This is an eye-opener. We’ve talked before about the goals of Commun-ism (misspelling intentional), listing them for our consideration and discussion. Yesterday, I was handed a list of sixteen Neo-Commun-ist goals from “The Naked Communist” by W. Cleon Skousen 1958. If you’ve been with us on this page for a while, you know that Skousen is a favorite author of mine. I took the list with great interest, noting it was from 1958 and comparing it to what I have previously read.
First, the goals are listed in plain American English, not international scholarly verbiage. Anyone can read and understand the goals if allowed to peruse them. Second, upon further investigation, the actual book lists about 45 goals. The goals on this handout are taken from the original, as I looked them up.
Let’s look at a few of the goals on that paper.
1. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
2. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism… Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
3. Gain control of all student newspapers.
4. Infiltrate the press.
5. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
Do you see any of these goals implemented in your city, state, or nation? Have you previously found these occurrences hard to believe (i.e., “this couldn’t happen here”)?
Have your viewing and entertainment habits changed recently or over time?
Have you changed the way you consume your news?
Maybe you think that this is just the way of the world and you are old-fashioned. Perhaps you think about how education has changed, but you have stopped paying attention since your children are no longer in school.
Maybe you like these changes and want to see more of them.
Ask yourself why you like or dislike these changes. It isn’t because you are old, uptight, oppositional, or radical. It isn’t because you live in a “bad country.” Maybe it’s because we Americans have looked the other way, not since last week or last year, but for about seventy years. We trusted other people, flawed like ourselves, to make all the decisions for us.
To know your government, you have to participate in it. As I always say, you can’t get your civics lessons from the politician, the press, or the professor. Re-read the above five goals. I know I did. And it is shocking.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. 🇺🇸