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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Real Enemy of Both Left and Right

The 1972 book None Dare Call It Conspiracy, by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham, is considered a classic in some quarters and is available free on-line. I've read just a little bit, but this sentence struck me: "To achieve the SOCIALIST dictatorship of the proletariat, three things would have to be accomplished: (1) The elimination of all right to private property; (2) The dissolution of the familv unit; and (3) Destruction of what Marx referred to as the "opiate of the people," religion."

I'll use that sentence as my starting point, not knowing what the book further says about it...

These values have long been considered conservative, or of the Right. Seemingly, these values of the Right are under attack, if they haven't been destroyed already. Is the Left to blame? Let's assume that the Left wants to replace:

(1) private property with collectivism;
(2) the family with unhampered individualism, particularly concerning sex;
(3) religion with scientific materialism/rationalism.

This is what many on the Right are fighting against. This is why the Culture War is so important to them, and why they will "hold their nose and vote for the Republican."

But what if the Right is wrong?

I think the values of the Right have lost ground, but not to the enemies and usurpers that they think. I think it's more accurate to say that

(1) the value of private property is at the mercy of fiat money and central banking;
(2) the family's role in raising children has been usurped by public schools;
(3) religion has been replaced by politics.

The threat to The Right isn't the ideas and "isms" of the Left. Left and Right ideas aren't in conflict so much as they're in tension, searching for an appropriate balance: prosperity and justice, order and freedom, tradition and reason, etc. Indeed, the threat to the traditional conservative Right is actually the same threat to conscientious people on the Left:

(1) fiat money and central banking are bludgeons against the poor and middle class, keeping them drowning in inflation-induced debt.
(2) the public school does not encourage free, independent thinking but rather conformity, and is a literal hell for any child who is in any way "different."
(3) the politicization of society means that ideology is more important than science and reason, putting in doubt the soundness of all scientific research.

Neither the "real" Left nor the "real" Right have been defeated in the battle for ideas, but they've both lost the struggle for power. Perhaps if we mounted a united opposition against the central bank, corporate privilege, and Big Government bureaucracy, we may get somewhere.

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