Turning
your child over to the state to “educate” . . . an idea straight out of
Moscow. And then you wonder why your little one turns you in for not
being “green” enough and is an expert at unrolling a condom over a
cucumber, but can't make change for a dollar or find his hometown on a
map. Obviously, the main purpose of government controlling “education”
is to indoctrinate, all the better to keep these young skulls full of
mush voting liberal in perpetuity.
Perhaps the single most important thing we
could do to jump-start the effort against leftism is to pull children
out of public schools. And don't think the teachers' unions and liberal
politicians don't know this. Why else do you think they scream bloody
murder at the mere thought of losing one dollar, even though in many
states they are far and away the single biggest budget item, consuming
the majority of the available revenue? Because so long as they have the
schools, they have and maintain a power base.
Colleges. And whatever
indoctrination K-12 doesn't manage to complete, the college or
university does. What were once training schools for ministers in
centuries past and should be the most open-for-discussion places we
have, are instead hotbeds of radical leftism that squash dissent in the
name of political correctness. In many ways, campuses are training
grounds for activism rather than institutions of higher learning.
And they get millions of tax dollars, and
tens of thousands of tuition dollars to boot. (Yet all those subsidies
never get them to lower tuition, meaning that their awful product is way
overpriced at the same time.)
Hollywood. Last, there is our
ostensible “entertainment” industry. One need only listen to any Academy
Award telecast at random from the past few years to know where they're
coming from. Or recognize that a billion bucks of potential profit was
disregarded rather than distribute Mel Gibson's The Passion of the
Christ. The list goes on. Clearly, they are more interested in
pushing an agenda than anything else.
It's easy to say that one simply shouldn't
consume their product, but when it's everywhere, there aren't many
alternatives, and it has the powerful effect on our culture it does,
that's easier said than done. And that fact is precisely why they
produce what they do.
Only when the avalanche of leftist influence
from these institutions is stanched will conservative ideas have a
chance to take root. So long as it flows freely, the battle is steeply
uphill and we'll likely be outnumbered.
The Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union went
away nearly 20 years ago, but the ideology that created them is alive
and well. One very large battle was won then, but the Cold War is still
with us. And will probably remain for a long time to come.
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