By Mark Levin –
American Marxists call themselves progressives, democratic socialists, social activists, community activists, etc. and operate under many nomenclatures, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, etc. They claim to promote economic justice, environmental justice, racial equity, gender equity, etc. They have invented new theories like critical race theory, etc. They claim the dominant culture and capitalist system are unjust, inequitable, racist and sexist, etc. The aim is to undermine the citizenry’s confidence in the nation’s institutions and traditions, weakening the nation from within, and destroying American republicanism and capitalism.
They occupy our colleges and universities, newsrooms and social media, entertainment and boardrooms, and their ideas are increasingly influential within the Democratic Party. Their influence pervades teacher training and classroom curriculum throughout America’s public school system. They use propaganda and indoctrination, and demand conformity through cancel culture, etc. to destroy reputations and careers. They censor and ban patriotic and contrary viewpoints on social media. They attack academic freedom and intellectual diversity in higher education.
To ensure control by the Democratic Party they seek to change the voting system, to add two reliably Democratic states, to drop the Senate filibuster, to destroy judicial independence by packing the Supreme Court, to add hundreds of billions to the deficit by vastly expanding entitlements to dramatically increase the numbers dependent on government transfers and subsidizing and strengthening core parts of the Democratic Party base, especially unions and political activists, and facilitating massive illegal immigration to change the nation’s demographics.
Marxists seek to exploit people’s natural tendency to want to belong to groups, including ethnic, racial, religious and economic groups and to generate emotional appeal to create passionate and even fanatical adherence. Marxism, and critical theory generally, stress classism over individualism. They seek to create groups of individuals who see themselves as oppressed and victimized and find their identity as a member of their group, rather than as a unique individual.
Their agenda is especially seductive to the malcontented, disaffected, and dissatisfied. For these, individual liberty and capitalism expose their own shortcomings and failings, and their inability to function competitively in an open society. Marxism and critical theory provide a theoretical framework through which they can project their own limitations and weaknesses onto the system rather than taking responsibility for them.
The media, academia and the bureaucratic Leviathan have become increasingly allied with the left wing of the Democratic Party. Many of our major corporations have become complicit in their agenda through the influence of ideologically indoctrinated college and university graduates.
We have a very different debate today than we did as recently as the 1980s. America has an increasing number of disaffected elite whose goals are hostile to our nation’s inherited cultures and institutions. Intoxicated by the power possible with emerging technologies, this elite thinks of creative destruction as applied to culture. They lack any experiential or historical ballast to slow them in remaking everything according to their visions.
Critical Theory is pervasive in American culture and its multitude of hybrid and interlocking movements are actively working to destroy our society and culture. To be defeated it must be at first recognized and the nature of the threat understood.
Chapter 2 – Breeding Mobs
Mass movements work by persuading the individual to see his identity as defined by the group with which he is persuaded to associate himself rather than as a unique individual. A receptive audience is found among those who are unable to assume responsibility for themselves and are easily persuaded to find the blame for their plight elsewhere. Disparaging and diminishing the successful and accomplished becomes an essential tactic. By exploiting human frailties, frustrations, jealousies, and inequities, a sense of meaning and self-worth is created in the malcontent’s otherwise directionless life.
The will to group is one of the most profound characteristics of the modern world. Most mass movements cannot tolerate or survive competing rival ideas, so they demand groupthink conformity. This orthodoxy has spread throughout our culture. So ubiquitous is this assault on individualism and non-conformism that it has acquired its own nomenclature – Cancel Culture.
Mass movements rely on deceit, propaganda, dependence, intimidation and force, and rely heavily on indoctrination. Critical theory was ignited by an intelligentsia professionally engaged in developing and spreading utopian fantasies. They are found primarily among tenured faculty in colleges and universities and have been heavily influenced by Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx. Hegel thought the individual found his fulfillment through the state and should be subservient to it for the greater good of the state.
The impracticality of their ideologies appears to be strangely alluring to those who crusade for them. Eric Hoffer in, The True Believer, explained that mass movements are built of deeply flawed individuals with deeply flawed ideas and that their allegiance to such movements could satisfy their strange passion for self-renunciation. Most mass movements are hostile toward well-adjusted, happy, and successful individuals. This is evident in the Antifa and BLM movements, among others.
The radical has a passionate faith in the infinite perfectibility of human nature. Brainwashing and idolatry to the cause are the lifeblood of mass movements. A mass movement disciple sees himself as the supporter and defender of the holy cause to which he clings, rather than as the failure which he formally felt himself to be. One of the easiest ways to form an impassioned mass movement is to convince them to form around the same political hatreds.
