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by Christopher Chantrill
April 27, 2005 at 1:34 am
OVER THE April 16/17 weekend according to The Hill George Soros led his progressive billionaire friends in an important strategy meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The idea was to lay out the strategy for funding a progressive policy machine to go head-to-head with the notorious Right Wing Noise Machine, and develop progressive policy ideas, initiatives, and leadership schools just like the conservative policy shops.
Should conservatives be afraid, or very afraid? Or, like The American Thinker, just irritated?
George Soros first got involved in politics back in the 1990s when he built foundations in Eastern Europe and Russia to push his vision of a post communist society. He was associated with Jeffrey Sachs and his less-than-stellar shock therapy for Poland and Russia. But Soros did not seem to be interested in helping built a bourgeois society from the tribal ruins of communism. He wanted the peoples of the old Soviet Empire to vault in one leap to a post-modern, post-authoritarian, post-religious world, the world dreamed about by our own American liberal friends.
The Open Society Institutes and foundations that Soros funds worldwide are committed not so much to economic openness as economic shock therapy and a left-wing social agenda. He supports abortion in Eastern Europe, needle exchange programs for drug users, and gay activism worldwide, but particularly in Eastern Europe, according to George Soros, Postmodern Villain by Srdja Trifkovic in Chronicles. In education, Soros foundations have promoted a move from authoritarian models to more progressive education bases on partnership between teachers and students. Soros is also eager to combat racism in Eastern Europe, and has developed a suite of western style anti-discrimination programs to combat victimization of Romani, the gypsies.
What Soros seems to want, according to Trifkovic, is to destroy the remaining bastions of the family, sovereign nationhood, and Christian Faith east of the Trieste-Stettin line. (West of the old Iron Curtain, he feels, things are going his way anyway.) In other words, from the perspective of conservatives, he is attempting to destroy the very institutions that did the heavy lifting in moving Western Europe from the old feudal, clannish world to the Anglospheric ideal of self-government under law. He has bought into the left-wing view that family, nation, and Christianity are oppressions and superstitions blocking the breakout into the new age of universal creativity and community.
It is entirely appropriate, therefore, that he played a prominent role in the campaign to defeat President Bush in 2004, a matter of life and death. If he thinks that the way to his Open Society is through abortion, needle exchange, and gay activism, then he and the Democratic Party are a match made in non-judgmental heaven.
As Soros and the Democrats try to rush the American people towards their progressive nirvana, they might wonder whether their plans will really deliver the goods. There are those that judge their bossy, top-down social transformation to be implementing social regression rather than social advance. They do not see a creative world community but self-governing citizens reduced to the status of Mark Steyns wrinkled teenagers who get to decide what cars and DVDs they get to buy, but in the important areas of life: education and work, life and death, are governed by a progressive one-size-fits-all.
Maybe they will find that the American people just dont want to listen to their message. The American people were receptive to the progressive message in the depths of the Great Depression, when they were scared out of their wits by an economy in free fall, and they responded a generation later in the heights of 1960s drug-induced ecstasy. But people free from fear amy prefer self-government to dependency and subjection. Americans just may not want to listen to the Soros Noise Machine.
Self-government is a concept that presumes that people have a right to control their lives, to muddle along in their little platoons without listening overmuch to resplendent generals, brilliant general staff officers, and international currency speculators. Self-government means an elite willing to let people create their own society in their own way, one that can resist the temptation to bulldoze people around like social landfill.
When Pope Gregorys man went to England to bring Christianity to the heathen Anglo-Saxons in 597 he found a land ruled by kings that earned their crowns with wars of plunder and systems of dependency and clientage. Perhaps in 2097 a future African pope will be moved to send missionaries to a post-Soros Europe to rescue its elites from their cult of predatory sexuality and its masses from their dependency on the welfare state. Perhaps he will succeed in converting them once more to the love of God and the virtue of self-government.
We can only hope that he will not need to send his missionaries to a post-Soros America.
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Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital