by Tom Wise
In the beginning... there was Feudalism. This followed the Dark Period of man.
Theocracy was also prevalent, the Vatican controlling extensively in the political realm.
Oligarchies were common, and the era of Machiavelli was at hand.
Kings ruled with God's "blessing."
Along 1750, a new concept began to be formed, that colonies could be free provinces, although at that time these thoughts were not well-defined.
In 1776, many great men broke from the traditional methods of rule in order to form a country "by the people, and for the people."
These first great freedom fighters I term "the Old Left." They believed in freedoms: speech, religion, pursuit of happiness. They believed in limits: checks and balances, the rights of the individual not to exceed the rights of another. Even so, majorities were the deciding factor and God the overriding concern.
In 1789, the French copied the Americans, toppling their maniacal sun-god king, but they allowed mobs to rule, their so-called "democracy" going awry.
The shift from religion to science began in earnest in the late 1800's with the advent of the theory of evolution.
From this sprang the modern-day fascists, communists, socialists, humanists, secularists, atheists, and the like. All of these viewed religion as an enemy. Each of these tended to subvert the might and grandeur of the greatest era for freedom, 1750-1800.
Philosophers took center stage: Nietzsche, Schopenhauer. Hitlers were hatched.
Freedom of speech became a battle of volume. Freedom of religion became anathema. The pursuit of happiness came to apply only to the fringes.
The New Left was born. Whereas George Washington was a radical Leftist of his time in that he opposed religious persecution and tyrannical taxation, the New Left of 20th century dictators and 21st century post-fascists opposed religion as an attack on the perversions of feminism and homosexuality, and begged for handouts based on begrudged back compassion (for want of a better term). The latter manifested itself in welfare states, anti-discrimination laws, and frivolous lawsuits, laying waste the values and purses of both state and individual.
The same New Left which cried for money then blamed the government for faulty spending!
The Old Left became the New Right, attempting to maintain the religious freedoms and government restraints of the founding fathers.
Some from the Old Left became unwitting members of the New Left, moderate Republicans and radical Democrats.
The New Left became the worst of mankind, befriending enemies of ideology for the sake of world domination. Evil met evil.
The end of this story is yet to be written.