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The Drumbeat (of cultural Marxism)
Americanthinker ^ | September 20, 2008 | William Staneski

Posted on 09/19/2008 11:12:33 PM PDT by neverdem

The drumbeat. It's always there. Day and night. Rain or shine. Winter or Summer. Sunday or Monday. It comes at you from every direction. It comes over the TV, the radio, at work, at school, in music, in the newspapers, from the politicians, in conversation with others, even in church. It wears you down. It robs you of the will to resist its message. Even short-lived victories, which stop it briefly, leave you with the knowledge that it will return; each minor victory bound to be lost to the redoubled efforts of this patient and persistent force. You can't escape it. It never stops. It never gives up. It never ends. It rains upon you from every possible angle, from every possible source.

It's the drumbeat of the left. It is political, philosophical, theological, and social. It pervades every activity. It is post-structural, post-modern, post-everything in the parlance of the day. It is tolerant, diverse, non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, egalitarian, politically correct, multicultural, globalist, and collectivist. It insists that there are no rights and wrongs, no moral absolutes. It turns everything upside down in its looking glass world. It denies the correctness of all that produced what our culture revered before the deconstruction of the world in accordance with the tenets of cultural Marxism.

It denies God, human exceptionalism, and the soul. We are reduced to Darwinian animals floundering in an amoral sea of meaninglessness. It is a product of the nihilistic, existentialist philosophical movement, which went hand in hand with modern art, atonal music, scientific materialism and modern physics, and the generally discordant nature of the twentieth century.

It is said that a fish is not aware of the water in which it swims since it is totally immersed in it. This is the way cultural Marxism is taking over our world in its inexorable Gramscian march. We swim in it. It enters every pore of our existence. It is everywhere. We can't escape it. Many people accept this world without even realizing it, just as the fish accepts the water in which it swims. They don't realize it as the left creates new conventional wisdom and new intuitions about truth.

The cultural Marxists convince us that the truth is that there is no truth. And even though this unresolvable paradox lies at the very center of all this, the constant drumbeat keeps the masses in line, anesthetized enough to not make an issue of it. Fed a constant diet of sex, drugs, poisonous pop culture, materialistic trinkets, and unkeepable promises of security provided by huge leftist government, ever more globalist in nature, the masses are diverted from realizing, as they are told there is no truth, that this claim itself is subject to the same test. It is logically impossible for the leftist drumbeat to be true by its own axioms.

The principles upon which Western culture rests and upon which America was built are under attack by these slow acting but deadly forces. The drumbeat is grinding down the will of the West to maintain itself. The ideas of individual sovereignty and responsibility, natural rights, and objective truth have been derided by the left to the point that many of our young people reject them, if, indeed, they are even aware of them as the basis for our culture. All that ensures that a culture will pass its ideas down from one generation to the next is its cultural memory. The drumbeat is slowly but surely replacing our cultural memory.

As each school is renamed and the name of a Founder or other great person from our history is removed from it entrance way, we lose a bit of that memory. As our great authors and works of Western culture are replaced with those in line with the message of the drumbeat, we rapidly lose our cultural memory. As each school textbook is rewritten to reflect the new ideas of family and cultural heritage, our children are lost to the forces of the drumbeat as they learn to view America and traditional Western culture as oppressive and imperialistic. And it doesn't take long for there to be only a shell left, the substance of our culture sucked out and destroyed by the cultural Marxists.

If you believe that all this is a paranoid overreaction, you have plenty of company. Those of us who can still see the water and hear the drumbeat are subject to attempts to make us sound evil and foolish. To believe in traditional Western cultural values, American Exceptionalism, God, and moral truth is to be branded as old fashioned and foolish, even by the best assessments of those who have bought into the cultural Marxist's message. And by the worst of them, we are branded as stupid and evil, and in need of being destroyed.

It may be too late to do anything about this as the world plays out its story. The power-hungry arrogance of human beings seems to be the force that underlies the events carrying us forward to the final chapter. And as this arrogance and lust for power feeds the wills of those who would gain control of the world, humankind is gaining just enough knowledge to destroy itself in that arrogance. Never before in human history has there been such a confluence of forces. Technology, globalism, and the leftist drumbeat are joining together in a way that is allowing mankind to believe, on a worldwide scale, that it can control its own destiny.

The main thing that is being ignored in all this is human nature. It is all based upon the arrogant presumptions of the elitist cultural Marxists concerning how people ought to act. It leads to totalitarianism and destruction.

