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By Berit Kjos
March 26, 2010

Sliding Down the Communitarian Slope

It's not quite Communism.

It's certainly not American Capitalism!

It is (blow the trumpets) Communitarianism! The Third Way! And it changes everything, just as Obama promised.

Remember the Communitarian THREE-LEGGED STOOL: A mandatory partnership between the public sector (government), private sector (business), and social sector (community, churches, schools, etc.) -- managed through Global Standards and laws established by national and international governments.

Daniel Henninger illustrates this governing structure well in his recent Wall Street Journal article titled "Obama's Business Buyout":

"It made perfect sense for President Obama to speak yesterday to the Business Roundtable. Businesses big and small could use a pep talk just now.... But instead of giving a speech about reviving business confidence in the economy, Mr. Obama gave a speech about reviving business confidence in him.

"The evening before this speech, Mr. Obama held a small White House dinner for some CEOs from household-name corporations, such as AT&T, Xerox, State Farm, Verizon, PepsiCo and GE. The reason for a linen-tablecloth dinner followed by a big speech to really big business is the White House has concluded it is wrongly seen as anti-business.

"I agree. This White House is pro-business. In fact, it's so pro-business it's proposing a virtual merger with the private sector. Ladies and gentlemen of the business community, meet your new partner—Uncle Sam.

"Under the terms of the proposed deal, the White House will drive the locomotive of the American economy and U.S. business will ride in the passenger cars. You're being told to get over it."[1]

No longer will American freedom, initiative, incentive and common sense inspire new ideas, build new companies, multiply jobs and reward hard work. As President Obama (an Alinsky disciple and a former member of the Marxist "New Party") explained,

"For the better part of three decades, a disproportionate share of the nation's wealth has been accumulated by the wealthy. Technological advances and growing global competition, while transforming whole industries—and birthing new ones—has accentuated the trend toward rising inequality."

"I take this to mean," wrote Mr. Henninger, "that while the tax and economic policies of the past four presidencies worked for the economy—birthing whole industries—it was bad for society as Mr. Obama understands it."[1]

That's scary. While Mr. Obama assured his listeners that this new policy is not a "government takeover," he has something even worse in mind. It could even "work" in a twisted sort of way. The government may own GM, but it won't own everything. Instead, it will control, tax and manipulate everything. That means it can crush or strengthen any company at will. It's far easier to give the commands when it's free from the responsibilities of actual ownership.


If you doubt the reality of this spreading agenda, please read our series on Reinventing the World. It shows the three main elements of the Communitarian structure:

Part 1: The Seamless Communitarian SYSTEM -- Conforming schools, communities, corporations, nations and churches to the global agenda that rules out Biblical truth and Christian lifestyles.[2]

Part 2: The Mind-Changing Dialectic PROCESS -- Training the masses to think collectively and to serve a Greater Whole.

Part 3: The Rising Wall of Global STANDARDS -- Managing the masses through Global Standards and Continual Assessments.

Many of those standards are already outlined in major UN treaties, initiatives and declarations such as Agenda 21, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The tentacles of this controlling web are spreading around the world. The corrupt United Nations with its regional branches (European Union, African Union, etc.) provides the governing framework. Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, it speaks kindly, but has sharp teeth. It exists largely for power-hungry elite leaders with few qualms about mass murder. In fact, its "peace-keeping forces" are better known for killing and raping than for achieving peace.


Back in 2003, Thomas Sowell wrote this wise warning, which our administration largely ignores:

"When you see a four-year-old bossing a two-year-old, you are seeing the fundamental problem of the human race -- and the reason so many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create 'social justice' is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.

"Most people who read 'The Communist Manifesto' probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of 'the workers.' [Actually, Marx had little sympathy for "the workers"] Similar offspring of inherited wealth have repeatedly provided the leadership of radical movements, with similar pretenses of speaking for 'the people.'"[3]


Like my little classmates in Norway, I once memorized a popular poem called "Flugten til America" (Fleeing to America.) It's a funny story about a little boy who has a bad day and decides to run away, follow his utopian dream and head for America. He packs his favorite things and starts his journey. Before long, his tummy gnaws and his legs are tired. So he abandons his dream and returns home to live with reality.

Today's global "dream" is fast becoming a tragic reality. And there's no simple way back to the America that brought genuine hope and freedom to people around the world for more than two hundred years. But don't say we weren't warned. God told us in His Word:

"...when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God. ... you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

"...if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 8:10-20

Many claim to know God, including President Obama. Yet, few seem to really know the Biblical God who speaks to us through His Word. Obama illustrates this confusion well:

"I am a Christian.... I believe that there are many paths to the same place.... I am a great admirer of our founding charter... and its resolve to prevent disruptive strains of fundamentalism from taking root in this country.... I think Gandhi is a great example of a profoundly spiritual man who... never slipped into intolerance or dogma."[4]

Such unwelcome "dogma" would probably include God's Word. That's sad, since it alone offers us genuine hope and guidelines. It tells us that if God's people would truly "humble themselves and pray"[4], discarding the corrupting ways and idols of our times, He would surely have mercy on us and grant us a reprieve. But is our thrill-addicted nation willing to repent and return to His Truth?

In these amoral times, even churches that proclaim faith in God are twisting the truth to accommodate popular culture, just as He warned long ago:

"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved." 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-10

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears... they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Yet, through the coming darkness, the Light of God and His eternity will surely shine ever brighter for those who delight in His Word and "seek His face." Just as the night sky lights up when we leave our well-lit cities, so will we treasure His unwavering promises all the more when the world's bright illusions fade away. In the face of dangers, persecution and loss, His peace and provision become all the more precious!

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" all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39

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1, Daniel Henninger, "Obama's Business Buyout," Wall Street Journal, 2-25-10.
2, Thomas Sowell, "Random Thoughts," Townhall, 11-27-03
3, Cathleen Falsani, Interview with State Sen. Barack Obama, March 27, 2004
4, 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Berit Kjos is a widely respected researcher, writer and conference speaker. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Kjos has been interviewed on Point of View (Marlin Maddoux), The 700 Club, Bible Answer Man, Beverly LaHaye Live, Crosstalk and Family Radio Network. She has also been a guest on "Talk Back Live" (CNN) and other secular radio and TV networks.  Her last two books are A Twist of Faith and Brave New Schools. Kjos Ministries

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No longer will American freedom, initiative, incentive and common sense inspire new ideas, build new companies, multiply jobs and reward hard work.