Bedford: A World Vision
by Ellen Williams
Belleville, Ontario, Canada: Guardian
is a scary book! Ellen Williams, Southern Heritage activist and
retired schoolteacher, has penned this novel set in the near future.
Just how far off its events are we donít know exact years
are always blanked out. However, a character born in the 1920s is
93 and still living during the storyís main events, suggesting less
than 20 years. Bedford:
A World Vision is set in a political and cultural climate
in which the entire Western world has come under the domination
of a global government World Vision and makes full
use of todayís most recognizable trends.
yourself for life in Bedford, a small and still somewhat traditional
town in southern Alabama, in what remains of the Bible Belt a place
perhaps not unlike Ellen Williamsí own hometown of Leroy, not far
from Mobile. Only the stateís official name is no longer Alabama.
Although still called by their old names by (mostly elderly) residents,
states are no longer recognized as governmental entities. They have
been incorporated into larger units called regions. Alabama and
what were other Southern states are combined into Region Six. The
United States itself is now North America II. Its flag has been
abolished and replaced by the World Vision Banner, now flying over
schools and public buildings. A new "pledge of allegiance"
is said before this flag. The U.S. national anthem has been replaced
by a global anthem. Under World Vision, an ethos of egalitarianism
and universal tolerance for everything except Biblical Christianity has
been embraced. This ethos permeates every aspect of education and
public life, along with belief in the inevitable beneficence of
strong, centralized government. The global motto is tolerance
today, tolerance forever.
main story is told in the form of an extended flashback, as Horace
Adam Pruitt Jr. (who goes by Adam), a history professor and presumed
member of the cultural elite of his generation, delivers a speech
recalling the Bedford-in-transition of his teen years. That Bedford
still contained pockets of unorganized resistance to the global
vision of universal tolerance and equality. The occasional Baptist
preacher still preached from an un-feminized or otherwise uncorrupted
Bible. It was a time not far removed from when homosexuals could
not wed or adopt children or collect benefits for partners from
employers. As Pruitt invites his audience to remember with him,
the story itself begins.
main plot focuses on the trial of Horace Adam Pruitt Sr. and his
wife Virginia Pruitt, during the period of Bedford-in-transition.
Adam Jr.ís parents are on trial for psychological and emotional
child abuse. Their crime: having compelled their son, then 14, to
attend traditional Bethel Baptist Church since early childhood.
Adam has already been removed from his parentsí home by the government
and placed in a youth facility at his instigation. Childrenís rights
against their parents have been taken very seriously since the ratifying
of the United World Childrenís Rights Treaty. Adam had come under
the influence of the Bedford High School chapter of the Alabama
Independent Thinkers who disseminate World Vision propaganda in
government schools, conflicting with those of Adamís parents and
of the church they attend on such matters as universal tolerance,
homosexuality and childrenís rights.
with courtroom scenes are scenes from Bedford High School and a
few from Bethel Baptist Church and a liberal church, Oak Park Baptist
(which has "reinterpreted," e.g., Romans 1:24-27). Bedford
High is a place simmering with rage. Nonwhite students the majority are
allowed to vent spleen about the mistreatment of their ancestors;
"Euro" students must listen wordlessly and lower their
heads in shame. Some are so driven by guilt that they voluntarily
go to the front of classes and tearfully apologize to minority students.
They have learned this mindset in required sensitivity classes.
It isnít always enough. Occasionally the rage of non-"Euro"
students boils over into a fight with weapons, resulting in a visit
to the local emergency room for the loser. Other students are so
inured to all this that they barely react.
Bedford High, every student has a computer. Teachers dispense bureaucratically
approved lessons on diskettes and do not deviate from the World
Vision party line thus every student in the region gets exactly
the same education. Ownership of certain books, especially history
books, with too old a copyright date is illegal; the globalist educrats
do not want people to be confused. One recalls Orwellís adage that
"Those who control the past, control the future; and those
who control the present, control the past." The history lessons
dispensed by one teacher stress the heinous nature of that period
of history when their land was called the United States, colonized
by purveyors of greed and imperialism from Europe who wiped out
Native Americans and enslaved the ancestors of African Americans.
The war that began in 1860 is now called the War of Southern Racist
Rebellion. The America that preceded World Vision slaughtered hundreds
of thousands of Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic weapons.
Thus the writers from that old and discredited Eurocentric culture
of intolerance from Shakespeare to Hawthorne to Poe and its inventors
such as Thomas Edison have been ratcheted down in high-tech, online
texts to make room for manufactured claims about the high poetic
achievements of the Sioux.
they dispense their approved lessons, teachers take care to avoid
forbidden words like slave and plantation. They spend
as much time keeping order as they do teaching. There is no tracking
by ability or distinguishing individual differences (besides approved
racial/ethnic ones) this would violate egalitarianism. For the same
reason, grades have been abolished in favor of computer generated
"progress evaluations." Because everybody is equal, students
who have not learned to read or use the computer keyboard are given
computer video games to play instead. Teachers are expected to reproduce
all their notes on audio tape so they donít feel inferior. Because
everybody is equal, even student government at Bedford High must
reflect not student votes but the ethnic make-up of the student
body and also the ratio of homosexual to heterosexual students.
Lesbianism is rampant; girls flirt openly in class with other girls.
Teachers dare not open their mouths about it. To be sure, some students
seem to barely respond to their surroundings at all. They sit and
stare at their computer screens or off into space, terminally bored.