For a mass movement to effectively mobilize it must become the identity through which the individual views himself. Adopting a collective action frame requires inculcating a shared understanding of the world into the political consciousness of individuals. To partake of the collective identity is to reconstitute the individual self around a new and valued identity. To this end the individual is conditioned and programmed into a devoted social activists or revolutionary tied to the cause through the movement.
Marx saw society and culture broken down into classes that are in constant state of competition and conflict. He thought class-consciousness so important because it influences the very nature of class conflict and helps determine the kinds of social structures.
Alan Bloom wrote in, The Closing of the American Mind, that every educational system has a moral goal that it tries to attain and that informs its curriculum. It wants to produce a certain kind of human being. Our American culture, and respect for America’s guiding principles, are being undermined by our educational system with its heavy emphasis on America’s faults.
One strategy of the left is to recruit massive numbers of the poor on to the welfare rolls. The national Democratic leadership is alert to the importance of the urban Negro vote. Many of the policies of the Great Society were efforts to reinforce the allegiance of growing ghetto constituencies to the Democratic administration.
Marxism is not about free speech and debate but about domination, repression indoctrination, conformity, and compliance.
Chapter 3 – Hate America, Inc.
Progressive intellectuals have been laying the foundations for the acceptance of Marxist ideology in academia for well over 100 years. They undertook a long campaign to reeducate and indoctrinate future armies of radicals through the universities and public education. Herbert Croley was one of the most influential of these in the early 20th century.
John Dewey played a key role in transforming the traditional purposes of education into a social activism movement. He approved of Marxism’s influence on the progressive movement. Dewey argued that the nation’s youth must be freed from existing mores, values, belief systems, traditions, customs and the like, through public education. The classroom with its captive audience of millions of children is a perfect setting for Marxist oriented indoctrination. Dewey’s progressive ideology was disguised as science and reason so as to open the mind to indoctrination. Dewey was an early fan of the Soviet education system and Dewey remains central to progressive thought in academia today.
Jean Anyon was a professor of social and education policy at the City University of New York. She was at the center of the scholarly movement to unpack the official curriculum and replace it with the new sociology of education.
The Progressive objective is to control the schools, the curriculum, the professors and the classroom to gain control of the hearts and minds of the general population – to radicalize the culture through education and media propaganda with Marxist based ideologies such as Critical Theory.
Instead of learning respect for our nation’s founding and ideals, and celebrating a free and civil society, successive generations of students are taught disdain for their own country, its history and its founding. Richard Weaver explained why; having abandoned our concepts of transcendence and religious faith, we are now vulnerable to the propaganda of those intellectuals who reject eternal truths and the lessons of historical experience in favor of social engineering by “experts” and their administrative state. The separation of education from religion and metaphysics has been one of the greatest victories of progressivism.
It is academia and its rule over the education of generations of students that serves as the most potent force for Marxist indoctrination. The most famous Marxist revolutionaries were greatly influenced by their college experiences, especially Lenin.
The new left movement, which gained a foothold in the 1960s and 70s mass protests and civil disobedience, was greatly influenced by Herbert Marcuse, a German academic and fierce anti-capitalist, who taught in America at Columbia, Harvard, and Brandeis. He was one of the most important developers of the Critical Theory movements which seek to undermine and supplant American society and culture.
Marxism is a uniquely alluring ideology because it pretends to be the champion of the underdog and the oppressed. It promises a fundamental transformation of society and the purification of man’s nature through a rebirth of society – a collective salvation found in communal egalitarianism.
Societies are only ripe for mass movements at rare moments. Only in desperately unsettled times when large numbers are convinced that the time has come for radical change does millennialism become a movement that has entered the apocalyptic vortex. Apocalyptic warriors live with cosmic salvation before them. The revolutionary demands conformity. He lives in an enchanted and exciting world and wants to bring the rest of us into it.
Raymond Aron, in The Opium of the Intellectuals, said that those who claim to know the form in which institutions should be remade forget that the same obstacles arising from the nature of individuals and societies will all be always be there, and that the revolutionaries, when they have made themselves the masters of the state, will be faced with the same alternatives of compromise or despotism. Nowhere has an impenetrable class system existed more profoundly than in the communist regimes wherever they have been tried. Is there a Marxist regime anywhere on earth that is not a police state?
Criticism of the American founding and civil society, and indoctrination about activism and protest are constantly preached throughout academia. In America, capitalism and constitutionalism are the ramparts that stand against Marxism and progressivism and so must be discredited for them to triumph.
