I used to love reruns when I was a child in the Sixties. I couldn’t get enough of “I Love Lucy” for instance. But now we’re watching real-life reruns of The Sixties themselves. It seems as though we will never escape the 1960s altogether.
The University of California-Berkeley is on fire. Again. In 1964, they began what they called “The Free Speech Movement” which actually was simply a rerun from the 1930s, when the City College of New York began the first student protests against what they were taught was “fascism” and “militarism.” They claimed to be fighting for racial equality and social justice.
CCNY was a free college. All poor students – including my father – who couldn’t afford college tuition went to school there. My father graduated in 1937, at the height of the protests, spawned by Marxist operatives seeking an overthrow of the U.S. government.
So there’s nothing new at all going on at Berkeley that hasn’t been going on since the Bolshevik Revolution. My father described these “protests” as extremely violent and reprehensible to any free-thinking student.
Radical students are typically heroes in their own minds. They envision themselves astride flaming barricades, leading the way to a better world by burning down the old world. The military is anathema to them; they want to give orders, not take them. The fascist police state prevents them from carrying out their plan, protecting the peaceful, adult working world from their adolescent narcissism and overblown temper tantrums.
The Berkeley bonfire of vanity burns unchecked; the campus police standing by under orders from the administration, the Old Guard of the Sixties. They were hauled off in manacles when they perpetrated this same kind of violence. Now they can stand some five or ten storeys above the fray and watch with satisfaction as a new generation carries the arsonist torch of anarchy.
Their Soviet handlers realized revolution in America would take more than one generation. Lenin only had to take down a monarchy by murdering the czar, his wife, son, and daughters. We have a fairly sturdy constitution that carefully documented our freedoms. Our government is one of civilized order, written on dictator-proof paper. The U.S. Constitution was designed to thwart the kind of tyranny today’s Marxists, young and old, would thrust upon us.
No wonder they want to get rid of the Electoral College, a constitutionally-ordered entity.
The Bill of Rights is a particularly noisome piece of legislation to them. They chew and twist on it like frustrated young pups, trying to tear it to shreds. The First Amendment causes them particular angst. An obstruction to their goal of world domination, it is also a useful tool for them to carry out their propaganda campaign against freedom, capitalism, and individualism.
Collectivism is an appealing ideology for young people. As adolescents, they long to be part of the greater collective and yearn to be independent of their family unit. Biologically, what human beings want is to reproduce, hence the yen to shun their parents. Psychologically, they’re not quite ready yet and so the youth collective offers them a measure of safety and collective autonomy while still attached to the childhood unit of the family. They gain solace from one another in their predicament. They yearn for freedom, but really know nothing of it.
Along comes a “sympathetic” Marxist teacher or professor who finds a nursery of useful idiots whom he or she can easily indoctrinate. Society is unfair, especially white, Western society. Not only are the idiots useful, but so is ancient American history with its stigma of slavery which all the whiteout (an old-fashioned chemical used in manual typewriting which covered over mistakes; once dry, the typist could type over the whited-out area) in the world cannot erase.
The fires of revolution must be continually stoked. So, never mind how far blacks have come in the area of civil rights. Worse yet, never mind the millions who died in order to bring about the Workers’ Paradise in the former Soviet Union. Never mind the horror stories those who escaped told of starvation, of betrayal, and of torture in the Soviet gulags. Never mind that when the Soviet Union joined World War II, they were able to re-arrest the Russians who had escaped and either executed them or threw them into gulags for life for spreading “lies” about the glories of Communism.
That’s the kind of “Hate Speech” that the Marxists at Berkeley and other colleges and universities across the country are trying to stifle. “Hate Speech” is not about what the speaker hates; it’s about what listeners “hate” to hear. Marxist philosophy states that whoever controls public and private speech and thought controls the nation. Speech control was a huge problem with the Civil Rights Act of 1964; not only did the Civil Rights Act dictate that merchants and employers could not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, and so forth, but citizens could not use offensive speech (i.e., the “N” word) in regard to any of the protected political classes. Such an offense could bring about a civil lawsuit resulting in excessive fines and possibly even imprisonment.
