ANTONIO GRAMSCI, THE MODEL FOR MODERN COMMUNISM
March 21, 2013
I promised in my first column on this series last week that I would bring to your attention the 45 steps, or goals, that Communists outlined back in the mid 1950's to superimpose on the United States to make the country a true communist state. Before I began this article I was encouraged to write a little more about Antonio Gramsci's background and principles. So, in order to keep this from being a lengthy missive, I want to delve deeper into Gramsci's worldview and set the stage for enumerating the 45 goals next week. Keep in mind, in Gramsci, we have the model for modern communism and the plan to bring America into the Communist fold.
And you thought Ronald Reagan drove a stake through the heart of Communism. Well, unfortunately, this deadly worldview merely went quiet (not underground) during his Administration and had we, and he, had not been bound by the 22nd Amendment, we could have driven underground by the mid 1990's.
But then came George H.W. Bush and his love for globalism and bringing about a New World Order complete with decisions about America's sovereignty being determined by the likes of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. Here's a not-too-well-kept secret: the Trilateral Commission and the CFR are both global Socialist entities bent on superimposing totalitarianism on the United States by removing its sovereignty. It took 20 years from Bush, Senior to the beginning of Barack Obama's first term to get that off the ground. With Obama, we have the completion of the globalist's strategy to takeover America and it could only be completed through Gramsci-style Communism.
One of the most interesting aspects of the study of history is that very often men born in the most humble of circumstances nevertheless rise up to affect the course of human history dramatically. They may be men of action or men of thought, yet in either case their activities can father tremendous changes across the years. Gramsci was both a man of action and thought and, whatever the outcome of the events of the next several decades, he will almost certainly be reckoned by future historians to have been a remarkable figure.
Born in obscurity on the island of Sardinia in 1891, Gramsci would not have been considered a prime candidate to impact significantly the 20th century. Gramsci studied philosophy and history at the University of Turin, and soon became a dedicated Marxist, joining the Italian Socialist Party. Immediately after the First World War, he established his own radical newspaper, The New Order, and shortly afterwards helped in the founding of the Italian Communist Party.
The fascist "March on Rome," and the appointment of Benito Mussolini to the prime ministry, impelled the young Marxist theorist to depart Italy. Casting about for a new home, he chose the most logical place for a Communist, Lenin's newly fashioned USSR. However, Soviet Russia was not what he had expected.
A fanatical Marxist insofar as political, economic, and historical theories were concerned, Gramsci was profoundly disturbed that life in Communist Russia exhibited little evidence of any deeply felt love on the part of the workers for the "paradise" that Lenin had constructed for them. Even less was there any deep attachment to such concepts as the "proletarian revolution" or "dictatorship of the proletariat," apart from the obligatory rhetoric.
Following Lenin's death and Stalin's rise to power in the USSR, Stalin systematically commenced the extermination of potential foes within his own camp. That, as it turned out, became an ongoing process, one that lasted until his own demise. In particular, men suspected of even the slightest ideological heresy in relation to Stalin's own interpretation of Marxism-Leninism were sent straight to torture chambers or death camps, or were hurried before firing squads.
Meanwhile, Gramsci returned home and take up the struggle against Mussolini. Seen as both a serious threat to the safety of the fascist regime and a likely agent of a hostile foreign power, after a relatively short time Gramsci was arrested and sentenced to a lengthy term of imprisonment, and there, in his prison cell, he devoted the nine years that were left to him to writing.
Before his death from tuberculosis in 1937, Gramsci produced nine volumes of observations on history, sociology, Marxist theory, and, most importantly, Marxist strategy.
Gramsci's shrewd assessment of the true essence of Marxism and of mankind makes his writings among the most powerful in this century. While Gramsci himself would die an ignominious and lonely death in a fascist prison, his thoughts would attain a life of their own and rise up to menace the world. What are these ideas?
Gramsci's signal contribution was to liberate the Marxist project from the prison of economic dogma, thereby dramatically enhancing its ability to subvert Christian society. This would be his theory on how to superimpose Communism on Western Civilization, particularly in the United States.
The civilized world, Gramsci deduced, had been thoroughly saturated with Christianity for 2,000 years and Christianity remains the dominant philosophical and moral system in Europe and North America. Practically speaking, civilization and Christianity were inextricably bound together. Christianity had become so thoroughly integrated into the daily lives of nearly everyone, including non-Christians living in Christian lands, it was so pervasive, that it formed an almost impenetrable barrier to the new, revolutionary civilization Marxists wish to create. Attempting to batter down that barrier proved unproductive, since it only generated powerful counter-revolutionary forces, consolidating them and making them potentially deadly.
Therefore, in place of the frontal attack, how much more advantageous and less hazardous it would be to attack the enemy's society subtly, with the aim of transforming the society's collective mind gradually, over a period of a few generations, from its former Christian worldview into one more harmonious to Marxism.
