I am realizing where we have come from to where we are almost at ethically and politically as a nation. In the flow of the generations through a society, you can see how things change, but also get a feel for the general cycles that exist in the nature of mankind. Civilizations rise and fall in cycles. Fashions and fads fade and return. But now I see one returning that I have a great dread in my heart about because I know it's no accident it has returned, but a coordinated plot by those who have preserved in their hearts a dark time and darker philosophies. Alfred Hitchcock filmed "Rope" in 1948 as a thriller with a technical twist as it was shot to look like one continuous shot. This is a sidebar to the true value of this classic to modern society as a warning of what is to come if we are not careful about what we say and believe, for ears are always listening, and someday, the casually espoused beliefs we may have the moral control to temper properly, may take root in the minds that have no such moral controls and become guiding principle. Here's a review, it gives away nothing of the movie for it is very straight forward in many regards with no real twists, but keeps the tension tight all the way through. Stewart is their college professor who steeped the two socialites in the beliefs of Nietzsche and other philosophers who espoused egalitarianism, elitism and superior status and thumbed his nose at the dirty bourgeoisie that he felt superior toward because he was in a university. These beliefs, carelessly thrown about create the two monsters at the middle of the plotline. When Stewart has to come face to face with two boys that have become the living embodiment of the ideals he had espoused for decades, it creates in him a massive moral crisis and awareness that when his preferred ideology is put to practice, it is nothing more than the manifesto of nightmares and monsters. These philosophies were the ruling thoughts of much of the world beginning in WW1 and progressing to it's final defeat in WW2. The American Eugenics Society, Italian Corporatism, the American Bund, The German Nazi party, Russian Communism, Japanese Militant Nationalism; all these share roots from the same progressive thoughts of elitism and desire to perfect the world in their image or in the name of compassion. It's profits though were over 100 million dead worldwide during and between those two wars and countless attrocities committed all in the name of control... perfection... utopia. Unfortunately these philosophies did not die. Not all adherents where excoriated from the public record. Too many believers who slipped through the cracks infiltrated societies throughout the world and looked for a way to correct their mistakes. The dream of utopia and perfection is incredibly seductive. It has the best intentions, but can never mesh with our imperfect world. Now we sit in a new century, almost 100 years separated from where those grave evils of Progressivism have come from. We have believed that those evils have been defeated 60 years before and are forever gone. This is why I bring up the movie "Rope". We are not safe. We have forgotten. We have chosen not to look closely at what we have said in the past. Worst of all, we have forgotten there are those who still believe what evil that had been wrought through Progressivism unleashed through some of the darkest years in existence, were not only necessary, but right! These thoughts have wormed their ways back into the hearts of our youth, who were not innoculated from this philosophical disease. Aided by ignorance and willful denial, those who desire the return of Progressivism have gained a hold in our children's minds. Now a century later, those same children, 2 generations separated from the disease are afflicted with it. Why do I say this? http://gen-we.com/sites/default/files/We%20Declaration.pdf These are the words of the new Progressives. This is the same spirit that when unleashed created the evils of WW1, WW2, Cambodian Killing Fields, The Communist Revolutions in Russia and China, The French Revolution and many many more disasters throughout the world that have cost this world millions of innocent lives. Collectivism over the individual is the distilled essence of the debate. Read over the manifesto/declaration they have on this site and see what is seducing our children. Compare these attitudes towards the evil you see in the movie "Rope". Understand that these children have become perverted and twisted by these dangerous ideas and somehow will have to be exposed to the truth of what their ideals create. Collective rights, which is the foundation of all this destroy the individual, for the individual is meaningless. You are a replaceable unit and you must do what you are told for the sake of the collective to survive even unto your own destruction. What the cruel trick in this remains is that those who believe in collective rights almost never visualize themselves as PART of the collective. They never conceive of the day they will be required to sacrifice on the part of the whole. Somehow the cruel trick seeps in of elitism that the rules are for others, not themselves, because they "get it" and support it, so they can never be consumed by it. How could this take root so deeply in the minds of the youth of this nation? Because no one taught them better. Their parents generation often rebelled against the moralistic behavior of the generation that fought against these great evils and turned their back on the bulwarks that brightly illuminated the evil nature of the philosophy of Progressivism, for they had suffered personally because of it. Their children, protected from those ills were removed from the danger, coddled in love and lost understanding of what danger this presented. They in turn coddled their children who became the "We generation" who know nothing of the moral disparity between their grandparents lives (or even great grandparents) and trials and their own. The monsters of 2-3 generations ago never enter their minds, for their parents do not even think of them either. So now we seemed poised to repeat the same mistakes of a century before. Listen to the video here on the front page of Generation We and ask yourself, do they sound like the values and ideals of the founding fathers? Or the Progressives that nearly destroyed this world? Generation WE: A Generation 95 Million People Strong I personally found this video chilling to the core that our children are so far removed from as well as hostile to values that have served our nation well for 200+ years. Just like the progressives in the past turned on their own national roots and ethics. How much longer can we suffer this deadly philosophy to live on?