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The huge crowds greeting socialist Bernie Sanders in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination cannot just be attributed to large numbers of left-wingers. There is a hard-core left-wing element to the Sanders candidacy, of course. But Sanders has tapped into what used to be one of Hillary Clinton’s key constituencies, the New Age Movement. A top Sanders adviser is the influential “spiritual teacher” Marianne Williamson, whose self-help books have been heavily promoted by Oprah Winfrey and sold millions.

The New Age Movement is a growing group of people in America who have broken with the Judeo-Christian tradition to instead endorse the notion of God as a mystical force inhabiting humans, the earth, or spiritual “masters.” Oprah’s website describes it somewhat differently: “For 20 years, Marianne Williamson has been a pioneer on the front lines of a worldwide spiritual movement aimed at creating a global shift in collective consciousness.”

Taking this perspective into the political realm, Williamson has advocated a Department of Peacebuilding and has created a group called the Peace Alliance to bring this about.

Constance Cumbey has written two books on the New Age Movement and says its “toolbox is mysticism,” or “altered states of consciousness,” which are said to draw people into a relationship with spiritual forces in the world that are part of a “New World Order” and global religion to be headed by an anticipated “messianic figure” of some kind.

Whatever this mean for the world as a whole, it appears that Williamson sees Sanders as the savior of the American political system.

Williamson, who writes on the Sanders-for-president website about the need for “revolutionary power,” has used her vast influence to mobilize her followers on behalf of the “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party. She says the Marxist presidency of Barack Obama hasn’t been radical enough. “Having invested so much hope in 2008 in a candidate who turned out in many ways to disappoint, it’s not easy to summon our internal forces for another big wave of revolutionary fervor,” she says. But Sanders, the “independent” socialist senator from Vermont, is a true revolutionary, she says. “If we all show up and exercise our power as citizens, Senator Sanders can win the presidency in 2016,” she adds.

Analyst Trevor Loudon has documented that Sanders, the only Senate member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is actually a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), an organization that backed Obama’s political career and works with openly communist groups. “DSA works very closely with three of America’s leading communist groups—the Maoist leaning Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the ‘old guard’ Communist Party USA, and the CPUSA spin-off Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism,” notes Loudon. “The four groups have even seriously considered merging in recent years.”

We have noted Sanders’ history of involvement with Communist Party-controlled groups such as the U.S. Peace Council. In the 1980s, he was part of the Soviets’ “nuclear freeze” campaign to undercut President Ronald Reagan’s military build-up.

A former nightclub singer, Williamson herself ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014 on a platform that included abortion rights, gay rights, socialized medicine, and the need to combat what she perceives as man-made global warming, nowadays called climate change. “While a lifelong Democrat herself, Marianne ran the congressional race as an Independent, making the statement that she was not beholden to either party,” noted writer Tabby Biddle.

“While America has some serious enemies—and it’s certainly our responsibility to protect our country and our children—I believe our country’s way of dealing with security issues is increasingly obsolete,” Williamson declared. “We cannot simply rely on brute force to rid ourselves of enemies. In so doing, we overburden our military by asking them to compensate for the work that we ourselves are not doing. The only way to make peace with your neighbors is to make peace with your neighbors.”

She added that, if she won, she would co-sponsor the bill to establish a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding that would examine “non-violent problem-solving options” to global conflict. The department was to be paid for out of the defense budget.

Labeled by The Hollywood Reporter as “Hollywood’s favorite New Age Guru” because of her influence with movie producers, directors, and actors, Williamson hosted Sanders at her own feminist-oriented “Sister Giant” conference earlier this year. Described personally as a “radical feminist mother,” Williamson has a daughter whose father is not known and whom she refuses to name.

While some of the New Age rhetoric and books can be dismissed as expensive but harmless fun, it’s when these “spiritual teachers” exert political influence and address global issues that we can see a tendency that seems even more radical than the usual Marxist drivel emanating from Democratic Party politicians such as Obama.