To subvert Christian America, Gramsci promoted "Cultural hegemony." The first phase in achieving "cultural hegemony" over a nation is the undermining of all elements of traditional culture. Churches are thus transformed into ideology-driven political clubs, with the stress on "social justice" and egalitarianism, with worship reduced to trivialized entertainment, and with age-old doctrinal and moral teachings "modernized" or diminished to the point of irrelevancy.
Genuine education is replaced by "dumbed down" and "politically correct" curricula, and standards are reduced dramatically. The mass media are fashioned into instruments for mass manipulation and for harassing and discrediting traditional institutions and their spokesmen. Morality, decency, and old virtues are ridiculed without respite.
Tradition-minded clergymen are portrayed as hypocrites and virtuous men and women as prudish, stuffy, and unenlightened.
Culture is no longer a buttress supporting the integrity of the national heritage and a vehicle for imparting that heritage to future generations, but becomes a means for destroying ideals and presenting the young not with heroic examples but with deliberately and aggressively degenerate ones.
We see this in contemporary American life, in which the great historical symbols of our nation's past, including great presidents, soldiers, explorers, and thinkers, are shown to have been unforgivably flawed with "racism" and "sexism" and therefore basically evil. Their place has been taken by pro-Marxist charlatans, pseudo-intellectuals, rock stars, leftist movie celebrities, and the like.
At another level, traditional Christian culture is condemned as repressive, "Eurocentric," and "racist" and, thus, unworthy of our continued devotion. In its place, unalloyed primitivism in the guise of "multiculturalism" is held as the new model.
Marriage and family, the very building blocks of our society, are perpetually attacked and subverted. Marriage is portrayed as a plot by men to perpetuate an evil system of domination over women and children. The family is depicted as a dangerous institution epitomized by violence and exploitation. Patriarchally oriented families are, according to the Gramscians, the precursors of fascism, Nazism, and every organized form of racial persecution.
Since American law is derived directly from English common law and from the biblical and Christian principles that are at the root of English common law, Gramsci argued that had to be marginalized. In the field of law, revolutionary change has become the order of the day, change so astounding that it could not have been imagined by Americans of 50 years ago. None would have dreamed of the outlawing of prayer and any expression of religious conviction on public property, the legalization of abortion as a constitutionally guaranteed "right," and the legalization of pornography, to mention but three.
Followers of Gramsci (such as Saul Alinsky) argue that the principles embraced by America's Founding Fathers and set forth in the Constitution have to be routinely reinterpreted and distorted. Those that cannot be reinterpreted and distorted, such as the Tenth Amendment, are simply ignored.
Worse yet, the ideological agenda underpinning the radicalization of American law is blithely accepted by millions of Americans, who have themselves been radicalized without ever realizing it.
Crucial to the Gramscians' success is the disappearance of all memory of the old civilization and way of life. The older America of unregulated lives, honest government, clean cities, crime-free streets, morally edifying entertainment, and a family-oriented way of life is no longer vivid in the minds of many Americans. Once it is gone completely, nothing will stand in the way of the new Marxist civilization.
It must be evident to all but the most simple minded that after the passage of a generation or two, such ceaseless social conditioning is bound to alter the consciousness and inner-substance of a society, and it is bound to produce significant structural crises within that society, crises that manifest themselves in numberless ways in virtually every community throughout the country.
Gramsci would have his Neo-Marxist vanguard superimpose the Communist doctrine step-by-step, a simple, yet deliberate progression from American Patriotism to Neo-Marxist Collectivism.
The influence of Gramsci's Communist views, together with Fabian Socialism and the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, were incorporated into a cohesive platform for the Communist Party USA, whose membership included Frank Marshall Davis (member number 47544) was Barack Obama's mentor as recorded in his book Dreams from My Father; Robert Taylor and Vernon Jarrett (Valerie Jarrett's grandfather and father-in-law respectively. Valerie Jarrett has been Obama's closest advisor since 1995); and David Cantor and Don Rose, mentors to David Axelrod, Obama's campaign strategist.
Couple these radicals with the dozens of others who hail from such radical Marxist groups like the Students for a Democratic Society, The Tides Foundation, The Apollo Alliance, ACORN and the Centers for America Progress and you have a boiling pot for a Communist takeover.
It has already begun. In fact, Obama isn't the one who brought it about. It began to infiltrate our society back in the 50's and can possible reach its penultimate takeover by the end of Obama's second term.
Having filled in the blanks with this study, I think we can now move on to the 45 goals of the Communist Party USA and Communists worldwide said needed to be pushed on the United States in order to eliminate capitalism and individual liberty and destroy the Constitution by bringing socialism, statism, collectivism and totalitarianism to America.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.