We are reaping the harvest of the Free Speech movement. College student activists are dictating the terms of third-person speech, which should be unconstitutional; it is tantamount to censorship. Free speech, as it was deemed by the Founding Fathers, has been corralled into small, “safe spaces” on college campuses everywhere. If free speech – and those who wish to engage in it – is barricaded into a bull pen, it is no longer free or protected.
Free speech about freedom is not tolerated at Y.U. at all. Attached as it is to Capitalism (which is what makes freedom possible), freedom is a pariah. Freedom is cruel, insensitive, intolerant, and socially injustice. If someone has the freedom to make a billion dollars, as our current president has, then it is a greedy monster that shuts out or enslaves the millions who did not have either the opportunity or the ability to do so.
Such is the thinking of adolescents. Life’s not fair. No, it isn’t. It isn’t fair that millions of people my age (57) have been thrown out of sustainable work and must resort to service work (Wal-Mart, Target, Shop-Rite) that only pays a little bit above minimum wage and wreaks havoc on our aging, often arthritic limbs. A 65 year-old lady must stand upon arthritic limbs at the local Home Depot, swallowing pain killers that will eventually destroy her liver, in order to pay her bills and make ends meet.
I will soon follow her. I have utterly failed to find work in an office. No one will hire me, even though I have proven (finally) that I possess the requisite skills and experience (I earned a degree in Secretarial Science back when I was 20). Therefore, I’ve been studying the help wanted job sites, trying to judge which service sector job requires the least amount of standing.
Perhaps Petco. The dog-washing job requires constant standing. But I’d rather work with dogs and their fleas than rats in the rat race.
We were put out of work because Obama and his ilk looked into the future and saw that Social Security was already bankrupt. How best to bring this entitlement program into line again and continue funding illegal immigrants while not funding white, suburban workers? Tax their companies out of the country and put the older, suburban workers out of work. No work, or less work, no Social Security, or at least, a good deal less in payments.
The Marxists were dealt a blow when Trump won the election. They just thought Hillary had it in the bag. But she lost and while it’s a bitter set-back, the loss is also an opportunity to rile up the useful idiots, get them starting fires in Berkeley and marches on Washington.
Thanks to the useful idiots on the Supreme Court back when Hillary was in school in the Sixties, burning the American flag (and pretty much anything else that’s flammable) became a right of free speech. Violent riots, burning, looting, and running amok are frightening images to the peaceful American public. Between terrorism and white guilt, the Marxists figure they have the bourgeoisie in a bind. The general thinking from Karl Marx on down to Saul Alinsky and George Soros is to rout the peaceful suburbanites out of their comfort zones.
Push their noses into the dirt. Destroy their economy. Rob them of their jobs. Besiege their neighborhoods with drug dealers, prostitutes, and ignorant, arrogant, self-righteous minorities. Lure their late-adolescent students into the ghetto, fill their heads with idealistic nonsense about social justice and white privilege. Get them to commit social suicide and genocide (via abortion and sexual immorality). Jumble their white-privilege English language so they can no longer speak coherently.
Most important of all, seduce them into rejecting the God of their grandfathers. “Now the serpent was the craftiest of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. [Some ancient texts say that she was originally Adam’s first wife, equal to Adam. In her sense of equality, she insisted she was also equal to God, so the Almighty turned her into a serpent as punishment.] So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” At this, the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. But God said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it; no, you must not [even] touch it; otherwise, you will die.’” At this, the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The young only know what their professors – who may as well be priests of the state – tell them. In their rebellion, they absorb the Marxist teaching with delight. At last, they have a chance to get even with the parents who have been hectoring them since the day they were born. The professors are the wiliest of serpents, smirking as they watch the turnings of young minds and making examples of those who challenge them. Grades are a great motivator in these classes. One always needs to polish the apple and students are all too happy to excoriate their non-conforming classmates. They polish the apple with sarcasm, ridicule, and superiority.
Our culture, well-versed for decades in Marxism, lends these useful idiots a good deal of credibility. After all, if Harrison Ford, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, promotes climate change and all the rest, you can’t go wrong if you’re a Marxist student. Meryl Streep? Orpah Winfrey? Ben Affleck? Who’s going to argue with the most beautiful people in the world? After all, they’re beautiful – and you’re not. Shallowness will never show if you have a well-written script in front of you.
