Socialism in America: How It Began

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(NOTE from author:  This article was originally published November 12, 2012.  We think it needs to be revisited today.) 

The past four years–okay, since Obama first took office–we’ve heard a lot of talk about Socialism.  But where did it come from?  How did a German-based philosophy, something that has never even worked, make its way to America?

What follows is a very general post that barely skims the surface, so I strongly encourage you to read more about it on your own.  An excellent place to start is “The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek.  At this stage of the game, it is vitally important to be as aware of any and all threats coming our way in America.

The very first seeds of Socialism began in Switzerland by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).  Rousseau was a philosopher who helped influence the French Revolution and developed the growth of nationalism.

Following Rousseau was Karl Heinrich Marx (1818 –1883), a German philosopher who adapted many of Rousseau’s beliefs.  Marx believed capitalism was the “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie” and wanted to create a ‘workers state’—or leveled playing field, as the Progressives of today like to call it.  Marx believed socialism would eventually be replaced by a “stateless, classless society called pure communism.”

Socialists were enthralled with Marx’s theories and wanted to find a way to spread the word.  So they did what all good socialists do:  they began indoctrinating Youth via the *Frankfurt School.  The Frankfurt School was founded in Germany and is described as a school of “neo-Marxist interdisciplinary social theory.”  The school offered an alternative to capitalism and one of its biggest messages—and something that is continuing to affect the United States today—is something called ‘critical theory’.

Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School described critical theory as “social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding and explaining it.”  They wanted to integrate all the social sciences—including economics, sociology, history, political science, anthropology, and psychology.

Basically what that means is Frankfurt School wanted to infiltrate all aspects of society and to change the way “the educated” thought about things by inserting their Marxist beliefs.  And they wanted to do it by—very, very subtly–infiltrating our schools and universities and indoctrinating youth.   This is yet another reason for parents to get more involved in your children’s public education, from elementary on.  Common Core is a perfect example of this type of infiltration, and it’s never been more important to read your children’s textbooks.  If anything smells funny, make a stance.  ( will help you learn how.)

The Marxists officially began their indoctrination in American youth during WWII, when the Frankfurt School came to America, introducing their Marxist teachings into New York’s Columbia University.  Soon, Frankfurt’s sociology department was affiliated in universities throughout the United States.

From an article called “Intro to the Frankfurt School”:  

The Frankfurt School is the name given to the social engineers that fled Nazi Germany in order to set up their Marxist experiment in the United States. In the 1960s, while the Baby-boomers were ripe for cultural transformation, cultural Marxists such as Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Erich Fromm and Charles Reich practiced “critical theory,” “androgyny” and “cultural pessimism” in their “long march through the cultural institutions” — institutions such as the arts, cinema, theater, literature, universities, public school system, clergy and today what’s become known as the mass media. Find out how the culture you are now living, sleeping, eating and breathing in has been bastardized by cultural Marxism, also known as ‘political correctness.’

Dr. Benjamin Spock was a big follower of Erich Fromm.  Yep, the famous baby doctor was a big-time Socialist.  But one of the most influential at the Frankfurt School— and someone whose influence is still worshipped by Liberals/Socialists today–was Herbert Marcuse and his New Left theory

Marcuse began his teaching career in 1952, first at Columbia, then Harvard, then Brandeis University and ultimately ended up at the University of California, San Diego where he taught until he retired in the late 1970’s.  Basically, Marcuse’s New Left was all about tolerance—as long as you are only tolerating liberal/Marxist beliefs, of course.  From Marcuse’s 1965 essay “Repressive Tolerance:

Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left…Surely, no government can be expected to foster its own subversion, but in a democracy such a right is vested in the people (i.e. in the majority of the people)… They would include the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services, social security, medical care, etc.

Marcuse’s New Left began in the 1960’s with the Hippie movement, which consisted of community organizing and college campus protests.  They were activists, educators and agitators who wanted to push their Socialistic agenda further than it had ever been pushed in America–and one of the famous and most effective members of the New Left was Saul Alinsky.

Alinsky (1909-1972) literally wrote the handbook for the Progressive movement, “Rules for Radicals”, which continues to be used throughout social culture and the media in 2011.  Playboy magazine once called Alinsky “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.”  In 1970, Time magazine wrote that “American democracy is being altered by Alinsky’s ideas” and William F. Buckley said he was “very close to being an organizational genius.”

