Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In 1936 Dawson Predicts: Obama's Totalitarian State of Free Milk and Birth Control

In 1936 Christopher Dawson predicted Obama's totalitarian (Obamacare) state of free milk and birth control.

My question is if Romney was the forrunner (Romneycare) of totalitarian state of free milk and birth control, why should I trust or vote for him?

At this time, it is more important to witness to truth and pray. Jesus is saving us and may save this country, but only if get on our knees and ask.

Fred


-“It may be harder to resist a Totalitarian state which relies on free
milk and birth control clinics than one which relies on castor oil and
concentration camps.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/liberal-fascism/about/praise.p?page=13

Bradley Birzer’s book on Christopher Dawson: “Sanctifying the World”.

On p.124, Birzer discusses Dawson’s book, “Religion and the Modern
State” (1936):

Dawson “described the rise of fascism while labeling the rise of the
New Deal in America as a benign form of dictatorship. ‘It is in fact
a constitutional dictatorship,’ Dawson wrote bluntly. Further, he
noted, to abandon the free market, as the Americans had done, would
lead to the abandonment of other American liberties. ‘We shall also
have to abandon political individualism and the right to criticize and
oppose the Government,’ Dawson wrote. Rooted in the Burkean
tradition of organic common law and constitutional medievalism, Dawson
believed that all liberties were wrapped together, inseparable from
one another….mass democracies more often than not allow bureaucracies and selfish
interests to assume control, forcing all things to become political
and politicized…”

Check out this quote especially, which might have come from your own
pen:


“It may be harder to resist a Totalitarian state which relies on free
milk and birth control clinics than one which relies on castor oil and
concentration camps.”

Believing in wrecks as a matter of principle
Bruce W. Green - Guest Columnist - 4/3/2009 9:00:00 AM

I admit to being no more impressed these days with Republicans than with Democrats. Ideologies, like addictive drugs, seem to have disintegrated any trace of commendable statesmanship from the makeup of modern politicians.





It may be that America's leaders in recent years — the Republicans — allowed greed to flourish and mortgaged the nation's future at the expense of the common good, but, in the words of Christopher Dawson "[t]he fact that we have lost confidence in the ship's officers is no reason for entrusting its navigation to people who believe in wrecks as a matter of principle or who make a business of piracy." [1]

Whatever may have been the case with the former ship's officers, America now shows signs of embracing an imminent and superficially benign form of dictatorship. [2] The country's new administration is discarding the free market with shocking speed, assisting bureaucracies to assume control of private business, politicizing the economy, and facilitating the further breakdown of traditional morality. Soon, American culture may have changed in a fashion so drastic as to be no longer recognizable as American or cultured. And it will have done so, to all appearances, under a benevolent, benign dictatorship which, perhaps sincerely, believes in wrecks as a matter of principle.

Admittedly, the majority of American people seem not to protest too much about the evolving cradle-to-grave welfare state. As Dawson noted, however, "[i]t may be harder to resist a Totalitarian state which relies on free milk and birth-control clinics than one which relies on castor oil and concentration camps." [3] But, totalitarian results, however brought about, are ultimately dehumanizing.

Perhaps it must be candidly admitted that the country has begun an irreversible process of inevitable decay. In such an ideological context, it is easy for people of principle, and particularly people of Christian faith, to feel lost. But, what can be done?

First, we must be enduringly patient. It will take quite some time before most can see that the new order professes humanitarian principles while at the same time refusing to tolerate any true individuality or dissent from materialist ideals. We must resist the temptation to exchange one ideology for another, to grasp for quick cures, or to believe that our current decline may be remedied solely by political means. America is very ill; she is not just temporarily under the control of the wrong political ideology. It will take time, self-control, fortitude, and moral virtue to return to a higher form of government and civilization.

Second, we must do what is in our power to challenge the reigning system of values and to witness to truth in a culture approaching the final stages of dehumanization. Despite our natural tendency to recoil from dehumanizing influences, we must not withdraw from the time and place in which we have been born. We must not attempt to isolate ourselves from the unpleasantness of cultural decay by constructing a private world in harmony with our political, moral, or religious convictions. Witnessing to truth is the duty and burden of a free people.

Ordered liberty is our hope for the future. Liberty must be earned, and sometimes it must be re-earned. This begins with the revitalization of subsidiary institutions like the family, church, and local communities. These institutions humanize us and help us resist dehumanization. While we must never forget Washington, we must refuse to accept the idea that it is ultimate reality.



References:

[1] Christopher Dawson, "The Modern Dilemma," Cambridge Review, February 17, 1933, 10.
[2] In 1936 Dawson called Roosevelt's New Deal "a constitutional dictatorship", which he might find benign indeed when compared with its impending modern form. See Christopher Dawson, Religion and the Modern State (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1936), 23.
[3] Id., 108.






Bruce W. Green (bwg@consolidated.net) is an attorney in Texas and founding dean of the Liberty University School of Law. This column is printed with permission.



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