Hillsdale professor Terrence Moore, author of “Story Killers: A Common Sense Case Against Common Core,” exposed some of the more distressing aspects of the controversial Common Core education standards program, saying that all teachers must tell young students that all right-wing groups are fascist. Moore highlights how it is not just the reading lists and course materials — which have already attracted a large amount of criticism — that need to be examined by parents. Read more at the Daily Caller.
W. Cleon Skousen in Part I of his book The 5000 Year Leap writes, “It is extremely unfortunate that the writers on political philosophy today have undertaken to measure various issues in terms of political parties instead of political power. No doubt the American Founding Fathers would have considered this modern measuring stick most objectionable, even meaningless. Today, as we mentioned, it is popular in the classroom as well as the press to refer to ‘Communism on the left,’ and ‘Fascism on the right.’ People and parties are often called ‘Leftist,’ or ‘Rightist.’ The public do not really understand what they are talking about.”
“These terms actually refer to the manner in which the various parties are seated in the parliaments of Europe. The radical revolutionaries (usually the Communists) occupy the far left and the military dictatorships (such as the Fascists) are on the far right. Other parties are located in between,” notes Skousen.
Skousen created a scale to measure government in terms of locus of political power. On one side of the Founders Political Spectrum was 100% Ruler’s Law (tyranny) to 0% or No Law (anarchy). The idea was to strike a balance with People’s Law – hence the United States became a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy which the Founders feared.
Skousen wrote, “Government is defined in the dictionary as ‘a system of ruling or controlling,’ and therefore the American Founders measured political systems in terms of the amount of coercive power or systematic control which a particular system of government exercises over its people. In other words, the yardstick is not political parties, but political power. Using this type of yardstick, the American Founders considered the two extremes to be anarchy on the one hand, and tyranny on the other. At the one extreme of anarchy there is no government, no law, no systematic control and no governmental power, while at the other extreme there is too much control, too much political oppression, too much government. Or, as the Founders called it, ‘tyranny.'”
Skousen’s scale went from Anarchy to Constitutional Republic to Democracy to Oligarchy to Dictatorship.