Are you fed up with Washington politicizing our economy and bureaucrats more focused on aggrandizing their power than aiding commerce? For many of us, the rhetoric emanating from our government doesn’t reflect reality. In The Courage to do Nothing, Bill Flax gives a voice to the angry taxpayer articulating our concerns and offering cogent advice to our political leaders. Socialism is inherently flawed, but instead of allowing the free market to function, our politicians employ socialism concealed as compassion.
Our cultural elites in Washington, Academia, Media and Hollywood have built a modern Tower of Babel based on progressive fantasies. Their idealistic pursuit of Utopia is funded by your tax dollars. Socialism is but one pillar in this faulty tower, but it is the pillar du jour and America’s future if we don’t restore the traditional Christian values and limited government our nation was built upon.
Here is an excerpt from the second edition. This is the single largest change from the first edition so it is published here so as to be readily available to those with the first edition:
The Ascent of Madness
Marxism as an economic theory appealed somewhat across Eurasia given its feudal past, but in America, socialism only took root in the intellectual classes distanced from the wealth creation process. Marxism preyed on Europe’s long history of class warfare. In feudal society, the rich really did steal from the poor through exorbitant taxes and the stultifying economic restrictions of serfdom. Unlike America where living standards consistently elevated each generation, many workers, particularly in Eastern Europe, really had been exploited.
America flirted with progressivism, but starkly rejected Marxism. We embraced Fabian socialism as manifest by Keynesian economics, but few Americans, until recently, found class warfare rhetoric appealing because so many have risen by effort. You can’t tell a homeowner earning a nice living that he must forego property because capitalism exploits him. Too many of us had improved our material standing. We owned property. We enjoyed freedom. America was not fertile soil for the socialists.
Unfortunately, America left her flank exposed and the enemy swarmed. The Frankfurt School, Marxist Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, brought cultural Marxism to America in the Thirties at the invitation of John Dewey and renowned journalist Edward R. Murrow (who later was instrumental in marginalizing Joseph McCarthy and other anti-communists).[i] These two Fabian socialists welcomed their kindred spirits first to Columbia University before they quickly spread their self-proclaimed “cultural terrorism” throughout America’s media and college establishments. It’s estimated that there are over 10,000 Marxist professors and upwards of 90% of the faculty at some Midwestern universities are Marxists.[ii]
The Fabians and Frankfurt Schoolers layered Marx and Freud on top of Darwin’s foundation. Each now enshrined by this civil religion of the cultural elitists. Darwinian evolution breathed life into Marx’s materialist conception of man. Marx described Darwin’s Origin of Species, “this is the book which contains the basis in natural history for our view.”[iii] Where Darwin postulated an explanation for the evolution of species without invoking God, Marx dreamed up the evolution of history as class struggle. Freud’s contribution was explaining human nature by disabusing man’s natural depravity and portraying biblical morality as repressive.
Freud’s psychoanalysis lent scientific credence to victimhood. Crime, bad behavior or a lack of economic advancement were explained as resulting from repression. The repressors: parents, church and traditional American culture, which he labeled a “gigantic mistake.” This fit nicely with Marx’s views on class antagonisms. Traditional parenting focused on instilling values and discipline—by rod if necessary—became discredited. If babies were born pure, instead of discipline, parenting focused on boosting self-esteem. What the Bible deems pride. Public education became the tool for subverting parents’ beliefs. Personal responsibility gave way to feelings of entitlement. Criminals weren’t bad people, just victims of capitalist America.
The Marxist dialectic requires a synthesizing redefinition of good and evil. Sin was not rebellion against God, but working for your ends as opposed to the collective’s. The institution of property rights represented original sin. The church portrayed as backward, made obsolete by science and state directed charity and education. Religion became a neurosis. A prop. Capitalism was deemed oppressive as were moral standards. People who chastised sinful or inappropriate behavior were labeled intolerant hypocrites. The church was seen as an instrument of repression robbing men the attainment of pleasure. Through “transvaluation” sin became virtue and virtue became sin. America, this bastion of freedom and prosperity—relegated to ridicule.
