This was written in 1999 when most of America was still very fast asleep...no...a coma. When you would talk about such things back then, most people thought you were crazy. The author had great insight at that time...he was paying attention. Sadly, even today, with all that has transpired and blatant as it has become, the majority of Americans have been tranquilized...talking in their sleep... repeating...it can't happen here...it can't happen here...it can't happen here...
July 22, 1999
The Free Congress Commentary
by: William S. Lind
America today is increasingly a conquered nation. What has conquered us?
An ideology --specifically, the hideous ideology known as Political
Correctness, which is really Marxism translated from economic into
What is ideology? In philosopher's terms, it is a "construct": a system
of ideas, derived from one or another theory, that purports to explain
reality. In fact, reality is inevitably more complex than the theory
can explain, with the result that reality and theory clash.
Here is where the difficulty arises. In science, when reality and
theory clash, the theory is revised. But in politics, such revision is
considered heresy by the ideologues (In Marxism, "revisionist" was a
nasty insult). In their view, the theory is incapable of error.
Therefore, reality must be denied, and suppressed. Anyone who
recognizes it must be silenced, and punished. The result, as we have
seen in Germany, in Russia and elsewhere, is the end of freedom and the
growth of tyranny.
In terms of the clash between theory and reality, Political Correctness
is an extreme ideology, because it is an ideology of total inversion.
Beliefs and social relationships are not merely changed, but turned
upside down. The old sins, such as sex outside marriage, become
virtues, while the old virtues, such as disapproval of homosexuality,
become sins. Women are elevated over men, some (not all) racial
minorities over whites, the sexually deviant over the sexually normal,
the young over the old. Art is intended to alienate, not to beautify.
Paganism is preferred over Christianity.
The more violently an ideology conflicts with reality, the more
tyrannical it must become. The tyranny of Political Correctness is
already seen on many a college campus, where any professor or student
who dares question, finds himself in serious trouble. Any public figure
who contradicts its dictates must offer a groveling apology or be cast
into outer darkness, exiled from the public square.
Why can't more Americans see what is happening? In part, because of the
way Political Correctness operates, through psychological conditioning.
In part, because it is happening without mobs of workers in the streets
carrying hammers and sickles or troops of goose-stepping Brownshirts.
In large part, Americans cannot see it because they know "it can't
happen here." Only it is happening here.
The great question confronting Americans as the 21st century opens is
whether we will have to go through the full totalitarian experience, as
Germany and Russia did. The form, of course, will be different, but the
reality is always the same: thought control, with dissenters facing
prison or worse. That is, in the end, what so-called "hate-crimes" are
about: the criminalizing of political thoughts that dare defy Political
Correctness. Sad to say, Ronald Reagan was wrong; it's not morning in
America. It is twilight, and the night may be a long one.
Bill Lind is director of the Free Congress Foundation's Center for
Contact: Bill Lind @ Free Congress Foundation 202.546.3000
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