So our young, useful idiots march out into the world to protest and there are the Marxist propaganda cameras to record them for posterity and Marxist stars to congratulate them. How could they not think themselves successful? Their cause must be just if they’re receiving all this attention and all these accolades.
Their final step is silence the opposition and they will have won the ground. Climate change: this piece of ideology is now pretty much set in stone. Climate “deniers” have been fired or threatened with lawsuits and even prison for challenging the status quo. The Marxists have spoken: Man is evil and is killing the planet, sunspots and underwater volcanos notwithstanding.
Now just shut up and accept it, all of you out there. Even President Trump has been marginalized on this subject. Yes, he’s willing to “admit” that mankind is responsible for the some of the climate change.
Women’s rights. We’re women, so shut up, the rest of you who don’t agree with them. They’re “fetuses” not “babies”, if you please. A girl can be a boy, if she wants to be, so shut up, Boy Scouts and their defenders (the New Jersey Boy Scout troop has relented and accepted this girl as a “boy” scout). Never mind reality; it’s “her” – er, “his” “reality”. If she thinks she’s a boy, then she’s a boy. So shut up. If men want to marry other men, and women, other women, it’s none of your business. So shut up. “Shut up, God. We don’t believe in you anyway.”
You photographers out there who are uncomfortable catching wives kissing wives and husbands kissing husbands during a marriage ceremony? Tough luck. If we offer you money to take our pictures, you have to accept it. That’s the law. You can’t pick and choose your customers, even if it is against your religion. “The love of money is the root of all evil – heh, heh, heh!”
Back in the Sixties, the activists developed what they called “street theater.” They would stage protests, demonstrations, and even riots, all scripted and camera-ready for when the press showed up, on time, as scheduled, to advance the cause. Activists would actually send out press releases ahead of time to promote these supposedly “spontaneous” events.
The media – particularly the editors, producers, and broadcasters – are the “gatekeepers” of the Marxist message. Of course, since the Sixties, the advent of cable television and the Internet has allowed other “gatekeepers” to write, produce and post counter-messages. Most hated of all the counter-activists is Breitbart.com.
Breitbart News Network (known commonly as Breitbart News, Breitbart or Breitbart.com) is regarded by Wikipedia as a “far-right” American news, opinion and commentary website founded in 2007 by Conservative commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. It also has a daily radio program on the Sirius XM Patriot channel called Breitbart News Daily.
Breitbart News is headquartered in Los Angeles, with bureaus in Texas, London, and Jerusalem. Co-founder Larry Solov is the owner and CEO, while Joel Pollak is the senior editor-at-large, and Alexander Marlow is managing-editor.
Conceived by Andrew Breitbart during a visit to Israel in summer 2007 as a website “that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel,” Breitbart News later aligned with the European populist right and American “alt-right” under the management of former executive chairman Steven K. Bannon. The New York Times describes Breitbart News as an organization with “ideologically driven journalists” that generates controversy “over material that has been called misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist” by its critics. Bannon declared the website “the platform for the alt-right” in 2016, but he has denied all allegations of racism and later stated that he rejected the “ethno-nationalist” tendencies of the alt-right movement.
The owners of Breitbart News deny their website has any connection to the alt-right or has ever supported racist or white supremacist views. Breitbart News voiced support for Donald Trump, and political scientist Matthew Goodwin described Breitbart News as being “ultra-conservative” in orientation.
The last thing Marxist want to do is concede that Conservatives might actually be “mainstream” America. They’ve done such a thorough job of linking Conservatives with extremist groups like the KKK that mainstream Americans, who really are Conservative in every sense of the word, shun the title, and prefer to think of themselves as “Moderates.” That is what language control does to a political climate. Conservative news organizations like Breitbart must apologize for or distance themselves from views they never held in the first place.
Conservatives are often misrepresented by the Left as being anti-immigration when, in fact, they are opposed to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. They are against gay marriage as it affects clergy and merchants who engage in the matrimonial trade. We look with concern on the flood of Muslim immigrants entering our country without any background checks as to who they are. We are opposed to paying for abortions, which Conservatives consider nothing less than murder.
