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Education Reporter
NUMBER 226 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOVEMBER 2004

The Roots of the Ultra Left: What They Really Think
The following is a transcript of selected excerpts of a new 95-minute documentary produced by the Leadership Institute for use by student groups on college campuses. The hard-hitting video gives a short history of socialism, provides outrageous quotes from dozens of famous leftists, and includes commentary by conservatives such as David Horowitz, Judge Robert Bork, Walter Williams, Grover Norquist, Ann Coulter and Rev. Jerry Falwell. A trailer of the video can be viewed at www.leadershipinstitute.org. To order the video, contact Michelle Miller at 703-247-2000.


1.  What Socialists Really Think About Economics
Helen Caldicott, Union of Concerned Scientists, quoted by Dixy Lee Ray in her book Trashing the Planet, 1990: "Free enterprise really means rich people get richer. They have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process... Capitalism is destroying the earth."

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), at a Democratic fund-raiser in San Francisco, reported by Associated Press, June 28, 2004: "Many of you are well off enough that ... the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.

Jerome Christenson, Wisconsin columnist, LaCrosse Tribune, February 4, 2004: "The fact is government - all government - spends our money better than we do."

Rebuttal by Grover Norquist: 
"We've seen what happens when you increase taxes. ... When you cut marginal tax rates you have more job creation and more wealth creation. When you raise marginal tax rates you have less.

"The government cannot create wealth. The government cannot create jobs. Government can only take things that other people create and give them to other people, usually holding on to a rather significant handling fee. ...

"From the pharaohs to medieval kings the elite with power have always felt that they can spend the wealth of the nation better than the peasants or the farmers or working men and women. And today's bureaucrats and politicians are just like the pharaohs. They'd rather have pyramids whereas the people might prefer to have bread."


2.  What Socialists Really Think About Your Family And Our American Culture
Dr. Mary Jo Bane, assistant professor of education at Wellesley College, quoted in New Dimensions magazine, July 1990: "In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them."

Linda Gordon, "Functions of the Family," WOMEN: A Journal of Liberation, Fall 1969: "The nuclear family must be destroyed, and people must find better ways of living together... Families have supported oppression by separating people into small, isolated units, unable to join together to fight for common interests."

Germaine Greer, author, The Female Eunuch, 1970: "Women's liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true willy-nilly, so let's get on with it."

Rebuttal by Jerry Falwell: 
"Whether we're talking about same-sex marriages or polygamist arrangements or group raising of children, ... all the examinations that have been done by the religious and non-religious culture indicate that God's idea of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, is by far still the best and only way to raise children."

Andrea Dworkin, author, The Root Cause: Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses On Sexual Politics, 1975: "Only when manhood is dead — and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it — only then will we know what it is to be free."

Robin Morgan, feminist author, former editor of MS. magazine, from her book The Demon Lover, 1989: "I feel that 'man-hating' is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them."

Rebuttal by Phyllis Schlafly: 
"I think that God made us in two different kinds and the feminist movement really starts from the assumption that God goofed, and they're trying to remedy his mistake. I think that would be a pity because it is more fun having people in two different kinds."


3.  What Socialists Really Think About Liberty
Michael Moore, film producer, from his book Dude Where's My Country: "These bastards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control."

President Bill Clinton, speech, August 12, 1993: "If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees."

Rebuttal by Cong. Mike Pence: 
"Human involvement in government throughout history has been the impulse to control - to exercise power over other people. The great miracle of the American experiment was the creation of a limited government. Which we call a republic - a government that respects the rights of individuals and understands that the real power and the real energy in a society doesn't ever generate out of government ... it's in that model that's created the greatest, the freest, and wealthiest nation on the planet."

Chester Pierce, professor of educational psychiatry at Harvard University, speech at the Childhood International Seminar in Denver, 1972: "Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward our elected officials, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you, teachers, to make all these sick children well by creating the international child of the future."

Professor Robert Brandon, chairman, Department of Philosophy, Duke University, commenting in 2004 about a survey showing Duke has so few conservatives or Republicans on its faculty: "If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire."

Rebuttal by David Horowitz: 
"There is ... on American campuses a very hard left on the faculties which is teaching intellectual garbage and communist propaganda - I can't put it any other way. Howard Zinn has written the most popular history book of our time. It's called 'A People's History of America.' It sold a million hardback copies, I think. ... It is a Stalinist cartoon. ... It is intellectually completely unrespectable. But it is taught. And, in fact, he was just honored by the Organization of American Historians, which is run by a bunch of Marxists. ...

"Universities are a left-wing monolith these days. A conservative professor, or a Republican or evangelical Christian professor, is as rare as a unicorn. ...

"The fact of the matter is there's a discouragement of conservatives from applying for academic jobs but it has nothing to do with alternative employment. It has everything to do with the fact that conservative students are abused from the time they're freshmen and made to understand that the university is an entirely hostile environment to conservative ideas and therefore they should have their heads examined before they attempt to pursue an academic career since they will be thwarted at every point."


4.  What Socialists Really Think About The Future Of America In The World
Professor Nicky De Genova, Columbia University, at a "teach-in" at Columbia as the U.S. war with Iraq began, March 26, 2003: "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military. I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus."

President Bill Clinton, New York Times, November 25, 1997: "There are a lot of very brilliant people who believe that the nation-state is fast becoming a relic of the past."

Walter Cronkite, former CBS News anchor, at the United Nations, October 19, 1999, accepting the World Federalist Association's Norman Cousins Global Governance Award: "It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty."

John Kerry, anti-war activist, during an interview with the Harvard Crimson, February 18, 1970: "I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."

Strobe Talbott, Clinton Administration Deputy Secretary of State, Time magazine, July 20, 1992: "In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn't such a great idea after all."

Rebuttal by Phyllis Schlafly: 
"The UN is completely corrupt and we certainly do not want the UN to invade our sovereignty by having anything to say about the deployment of American troops or about our policies abroad."

Jane Fonda, actress, at University of Michigan, November 21, 1970: "I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists."

Rebuttal by David Horowitz: 
"Marx is a crackpot. And the only thing you can say in his behalf is that he didn't live to see the hundred million people killed and the billions made poor by his crackpot theory. But today's leftists saw that and they're going on with it. So how can you have any respect for them?"


 
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