David Horowitz crowns a wonderful chapter in his autobiography, Radical Son, with this important key to the essence of the Revolution:
“You have to realize that the issue didn’t matter. The issues were never the issues. It was the Revolution that was everything. Anything that undermined the system contributed to the Revolution and was therefore good.”
The most potent force for “undermining the system” is arguably, the Feminist Movement. It is crucial to distinguish between the Women’s Rights Movement and the Marxist Feminist Revolution. The Movement launched in the early Twentieth-Century altered American culture by insuring that women be not impeded in their right to vote, to secure an education, or to practice professions once considered socially restricted to men, yet, there was nothing fundamentally “Revolutionary,” or anti-Western in these cultural adaptations and advancements.
In the early 1950’s, a seasoned Marxist, Betty Friedan, saw in the Woman’s Rights Movement, the opportunity to co-opt an infrastructure and effect a truly radical transformation of society. Dishonestly presenting herself as the voice of downtrodden Housewifedom, instead of the long-time Communist activist she was, Friedan published, The Feminine Mystique, an adaptation of Marxist principles of class struggle to gender. Legitimate and necessary efforts to obtain equal opportunities for women were diverted into agitation against American institutions that were increasingly considered, under Friedan’s tutelage, to be vehicles of “Patriarchal oppression.”
Friedan focused on changing the way women perceived life as wives and mothers. The matriarch of Feminism was mindful that any fundamental alteration of society must first destabilize the family, if it was going to last. Because the family is ontologically THE anti-Revolution, it is in this primary locus of human socialization that disorder must be planted. These core relationships must be dismantled so the child experiences that persistent malaise that yearns for another social reality than the dissatisfying one he first experienced.
There is no easier way to disrupt the family than to shift the focus of the father and mother away from a vision of the family as a cohesive, symbiotic community, whose success depends on all members contributing equally. The ceaseless power-play between agents jousting for their own personal satisfaction and benefit then replaces an environment of dedication, warmth, and mutual support.
The marche en avant of Marxism replaced the quest for female equality. Women grew to identify with its radical agenda. This phenomenon was succinctly summed up in today’s ration of wisdom from Phyllis Chesler in her Pajama’s Media post, The Goddess That Failed:
“Yesterday, I received a letter from someone in Berkeley. Referring to the feminist movement in Berkeley, she asks: “Could you ever have believed it? From anti-patriarchy to pro-Hamas in a few decades?”
Chesler, the original Feminist Hawk, would become a trail blazer in the Women’s Rights Movement, but in 1960, she was a young American bride traveling to the then- mythic land of Afghanistan. Considered by the Zen-starved lumieres of Haight-Ashbury as the gateway to the East, the East of spiritual monks, veiled women, and all things non-Western, Afghanistan proved to be the death of Chesler’s innocence and the birth of a fierce determination to fight for genuine rights for women.
Her story rightfully takes its place beside Not Without My Daughter, as she descended from the joy of a honeymoon with the Afghan husband she had met and married in the U.S. She experienced the reality of a patriarchal nightmare, complete with soft “house arrest,” the burqa, and hepatitis contracted when one of her father-in-law’s wives refused to boil water for the unwanted Jewish-American love of the husband who had grown ashamed of his modern wife.
Able to return to America, and resolved to dedicate her life to Women’s Rights, Chesler clashed with women determined to condemn America and fantasize about “simple cultures,” such as the one from which she had barely escaped with her life.
Besides the incalculable social ravages Feminist Marxism leaves in its wake, there is the personal betrayal and persecution of women unwilling to prostitute their voices to the mob clamoring for the destruction of Western Civilization. Chesler speaks of being cast into the outer darkness:
“I might have continued to talk to the useful idiots who routinely demonize Israel and America, romanticize jihad and the Islamic Veil, and slander freedom fighters as “fascist Islamophobes.” Luckily, they condemned me…they shunned me, attacked my work, sullied my reputation—or they simply “disappeared” that work from their collective memories. I understand that we were never “friends,” only “fellow travelers.” When I departed from and dared to criticize the Party Line, I no longer existed.”
Friedan and her fellow Marxist Revolutionaries had the evil genius to convince women that Western Civilization and countries rooted in its values, are the enemy. They led women into the streets to demand the destruction of those very social structures, family and country, that form the only true bulwark for the dignity of women, and honor their intrinsic value. Chesler honors the good will of those seduced by Feminism, while capturing, in a shockingly panoramic vision, the potential impending legacy of The Feminine Mystique:
“The fate of Western civilization is far from their minds. They are in the trenches drowning in female blood, and they do not look up to see the jihadists coming, nor can they desert their posts long enough to survey the distant trenches that overflow with Muslim female blood…I now understand that when political intimates betray their own ideals and in a way that endangers real people, destroys real lives–this cannot be glossed over.”
“There is no going back. There is only a war to fight. Totalitarianism either stands or it falls. Barbarism is defeated or it overcomes civilization. Either Western values (which include human rights, women’s rights, religious tolerance, freedom of speech, etc.) prevail or they are lost.”