For these views and others, Conservatives are being marginalized and slowly criminalized. The thought police are on the march, just as they were (and are) in the former Soviet Union. In the early days of Communist Russia, every apartment house (home ownership was forbidden) had a landlord whose job was to check the speech and sentiments of the tenants. Anyone speaking against the state was arrested and promptly sent to a gulag (a prison) for a minimum of 25 years.
Once inside the gulag, prisoners were subject to unspeakable conditions and torture. Even if they’d done nothing wrong, they were induced to plead guilty in order to stop the torture. Escape was futile even if they could. In Russia, there was no place to go. Communism, enforced, encouraged and even rewarded, was everywhere.
As we watch the college hooligans on television, we should keep these conditions in mind. This is the aim of the well-established Marxists within our country. They are everywhere, as they were and are in Russia. They’re in our schools, our corporations, and our government from the local to the federal. They’re in our labor unions, our hospitals, and, of course, in our Media.
Recognizing the existence of this corruption (at last), the American people rejected Hillary Clinton and elected Donald Trump president instead. His election is a good start. But we must be aware that his term is limited. Whether it’s four years or (hopefully) eight, our style of government requires a constant turnover lest we rot from the bottom up.
Everything depends upon educating the young. The Marxists know that all too well. We are still the adults in the room. Their education will depend upon us. Our education system can no longer be trusted (not that we ever could trust them). It’s up to us to educate our own children. That education includes the very young, the school-age young, the teen-age young (a most difficult demographic), the college-age young, the young adults and even the young family young. The indoctrination goes that deep.
Somehow we must impress upon young parents that they don’t know it all, especially not about Communism. We cannot afford to let them brush us off as being old, no longer with it, or generationally biased and insensitive. We know more about history than they do primarily because we lived it. Remind them of the Sixties riots. The burning of the American flag. Remind them of how activists threw bags of feces at soldiers returning from Viet Nam.
We’ve recaptured a portion of the media. We must begin telling our own stories. Since we have the Internet – while we have it – we can do it. We have blogs, Facebook, YouTube. Right now, our adversaries are mounting a campaign that Facebook is no longer “fun.” We can be fun. But we can also be serious. We can mount some very funny cartoons about the Left. We can use it to teach the young what they’re reluctant to learn otherwise and make them laugh while we’re doing it.
The young resent being gainsaid; being told that they’re wrong. But we must do it. We must disabuse them of any notions that Communism, Marxism, Socialism are beneficial to humanity. They are not and the evidence of history proves it to be so. Freedom is not free, but it so good, not evil, fascistic or bigoted. Prosperity is not greedy, selfish or privileged. Limited government is not unjust, racist or cruel. No government that values freedom has ever cast millions into insufferable prisons, subjected anyone to torture, or robbed its citizens of their homes and property.
No government that values freedom has ever tried to deny the existence of God or silenced anyone who does.
Following is a history of the Marxist movement at the City College of New York during the 1930s. My father was a student there. This little history demonstrates just how far back the activist movement reaches and how determined they were to succeed in halting the march of true freedom and how far into the future they cast their net, with the indoctrination of the teachers of future teachers. This time-line history comes from CCNY’s own website.
During the years of the Great Depression, when capitalist economies throughout the world are in crisis, the Communist party and the Socialist party offer alternative political visions that gain widespread support among American workers and intellectuals. In 1932, Norman Thomas, the Socialist party presidential candidate, receives almost a million votes, while the Communist candidate, William Z. Foster receives over 100,000 votes. Communists and Socialists play key roles after 1934 in organizing a number of new unions in industries such as steel and auto.
At the same time, fascism is on the rise in Europe. Adolph Hitler comes to power in Germany in 1933, and later forges an alliance with Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime in Italy, which had taken power in 1922.
The nation’s economy virtually collapses during the Great Depression. By 1933, over 25 percent of the work force is unemployed. Hunger and homelessness are widespread throughout the country.
The Communist party is active during the years of the Great Depression in the national student movement and in struggles for the rights of workers, African-Americans, and the unemployed.
