Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Marxism and the "Long March Through American Institutions"
Bob and Sarah Fisher were checking their daughter's homework last week when a social studies assignment caught their attention.
It criticized the United States for dropping the atomic bomb during World War II.
Fisher told Fox News, "Both our grandfathers were in World War II and this worksheet makes it seem as if they were the bad guys."
Julie West, while checking her son's textbook, "The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction To Human Geography" saw something that caught her attention and raised concern.
The textbook proposed this: "...if a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israel's government policies and army actions?"
These are not uncommon occurrences. What is driving the indoctrination in public education?
Julie, whose 15 year old son attends Franklin High School in Franklin, Tenn., believes the question implies a bias against Israel.
She told Fox News, "We're living in a time where people are saying, 'How could anyone put a bomb in a restaurant or on a street intending to kill innocent people?' And we ask ourselves that when at the same time our children are being taught from a curriculum that says that might be okay, or at least it might be okay if those kids are Jewish."
West and other parents are now calling for removal of the text.
The textbook author and publisher are claiming a misunderstanding and are defending their position. The complete story is linked above. Please read it.
Bob and Sarah Fisher, whose daughter is in the 8th grade at Victory Junior High in New York, are equally shocked by the slant of their daughter's textbook.
Bob said, "As if somehow the Japanese were the victims and that the US had no right to do what they did. It totally takes away from the sacrifices made by their generation and we won't stand by and not say something about it."
And they are saying a lot about it. Again, please take a moment and read the complete story. It is linked above.
Sometimes the indoctrination in public education is so blatant, it makes it into the news cycle, but for the most part the indoctrination continues quietly and daily. It is subtle and powerful. And it has changed our culture.
How did it happen?
It didn't just happen, in fact there has been a very deliberate well thought out agenda that has followed a plan. And it didn't begin in the 1960's.
William S. Lind is a highly respected historian, author and lecturer and recognized authority on the history and impact of Marxism.
I am using his extensive research for the following overview.
What has happened to American traditional culture, which had grown up over generations from our Western, Judeo-Christian roots, is it has been swept aside by an ideology.
We know the ideology best as "Political Correctness" and "Multiculturalism."
Lind says it is really "Cultural Marxism" taken from failed Marxist economic ideas and integrated with new cultural ideas.
It goes back not to the 1960's, but back to World War I.
Before World War I, Marxist theory said that if Europe ever erupted into war, the working class in every European country would rise in revolt, overthrow their government and create a new Communist Europe.
However, when war broke out in 1914, it didn't happen as the Marxists had thought. Marx had miscalculated.
Instead workers in European countries lined up by the millions to fight for their country.
After the war, Marxist leaders asked themselves what had gone wrong. They regrouped.
They concluded a Marxist Communist revolution would likely not be possible in the West because of the Western culture and the Christian religion that dominated it.
They concluded both should be destroyed.
Antonio Gramsci and George Lukacs carried the torch and created a strategy for destroying both Christian influence and the Western culture itself.
Instead of calling for a communist revolution, as they had in Russia, they decided they should seize political power last, after what they called "A Long March Through The Institutions" of the West.
This march would include the schools, the media, even the churches---every institution that could influence the culture.
They began the long march with little fanfare---no press releases. Years of hard work and complete dedication to the task would follow. This commitment was born out of their hatred toward the West.
Although Mussolini had recognized the danger Gramsci posed and jailed him, Gramsci's writings had been discovered and were circulated, particularly the "Prison Notebooks".
Gramsci, Lukacs, Felix Weil, a multi-millionaire, and others worked tirelessly to advance their cause.
They established a "think tank" at Frankfort University in Germany. Although it was originally called "Institute for Marxism," they soon decided that was not a good name and called it the "Institute for Social Research," then later, "Frankfurt School."
Other Marxist progressive elites joined the effort.
Simply stated, these young intellectual Marxists redefined Marxism before they redefined Western culture. Instead of the old Marxism, they designed a new Marxism that was intellectually based and directed toward a psychological conditioning campaign.
The "Frankfurt School" was well on its way and had given birth to the concepts of "political correctness" and "multiculturalism" when everything changed in Germany.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party came to power. Nazis hated Marxism, so the folks at Frankfurt School left the country and re-established themselves in New York City with help from Columbia University. Very soon the full focus of the destruction of Western culture was turned toward the United States.
Inroads were made into public education with the help of Columbia University,
Political correctness was advanced through what they called "Critical Theory" standards which were integrated into colleges and universities across the nation.
In 1950, a very influential book titled, "The Authoritian Personality" was published by one of the leaders of the Cultural Marxist movement. It undermined traditional beliefs on sexual morals, relationships between men and women and even questioned the value of family. It labeled those who disagreed with them as "fascists."
That term continues to be a favorite with the political correct crowd.
Public education, the entertainment industry and the press has been infiltrated with people raised up, educated and indoctrinated with what Dr. Lind calls "Cultural Marxism."
Herbert Marcuse's book, "Eros and Civilization" became the text of the 1960's Cultural Marxism rebellion. He advocated that the culture must be driven, not by the working class, but by "victims groups" and "political correctness expressed through a coalition of students, blacks, feminist women and homosexuals."
A generation indoctrinated in cultural Marxism now runs public education, the entertainment industry and the news media, resulting in a daily war on America's traditional culture and our Christian faith.
So back to the Fishers and the Wests and their school age children. And your children and grandchildren. And mine.
Over the next days and weeks I plan to suggest alternative actions that we, as people of faith, can take in response to where we are in the war on the culture and the Christian faith.
One thing we can all do every day is------
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.