wrote plays that they produced themselvesrnin local theaters instead of packingrnthe house to gibber over Madonna, MichaelrnJackson, Wayne’s World, and Nightmarernon Elm Street, Part 79. Today, inrnmost American cities and towns, locallyrnowned bookstores that sell anything butrnsecondhand books are almost extinct,rnand the Crowns, Waldens, and B. Daltonsrnthat dominate professional booksellingrnoffer exactly the same stock inrneer- city in the countrv’, almost none ofrnwhich would have complied with thernconventional and moderate obscenityrnlawsofthel950’s.rnThe transference of cultural powerrnand cultural production from the peoplernwho consume it to bureaucratizedrnelites that despise and fear their ownrnaudiences is of course an aspect of therncontinuing destruction of republicanrnself-government, no less than the transferencernof political and economic powerrnto similar bureaucratized elites in therncentralized government and economy,rnhidccd, it is hardiv an accident that therncorporate, governmental, and academicrnbureaucracies that house and supportrnthe cultural elite also provide lodgings forrnthe elites in the state and economy. Thernfunction of the cultural elite in the managerialrnsystem is to provide legitimation,rnnot only for itself but also for its siblingsrnin government and corporation, and therncalculated insults to and debunking ofrnthe culture of the American Heartlandrnare an integral part of the revolutionaryrnstrategy the elite pursues and practices.rnOnly by portraying those parts of therncountry not totally under managerialrncontrol—namely, Alabama and Alaska,rnMaine and Montana—as dark-age wastelandsrnisolated from the metropolitan andrncosmopolitan centers of managed massrnculture can the elite purport that what itrnis and what it does is useful or necessary,rnand when it so portrays the rest of therncountry, it also paves the highway byrnwhich the rest of the managerial apparatusrnwill one day ride into town.rnThe result, so far from the interstellarrnEden of Star Trek, is an emasculatedrnpopulation unable either to produce anrnenduring civilization in the shape of arnculture of its own or to understand whatrncivilizations of the past have already produced,rna passive and continuously entertainedrnand managed mob that has alreadyrnsurrendered its capacity to governrnitself and is now busily and merrily in thernprocess of surrendering its capacity tornthink and create for itself. The final andrnunpredictable ironv of our civilizationrnmay be that at the dawn of its history wernwere more civilized than at the end of it.rnThe paleolithic savages who painted thernwalls of the caverns ftiey lived in withrnpictures of the beasts they hunted createdrna higher and better civilization thanrnCaptain Kirk and his preposterous bandrnof progressive monsters and robotsrnpromise us, and those savages were farrnmore civilized than the Mapplethorpesrnand Serranos financed by the NEArnor the Lichtensteins who make theirrnlivings defending them. If Americansrnwho still know what a culture is wouldrnlike to have one of their own, the mostrnrevolutionary act they could perpetraternwould be simply to turn off the televicancelrntheir subscriptions to mostrnsion,rnmagazines, and start looking for a cavernwith some bare space on its walrnTHE WISDOM OF THE PLANNED GIFTrnThere are many ways to give to educational and charitable organizations such as The Rockford Institute, publisher of Chronicles: ArnMagazine of American Culture. Most people make direct gifts which result in a “charitable deduction” from their taxable income inrna given year. But there are other ways to give that can preserve income or assets for a donor and his beneficiaries, avoid capitalrngains and estate taxes, and benefit the Institute or other charities. These are often referred to as “planned gifts.”rnThe Rockford Institute’s Pooled Income Fund provides income to a donor or his beneficiary and can be initiated at the $5,000rnlevel or above. The amount in the fund can be increased each year, and the amount of income depends on the performance of thernpooled fund. This fund has both high income and growth-oriented investments, and the return is generally much higher than stockrndividends. The amount of charitable tax deduction for the gift depends on the fair market value of the assets contributed (there isrnno capital gains tax on stock contributions) and is related to the age of the donor or beneficiaries. There is no capital gains tax forrnthe donor on the increased value of the fund over time. Upon the death of the donor or beneficiary, the assets would bypass estaterntaxes and go to the Institute.rnMichael Warder, Legacy Program, The Rockford Institute, 934 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103rnPlease send me general information on “Planned Giving” options.rnPlease send me information on tlie Institute’s Pooled Income Fund.rnNAME_rnCITY_rnADDRESS.rnSTATE_ ZIP PHONErnIf you have a specific asset, such as stocks, that you are considering for a contribution, and if you would like the Institute to evaluate the financial tax implications forrnyour gift, please include the following information:rnSS#_ SS #(SPOUSELrnCOST OF ASSET_ ESTIMATED MARKET VALUE_rnAPRIL 1994/13rnrnrn