From Marx to Woodstock to Insanity

Posted on August 16, 2019 by Robert Ringer


Following Woodstock, the slovenly intellectual attitude of the hippies rolled on through the seventies, then began to lose steam in the eighties.  Perhaps it was Ronald Reagan’s presence in the White House that slowed its progress, perhaps it was the glorification of Wall Street and Tom Wolfe’s depiction of its titans as “Masters of the Universe,” or perhaps it was the proliferation of personal computers.  (In 1982, Time replaced “Man of the Year” with “Machine of the Year” and gave the honor to the personal computer.)

Whatever the reason for its loss of momentum, the long march of Marxism persisted and lived to see another day.  In the nineties, thanks in no small part to Bill Clinton’s unpunished sexcapades in the Oval Office, the anything-goes attitude of Woodstock began making a comeback.  And in the 21st century, communism and relativism started making a comeback as well, bursting into full bloom by the end of Barack Obama’s second term.

Clearly, Obama took Antonio Gramsci’s long-march strategy to heart.  Dr. John Drew, who knew Barack Obama from a student communist club to which they both belonged while attending Occidental College, said that Obama made it clear he was looking forward to “an imminent social revolution, literally a movement where the working classes would overthrow the ruling class and institute a socialist utopia in the United States.”

However, by the time Obama was in a position to run for president, he obviously had made the decision to adopt Gramsci’s long-march strategy as the best way to bring about communism.  With a compliant media covering for him by refusing to seriously investigate his radical background, he was able to perpetrate the biggest fraud in American presidential history and set about trying to fundamentally transform the United States of America from a constitutional republic to a top-down Marxist government.

Obama is now gone (sort of), but the damage he did to the psyche of young people and low-information adults was enormous.  As a result, the Marxist and relativist genies are once again out of the bottle and fomenting class warfare.

Today, the carriers of the communist and relativist torches are heirs to the Woodstock legacy, committed to changing the world through a warped combination of peace, love, and force.  Their Orwellian message is straightforward:  “If necessary, we will force you to practice and promote peace and love — as defined by us, of course.”

To accept such twisted thinking is the result of a retarded growth in one’s intellectual development.  Which is to say that liberals are the equivalent of children occupying adult bodies, and anyone who has ever tried to argue with a child can appreciate why arguing with liberals is a monumental waste of time.

As these overgrown children continue to fail in their efforts to change the world to suit their ideological beliefs, mental illness sets in and they embrace violence as an appealing option for venting their frustration and anger.  So much so that frustration, anger, and violence are the hallmarks of today’s Woodstock progeny.  Second only to lying, violence is their preferred method of persuasion.

Simply put, today’s liberals are certifiably insane.  They are actually suffering from a serious psychopathic disorder, which they masquerade as political activism.  In other words, their political beliefs are not what causes them to go insane; rather, they engage in political activism as an outlet for their insanity.

Even so, if far-left crazies were the only problem, the social upheaval in America might be manageable.  The bigger problem, however, is that these angry psychopaths are now taken seriously by millions of frustrated, angry people, particularly young people who have been indoctrinated by Radical Left professors at universities throughout America.  These knowledge-challenged kids have been brainwashed into believing that ideas once considered to be abnormal are normal and ideas once considered to be normal are abnormal.

Don’t be fooled by the Radical Left’s self-righteous proclamations of compassion.  Like their hippie forebears, today’s radical youths are devoid of compassion for those who are oppressed.  In truth, they are nothing more than bored, overprivileged children who have been brought up in morally deficient homes.  Which makes it laughable that they are the heart and soul of America’s 21st century grievance culture, even though most of them have never actually experienced oppression.

Worst of all, since they do not have to struggle for day-to-day survival, they have plenty of time to become involved in Radical Left crusades.  They fit Eric Hoffer’s “true believer” profile to a tee, so it’s no surprise that they gravitate toward sham crusades like the “existential threat” of manmade climate change and the moral obligation of taxpayers to provide healthcare for millions of people who have entered the country illegally.

As one certitude after another has been shouted out of existence by progressive thinkers, it has become an open invitation for morally lethargic people to continually push the decadence envelope, the consequences of which are dire.  When a society abandons its certitudes, when radical ideologues are allowed to impose their beliefs on an entire population, it loses its will, its moral fiber, and the consensus needed to defend itself against those who would destroy it.

This is where the United States of America is today — at a crossroads between communism, relativism, violence, and dictatorial rule on the one hand and a return to the principles of liberty that made America the freest, wealthiest, most exceptional country in the history of mankind on the other.

Obviously, no country can survive when millions of its own citizens hate everything it stands for and are hellbent on destroying it, beginning with its founding principles.  What made the United States unique for more than two hundred years was that the vast majority of Americans were on the same page when it came to the morality, dignity, and civility needed to sustain and nourish a civilized society.

Today, irrational hatred, anger, and violence are pushing the United States toward lawlessness.  Make no mistake about it, the Radical Left is at war with the rule of law, at war with the Constitution, at war with civility, and at war with normal, everyday Americans.

Can America’s cultural pinched nerve be quelled?  Can the underlying societal inflammation be dissipated?  It’s a good question, and one that is difficult to answer with any degree of certainty.  The biggest problem is that human nature never changes, and traits like envy, hatred, and the desire for material wellbeing without work make it relatively easy for anti-liberty demagogues to sell misery and oppression to the masses disguised as fairness.

