Antonio Gramscii. He’s the man. Look it up.
Abstract: Gramscii was an Italian communist who suggested that the strength of Western culture prevented the transformation of society from capitalist to socialist. His solution was elegant. Those who were socialist should occupy positions of influence in communications, education, religion, and other elements of culture in society, and slowly, over time, socialism would replace capitalism without the need for revolution or sudden change. He called the process “the long march through the institutions.”
That was 70 years ago. If you think Hollywood is singularly focused on leftist ideology, try living in the American school system or the university-colleges throughout the United States. Ditto the media, although the power of conservative talk radio still bedevils the leftists. Think about the changes in the Protestant churches during the past half century.
Gramscii isn’t a wild conspirator. He offers a strategy. He wrote about it. His writings are part of many college classroom curriculla, and they’re available on the Internet.
Interestingly, Gramscii didn’t predict Islamic thinkers would adopt his methods to institute Sharia law and subvert non-Islamic cultures. Gramscii also didn’t predict that some of us are taking our own long march through leftist institutions, acting like termites in the foundation of their thinking in the media and schools. For instance, by the time students get through my senior English class, they’ve been exposed to Solzhenitsyn and confronted with the horrors of Mao and Pol Pot, and hopefully they’re inoculated against whatever leftist propoganda they’ll face in college or university.
And about the topic - if no one is seeing these leftwing antiwar films, does it matter? Propoganda only works with exposure to the viewer. In the meantime, how many people have purchased “Veggie Tales” and seen the few G-rated films being produced? The theater was filled to the brim when I took my son to see “Prince Caspian.” Gramscii and his buddies follow thinking which sounds good from the inside of a library; the real world is a far more complicated place.
Well done. We have to remember, though, that as important as it is to avoid those works which celebrate marxism and nihilism, we must reward those that propagate traditional Western Judeo/Christian values: love of God, country, family, and neighbor; humility, charity, faith, courage, and hope.
It’s easy to boycott. It’s harder to seek out the good and help promote it.
‘...acting like termites in the foundation of their thinking in the media and schools. For instance, by the time students get through my senior English class, theyve been exposed to Solzhenitsyn and confronted with the horrors of Mao and Pol Pot, and hopefully theyre inoculated against whatever leftist propoganda theyll face in college or university...’
Good for you!! Sadly, the liberals in our schools have the opportunity to indoctrinate our children with leftist philosophy or simply omit any teachings that support America and her good history.
Never heard of Gramscii.....thanks for the education. imho, you are spot on....socialists are infiltrating our way of life without obvious revolution. And, most frightening, we may soon have a President who subscribes to a socialist philosophy. I pray Americans wake up before it’s too late.
Stalin said (gist) by using the media Communism would take over a generation and then the country.