The New Totalitarians

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In such socially advanced societies, hell bent on an asymptotic quest for a Utopian terminus, the unvarnished truth must be silenced, no less than it is in the most ruthless and primitive backwaters—the modern version of the medieval torture of cutting out one’s tongue. According to Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, the daughter of an Austrian diplomat who spent her formative years in Iran and is currently being prosecuted for “prejudicial incitement” against Islam by the Austrian government, people “are being systematically silenced.” Similarly, Austrian retiree “Helmut G” was recently arraigned and fined for merrily yodelling during a Muslim prayer session at a neigboring house, since his yodelling sounded like the call of the muezzin and disturbed the congregants. Singing must also be silenced.

And who are these silencers? They are the bearers of a totalitarian mindset, which Jean-François Revel in Last Exit To Utopia defines as consisting of three characteristics: “a voluntary ignorance of the facts; an ability to live with contradictions that refute its own principles; and a refusal to analyze the causes of failure.” They are the intellectual and political leaders of the Utopian army that is once again sweeping across the globe, “organized,” as Walter Russell Mead points out in a seminal essay, as “modern day versions of the medieval guilds” intent on exercising power while defending their prerogatives.

Indeed, they are eerily reminiscent of the Pleiadian starseeds who sense, as the ineffable Lia Shapiro writes in Comes The Awakening, that they have been “created of the Light” in order to “burst upon the scene and change the course of creation.” In their human incarnation, they view themselves as progressivists who have humanity’s best interests at heart. But as the effects of their incessant tampering in social and political affairs reveal, they are really irresponsible parasites devouring the body politic.

As for the vast majority, the common citizens and defrauded electorate, the entrepreneurs who create wealth, the artists free to work according to their individual talents and inspiration, the writers and journalists who wish to retain their independence, even the yodellers among us, it’s game over. For the regulatory state our social revisionists wish to engineer, to quote the summarizing words of Winston Churchill, promises nothing more than “the equal sharing of miseries.”

Perhaps the last word should go to the great political thinker Raymond Aron, who in his landmark The Opium of the Intellectuals insists that the intellectual must absolutely refuse “to surrender his soul to an abstract ideal of humanity, a tyrannical party, and an absurd scholasticism.” He must “doubt all the models and utopias” if he wishes to “abolish fanaticism.” For fanaticism is the real enemy. “We can admire the sombre grandeur of these armies of believers,” he allows, yet “such fanaticism is not for us.”

But fanaticism is the oxygen that our public intellectuals, left-wing academics and political elites breathe. They will write books, teach classes and pass laws accountable to none but themselves, secure in their self-election as far-sighted legislators and their assumption of a rarefied wisdom inaccessible to the common ruck of mankind. They are very dangerous people who will not rest until they have made a shambles of the world we would have preferred to live in. They are, quite simply, the bane of our existence.

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  • Alexander Gofen

    What a profound analysis! Agree with every word of it! Its scope however is limited to the "intellectual" or "academic" scum only. The real power belongs to the super rich rather than to "academics". And a greater puzzle is that the same utopia had infected the rich and powerful of the Western world, and not just recently, but more than 100 years ago, as I briefly outlined:

    Why did at all they voluntarily give voting rights to welfare recipients? (2)

    Why did they voluntarily tax themselves "progressively" i.e. higher than others? (3)

    And the main shocker: Why is there such a mind boggling uniformity amongst the rich? They all essentially think and act like notorious Soros, and no one, literally not one person of the comparably high financial caliber is visible (or even exists) on the conservative side of the political spectrum. Such a lack by itself of the rich not even daring to utter a word against the low life agitators, spells the doom of the West.

    • Guest

      "And the main shocker: Why is there such a mind boggling uniformity amongst the rich?"

      Being rich is not the main factor. These folks are, like Soros, anti-zionist Jews who have abandoned Judaism for a perceived self-redemptive Marxist messianism. That messianism is the uniting factor.

      • Guest

        I forgot to add that this uniting factor has no right -wing counter point. It is peculiar to the left.

      • Alexander Gofen

        My message was not as though being rich logically implies becoming a Marxist! Logically, being rich implies the opposite attitude: to uphold your own class, your nation and its tradition, as had always been the case 150 years ago.

        So my message draw attention to the paradox or enigma of the modern times, that the rich and their businesses became infected with Marxism and Leftism totally. We do not see any heterodoxy among them at all. Unlike in general citizenry where about 40% are conservative, there are 0% conservatives among the rich (at least visibly).

        It holds for all businesses and all riches: not only those of the Jewish origin like Soros.

        It is not like the Leftism unifies them: rather Leftism is an inevitably contracted infection by all of them.

        • Guest

          No, No. These people were/are innately Left-wing. Their ultimate wealth or lack of it, is incidental to that fact. Read David's "The Politics of Bad Faith" . See especially his essay (Part 3) The Religious Roots of Radicalism therein. Also Google my blog ( for more.