Most City College students are painfully aware of the vast inequalities within American society, and know that even a college degree provides no guarantee of gainful employment in the midst of the depression.
Of those workers who continue to hold jobs, millions are employed at sub-standard wages, with little if any job security. Millions of workers participate in massive union organizing campaigns to raise their wages and improve their working conditions.
The student rebels of the Depression era rank among the most effective radical organizers in the history of American student politics. They built a large and influential student protest movement, organized America’s first national strikes, and shaped political discourse on campus for the better part of a decade. No college generation before them and only the New Left insurgents of the 1960’s after them ever had as much impact on student politics in twentieth-century America.
-Cohen, When the Old Left Was Young, 1993
National Student League (NSL) is formed in 1931 as a Communist-led coalition of radical and progressive students to create a nationwide, militant student movement that seeks solutions to the double-barreled crisis of the Great Depression at home and war and fascism abroad. The impetus for this organization comes from student activists at CCNY.
The American Student Union (ASU) is established in December 1935 when the National Student League merges with the Socialist Student League for Industrial Democracy. The ASU becomes the largest national student organization ever created to that point in time, with over 20,000 members. ASU leaders champion federal aid to low-income students and would later ally themselves with the New Deal.
The Student League for Industrial Democracy (SLID) is the student section of the League for Industrial Democracy, which can be traced to the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, founded in 1905 by CCNY graduate and popular writer/activist Upton Sinclair. Here, SLID members demonstrate to encourage office workers to support their union during the summer of 1935 in NYC’s garment district.
The Young Communist League (YCL) is the youth division of the U.S. Communist Party. Its program includes support for unemployment insurance, full racial equality, no funding for militarism, training programs for young people, and a workers’ government in the United States, based on the model of the Soviet Union.
The Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL) is the youth affiliate of the Socialist Party. Its main rival on campus is the Young Communist League. This flyer advertises an anti-war meeting in Harlem.
October 26, 1932 Oakley Johnson, an English instructor publicly known for his Communist sympathies, is dismissed. Over 1000 students rally. President Frederick B. Robinson calls the police, who club the demonstrators and arrest four students. This is the first time during the Depression years that a college president called the police to an American campus. Over 1000 students attend a “mock trial” to condemn President Robinson. Nineteen student organizers are suspended.
May 29, 1933 Students protest use of police on campus and to reinstate students suspended and expelled after an anti-ROTC demonstration.
This alumni petition (June 1933) endorsed by several prominent graduates, supports free speech for students , protests the firing of Oakley Johnson, the banning of the progressive student clubs and the suspension of two student newspapers.
April 30, 1936 One thousand students stage a sit-in at Shepard Hall to protest the firing of faculty activist Morris Schappes of the English department. This is the first organized sit-in of this magnitude on an American college campus. The sit-in continues for several days.
May 12, 1936 The Student Council calls a conference with delegates elected from each classroom to organize support for Morris Schappes.
May 1936 Students organize a mock trial of President Robinson to protest the firing of Morris Schappes. June 1936 As a result of the massive opposition by students and the Teachers Union, the NYC Board of Higher Education reinstates Schappes and twelve other dismissed faculty activists. Because of this campaign, the New York State legislature agrees to new tenure rules for New York City’s public colleges.
December 19, 1938 President Robinson submits his letter of resignation
The Teacher-Worker, the newsletter of the CCNY Communist staff, dedicates its February 1939 issue to Ralph Wardlaw, an instructor in the Department of Public Speaking, who dies in Spain fighting in defense of the Spanish Republic.
After 1935, faculty at CCNY is increasingly concerned about the spread of fascism in Europe. Many of the young, untenured faculty members also feel concerned about job security. In response, they form the Instructional Staff Association and the College Teachers Union and join the campus’s Anti-Fascist Association and the Communist party.
Two-thirds of the faculty at the city’s public colleges are instructors or tutors. Instructors teach fifteen hours a week at substandard salaries. They have no tenure and can be dismissed at any time. Most of these faculty members are young, many are graduates of the City College and, like their students, they come from poor immigrant backgrounds. Younger activist faculty creates the CCNY Instructional Staff Association in 1932 to fight for increases in salary, promotion procedures, and tenure for the lower-paid teaching staff. By 1937, the association claims that more than 100 faculty members have been promoted from the rank of tutor to that of instructor as a result of their efforts.
