EDWARD BELLAMY LOOKING BACKWARD
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When a socialist says he wants "equality" he is saying that he doesn't like
you and doesn't like the way you are, and wants to change you and he wants
to use government force to do it. He is saying that he dislikes all
people because they are "different" and have different possessions, incomes,
clothes, cars, property, families, ideas, educations, successes, cultures,
languages, interests, entertainment, etc. He is saying he wants
you to believe that changing everyone is a good idea. That is why he
supports government schools, as a way to use government to force change and
stop differences and make everyone a cog in an "industrial army."
Of course, the only way socialists try to achieve "equality"
is by making everyone equally poor, bringing everyone down to the lowest level,
and even that won't work. Ultimately they have to make everyone equally dead.
"Equality" was/is a euphemistic excuse for socialism's
hate-spewing radical paramilitary "industrial army" in the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics (62 million killed), the Peoples' Republic of China (35
million killed) and the National Socialist German Workers' Party (21 million
killed) etc. http://rexcurry.net/socialists.html
Those socialists achieved "equality" for 62 million, 35 million, 21 million
people respectively. It explains the military-socialism complex. http://rexcurry.net/pledge_military.html
An example of the horrid "equality" of socialism in the
U.S. is the author of the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag, Francis Bellamy.
It is all spelled out in the novel "Looking Backward" and its
description of the totalitarianism that Francis Bellamy promoted.
Francis Bellamy, the author of the pledge of allegiance,
was a bigot. As editor of the magazine "The Illustrated American," he wrote
editorials denouncing southern European immigrants. "A democracy like ours
cannot afford to throw itself open to the world," he wrote in 1897. "Where
every man is a lawmaker, every dull-witted or fanatical immigrant admitted
to our citizenship is a bane to the commonwealth. Where all classes of society
merge insensibly into one another every alien immigrant of inferior race
may bring corruption to the stock."
His bigotry explains his desire for socialism, government
schools and a collective robotic recitation of the same "Pledge of Allegiance"
every day upon the government's cue. Socialism and Government schools
are inherently racist and bigoted in that they are used to destroy individuality,
individual liberty, and are used for regimentation, and to create a homogenous
society where people are taught the same things in order to think, dress and
behave the same.
Socialists use the term "equality" as a synonym for "fairness," the term
"equal" for "fair." Here is a great writer on the topic -
Dear Editor of The New York Post:
Jacob Sullum clearly explains the dangers lurking in Hillary Clinton's and
so many other pols' eagerness to peel away our freedoms in the name of "fairness"
("'Fairness' v. Freedom," January 26). Had these "leaders" been around
in 1776 we might have wound up with a Declaration proclaiming that all people
have rights to "life, fairness, and happiness." Had they been around
for the writing of the Bill of Rights, every American would enjoy the unalloyed
right to speak fairly, as well as to worship fairly, assemble fairly, and
petition for redress of grievances fairly. Also constitutionally protected
would be the press's right to report fairly.
Does anyone imagine that such institutionalized fairness would in practice
be anything other than a recipe for tyranny?
Donald J. Boudreaux, Chairman, Department of Economics, George Mason University,
Fairfax, VA 22030 26 January 2008 http://www.cafehayek.com/
P.S. Let's hope that New Hampshire's state motto isn't changed to "Live Fair
The Pledge of Allegiance was written
by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and expresses ideas in the socialist utopian
novels of Francis' cousin Edward Bellamy. Francis wrote the pledge
to promote the Bellamys' idea of socialism in the most socialistic institution
-government schools. The Bellamy cousins were totalitarian socialists,
and the ideas that inspired them and the pledge helped to inspire mass
atrocities worldwide. http://rexcurry.net/pledge1.html
Edward Bellamy's date of birth was March 26, 1850, in Chicopee
Falls, Massachusetts. Bellamy’s father was Reverend Rufus King Bellamy
and Bellamy’s mother was Maria Putnam Bellamy, daughter of the Reverend
Benjamin Putnam. The Bellamy geneology dates to the 1640’s, and includes
many Baptist ministers. Bellamy’s great-grandfather was the famous
Reverend Joseph Bellamy, who worked closely with Jonathan Edwards in
the Great Awakening at the time of the Revolutionary War.
The Bellamys inspired a socialist movement worldwide and the
bible of that movement was Edward Bellamy's book "Looking Backward" (1888)
a fantasy about a revolution of totalitarian socialism. It was translated
into every major language including the languages of those countries
that experienced socialist revolutions and the socialist Wholecaust (of
which the Holocaust was a part) under the National Socialist German Workers'
Party (21 million dead), the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (62
million dead), and the Peoples' Republic of China (35 million dead).
The United States are fortunate to have detoured from the deadly path
of Bellamy’s dogma.
Edward was close to his mother and she inspired him to become
an insatiable reader, especially of the biographies of great men and
tales of adventure. He was fascinated by science, history and
When he was 17, he applied for admission to West Point, but
failed to pass the physical examination. He studied at Union College,
Schenectady, New York and became interested Socialism.
Bellamy also studied in Germany, where he lived for a year.