  • aspacia

    Alexander, the right want the power. Think the Kennedys. JFK's family is wealthy, but run for office for the power. Kerry is married the the Heinz heiress, and does not need to work for a living; Kerry want the power. Ditto for John Edwards; this is true for many of the rich.

    • Dan

      Yes. Screwing around with "the masses" — cloaked in altruism — as, er, uh, their full time hobby.

    • Alexander Gofen

      "the right want the power"? You meant the RICH want the power, I guess… And that is the way it has always been. No problem with it.

      The problem is that now the riches who got this power are uniformly left. They did tax themselves more than others (even if some were caught in tax evasion). Yet the most tragic is that they ruin the middle class, and the very foundation of Judeo-Christian America, that made this unique bright city on the hill so successful…

      • aspacia

        Alexander, you are correct, I meant the rich. Sorry. Could you supply statistics regarding the party affiliation of the top 2% of the U.S, wealthy class?

        • Alexander Gofen

          I do not know (nor care much) about the "party affiliation" of the rich because now either party is leftists anti-American and anti-Constitutional. Disregarding the party affiliation of the rich, there is not one explicitly conservative business, not on TV channel, newspaper, and not one rich voicing the conservative views.

  • sflbib

    So what is "new" about these new totalitarians?

  • Phil Byler

    Excellent analysis, including the reference to the unholy alliance between the socialist left and radical Islam.

  • davarino

    I vow to get more involved in the tea party this year. We have to stay vigilent with this bunch who's only quest in life is to take away our freedom. We cannot sleep any longer.

  • Chris

    “a voluntary ignorance of the facts; an ability to live with contradictions that refute its own principles; and a refusal to analyze the causes of failure.”
    -Isn't that the dictionary definition of 'liberalism'?

  • Chiggles

    Shows what I've long believed: true "class struggle" consists of the top and the bottom against the middle.

  • joyfuljoyful

    This reminds me of the Procrustean bed from Greek mythology in which the host (Procrustes) offers a bed to his guests. But the person must fit the bed. If they are too long, they are cut to fit; if they are too short, they are stretched to fit. It's all about the bed. And the master of the bed who arranges the "hospitality."

    This is an excellent article.

  • USMCSniper

    All progressive academics want comrade congresspersons from American politburo to make legislation for mandatory reeducation camps for stupid American populace for establish international socialism under one world government for greater glory of chairman Obama.

  • USMCSniper

    want comrade congresspersons from American politburo to make legislation for mandatory reeducation camps for stupid American populace for establish international socialism under one world government for greater glory of chairman Obama.

  • Tom Kinney

    Something many of us have been thinking for a long time. When Palin promotes the right to smoke pot in your home and Pat Robertson is considering legilization while Joe BiteMe is against it, you know you've fallen through the mirror. When Big Government=Big Brother=Totalitarianism=Fascism and it's the left who's promoting it, you're on the other side of the mirror.

    There is a massive and necessary revisionism going on right now to take back our history from the coastal elites, the academic guilds, the public unions, and the final straw that is finally breaking the camel's back–rampant, run-amok liberalism.

    Kudos again to FrontPageMag.

  • Tom Kinney

    What this starts to remind one of, is the relationship between the Mad Mullahs of Iran and the wealthy intellectual Muslims of Tehran and their temporary love affair that ended so badly as well portrayed in Persepolis. Like the Tehranese intellectuals, who thought they had common ground with the Islamic terrorists who took American hostages, the Europeans think they can hold a love-in with terrorists in their midst and by "understanding" them as victims–something you got to give terrorists credit for, they may play the victim game well when they have to, but they're no cowards and not anybody's victims in the real world–win them over to their side. Instead, this terrorist vampire, once inside the willing victim's home where they have been duly invited, will do to the poor Euros what the terrorists did to the intellectuals of Tehran after the Shah was dumped.

    One wonders if this wasn't how Rome looked in its later years, dysfunction spreading far and wide like a deadly virus, but an oblivious public steadfastly unaware of the shape of things soon to come.

  • Guest

    I agree very much with your analysis.
    But, I find, that you are wrong about Danish legislation. This guy was not fined for speaking the truth or debating serious issues, but for stating that all muslim fathers rape their daughters – which is not true, and which certainly constitutes incitement to ethnic hatred. He could have stated that these crimes are gravely widespread in these populations compared to the ethnic Scandinavians and he would not have been judged. You shouldn't join forces with this guy – he is very, very offensive and not to be taken seriously. And if you want to be taken seriously you must study this case properly.

    This guy is simply testing the limits of the law and has found that stating untrue, slanderous things about entire ethnic groups is not accepted – which might be quite all right. Also he had to pay a little fine, he will not even need to go over his budget to manage this. So proportionality os not the issue. One might argue that the line in the law is drawn a bit too tight or a bit too lose – but this is not an example of free speech being outlawed.

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  • waterbed

    Shows what I've long believed: true "class struggle"

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