News Intelligence Analysis
Originally published by BuzzFlash.com December 12, 2001
[Editor's Note: This article has been revised on February 15, 2004 with new information and new links. The entire original article, The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement by Eric Heubeck, is at the Yurica Report.
Excerpts from the operation's manual are no longer available at the Free Congress Foundation website: http://www.freecongress.org/centers/conservatism/traditionalist.htm A second site where the Yurica Report obtained a copy has also ceased to be available. However, we have since located the material at the following sites. In addition to the Buzz Flash quote cited above on December 12, 2001, a Buzz Flash reader sent in a brief quote, "A Right Wing Jihad" at http://www.buzzflash.com/mailbag/2002/05/30_mail.html An excerpt may also be found at http://www.populist.com/02.1.dispatches.html under the title, "Right -Wing Jihad Explained." Another link to Heubeck's essay is at http://article.gmane.org/gmane.culture.templar.rosemont/707 A second important article by Luke Setzer that is based on and references Heubeck's material is at: http://widescope.tripod.com/Essays/NIM.htm ]
Paul Weyrich's Teaching Manual?
On January 28, 2002, The American Prospect, Inc. published "Fair-Weather Friend; Going Down as it Came Up; School Sprays; They're Back!" a brief excerpt reads:
"Two years ago, ur-conservative Paul Weyrich stunned the religious right by calling for a retreat from temporal concerns. "Conservatives have learned to succeed in politics," he wrote in an open letter that's still available on the Web site www.freecongress.org. "But that did not result in the adoption of our agenda. The reason, I think, is that politics itself has failed. And politics has failed because of the collapse of the culture." The right no longer had a "moral majority," he wrote. The solution? "To look at ways to separate ourselves from the institutions that have been captured by the ideology of Political Correctness, or by other enemies of our traditional culture." In essence, he said, the religious right should espouse cultural and political separatism--by setting up its own schools, television networks, and even courts of law.
"The rest of the country breathed a sigh of relief. No more silly Disney boycotts by southern Baptists. No more flaky school-board members pushing creationism. No more Paul Weyrich!
"The whew, alas, was premature. It turns out that what Weyrich and his folks really had in mind was less separatism than guerrilla warfare--a "New Traditionalist" movement that, according to its manifesto, written by Weyrich protégé Eric Heubeck and bearing the grandiose title "The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement," would seek "to advance a true traditionalist counter-culture based on virtue, excellence, and self-discipline." The New Traditionalists--who sound a lot like the old traditionalists--will "reject the materialism, hedonism, consumerism, egoism, and the cult of self-actualization which permeate modern life." Heubeck elaborates:
"We will not try to reform existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. . . . We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American.
"And we thought you'd forsaken us." (Copyright © 2002 by The American Prospect, Inc.)
The Bush administration is apparently quite cozy with Weyrich. This quote from a Time magazine article is apropos, Time Magazine wrote this:
"Each Wednesday Rove dispatches a top administration official to attend the regular conservative-coalition lunches held at Paul Weyrich's Free Congress Foundation. When activists call his office with a problem, Rove doesn't pass them off to an aide. He often responds himself. When Weyrich heard a few weeks ago that Bush's budget slashed funding for a favorite project called the Police Corps, which gives scholarships and training to police cadets, he complained to the White House. To Weyrich's surprise, Rove called back. We've taken care of it, Rove said. The problem is solved. Weyrich, who says his memos to the Reagan and Bush Sr. White Houses were rarely read, was impressed. That, he gushes, is what it means to have friends in the White House.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2001
The Busiest Man in the White House
BY JAMES CARNEY AND JOHN F. DICKERSON
Pasted below are excerpts from the Free Congress Foundation's lengthy strategic statement for the Traditional Conservative Movement. It lays out the expedient, propagandistic, morally relativistic strategy obviously supported by some on the far right. Recall that the Free Congress Foundation is headed by prominent and influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich (who also founded the Heritage Foundation).
The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement
by Eric Heubeck
This essay is based on the belief that the truth of an idea is not the primary reason for its acceptance. Far more important is the energy and dedication of the idea's promoters--in other words, the individuals composing a social or political movement...
We must, as Mr. Weyrich has suggested, develop a network of parallel cultural institutions existing side-by-side with the dominant leftist cultural institutions. The building and promotion of these institutions will require the development of a movement that will not merely reform the existing post-war conservative movement, but will in fact be forced to supersede it--if it is to succeed at all--because it will pursue a very different strategy and be premised on a very different view of its role in society....
There will be three main stages in the unfolding of this movement. The first stage will be devoted to the development of a highly motivated elite able to coordinate future activities. The second stage will be devoted to the development of institutions designed to make an impact on the wider elite and a relatively small minority of the masses. The third stage will involve changing the overall character of American popular culture....
Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions....
We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today's American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.
We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime...
We must create a countervailing force that is just as adept as the Left at intimidating people and institutions that are used as tools of left-wing activism but are not ideologically committed, such as Hollywood celebrities, multinational corporations, and university administrators. We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths...
We will be results-oriented rather than good intentions-oriented. Making a good-faith effort and being ideologically sound will be less important than advancing the goals of the movement...
There is no medium more conducive to propagandistic purposes than the moving image, and our movement must learn to make use of this medium. A skillfully produced motion picture or television documentary has tremendous persuasive power...Rational arguments simply do not have this power, and all arguments made in print tend to appeal to the rational, critical faculties of the mind to a greater or lesser degree...
The visual image allows us to illustrate our beliefs and arguments to our members and others in highly compelling terms--we will be able to show all the examples of cultural decadence, irrationality and disingenuousness in public debate, combined with our commentary, selectively edited and arranged for maximum impact...
We need more people with fire in the belly, and we need a message that attracts those kinds of people....We must reframe this struggle as a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple terms....
Some will argue that conservatives do not believe in apocalyptic fervor. The reader should simply ask himself, is he happy with the state of cultural conservatism in this country? If not, does he think it likely that conditions will improve in the future by operating according to the current rules? And if not, is he willing to witness the death of true civilization in this country so that conservatism will not suffer the ungentlemanly taint of "fervor"? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this movement will not appeal to the reader.
[Emphasis was added by the Yurica Report.]
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