A Nation of Fools
By Peary Perry
Over thirty years ago, I took part in a security training program outside of Washington, D.C. During the ten days or so that I was there, I met a number of federal agents who told me a number of stories, most of which would verge on the brink of unbelievable. One of these stories concerned President Kennedy and a decision he was said to have made one evening while sailing around D.C. on the Presidential yacht. According to one of the agents, President Kennedy had consulted with a number of his closest friends and had decided to leak our atomic secrets to the Soviets so there would be a mutual respect for each other and, in his opinion, reduce the threat of a nuclear war.
Now, in all honesty, I have no clue as to the truthfulness of this statement, but at the same time I have no reason to think the men telling me this were lying to me. I just don’t know.
What I do know is this, last week; someone who reads my columns sent me an e-mail and advised me to order a book called “Keynes at Harvard”. I found it on Amazon and must admit to you it is one of those books you will find hard to put down once you get started.
It is a handbook on socialism in this country. It was written in 1960.
The book explains how an economist named John Maynard Keynes got his socialist theories to be the order of the day at Harvard University. George Will (columnist and commentator) recently wrote “There are more Marxists in the Harvard faculty than there are in all of Europe.” The book goes on to state that the center point of the socialistic movement was the law school at Harvard.
Keynes was convinced that the government was the only entity strong enough to solve the ills of any country. His beliefs from supporters in the Harvard economic department led to statements such as this: “The problems are intricate and cannot be fully understood even by the intelligent minority. On these technical matters he (the citizens) will have to accept the word of the experts, as he does on many other public issues. Not many laymen understand the release of atomic energy or radar or the functioning of our monetary system.”
Keynes believed that the government should do all and be all for the country to survive. He followed the example in the Soviet Union after the revolution. There were two distinct classes, the elite (including the government leaders) and the remaining citizens.
Keynes defines his beliefs by saying that “The average man is very busy earning a living in his own particular line. He cannot spare a great deal of effort outside of his own business. Such matters outside of his own business must come to him in clear and uncomplicated language.”
In other words, we (the average citizen) are too stupid to be able to think for ourselves. We must allow the government to do it for us. Keynes did not think individuals should be allowed to own or operate businesses of their own and that private enterprise was to be destroyed. His theory was that the countries businesses should be placed in the hands of a select few and that monopolies should be allowed to run unfettered. He also believed that individual savings and investments be discouraged. His admiration of Lenin’s policies can be seen in this statement… "Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens." ... "Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." Try pumping in over a trillion dollars into a economy and we’ll see in a few short months how inflation works. Oh, I forgot the rate was cut to 1% today….makes you wonder what happens when it goes to zero, doesn’t it?
Small wonder that Keynes had the support of many of the large foundations in this country such as the Ford and Carnegie Foundations. Keynes was in favor of total government control over all of the citizens, one world currency as well as one world bank. Keynes hardly lived in this reduced lifestyle; he was made a Baron and a member of the House of Lords in England. He could hardly have been called ‘one of the common folk’.
Now, how does an obscure book published forty eight years ago have anything to do with the politics of today?
Well, let’s see… Barack Obama was a student and a product of the teaching at Harvard Law School. We don’t know what economics courses he may have taken since he won’t release his transcripts or grades or any of his written papers. Did any of Keynes theories appeal to him and did he adopt those philosophies? Obama believes in a ‘world view’ of government. In his speech in Germany he emphasized that we (The United States) need to consult more with other countries before we make decisions. Obama is clearly on the record of ‘spreading the wealth’ from those who have it to those who don’t.
Success will be penalized in his administration. He has stated that he wants government to do more in our personal lives than it does now.
Are monopolies in the not too distant future? How many banks will we end up with in this country after the bailout debacle is finished….less than a year ago, I’d be wiling to bet. How many automobile makers will survive?
Reduction of savings and investments on a personal basis? Well, just Google…401K Democrats …and see what is going on as we speak. Media bias of the political campaign? We all know the answer to that one. Let’s see if the Los Angeles Times ever releases the video tape of Obama at a pro-PLO banquet. Don’t hold your breath. We’ll get what they want us to have, nothing more, and nothing less. The same goes for universal health care and other so-called social programs. The sad thing is that a large portion of our citizens are so mad at George Bush they will vote for anyone but a Republican.
How can this happen without our knowledge? Well, you might check out this week’s edition of Time magazine. They have an article in this edition about ‘all of us being Keynesians.” Very subtle, but when was the last time you ever heard this name?
I for one don’t believe the polls and I don’t think the battle is lost. I think we need to be informed and alert those around us as to what is happening and what the future could hold for the citizens of this nation.
Keynes was right about one thing, the average citizen is too tired when he or she comes home to stay informed…but trust me it is not the place of the government to make those decisions or to keep us informed. It is our place to tell others who are being led like lambs to the slaughter. This is simply too great of a country for us to allow it to be thrown away because someone can make a decent speech. There must be more to our resolve than this.