High just reflects the larger culture-in-transition, which has "progressed"
to the point where open homosexuality is accepted. Pedophilia, meanwhile,
has become an "alternative lifestyle choice" clamoring
to come under the banner of equality and universal tolerance; a
pedophile lobby, Love of Children, is working to have laws against
pedophilia overturned. There are hints that one of the characters
testifying at the trial of Horace Sr. and Virginia Pruitt on their
sonís behalf, a coach at Bedford High, might be a pedophile.
this background is Bethel Baptist Church, whose pastor John Winston
still preaches without compromise that homosexuality is wrong because
of the Biblical condemnation. In this new culture, such teachings
amount to "religious indoctrination" at best, and at worst,
raw and open hate. (Adam learned about "religious indoctrination"
in his Establishing Values course.) Preachers must now be careful
what they say in pulpits; otherwise, they receive a visit from a
Department of Human Equality social worker, their churchís tax exempt
status is endangered and they could be arrested for violating hate
speech statutes. Pastor Winston finds himself with a choice stop
condemning homosexual conduct from his pulpit or face arrest. He
sticks with the Bible, is arrested, tried and imprisoned, and finds
himself tending plants for a living when released months later.
In the meantime, the Pruitts have won in court; their son has moved
back. But their victory is Pickwickian. They face periodic visits
from a Department of Human Equality bureaucrat who goes from room
to room and compels them to remove books and religious symbols that
violate the court agreement that returned their son home.
is a society in which "intolerance" is severely punished,
and includes not just speech but attitudes and thoughts as revealed
through, e.g., oneís facial expressions and body language. Black
youths receive "bondage rep" checks from the government
until they reach age 22. Not only is prayer at public events the
most distant of memories, but Christian groups are carefully monitored,
unlike other religious groups (which have names like Islam for America,
Light for Lucifer, Mother Earthís Children). The war on "intolerance"
long ago reached into the workplace. An employer can face a civil
rights lawsuit for allowing an employee to keep a nativity scene
on his desk at Winter Solstice.
this society-in-transition, the divorce rate is up to 62 percent.
Seventy percent of the incomes of those who work go to pay taxes.
An economic system controlled by the internationalist regime has
continued exporting well-paying jobs outside of what was the United
States, furthering North America IIís descent toward third world
status. Firearms, of course, are strictly controlled; gun owners
and all those living with them must be fingerprinted and photographed.
School counselors drive girls to abortion clinics, and no one gives
it a second thought. Finally, the elderly (example: the woman born
in the 1920s referred to in the first paragraph) and others to old
to work can be involuntarily euthanized; the practice is called
such "dispatchment" occurs late in the novel, the flashback
having ended. It is Adam Pruittís own mother, a now-elderly but
still traditional-minded Christian widow. Adam signed off on the
order; and it is clear that he senses heís lost something profound.
Despite all his elite education, he canít express it. The scene
could be viewed as symbolic of a callous and suicidal societyís
"dispatching" its entire history and heritage. For Bedfordís
transition is complete. World Vision dominates; those on the "religious
fringe" are warehoused in Regulated Religious Residences (RRRís).
Pedophiles now demonstrate for removing their last remaining legal
restriction: parental consent. What was Bethel Baptist Church is
now the Bethel Museum for Human Rights, where exhibits include photos
from the first homosexual wedding in Bedford. In the new Bedford,
neighborhoods are gated and property is surrounded by electrified
fences. Security is a booming industry, because crime has skyrocketed.
Police are everywhere, but do little except for nudging every working
personís taxes up still higher.
A World Vision is the most compelling work of dystopian fiction
to appear since the PC era began. It is this eraís 1984
New World. The characters are well-drawn, and could be the
people next door. Interestingly, we never meet or encounter references
to whoever is running the World Vision empire. There are occasional
flashes of sardonic humor as in a reference to the U.S. Attorney
General of the 1990s as "Jane Reynolds." That reference,
however, makes a serious point about how you-know-who, the actual
attorney general who really did brand Christians as "cultists"
and outlined her conception of who "cultists" were: people
who believe in the Bible, support Christian causes, homeschool their
children, believe in the Second Amendment and distrust large government.
bookís only drawbacks are some occasional editing problems perhaps
a sign of an independent author working with very limited resources.
The text needed one more proofing to eliminate a few bugs (an occasional
typo, several uses of a wrong name for one of the characters, initial
difficulty in ascertaining who is speaking in certain scenes). Clearly,
too, this book was written before September 11. This being the post
9-11 world, I find it difficult to believe we will reach a point
where the American flag is actually illegal to fly. However, Iíll
build a hesitation into this criticism: people are fickle, and times
do change. Perhaps given the right kind of media campaign delivered
under the right circumstances (e.g., a blitzkrieg about how
"a single nation cannot carry on the war against terrorism
by itself" following another attack somewhere), an eventual
assault on our national symbols in favor of global ones does not
strain credibility so badly after all.
is a hugely important work, the occasional typo notwithstanding.
Iíve no doubt it would never have been issued by a major publisher
even if it were technically perfect; nor will it be written about
by any of the usual reviewers for highbrow magazines and journals.
The product of a Christian as well as Southern thinker, it violates
too many taboos. But it successfully portrays the road this culture
is presently on. Bedford: A World Vision is a warning. Either
we make a 180-degree turn or the real World Vision will soon be
here, and it may not take 20 years.
Yates [send him mail]
has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is the author of Civil
Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action (ICS Press,
1994). He is a professional writer at work on a number of projects
including a work of political philosophy, The Paradox of Liberty.
He has set up a small freelance writing business, Millennium
3 Communications. Currently living in Columbia, South Carolina,
he will join the Mises Institute in March as a Rowley Fellow.
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