Gitlin (author of "The Intellectuals and the Flag") debunked in debate challenge
Professor Todd Gitlin (author of "The Intellectuals and the Flag" from
Columbia University Press July 6, 2007) was debunked by Dr. Rex Curry (author
of "The Pledge of Allegiance & the Bellamys") shortly after the publication
of Gitlin's book. The topic of the debate challenge was the Pledge
of Allegiance and its putrid past. http://rexcurry.net/debate-todd-gitlin.html
Gitlin used his book to laud Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge
of Allegiance (and a socialist) and to laud Edward Bellamy (cousin to
Francis, also a socialist, and author of the international bestseller "Looking
Backward" that spawned a worldwide socialist movement). http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/rexcurrydotnet/
Gitlin's remarks suggest that he is ignorant about the history of the anti
libertarian Pledge of Allegiance, and the following points were the topics
proposed for the debate challenge:
Gitlin seems unaware that the Bellamys were self-proclaimed National
Socialists and they supported the "Nationalism" movement in the USA, the
"Nationalist" magazine, the "Nationalist Educational Association," and
their dogma of "military socialism" and an "industrial army," and Edward
inspired the "Nationalist Party" (in the USA) and their dogma influenced
socialists in Germany.
Gitlin even seems to be unaware that the actual name of Hitler's group
was the "National Socialist German Workers' Party," and that the group
did not use the hackneyed shorthand that is used by most university professors.
Gitlin's book is a reminder of the terrifying "American experiment"
that Edward Bellamy wanted to impose on the USA.
Francis Bellamy and Edward Bellamy (author of the novel "Looking Backward")
and Charles Bellamy (author of "A Moment of Madness") and Frederick Bellamy
(who introduced Edward to socialistic "Fourierism") were socialists.
Edward, Charles and Frederick were brothers, and Francis was their cousin.
They considered themselves to be very patriotic. They wanted to nationalize
everything and they wanted all of society to ape the military and they
touted "military socialism" and the "industrial army." Edward's book
was an international bestseller, translated into every major language (including
Russian, German, Chinese & Italian) and he inspired the "Nationalist
Party" (in the USA) and their dogma influenced socialists worldwide (including
Russia, Germany, China & Italy) via "Nationalist Clubs."
The philosophy behind the pledge inspired socialists in those countries
that suffered the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part):
~60 million slaughtered under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50
million slaughtered under the Peoples' Republic of China; ~20 million slaughtered
under the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
The book does to much to affirm the statist quo and the author's "own
side." A fair criticism is that Gitlin is trapped in a straight-jacket
of left-right political analysis, as taught in government schools. Gitlin
thereby shows that there is no difference between republican-socialists and
democrat-socialists and that explains why the government keeps growing.
But his book could be used to help people learn how the flag and the pledge
debunk grade-school political analysis.
At the time that Mussolini and Hitler found their salute they were
both self-proclaimed socialists and leaders in their movements. Adolf Hitler's
symbol (the swastika), although it was an ancient symbol, was used sometimes
by the National Socialist German Workers Party to represent overlapping
"S" letters for their "socialism," as shown in the book "Swastika Secrets"
by Dr. Rex Curry. The same symbolism is shown in the bizarre signature
of Hitler, which Hitler altered to use the same stylized "S" letter for
"socialist"; in the fact that the NSGWP's symbol was turned 45 degrees to
the horizontal and oriented in the S direction; and in similar alphabetic
symbolism that still shows on Volkswagens.
The raised-arm salute was not an ancient Roman salute, and the "ancient
Roman salute" is a myth. The Roman myth grew in many ways, including the
use of the USA’s pledge salute in early movies showing fictional Roman scenes.
Gitlin says that we need critics who are patriots -- and patriots who
are critics. But the patriotism and the dogma that inspired the USSR,
PRC, & NSGWP is cult-like membership that was oddly similar to the
robotic chanting of the Pledge of Allegiance in government schools (socialist
schools). The book shows that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
The Bellamys promoted a government takeover of schools. When
the government granted their wish, the government schools imposed segregation
by law and taught racism as official government policy. The schools
mandated the robotic chanting of the pledge with the German-style salute
and persecuted and expelled children who would not comply, arrested parents,
and even took children from parents on allegations of "unfit parenting."
The USA still follows similar anti libertarian policies promoted by
the Bellamys. Many socialist Bellamy policies caused the USA’s big, expensive
and oppressive government and its growing police-state. The Pledge still
exists along with laws mandating that teachers lead the robotic pledge chanting
every day for twelve years of each child’s life (though the salute was altered).
The government still owns and operates schools, including the same schools
that imposed segregation by law and taught racism as official government
policy. The U.S. practice of imposing segregation by law in government
schools and teaching racism as official policy even outlasted the National
Socialist German Workers' Party by over 15 years. After segregation in government's
schools ended, the Bellamy legacy caused more police-state racism of forced
busing that destroyed communities and neighborhoods and deepened hostilities.
Those schools still exist. Infants are given social security numbers
that track and tax them for life. Government schools demand the
numbers for enrollment.
The pledge has become an example of how dangerous government schools
are. The pledge is a primary justification for ending government
schools. As the saying goes "remove the pledge from the flag, the
flag from the schools, and the schools from government."
The government in the USA and the government schools hide those facts
from people in the USA and from people in other countries.
Gitlin's book is a fascinating look at how people can be so bamboozled
by government propaganda that they don't even know it.
This photograph (and many others on this web site) illustrates a difference
between the Pledge of Allegiance in the past and in the present. In the
past, there was time when the flag and pledge occurred outside, and no
flag was inside the classroom(s). That practice emphasized the militaristic
nature of the Bellamy dogma of "military socialism" in that children either
1) assembled and waited outside before school began, enduring injurious
weather, until the forced ritual chanting was led by the teacher, or 2) they
entered the school and then, at a designated time, they marched outside into
It is difficult to say whether a common modern practice is better or
worse: there is often a flag in EVERY classroom. State government dictates
the expenditure and the size of the federal flags and their ubiquitous
placement. The omnipresent flag is viewed all the time by all children.
The orwellian ritual then occurs via a barking or pre-recorded voice over
an intercom, often accompanied by martial music and even bizarre video
piped over school televisions.
The pledge tracks the book "1984" by George Orwell (1949).
Orwell describes a government that uses these slogans: Freedom
is Slavery; War is Peace; Ignorance is Strength. The government
bamboozled Americans into believing that collective robotic
chanting in government schools daily is a beautiful expression of freedom.
Chanters let the catch-phrase "with liberty and justice for all" delude
them from the totalitarian reality of the behavior. Government schools maintain
strength by maintaining ignorance about the pledge's true history. Wars
over the pledge coincide with never-ending wars abroad under Bellamy's military
socialism in the USA.
your nanny? Who's your daddy? The government is your
mommy and daddy under socialism, the dogma of the Bellamys.
They wanted the government to take over education
and they wanted a flag over every school so that everyone
would know their new nanny and daddy.