It’s been a long, tortuous road to get to where we are today.  Marx, Gramsci, relativism, Woodstock, and now the Radical Left’s takeover of the Democratic Party are markers along the way.  What happens between now and November 3, 2020, and especially on November 3, 2020, will go a long way toward determining if the long march of Marxism will be halted or if Americans will have to live with an ever-worsening pinched nerve until the next American Revolution begins.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

12 responses to “From Marx to Woodstock to Insanity”

  1. KerrySr9 says:

    Not sure Obama “damaged the psyche of young people.” I think it’s more of that saying, “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves. Those voices were always there, only hidden, silent, waiting to explode. When I was young, I wasn’t wise or informed enough to challenge my “hippie” friends, but I instinctively knew what they preached made no sense.

  2. JurassicRick says:

    I know for a fact that what was once the Communist Party USA, headed by Gus Hall, has now merged with the Democratic Party, because, while they are against the Democratic Party's tie to the ruling class and capitalism, they see it as an easier and quicker route to get their radical, revolutionary agenda implemented into the American political system. Political issue by political issue the Communist Party USA and the Democratic Party are parallel to each other. They don't even bother wasting their time to run their same perennial Presidential candidate anymore. It is considered more politically and socially acceptable to be able to espouse those far Radical Left ideas as a "Democrat" than as a Communist, but nowadays, in reality, both are the same, but differ in degree. These are the vermin you are now seeing in the Democratic Party as it now is today, a party so far Left, it is in danger of falling off the edge of the earth. And I might add, if the Democratic Party keeps moving more and more farther Left, they are going to be left behind next year!

  3. larajf says:

    It's going to be a rough few decades, but we cannot ever give them any more inches. It's time to bring back morality and the rule of law. It's time to remove "fairness" as something that's required.
    Remember Spinal Tap? One crazy person derailed the band and at the end, the band manager was back keeping an eye on her? THAT is what we need. To remember to be a firm hand and stop being afraid.
    I think the good news is that they've…well…shot their wad by overusing "Racist." Now we can laugh at them instead of being afraid and say Oh yeah, we're all racist, didn't you know? It's time to bring back humor to poke holes at them.

    • JF1017 says:

      Humor really is our greatest weapon. Leftists have none, and are too pompous and lacking in insight to understand why they are the butt of the joke. And one element Mr. Ringer forgot to include in describing how the 1980s slowed the growth of the left was the advent of talk radio – specifically, the rollout and syndication of Rush Limbaugh's program. This ended the left-leaning monotone of the three major TV networks and alerted the silent majority that they were, in fact, a majority and shouldn't stay silent. Trump's presidency was a second signal to that effect.

  4. Ivan says:

    It’s the environment starting from political leaders who do a good job at pushing free education and no need to pay off your student loan. Therefore, no need for a part time job, plenty of time to listen to the upcoming crackpots at the podium of their schools. Second, are the schools themselves indoctrinating babies from childbirth to socialism and irresponsibllities. Teachers are a fine example of ditching school to go play at whatever it is. Thirdly, its marketers selling your kids from sexy clothes at age 8, and also selling junk food that causes ADD corrected by any pharmacist drug they can create. Fourthly, its social media burning up their time causing late nights up along with poor performance for the next day. It’s the music, pop culture ,marketers, teachers politicians etc. etc. I say watch what your exposed to. Basically if your exposed to malaria, good chance you’ll get it also. I could go on and on about that it’s the environment.

  5. HonestProfessor says:

    I agree w/ RR's take on Woodstock, the decline of Western Civilization, (and many other unrelated subjects). However, I'm confused…Isn't the Ringer philosophy Do what makes you happy as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others? Weren't the Woodstock kids doing exactly that? The long hair, the sloppy dress, free love, drugs, acid rock, etc.–they liked that, and that's why they did it.

    Just as today, if someone wants to get tattoos the size of doormats, listen to bizarre music groups with names like "Pustule", vape, hate Trump and conservatives, and spend lots of time playing video games, watching porn, and absorbed with Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, etc., how can such people be criticized if that's what "Makes them happy" without hurting others? Some might even say "Looking Out For #1" was a perfect product for the post-Woodstock "Me Generation" of the '70s. So I need help reconciling these two points of view.

    • Reality_Seeker says:

      Do whatever the F you want, man, just don't ask me to be responsible for your stupid crap. In other words: no free food, housing, medical care or any other goods and services unless you pay for it. End the government funded bread&circus and let the free market reward and punish behavior….

      That's how you "reconcile" the art of looking out for #1 with being forced by your loving Big Brother to look out for every f*ing loser in the country. And believe you-me there are tens of millions of welfare cases and tatted up freaks that pop out one rug rat after the other that we producers have to pay through the nose for everything — including the tats…man.

      Personally, I've had my belly full — especially of the flood of Peronists illegally crossing the border and pushing our hospitals, schools and other services to the breaking point. So moral and hard-working Americans who produce better start "looking out for #1 real quick…

      Did that help you reconcile your smart ass?

      About the only good thing the Hippies accomplished was to tell the Military Industrial Complex to shove it. I'll give'em credit for that.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Here are two hints:

      1. Ayn Rand said, "Judge, and prepare to be judged." Judging (as in criticizing) is an action that is non-aggressive.

      2. A lot of things are "right" in theory, but don't work in the real world.

  6. fritzgroszkruger says:

    When Mr. Ringer laments illegals receiving free stuff here, he validates our socialist system by implying citizens are entitled.
    We are not entitled any more than the sneek-ins.
    Also, it is wrong to assume that hippies were necessarily redistributionist. I wasn't. Many just wanted what the founders did, liberty, not to be paid for by anyoneelse.

  7. MrLucky1966 says:

    The huge shadow Woodstock and the "Free Love" movement left us in a nutshell is that they want to be able to do anything they want to without dealing with the responsibility, accountability and consequences of their actions. I've read some of your books and they do stress that we can do what we want and people will do so but also, yhet must be responsible and accountable for what they do. I do believe in that but it seems like the modern left does not, they want their cake and eat it too, so to speak.