Who would have thought that a coffee commercial could be so creepy? How about Lavazza’s “New Humanity” ad campaign?
The sentiments, on a superficial level, have a certain appeal for some, much like the lyrics from John Lennon’s “Imagine.” (Biographer Albert Goldman called Imagine "a hippie wishing well full of pennyweight dreams for a better world.") But the humanistic, one-world, Communism-Lite agenda is unmistakable.
The melodramatic delivery by Charlie Chaplin is disturbing for another reason. The words come from the “Final Speech” of The Great Dictator, Chaplin’s cinematic parody of Adolph Hitler.
After mocking Hitler over the course of the movie, Chaplin wanted to end things on a “positive” note. For whatever reason, the Little Tramp recognized the evils of Nazism, but was blind to the evils of Communism.
Of course, none of this posturing is new. No good Leftist could resist the charms of Alexander the Great’s Pledge:
“Now that the wars are coming to an end, I wish you all to prosper in peace.
From now on, may all mortals live as one people, in fellowship, for the good of all.
See the whole world as your homeland, with laws common to all, where the best will govern regardless of their race.
Unlike the narrow-minded, I make no distinction between Greeks and Barbarians.
I am not interested in the origin of the citizens, or the race into which they were born.
I have only one criterion by which to distinguish them: their virtue.
For me, any good foreigner is a Greek and any bad Greek is worse than a Barbarian.
If disputes ever arise among you, do not resort to weapons, but solve them peacefully.
If needed, I will arbitrate between you.
See God, not as an autocratic despot, but as the common father of all so that your conduct will be like the life of siblings of the same family.
I, on my part, see you all as equal, whether you are white or dark-skinned.
And I wish you all to be not only subjects of the Commonwealth, but members of it, partners of it.
To the best of my ability, I will strive to do what I have promised.
Let us hold onto the oath we have taken tonight with our libations as a Contract of Love”.
You could imagine the pretty abstractions of these honey-dripping lines coming from the mouth of Barry Soetoro, among others. (The Smithsonian has even held a seminar on “Alexander the Great: Charismatic Founder of a New World Order.”) But Alexander’s actions didn’t quite match his words. He had consolidated an empire by wielding political and military might - he was not altogether benevolent. Alexander the Great made his Pledge in 324 BC. The following year, at the age of 32, he died in Babylon under mysterious circumstances.
I wonder if President George H. W. Bush was aware of Alexander’s Oath when he delivered his speech, “Toward a New World Order,” before a joint session of Congress on September 11, 1990:
Until now, the world we've known has been a world divided—a world of barbed wire and concrete block, conflict and cold war. Now, we can see a new world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order. In the words of Winston Churchill, a "world order" in which "the principles of justice and fair play ... protect the weak against the strong ..." A world where the United Nations, freed from cold war stalemate, is poised to fulfill the historic vision of its founders. A world in which freedom and respect for human rights find a home among all nations.