March 14, 2013

We don't hear or see much about Communism anymore. Our own children may not have heard of the term. The forty, fifty and sixty somethings know a little about it. But most of them think it died with the fall of the Soviet Union and the Democracy-leanings of present-day China.

Communism has been, and to a great degree still is, equated with maintaining a hold over workers and peasants by sheer terror, by mass murder on a gargantuan scale, and by the ubiquitous, gnawing fear of midnight knocks on the door, enforcing Communism by the barrel of a gun and the marching of foot soldiers and tanks through the streets and labor camps and gulags in the most treacherous parts of the world.

In the United States today, we don't have militant Leninists and Stalinists putting a boot to our neck, although that may be the last thing imposed. Rather, what we have in the White House and among the "Progressive" wings of both parties is a more humane imposition of Communism. I call it the Gramsci Communist Model. Based upon the writings of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci in the 1920's, this model is not complicated.

Gramsci's approach about how communism could replace capitalism was different from pure Marxism. He analyzed why the Marxist approach would never be successful in a religious-based, Western-style country and theorized that in a country like the United States, it would first be necessary to undermine the culture and morality,  before the people would accept the slide into socialism.

Gransci discarded a Marxist concept that the overthrow would come from a "revolt of the workers." He insisted that it would only succeed by having the intellectuals and elites working to change the country's culture from within. The final destruction of our American way of life would not be completed by external Communists, but rather by dedicated American progressives. This would be best achieved from the bottom up by stealthily changing the beliefs of the culture itself, called “cultural hegemony.”

Cultural hegemony involves softening, or radicalizing, the culture’s beliefs about various social issues, such as homosexuality, marriage, education, women’s issues, religion, divorce, pornography, media, abortion, and established political parties. The idea is to move everything to the left so that eventually new norms are rooted into society.

An excellent documentary called “Agenda: Grinding America Down” explains how the strategy has been accomplished so far. Our basic institutions have been so permeated with Marxist ideology by intellectual leaders that “their rules” have insidiously become the accepted rules of thought. Starting with public education, then the media, the churches, and so on, Gramsci knew that eventually the society would accept a new definition of morality and justice. Once that was accomplished it would be much easier to destroy the capitalist infrastructure and the established political parties, and thereby transform them into a new Marxist reality.

Politically correct language would take root and eventually politically correct ideas, without ever divulging the philosophy behind them. Their organizations and think tanks would never use words related to Socialism, Marxism, or Communism. Instead words such as universal healthcare, reproductive rights, and community organizing would replace words such as socialized medicine, abortion, and Communism.

When you consider what is happening in the public school system today it is apparent that Gramscian strategies have been incorporated for years without us ever realizing what was going on. 

Textbooks, teachers’ unions, left-leaning churches, the women’s movement, and prominent intellectuals have all infiltrated our traditional value system and replaced it with a leftist mentality that negates the individual in favor of the global good.

This explains the prominence of environmental policies, hate speech laws, corporate blackmail being perpetrated by organizations such as ACORN, and government agencies taking political correctness to the extreme of endangering our national security.

The influence of Gramsci's model was far-reaching. It was incorporated into the teachings of the Communist Party USA as well as the first major community organizer in America, Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama's authority.

Alinsky's tactics were based, not on Stalin's revolutionary violence, but on Gramsci's Neo-Marxist strategies. Relying on gradualism, infiltration and the dialectic process rather than a bloody revolution, Gramsci's transformational Marxism was so subtle that few even noticed the deliberate changes.

When you study Barack Obama’s influence of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals,” you will see the many characteristics of Antonio Gramsci’s influence on both of their lives. Many of Bill Clinton’s policies reflected Gramsci’s tactics as well. None of this has happened over night.

All of this has been further facilitated by the media and popular culture.  As Gramscian tactics have been stealthily inserted into the culture, the media has adopted these values and influenced each generation. 

Back in 1958, W. Cleon Skousen authored a book entitled The Naked Communist. This FBI agent and later Salt Lake City Police Chief listed what he perceived to be "Current Communist Goals" to take over America. There were 45 of them mentioned. In the fifty-five years since this publication, most of the goals have been accomplished, pushed forward by American Gramsci Communists and other leftwing sympathizers (mostly coming from the Democratic Party).

In the next article in this series, we will take a look of the forty-five goals and in succeeding articles we will look at how each has been or are in the process of being implemented.

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