In truth, and in direct opposition to the drumbeat, each human being must be accorded his or her natural rights, individual sovereignty, and self responsibility to be in harmony with human nature. Each of us must have the freedom to succeed or to fail. Western culture, culminating in the great American experiment, has been perverted. Due to these perversions, many failures have already occurred, which have then, ironically, been used to justify further perversions of the same sort as those which caused the problems to begin with.

Generally, these perversions are manifested in bigger government, more laws, more bureaucracy, more regulations, more taxes, and government controlled redistribution of wealth, more collectivism, less individualism, and less freedom. We all hear it constantly from leftist politicians as they add their part to the drumbeat:  government must do more to ensure Americans avoid the consequences of their choices.  We all know the song, sung to the cheers of the unthinking throngs who would give up their very humanity for the promise of a free lunch. These are the joys of cultural Marxism.

And the drumbeat goes on.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: culturalmarxism; marxism; williamstaneski

1 posted on 09/19/2008 11:12:33 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The fool says in his heart there is no God.


2 posted on 09/19/2008 11:28:42 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (Common sense is in short supply in Washington)
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To: neverdem

Christianity will defeat marxism in the end.


3 posted on 09/19/2008 11:28:52 PM PDT by Mogollon ($5/gal Gas....Kick the Jacka$$es Out!)
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To: neverdem

I get my daily dose of liberalism whether I want it or not.


4 posted on 09/19/2008 11:33:15 PM PDT by StACase (Global Warming is CRAP!)
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To: Semperfiwife

Marxism feeds on chaos because this is the way to greater control. The Marxists are always there to destabilize and create discord, ignore common sense and traditions that bind society together.


5 posted on 09/19/2008 11:49:10 PM PDT by TheThinker (It is the natural tendency of government to gravitate towards tyranny.)
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To: Semperfiwife
and “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:...” Psalm 2:4
6 posted on 09/20/2008 12:44:53 AM PDT by verklaring (Pyrite is not gold)
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To: neverdem
Here is an old post which seems relevant:

In a world of political correctness, which actually means in a world of cultural Marxism, we conservatives are being philosophically, culturally, and linguistically isolated. Liberals have not only distorted our vocabulary, they have stolen our language, our epistemology. We can no longer communicate with cultural symbols or with commonly accepted expressions of principle that our fellow citizens, who are not committed conservatives, easily hear and accept as familiar. Cultural Marxism has succeeded in isolating and marginalizing the world of conservative principles so that we can no longer express in a language that will be understood those principles which Fred Thompson says are timeless.

Let me illustrate: I grew up at the time of Leave It to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet. Despite the preoccupation by these sitcoms to undermine the role of the father, it was understood through the whole of the culture that the father was the ultimate head of the household who operated by and through collaboration with the mother. He was a figure of respect and authority. But then, in those days so was my pastor. The cultural Marxist concluded that a paternalistic society (just like a Christian society represented by the pastor) was a society prone to rejecting Marxism and equally prone to accepting fascism. So they undertook to destroy the positive image in the popular mind of both the father and the pastor and they succeeded brilliantly. What is the last time you saw any depiction of a Protestant cleric in a positive light?

In every election cycle and often in between we will see published in these threads some report about some psychiatrist or group of psychiatrists who have concluded after a study of Reagan, or Bush, and now McCain, that the current Republican leader is somehow psychologically deficient. This comes right out of their catechism which says that the paternal society is a society susceptible to fascism.

Today, a candidate, even those on the left, has to be very careful of his affiliations with any pastor. That is because symbols of our society which formally had been regarded to be positive have become radioactive. It is the left which now conditions our culture so that it reacts 180° different from the way a thinking conservative reacts to the same stimulus. The left controls our culture through the media and the Academy.

We all know how the media does it we see countless examples everyday. But the left lays the intellectual foundation for what the media does in the Academy. There the left has done away with rationality and substituted an epistemology based not on the scientific method but on Marxist "science." Thus we get the bizarro world of women's studies which has so departed from "rational" discourse to be a national disgrace. Yet the the most august academic institutions in the world, the Harvard's and the Yales, are utterly incapable themselves of addressing the cancer in their midst which is a reproach on their very reason for existence. Instead of cleaning house, Harvard fired Larry Summer for a gaffe involving a breach of Marxist etiquette and the abandonment of intellectual rationality was symbolically completed.

If Harvard cannot contrive, in Fred Thompson's words, a, "free [and] unfettered market of ideas", which is after all the very essence of their business, where can we find one? It is no good to respond that Harvard is peculiar, it is not, it is merely the head of a rotten fish.

