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Leftism

“For at least the last hundred years, the world’s most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam.  It is leftism.”  Dennis Prager

“Leftism dominates the thinking of Europe, much of Latin America, Canada, and Asia, as well as the thinking of the political and intellectual elites of most of the world.  Outside of the Muslim world, it is virtually the only way in which news is reported and virtually the only way in which young people are educated from elementary school through university.”  Dennis Prager

Thomas Sowell’s book Intellectuals and Society more than adds ammunition to Prager’s thesis…

“As in interwar France, the leading teacher’s union—in America, the National Education Association—was a spearhead of pacifism and a fountainhead of ideas of the left in general.”  Sowell, p. 264

“Everything from economic central planning to environmentalism epitomizes the belief that third parties know best and should be empowered to over-ride the decisions of others.  This includes preventing children from growing up with the values taught them by their parents if more ‘advanced’ values are preferred by those who teach in the schools and colleges.” Sowell, p. 292

“One of the things intellectuals have been doing for a long time is loosening the bonds that hold a society together.  They have sought to replace the groups into which people have sorted themselves with groupings created and imposed by the intelligentsia.  Ties of family, religion, and patriotism, for example, have long been treated as suspect or detrimental by the intelligentsia, and newer ties that intellectuals have created, such as class—and more recently ‘gender’—have been projected as either more real or more important.” Sowell, p. 303

The World’s Most Dynamic Religion

By Dennis Prager – www.nationalreview.com – October 2, 2012

For at least the last hundred years, the world’s most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam.

It has been leftism.

Most people do not recognize what is probably the single most important fact of modern life. One reason is that leftism is overwhelmingly secular (more than merely secular: It is inherently opposed to all traditional religions), and therefore people do not regard it as a religion. Another is that leftism so convincingly portrays itself as solely the product of reason, intellect, and science that it has not been seen as the dogma-based ideology that it is. Therefore the vast majority of the people who affirm leftist beliefs think of their views as the only way to properly think about life.

That, in turn, explains why anyone who opposes leftism is labeled anti-intellectual, anti-progress, anti-science, anti-minority, and anti-reason (among many other pejorative epithets): Leftists truly believe that there is no other way to think.

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Warmism

“British biogeographer Philip Stott warns that Warmism has ‘replaced Marxism as a dominant force for controlling liberty and human choices,’ and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy speaks of ‘Reds who have now turned Greens…of the revolutionary jihad variety.’” Bruce Bawer, FrontPage Magazine, August 15, 2012

Inside the ‘Warmist’ Faith

By Bruce Bawer – FrontPageMag.Com – August 15, 2012

For those of us who might have thought (hoped?) that the climate-change hysteria of a couple of years ago was already on its way into the dustbin of history, the New York Times ran a piece on August 11 insisting that the danger is more urgent than ever.  “Until recently,” wrote Northern Arizona University earth scientist Chirstopher R. Schwalm, Clark University geographer Christopher A. Williams, and Kevin Schaeffer of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “many scientists spoke of climate change mainly as a ‘threat,’ sometime in the future.  But it is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of human-induced climate change, with a growing frequency of weather and climate extremes like heat waves, droughts, floods and fires.” In the Times piece, which is apparently a précis of a recent essay in the journalNature-Geoscience, the three authors argued that the recent drought in the American West, in its length and severity, represented a radical departure from previous droughts, and that climate models suggest that “this extreme event could become the new normal.”  Their prescription: to prevent “a multidecade megadrought,” we must “reduce fossil-fuel emissions.”  And their conclusion: “there can be little doubt that what was once thought to be a future threat is suddenly, catastrophically upon us.”

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