Redistribution of wealth is the central objective of the Democratic Party. The pandemic has enabled it to legislate trillions to support its political and ideological base and to ensnare an ever-larger pool of individuals with government subsidies and transfer payments.
Chapter 4 – Racism, Genderism, and Marxism
Herbert Marcuse is credited with hatching the Critical Theory (CT) ideology from which racial, gender, and other critical theory-based movements were launched in America. He was educated in Germany at the Frankfurt School and began to work out his ideology there. Marxist theories have served as the foundational catalyst for various critical theories that have grown into Marxist related ideological movements, which have been embraced by the Democratic Party, the media and institutions throughout society and culture. One of the most destructive is Critical Race Theory (CRT), a racist ideology spreading throughout our culture and society. It promotes: a Marxist analysis of society made up of categories of oppressors and oppressed; the idea that the oppressed impede revolution when they adhere to the cultural beliefs of their oppressors and must be put through reeducation sessions; the need to dismantle all social norms through relentless criticism; and the replacement of all institutions and customs with a worldview that recognizes only oppressors and oppressed.
CRT supports its views by pointing to various existing racial disparities, which it claims are the result of discrimination. CRT claims white privilege and the white dominant culture are responsible for all black and minority grievances and disaffection.
In his book, Intellectuals and Society, Dr. Thomas Sowell comprehensively and persuasively denounces the entire multicultural identity politics movement. He explains how the dogmas of multiculturalism seal off many people in lagging groups from the advances available to the other cultures around them, leaving a culture of resentment.
CRT, a radical dogma and fanatical cause led by true believers, enlists the disaffected and malcontented into a growing legion of anti-American revolutionaries, in which minorities are at dagger points with the white dominant societal forces. CRT proponents deal in group stereotypes and prejudices. Their Marxist ideology preaches a monumental and deadly distortion of man’s nature. It questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality, legal reasoning, enlightenment rationalism, and principles of constitutional law.
Derek Bell, a Harvard law professor, is considered the founding father of modern Critical Race Theory.
Since CRT and other Critical Theory branches are unable to hold their own in rational discourse, their advocates see free speech as a particular danger to the cause and seek to shut down opposing views by censorship, etc. This is the reason for the spread of speech codes in academia and the regulation of speech by government authorities and their allies in Big Tech, the media and academia, all of whom seek to define what speech is acceptable and what speech is not.
The website Legal Insurrection has a database of colleges and universities that are using critical race theory training.
The Pulitzer Center, in partnership with the New York Times, created a curriculum based on the 1619 Project and distributed to over 3500 schools. The 1619 Project reframes US history by arguing that 1619, the year slaves were first brought to America, is the year of America’s true founding. The argument is that our history of slavery, rather than the philosophical principles on which America was founded, is the most significant thing about America.
Peter Wood, president of the of the National Association of Scholars, in his book, 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project, explained that the aim was to change America’s understanding of itself. He condemned the book as phony scholarship – Critical Race Theory dressed up his history. The project was conceived to replace our historical understanding with a very slanted ideological perspective.
The New York Times has a miserable record on truth and human rights. It is been a propaganda apologist for some of the most heinous regimes in history. It all but covered up Hitler’s campaign of extermination against the Jews and its reporter, Walter Duranty, its Moscow bureau chief from 1922 to 1936, was Joseph Stalin’s favorite Western reporter. He wrote glowing reports of Stalin and the Soviet Union’s virtues and covered up the Soviet government’s role in the mass starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932.
The mass media has become obsessed with white privilege and critical race theory and mentions of these subjects have multiplied tenfold in the last 10 years.
The federal bureaucracy is inundated with CRT agenda and training. Trump’s executive order banning teaching “race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating” and
requiring an end to this practice stated, “this destructive ideology is grounded in misrepresentations of our country’s history and its role in the world… this malign ideology is now migrating from the fringes of American society and threatens to infect core institutions of our country… appearing in workplace diversity trainings across the country, even in components of the federal government…”
Biden reversed this Trump policy by Executive Order. His order replaced the phrase “racial inequality” with “racial equity”, a nod to the CRT movement’s view that the goal is equal outcomes, not equal opportunity and treatment. Biden directs the federal bureaucracy to collect all kinds of data on the characteristics of individual citizens to ensure the enforceability of equitable outcomes. The executive order states, in part: “the lack of data impedes efforts to measure and advance equity. A first step in promoting equity in government action is to gather the data necessary to inform that effort.” The tracking of citizen behavior and government databases for the purpose of enforcing the government social and cultural objectives, in this case the racist CRT goals, is reminiscent of Communist China’s social credit system.
