Doing A Gramsci

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-10-17 01:17

In my recent response to the “pomowankers”* associated with Victoria University’s Salient magazine who have been clamouring to have me and any other anti-Political Correctness agitator boiled in oil, I said:

It has long been my contention, reiterated during my stint in Salient that the "child-molesters of the mind" did a great number on rendering the young incapable of thought. All I need say at the end of this episode is, "I rest my case." They, the young pseudo-intellectuals, are our modern-day Hitler Youth. Their Fuehrers are Che, Chavez, Chomsky ... and Ahmadinejad.

To that list should be added another, more seminal one with which I doubt our modern-day Hitler Youth are familiar: Antonio Gramsci.

Gramsci (1891-1936) was co-founder of the Italian Communist Party, a talented theoretician who put a distinctively modern, relativist stamp on traditional, dogmatist Marxism. He is Marx laced with Machiavelli (a Gramsci pin-up). Marx had implied the existence of truths independent of human perception; Gramsci cleansed Marx of any taint of objectivity and proclaimed that truth was entirely "pragmatic," "praxis"-driven, determined by the interests of the revolution. Marx had preached the historical inevitability of the triumph of socialism, independent of man's will; Gramsci taught that only the wilful, conscious but clandestine subversion of capitalist culture at every level—a "long march through the culture" as he put it—could effect revolution. He was frustrated that the proletariat had not only failed to rise up against capitalism but had seemingly grown enamoured of it! This infernal reactionary outrage he attributed to the bourgeoisie's "cultural hegemony," their domination of churches, schools, the media, the unions, the arts, etc. The bourgeoisie therefore had to be beaten at their own game, their institutions infiltrated by intellectual moles ... and, by a long, silent, subtle process, brought down.

The moles' agenda was not to be "revolution" explicitly, but something unexceptionable on its face, couched in weasel words with which we're all too familiar: "consensus," "mandate," "justice," "pluralism," "community," "democracy," "global [insert marshmallow noun here]," and so on. (Note the names of two of the groups associated with New Zealand's recent "terrorist camp" raids: “Global Peace and Justice Auckland,” spearheaded by communist John Minto, and “Peace Action Wellington”!)

Ever wondered why the church is riddled with atheist priests? Think Gramsci! Where "Liberation Theology" (Marxism set to Catholicism) came from? Think Gramsci! Why our schools and universities place social consensus above genuine learning and deal in the currency of Marxism disguised as mush? Think Gramsci! Why our newspapers and TV networks, now full of graduates from the schools and universities, do the same? Think Gramsci! Why "corporates" are universally despised as evil, even by the corporates? Think Gramsci! Why the United States, the last semi-repository of bourgeois values, is "The Great Satan" to Muslim and non-Muslim alike all over the globe? Think Gramsci! Where the editor of Salient gets this sort of stuff from, "rebutting" my column on Global Warming:

"Go about your business now, keep consuming. The mindless corporations are protecting your interests— believe it—only lefty politicians subvert real science. Rest assured, greed is a good thing."

Think Gramsci! Via Chomsky in this instance—but remember where Chomsky got it from!

Other contemporary luminaries influenced by Gramsci include the pomowanker Foucault, unsurprisingly, and, chillingly, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who just couldn't wait to bring his troops home from Iraq. Brown the weasel-worder, who has forbidden public servants to use the words "Muslim" and "terrorist" next to each other!

There's no question that the Left has taken its "long march through the culture" with devastating success. We are assailed by their bromides at every turn, and the Right has been mortally corrupted by them (as well as its own contradictions). Their "long march," with Gramsci at the helm, has dragged the world to the abyss of totalitarian Hell.

It's going to be a long haul back.

And via a different path.

We lovers of reason and freedom have to do a Gramsci of our own.

*”Pomowankery”: postmodern nihilism set to masturbation

Lindsay Perigo 64 215 8715

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This article quoted in a different post here: http://tribelesshispursuitofha...

Once again, tax policy contradicts our freedom to do business in New Zealand. The Dunne/English LTC legislation and dumping of the QC regime may well be the most damaging issue faced by NZ business since Michael Cullen and then the Christchurch earthquake ... But tax has never been about running business successfully, just about the contradiction of how to pay a living to those it puts out of business.

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My post updated: Freedom - Looks Like We Lost It:

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This post ends with the following footnote:

Footnote: Philosophy, politics and economics in our Western social democracies - which are societal/political/philosophical/economic systems based on need - all meet in tax policy. When you start looking at tax policy, and the powers granted to IRD to enforce it - and they are granted any power they request - you soon start realising the 'social contract' social democrats are so enamoured with, is really just Nanny State setting down in the most authoritarian manner, the terms by which She will allow you to live and operate. There's no free society to be found here, and no free man would've signed up to any such one sided contract (unless, of course, someone was holding a gun to his head).

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Link to this post from my post here: http://tribelesshispursuitofha...

"Modern-day Hitler Youth..."

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Nailed!

I confess I hadn't heard of Gramsci until now, but certainly I have seen his legacy...

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