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If we are to engage in a discussion, debate, or civil argument it is imperative that we share some understanding of the ground of discussion; in this instance some comprehension of the “matrix of reality,” because recent developments clearly illustrate the pernicious effects of the “incorporation of the most radical elements of gnostic modernity” into the American intellectual and political fabric.

Simply stated a potentially insurmountable dichotomy exists between the uniquely Anglo/American (with a tip of the hat to the Scots) philosophy of common sense that established the “liberal political order” and the ideological philodoxy of modern American Marxism (in its epigonic forms and gnostic foundation) that is responsible for its contemporary derailment and the accompanying disorder in the American political structure.

The primary effort of the American Marxist movement is to extirpate the concept of the individual’s “transcendent worth” within the “liberal political order,” thereby destroying the centre of the order, recognized as the “transcendent finality of the individual.”

By imposing an anti-transcendent requirement in any discussion in the public square the epigonic Marxists have sought to nullify the two hundred year tradition of the Judeo-Christian worldview and replace it with a inimical and perverse statist ideology in order to achieve their ends.

We inhabit a world in which the great philosophical contest is between those who advocate existence in truth as opposed to those who advocate existence in untruth, or what Dr. Voegelin describes as second realities. The question then is are these two disparate sides, one believing in the non-reality of transcendence, the other often mockingly in disagreement, intellectually able to engage in meaningful and substantive dialectics.

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