by Al Benson Jr.
Back in the mid-19th century there was a movement in this country called the Young America movement. Your history books probably seldom mentioned it, if at all. Prior to writing this I looked through several books on my shelves, checking out the indexes of many and could find no mention of it in anything I was able to check. I checked on the Internet and found only a handful of references to it that all pretty much said the same thing.
The one I will quote here is Wikipedia because it’s not all that much different than the mere handful of others I could find.
The Wikipedia article says: “The Young America Movement was an American political and cultural attitude in the mid-19th century. Inspired by European reform movements of the 1830s (such as…Young Italy and Young Hegelians), the American group was formed as a political organization in 1845 by Edward de Leon and George Henry Evans. It advocated free trade, social reform,…and support for republican, and anti-aristocratic movements abroad. It became a faction of the Democratic Party in the 1850s.” It was promoted by Senator Stephen A. Douglas and other notables of the day. It all sounds relatively harmless unless you know how to read some of this stuff and to do a little homework.
For instance, one of the “movements” that inspired it was Young Italy. Now Young Italy was a political movement founded in 1831 by Giuseppe Mazzini. Supposedly its goal was to create a “united Italian republic through promoting a general insurrection in the Italian reactionary states and in the lands occupied by the Austrian Empire.” According to http://www.moneyteachers.org “Mazzini was born in France and his father was a ‘Jacobin’ (Freemason-Illuminati group that caused the French Revolution)…Even more interesting is Mazzini’s desire to create a ‘United States of Europe’ a century before the European Union came into existence. Globalism is Illuminism and Mazzini was loyal to both…” So this was one inspiration for Young America.Another was the group called Young Hegelians. Rummaging around for into on this group I found that Karl Marx had once been involved with them http://www.cardiff.ac.uk Enough said.
With “inspiration” like these groups do you begin to get a bit of a vision as to where Young America might have been headed? They supposedly supported “social reform.” What exactly does that mean? Is that politically correct terminology for violent revolution? They supported “republican and anti-aristocratic movements.” Does that mean they supported the overthrow of legitimate government that might have been ruled by kings? And was their “republican” sentiment a cover for collectivization and centralization? That’s a big part of what the 1848 socialist revolts in Europe were all about in countries like Germany, which was pretty decentralized. The 1848 socialist revolt there was to centralize the government so one group could control it. Three guesses as to which group that was supposed to be.
Arthur R. Thompson in his book To The Victor Go The Myths And Monuments has quite a bit to say about Young America, more than I have seen just about anywhere else. He said enough that I felt it was worth taking a brief article and dealing with it because even though it “officially” faded out sometime after the War of Northern Aggression, the mindset and worldview that promoted it is still very much with us today, just under different names.
Mr. Thompson notes on page 215 that “The Carbonari’s Young America (YA) reached its ascendancy in the late 1850s and played a key role in laying the groundwork for a future civil war. After the Civil War they faded as a visible organization, even though their ideas have never faded from the American scene, as witnessed by the Spanish-American War and the modern neoconservative movement. YA aims since the Civil War have been generally carried out by the establishment of the major political parties. In other words, the goals of YA became the established American foreign policy without being a visible movement from the Civil War until 1921, with the formation of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), when their tactics again became obvious, even as a more visible organization than before the Civil War. By the mid-20th century there were several elite organizations promoting the YA goals, all with interlocking directorates and membership.” That sort of brings us up to where we are today. Which brings up again the question I asked in a recent article–who controls many of these groups from behind the scenes?
A few years ago I had a friend up in Arkansas (now deceased) who knew a man that used to work at flying some of these big government and establishment people around from place to place. He told my friend once that the people that really run this country are way behind the scenes and the ones you think run it are nothing more than their mouthpieces, paid political shills, as it were.
But all this proves one thing. Ideas do have consequences and the ideas from over 150 years ago have lived on to affect our lives today and the conspiracies that were around 150 plus years ago have lived on to affect how we think and act–as they were intended to. If the evil these people promoted (and it was evil) over 150 years ago affects our lives today then it is much more than just “ancient history.” It has become part of our everyday lives and we ignore it to our peril and to the detriment of our children and grandchildren.
Contrary to what many shrinking Christians think, I don’t believe all conspiracies are “unbeatable.” With the Lord’s help and guidance and an electorate that is willing to do the homework, and having done the homework, to fight back, there are a lot of things that could have been and still can be done. Maybe we had best pray and ask the Lord what He would have us to do rather than sitting back and thinking evil conspirators are invincible–because they are not–they are sinful human creatures like the rest of us and with the proper guidance and effort much of their agenda can be thwarted. The Lord told us in the Scriptures to “hate evil” and to “resist the devil.” Maybe we need to be about doing just that and a good place to begin is with serious Christian worship–and then informed action!