In 1935 faculty and staff organize the Anti-Fascist Association at CCNY. It holds monthly educational meetings and publishes a monthly newsletter. Some 200 individuals join, including senior faculty. Representatives frequently spoke at student anti-war rallies
During the Civil War in Spain, CCNY faculty and staff establish a committee to provide humanitarian aid to the Spanish population. After the defeat of the Spanish Republic, faculty organizations aid refugees from Spain.
The New York College Teachers Union is organized in 1935 as the College Section of the Teachers Union and two years later becomes Local 537 of the American Federation of College Teachers.
The most important achievements of the College Teachers Union at the city’s public colleges in 1938 include winning the right of tenure for the lowest paid full-time faculty, as well as securing major democratic reforms, such as department chairs elected by fellow faculty, faculty responsibility for departmental curricula, and a representative faculty governance council that gave faculty an administrative voice on each campus.
College Teachers Union members march in their caps and gowns in the May Day Labor Parade on May 1, 1938, along with several hundred thousand workers from other unions
Some of the younger faculty and staff join the U.S. Communist Party at CCNY or participate in its activities during the 1930s because they see it as the most effective political vehicle to combat fascism, unemployment, and social and racial injustice. The City College unit of the Communist party never reveals the names of its members for fear that public acknowledgment of their affiliation might cost them their jobs. The party’s members are active in the College Teachers Union and in the campus Anti-Fascist Association. “Neither dupes nor conspirators, the academics who passed through the American Communist Party during the 1930s and the 1940s were a group of serious men and women who sincerely hoped to create a better world. They opposed Hitler, supported the Spanish Republicans, and struggled, as best they could, to build a movement for social change within the United States.” — Schrecker, No Ivory Tower, 1986
The Communist party unit of City College faculty and staff publishes a monthly newsletter, the Teacher and Worker, beginning in March 1935. The articles, anonymously written, discuss local campus issues, as well as national and international issues.
The CCNY Communist party newsletter encourages all faculty, staff and students to participate in the annual May Day Labor Parade at Union Square.
Many biting critiques of the college administration appear in the Teacher and Worker.
The recent Berkeley “Free Speech” riots began, ironically, as a protest of an appearance by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s been touring colleges to fight political correctness. The result has been fiery protests of what is regarded as Yiannopoulous’ “inflammatory” rhetoric. CNN accuses him of trying to make “hate speech cool.”
“I am speaking on college campuses,” he told CNN, “because education … is really what matters. It’s a crucible where these bad ideas are formed. Bad ideas like … progressive social justice, feminists, Black Lives Matter … that I think is so cancerous and toxic to free expression.”
“People are tired of being told how to live, how to speak, what language they can use,” he said. “The strength of feeling in my crowds, the enthusiasm for me from the audiences is the same — the same instinct, the same sort of motivating force (that) put Trump in the White House.”
Freedom-loving Americans spoke pretty loudly on Election Day 2016. Up until then, no one had been listening. Not even National Review, the most conservative of Conservative magazines. Were they not listening because we didn’t hold sit-ins, break windows, and burn down the United Nations or firebomb the headquarters of the ACLU?
Those are acts of violence, not freedom of speech. When the Tea Parties held their rallies back in 2009, they were urged to take down their home-made signs, a clear act of censorship on the part of Republican and even Conservative elites (I told my tea parties not to listen; but they didn’t listen to me). They were told to take down their signs because they might offend other parties or they might be used against them by the Media.
What we need to do is hold more rallies, not fewer. We need to hold up our own signs again that carry our own messages of love of liberty and freedom, prosperity, and limited government. Milo Yiannopolous needs to keep pressing his message about free speech, no matter how perturbed the opposition becomes. He must be brave and so must our conservative college students.
Fortunately, we now have Donald Trump for president and champion. We should follow his example and Tweet. Facebook. E-Mail. Blog. We must speak up for real free speech before we’re cowed again into becoming the Silent Majority.