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A New Kind of Freedom

by Nelson Hultberg | AFR.org

Karl Marx was asked once how he could justify advocating a political system of slavery for the individual, which is what socialism is. He replied that, socialism is not slavery; it is a "new kind of freedom." As all perceptive students of history know, the intellectuals of Europe bought into such Alice in Wonderland sophistry and plunged into the twentieth century nightmare of collectivist tyranny. But unfortunately so did American intellectuals about 30 years later when the Progressives of Woodrow Wilson's era established the Creature from Jekyl Island to usher in centralized government banking and the progressive income tax to "spread the wealth around."

Socialism is not really so bad, reasoned the American intellectual community. If we think about it, it actually is a "new kind of freedom." We just have to do what the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter advocated. We have to change the meaning of the words that define the fundamental values of our lives. After all, there is no objective reality; words can mean whatever we want them to mean. All we have to do is teach Marx's new definition of freedom to the young at an early enough age, and when they grow into adulthood they will not think of a government-dominated society as slavery at all. It will be a "new kind of freedom" to them.

Americans never bought into Lenin's violent revolutionary socialism, but they did buy into the Fabians' democratic evolutionary socialism. Fabian ideas in Britain were readily picked up by the American progressives and liberals of the twentieth century. This redefinition of values has been consuming us now for 100 years ever since the Creature from Jekyl Island and the tax revenuers took over Washington. The progressives and liberals have even redefined their redefinitions. Fascism, being basically the same as socialism, is now acceptable in the mix.

What is horrifying is that Barack Obama's election victory is tied directly to this corruption of values. We have now elected, for a second time, a man who was raised by communists in Hawaii. Obama's mind was forged from the likes of Frank Marshall Davis, a powerful and radical communist apparatchick of the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Davis was Obama's constant companion from the age of 9 to 18 before he went off to Occidental College in Los Angeles. His worldview is thus the Marxian sophistry that socialism is a "new kind of freedom." In the mind of Obama, individuals like Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart are not entrepreneurial benefactors to their fellow man; they are evil rich people who exploit their fellow man. These evil rich need to be leveled down. And the way to do it is insidiously, governmentally with ever-expanding redistribution of wealth programs and ever-expanding monetary inflation.

One of Ayn Rand's powerful insights in Atlas Shrugged is that dictatorships take over because the people actually approve of them. She called it the "sanction of the victim." This attitude now permeates the American electorate. Nietzsche's "slave mentalities" dominate the throngs of voters that determine what our government is to do. The great majority of Americans are demonstrating that they actually want to be enslaved.

Rand also made the following observation: When asked once why she voted Republican if she thought both parties had sold out to collectivism, she replied that both parties are headed toward the abyss, but Democrats wish to charge toward it and Republicans wish to creep toward it. She, no doubt, felt that we have more time to educate the people as to what is happening with Republicans in power.

Well, America just ran out of time this past election night. A majority of American voters indicated that they believe government owes them a living along with health care, security, and self-esteem. They indicated that they are very comfortable with the Fabian march into socialist-fascism that has been taking place ever since the Creature was instituted in 1913. They indicated that they believe rich people don't earn their wealth; they steal it from the kindly masses by siphoning off the surplus productivity of their labor and reducing them to grinding poverty. (This is the fallacious "labor theory of value" that Marx perpetuated.)

Unfortunately this fallacious reasoning is why so many Americans have become so slothful and are choosing to vote for a living rather than work for a living. It is the reason why so many productive men and women in America are poisoned with guilt and now tolerate the egregious, confiscatory taxes that are destroying the dynamism of our economy and the sanity of our lives. Justice and prosperity cannot be built by catering to slothful masses with theoretical fallacies.

The slothful masses now control America through an Orwellian czar in Washington whose mentor was a rabid communist apparatchik in the 1970s, and whose close advisors (Bill Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, Valerie Jarrett, etc.) have always been radical leftist haters of America. This Orwellian czar is now a lame duck President and doesn't have to run again. All that blocks him from ravaging our rights and freedoms is a supine Senate and a timid array of House Republicans. Will these political sycophants be able to stand up to him and the new hordes of entitlement seekers that bolster him with their eager votes? Not likely. Congress will, instead, begin to reach out to the new entitlement seekers along with the pressing hordes of illegals and their comrades waiting in the wings for entrance to America.

Jean Raspail's Camp of the Saints looms over the horizon. Congressional sycophants will begin to emulate Fox News analyst, Kirsten Powers, who gleefully reported on election night: "We are now a brown nation." They will begin to reevaluate their position on the illegals. They will reason that another 15 million illiterate anti-Americans amidst us is no problem. To paraphrase Nixon, "We're all Multiculturalists now."

Thus Obama will push full-blown for amnesty for the illegals and Marx's redefinition of slavery into a "new kind of freedom." We will charge toward the abyss at a speed never before employed. Obama and the Creature will gobble up the last of our freedoms. America will become a giant replica of Greece.

