The Third Way Part V: Republicats and Third Wave Marxism

By Steve Farrell
web posted December 6, 1999

If ever there was a person suffering under the delusion that there really was a nickels difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, Newt Gingrich's surfing in Alvin Toffler's Third Wave, and his application of the same as the launching pad of 21st Century Republicanism, should have been the wake up call to stack the sandbags, vacate the beach heads, and run for the hills.

Mr. Gingrich told his fellow Congressmen, in his Republican Revolution Victory Speech in November of 1994, that "The Third Way (The Third Wave is the correct title of the book), represented the key to figuring out where he and the new Republicats were coming from, and that this Futurism based book was "the seminal work of our time." 1, 2

It isn't!

At best, the work represents a compilation of glaring contradictions, hasty generalizations, and shamefully shallow analysis of US Constitutional foundations, topped off with foolish, risky, naive solutions which discard the political past and leap blindly into a radically different political future, for no better reason then - we must! That's the kind, appraisal. At worst, the work is intentionally deceptive, possibly treasonous, and down right Marxist in its political, historical, and sociological philosophy.

Either way, it is not seminal, in a salutary sense. What it is, is one of the most embarrassing and revelatory documents on just how far the Republican Party has strayed, since 1994, from the old hypothetical platform, and or from the promise of The Contract With America to "return to the wisdom and brilliance of the Founding Fathers." The party simply did not then, and does not now, seek the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, but in its new progressive beliefs and concessions, pits itself against the same.

So let's get right to alleviating our disbelief that this might be so, by beginning where the Republican Party leadership endorsed book ends, in its call for the abolition of the US Constitution, as the first step for our collective salvation in the Information Age.

Good Bye to the US Constitution

Toffler explains in a letter he writes to the Founding Parents: "For what I now must write can all too easily be misunderstood by my contemporaries. Some will no doubt regard it as seditious. yet is a painful truth. I believe you [America's Founders] would have quickly grasped. For the system of government you fashioned, including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented - a democracy for the 21st Century." 3

And why is that?

Power shifts, cultural and technological leaps, non representation for minorities, a deficient Bill of Rights (he would, like every socialist before him, expand the Bill of Rights to include the Right of Gay couples to adopt children, and the right for poor people and poor nations to share equally with the rich via the forced redistribution of the wealth), but perhaps, his gut rationale comes in his communist-like castigation of the American system of government as a "disease," that "must, in its turn, die and be replaced." 4

That's a seminal conclusion for Republicans to turn to, now isn't it?

But that's o.k., Toffler assures us, because everything must change, and nothing is eternal. That is Marx too. 5 Constitutions weren't meant to stand forever, or to be worshipped as Heaven-sent. 6

It is, in substance, aside from sprinkles of shallow praise for the founders, nothing more than the old socialist lament that the Constitution was drafted by horse and buggy politicians whose only real contribution is that they made America rich, and their only wisdom, that they were smart enough to secure prosperity for themselves in a emerging second wave world. It was a brilliant document, alright, but little more.

Not at all a foundation of political truth for all time; there is no such thing. Taking a page out of Communist Mao Tse-tung's Little Red Book, he then declares, moderns should not be bound by the moral codes and political laws of a distant mythological past. 7

Which leads to the next problem with Toffler. Not only does he reduce the US Constitution to the status of great for its time, rather than a document which the founders knew, in its basics, was timeless; but, also, he attacks all issues from the Communist perspective from start to finish. There is, in fact, so much Marxism in The Third Wave, that an accompanying volume could be written as an addendum, exposing this fact, point by point.

But let's center on a few central elements.

The Communist Doctrine of Three Waves

First of all, Toffler's idea of the Three Waves of History, which Gingrich bought into hook, line, and sinker, came out of the text book of Communist Founder Karl Marx. We've mentioned Marx's version of this previously, but a brief refresher is in order.

