2: Where We’re Headed

2: Where We’re Headed

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Over the last 100 years, a cultural phenomenon has unfolded. It now has its own momentum. But before we name it, let’s list a few examples of its symptoms.

See if you agree that some, if not all of these, are taking place in 2021:

  1. People are less tolerant of opposing views, less willing to rationally debate them, and more willing to shut them out.
  2. People are more hesitant to express their beliefs if they don’t align with the group’s.
  3. Our language is rapidly changing—words that were common just a few years ago are no-longer accepted. Word choice feels trickier.
  4. More of our main sources of information share roughly the same political views.
  5. Power centers are increasingly consolidated, with government, media, Big Tech, and Wall Street working in concert.
  6. The education system and entertainment industries mostly subscribe to the same worldview.
  7. We are increasingly divided, with different groups having strong grievances against others.
  8. Our concept of family is changing.
  9. We have “grassroots” movements pushing particular agendas, often leading to changes in policies across industries.
  10. Traditional values, narratives, and symbols are derided and displaced.

How many of these 10 do you see happening?

These phenomena seem to have evolved naturally, but if we look more closely, we can see that they are interconnected. They bear all the markings of a specific ideological takeover.

This ideology has many names: critical theory, postmodernism, postcolonialism, neo-Marxism. Still, they all have the same goal—a deconstruction of current social order in the name of a utopian outcome.

This movement promises to take us to a better world, a socialist or even communist one. Yet history has shown that this kind of revolution always leads to the same place—totalitarianism and unimaginable suffering.

If we look at these 10 symptoms again, we can see the mechanisms of a Marxist takeover. What’s important to understand is that these are deliberate strategies. Marxist revolutions follow a specific playbook laid out by Marx, Gramci, Lenin, Marcuse, Fanon, and others; a playbook tested and refined one revolution after another (when BLM leaders, for example, say they are “trained Marxists” they are not kidding).

These strategies may play out differently because of discrepancies across cultures and eras, but they are essentially the same:

Marxist Strategy USSR China USA How in USA?

Create groupthink. Only one particular viewpoint is acceptable and correct. Most people will hesitate to express their beliefs if they do not align with the group’s and will self-censor.

Progressive, woke.

Social censorship. Little to no tolerance of opposing views; will cancel or censor them.

Cancel culture, deplatforming, firings and forced apologies for perceived transgressions.

Criminalize language. Only some words are “correct.” The ultimate goal of changing language is to change the way people think.

Extreme political correctness, such as referring to an individual woman as plural “they.”

Control information. Restrict and reframe the news that the vast majority of citizens consume to a narrow spectrum of viewpoints and narratives that align with the ruling party.

With some notable exceptions, especially online. Still holds mostly true for: CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS; NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, USA Today; content promotion and censorship decisions of Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter.

Centralize power. Consolidate the power centers of government, media, and finance in the hands of a collaborating few. (predatory class vs. useful idiots).

Interest groups, lobbyists, and Big Tech working together to elect officials and change policy.

Take over education. Politics is downstream from culture; culture is downstream from education. Control education and you control the future. Use the schools as transmission belts for socialism.

University academic departments, especially the humanities and social sciences, are dominated by proponents of critical theory and Marxism. The impact on younger generations is clear: Among millennials, 70% want socialism, 30% want communism.

Divide and conquer. Create a tribalist mentality and pit one group against another. Be it based on class, race, or other identities.

Left vs. Right, Black vs. White, Woman vs. Man, Queer vs. Heteronormative, etc.

Weaken the nuclear family. The nuclear family is the fundamental purveyor of culture and values; it needs to be dismantled for a full societal buy-in. Pit family members against each other.

Less families have a present father figure. Family members are publicly denouncing and reporting on each other over political views.

Vanguard arm and political arm. Use an extremist vanguard front to continually push social agendas and expand the bounds of what is acceptable, often through violence. The ruling political party follows with policies a step or two behind.

The Antifa and BlackLivesMatter organizations, commonly supported by the progressive wing of the DNC. Biden-Harris policies now follow the progressive agenda.

Smash traditions. Deligitimize, denounce, and displace “old” values and symbols. Done through rewriting history and mob violence. 

Revisionist history, The 1619 Project, tearing down statues of founding figures, stigmatizing “traditional values.”

And what is the outcome?

  • USSR: 20 million dead (6 million from starvation).
  • Communist China: 60-80 million dead (45 million from starvation). Genocide and persecution ongoing.
  • US: It is up to us…

You could just the same replace these examples with those from Cambodia, Cuba, Venezuela, or other countries.

How might we avoid a similar fate? Is there a way out of this mess?