Skousen yet again
It's interesting to watch the 'conservative' establishment distancing itself (or more precisely running away at top speed!) from Glenn Beck's continual use of Cleon Skousen's writings.
(Disclaimer: I haven't watched Beck lately, so I don't know if he's sticking to the Skousen mindset or ranging way off into other unjustifiable realms. If the latter, then I can't defend him.... I'm defending Skousen here, not necessarily Beck.)
The modern establishment, conservative or liberal, in politics, religion or science, has one Prime Directive: "Any attempt to form conclusions or use logic is paranoia and must be banished."
Totalitarians always use this rule for obvious reasons. It conflates insane paranoia with plain logic.
Insane paranoia links the Illuminati, CFR, Masons, Jews and Martians to everything.
Plain logic connects Lee Oswald to the KGB, connects Betty Friedan to Stalin, connects both Obama and McCain to Alinsky, connects the Global Warming hoax to China via Maurice Strong. There's nothing conspiratorial or secret about any of these connections. Logic and known facts.
The establishment doesn't want the latter set of connections to be commonly understood, so it calls them "paranoia" and thus taints them with the schizophrenic delusions about Masons and Martians.
I've discussed Skousen several times,
and don't have anything new to say except:
I participated in hard-left movements sporadically from 1969 through 1983, and everything I read in Skousen agrees with what I saw and did in those movements. When you read a book that agrees with your personally known reality at every point of tangency, you're strongly inclined to trust the entire book.
I don't know why the 'conservative' establishment is afraid to reveal facts about the long-term advance and evolution of Communist power within the United States. I can only think of two valid reasons: (1) They're stupid and gutless. (2) They're part of the advance.