Some very influential Alinsky followers were Ralph Nader, Cesar Chavez and Jesse Jackson.  Hillary Clinton wrote her senior honors thesis about the works of Alinsky and “the effect they have on politics today.”  And of course THE community organizer of 2011, Barack Obama, once wrote a Harvard paper called “After Alinsky:  Community Organizing in Illinois”.

By the way, Obama’s first political Party—back in his radical community organizing days–was the “New Party,” aka Socialist Democrats:

The New Party was a radical left organization, established in 1992, to amalgamate far left groups and push the United States into socialism by forcing the Democratic Party to the left. It was an attempt to regroup the forces on the left in a new strategy to take power, burrowing from within. The party only lasted until 1998, when its strategy of “fusion” failed to withstand a Supreme Court ruling. But dissolving the party didn’t stop the membership, including Barack Obama, from continuing to move the Democrats leftward with spectacular success.

The brilliant thing about Alinsky’s work—and the reason it continues to be so effective today—is because its plan is to destroy their enemy from within through (very sneaky) infiltration and indoctrination.  Alinsky encouraged his radicals to plant seeds of class warfare from within through community organizing. According to Alinsky, the community organizerespecially a paid organizer from outsidemust first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a situation.”

Or to put it more simply, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization. ”  Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a ‘mass army’ that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals.

One of the most effective Alinsky techniques used today–and something the GOP falls for constantly–is when “the organizer” baits an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.” 

So there ya go.  The first seeds of Socialism in America were planted in New York, were cultivated throughout our universities, and helped influence everything from arts and entertainment to newspapers, film and television.  And as Andrew Breitbart cryptically said, “We have now entered the first full-fledged Alinsky presidency.”


Alinsky’s Rules are best summed up by Alinsky himself:

What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. ‘The Prince’ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. ‘Rules for Radicals’ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”“Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.

In closing, what follows are all of the Alinsky Rules.  Study them, know them, and recognize them when you see them.  Progressives in America are counting on our side not knowing their secrets—so it’s our responsibility to make sure we do.   

  • Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
  • Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
  • Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
  • Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
  • Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
  • Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”
  • Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
  • Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
  • Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
  • Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
  • Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

*Read more about the Frankfurt School:  “The Frankfurt School and its Critics” by Tom Bottomore.  Frankfurt has been enormously influential on American society.


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Ann-Marie Murrell is the original PolitiChick anchor and is the CEO/Editor-in-Chief of, which was nominated at CPAC 2013 as the “People’s Choice Blogger of the Year”. In 2013, Ann-Marie received Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang Ronald Reagan Award. Ann-Marie writes for dozens of respected Conservative websites including TownHall, Daily Caller, Front Page Magazine, The Blaze and more. Ann-Marie is often a guest speaker at rallies across the US and is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows, including a 2013 appearance on the Dr. Phil Show in which she represented the conservative viewpoint. She has been featured on dozens of radio and television shows, including Fox News, BlazeTV, the Dennis Prager Show, the Janine Turner Show and she is a regular commentator and guest host on One America’s Rick Amato Show, Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang and the Mark Isler Show on 870/The Answer. Ann-Marie is one of the go-to conservative reporters in Los Angeles and has covered multiple political events throughout the United States. Ann-Marie has conducted hundreds of interviews with conservative leaders including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Lt. Col. Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and she was one of the last reporters to interview the late Andrew Breitbart. Ann-Marie speaks at various Conservative rallies and 2nd Amendment events across the country, from California to Texas and many cities in between, and was the exclusive reporter for the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast retreat. You can find Ann-Marie Murrell on Facebook and Twitter (@PolitichickAM). (@PolitichickAM).

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  1. MarieJ27 says:

    It’s worth noting– Dr. Benjamin Spock was a big follower of Erich Fromm.

    Yep, the famous baby doctor was a big-time Socialist.)
    This article brought
    back memories of the day in the 60′s when I tossed out Dr. Spock’s book into
    the garbage. Weeks later, I bought the same book again because I missed

    it. I believe I was truly over Dr. Spock after learning his own son committed suicide.

