The Iron Heel

Perhaps you have read Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang.  Only recently did I read his 1908 publication, The Iron Heel.  I found it amazingly contemporary.  Jack London, a passionate Socialist, wrote about a developing fascist society.

In his fictional account he describes how the U. S. Government, as he saw it,  in his day, was dominated by an Oligarchy which he labeled, The Iron Heel.  His analogy of a few powerful people, an Oligarchy, seems to fit the present Obama Administration whose iron heel is poised to aggressively crush any sign of opposition. 

Jack London put these words into the mouth of the most prominent Oligarch, a Mr. Wickson, "We have no words to waste on you ... we will grind you revolutionists down under our heel and walk on your faces.  The world is ours, we are its lords, and ours it shall remain."

Jack London's hope for a socialist America would have to wait, but in two to three decades fascism, the fruit of socialism, would burst into reality in the nation of Italy in 1922 and in Germany in the '30s.

 London's portrayal of 'change in the works' sounds similar to the present traumatic drama of revolutionary changes taking place in America.  He puts words into the mouth of the books main character, Ernest Everhard, "Never in the history of the world was society in so terrible flux as it is right now."  He saw swift changes about to be made in the religious, political, and social structures.  "Unseen and fearful revolution is taking place in the fiber and structure of society.  One can only dimly feel those things.  But they are in the air, now, today.  One can feel the loom of them - things vast, vogue, and terrible." 

Rutger's professor, H. Bruce Franklin, wrote in the forward of the 1980 edition of The Iron Heel, "London wrote of the world that was to come.  Listen to his words, "I tell you we are on the verge of the unknown.  Big things are happening secretly all around us.  We can feel them.  We do not know what they are, but they are there.  The whole fabric of society is a-tremble with them.  Don't ask me.  I don't know myself.  But out of this flux of society something is about to crystallize.  It is crystallizing now."

Jack London was a great author.  Was he not a prophet?

Dr. Billy McCormack
Christian Coalition of America
Chairman - Pastor's Council

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