During the 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood producers, directors, and actors were being scrutinized for their political beliefs. The period of "red hysteria" put people’s jobs in the film industry in jeopardy. "Artists were barred from work on the basis of their alleged membership in or sympathy toward the American Communist Party, involvement in liberal or humanitarian political causes that enforcers of the blacklist associated with communism, and/or refusal to assist federal investigations into Communist Party activities; some were blacklisted merely because their names came up at the wrong place and time."
Communism has attracted a number of people in Hollywood, from Dalton Trumbo and Burgess Meredith to modern-day communist sympathizers like Sean Penn and Matthew Modine. While they would not support the oppressive actions of Communist regimes, they do like the utopian dreams of Communist theorists. Of course, to get to the fictional OZ, there are […]
We’re being told by some that the people of the United States want socialism. The thing of it is, we already have a mild form of socialism. In it’s now famous “We Are All Socialists Now” cover, Newsweek wrote: The U.S. government has already—under a conservative Republican administration—effectively nationalized the banking and mortgage industries. That seems a […]
“The welfare state is the best security against communism?” An essay by Leonard E. Read, from How to Argue with a Liberal . . . and Win! (only $5 in paperback, and free in eBook formats) *** This proposed defense against communism is not new, though we hear it afresh almost daily. It has circulated in […]
The “Foreword” to Joel McDurmon, The Return of the Village Atheist: *** The village atheist has a long tradition in American folklore. Beginning sometime after the publication of Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man in 1871, he—almost never she—begins to appear. The village atheist was marked by the following traits: A readiness to challenge the idea of […]
My wife and I sat down the Saturday before the Academy Awards to watch the 2015 film Trumbo. Dalton Trumbo is played by Bryan Cranston who did a marvelous job, certainly worthy of the Academy Award nomination he received for Best Actor. It’s loosely based on the Hollywood screenwriter, author, and self-admitted Communist Dalton Trumbo […]
“I think that you could define [Jesus] as a Utopian communist, where people would work together to solve our problems,” Modine told The Christian Post. I’m all for working together to solve our problems. But that’s not Communism. Communism is forcing people to work for the goals of the State, and the State is a […]
‘J. Edgar’ sorely disappointed Clint Eastwood’s fans and critics alike. Oddly enough, however, it still has received praise and awards in spite of itself. Many believe it will still be lauded at the Academy Awards and receive multiple nominations. Is this justifiable? Are the critics and audiences out of their minds for not giving honor to this art where it is due? Or is the truth as complicated and nefarious as this latest film with a homosexual agenda? Find out now on Movieology!
The Muppets are back to the cinema after twelve long agonizing years for fans that withstood the brunt in the interim of terrible, terrible, terrible Muppet telefilms. The Muppet gang (along with Disney) are trying to bring back their former glory. Can guest celebrity appearances and a big budget turn the tide? Will ‘The Muppets’ be recognized as a sensational, celebrational, muppetational movie by old and new fans? Find out now on Movieology!
Former theist and now self-avowed atheist Dan Barker, who is co-president of the Freedom of Religion Foundation, promoted a “Beware of Dogma” campaign using billboards that also included the line “Imagine No Religion,” borrowed from John Lennon’s atheist national anthem “Imagine.” I wonder if the FRF’s call for everyone to “beware of dogma” includes the […]
The rich often get a bum rap. Liberals are incensed when it is suggested that “the rich” get any type of tax reduction even though the top 50% of wage earners pay 96% of all income taxes. Since they spend more money, the rich also pay a disproportionate amount in sales, property, entertainment, and excise taxes. Without the rich, most people would not have jobs.
The first computer American Vision purchased cost $7500. It was huge and could only perform a few simple tasks, mostly word processing. The floppy disks were the size of dinner plates and held very little data (360K). Almost overnight, computer prices dropped and performance levels increased dramatically.
A story is told that during the days of the Cold War a two-car automobile race took place between the United States and the former Soviet Union. An American newspaper reporter described the result of the race this way: "American car beats out Soviet competitor."
"When error comes, it always rides in on the wings of truth." Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Premier of the former Soviet Union, described a time in the Communist republic’s history when a wave of petty theft was sweeping through the government-owned plants.
Under the Marxists, education had to be centralized in order to reshape the minds of the young so that they could more easily conform to the new social and political ideology. The State would become the educator, the new parent.
Now that what some might call the "unthinkable" has actually happened, it’s certain that a vital remnant in the Church will wake up and realize that, it’s time to start paying attention. Had McCain won, the Christian Right likely would have given another overconfident sigh of relief, hoping that the other side would somehow not be able to advance its anti-Christian offensive in 2012. (It would have advanced anyway.)
Although it wasn’t planned this way, Joel’s article yesterday serves as a great lead-in for this one. If there was a take-home lesson from yesterday’s piece, I would venture to guess that it could be summed up by a quote that Gary North is rather fond of using: You can’t fight something with nothing.
How should Christians respond to reform efforts under political regimes where they have no rights, no freedom of religion, speech, press, or assembly? For the most part, prior to the fall of most of Eastern Europe’s Communist governments and the former Soviet Union, Christians behind the iron curtain had little say in the way their nation operated.
Former fundamentalist preacher Dan Barker and his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, believe America is becoming a theocracy. “[Religion is] the source of the greatest violence in the world,”