Because the various forms of collectivism are no longer popular, the collectivists instead advocate public welfare, social justice, government compassion, consumer protection, progressivism, liberalism, environmentalism, and a whole host of other pleasant sounding programs. They use this new terminology to make their collectivism sound more appealing, just as others have in the past. Nevertheless, this use of government power to direct or coordinate society is a form of tyranny, because there can be no greater tyranny than an individual or group controlling the lives of an entire population, even if popularly elected.
==The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society’s Descent into Tyranny (Michael E. Newton
Following the Detroit riots of 1967, Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted that “ravaged Detroit was, as it were, liberalism’s city.”
In 1787, John Adams wrote in A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America: “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet” and “Thou shalt not steal” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”
==Never Enough (William Voegeli)
“Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution”: The Alinsky Model, Horowitz writes:The strategy of working within the system until you can accumulate enough power to destroy it was what sixties radicals called “boring from within.” It was a strategy that the New Left despised even as Alinsky and his followers practiced it. Alinsky and his followers infiltrated the War on Poverty, made alliances with the Kennedys and the Democratic Party, and secured funds from the federal government. Like termites, they set about to eat away at the foundations of the building in expectation that one day they could cause it to collapse.
“Obama learned his lesson well,” said the letter, signed L. David Alinsky. He closed by saying, “I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully.”‘
In 2001, the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based nonprofit describing itself as a group helping the disadvantaged, bestowed a $40,000 grant upon the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, for which Khalidi’s wife, Mona, serves as president. The Fund provided a second grant to the AAAN for $35,000 in 2002. Obama served on the Woods Fund board at the same time as former Weatherman Bill Ayers 43
As American Thinker’s Kyle-Anne Shiver pointed out in October 2008, with Hayden’s endorsement of the “Obama movement last year on the Hu f fington Post, he signaled to the vast array of socialist political activists, not only in America, but around the world,” that Barack Obama is the “one” they’ve been waiting for
Remarkably, Obama tells us in Dreams that, beginning at Oxy, he surrounded himself with an assortment of radicals, socialists, Marxist-Leninists, Maoists, and Communists of both the large “C” and small “c”. To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.
We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Frantz Fanon, Eurocentrism and patriarchy. (Frantz Fanon, author of Wretched of the Earth, famously advocated “revolutionary violence.”)’
==The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists (Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott)
Democracy is a privilege, for which generations of brave Americans have fought. To allow it to implode from the poisonous effects of socialism is to repeat the mistake of the Romans, and to condemn our children to lifetimes of servitude and close supervision by the cold, unfeeling tentacles of the state.There
==Endless Money: The Moral Hazards of Socialism (William Baker)
“What I asked you about, Professor, was what you thought about the Equalization of Opportunity Bill.” “Oh, that?” said Dr. Pritchett. “But I believe I made it clear that I am in favor of it, because I am in favor of a free economy. A free economy cannot exist without competition. Therefore, men must be forced to compete. Therefore, we must control men in order to force them to be free.”
==Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
The second law of thermodynamics, which says that unattended systems tend to a state of maximum disorder, tells us that it’s always a lot easier and quicker to destroy something than it is to build it. So events with a short unfolding time and large impact, at least at the level of nations and societies, are almost always necessarily destructive.
==X-Events: The Collapse of Everything (John L. Casti)
Always enjoyable, in a depressing sort of way!