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Unsolicited manuscripts cannot benreturned unless accompanied by a self-addressednstamped envelope.nChroniclesnk MIGAZINE OF AMEKICiH CUIIUIEn4/CHRONICLESnVol. 15, No. II November 1991nPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnOn ‘Middle AmericannRevolution’nQuo vadis Middle American anger?nSeveral of Sam Francis’ most recentnChronicles contributions have alludednto a “Middle American Revolution.”nIn his January “Principalities & Powers,”nFrancis was kind enough to directlyncite my book. The Radical Center,nwhich was based on extensivenresearch into the significant social rootsnof the George Wallace candidacy andnhis rise to national prominence in thenlate 1960’s and eariy 70’s. A centralnconclusion of that volume was thenidentification of “Middle AmericannRadicals” (MARs) as a potent, yetnseemingly unpredictable force innAmerican politics whose capture —n”first in the Carter campaign of 1976nand then by the Reagan-Bush dynastyn— has given notice of the disintegrationnof the New Deal base of thenDemocratic Party.nFrancis speaks of the need for anynwould-be leader of MARs to formulaten”a comprehensive myth” that couldn”raise this proletariat from a passivenstate of disgruntlement to being annactive force of social and political power.”nHe notes that this cannot be in thenform of any existing orthodoxy, whethern”paleoconservative, traditionalist ornlibertarian,” but must be “new.” Thenold order has been riven asunder.nWill the grip of George Bush’s NewnWorld Order be capable of retainingnMAR loyalty for 1992? While I darennot prophesy, my analysis of the forcesnnow emerging in America in the earlyn1990’s is one that must eschew bothnpaleo- and neoconservative labels and,ninstead, adopt the populist base which Infeel is so very well embodied in thenideals and goals of Chronicles itself. Insee in the writings of Tom Flemingnand in the refreshing iconoclastic “radicalism”nof such contributors as Francis,nChilton Williamson, Jr. and JohnnShelton Reed a break from an intellectualnelitism whose very promulgation isnthe basis of MAR anger. There will benno MAR revolution until there is anfundamental shift in the definition ofnnnAmerican politics away from “left” orn”right.” So long as establishment politicalnscience persists in retaining a totallynobsolete and outmoded scale ofnpolitical reckoning — an unidimensionalnmarker barely suitable for thenbeginning of the 20th century, letnalone the dawn of the 21st—we shallnmisread the signposts of the time.nWhat is crucial to a grasp of Americannpolitical identity today is the samenschism that is to be found in everyn”advanced industrial,” “emerging,” orn”Third World” nation; the breakdownnof allegiance to any national politicalnelite. This disintegration, now so evidentnin Eastern Europe and emergingnas well in Western Europe (and certainlynin North America) is the mergingnof individualism with economicnaspirations (or actual gains) with a deepndistrust of central government.nWhile I do not claim to know thenexact course this trend shall follow, it isnmy guess as a student of the MARnphenomenon that, to be successful, itnmust be a force that creates a “thirdnway” by means of a charismatic leadernpossessing effective organizational skillsnand who has the full trust of urbannCatholics, rural Protestants, and thosenwith a traditional religious commitmentnof any form. What unites thesen’ otherwise disparate elements of Americannsociety is their opposition to thenconcepts of pluralism, class struggle,nand the belief that they have becomenthe most victimized “minority group”nof all.n—Donald WarrennAnn Arbor, MInOn ‘Christopher Lasch’nLlewellyn Rockwell’s review (Augustn1991) of The True and Only Heaven:nProgress and Its Critics by ChristophernLasch contains much that’s worth saying,nboth pro and con, about ProfessornLasch and his opus. However, thencritique falls apart at the end, when thenreviewer attempts to distill his observationsnupon the fires of theology.nIn all of Christianity there may benno doctrine more misrepresented thann