Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Godless Political Values: Importance of Godless Values to Modern Democracy

Politics in a liberal, democratic democracy cannot long proceed or survive simply by inertia; instead they must be constantly fed by people who are engaged in the political process and who share some of the basic values necessary for such a democracy to thrive. None of these values depend in any way upon religion or theism; this means that they necessarily “godless” — that they exist independently of people’s religions and gods. [More...]

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Integration of Theory and Practice

[The following is from a recently deleted Wikipedia page.]

The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement was a strategic plan published in essay form in 2001 by the Free Congress Foundation.[1] It was written by Eric Heubeck with guidance from Paul Weyrich.[2] It urges conservatives to reassess their position in American society, to avoid an over reliance on political activism, and to consolidate their position by focusing on building conservative institutions with the goal of "taking over political structures." Heubeck makes a number of pragmatic arguments, such as "Good Results More Important than Good Intentions."

The essay describes as "hopeless and self-delusional" the political activism efforts of conservatives to "compensate for their weakness in the non-political sectors of society." Instead it called for fostering an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of conservatism in American society which would in turn convince the American people that conservatives can be trusted to take over political structures: "to do that we must win the people over culturally -- by defining how man ought to act, how he ought to perceive the world around him, and what it means to live the good life. Political arrangements can only be formed after these fundamental questions have been answered." Weyrich's 1999 A moral minority? An open letter to conservatives from Paul Weyrich[3] is cited for its call for "a tactical retreat from political battle" for conservatives to regroup and reorganize. Again citing Weyrich, it suggests that "a network of parallel cultural institutions" be developed, "existing side-by-side with the dominant leftist cultural institutions" and that the these institutions will supersede "the existing ... conservative movement ... because it will pursue a very different strategy and be premised on a very different view of its role in society."



[edit] Selected excerpts

Heubeck makes the case that radical changes are necessary steps for achieving American conservative's goals:

"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..."

"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 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..."

"We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with the existing state of affairs. ... contribute to a vague sense of uneasiness and dissatisfaction with existing society. ... We need to break down before we can build up. We must first clear away the flotsam of a decayed culture."

"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..."


Katherine Yurica of the anti-dominionism blog "The Yurica Report" has written that Paul Weyrich guided Eric Heubeck in writing The Integration of Theory and Practice, the Free Congress Foundation’s strategic plan published in 2001 by the foundation,[4] which she says calls for the use of deception, misinformation and divisiveness to allow conservativeevangelical Christian Republicans to gain and keep control of seats of power in the government of the United States.[2]

TheocracyWatch calls the essay "Paul Weyrich's Training Manual"[5] and "a new manifesto" for Dominionism.[6] The Integration of Theory and Practice was taken down from the Free Congress Foundation's website and those of other Christian groups after critics began linking the strategy it detailed to Dominionism and specific policies of the religious right.[7]

Author Eric Heubeck

Eric Heubeck is a paralegal who has worked for several conservative organizations in Washington DC. He is interested in religious freedom issues. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

He was Deputy Director at the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation, where he was mentored by Paul Weyrich, and wrote a number of articles that garnered attention. He is reputed to have met often with Karl Rove at the Whitehouse when his boss Weyrich was unable to.

Heubeck joined the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm in 2003. He also worked as a newspaper editor for the Capital Research Center.

Heubeck's other writing

  • The Living Wage Campaign, Eric Heubeck, Labor Watch, Capital Research Center, October 1, 1999[8]
  • Labor-Backed Third Parties, Eric Heubeck, Labor Watch, Capital Research Center, March 1, 1999.[9]

See also


  1. ^ The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement Eric Heubeck. Originally published on the Free Congress Foundation website in 2001, available through the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ a b Conquering by Stealth and Deception, How the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their Quest for National Control and World Power Katherine Yurica. The Yurica Report. September 14 2004.
  3. ^ A moral minority? An open letter to conservatives from Paul Weyrich Originally published on the Free Congress Foundation website in 1999, available through the Internet Archive.
  4. ^ The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement Eric Heubeck. Originally published on the Free Congress Foundation website in 2001, available through the Internet Archive.
  5. ^ Paul Weyrich's Training Manual TheocracyWatch. February 2005.
  6. ^ "The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party", TheocracyWatch. December 2005.
  7. ^ Paul Weyrich's Teaching Manual? The Yurica Report.
  8. ^ The Living Wage Campaign, Eric Heubeck, HEARTLAND INSTITUTE website
  9. ^ Labor-Backed Third Parties, Eric Heubeck, Labor Watch, Capital Research Center, March 1, 1999.


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