He studied law and entered the bar in 1871, opening his own law office
in Chicopee, Massachusetts. His first (and only) case caused him to
evict a widow for non-payment of rent, and he left the legal profession.
He so misunderstood the rule of law that in his chosen profession
that in “Looking Backward” there are no lawyers, just a world full of
laws and government.
He did something similar with churches and religion in “Looking
Backward.” A cynical passage near the end of Chapter 26 gives
the only mention of their minor status, used as a story device for spouting
Edward Bellamy’s socialist philosophy. This is an quote from the
Mr. Barton’s sermon: “...it must not be forgotten that the nineteenth
century was in name Christian, and the fact that the entire commercial
and industrial frame of society was the embodiment of the anti-Christian
spirit must have had some weight, though I admit it was strangely little,
with the nominal followers of Jesus Christ.”
After Edward Bellamy’s book of 1888, and shortly before Francis
Bellamy wrote the pledge for the Youth’s Companion written in 1892,
Francis was pushed out of the ministry for his real-life socialist propagandizing,
including sermons like “Jesus the Socialist.” An actual speech
entitled “Jesus the Socialist” by Francis Bellamy is not known to exist
today. What is known is that Francis espoused Edward’s dogma.
Edward’s character Mr. Barton inspired Francis Bellamy’s ministry and
its end. Francis’ sermon “Jesus the socialist” is Mr. Barton’s sermon
in “Looking Backward.”
Edward Bellamy withdrew from the religiosity of his mother,
in favor of socialism. The biography “Edward Bellamy” by Arthur
E. Morgan states “...there is repeated evidence that in his effort to
become free from the loving pressure upon him, he came to the point of
In one of Edward Bellamy’s early journals is this short note
“It has come to that now that I don’t know how a man can better serve
his country than by becoming an infidel.”
His infidel status reached the ultimate point with his last
book, published posthumously “The Religion of Solidarity” (Antioch Bookplate
Edward Bellamy's book “Looking Backward” (1888) was such a
success that it inspired the "Nationalism" movement in the U.S. and
"Bellamy Clubs" (also known as "Nationalist Clubs") whose members wanted
the federal government to nationalize most of the American economy.
They saw government schools as a means to their socialist "Nationalism."
The book "Looking Backward" is about a man who sleeps from
1887 until the year 2000. The United States has become one giant
socialist monopoly (excuse the redundancy). The demented document openly
portrays men treated as military draftees, from the age of twenty-one
until the age of forty-five, in the U.S.’s industrial army (for more
on that see http://rexcurry.net/pledge_military.html).
Bellamy’s glorification of the military includes government control
of all jobs. Everyone is issued ration cards which are used to
draw goods from government storehouses. Everyone is permitted only the
same amount in value annually. The entire school system is only
a government school system and it is an integral part of the development
of the industrial army and of the entire socialist monopoly system.
Of course, all of the preceding is portrayed as a dandy utopia
just as it was portrayed by so many apologists for the military socialist
complex of the socialist trio of atrocities
and other socialist hell-holes (see http://rexcurry.net/socialists.jpg).
According to R. J. Rummel's article in the Encyclopedia of Genocide
(1999) the top three most murderous regimes are: (1) the Union of
Soviet Socialist Republics, 62 million deaths, 1917-'87; (2) People's
Republic of China, 35 million, 1949-'87; (3) Germany under the National
Socialist German Workers’ Party, 21 million, 1933-'45;
Bellamy's book was translated into 20 foreign languages.
It was popular among the elite in pre-revolutionary Russia, and was
even read by Lenin's wife. John Dewey and the historian Charles Beard
intended to praise the book by stating that it was matched in influence
only by Das Kapital.
Did Bellamy foresee soviet-style rationing, or did he inspire
Bellamy’s is the same socialist naivete that resulted in 7
million persons who perished from 1932-33 in the famine that resulted
in Europe’s “breadbasket” after the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
imposed collectivist land management in the Ukraine. By the spring of
1933, an estimated 25,000 people died every day in the Ukraine.
It is the same socialist naivete that resulted in 27 million people starving
to death in 1958 in the so-called “Great Leap Forward” in China.
Was the “Great Leap Forward” inspired by “Looking Backward”?
If Bellamy's fictional character had awakened in the year 2000
he would learn that since 1887 Bellamy's philosophy had set and was
holding all the worst records for shortages, poverty, misery, starvation,
atrocities and mass slaughter. Edward Bellamy lived from 1850–1898,
and died in Chicopee, Massachusetts and was spared witnessing the horrors
that his socialism caused to the rest of humanity.
The original Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag as dictated
by Francis Bellamy used a straight-arm salute, not the hand-over-the-heart
(see rare historic photos at http://rexcurry.net/pledge1.html).
Francis Bellamy died in 1931, living long enough to see a similar salute
and a similar philosophy espoused by the National Socialist German Workers'
As the only person on the internet who collects, exposes and
writes about historical photos of the original socialist salute to
the U.S. flag, I consider Edward Bellamy’s book (and the Bellamy cousins'