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Ed Driscoll

Barack Obama, Fabian Socialist

October 13th, 2013 - 12:17 pm

“Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist. I should know; I was raised by one,”  Jerry Bowyer wrote at Forbes in a piece that was published on the day before the presidential election in 2008:

My Grandfather worked as a union machinist for Ingersoll Rand during the day. In the evenings he tended bar and read books. After his funeral, I went back home and started working my way through his library, starting with T.W. Arnold’s The Folklore of Capitalism. This was my introduction to the Fabian socialists.

Fabians believed in gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process. Breaking away from the violent revolutionary socialists of their day, they thought that the only real way to effect “fundamental change” and “social justice” was through a mass movement of the working classes presided over by intellectual and cultural elites. Before TV it was stage plays, written by George Bernard Shaw and thousands of inferior “realist” playwrights dedicated to social change. John Cusack’s character in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” captures the movement rather well.

Arnold taught me to question everyone–my president, my priest and my parents. Well, almost everyone. I wasn’t supposed to question the Fabian intellectuals themselves. That’s the Fabian MO, relentless cultural and journalistic attacks on everything that is, and then a hard pitch for the hope of what might be.

That’s Obama’s world.

He’s telling the truth when he says that he doesn’t agree with Bill Ayers’ violent bombing tactics, but it’s a tactical disagreement. Why use dynamite when mass media and community organizing work so much better? Who needs Molotov when you’ve got Saul Alinski?

So here is the playbook: The left will identify, freeze, personalize and polarize an industry, probably health care. It will attempt to nationalize one-fifth of the U.S. economy through legislative action. They will focus, as Lenin did, on the “commanding heights” of the economy, not the little guy.

Read the whole thing; it was astonishingly prescient stuff. “You’ve heard of the bully pulpit, right? Well, then get ready, because you’re about to see the bully part,” Bowyer concluded.

But then, as Bowyer noted at the beginning of his article, we had seen it all before.

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Here's a great setup you can use on your lefty counterparts. I am stunned how the reaction to it is virtually the same whenever you do.

Start by generalizing about how conservative "authority" says this and that, and go the left's love affair with "Question Authority". Ask them if they think that such a blanket overall statement makes sense. And of course they will, it is fundamental to their make-up from before they were ten years old.

Then simply ask "OK... now -- do you question the authority of those who tell you to Question Authority?" Watch for the flash in their eyes.... that precious moment when you can clearly see that this thought never even occurred to them before! They have never in their lives considered that the "right thinking" people are, um, people.... who are just a capable of base and malignant motivation as anyone else, and are just as capable of spinning, obfuscating, and flat-out lying as anyone else.

Watch for the flash, you will see it every time.
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