William S. Lind

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William S. Lind
Born (1947-07-09) July 9, 1947 (age 71)
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 paleoconservative, 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. Lind is a key proponent of the "Cultural Marxism" theory, which holds that modern Political correctness is "a branch of western Marxism" and thus an intellectual descendent of Karl Marx.[4] Lind is also believed to have written 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][6] A column by Lind for The American Conservative contains material suggestive that he was the author and a VDARE article claims he is the author.[7][8]


Lind graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 and from Princeton University in 1971, where he received a master's degree in history.[9]

Military expertise

Alongside several U.S. officers, Lind is one of the originators of fourth-generation war (4GW) theory.[10]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Lind, an opponent of the Iraq War, has written for the Marine Corps Gazette, Defense and the National Interest, (D-N-I.net), and The American Conservative.[11]

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."[12]

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. [13][14]

Lind has authored and co-authored (with Paul Weyrich) a number of monographs on behalf of the Free Congress Foundation attempting to persuade American Conservatives to support government funding for mass transit programs, especially rail transit, the pair have also written in advocation of the concept of Cultural Marxism as being an organized conspiracy against the traditional Christian values of America.[4] He was Associate Publisher of a quarterly magazine called The New Electric Railway Journal from its launch in 1988 until 1996,[15] and starting in January 1994 he also co-hosted a monthly program about light rail on the National Empowerment Television network; the program used the same name as the magazine.[16]

As a paleoconservative, Lind has often criticized neoconservatives in his commentaries. While not an Anarchist, he has also written for LewRockwell.com. He is a self-proclaimed conservative and monarchist.[17][18]

In his on War column of December 15, 2009,[19] 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."

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

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


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,'"[20] 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."[21]

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."[22]

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."

Published works

  • Maneuver Warfare Handbook (Westview Special Studies in Military Affairs) by William S. Lind, Westview Press, 1985. ISBN 978-0865318625
  • America Can Win: The Case for Military Reform, by Gary Hart, William S. Lind, Adler & Adler Publishers, 1986. ISBN 978-0917561108
  • Cultural Conservatism: Toward a New National Agenda, by William S. Lind, William H. Marshner, Institute for Cultural Conservatism, 1987. ISBN 978-0942522129
  • Cultural Conservatism: Theory And Practice, edited by William S. Lind & William H. Marshner, Free Congress Res & Education, 1991. ISBN 978-0942522167
  • Bring Back the Streetcars! a Conservative Vision of Tomorrow's Urban Transportation, by Paul M. Weyrich & William S. Lind, Free Congress Foundation, 2002. ASIN B002GKYRNS.
  • The Next Conservatism, by Paul M. Weyrich, William S. Lind, St. Augustines Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1587315619
  • Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation, by by Paul M. Weyrich, William S. Lind, Reconnecting America, 2009. ISBN 978-0982527306
  • The Four Generations of Modern War by William S. Lind, Castalia House, 2014. ASIN B00PO4KD4U
  • The Essence of Conservatism, by Andrew J. Bacevich, J. David Hoeveler, James Kurth, Dermot Quinn, Paul Weyrich and William S. Lind, Roger Scruton, Thomas E. Woods Jr., Chase Madar, Daniel McCarthy, R.J. Stove, The American Conservative, 2014. ASIN B00IWVO7OE
  • On War: The Collected Columns of William S. Lind 2003-2009 by William S. Lind, Castalia House, 2014. ASIN B00OY2QFAY
  • 4th Generation Warfare Handbook by William S. Lind and LtCol Gregory Thiele, Castalia House, 2015. ISBN 978-9527065754
  • Corectitudinea politică: „religia“ marxistă a Noii Ordini Mondiale, coordinated by William S. Lind, published in Romania, 2015


  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 William S. Lind (2008). "What is Cultural Marxism". Maryland Thursday Meeting.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation Warfare". Castalia House Publishing. Retrieved May 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Lind, William S. Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation Warefare. Castalia House. ISBN 978-9527065457. Retrieved 30 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Lind, William S. "Washington's Legitimacy Crisis". The American Conservative. Retrieved May 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Paul Gottfried (May 26, 2015). "William Lind's VICTORIA Heralds Coming America Breakup". VDare. Retrieved October 15, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. William S. Lind (2014). "William S. Lind bio". The Notable Names Database.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Lind, William. A Tea Party Defense Budget, The American Conservative (February 2011)
  12. Robert Coram, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art of War, published 2004 by Back Bay Books, p. 383
  13. Lind, William S. Next Revolution.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Weyrich, Paul. "Letter to Conservatives". The National Center for Public Policy Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Kunz, Richard R. (Spring 1996). "From the Editor: Cutting the Cord". The New Electric Railway Journal, p. 2.
  16. "Watch our trolleys take to the air". The New Electric Railway Journal, Spring 1994, p. 31.
  17. William S. Lind (2006). "The Prussian Monarchy Stuff". LewRockwell.com. Center for Libertarian Studies.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. William S. Lind (2006). "Why We Still Fight". LewRockwell.com. Center for Libertarian Studies.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Lind, William S. (December 15, 2009). "Opinion". Military.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Bill Berkowitz (2003). "Reframing the Enemy". Southern Poverty Law Center.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Chip Berlet (2003). "Into the Mainstream". Southern Poverty Law Center.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. Thomas E. Ricks (July 1997). "The Widening Gap Between the Military and Society". The Atlantic.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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