The View From 1776
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Why are today’s students often taught to hate the United States?
Phyllis Schlafly sketches the aims of too many teachers’ colleges who train our teachers (Teaching “Social Justice” in Schools).
Those aims are the ones notoriously espoused by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Senator Obama’s friends and co-workers in the Chicago schools project funded by the Annenberg Foundation.
Social justice is a doctrine of the secular religion of socialism. And as Eric Voegelin demonstrated, socialism is a variety of modern-day gnosticism.
Voegelin in his 1959 Science, Politics & Gnosticism describes the salient characteristics of gnosticism, all of which apply to the doctrines of American liberalism and the concept of social justice as attainment of atheistic social perfection. These gnostic characteristics correspond closely to the attitudes described in Phyllis Schlafly’s article.
They also are the underlying foundation of Senator Obama’s appeal to dissatisfaction with American society and his message that he is the one possessed of special knowledge that can bring us together and create a near perfect world.
First, the gnostic liberal is dissatisfied with the world as he finds it.