However, there is overlap. Williamson’s proposed Department of Peacebuilding, which was to be headed by a Secretary of Peacebuilding, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), one of Fidel Castro’s closest friends in the U.S. Congress.

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who also works with Williamson, had introduced a similar bill. “The intention is to develop an organized approach, tapping the intellectual and spiritual power of America to develop programs that would include teaching children the principles of peace: teaching them peace giving, peace sharing, mutuality, seeing the other person as an aspect of oneself, of teaching the inner equality of all people,” Kucinich said in a post on Williamson’s Peace Alliance website.

Like Sanders, Williamson is considered by some to be pro-Israel. But in her book, The Healing of America, she discussed how Egypt’s highest Muslim cleric had once approached her “to make sure you understand that Islam is a religion of peace.” She didn’t say whether the Muslim leader condemned and rejected the passages in the Koran that call for killing the “Infidels” who resist Islam.

She also wrote, “The creative challenge of spiritual life is to know enough about God to be hopeful. From Jesus to Buddha to Moses to Mohammed, wayshowers have risen out of the timeline of history to draw maps and pave roads to a more perfect world.” The comparison of Jesus—who led a perfect life and preached love—to the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, is offensive on its face. Islam began in violence and Mohammad himself was a violent warrior.

The term “wayshowers” is common in New Age circles and refers to spiritual beings supposedly leading us into a new world of community and harmony.

When Keith Ellison became the first Congressman to take the oath of office with his hand on the Koran, Williamson commented, “Fantastic story.” Ellison, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, endorsed Williamson in her run for Congress.

For a time, Williamson and her associate Jean Houston of the Foundation for Mind Research were considered to be in Hillary Clinton’s political camp. Houston had tried to help Mrs. Clinton, when she was First Lady, “communicate” with Eleanor Roosevelt during a mystical “channeling” session.  Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward wrote about these sessions in a book on the 1996 presidential election.

At some point, however, Cumbey says Houston and Williamson abandoned Hillary. Williamson said in 2008 that she was supporting Barack Obama and not Hillary because “I am not going to vote with my vagina.”

This was a dramatic turnaround, since Mrs. Clinton in her memoir Living History had discussed hosting Williamson and Houston and other New Agers at Camp David. “You were wonderful to me back in 1994 when you invited me to the White House. It’s a memory I will treasure always, and you gave it to me,” Williamson wrote back to Hillary in a Huffington Post article.

But the 2014 Williamson article, “An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton,” was actually prompted by Williamson’s revelation that the former First Lady was getting too close to powerful interests in society. Williamson pleaded with Clinton to, “Stop cozying up to the banks, to the chemical companies, to the military-industrial complex, to the party machine, and to all the various financiers who make up the plutocracy now ruining this country.”

The pleas apparently went unheeded, since Williamson eventually broke completely with Hillary and now promotes Sanders for president and writes for his website. Through Sanders and other such candidates, she insists, America can experience a revolution “of light, of consciousness, and love” and “break out of this ridiculous corporate straightjacket that imperils us the way it does now.”

Whatever this means, it has occurred to some on the far-left that while Sanders is taking on “corporate power and oligarchy” and calling for vast federal spending increases for social welfare programs, the “issues” section of his presidential website says absolutely nothing about foreign policy. The group called RootsAction complains that his stump speech hardly mentions the “huge military budget” and says he must challenge “militarism and ongoing war.”

Perhaps Williamson’s proposed Department of Peacebuilding will be the focus of one of Sanders’ next speeches, a development that will make the socialist senator not only look like a pawn of Williamson and the New Age Movement, but the true leader of the Loony Left.




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Comments

  • reggie

    Wonderful, a communist voodoo president following hope and change.

  • Ted

    Anybody who’s opposed to “peace” is a nincompoop … and anybody opposed to a “revolution” is a hypocrite since this country was created in a revolution.

