My new book Renegades, Their Betrayal of America. Her Revolution and Renaissance, endorsed by our own Jeff Crank, will be released July 26,2011. You may order Renegades before July 26 through www.tatepublishing.com/bookst. (You may click on the site right here). Type in my name or “Renegades” and you may place your order. Following the release date Renegades will be available at online bookstores, including Kindle and at local bookstores.
Here is my theme:
A elegant British lady, former Prime Minister and Baroness Margaret Thatcher once quipped, “The only thing wrong with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.” How true, but there is more. In an unpublished preface to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a satire on the former Soviet Union, he coined the term Renegade to describe British Leftist/Socialists so enamored of Stalin’s communist state they suppressed news of his calculated starvation of 8-10 million Ukrainians.[i] The New York Times joined up with the Renegades when their journalist Walter Duranty denied The Great Hunger. Instead, he described the Ukraine as a land of milk and honey where the larders were full and the children rosy cheeked. He also tried mightily to legitimize Stalin’s torture, threats, show trials and executions of competing communist propagandists.
The American Renegade intends the destruction of Western Civilization, an American Creed, Constitution, a Bill of Rights, a constitutionally restrained federal government and a natural right to life, liberty and property. He intends to impose on Americans the shame of perpetual dependency, indentured servitude and the socialist welfare state. He desires a government of patronage in the style of Mario Puzo’s God Father. He strives for the disintegration of an American creed and culture.
Herein lies the Renegades’ existential threat to Western Civilization and therefore to America. The Renegade will not abide a government tethered to the Rule of Law. His every outrage flows from this one terminal aberration, this one, calamitous and fatal orthodoxy. The late Samuel P Huntington, in his tour de force The Clash of Civilizations, describes his ambition.
A more immediate and dangerous challenge exists in the United States. Historically American national identity has been defined culturally by the heritage of Western civilization and politically by the principles of the American Creed on which Americans overwhelmingly agree: liberty, democracy, individualism, equality before the law, constitutionalism, private property. In the late twentieth century both components of American identity have come under concentrated and sustained onslaught from a small but influential number of intellectuals and publicists. In the name of multiculturalism they have attacked the identification of the United States with Western civilization, denied the existence of a common American culture and promoted racial, ethnic and other sub national cultural identities and groupings. They have denounced, in the words of one of their retorts, the ‘systematic bias toward European culture and its derivatives’ in education and ‘the dominance of the European-American monocultural perspective.’ The multiculturalists are, as Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr, said, ‘very often ethnocentric separatists who see little in the Western heritage other than Western crimes.’ Their mood is one of divesting Americans of the sinful European inheritance and seeing redemptive infusions from non-Western cultures. [ii]
The Renegade considers anachronistic a government of enumerated powers. He holds in contempt an American people he considers conservative, disobedient, inexcusably ignorant and too jealous of their crude individual freedoms. He finds it incredible that Americans still believe that if they take up the disciplines of prudence, study, hard work, and sacrifice; that if they commit themselves to the attainment of economic success they will own a greater claim to the wealth they create than others who want nothing to do with prudence, discipline or hard work—and instead insist on a socialist redistribution of his wealth.
In fact the Renegade believes that the ordinary working American discriminates against those who find prudence boring, hard work demeaning, dependency preferable, and collectivism a secular sacrament. He lectures ordinary Americans—that is, those who seek to profit by disciplined personal effort—that a citizen’s right to own what he has earned is fascist propaganda, prudence and sacrifice a religious aberration and individual success a capitalist myth. How then does he explain successful people? They are the colonialist oppressors of the weak, of course. People are poor because the rich are rich.
For the Renegade there is a far more sacred thing than American virtue. He sees himself as champion of a vacuous human freedom. It is for him to liberate the masses, to shout out loud, clenched fist raised on high “power to the people,” to wear Che Guevara Tee Shirts, to cozy up and faun to anti-American despots, to protest war so as “to give peace a chance,” to dream the impossible dream—and as he recalls the moving strains of Mike Leigh’s Man of La Mancha, to liberate his “Inner Child” from the iron grasp of a free American people.
The inconvenience of classical education, wherein the student is challenged to think, question, debate and reach conclusions based on facts is no more. The Renegade considers a well ordered and classically disciplined mind a gross impediment to his dreams of universal conformity. Instead he intends to make all citizens stupid, passive, implacably equal and utterly dependent. His ambition is to take in hand a grand people and make them small, to compel their equality in all things, despite their unique talents—until mission accomplished he may say of Western Civilization, “All quiet on the Western Front.”[iii]
As the Renegade sees it, the American is ignorant of his constitutional obligations to “social and economic justice, to diversity, multiculturalism and, of course, to a “living, breathing Constitution.” He objects to the freedoms cherished and enjoyed by those “ordinary Americans” whose chief export is freedom and justice, hope, optimism and enormous charity. He subscribes to the dogma of a secular faith which holds that an educated elite is far more qualified than the ordinary American to engineer his happiness, redistribute his income, confine his freedoms to the largess of an Orwellian state, and make him a serf in his own country.
The Renegade is forever befuddled by the ordinary American who simply cannot get it through his head that real freedom resides not in tumultuous individualism but in passionless submission. He abhors the strong of mind; he celebrates the passive drone. That Orwell’s American Renegade has impoverished his country by the confiscation and squander of private wealth; that he has bound American generations to the payment of incalculable debt are mere details. Furthermore, being a Renegade means never having to say that you are sorry. After all, one must break an egg to make an omelet.
Accordingly, the Renegade yearns for that day when the symbols of American civilization lie in the ashes from which a new kind of nation will arise: A postmodern state, a secular, nihilist, still born, and culturally dead wasteland. We must not and will not let it happen.
Renegades is my contribution to the battle.
[i] Renegades, Their Betrayal of America. Her Revolution and Renaissance will be released July 26, 2011 by Tate Publishing Co.
[ii] Samuel P Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations, and the Remaking of World Order, (Touchtone, 1997), 305.
[iii] Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front. Remarque’s main character, a young man who repeatedly escaped near death on the Western Front, is shot and killed by a sniper following the declaration of an Armistice ending the war. It was quiet that day. Indeed, it was All Quiet on the Western Front.