July 16, 2009

One of the Most Frightening Things I Have Ever Read

clip_image002[7]This document is too long to post in its entirety, to read the whole thing click here. Below are just SOME of the things that are said. Read this and then I will tell you its’ relevance to what we are going through now.

"We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit.…Our work is guided by the sense that we may be the last generation in the experiment with living. But we are a minority--the vast majority of our people regard the temporary equilibriums of our society and world as eternally functional parts. [The Majority] fear change itself, since change might smash whatever invisible framework seems to hold back chaos for them now. … The fact that each individual sees apathy in his fellows perpetuates the common reluctance to organize for change. … Then, too, we are a materially improved society, and by our own improvements we seem to have weakened the case for further change.

Some would have us believe that Americans feel contentment amidst prosperity--but might it not better be called a glaze above deeply felt anxieties about their role in the new world? …something can be done to change circumstances in the school, the workplaces, the bureaucracies, the government? It is to this latter yearning, at once the spark and engine of change, that we direct our present appeal. The search for truly democratic alternatives to the present, and a commitment to social experimentation with them, is a worthy and fulfilling human enterprise, …. On such a basis do we offer this document of our convictions and analysis:…… The questions we might want raised--what is really important? can we live in a different and better way? if we wanted to change society, how would we do it?--are not thought to be questions of a "fruitful, empirical nature," and thus are brushed aside.

It is highly fashionable to identify oneself by old categories, or by naming a respected political figure, or by explaining "how we would vote" on various issues.

…. Doubt has replaced hopefulness--and men act out a defeatism that is labeled realistic. The decline of utopia and hope is in fact one of the defining features of social life today. …Men have unrealized potential for self-cultivation, self-direction, self-understanding, and creativity. …. The goal of man and society should be human independence: a concern not with image of popularity but with finding a meaning in life that is personally authentic; …We would replace power rooted in possession, privilege, or circumstance by power and uniqueness rooted in love, reflectiveness, reason, and creativity. As a social system we seek the establishment of a democracy of individual participation, governed by two central aims: that the individual share in those social decisions determining the quality and direction of his life; that society be organized to encourage independence in men and provide the media for their common participation.b6576f9f8190cce2[1]

In a participatory democracy, the political life would be based in several root principles: that decision-making of basic social consequence be carried on by public groupings;

that politics be seen positively, as the art of collectively creating an acceptable pattern of social relations;

that politics has the function of bringing people out of isolation and into community, thus being a necessary, though not sufficient, means of finding meaning in personal life;

that the political order should serve to clarify problems in a way instrumental to their solution; it should provide outlets for the expression of personal grievance and aspiration; opposing views should be organized so as to illuminate choices and facilitate the attainment of goals; channels should be commonly available to relate men to knowledge and to power so that private problems--from bad recreation facilities to personal alienation--are formulated as general issues.

The economic sphere would have as its basis the principles:

that work should involve incentives worthier than money or survival. It should be educative, not stultifying; creative, not mechanical; self-directed, not manipulated, encouraging independence, a respect for others, a sense of dignity, and a willingness to accept social responsibility, since it is this experience that has crucial influence on habits, perceptions and individual ethics;

that the economic experience is so personally decisive that the individual must share in its full determination;

that the economy itself is of such social importance that its major resources and means of production should be open to democratic participation and subject to democratic social regulation.

…These are our central values, in skeletal form. It remains vital to understand their denial or attainment in the context of the modern world.…The very isolation of the individual--from power and community and ability to aspire--means the rise of a democracy without publics.... From where else can power and vision be summoned? We believe that the universities are an overlooked seat of influence.

36ef76defd2dc5be[1] First, the university is located in a permanent position of social influence. It's educational function makes it indispensable and automatically makes it a crucial institution in the formation of social attitudes.….this makes the university functionally tied to society in new ways, revealing new potentialities, new levers for change. Fourth, the university is the only mainstream institution that is open to participation by individuals of nearly any viewpoint.…

  1. Any new left in America must be, in large measure, a left with real intellectual skills, committed to deliberativeness, honesty, reflection as working tools. The university permits the political life to be an adjunct to the academic one, and action to be informed by reason.

  2. A new left must be distributed in significant social roles throughout the country. The universities are distributed in such a manner.

  3. A new left must consist of younger people who matured in the postwar world, and partially be directed to the recruitment of younger people. The university is an obvious beginning point.

  4. A new left must include liberals and socialists, the former for their relevance, the latter for their sense of thoroughgoing reforms in the system. The university is a more sensible place than a political party for these two traditions to begin to discuss their differences and look for political synthesis.

  5. A new left must start controversy across the land, if national policies and national apathy are to be reversed. The ideal university is a community of controversy, within itself and in its effects on communities beyond.

  6. A new left must transform modern complexity into issues that can be understood and felt close up by every human being. It must give form to the feelings of helplessness and indifference, so that people may see the political, social, and economic sources of their private troubles, and organize to change society. …

  7. They must wrest control of the educational process from the administrative bureaucracy. They must make fraternal and functional contact with allies in labor, civil rights, and other liberal forces outside the campus. They must import major public issues into the curriculum… They must consciously build a base for their assault upon the loci of power.”

View ImageThis is from the Port Huron Statement written mostly by Radical, founder of the SDS, Uber animal rights whacko, former husband to Jane Fonda and Ca state representative Tom Hayden, (someone everyone needs to know about),pictured above, which was the original charter document of the SDS 1bdb42b48050ac62[1](students for Democratic society) . The SDS spawned Billy Ayers and Bernadine Doern’s group the Weathermen, and was very friendly with the Black Panthers. whose Ten Point Program is also just full of sunshine and rainbows. SO WHO IS IN the picture at the top of the post? That is (right to left) Bernadine Doern, Tom Hayden, and Black Panther Founder Jamal Joseph standing shoulder to shoulder within the last 15 years. They are still buddies 40+ years after their heydays as terrorists, thugs, and radicals.

The Ten Point Program

The Ten Point Program was as follows:

  1. We want power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities' education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present day society.
  2. We want completely free health care for all black and oppressed people.
  3. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people, other people of color, and all oppressed people inside the United States.
  4. We want an immediate end to all wars of aggression.
  5. We want full employment for our people.
  6. We want an end to the robbery by the capitalists of our Black Community.
  7. We want decent housing, fit for the shelter of human beings.
  8. We want decent education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society.
  9. We want freedom for all black and oppressed people now held in U. S. Federal, state, county, city and military prisons and jails. We want trials by a jury of peers for all persons charged with so-called crimes under the laws of this country.
  10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, peace and people's community control of modern technology

c2d0210a0a62649a[1]These people who ran these groups, taught these things along with Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Cloward and Piven and many others are the mentors of Barry Obama. This is the environment he was raised in. Joel did the post on the communist manifesto, and these two documents are step-children of that. To paraphrase an apropos song… “There’s Something happenin here, and what is is, is becoming clear…stop, listen, what’s that sound, everybody look what’s goin down”

This is what we have wrought.

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