    • Lainie says:

      Excellent. Ann-Marie! Kids in school today have never heard of Karl Marx or Senator Joe McCarthy! I almost forgot about Dr. Spock…how could I? Grandparents in those days were outraged by him.

  2. Chris Rankin says:

    Obama is now the status quo, the opponent, the target! He knows the rules but is still subject to them. Turn these rules in our favor and use them against him. Social behavior runs in cycles…be aware of where society is in the cycle and use the rules to accelerate or retard it as appropriate.

  3. All this sounds much like manipulatin – we know what the Bible says about about manipulation… Well, we have our work cut out for us. We need to learn what we really believe in and know the facts and the truth – truth is easier to remember than lies. Knowing the enemy and his tactics is part of the solution.

  4. Doris Franks says:

    Let us not run down the Republican Party. We fall into the Alinsky trap when we do Let us build up the Republican Party with positive feedback and participation.

    • cat says:

      Hey i believe it would be built up, when we find young strong men who will lead out within the party. Many young girls are having a very hard time finding mates and settling down. Meanwhile, guys on college campuses are having a BANQUET of women coming on to them instead of the matter how pretty or together the girl/woman is (18=29) there is always some other woman who will come on to the guy

  5. Obummer and his socialist agenda will take this entire country down..Time to battle like never before! Great article Ann-Marie!

  6. Bill says:

    Also, take the (free) Constitution 201 course, available at:

  7. Bob Marshall says:

    While attending Occidental College Obama was a Marxist Revolutionarist. He stated that he learned more from Saul Alinsky’s ‘community Organizing” than he did in all of his years at Harvard Law School. The thesis that Hillary Rodman wrote on Saul Alinsky was 92 pages in length. Is it any wonder that Obama would pick Hillary Clinton to be a member of his administration? Fortunately for Obama, few Americans seem to do their own research and have been dumbed down by the corporate controlled news media.There was a time when reading was considered fundamental. Today, most citizens don’t take the time nor have the desire to do so. While the news media is the governments propaganda machine, Hitler once said his most powerful weapon was propaganda. It is is the job of the news media to sell wars to the public. Fox and CNN were good examples of the media selling Afghanistan and Iraq wars to America. The genocide by the U.s. military on the road from Kuwait was sold to the public by the news media showing the Ambassador of Kuwaitis daughter lying about babies being taken out of incubators and put on the ground to die. Trained in the U.S. by Hill & Knowlton for which she was paid between $12 and $20 million. Not only was Saddam’s Revolutionary Guard slaughtered but thousands of innocent men, women and children as well. Henry Kissinger; ” America buys war like children gobble candy.” most Americans don’t want to know the truth. that way they don’t consider themselves guilty of all the innocent blood shed because of their willingly participation by calling for these wars and genocides or supporting them.

    • Perhaps Mr. Obama would have learned more in Law School had he attended class.

    • Kent2012 says:

      maybe the communists do not want the Real Americans to know just what they do to bring their “conquests” under control…..misinformation is a two way street. America’s last war was in the early 1940s…..since then the “military” expeditions have been to block the rat commies and more recently to duel with the sheet heads, much the same as are fledgling Navy did in the early 19th century….

  8. Roger Potter says:

    I already know part of this, but this is very interesting – when I was at the Univ years ago there was a hazy teaching of this that I got sorta involved in till I saw the aim. Part of the vast problem as you stated Ann-Marie is there are those that will be influnced by this thinking they will get something free for nothing – they just don’t realize the Cost and others don’t care Just so they get theirs. I have seen this.

  9. Nntrancer says:

    Collectivist utopianism has always been part of America, even from the beginning when colonists tried communist communites that always failed. The big importation of socialism occurred after the failed 1848 European socialist revolutions. Many of the revolutionaries fled to America just in time for the Civil War. Some became Union generals and some joined in Lincoln’s administration. In time, they started the progressive movement.

  10. Nntrancer says:

    You might want to read “I Stand With You” on the case for Obama being a Russian mole. It’s at

  11. Jim Hyatt says:

    If we want to change the course that we are on then we have to take the schools back. It’s that simple.