This unholy trinity explains much of what’s wrong today. Cultural Marxism was a philosophy of unremitting criticism against the family, church and traditional aspects of American culture. Everyone was assigned group identities. Racial and gender antagonisms supplanted class warfare. They labeled each group either a victim or an oppressor. The victims were blacks, women, homosexuals, non-Christians and anyone with a grievance. Even violent criminals. The oppressors were whites, men, heterosexuals, Christians and businessmen. The police and military were especially troublesome, slandered as “fascist pigs.”
The Frankfurt School was instrumental in the development of Critical Theory, which gained its greatest notoriety in Critical Race Theory. They threw incessant intellectual darts at American institutions while pervading public education, mainstream media outlets, the entertainment industry and government. They criticized, ridiculed and harangued. Nothing was sacred. Sex and the counter-culture lured America’s youth using Frankfurt Schooler Herbert Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization as a guiding light. This culminated in the violence and rebelliousness of the Sixties.
The cultural Marxists found America’s weakness in her blatant hypocrisy on race. They seduced Middle America with the civil rights movement fooling many well meaning citizens that they were perfecting America’s flaws rather than exploiting her decency. Cultural Marxism supplanted Marxism’s economic variant manifested as communism in countries with feudal pasts. And voila, we keep moving closer to socialist Leviathan for cultural and social reasons as opposed to economic ones. The Civil Rights Act and similar legislation have been the greatest drivers of government expansion since WWII and the propellant justifying government’s invasion of almost everything once considered private. This is why Nancy Pelosi invoked imagery of a civil rights march when shoving Obamacare down our throats. Senator Baucus, one of its chief architects, admitted Obamacare was more about wealth redistribution than healthcare.[iv] Even as Soviet Russia’s fall decisively discredited Marxist economics, its cultural variant thrives.
The Left pounds at America’s foundation while brainwashing generations of students into Marxist theory under the pretense of multiculturalism. They attack at will, criticizing anything and everything about Western Civilization. They tolerate nothing lasting. Nothing true. Nothing sacred to Christians, patriots or believers in liberty. Yet any attack on other religions, other cultures, non-Western nations or socialist economic systems is deemed intolerant in their relativist re-definition of thought. These anti-Christian, anti-traditional American and anti-capitalist principles remain the overriding message being indoctrinated into our children today.
It’s produced a cult of victimization amongst blacks and guilt amongst “privileged” whites. Something called “institutional racism” exonerates reverse discrimination and even hatred against whites. Only whites can be racist and are in fact racist even if they bear no animosity toward other groups whatsoever. It’s assumed that the power structure is white and in the multicultural Marxist dialectic, it’s an “Us” versus “Them” world. Victims and villains. Therefore, whites can be unwittingly racist even if they adore blacks, but blacks who detest whites, even violently, cannot.
As the cultural Marxists enveloped America’s flank, it is now evident their attacks were not for America’s betterment. Blacks and well meaning whites were mere pawns. Now even as government enforced discrimination such as affirmative action, quotas and set-asides favor minorities and women, the Left remains obsessed with race and demographic bean counting. That’s why they bash the tea parties for being mostly white. It was never actually about equality or a color-blind society. They weren’t repairing blemishes; they exploited our credulity to undermine America.
The Left no longer espouses equality, but favoritism. Long after the Civil Rights movement secured all the gains they purportedly sought, race hustlers in what must be called extortion are still protected by the mainstream media, idolized in our universities and glorified by Hollywood. There remain no legal impediments obstructing women, yet feminism’s demands grow more brazen. But even as the cultural Marxists focus on race or gender, no matter the issue, the PC solution invariably entails redistributing wealth. America has devolved into a spoils system of identity politics. The most unfortunate victims of this onslaught have been blacks themselves. So often parlayed as the justification for government action, blacks have been betrayed as cannon fodder in the cultural Marxist assault on America.
