Sunday, October 12, 2008

Socialist origins of pledge of allegiance

Excerpted from Cato:

From its inception, in 1892, the Pledge has been a slavish ritual of devotion to the state, wholly inappropriate for a free people. It was written by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist pushed out of his post as a Baptist minister for delivering pulpit-pounding sermons on such topics as "Jesus the Socialist." Bellamy was devoted to the ideas of his more-famous cousin Edward Bellamy, author of the 1888 utopian novel Looking Backward. Looking Backward describes the future United States as a regimented worker's paradise where everyone has equal incomes, and men are drafted into the country's "industrial army" at the age of 21, serving in the jobs assigned them by the state...Bellamy's book inspired a movement of "Nationalist Clubs," whose members campaigned for a government takeover of the economy.

1 comment:

tinny ray said...

You will enjoy the work of the distinguished historian Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets"). He is the person who showed that the Pledge was the origin of the salute of the National Socialist German Workers Party, and influenced its dogma, symbols and rituals. He also showed that the swastika, although an ancient symbol, was sometimes used by the NSGWP as overlapping S-letters for their "socialism."