  12. Brad Duncan says:

    The best way for a moral society to deal with the slithery like tactics of the “win at all costs” “lie about anything and everything” liberal and immoral left is to become comprehensively informed about TRUTH which equips a person to see through the sugar coated antics of the immoral left. The best way to become comprehensively informed is very simple! In fact, it is so simple that it is usually scoffed at and ridiculed when suggested and encouraged as the best means to counter the devious slings and arrows of the immoral left. Furthermore, it will be scoffed at and ridiculed once again as this post is read by many who will use this forum to trivialize and ridicule what I am getting ready to put forth! The immoral left itself has done a masterful job of indoctrinating many folks who would and have opposed the destructive motives of that same immoral left by ridiculing what I am getting ready to encourage and those many would-be opposers of the immoral left’s motives have bought the ridicule of what I am getting ready to encourage hook, line and sinker! What is it that I am going to encourage as the ultimate weapon against the sugar-coated LIES of the immoral left, you may be well past ready for me to expose? Simply put, THE TRUTH as written and contained ONLY in GOD’S WORD declared in HOLY SCRIPTURE is the ultimate weapon against exposing the LIE as told by the immoral left so incessantly that it becomes engrained in peoples’ minds as pablum when it is actually poison which too many have not been able to discern until it is too late because they bought into the immoral left’s trashing of TRUTH as being sort of a little child’s fairy tale when, in fact, HOLY SCRIPTURE is nothing other than THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE whether or not any human being wants to subscribe to THIS TRUTH as being so!

  13. Marees1963 says:

    If you want to know how they did it in depth, read this book:

  14. Vivian Wadlin says:

    Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.” Saul Alinsky
    This is why any scandal on the right has so much more made of it than the same kind of scandal on the left, it is so much worse according to the media.

    • Kent2012 says:

      and the GOP puts rules in place that force Republicans to fall on their swords for any breech of conduct while the democommies continue their criminal enterprise to the cheers of the “no information” voters and the clowns in the media…..

  15. Bob Marshall says:

    I remember when, in 1957, Nikita Khrushchev was on television saying to America, the USSR will never fire one shot at the USA. It will fall from within. At the time i don’t believe we realized what he meant. Now, i believe we do.

  16. Juliet Montague says:

    After reading the entire article, Ann-Marie, and the stellar comments, I can only say that we conservatives certainly seem a great deal more astute and literary than our liberal adversaries on FaceBook—if ya know what I mean!

  17. reggiec says:

    I do not remember which of the original colonies it was that began with a form of socialism. ( It has been many years since my American History class in high school) I do remember that it was abandoned fairly quickly when it was discovered too many people became slackers and were living off the efforts of the makers.

  18. cat says:

    my gosh–Alinsky glorified Playboy magazine?! this really burns me up: because it seems like as soon as many blacks get to have strong economic jobs, especially men–the commies took dope and scattered it into the black neighborhoods_although they were ghettos before, they didnt progress and other foreigners took over the neighborhoods,(late 60s early 70s) which we are suffering from TODAY! I’m actually not blaming ‘Nam’ for the drug scorage, but THESE PEOPLE who came out from under a “Christian culture” and went into MARXISM

  19. chinmusic says:

    Also, After the 1917 revolution the Soviets imported communism here thru heavy infiltration of academia, trade unions, entertainment, and all levels of our gov’t. The USSR basically established & funded Communist Party USA to spread & entrench the ideology. They “turned” many with cash bribes to spy and undermine America.

  20. KC614 says:

    People who deny this are either part of the movement or oblivious. It’s quite obvious.

  21. anarchyst says:

    Look at the ethnicity and social make-up of the persons who invented communism and you will have your answer. Although just 2% of the population, their influence is massive and world-wide.

  22. freenca says:

    Excellent article, definitely sharing !

  23. Myrtle Linder says:

    These socialist weed seeds were sown, covered with rich dirt , the plants came up, they have grown and flourished for years, now they are in full flower and seeding!!! let’s pull them every one up and do what is done with all nauseous weeds pile them on the fire and burn them, before they overcome everything in the field of the world.

  24. Breezeyguy says:

    Thanks for the interesting article. Actually, I think if you wanted to look for the origins of the communist revolution, you would want to start with Thomas Muntzer (born 1489, died 1524 in the Peasant’s War).

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