By Christopher Manion
LewRockwell.com, September 3, 2012: Gary North’s
last week invites serious reflection. He refers briefly to Barack
Obama’s twenty year discipleship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose
theological roots lie in the shallows of the faux religion called
"Liberation Theology." That term signifies the variant
of Marxism that presents Jesus not as Savior, but as a materialist
warlord and political liberator. In other words, Liberation Theology
hides Marx’s impersonal and inexorable process of the Class Struggle
behind a Christian, human face to make it more palatable to the
masses and more intimidating to its clueless opponents – all without
changing its methods or its goals.
what ideology is all about – the deceptive assertion of falsehood
as the ground of truth and reality. It represents a perversion
of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology – that is, it denies
what’s true about reality and about us. But the
Devil knows Latin, as the saying goes, and the ideologues
feel free to pick and choose from among treasured, traditional
language and symbols that once meant something real, but have
long been emptied of their content and stuffed with tyrannical
hemlock. Thus "patriotism" now means love of government.
"Freedom" means bombing ornery foreigners into submission.
And the "Two-Party System" means the one-power charade.
means the same old same-old.
the neocons. We’ve long known that they are the proud intellectual
disciples of Trotsky. Well, they dread pitchforks
as well as pickaxes.
They rise and fall on the dialectic -- they never "lie,"
you see it’s just that the "correlation of forces" keeps
on shifting. For a neocon, there’s nothing that’s true for long
except the timeless fact that they’re always superior (after all,
Marx called the party "The Vanguard of the Proletariat"),
that they are always right (especially when they’re wrong), and
that we must all love Big Brother.
is the theoretical breakthrough: as Dr. North suggests, a glance
at Obama’s own campaign reveals that he too is relying on the
dialectic, and in a most original and innovative way:
is still running against George W. Bush, as
we knew he would. But Obama is also running as
Obama Administration is the operational successor of the Bush
Administration. In Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Guantanamo, [and]
on Wall Street," North writes. All this, and so much more.
But should we be surprised? Consider: long ago the neocon altar
boy at the pagan power-shrine welcomed Obama into the ranks of
Party as a "born-again neocon."
not ever find Obama’s birth certificate, but here’s Bill Kristol
issuing his baptismal
Obama is such a liar," we are plaintively told. True enough.
Now, please examine George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign promises. Were
any of them true? Smaller government? A humble foreign policy?
Less federal spending? Blah Blah blah? Which is to say: Of course
Obama lies. Was Bush any different?
in the room has morphed into a donkey. No one will acknowledge
it, although everybody sees it. That, too, is a required ingredient
of the dialectic.
the GOP has an internal dialectic of its own. It claims it wants
to win, yet it has repeatedly acted as though it is possessed
by a death wish. Just last week several of my neighbors here in
the Shenandoah Valley witnessed
firsthand the slow-motion suicide of the GOP when they were
held in involuntary servitude in Tampa. Victims of an endearing
prank engineered by the party Hot-Tubbers, they were trapped for
hours aboard a "lost" bus supposedly sent to bring them
to the convention hall. This cute little ploy occasioned their
convenient absence from the convention floor, allowing the party
elites to vote holy war on the grass roots, whom they nonetheless
expect to vote for them by the millions in November because of
course everybody knows that "Obama must be defeated."
In ancient Rome, near today’s Forum of Nerva, there stood the Temple of Janus,
the two-faced god of beginnings, of war and peace, and (perhaps
a stretch) of outright duplicity. Our own imperial age should
trot out this good fellow, who symbolizes so much of the spirit
of our own time. The two parties are actually two faces of one
power-cult. Our politicians are not actually lying, they are only
ignoring Confucius ("restore the proper meaning of words"),
preferring instead the scornful reprise of Humpty Dumpty: "When
I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither
more nor less."
We live in
an age of DoubleThink
– where "minds [are] trained to hold contradictory positions
simultaneously and unquestioningly." On examination, the
campaign promises of both parties thrill to the dialectic: Freedom
is Slavery. War Is Peace. And, especially in even-numbered years,
Ignorance is Strength. We’ve heard before of politicians who say
that "I was for it before I was against it." Now Obama
has magically raised the dialectic to a new high (Hegel called
it die Aufhebung): he is governing as George Bush
while he is running against George Bush. It is indeed a stunning
specter to behold.