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Notes on Saul Alinsky and Neo-Marxism:Alinsky's tactics were based, not on Stalin's revolutionary violence,
but on the Neo-Marxist strategies of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian
Communist. Relying on gradualism, infiltration and the dialectic process
rather than a bloody revolution, Gramsci's transformational Marxism was
so subtle that few even noticed the deliberate changes.
Like Alinsky, Mikhail Gorbachev followed Gramsci, not Lenin. In fact,
Gramsci aroused Stalins's wrath by suggesting that Lenin's revolutionary
plan wouldn't work in the West. Instead the primary assault would be on
Biblical absolutes and Christian values, which must be crushed as a
social force before the new face of Communism could rise and flourish.
Malachi Martin gave us a progress report:
"By 1985, the influence of traditional Christian philosophy in the West
was weak and negligible.... Gramsci's master strategy was now feasible.
Humanly speaking, it was no longer too tall an order to strip large
majorities of men and women in the West of those last vestiges that
remained to them of Christianity's transcendent God."
With his boyish features and baby-blue eyes, Jon Voight could easily have taken the James Dean route to eternal stardom.
Two major roles, in Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance - and then bang,
gone, but remembered forever as both a pin-up and a consummate,
risk-taking artiste, personifying his generation. He could also have
done a De Niro - sought out roles that suited him and replayed himself
over and over, his very intensity keeping audiences interested. Instead,
he took the hardest route of all. He decided, after his first
phenomenal success, that he should only take work of depth and meaning.
Sounds crazy, doesn't it, considering Hollywood's perennial dearth of
both. Yet, for better or worse, Voight battled to maintain this high
moral standard for nearly a quarter of a century and, even now that he's
mellowed, he remains one of the most fascinating and powerful actors we
have. Furthermore, he's one of the very few convincing role models
Hollywood might offer to the youth of today. As far as charisma and
anti-establishment attitude go, he knocks his supposedly rebellious
daughter, Angelina Jolie into a cocked hat.
He was born Jonathan Voight in Yonkers, New York, on the 29th of December, 1938, a matter of months before the outbreak of
World War 2. His father, Elmer, was a Czech-American and a golf pro.
Though a back injury in his youth ensured he would not enter
competitions beyond the age of 20, he nevertheless became an excellent
golf teacher. His wife, Barbara, became a homemaker, and was later
described by Jon as "a benign general". She was very active, very
responsible, and a terrible cook, for which she was mercilessly teased
by her three boys, each of whom would become world-renowned in their
chosen field. Barry would become a feted expert on volcanoes, working
out of Penn State University, while James Wesley - under the name Chip
Taylor - would become a legendary songwriter, penning such classics as
Wild Thing and Angel Of The Morning.
And then there was Jon. Jon was a born performer, wanting to act from the age of three. Attending the local Archbishop
Stepinac High School (exclusively for Catholic boys), he involved
himself in school productions in any way he could, both acting and - due
to a genuine ability in drawing, painting etc - even designing sets for
Jon was a happy, adaptable and, above all, decent student. Taking to heart his religion's call for us to be good to one
another, he found it hard to accept that his Protestant friends were to
inevitably burn for Eternity. "I was always trying to be a liaison
between the attitudes I was being taught by the Church and my buddies,"
he later recalled .