One of Biden’s first presidential acts was to abolish Trump’s advisory 1776 Commission, which was established to “enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776…”
Biden signed five executive actions unilaterally changing immigration policy, all of which were supportive of the Latino/Critical Race Theory movement – ending construction of the border wall, Trump interior enforcement policies, the Remain in Mexico Policy, etc.
Critical Race Theory ideology appears to assume that the more migrants the better to overwhelm the system, change the nation’s politics, demographics, and citizenry, and ultimately transform the nature of the governing system. Balkanization and tribalism are features of Critical Race Theory.
The notion that biological sex can be willfully separated from gender is the defining feature of Critical Gender Theory. Heritage Foundation scholars report that “in recent years, activist groups have strengthened pressures on legislators and educators to require the teaching of radical lesbianism, gay, bisexual, and transgender ideology in schools.” Marx believed the nuclear family interfered with the kind of social ideological brainwashing necessary to achieve the Marxist paradise.
The critical theory movement was developed by German Marxists, chief among them Herbert Marcuse. Levin says that the critical theory movement is more influential in the Biden Administration, Congress, university classrooms, public schools, corporate board rooms, the media, big tech and the entertainment industry than the works of Aristotle, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others who have contributed so greatly to a civil and humane world. It is hostile to Judeo-Christian values and the lessons of the Enlightenment. The intersectional network of the endless list of oppressed individuals and groups is obsessed with transforming the American Republic and society. Of course most of the supporters are not aware of the ultimate objectives of the fanatical leaders, organizers and activists among them.
Chapter 5 – “Climate Change” Fanaticism
The following is a quote from F.A. Hayek’s, The Fatal Conceit – The Errors of Socialism. “To understand our civilization, one must appreciate that the extended order results not from human design or intention, but spontaneously: it arose from unintentionally conforming to certain traditional and largely moral practices, many of which men tend to dislike, whose significance they usually fail to understand, whose validity they cannot prove, and which have nonetheless fairly rapidly spread by means of evolutionary selection… This process is perhaps the least appreciated facet of human evolution… The dispute is between the market order and the socialism which would destroy much of humankind and impoverish much of the rest… We generate and garner greater knowledge and wealth than could ever be obtained or utilized in a centrally directed economy whose adherents claim to proceed strictly in accordance with ‘reason’. Their socialist aims and programs are factually impossible to achieve or execute; and they also happen… to be logically impossible.”
Milton Friedman wrote, “It is widely believed that politics and economics are separate and largely unconnected; that individual freedom is a political problem and material welfare an economic problem; and that any kind of political arrangements can be combined with any kind of economic arrangements…. There is an intimate connection between economics and politics and only certain combinations of political economic arrangements are possible, a society which is socialistic cannot also be democratic, in the sense of guaranteeing individual freedom… Economic freedom is an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom…. Economic arrangements are important because of their effect on the concentration or dispersion of power…. Competitive capitalism promotes political freedom because it separates economic power from political power and in this way enables the one to offset the other…. Capitalism is a necessary condition of political freedom… It is also possible to have economic arrangements that are fundamentally capitalist and political arrangements that are not free.”
Under the guise of environmentalism, Marxist thinking and objectives have been introduced as the Green New Deal, which promotes economic regression, radical egalitarianism, and autocratic rule. But the movement has expanded to include virtually every agenda-driven goal of American Marxism, which has been embraced, in part, by the Democratic Party. The purpose of this movement increasingly appears to be to cripple the capitalist economic system and constitutional republicanism. The principles upon which America was founded, such as private property rights, the free flow of commerce, voluntary exchange, the sanctity of the individual, and the establishment of a government around those principles and designed to limit its own authority to alter these principles, are dismissed.
“As to the notion that progress is unnecessary… That we can stop on the present level of technological development and maintain it, without going further – ask yourself why mankind’s history is full of the wreckage of civilizations that could not be maintained, and vanished along with such knowledge as they had achieved; why men who do not move forward, fall back into the abyss of savagery.”
Environmental leftism and its product, totalitarianism, are powerful tools to enforce the impoverishment of man’s mind and spirit. Given the green movement’s Marxists tendencies it is not surprising that it has metastasized into a multi-headed Hydra with intersecting and overlapping revolutionary causes. The environmental justice movement articulated a transformative vision of what an environmentally and socially just and sustainable future might look like. Thus the introduction of race, gender, pacifism, injustice, classicism, and anti-Americanism generally under the nomenclature of environmental justice. The environmental justice movement is driven by Marxist oriented elitists, academics, and activists, but entices many unsuspecting followers. It is promoted and advocated throughout our colleges and universities and the media, by activists and think tanks. Like critical race theory, Critical Environmental Justice studies are now prominent and growing, and draw inspiration from a number of other critical theory fields, such as Critical Race Theory, ethnic studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, gender and sexuality studies, and anti-statist/anarchy theory.
