“Western civilization at the present day is passing through a crisis which is essentially different from anything that has been previously experienced. Other societies in the past have changed their social institutions or their religious beliefs under the influence of external forces or the slow development of internal growth. But none, like our own, has ever consciously faced the prospect of a fundamental alteration of the beliefs and institutions on which the whole fabric of social life rests ...
Civilization is being uprooted from its foundations in nature and tradition and is being reconstituted in a new organisation which is as artificial and mechanical as a modern factory.”
- - Christopher Dawson. “Enquiries into Religion and Culture,” p. 259.
"Jonas cannot believe that Community would ban all beauty, all grace, all normalcy and redefine human existence along such rigid, drab lines. There's no winners, no losers, no love, no hate, no music, no fear, no memory, no dancing and no "lies," except for the fact that Community is one Big Lie."
By The Truth Hound http://www.thetruthhound.com/
"The Giver" is an intriguing movie which offers a glimmer of hope in a hopeless world, while describing the kind of society in which we're held captive.
In this 2014 movie, available on Netflix, a young man, Jonas, is at first content living in a post-apocalyptic "utopia" where he's surrounded by totally like-minded friends. They were all born in a lab after a calamity ("The Ruin") nearly extinguished humanity and brought about a reconfiguration of society.
While nurturing the remnant of humanity back to "health," the State has completely rejected the "messiness" of past human existence.
Natural child birth is forbidden. Marriage doesn't exist. Infants are matched with state-assigned, man-and-woman couples. The state seems benevolent and largely acceptable in its outward appearance...
THE AUSTRALIAN SCENE: SUBVERTING EDUCATION
“A Conspiracy to Dumb Us Down,” by James Reed
"If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them." - - George Orwell
One can be sure that a conspiracy - that is, organised intentional human action to a specific end - exists where so many extraordinary events occur together that the probability of a mere chance occurrence is diminishingly small.
If I said that I flipped a coin 5,000 times and it turned up heads 5,000 times, although this may be possible as a matter of abstract logic, it is most likely that the coin used is a 'brummy' one. The same argument applies to our education system. So many events of extraordinary corruption occur that we can be certain that the matter is not due to chance alone.
The Universities in Ruin
Let us start at the top. Two phenomena have jointly destroyed the traditional liberal view of the university as preserving a culture of learning about the great works of the West. First, a large series of political reforms - most recently by Education Minister Brendon Nelson - have made the universities into an export business; indeed a $5-7 billion a year business.
Universities are flooded with overseas, primarily Asian students, and the entire institution revolves around them. Rather than being primarily concerned with achieving educational excellence with our own people, our universities have become businesses which differ from corporations like McDonald's only in what is served. In such a context, dumbing down is inevitable.
The second source of decadence and degeneracy in the modern university radiates from the humanities and social sciences departments. This source is so well known and documented that insightful articles about the decline can be found even in our daily papers. Anne McIlroy, head of the English department at Genazzano FCS College in Melbourne, in an article "Who's for Shakespeare?" (The Australian 10th February, 2005) informs us that English literature study, rather than encouraging interaction with the great works of the West, now simply supports the new class ideology of the Left - feminism, social criticism and "deconstructionism".
No longer can Shakespeare's works be considered "great", supplying insights into the human condition. Rather, Shakespeare is considered a racist, Euro-centric and patriarchal. Students, in accordance with the literary philosophy of "deconstructionism" are encouraged to consider all texts as equal, just as all men are, allegedly, equal under Leftist ideology.
Thus "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "Sex in the City", truly horrible television programmes, rank alongside - and maybe "above" (contradictorily) Macbeth and Hamlet. Goethe is out and garbage is in.
Clearly, a disintegration of the culture of the mind is inevitable.
Of course what applies to English literature holds true even more strongly in university departments such as politics and sociology.
THE BRITISH SCENE: SEEDS AND STENCH OF CORRUPTION AND DECAY
In 14th & 28th May, 2005 edition of the British On Target, two questions were asked:
Has the World Revolution of Karl Marx - Communism - served the interests of the Ruling Elite?
Does it continue to do so in whatever form it may take today?
The Seeds And Stench Of Conspiracy
The writer answers his own questions: ‘Truth is that which is required to be’…
We have no doubt that this is so on both counts. Revolutions, such as those that broke out across Europe in 1848 cannot easily occur without finance and connivance in the right places. One may envisage this interaction as a fast moving ball deflected and accelerated in a chosen direction by a Ruling Elite seeking to capitalise on this insurrection that will inevitably weaken the middle classes, the bourgeoisie, and the intelligentsia, many of whom will be the source of this destabilisation in the first place.
We have written of the "correct position" taken by Ministers in the second Government of Prime Minister Blair, exactly in accordance with Marxist-Leninist Doctrine, in that the truth is that which it is required to be. (remember this was written in 2005…ed)
The key to this is the Ideological Struggle of Marxism-Leninism. This is undertaken as and when the Armed Struggle - military action - is tactically or strategically inappropriate.
Formal study of the means and methods of destabilising Western society commenced with the foundation of the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt am Main, in 1923. Thus began the long slow process of infiltration through the universities, the church, education and other influential sectors of society.
An important element of the Ideological Struggle is Political Correctness (P.C.), which has a public face in the manner of pustules on social skin if one cares to recognise it. Political Correctness was raised as an election issue by the Conservative Party during the recent election campaign, but was quickly and conveniently forgotten. When one Conservative politician had spoken eloquently on the serious menace of Political Correctness, he was asked if he was aware of the origins of Political Correctness and the work of Dr Frank Ellis of Leeds University, who has a detailed knowledge of the subject. He was not, which does not auger well for any political process…”
Continue reading here… http://www.alor.org/Britain/Paths%20to%20Power%20and%20Decay.htm