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        Wednesday, May 26 2004

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Bread and circuses, 1

Perhaps the first "theoretical thought" I ever had was that the worst thing that could happen to the modern world would be a return to the dark ages, and for some reason that I can't clearly remember I was convinced such a return would be possible. That was when I was maybe age 10, a fifth grader. The origin of the "theoretical thought" (a thought that was based on some logical facts, critical reflection, and an attempt to delve below the surface of things) might have been something I heard on a television program or in a movie, maybe even a speech at a national political convention, which fascinated me at that time. Even more likely, it could have been a critical appraisal of either Communism (which in 1952 had already taken about half the world to a new new dark ages) or of Catholicism, which at the time I'd been taught to think was a perversion of Christianity dedicated to destroying all other brands of the religion, and which had produced the first dark ages and was gaining more clout in American socio-political life with every election.

The thought turned me toward liberalism of the Harry Truman/Adlai Stevenson/Democratic Party brand of the time. This seemed fitting, as my parents were Roosevelt Democrats and the Republicans were generally mistrusted. Still today the brand of Republicanism that dominated in the '50s—under Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Robert Taft, Everett Dirksen, and the Rockefellers, strikes me as a corrupt and corrupting politics of compromise. But the train of thought—that liberalism could save us from a new dark ages—superficially at least, seemed logical too because liberalism was "progressive," invested in education, science, and put much of its faith in higher education to keep the progress ever growing.

Most of those childish misconceptions were abolished over the next decade. By then it had become apparent that Communism was just a radical "denomination" of "progressivism" and that Democratic Party liberalism was just another, less radical but no less left-leading denomination of the same worldview. The way to keep from going back to a new dark ages was not by way of higher and higher higher education—which was generally in league with the Marxist-Leninist-Stalinists. Even a major component of the American Protestant world, especially what was called the ecumenical movement, the National and World Councils of Churches—more than the Catholics—were in bed with the Stalinists, as documented in J. Edgar Hoover's Masters of Deceit, many other books of the period, and later even by CBS News' 60 Minutes.

With the election of our first Catholic President, who ran on a relatively conservative (at least anti-Communist) platform (and who I'd have voted for if 18-year-olds had the vote at the time), and the Marxist incursions into Cuba and the fallout from the Cuban missile crisis, abetted by the reforms in Catholicism by Vatican II, distancing itself from many of the corruptions that contributed to the first dark ages, it became apparent that liberalism was the way to destruction, not salvation, from the new dark ages. Liberalism was a phony religion whose only god was human "progress," and a usurper of real religion and the God who is.

More anon.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

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