    In this time and place, and given the corrupt schmucks who populate Washington’s corridors of power, I’ll take either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump as modern “revolutionaries”.

  • Ted

    If you think “power to the people” is Communism instead of American Constitutionalism … then call it Communism or whatever else if you want.

  • Enough is Enough

    You need to get a clue Ted. Neither communism, nor its weaker sister socialism, works in the longer term. There is no “power to the people” in communism or socialism.

  • OdinsAcolyte

    I have only one feeling towards socialists; kill them.

  • TioDon

    I can see him joining Putin on the stage and being helped off by two 25 year old girls….yeah, very impressive….!hahahaha, Bernie, back to the home with you….

  • Successful loser.

    The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    It looks like New Agers stumbled across a branch of the Trinity by chance, now if we could get them to comprehend the other two, they’d have a grasp on the complete package.

  • J. Winston Zedmore

    The New Agers have been taught in school that the only problem with socialism, and by extension it’s alter ego communism, is that it was never enacted by the “right people.” Now they’ve latched on to someone they consider the “right” one. Forget that he’s nearly expired at 73, and that his ideas are older than he is and just as failed. You can’t penetrate the diseased mindset, the result of mental conditioning that passes as education in the US.

  • marlene

    Fiorina is a full blown communist; Sanders’ socialism is communist-lite. Do you really want these people? If so, move to communist China – you’ll love it there and we’ll love it here without you. In practice and as getting a foot in the door, socialism is the economic arm of communism. Hungry masses are too weak to fight. People without guns are unable to fight.

  • marlene

    Well said.

  • JohnEffKerry

    “Power to the people” is meaningless nonsense chanted by moonbats before the Socialist state drags them off to the killing fields.

  • JohnEffKerry

    I am opposed to “peace”. If the term means a Pax Progressivist then it is the “peace” of being run over and left to die.

  • marlene

    Oy! You’re scary – all Sanders supporters are scary because socialism is communism-lite. Trump on the other hand believes in America’s constitutional Republic, which gave us everything we had, and which is being slowly taken away by socialists and communists, such as fiorina and sanders. Are you sure you’re still considering sanders?

  • marlene

    Where’d you “learn” this hogwash?

  • marlene

    Exactly. Socialists are communists-lite who power depends on “power from the people.”

  • MrSottobanco

    It’s good to know those whack jobs support sanders. It is not a surprise to me. Why on earth would anyone adhere to a system of beliefs which has yielded nothing other than a bunch of tra-la-la songs.

  • Mesa Mike

    Great article. Thanks.

  • fourpmfox

    Please tell me how you define “peace”.

  • emag

    Exactly!
    But they are always trying.
    What comes to mind reading this article is “My Gawd, What a bunch of flaky wackos. Oprah, mysticism, channeling…..blah, blah, blah..”
    And all they are really selling at the end is communism.

  • reggie

    Sorry, I was being sarcastic. When ‘new agers’ enter, i generally exit.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    If the Muslim Community and their Political leaders have validated their self in a pact with the homosexual community then they no longer speak for God or would be worth following as most U.S. churches ! Re-writing the word of God and the bible for it to read as per your opinion as if you were God or creating alliances that are opposed to God’s teaching for financial , social , political and military dominance will only be recognized as blasphemy and an open indicator to oppose or ignore for those seeking religious enlightenment or trust in God ! As far as opposing Socialism in America your political lobbying system would be enough for any world court or institution to indicate America as a hardline socialist country ! Your entire socialist order is based on political socialism and seeking to blame some one else for your problems and having a community based political system to back that bias !