Critical Theory (CT) scholars have explored myriad ways in which gender, race, sexuality, citizenship, social class, and ability are reflective on how social structures function in society.
Thomas Sowell in, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, said, “Visions are inescapable because the limits of her own direct knowledge are inescapable. The crucial question is whether the visions provide a basis for theories to be tested or for dogmas to be imposed. Much of the history of the 20th century has been a history of the tyranny of visions as dogmas… tyrannies whose passport to power was the successful marketing of visions. … the marketing of the promise of visions, since performance could not be judged before achieving the power to put the vision into action… The power of the vision is shown …by its exemption from any need to provide evidence or logic – by the number of things that can be successfully asserted because they fit the vision, without having to meet the test of fitting the facts.”
Global warming is about politics and power more than about science. A common theme of many social activists and self-proclaimed revolutionaries is their utter ignorance about matters in which they are passionately committed. The colossal incoherence and imbecility of the climate change and de-growth movement cannot be overstated. Nevertheless, it stridently marches on with appeal and force. Apart from the crushing financial costs and the horrendous economic dislocations that would follow, it would require us to abandon such foundational principles as limited government, private property rights, and the capitalist economic system; and require an even more massive bureaucracy with immense regulatory control and police powers. Decision-making would be further centralized in Washington, DC, and politics would wield enormous authority over the individual and citizenry generally.
President Biden issued an executive order that formalizes his commitment to make Environmental Justice (EJ) a part of the mission of every agency by directing federal agencies to develop programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionate health, environmental, economic, and climate impacts on disadvantaged communities. The order establishes a White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council… to prioritize environmental justice…
Biden next sought to seize unprecedented authority for the federal government over the private economy by plunging the nation into ruinous debt, redirecting trillions of dollars in private sector resources to his political priorities, and imposing unprecedented regulatory controls on American industry,… to fulfill the demands of the de-growth activists and their Green New Deal, and to rearrange major aspects of American society.
Chapter 6 – Propaganda, Censorship, And Subversion
Marx understood the power of mass communication and his purpose was to propagandize, not inform, just as modern journalists increasingly do. The press not only starts and prolongs quarrels, but thrives today on the exploitation of the issues and agendas that serve the purposes of the various progressive movements, and in doing so inflames and divides the entire nation along ideological lines.
Edward Bernays, in his book, Propaganda, said, “Propaganda is a consistent, enduring effort to create or shape events to influence the relations of the public to an enterprise, idea or group… So vast are the numbers of minds which can be regimented, and so tenacious are they when regimented, that a group at times offers an irresistible pressure … It has been found possible so to mold the minds of the masses that they will throw their newly gained strength in the desired direction…. Whatever of social importance is done today, whether in politics, finance, manufacturing, agriculture, charity, education, or other fields, must be done with the help of propaganda. Propaganda is the executive of the invisible government.”
Propaganda is simply a means for shaping public opinion for any purpose whatsoever, whether beneficial to human beings or not. Felix Frankfurter described propagandists as “professional poisoners of the public mind, exploiters of foolishness, fanaticism and self-interest.”
Those who are “obsessed by a desire to escape from reality” because of the lack of meaning in their own lives are particularly vulnerable to propaganda.
“The revolt of the masses against realism and common sense in Germany in the 1930s was the result of their atomization, their loss of social status along with which they lost the whole sector of communal relationships in whose framework common sense makes sense…Totalitarian propaganda can outrageously insult common sense only where common sense has lost its validity. Between the alternative of facing reality resolutely and bowing down before the most rigid, fantastically fictitious consistency of an ideology, many will choose the latter and be ready to pay for it with individual sacrifices… because in conditions of general disaster this escape grants them a minimum of self-respect.” (This paragraph is a rearranged quote from Hannah Arendt’s, The Origins of Totalitarianism.)
People in a culture or society in decline, which ceases to be a unifying and civil society, and where the just social order unravels, are highly susceptible to believing and following dangerous fictions.