The family structure in many black communities has been obliterated by wealth redistribution condemning those most “helped” to perpetual poverty. As Thomas Sowell laments, “No segment of the population has lost more by the agendas of liberal constituencies of the Democratic Party than the black population. The teachers’ unions, environmental fanatics and the ACLU are just some of the groups to whose interests blacks have been sacrificed wholesale. Lousy education and high crime rates in the ghettos . . . are devastating prices to pay for liberalism.”[v]
Cultural Marxism smothers American culture. The transformation of American thought has been astonishing. It’s as if they poured a glob of molasses over a map. As the molasses slowly, incrementally covers America, our culture languishes in gunk. Modern culture is built on Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Thomas Malthus, Rousseau, Franz Boas, Margaret Mead, Betty Friedan, Alfred Kinsey, and Benjamin Spock. Each of these progressive prophets laid the foundations and infrastructure for politically correct dogma. But each has long been discredited if not proven outright frauds.
The foundations and lower levels of the entire structure of progressive thought have been shown cracked, yet additional stories have been built in this modern Tower of Babel. For instance, no credible scientist still believes Classical Darwinism, which was built on the long discredited heredity theories of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck combined with Thomas Malthus’s “struggle for existence” beliefs.[vi] The evolutionists later co-opted Darwin’s contemporary, Gregor Mendel, a Catholic priest and geneticist even though Mendel was unimpressed by Darwin’s theory.[vii] Meanwhile, humanists today have the audacity to proclaim Christianity stands athwart science. Not only was Darwin’s original evolutionary methodology disproved, but as shown by Jonathan Wells in Icons of Evolution, most of the evidence has been faked or found lacking too.[viii]
Generations of college students, taught that only a fool questions evolution, graduated to higher levels of the evolutionary tower even as the foundation and first floor have collapsed. Rather than admit that science has no coherent explanation for how we got here short of God’s design, we now have Neo-Darwinist theories like Cladism or Punctuated Equilibrium. These theories contradict each other as well as Darwin’s original premise, yet we climb higher up the tower in a race before the truth overcomes progressive fantasy. Schools still teach classical Darwinism, even as it runs contrary to known science, because they can’t settle on an acceptable alternative. As Darwin’s apologist Richard Lewontin admits, “We cannot allow a divine foot in the door.”[ix]
God has been banished from the classroom and consequently we have renounced moral absolutes deferring to Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey’s perversions of science and sex. Freud was considered a charlatan in his own country and by most contemporaries. If Hollywood had not prominently and favorably showcased Freud, virtually nobody would even remember his name.[x] Freud regularly misdiagnosed patients and deliberately falsified case histories to prove his theories.[xi] Psychoanalyst David Stafford-Clark downplays the consensus that Freud’s theories were flawed, “Psychoanalysis was and will always be Freud’s original creation. Its discovery, exploration, investigation, and constant revision formed his life’s work. It is manifest injustice, as well as wantonly insulting, to commend psychoanalysis, still less to invoke it ‘without too much of Freud.’ It’s like supporting the theory of evolution ‘without too much of Darwin.’”[xii] Popular culture only commends Freud and Darwin because their disproven theories fill holes in humanism’s intellectual spectrum.
The only place Karl Marx still enjoys respect is Western universities where he remains an icon. Dostoevsky predicted communism’s wretched legacy when he observed, “If God doesn’t exist then everything is permitted.” To atheist dictators the end justified any means. Most estimates put Marxism’s death toll molding “new socialist man” well over 100 million. From the forced starvation of Ukrainians through his purges, Stalin accumulated tens of millions of victims. Mao accumulated an even greater toll concocting similar purges to rid China of its heritage through the Cultural Revolution. From Fidel, Che and Pol Pot to North Korea today, communism’s legacy portends a consistent trail of dehumanization, starvation and machine-like brutality.
Leftist elites hail communist traitors Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs as martyrs yet vilify Whitaker Chambers and Joe McCarthy. In 1989, months before the Berlin Wall fell, Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson admonished in his bestselling college economics textbook, “the Soviet economy is proof that, contrary to what many skeptics had earlier believed, a socialist command economy can function and even thrive.”[xiii] How many millions more must die at the hands of socialist dictators or be enslaved by their governments before these theories lose their grip on college professors?
