”Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
In the June 27 issue of the “Weekly Standard” Barton Swain reviewed Stephen Hess’ book about the improbable association of President Nixon and Patrick Moynihan during the first two years (1962-64) of Nixon’s presidency. Though a liberal, Moynihan had been vilified by fellow believers for his “Moynihan Report,” which declared that “government policies aimed at solving economic problems were predestined to fail if they neglected to account for cultural habits.” Moynihan concluded that “at heart of the deterioration of the fabric of the Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. He had concluded that culture, not government policy, determines outcomes.
You can imagine all the liberal waste matter that hit the political fan when the leftists read that. Blaming the victim, they cried, a mantra that exists to this day and prevents any hope of progress. Moynihan also wrote that government policies had consistently worsened outcomes for black Americans “The steady expansion of [welfare programs] … can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States.”
In one of his first memos to Nixon, he summarized the essence of a lecture by Harvard sociologist, Paul Weaver.
From Moynihan: “His (Weaver’s) central point — an immensely disturbing one — is that the social system of American and British democracy that grew up in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was able to be exceedingly permissive with regard to pubic matters precisely because it could depend on its citizens to be quite disciplined with respect to private ones. (Italics mine)
“He speaks of “private sub-systems of authority,” such as family, church, and local community, and political party, which regulated behavior, instilled motivation, etc., in such a way as to make it unnecessary for the State to intervene … More and more it would appear these subsystems are breaking down in the immense city of New York. If this should continue, democracy would break down.
We haven’t learned and it’s happening again. The unhealthy societal dynamics that worried Moynihan about the black community is now infecting the entire country and the stakes are exorbitant. Those crucial subsystems Moynihan ascribed to Weaver have broken down, not only in the black community, but in the entire country. All the governors of behavior — Church, family, schools, neighborhoods, are in the wind. Whatever remains is being auctioned off by the elite to the highest bidder –corporations, cynical politicians, Progressive ideology, the craven media in full view of a hopeless audience of the unemployed, minorities, gullibles, millenials, useful idiot immigrants and the never changing plight of black Americans.
Applauding and assisting the auctioneer sell off our country’s birthright are the craven media, smug celebrities, a-patriotic politicians, academia and unions, full participants in the destruction of Moynihan’s subsystems, the lifeblood of civilization. In the ongoing, destructive process they are eroding trust, faith, loyalty, belief and fidelity to our Constitution.
We have entered the era of the elites, all of whom are in unison saying, “I’m alright, Jack.”