Utopianism finds a receptive audience among societies with large numbers of the dissatisfied and maladjusted who are unwilling to assume responsibility for their own conditions but instead blame the structure of the current society. They are lured by the promises of utopian transformation and the criticisms of existing society. Improving the malcontent’s lot becomes the link to the utopian appeals. Wrote Daniel Boorstin, “Many live in a world where fantasy is more real than reality, where the solace of belief in contrived reality is so thoroughly real that they have become eager accessories to the great hoaxes of the age.”
“Public journalism” has contributed mightily to justifying the near complete politicization of the newsroom, where social activism in support of various progressive movements has engulfed the former profession of journalism, and substituted its slanted and biased opinion for news.”
The combination of propaganda, pseudo-news, and social activism in America’s newsrooms has resulted in the disastrous state of the modern political climate. No longer are there discernible, traditional, or professional standards applied to the reporting of news.
The media have played a huge role in dispiriting the public and undermining American institutions. A new political morality on questions of race and justice has taken the New York Times and Washington Post – a “woke” worldview that combines the sensibilities of highly educated and hyper-liberal white professionals with elements of Black Nationalism and academic Critical Race Theory.
The New York Times propaganda is intentional. It aggressively promoted the discredited 1619 Project, which is being broadly distributed throughout the country’s public school system and whose purpose is to indoctrinate students to believe that America, from its birth, has been an irredeemably racist and oppressive society.
In American colleges and universities intolerance and cancel culture have spread to outright discrimination in hiring, promotion, grants, and publication of professors and graduate students who do not support the ideology of the various intersecting critical theory movements that dominate on campus. Academic freedom and free speech, the foundations of higher education, are under relentless attack.
In her book, The Language Police, Diane Ravitch, explained, “some of this censorship is trivial, some is ludicrous, and some is breathtaking in its power to dumb down what children learn in school…Censorship distorts the literature curriculum, substituting political judgments for aesthetic ones. Because of the bias and social content guidelines, editors of literature selections and textbooks must pay more attention to having the right mix of characters, authors, and illustrations than they do to the quality of the selections…”
Throughout America children are being indoctrinated with Critical Race Theory (CRT). Students study lessons prepared by the New York Times 1619 Project, and the Black Lives Matter movement, an openly Marxist and often violent organization that actively seeks the elimination of capitalism and the American system of government, is celebrated.
Ideological indoctrination has spread throughout our society and culture, canceling and banning people (professors, teachers, writers, actors, executives, reporters, etc.), historic figures, monuments, radio broadcasts, books, etc. Free speech has come under on ever more aggressive attack. Big tech – including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Twitter – are censoring and banning at will. Media Research Center (MRC) could find no high-profile leftist person or entity that has been censored on the platforms of any of these companies, but examples of censorship of conservatives and conservative opinion are legion.
Mark Zuckerberg recently gathered top tech executives to discuss their “wide-ranging powers to censor political speech and promote partisan objectives.” Big Tech’s political contributions to Democrats and left-wing causes dwarf their contributions to Republicans and conservative institutions.
A widespread movement exists to intimidate and threaten targeted center-right broadcasting media organizations to silence their speech. Several Democratic politicians have written major companies requesting them to drop their sponsorships of Fox News, One American News Network and Newsmax.
Media Matters it is a radical, left-wing, pro-Democratic site.
The intersectional movements that form the core of American Marxism are largely supported by the Democratic Party and promoted by the media. Speech, debate, and challenges to Marxist-centric ideas are not tolerated. The purpose is societal and economic transformation; the means are social advocacy and activism. Banning people, speech, words, broadcasts, and social media access; and redefining language, history, knowledge, and science – all of which are occurring in our current culture – are the trademarks of totalitarianism.
The wave of repression sweeping our nation is not unlike the earliest days of the French, Russian and Chinese revolutions. All were sold as liberation movements and became genocidal police states. In contrast to the societal conditions that enabled those movements to take hold and succeed, there is no widespread dissatisfaction in this country. Most Americans are patriotic and revere the country. The forces of false liberation today are led by fanatical ideologues and activists. They use propaganda and subversion to demoralize, destabilize, and ultimately destroy, the existing society and culture. They undermine academic freedom and intellectual curiosity through fear and intimidation. They demand the de-platforming of conservative cable news networks and the muzzling of hosts. They use America’s freedom to destroy freedom and the Constitution to destroy the Constitution.
Chapter 7 – We Choose Liberty
American Marxism has recently succeeded, through the bureaucracy and Democratic Party policies, in imposing the Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Critical Gender Theory agendas on our Armed Forces. They have infected even West Point, and the Pentagon has declared climate change a national security priority. Successive Democratic administrations have denied our military services the funds needed to maintain top readiness and have strangled their weapons modernization budgets, while enemy states, especially Communist China, are aggressively modernizing and expanding strategic weapons forces and preparing for war.