Marx outlined three private property phases of man - waves if you will: 1. Slavery, 2. Feudalism, and 3. Capitalism. Capitalism, he further subdivided into, the Industrial Revolution, The Imperialist Period - that time when credit, corporations, and government would centralize on an international basis; and finally, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat - or the brutal and final transitional phase to full communism, when the last remnants of capitalism, to include its religion, it's property, and its conception of the family, are obliterated.

Now mix in futurism, and make a few adjustments for where Marx's paradigm falls apart, and presto! Alvin Toffler's Third Wave! An instant best seller! An original score! A seminal work for our time! The model for the Republican Revolution!

Here's how he did it.

Toffler lumped Marx's Slavery and Feudalism together and called it the Agricultural Age (Wave 1); then he took the first stage of Marx's Capitalist period, and called it, just as Marx did, The Industrial Revolution (Wave 2), and finally, he used Marx Imperialist Phase of Capitalism and renamed it the Information Age (Wave 3). 8

Some who have fallen for Toffler's word games, will argue that Toffler departs from Marx here. Marx described the Imperialist Phase, as already stated, as an era of worldwide centralization, Toffler, on the other hand, describes his Information Age as an era of decentralization. But a careful look at what Toffler calls decentralization or decision division reveals that he calls for exactly what it pretends to oppose - centralization. Toffler's decentralization, shifts power not just downward to the states, but upward to the United Nations, subsidiary international organizations like NAFTA, WTO. and NATO, and even to totally unaccountable NGO's. 9 Meanwhile, he and his followers regard national sovereignty as "a myth." 10 A bit of a clue, as to the real meaning of decentralization. Everything in the end, you can rest assured, will be focused on the UN and co.; insuring that Marx and Lenin's Third Wave International Centralization, does come to pass after all.

Plain and simple, Marx and Toffler's three transformational periods in private property history are one and the same.

The Communist Dialectic

Next, the whole wave thesis is built around another communist principle, the dialectical view of history. On this point, one would have to be hell bent on looking-the-other-way, not to notice the all too frequent use of the Marxian words clash, convergence, inevitable, compelled, quantum leap, and transformation, from cover to cover in Toffler's volume. They are the key words of the dialectic, and Toffler applies them precisely as Marx did.

The dialectic, taught Lenin, is the key to unraveling everything communistic, so let's explore the dialectic, in simple fashion, to see how it applies to the Third Way.

According to the Communist perspective. There is only one constant in the universe, change; and change occurs because of the constant clash of opposing forces, which opposing forces exist everywhere, both within and without.

Inevitably these opposites will collide, either as a matter of a natural course, or by chance. Communists often describe these random collisions as "an unforeseen convergence of circumstance;" they do not, in this view, occur by the design of omnipotence, or by the free will choice of men, since communists reject the existence of God, and the agency of man.

Once the clash occurs, a crisis ensues. There is no escaping this. The random or natural event will take course in time; so will the crisis, and so will the product of that crisis. In the end, a transformation occurs, which includes a total negation of the former state of being, and the emergence of a new state of being. This change, is not a gradual Darwinian evolutionary one, but occurs in a quantum leap.

If applied to macro-evolution, it means that the monkey did not gradually become a man over millions of years, but that some clash with an unforeseen change in circumstance caused him to leap from ape to man. I know, your laughing. But using the language of the dialectic. The monkey is the thesis, the change in circumstance that caused the leap (maybe the injection of a wonder drug by a visiting alien) is called the anti-thesis, a crisis then occurs, and the result is a quantum leap (or transformation) to a totally new thesis, Man.

Now apply this to economic history, using Toffler's/Gingrich endorsed, version of history.

Primitive (First wave) man is a farmer, he uses basic tools, he is pretty much self sufficient, and although he is exploitive of the environment (another Marxian view), he does relatively little damage, compared to later capitalists (Second Wave people), like you and me!