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The definition of a soviet is dialoguing to consensus over a social issue in a facilitated meeting. The New World Order is already being built on this process, known as dialectic process. In dialectic process, principles ( e.g. God, sovereignty, freedom, property, children, etc.) are abandoned for the sake of relationship, or “world peace.” In a nutshell, it is dialoguing to surrender borders, boundaries, property, i.e., everything, without outright telling people. The same process was used to govern the Occupy movement in small groups. You see, they can’t come right out and tell the world what they are up to, so they are talking the world out of freedom the same way the devil did in the Garden of Eden. When Williamson talks of ‘”non-violent problem-solving options” to global conflict,’ she is talking about dialectic process. She is just one of thousands and thousands of actors who are working to bring about a NWO. At the end is communism. When the world is down to 10 regional unions, the same “brute force” used to protect freedom, will be used to prevent it. It’s just a cheap card trick.

  • emag

    Very well said.
    I grew up under communism until age 12, and you are right.

  • terry1956

    If that is the definition of Soviet then that sounds a lot like the ” local” Agenda 21 or Sustainable Development meetings such as Thrive 2055 etc etc pushed by the control freak ” environmentalist” the Chamber of Commerce, the UN, Obama, Gore, Clinton,Bush and some well meaning but naive local business people.
    They want the ” consensus” to go their way so much they stack the meeting with supporters as a majority and allow the opposition very little time to speak or none at all.
    If there is to much opposition in the meeting then they have break out sessions to separate the opposition from each other and from the main meeting.

  • terry1956

    Yep the only way socialism or collectvism works is with volunteers in small groups such as the Israeli Kubbitz , the Moravians in MT. and ND, the Farm in middle TN. small business collective like the Cheese/ pizza collective in the CA. Bay area.
    The Kubbitz have lost a lot of members because most can have a better life outside although a few have held on to membership and some have actually grown I’ve heard.
    On a larger scale it would seem the Moondragon in Spain would be socialist but it is more like our electric co-ops and credit unions in the US, member owned with democratic elections but voluntary membership, although I suspect the larger Moondragon projects are not as successful as they may have been in the earlier years because they have grown to big.
    The same is true with the large electric co-ops here in the US including the one that my family belongs to and gets our electricity from.
    When it was started in the 1940s and a few years afterwards it just covered my small rural county of less than 10,000 people at the time ( still less than 20,000) but it now has several hundreds of thousands members and several counties in TN.
    We still have annual meetings and annual elections but a members vote has been watered down so much because of too many members over such a vast area.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The process used in those meetings is dialectic process – a.k.a. – the consensus process, Delphi Technique, or a soviet. All are based on the Hegelian-Dialectic. The Hegelian-Dialectic was used by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels to support their theories of communism.

  • terry1956

    Nonsense because a majority of the rational support of a revolution or a peace of course depends on the facts and the aims of that revolution and peace.
    For example a rational person would support the American Revolution of 1776 to 1781 but be against the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution.
    A one world central government might bring about peace akin to Huxley’s Brave New World but once the drugs had no effect rational people would not want that peace but they could no longer vote with their feet.
    Also if Red China, Russia , Islamic Fundamentalist, or the International Chamber of Commerce conquered the US it might be better for the name of peace not to fight but except for the small percentage of American CO’s it would be irrational to not fight and even the rational CO’s could help by putting various road blocks up against the new government.

  • terry1956

    Thanks!

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Beverly K. Eakman wrote a book called How to Counter Group Manipulation Tactics. I just searched and it is currently out of print.

  • terry1956

    There is a lot of videos on You Tube.
    that liberal lesbian lady from Ca. has some good videos and articles against Agenda 21, Sustainable development and the Delphi technique stuff.
    She gave a talk at a Cleveland, Tennessee Tea Party meeting against this globalist stuff after the globalist and Chamber of Commerces came up with the Thrive 2055 nonsense.
    Still the best info I know comes from the work of Henry Lamb, a fellow from Tennessee who warned about the UN and globalism for decades.
    He died a while back.
    Some of his work was published in
    Range magazine, a great magazine anyway.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Oh yeah, I know who Henry Lamb is.