Society Of Statesmen White Paper Authored by Dr Joe Arminio Dean of Faculty Society Of Statesmen www.sos1776.org <http://www.sos1776.org/> Copyright © November 7, 2012 This White Paper is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. Executive Summary Is Higher Education, especially Christian schools, at serious risk from within? Specifically, is the Great Books Program of Mortimer Adler, which in whole or part is commonly found in Classical Christian Schools, the Home School Movement, Colleges and even secular “Executive Seminars” for adults—indeed a commonplace in Higher Education— integral to the largest scheme of indoctrination that the world has seen? Although there is nothing wrong with using the “Great Books” of Western Civilization, per se, the twin grim questions must be posed: Did Adler and others use them to advance “slow-paced” Communism? And have his successors continued to use them for the same purpose? Important evidence pertaining to these several questions is very disquieting. Another question must arise: How much damage may, so far, have been inflicted on the American elite and people, especially on Christian education? Again there is distressing evidence, but if, indeed, damage has been done, it may not yet be that extensive, especially where Christian education is concerned: Christian schools have only relatively recently been exposed to “education” of the Adler type. For all that, precautions regarding the use of the Great Books ought to be taken and Christian educators ought to warn students and parents alike of the potential danger of Adler. In 1948, Adler co-authored Preliminary Draft For A World Constitution--a blueprint for a world government. Its language is similar to that of Marx. In Adler’s book Haves Without Have-Nots, published in 1991, p. 251, he envisions and welcomes the emergence of the “USDR (union of socialist democratic republics)” as the “penultimate stage” toward world government. In this book of 1991, he looks back fondly upon and includes the aforementioned Preliminary Draft. Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin promoted fast-paced Communism or the violent overthrow of Capitalism and establishment of the “dictatorship of the proletarian” in short order. Eduard Bernstein believed that it would be better to work from within Capitalism, to work slowly and via cunning persuasion, to attain the Marxist paradise. Major evidence makes one wonder if Adler and his colleagues pursued Bernstein’s approach. Several “education” centers, which Adler directed or where he worked until his death in 2001, and imitators too, have over the course of about 60 years evidently brought thousands and thousands of elite from every walk of life, including those in Higher Education, into contact with the “Great Books,” and, on account of the evidence as a whole, the question urgently arises, Did this contact amount to a grave misuse of the Great Books? Worse, did and does such misuse inform major breeding grounds of Communism in the United States? How did Adler find his way into, of all places, Christian education? For one thing, Adler, riding a wave of fawning press coverage, had become mainstream long before the Classical Christian Movement got its start and no Christian educators or virtually none in recent times took the time to research his credentials. For another thing, he was an avowed “Aristotelian-Thomist,”--a declared student of St Thomas Aquinas--, and, as such, one of the very few modern educators to whom Christian teachers could turn for insight into the revival of the medieval trivium and quadrivium. It is hardly enough that Christian schools ought to warn their students that the “Great Books” can be misused and has its limitations. An adjustment in Christian education is badly needed to combat the growth of slow-paced Communism in society as a whole. The immense investments being made in our childrens’ educations could be at risk. What Christian parent wants to subsidize the possible emergence of a pagan indoctrinated citizen? Let us take courage, too. Christian K-12 schools and colleges are, on the whole, sound. It is not necessary to start from scratch and judicious adjustments will surely suffice. The main body of this White Paper, a total of 25 pages, contains extensive further proof of the Adler situation and suggests inexpensive but highly effective actions to take. Staff
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