Herland Report: Hanne Nabintu Herland speaks to Paul Craig Roberts about progressive totalitarianism and the New Left’ shutdown of free speech.
Dr. Roberts states: “The reason intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and I can speak freely is that we don’t want anything, no appointments, no grants, no favors. We are not dependent on the establishment. If we were, we would be shut down. We have a situation in the West where hardly anybody can afford to speak freely.”
What happens when socialism is implemented in a society and the requirement of group-think, like-mindedness, to act collectively with “one mind” in a system where critical thinking is increasingly forbidden?
In the communist and National Socialist (NAZI) ideologies, one may study how the project to silence diversity of opinion ended. It created a submissive, fearful population who – more than anything – feared their own communist and National Socialist elites.
Is the current Western elites’ dream to return to such a system? It seems so.
Progressivism is by many viewed as a totalitarian movement in the West that quenches the respect for diversity and plurality.
People like Dr. Noam Chomsky and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts are still able to speak freely and Roberts explain why in this Exclusive Short on the Herland Report TV.
Dr. Roberts is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy, a former editor of Wall Street Journal and a well-known author of many books. He is awarded the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award for “his outstanding contributions to the formulation of United States economic policy.
Dr. Roberts states: “To have a society, there has to be counter-veiling powers, a balance of power. Otherwise some group runs away with it all.”
“In America, all these counter-veiling powers are being destroyed. For examples, what was one of the main results of off-shoring the middle class jobs and manufacturing jobs was destroying the unions.”
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Progressive Totalitarianism: “So, there is no longer any constraint by the unionized work force on employers. So we are back to raw capitalism because the unions, in essence, are gone.”
“The few that exist are in the public sector and they are now beginning to starve them out. They use austerity reasons, there is no longer a media to constrain them.”
“The character of the people is many ways deteriorated, they are no longer constrained by tradition, by morality, by a sense of integrity. There was always a limit beyond which most people would not go. Where is that limit now? It is gone.”
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The Herland Report is founded and hosted by Hanne Nabintu Herland, a Scandinavian historian of comparative religions, bestselling author, commentator and TV producer, known from the media for sharp analysis and fearless speech.
Herland has for many years written extensively in leading newspapers and appeared as a guest on a variety of TV shows. She was born and raised in Africa, has lived in South America and currently in the Middle East, and traveled extensively in Asia. She speaks a number of languages.