websource: Free Republic Who is Antonio Gramsci and what is his connection to the American Left? An Italian Communist philosopher, Gramsciâ€™s theories have stealthily been incorporated into our culture for at least 50 years. You may have never heard of him, but you would certainly recognize his ideas taking place in America, and in the White House of both President Clinton and President Obama. Gramsci believed that the way to incorporate Marxism in capitalist societies was best achieved from the bottom up by stealthily changing the beliefs of the culture itself, called â€œcultural hegemony.â€
Cultural hegemony involves softening, or radicalizing, the cultureâ€™s beliefs about various social issues, such as homosexuality, marriage, education, womenâ€™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 â€œAgenda: Grinding America Downâ€ explains how the strategy has been accomplished so far. Our basic institutions have been so permeated with Marxist ideology by intellectual leaders that â€œtheir rulesâ€ 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.
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