The View From 1776

Narcissism And Gnosticism

Radical left-wing Democrat/Socialists not only are blinded to reality by their narcissism, but also are led into disastrous social and political policies by their gnosticism.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/07 at 10:39 PM
  1. Mr. B,

    Your write that

    "President Johnson’s socialistic Great Society of welfare entitlements led to student anarchism, anti-Vietnam War hysteria..."

    Let me suggest that, as someone who had three classmates killed, that the US incursion into Vietnam, which resulted in the useless deaths of 58,000 Americans, the wounding of 153,000 Americans, to say nothing of 3,000,000 Vietnamese deaths, was an governmental action that deserved a little "anti-Vietnam War" intensity.

    You would have to do a lot of talking to convince me that our invasion of Vietnam was any more justifiable and moral that our recent invasion of Iraq.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/08  at  08:42 PM
  2. The counterculture of the 1960's and 70's was a complex social disruption with many causes, but the gnostic skepticism of traditional religion and values was a major feature. This disruption was fed by the hubris of progressive elites that sought to change everything in America to make it fit their idea of some utopian concept. The conceit of such progressives was so supportive of their failed view that they ignored the horrors of communist systems for 70 years, arguing they could do it better! In this way the narcissism of our intellectual and progressive leaders fueled the age of entitlement and relaxation of moral values.

    The anti war movement was and remains a rather separate phenomenon. My mother was an activist against going to war in Europe in 1939 to 1941. The Korea war had its opponents. The SDS were actively protesting Vietnam involvement while JFK was still president and opposition continued under Johnson. There are valid reasons to question our involvement in foreign wars, but less reason to oppose the movement to personal dependency, irresponsibility, and immorality.
    Posted by Bill greene  on  03/09  at  08:32 AM
  3. Jjay, the spread of loathsome communism was something worth opposing. The Soviets were aggressive in sponsoring armed movements and terror. It would have been a monumental error to have remained passive in the face of this threat.

    Vietnam proved to be a tragic waste because of the policies of gradualism and limited war. Absurd, treacherous rules of engagement benefited the enemy enormously and the activities of domestic communists and radicals took advantage of the deadly consequences of a feckless military and political strategy and, even though we achieved a military victory despite all this, Congress tied the bow on defeat by throwing in the towel.

    If you doubt me on the victory point, please read Snepp's grand book _Decent Interval_.

    What might have been in Vietnam can be glimpsed in S. Korea. Those people who ended up on our side of the line were better off by two orders of magnitude. The Vietnam war was worth fighting but it's sad that our then political leaders were unwilling to hold up the ghastly nature of communism to the citizens. It took Solzhenitsyn to paint the true picture of our enemy./

    To this day the Nazis are seen as the distillation of pure evil even though totalitarian communists murdered over 100 million innocents. That fact is a veritable state secret where our political class is concerned. Why that is so is probably laid out quite clearly in Diana West's new book.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/09  at  03:28 PM
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