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I trust those who have lived within Leftist totalitarian states to offer a clearer critique than dreamers who have never done so. As we have attempted to do in many essays here, Vasko Kohlmayer explores the cultural death wish implicit in what remains of Marxism. Always seemed strange to me that Western Civ. is the only civilization that welcomes self-critique: just try it in China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia or North Korea - I guess we are superior in that way. One quote:
Regardless of its rhetoric or avowed objective, the driving force behind the Left’s every movement is to strike against some aspect of Western society. Environmentalism, for instance, hits at the West’s economic foundation of free-market capitalism. Multiculturalism seeks to unravel its cultural coherence. The gay rights movement strikes at its moral underpinnings, and so on. The Left, of course, will deny the real reason for its actions. But to evaluate the true value of any act we need to look at its effect not the rhetoric behind it. And the effects of the Left’s actions are invariably – in one way or another – destructive to the West.
The Left’s gains have been greatly facilitated by its ingenious modus operandi, which is to cloak its destructive intent in the language of good causes. Civil rights, gender equality, ecological preservation are among some of its favorite ploys. The ostensible caring is not real, for these are not at all what the Left’s efforts are ultimately about.
These criticisms of the left for masking its real intent and real results in lofty sounding goals is right on. Add to their goals of destroying the West their tactics of Political Correctness, particularly calling anyone who disagrees with them racists, bigots, Nazis, ... and then having these baseless and unfair attackes endlessely repeated in the MSM. A powerful and very successful anti-western democracy tactic indeed.
by same author as above article,Vasko Kohlmayer:
The Left’s Secret Pact: Subverting the War on Terror
November 30th, 2005 - American Thinker
Vasko Kohlmayer defected from Communist Czechoslovakia at the age of 19. He lives in London and works in the publishing industry. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suicidalism - Armed & Dangerous Blog:
Gramscian damage - Armed & Dangerous Blog:
excerpt from "Suicidalism":
"But al-Qaeda didn’t create the ugly streak of nihilism and self-loathing that afflicts too many Western intellectuals. Nor, I believe, is it a natural development. It was brought to us by Department V of the KGB, which was charged during the Cold War with conducting memetic warfare that would destroy the will of the West’s intelligentsia to resist a Communist takeover. This they did with such magnificent effect that the infection outlasted the Soviet Union itself and remains a pervasive disease of contemporary Western intellectual life.
Consider the following propositions:
There is no truth, only competing agendas. All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism. There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor. The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable. Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal. Poor criminals are entitled to what they take. Submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it. The poor are victims. Criminals are victims. And only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous. (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.) For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified. It is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself. But “oppressed” people are allowed to use violence anyway; they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors. When confronted with terror, the only moral course for a Westerner is to apologize for past sins, understand the terrorist’s point of view, and make concessions.
These ideas travel under many labels: postmodernism, nihilism, multiculturalism, Third-World-ism, pacifism, “political correctness” to name just a few. It is time to recognize them for what they are, and call them by their right name: suicidalism."
PS - just noticed Armed & Dangerous is the blog of
ESR or Eric S. Raymond of gnerd-fame..and author of
The Catherdral and the Bazaar,a treatise on the models of
open-source (Bazaar) vs. commercially driven closed-source programming(Catherdral/Microsoft)