Along comes an unforeseen change in circumstance, a clash - the invention of the machine and mass production. Man is now compelled to change (no agency), this transformation is inevitable, Toffler says, a hundred times over.

The clash goes on for a while, with those in power (the slave holders and feudal lords) resisting the crumbling of their exclusive monopoly on the wealth, but then society leaps, from agriculturalism to industrialism, and there is no looking back. The new order, inevitably must win (in this case the second wave). Eventually, wherever the wave hits (some remote villages are spared), everything is transformed, the government, the economy, the morals, and the family.

With this new order in place, Toffler takes the Marxian stand, that all of the changes, including a new morality, a new legal code, a new government, and a new culture, are all the inventions of the ruling class of men, relative to their situation, in order to sustain the existing order. None of it is inspiration, none of it is fixed truth, none of it will endure beyond the next crisis, the coming of the next wave. For us, the next wave is already upon us; we began to feel its effects in 1954; and it will inevitably and completely transform all of society, just as its predecessors did. This is not something we can resist, so he would like us to believe.

The Dialects Convenient Conclusions

Oversimplifying history and the conduct of man makes for some strange and shall we say, convenient conclusions:

All the wars of Industrial era, were fought, for no other reason than a clash between the backward thinking forces of the agricultural era (first wave), protecting their interests, and the forward thinking forces of the Industrial era (second wave), doing the same. These second wave forces were compelled to fight these wars, it seems, in the interest of the progress of man.

A very convenient prospective, which leads to Toffler's seminal conclusion about the Communist October Revolution and the mass murdering bloodbath of tens of millions which followed:

"In Russia, too, the same collision between First and Second Wave forces erupted. The 1917 revolution was Russia's version of the American Civil War. It was fought not primarily, as it seemed, over communism, but once again over the issue of industrialization. When the Bolsheviks wiped out the last lingering vestiges of serfdom and feudal monarchy, they pushed agriculture in the background and consciously accelerated industrialization. They became the Party of the Second Wave." 11

Mass murdering communist Ho Chi Minh, became then, in this Wave game, an "anti-colonialist," resisting the heartless, exploitive, Imperialism of the Capitalist version of the Second Wave. 12

Soviet Imperialism, became not a conspiracy to spread tyranny, but a reasonable desire to feed the urban populations of their second wave industrial complex. 13 While, on the other hand, American Imperialism, lived up to the old Marxist paradigm that the factory owners needed new markets to exploit in order to maintain their lofty status in the second wave.

Further, future bloodbaths are already justified under this theory, and predicted, again and again as necessary and predictable outcome of progressive Third Wayers clashing with backward Second Wavers. But the blame for it all, he places on second wave forces, people like constitutionalists, and Christians, who rigidly refuse to let go of old outmoded governments and morals. If only they would just wake up, and submit to the program, he laments, we would be far better off. 14

Toffler's hatred for our system and our culture, reaches an embarrassing low, when he describes the marvelous Christian missionary work of the last two centuries, as having no higher purpose than to impose second wave civilization on what Christians viewed as "backward . . . underdeveloped . . . childlike . . . tricky and dishonest . . . shiftless [people who] did not value life." 15

More seminal conclusions!

But don't get Mr. Toffler and the Third Wave wrong, like all Third Wayers, he does criticize the communists, with this proviso - almost all criticism presents the assumption that the communist holds the moral, sociological, and political high ground. And so, he repeatedly starts off such criticisms with "Even in Russia," or "Even the Communist Nations," as if we should be surprised that "even" Communists commit second wave errors, and have a few flaws in the fabric of their plan!

There is more.

Changing Human Nature

Like so many elitist of the Marxist/Fascist school, Toffler rejects the fact that human nature is unchanging. This belief makes it easier for him to discount the continued importance of our Constitution which Madison said, established such things as a separation of powers, checks and balances, limitation of powers, and inalienable rights, as guards against the eternal foibles of human nature. The main problem being, the tendency of men in power, to lust for more power - or in the case of governmental bodies of the one, the few, or the many, the tendency to strive to concentrate all power unto themselves.