As Heritage Foundation reports: “the dissemination of curricular content and instruction based on Critical Race Theory in K – 12 schools is second only in scope to the presence of CRT in post-secondary instruction, where CRT originated. The spread within college and university level syllabi and journal articles took place over the course of many decades throughout the 20th century, while the effects on K – 12 schools in such areas as social studies, history, and civics have, by comparison, become visible more recently.
This poison first spread in our colleges and universities, where it now reigns supreme and where little is left of academic freedom and free speech. Those pursuing degrees in education have been especially targeted. Radical ideas are hard to escape in education schools. The higher one goes up the educational hierarchy, the more likely they are to have had a lengthy exposure to extremist ideas – and the less likely to reject them. To rise to a position of influence in education, one must make it through a minefield of graduate education courses that are intended to indoctrinate the gullible and weed out the recalcitrant.”
Big Tech is an oligopoly where a few billionaires censor postings, videos, and comments that challenge the orthodoxy of the Democratic Party. Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in grants during the last election to increase turnout in Democratic Party strongholds in key battleground states.
We need to create a permanent local presence with community committees in our local school systems to counter and monitor school boards, educational bureaucrats, and unions. They should ensure that contracts with teachers unions prevent teachers from using classrooms to indoctrinate students about CRT and other Marxist theories. Students should be taught history written by real historians. In states with friendly legislatures and governors, community committees should lobby for state laws preventing the indoctrination of students and training of teachers in the ideologies of the various Marxist related specialties, including CRT and any of their Critical Theory offshoots.
Community committees should demand competition in education and what is in the best interest of the students, not the teachers unions. School board members, teachers unions, and the educational bureaucracy have always opposed school choice, including charter schools and vouchers because they fear the competition. Parents should insist that tax dollars follow the students, especially now, given the radicalization and politicized nature of our public school systems. The community committees should develop and train potential candidates to run for local school boards.
Parents should exercise some control over the child’s decision about the school he chooses. To do this effectively they have to learn whether the school’s reputation is for academic freedom and traditional education or whether it is a hotbed of Marxist/Critical Theory radicalism and intolerance.
Legal Insurrection website provides a comprehensive database of CRT activity on college and university campuses. – legalinsurrection.com/tag/college-insurrection/
Campaigns should be launched to inform graduates and potential donors where they should withhold their support from colleges and universities that engage in silencing academic freedom and free speech, promoting Marxism, and practicing cancel culture. There are schools that should be supported for their traditional approach to a liberal arts education, such as Hillsdale, Grove City, etc.
The tables should be turned on the most radical colleges and universities. Several should be chosen as examples for boycotts by parents, students and donors, and sanctioned by pressure campaigns on local and state governments.
State legislatures are the primary governmental sources of funding for colleges and universities, yet they do little to monitor or influence how most of the funds are spent. Colleges and universities insist the doctrine of academic freedom gives them immunity from monitoring and oversight, while using that freedom to silence nonconforming voices. Legislators and governors must be lobbied to reign in those institutions which use their liberties to destroy ours.
About 80% of higher education faculty are solid left. One in five professors in the social sciences are self-identified Marxists. Networks of leftist professors have gained control of the hiring and promotion processes in most universities so are able to ensure that ideological groupthink among the faculty is maintained.
The discriminatory manner in which taxpayer subsidized college and university faculties are recruited, hired, and paid must be corrected by state legislatures. There is no legitimate or rational basis for the extreme ideological and political lopsidedness of colleges and university faculties, especially in those departments where it really matters. The leftist academic cabal’s freedom to relentlessly promote ideological causes and effectively control America’s colleges and university campuses must be countered.
The fact that most college and universities have become Marxist oriented indoctrination mills is a major reason Democratic politicians on the left have proposed free college tuition – to encourage more to attend. Despite the enormous financial support they receive, their ideological inbreeding immunizes most of these institutions from regularized oversight. State legislatures that do not condone the transformation of these institutions can withhold funding and demand academic and financial accountability. The power of the purse is a crucial means to regain control of these out-of-control institutions.
State legislatures should closely monitor China’s Confucius institutes and ban most of them.
Many major corporations have adopted BLM and other Marxist oriented movements and agendas related to CT and the Democratic Party’s voter schemes. Hundreds of corporations colluded against the Republican legislature in Georgia and its efforts to reform the state’s election system. These companies have now openly partnered with the Democratic Party against the Republican Party, withholding financial support etc. Many seek to censor nonconforming opinions and are indoctrinating their workforces with the ideology of various leftist movements as a condition of employment.