We coddle children following Dr. Spock and Rousseau’s self-esteem building nonsense in lieu of discipline as we turn out generation after generation more self-indulgent than the last. Children are taught to satisfy their every whim as if the world revolves around their wants treated as needs. How many times do Malthusian predictions of ecological Armageddon have to prove false before we stop lauding environmentalists? Are we entering an Ice Age or Global Warming? In the Seventies, carbon-based pollution was blocking out the sun and would lead to freezing temperatures. Now we’re told the same factors warm us. These chicken-little’s change back and forth, yet they retain supposed moral authority bestowed by Gaia.[xiv]
Despite the shaky foundations supporting each of these progressive theories, the tower keeps rising. These theorists came up with the answers progressives lusted to hear for questions no one else asked. It will not matter how many more levels on the tower are shown false. Man will keep building in the vain attempt to escape God and to conceal our fallen nature. We disavow truths we cannot bear seeking to replace them with the Utopian concoctions of progressive daydreams. So what if Margaret Mead, Edward Said, Rigoberta Menchu, Alex Haley and a long list of leftist heroes were lying.[xv] Our postmodern relativism congratulates them for speaking to “higher truths.”
The entire concept of postmodernism, that truth is culturally conditioned, that truth is somehow relative, is a cop-out. University presidents scared to speak out against Afrocentric Studies programs distorting history or Womyn’s studies distorting biology. Instead of holding professors to the higher standard of truth, they cowardly surmised that what’s true for some may not be true for all. Even as much of what is taught in politically charged majors is complete, provable falsehood, colleges serve as apologists. It’s intolerant to point out that the ancient Egyptians were Caucasian or that women have been afforded a much higher status in the Christian West than in other civilizations.
Brainwashed generations of Americans believe that ours, the greatest national force of good in world history is somehow evil. No one else of course can be termed evil in a morally relativist world. The cultural relativists have adopted a blame America mindset that emphasizes all her faults and distorts her accomplishments. Cultural relativism fuels multiculturalism splitting us at the seams, while alienating traditional culture from its roots. The very concept of multiculturalism, which extols the supposed virtues of diverse groups while belittling the West, is especially contradictory as most other cultures remain far more patriarchal, xenophobic and “homophobic” than ours ever was. The Left seeks not “diversity,” but a coalition of likeminded grievance bearers united against traditional values. The West has lost its moorings as civilization surrendered its principles. We now welcome madness in the name of toleration even as we’ve become intolerant of ourselves.
[i] Howse, Brannon, Grave Influence: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews that Rule America from the Grave. Worldview Weekend Publishing 2009, 125-128.
[ii] ibid, 131-132.
[iii] Cashill, Jack. Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture. Nashville, TN: Nelson Current, 2005, 169.
[iv] “Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address ‘Mal-Distribution of Income,’” FoxNews 3/27/10.
[v] “GOP Shouldn’t Seek Approval From The Left,” By Thomas Sowell Investor’s Monday, March 16, 2009 4:20 PM PT http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=322097068209632.
[vi] Wells, Jonathan PH.D., The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, Washington: Regnery, 2006, 164, 183.
[vii] “Mendel, Mendelism” Catholic Encyclopedia internet version, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10180b.htm.
[viii] Wells, Jonathan PH.D., Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong, Washington: Regnery, 2002.
[ix] Wells, Intelligent Design, 69.
[x] Gross, Martin L., The End of Sanity: Social and Cultural Madness in America. New York: Avon Books, 1997, 40-47.
[xi] Eysenck, Hans, Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire. (Harmondsworth: Pelican, 1986) from Wikipedia.
[xii] Stafford-Clark, David (1965). What Freud really said. New York: Pelican books, 1967, 19.
[xiii] Murphy, Robert P. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. Washington: Regnery, 2007, 5.
[xiv] Horner, Christopher C. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism. Washington: Regnery, 2007.
[xv] Cashill, Hoodwinked.