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November 24, 2011 permalink
Today we have food for thought directed toward readers who think that the defense of the family is only a peripheral struggle, secondary to the economy or foreign wars. A 1958 book by W Cleon Skousen titled The Naked Communist featured a list of 45 goals for Amercan communism. It was the result of assimilating over a hundred works by communists themselves. Communists of that era dreamed not of a direct takeover of America, their numbers were too small for that, but to disrupt American culture and soften up the country for a later takeover. Of the 45 goals in their agenda, 13 (in the expand block) concern families, children and education.
In the 53 years since publication a surprising amount of the actual or feared communist agenda has been achieved. Child protection systems are currently implementing goals 38 to 41, and are cooperating with the realization of several others. The communist movement itself was too tiny to contribute to their aims. Cultural trends with congruent goals and the mindless direction of bureaucratic incentives are responsible for most of the changes. Skousen's list serves as a reminder that family law is on the front lines in the efforts to protect, or destroy, civil liberties.
- 17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
- 18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
- 19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
- 24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
- 25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
- 26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
- 28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
- 38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.
- 39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
- 40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity, masturbation and easy divorce.
- 41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
- 42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems.
Source: Wikipedia, but there are many other copies on the internet