Trump banned the federal government from using CRT in its training and from doing business with companies that promote CRT and rejected efforts by the Democratic Party to interfere with pre-2020 state voting laws.
The Free Enterprise Project (FTP) files shareholder resolutions and engages CEOs and board members at shareholder meetings, petitions the SEC, and sponsors effective media campaigns. FEP’s website – nationalcenter.org/programs/free-enterprise-project.
Second Vote – second vote.com – rates companies based on their political and ideological activities and the open secrets website – opensecrets.org – tracks donations. The Media Research Center tracks corporate sponsors of major network news shows – MRC.org/conservative-fight-back.
Large corporations have moved into the social activism business and have aligned with Marxist based movements in the Democratic Party. We should segregate the treatment of the oligarchical corporations from small and medium-sized businesses. The former’s interest do not align with the latter’s interests or ours in preserving our Republic. For example, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, etc. teamed up to destroy Parlor, censor Trump, cover up on Biden scandals, and ban scientific/expert opinions that differed from that of government bureaucrats, and generally use suppression techniques to stigmatize and silence speech and debate they do not support as a political and policy matter.
We should insist on antitrust actions against large corporations that use their clout, not only to smother competitors, but to support political and legislative policies that undermine our country.
Big Media and Big Tech are the largest corporate oligarchies in the nation and they consistently use their clout to repress, sensor, and propagandize on behalf of social activism, progressive based movements, and the Democratic Party. Big Media use their near monopoly power to try to destroy nonconforming news and opinion organizations. CNN repeatedly advocates for de-platforming the Fox News Channel and banning its hosts, and Big Tech does the same against smaller social media businesses.
A relatively few corporatists control the content and distribution of information throughout the country. You can monitor big Tech oligopolistic censorship activities by using the Media Research Center’s Free Speech-America project and its Censor Track website – censortrack.org.
The roots of Big Tech’s power and abuse is in section 230 of The Community Decency Act which protects big tech companies with a liability shield for the platforms to restrict access to material that the provider considers objectionable, whether or not it is constitutionally protected. A handful of big tech companies are now controlling the flow of most information in our society. They are immune from the liabilities to which other First Amendment actors like newspapers are subject.
Mark Zuckerberg’s interference with, and attempted manipulation of elections, especially the 2020 election, with hundreds of millions in contributions targeted to heavily Democratic districts in swing states must be investigated and targeted for election reform.
Big Media’s support for the Democratic Party and left wing groups and their agendas are coming close to destroying the purpose of a free, open, and competitive press.
A partial list of conservative news outlets can be found at – libertynation.com/top-conservative-news-sites. There are a few conservative cable outlets like Fox News, FOX Business, One American News Network, Newsmax TV, Sinclair Broadcasting and other newer ones, and a handful of conservative newspapers, including New York Post, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, etc.
The climate agenda movement is a de-growth, anti-capitalism movement and a broad-based war on property rights, liberty, and our way of life. It seeks to massively expand the power of the federal bureaucracy, politicians, and international/global institutions to manage, dictate, and control infinite aspects of our society and economy through regulations and mandates.
Those environmental groups, and all progressive 501 C-3’s that are political partisans whose main purpose is to eviscerate our economic system, private property rights, and Republican principles, should have their special tax exempt status removed.
Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and Rioters
Governors need to strengthen the laws against violence and rioters. Florida’s Gov. DeSantis has instituted measures that increase penalties for crimes committed during a violent assembly and protect law enforcement officers. The bill also creates specific crimes for mob intimidation and cyber intimidation.
If your goal is to transform America – abolish our history, traditions, and ultimately our Republic – then you must subvert support for the police. After all, without law enforcement the civil society collapses.
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Critical theory in all its varieties, perhaps the worst of which is critical race theory, is arrant nonsense, but very dangerous nonsense with wide appeal. Anyone who reads Mark Stein’s, American Marxism, will be astonished at the weirdness of the constantly expanding varieties of critical theory. These schools of thought would never have developed without the people who think them up being financed by some outside source. They are being paid to conceptualize these malignant theories, primarily by our universities, but also by foundations and think tanks, all subsidized by government and philanthropy. For an insight into why these intellectuals are drawn to these destructive ideas see Schumpeter’s, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Schumpeter believed that capitalism would be destroyed by its successes, that it would spawn a large intellectual class that made its living by attacking the very bourgeois system of private property and freedom so necessary for the intellectual class’s existence.