Madison wrote: It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government, But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions." 16

The auxiliary precautions were the policy of "opposite and rival interests," which came via a house elected by the people, a Senate by the state legislatures, a President by the electoral college, a Supreme Court loyal to the Constitution, and state governments loyal to their local interests and jealous of their sovereign powers. Other precautions, express limitations and divisions of powers, checks and balances, a bill of rights, the rule of law (that is written law that applies to all equally), and a difficult amendment process as part of that rule of law.

Toffler hates all this, because it slows government down. And his solution to Madison argument, is his utopian notion of the coming forth of a "new man," one who is shaped by the new order, and particularly by "the politics of the future." 17 This man, who he also describes as part of the "expanding elites," is the result of his Orwellian Third Way belief in a societal wide "altered consciousness," 18 And that such a man, unlike his inferior second wave predecessor can be trusted with power without the precautions of Republican government.

Humorously, Tofflers "new" superman is not at all new and not at all super, rather, he very much resembles the same old diabolical sinful man that consumed himself and his fellows in Sodom and Gomorrah. Toffler's "enlightened" Third Wave man is free of any sexual restraints, and is preoccupied with experimenting with a variety of sexual and non-traditional family lifestyles. 19 In presenting this, Toffler, is totally oblivious to the possibility or likelihood, that uncontrolled lust for sex will cross over into uncontrolled lust for power, or that sexual deviancy presents the danger of vulnerability to betrayal, bribery, and blackmail. Where then is the wisdom that such a man or group of men, can be left unfettered by the chains of our Constitution.


Alvin Toffler, Newt Gingrich's Guru, the source of the Contract With America and 21st Century Republicanism, is a Marxist in Futurist drag. Today, and in previous installments in this series, the unholy roots of this ploy for 21st Century Democracy have been unearthed, and evidence presented that clearly demonstrates that the roots of this movement are socialistic not americanistic. That the presumed anti-socialist Republican Party looked to such a blueprint to guide its current philosophy, ought to be grave cause for concern for every patriotic American.

Next up, an in depth look at the specifics of the Toffler proposed plan to replace the US Constitution with his dangerous new Third Wave Democracy - coupled with an investigation as to where and how that plan has manifest itself in the philosophy and legislation of the Republican Party.

Newsmax staff-writer Steve Farrell of Henderson, Nevada is a widely published research writer. His projects include his upcoming book "Democrats In Drag: A Second Look at the Republican Party." Please send any comments, interview, and or speaking requests to Steve at

Find the rest of the The Third Way Series:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

1 Gingrich, Newt; and Army Dick. "Contract With America" New York, Times Books, Random House, 1994, pgs. 186-187.
2 Toffler, Alvin and Heidi. "Creating a New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave," Atlanta, Turner Publishing Inc., 1994, pgs. 8-9. This book is forwarded by Newt Gingrich.
3 Toffler, Alvin. "The Third Wave"New York, Bantam Books,1984. pgs. 417.
4 Ibid. 418; see also "Creating a New Civilization" p. 91
5 Marx, Karl. "Communist Manifesto" Boston, Western Islands, pg 24.
6 Toffler, Alvin. "The Third Wave" p. 418, 417.
7 Ibid. pgs. 416-417
8 Ibid. pgs. 9-11
9 Ibid. pgs. 431-433
10 Ibid. p. 405
11 Ibid. p. 24
12 Ibid. p. 91
13 Ibid. pgs. 91-97, 84-86
14 Ibid. p. 419
15 Ibid. p. 86
16 Madison, James, Federalist Papers, Article 51
17 Toffler, Alvin. "The Third Wave" pgs. 381-391
18 Ibid. p. 9
19 Ibid. p. 216, and pgs. 208-211

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