Van Jones and Philosophical Warfare By Troy Smith November 23, 2012 In a March speech foreshadowing the philosophical and political impact of the then upcoming presidential election, political and social activist (and now CNN contributor) Van Jones made a bold statement that strikes at the very root of whether individuals, and governments, survive, flourish, or eventually destroy themselves. His statement was in no way an attack on one political party or another, nor was it merely expressing opposition to some policy or event that he does not agree with. It was attack on an entire philosophy and way of life, an attack against which many Americans will find themselves on the defensive over the next four years. Mr. Jones claimed, "I hear a lot about liberty now from the so-called libertarians and they say the only thing that matters in America is liberty. That's what they say. They say America has only one value: liberty. Economic liberty. My economic liberty and if you stand for any other value you're anti-American. And they've taken their despicable ideology, and they're using it as a wrecking ball that they've painted red, white, and blue to smash down every good thing in America." In the novel The Fountainhead, Ellsworth Toohey says, If you learn how to rule one single man's soul, you can get the rest of mankind. It's the soul, Peter, the soul. Not whips or swords or fire or guns. That's why the Caesars, the Attilas, the Napoleons were fools and did not last. We will. The soul, Peter, is that which can't be ruled. It must be broken. Drive a wedge in, get your fingers on it --and the man is yours. The real struggle in human history has never truly been about the strength of militaries, political parties, or petty differences among cultures. It has always been, and will always be, a war of philosophy. There are those who believe in the ideas espoused by the likes of Jefferson and there are those like Mr. Jones who advocate for forms of collectivism which state that individual man has no right to his own life or liberty, but must instead focus on pursuing happiness for the group as a whole, or for the common good. For the latter, they have already been intellectually crushed by the thinkers ranging from Aristotle, Rand, Hayek, and so on. Therefore, they understand the use of deception and force are their key weapons. To use force, they must deceive people into believing it is moral for others to use force on them. That is why Van Jones, and those like him, cannot achieve their goals if that one dreadful word that libertarians hold, liberty itself, is the primary value of the American people. [excerpt] Read more: Articles: Van Jones and Philosophical Warfare Of course Van Jones is one of the inner circle of Barack Hussein Obama Jr., Remember what Oblamer himself has told us about judging him by those that surround him.