In the libertarian sci-fi classic, "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," Robert A. Heinlein describes a successful revolution of the individualistic, free-market-oriented residents of the Moon against the Earth´s tyrannical big government.(snip)If the tyrants on Earth were worth their salt, all the freedom-loving colonists would be subjected to an intense, manipulative indoctrination, which would shape their self-image as small and sinful "little guys" vis-à-vis the powerful, virtuous government that serves the powerless and protects them against all enemies, including themselves.
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Bad Dog, 1/21/2013 8:37:03 AM (No. 9129547)
FTA: Once the resistance has been demonized, its members will be quickly identified and denounced by the compliant citizenry, labeled as the enemy, and be dealt with by law enforcement.
You know this is coming. All they have to do is convince the mindless masses that WE are bad, that WE hurt THEM, and then we´ll be persecuted. TEA Party, NRA, etc. in progress now.
My concern is the elites convincing our military - a ´´new´´ military - that WE are enemies, and ordering them to round us up, or even open fire on us. Imagine THOSE rules of engagement...... if there are any.
Old people will be demonized - ´´cost too much, get rid of´em.´´ Seriously ill children will be demonized - ´´more humane to get rid of´em.´´ Feeble and mentally disturbed people will be demonized - ´´no quality of life, get rid of´em.´´
All that´s left is True Utopia and everyone is happy. (Er, uh, ´´happy´´.)
This is one of those articles where every line, every idea, every point could be quoted, analyzed, commented upon.
Excellent lesson is what we´re living through now.
This is coming true in the cult like aura of the Obama administration. The low info voters get their info from the pop culture where they are cued to vote for Obama. They have no understanding of any issues. The major media are cult followers of Obama parrot his every word. Obama demagogues the rich pumping up envy and jealousy and implying that the rich could pay all the bills if only the greedy republicans would ask them to pay a little more. None of this is effectively rebutted so it is let stand and is now regarded as the truth.
A minor quibble with Mr. Atbashian: In "Mistress" the ruling powers of earth are intentionally portrayed as not overtly tyrannical in the Stalinist mode - more an entrenched UN-like bureaucracy exploiting the Loonies without pity, his set-up being a 21st century replay of the American Revolution against the Brits (not the free world´s struggle against communism).
Super-patriot, Goldwater-conservative and staunch anti-communist though he was, Heinlein feared a weakening of America in our century - as if he saw Obama coming, or rather, sensed a mental softening that could place such an anti-American in the White House. He grumbled about encroaching political correctness even back in the 50s, and in the novel "Friday" a morally declined 22nd century USA has fragmented into silly, feuding chunks (California Confederacy, Chicago Imperium etc) as the constitutionalism which held the nation together had disappeared - just as Obama hopes to do. “In the California Confederacy it is against the law to refuse credit to a person merely because that person has taken bankruptcy. Credit is a civil right.” - from Friday, 1982
I look forward to more from Mr. Atbashian. There is no doubt the Left will do what it can now to stifle - then liquidate - dissent. It always has.
Round us all up? 25 million of us? I don´t see it. How long did the USSR last? and we ain´t them. Hitler´s Germany? The problem is that the evil one´s base is the lofo. Lazy, stupid, don´t care. Whose going to build this paradise and keep it running for them? We may lose some liberties and we may suffer through bankruptcy. But it will get righted after the storm. Their leaders simply don´t have the brains to pull this off. Or are you giving credit for brilliance from any of their leaders? If you see it as a worry get involved with a counter-group like the tea party now, and if you are work to expand its base.
Enter any university humanities department and you´ll hear endless jabber about ´community´; look behind the scenes for five or six seconds and you´ll see endless maneuvering for special deals, personal advantages and other untold perks and bennies. Collectivism is a bien-pensant pose that masks a selfish reality.
Demonizing opponents is Obama´s method. His father was a Communist and mother and grandparents were fellow travellers. Marxists have taken US down from within. Hope you voters enjoy your Food Stamps and Obamaphones, for they cost me plenty.
Leftism is an opportunistic disease. It can only destoy an already weakened victim. Our weakness stems from our blessings. As a nation founded by Biblical Pilgrims and Puritans, we have been blessed by God. Now enjoying the peace and prosperity of those blessings, we have turned from God and the Bible. The spiritual death leaves us open to the leftist infection. No amount of fighting or exposiing leftists will matter as long as we remain unrepentant and fail to return to our Biblical Christian faith.
I would like to point out that should a Commander in Chief order ´The Military´ to ´Round up any or all of the citizinery´ then the following would occur:
There is a notable difference between the officer and enlisted oaths is that the oath taken by officers does not include any provision to obey orders; while enlisted personnel are bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to obey lawful orders, officers in the service of the United States are bound by this oath to disobey any order that violates the Constitution of the United States.
Therefor, the OFFICERS of the US Military would be BOUND by their oath to DISOBEY such an order because it would VIOLATE the Constitution of the United States.