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Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas and the Director of Americans for a Free Republic (AFR.org). His articles have appeared in such publications as the Dallas Morning News, The American Conservative, Insight, The Freeman, and Liberty, as well as on numerous Internet sites such as The Daily Bell, Financial Sense, and Safe Haven.

He is also the author of a soon to be released book on political philosophy, The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values. Email him at: nelshultberg@aol.com



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Sounds like Loki from the Avengers movie:

(Speaking to a crowd of frightened humans in Stuttgart, Germany)

I said kneel! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

We are a brainwashed nation

Bertrand Russel predicted it in "The Impact of Science on Society" in 1952 ~

"Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at: first, that influences of the home are 'obstructive' and verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective ... It is for the future scientist to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen .... Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so."

Blessings )o(

ummm

"They will begin to reevaluate their position on the illegals. They will reason that another 15 million illiterate anti-Americans amidst us is no problem."

wtf?! wooooooooooooow. So all 15 million illegal aliens (we have no idea how many there even are so not sure where this number comes from) are all illiterate and anti-American to boot eh? We're a brown nation? *shakes head*

I agree

This article is blatantly racist. I was enjoying it until the author began to berate immigrants. My city is populated by a large immigrant community (both legal and illegal). I grew up with children who were either brought here shortly after birth or first generation American. Most of them are rather successful, but some got trapped along the way. Either way, their parents usually worked extremely hard. When times are rough, weak people blame those who are different instead of those who were wrong. Our country is running towards an abyss because of a number of reasons, one being rich, white men on wall street who forgot their morals and/or do not fear God. They are men who believe they are themselves gods. They are men who are not illegal immigrants.

Stay focused. Stay together, liberty loving immigrants and all.

Peace.

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington

Don't ya think, as a constitutionalist

that is would be helpful if a few of our citizens knew what the constitution was?

We can't fight back if the left keeps stacking the deck with new voters

Why is that so hard to understand?

Does the average native-born American citizen...

...have a better grasp on our history and traditions than the average immigrant?

I'm not so sure.

I see a vast, illiterate, third-world population right here at home with names like John and Frank, not Juan and Franco.

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves"

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

"We can't fight back if the

"We can't fight back if the left keeps stacking the deck with new voters. Why is that so hard to understand?"

uh, yeah, it is kind of hard to understand the blatantly racist remarks because most of the white people that voted for plastic corporatist Ken doll Mitt Romney don't have any idea about what the Constitution means either. This is evidenced by their vote for someone who is just as much anti-Constitution as Obama is.

Also, the majority of people in this country, black/white/yellow/red/purple/etc, have no idea wtf the Constitution says or is even about. Constitutionalists make up a VERY small minority of the population and you don't help our cause in winning people over to it when perpetuating collectivist racist garbage like this.

You catch more flies with honey.....

That right...shut it down with the R word.

Seems like the only racism in fashion with many of you people is anti-semitic variety.

COMPROMISE!!

100 years of this. Look where it got us. We compromised ourselves into a corner, now what?

dave anderson

Utopia

started long before Marx. Religious groups in Europe and USA tried many times to buy land and build communal farms to prove that Utopia can work. None worked, so people blamed the rich (Alex Jones 5-6 banks of the past.) Vatican passed anti Usury laws, still no prosperity. They blamed Free Masons (like some blame Zionists today), still no better harvest.

Then Marx came up with historical dialectic of inevitability of Socilaism when capitalism matures to the point it buries itself. Lenin simply could not wait so long. Neither could the masses. Their low productivity and high population numbers (caused by the level of capitalist technology at the time that reduced child mortality, but could not give high standard of living to all yet) made them both powerful in numbers and envy in spirit.

The organized church actually favors socialist collective structure, they just want to see themselves as a wise central planner on the top.

Hultberg was the first I heard of Ron Paul

I think it was 2006, maybe earlier, when Nelson Hultberg wrote an essay in which he suggested we should draft Ron Paul to run for president. "Ron Who?" I remember asking!

Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28

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Great article;

however, the truth is we do not know how many people actually voted for Obama because of the rampant and widespread voter fraud which occurred all over the country. In Boston, we had 130% voter turnout in many wards; in Chicago (and other places), there were entire precincts where not one person voted for Romney; there were tens of thousands of military ballots conveniently lost in some warehouse and not found until the day after the election; there were hundreds, if not thousands of reports of voter machine malfunctions. The list goes on, and on and on.

Nobody really knows for sure what the actual vote count was for Obama, but based on the amount of shinanigans that went on on election day, I would think it is safe to assume that the number was actually less than half of the population...possibly much, much less. Why cheat if you have the majority behind you? It seems to me now that the mantra we hear over and over again since the election is that a majority of the country wants what Obama has to offer; however, I am not yet convinced that this is the case. We will never know for sure if we don't fix our broken and corrupt system of voting.