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William S. Lind

William S. Lind
Born (1947-07-09) July 9, 1947
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Princeton University
Occupation Writer
Known for Critiquing Cultural Marxism

William S. Lind (born July 9, 1947) is an American cultural conservative, a columnist, a Christian, and an expert on light rail transport systems.[1][2][3] He's the author of several books on military fields and one of the first proponents of the Fourth-generation warfare theory. Lind is also a pundit on political matters. He's a proponent of the view that Marxists control much of what is in popular television content, and that modern Political correctness is directly attributable to Karl Marx.[4] He's known for his criticism of Cultural Marxism, a concept associated with the Frankfurt School and critical theory. Lind also wrote Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War, in which a group of Christian Marines leads an armed rebellion against political correctness in the government.[5] He outed himself as owner of the pen name "Thomas Hobbes" in one of his columns for The American Conservative.[6]


  • Education 1
  • Military expertise 2
  • Center for Cultural Conservatism 3
    • Criticism 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Lind graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 and from Princeton University in 1971, where he received a master's degree in history.[7]

Military expertise

Alongside several U.S. officers, Lind is one of the originators of fourth-generation war (4GW) theory.[8]

Lind served as a legislative aide for Senator Robert Taft, Jr., of Ohio from 1973 through 1976 and held a similar position with Senator Gary Hart of Colorado from 1977 through 1986. He is the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook (Westview Press, 1985) and co-author, with Gary Hart, of America Can Win: The Case for Military Reform.

With Bruce Gudmundsson, Lind hosted the program Modern War on the now-defunct satellite television network NET.

Lind, an opponent of the Iraq War, has written for the Marine Corps Gazette, Defense and the National Interest, (, and The American Conservative.[9]

According to writer Robert Coram in his book Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art of War, during lectures on maneuver warfare Lind was sometimes criticized for having never served in the military, for having "never dodged a bullet, he had never led men in combat, he had never even worn a uniform and clearly spending way too much time playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare". Coram writes that when challenged by an officer, Lind "cut him off at the knees."[10]

Center for Cultural Conservatism

Lind was formerly the Director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation. He advocates a Declaration of Cultural Independence by cultural conservatives in the United States, in the belief that the federal government ceased to represent their interests and began to coerce them into negative behavior and affect their culture in a negative fashion. The center believes that American culture and its institutions are headed for a collapse and that cultural Conservatives should separate themselves from the calamity that it foresees. It supports setting up independent parallel institutions with a right to secession and a highly decentralized nature that would rely on individual responsibility and discipline to remain intact, but would prevent the takeover of the institutions by those hostile to cultural conservatism's ideals.

Lind has authored and co-authored (with

  • William S. Lind at TraditionalRight
  • William Lind at Lew Archives
  • The Origins of Political Correctness by William S. Lind
  • Rage Against the Machine by William S. Lind
  • Declaration of Cultural Independence
  • mini-bio of William S. Lind
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

External links

  1. ^ Transportation Research Board A Decade of Light Rail, William S. Lind and Paul M. Weyrich, (1991)
  2. ^ Transportation Research Board Baltimore Light Rail, William S. Lind, Robert Abrams, (1992)
  3. ^ William S., Lind. "Americans love trains. So should conservatives.". Texas Rail Advocates. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ William S. Lind (2008). "What is Cultural Marxism". Maryland Thursday Meeting. 
  5. ^ "Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation Warfare". Castalia House Publishing. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lind, William S. "Washington's Legitimacy Crisis". The American Conservative. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ William S. Lind (2014). "William S. Lind bio". The Notable Names Database. 
  8. ^ William S. Lind, Colonel Keith Nightengale (USA), Captain John F. Schmitt (USMC), Colonel Joseph W. Sutton (USA), Lieutenant Colonel Gary I. Wilson (USMCR) (October 1989). "The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation". Marine Corps Gazette. 
  9. ^ Lind, William. A Tea Party Defense Budget, The American Conservative (February 2011)
  10. ^ Robert Coram, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art of War, published 2004 by Back Bay Books, p. 383
  11. ^ William S. Lind (2008). "What is Cultural Marxism". Maryland Thursday Meeting. 
  12. ^ Kunz, Richard R. (Spring 1996). "From the Editor: Cutting the Cord". The New Electric Railway Journal, p. 2.
  13. ^ "Watch our trolleys take to the air". The New Electric Railway Journal, Spring 1994, p. 31.
  14. ^ William S. Lind (2006). "The Prussian Monarchy Stuff".  
  15. ^ William S. Lind (2006). "Why We Still Fight".  
  16. ^ Lind, William S. (December 15, 2009). "Opinion". 
  17. ^ Bill Berkowitz (2003). "Reframing the Enemy". Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  18. ^ Chip Berlet (2003). "Into the Mainstream". Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  19. ^ Thomas E. Ricks (July 1997). "The Widening Gap Between the Military and Society". The Atlantic. 


Journalist Fareed Zakaria criticizes Lind in his book, The Future of Freedom. On page 123, Zakaria states, "There are those in the West who agree with bin Laden that Islam is the reason for the Middle East's turmoil. Preachers such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell and writers such as Paul Johnson and William Lind have made the case that Islam is a religion of repression and backwardness."

Journalist Thomas E. Ricks in The Atlantic Monthly asserts that Lind's rhetoric differs from what Ricks calls "standard right-wing American rhetoric of the '90s" because Lind suggests that the "next real war we fight is likely to be on American soil."[19]

Bill Berkowitz, in an article for the Southern Poverty Law Center, described Lind as the one person "who has done the most to define the enemies who make up the so-called 'cultural Marxists,'"[17] being a leading proponent of the Frankfurt School conspiracy theory. According to the SPLC, in 1999 Lind wrote, "The real damage to race relations in the South came, not from slavery, but Reconstruction, which would not have occurred if the South had won."[18]


Lind has started a new column on military affairs, "The View From Olympus," at

However, he has recommenced his on War column with the American Conservative magazine.

In his on War column of December 15, 2009,[16] Lind announced that he was leaving the staff of the Center unexpectedly and that his series of on War articles was on hiatus for the moment. "Once I am re-established, either with a new institution or in retirement, I intend to re-start the column. When that will be I do not know. It also depends on obtaining connection to a telegraph line, which is not available everywhere."

As a paleoconservative, Lind has often criticized neoconservatives in his commentaries. While not an Anarchist, he has also written for He is a self-proclaimed conservative and monarchist.[14][15]

[13] network; the program used the same name as the magazine.National Empowerment Television on the light rail and starting in January 1994 he also co-hosted a monthly program about [12] from its launch in 1988 until 1996,The New Electric Railway Journal He was Associate Publisher of a quarterly magazine called [11]

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