FTA: ...modern-day totalitarianism is ensured, not so much by the secret police with its army of snitches and brutal enforcers, as by modern technologies of psychological manipulation through the media, education, and entertainment.
The perfectly sums up what is happening in this country that no one will acknowledge. I don´t even know what to do or say anymore. Voting sure doesn´t seem to be helping.
[...] is unhappy at not being able to convince everyone, himself included that he is greater than everyone; and this unhappiness of his may be his most human trait, perhaps the only human trait in him. But what is not human, but rather something devilish, is that because of this unhappiness he cannot help taking revenge on people, on all people but especially those who are in any way better or higher than he. And the survey says the name inside the braces is.....? Stalin! That´s what Bucharin said in 1936, couple of years before stalin killed him. Absolutely fabulous book by Martin Amis - Koba the Dread: laughter and the twenty million. God, save our country from that!
Heinlein (I am a huge fan, even though he was an atheist and I am not) was able to predict this as he was an anti-Communist American patriot (and visited the Soviet Union himself) who knew the roots of collectivist thought. What we are seeing implemented today isn´t new, it´s been in the works for a long time, and with Obama, they finally have the man they wanted.
Three classes? State-enforced mind control? Dehumanizing government opposition? You mean like in "1984"? I´m sorry, but this is neither news nor particularly insightful. Go read Orwell, for crying out loud.
Look, it´s real easy and all the articles of warning are in the end merely firm grasps of the obvious. You want a picture to carry with you to stop your hair from lighting on fire? Here goes. Think about the US fighting WWII, Germany and Japan in full swing. Now think about what the outcome of WWII would look like if the majority of Americans elected Joseph Goebbels president and Admiral Kuribayashi for the Senate majority leader, with a Senate majority making up Japanese politicians and German politicians with the courts led by German Nazi judges. Would the building of concentration camps for non-Arians and the planning of surprise attacks on major cities be a surprise? Okay now apply that to today. We have elected a majority of people, none of whom would have been eligible to enlist in the Army in the 60´s through 80´s for failing simple background checks. Those are the people who lead us. Now does anyone still doubt our leaders´ goal is to destroy the United States? This article is but a teeny part of their whole objective.
#4 is correct that a Heinlein revival is in order.
He is also correct that the antagonist in “Mistress” is modeled after colonial Britain, not some Orwellian “1984” dystopia. In “Mistress” the moon is a penal colony and its inhabitants were literally caught between a rock and a hard place. Nothing was free on Luna, including air. Loonies couldn’t leave after they served out their sentences because of irreversible physiological changes caused by prolonged exposure to one-sixth gravity.
Heinlein’s authoritarian antagonists didn’t bother to brainwash Loonies. They already had them exactly where they wanted them (or so they thought), producing and sending cheap wheat down a gravity well to a hungry, over-populated Earth.
Class warfare couldn’t be exploited in Luna because of the unorthodox social and family structures it had developed, but Earth’s dependence on Luna wheat to prevent food riots could be.
Libertarian Ldotters not familiar with Heinlein might enjoy a summary of his views found in a slender volume entitled “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long.” For the record (Wikipedia), when Ayn Rand´s novel "The Fountainhead" was published, Heinlein was very favorably impressed. Heinlein dispatched altruism as a false virtue in Stranger in a Strange Land and mentioned John Galt—the hero in Rand´s "Atlas Shrugged"--as a heroic archetype in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Mr. Atbashian should be commended for making some very important points about the mechanics of collectivist propaganda. However, the gravest danger America faces today comes not from unsustainable atheistic collectivism, but from ascendant Islamic fascism. One last note for Libertarians: Jihadi terrorists will not leave us in peace if we yield to them. The world doesn’t work that way. Never did.
For the first time in American history there is a truly dangerous man in the Oval Office. Put there by low information and apathetic losers, parasites, the Press, academia and public service union members. Perhaps they now outnumber traditional Americans. It may be game over.
Under Obama´s reign he is setting America on this path to evil. Hopefully Americans will get their heads out of their wazoos in time to stop this. Let´s all pray that the Repubs and conservative members of the House and Senate can subvert and deny Obama the advancement of his agenda. Like any dictator he will go around Congress to get at the low information losers, the uneducated, public service thugs, teachers, the gullible and those easily manipulated, to form his army. He must be blocked and stymied in those efforts.
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Poor lil´ Huma, croaks the liberal media. A wifey ensnared in her infamous husband´s sordid sexual adventures. Huma Abedin is a victim -- victimhood being a checkbox for libs and a handy excuse for anyone who runs afoul the law, stupid choices, indecency, laziness, Faustian deals with the devil, trumped-up racism, trumped-up homophobia, trumped-up xenophobia, real political corruption, hand-washing compulsion, and whatever else can be appended to victimhood. Poor lil´ Huma is a victim, all right. She´s a victim of her own self-willed choice; of a match made not much from kismet than cold calculation.
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