What this means is that our academic community tells the world that you can form opinions and describe them in symbols and language which are irrational so long as they are politically correct. Conversely, the Academy tells us that we may not express opinions in language and symbols which are contrary to cultural Marxism even if they are rational. Is it not necessary to detail the application of this Orwellian doctrine to the candidacy of Barak Obama. Rush Limbaugh, for example, has brilliantly lampooned the taboos of criticism established by the media: his ears, his wife, his parents, his religion, his pastor, his voting record, and etc. etc. etc. On the other hand, this callow candidate, an empty vessel, has become a symbol into which the media pours all the positive imagery it can muster.

Name your issue, immigration? The debate has been cast by the left as a matter of racism and so the subject closes. Tax cuts? The debate has been cast by the left as a matter of class warfare. Gasoline prices? The debate has been cast by the left in anti-capitalist terms of profiteering. Homeland security? The debate has been cast as a matter of incipient fascism. Free-market values? The debate is cast as a matter of environmental crisis. The list could be extended almost indefinitely to reinforce the point that the left's response to every issue is to cast the issue in terms that are congruent with Marxism. In doing so it has the intellectual support of our universities and think tanks and the overwhelming cultural support of our media. They have succeeded so well that language and symbols no longer have recognizable meaning.

We have gone from Leave It to Beaver to Brokeback Mountain in a generation. It encapsulates a cultural revolution.


7 posted on 09/20/2008 12:53:22 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: neverdem

The best way to resist this mess is to turn off the TV.


8 posted on 09/20/2008 1:20:15 AM PDT by Puzzleman ("All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: neverdem

Thank you for posting this important article.


9 posted on 09/20/2008 1:33:14 AM PDT by Puzzleman ("All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: neverdem

TWO QUOTES:

‘My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.’
— Barrack Obama

‘’Life’s tough.....it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.’’
— John Wayne


10 posted on 09/20/2008 1:58:16 AM PDT by television is just wrong (The Democrats have lost cabin pressure and the oxygen masks have dropped.)
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To: neverdem

BTTT


11 posted on 09/20/2008 2:00:03 AM PDT by spodefly (I have posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!)
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To: neverdem

This leftist slop is mostly contained within the walls of the liberal hellholes of the big cities. There’s an opposite and equally powerful force outside those walls that can and does destroy the untruths of cultural Marxism.


12 posted on 09/20/2008 2:32:58 AM PDT by sergeantdave (We are entering the Age of the Idiot)
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To: television is just wrong
‘My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.’ — Barrack Obama

Obama Bin Biden is a cultural terrorist.

13 posted on 09/20/2008 3:14:42 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: neverdem

Bookmark for later.


14 posted on 09/20/2008 4:04:51 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: Mogollon
Like Christianity defeating Nazism?
15 posted on 09/20/2008 4:20:53 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE and Help Beat Obama)
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To: neverdem

btt


16 posted on 09/20/2008 6:31:27 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: neverdem
Best post/article of the year. A must-read. Like Washington on his knees in the snow of Valley Forge, I pray for my country.


17 posted on 09/20/2008 10:52:50 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: TheThinker
Marxism feeds on chaos because this is the way to greater control. The Marxists are always there to destabilize and create discord, ignore common sense and traditions that bind society together.

Exactly. Dialectical materialism, anyone?


18 posted on 09/20/2008 5:18:25 PM PDT by rdb3 (Man, why can't life always be this easy?)
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; King Prout; SJackson; dennisw; ...

Nailed It!

This ping list is not author-specific for articles I'd like to share. Some for the perfect moral clarity, some for provocative thoughts; or simply interesting articles I'd hate to miss myself. (I don't have to agree with the author all 100% to feel the need to share an article.) I will try not to abuse the ping list and not to annoy you too much, but on some days there is more of the good stuff that is worthy of attention. You can see the list of articles I pinged to lately  on  my page.
You are welcome in or out, just freepmail me (and note which PING list you are talking about). Besides this one, I keep 2 separate PING lists for my favorite authors Victor Davis Hanson and Orson Scott Card.  

19 posted on 09/22/2008 9:32:02 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Excellent "must read" article. Here's an excerpt:

The drumbeat. It's always there. Day and night. Rain or shine. Winter or Summer. Sunday or Monday. It comes at you from every direction. It comes over the TV, the radio, at work, at school, in music, in the newspapers, from the politicians, in conversation with others, even in church. It wears you down. It robs you of the will to resist its message. Even short-lived victories, which stop it briefly, leave you with the knowledge that it will return; each minor victory bound to be lost to the redoubled efforts of this patient and persistent force. You can't escape it. It never stops. It never gives up. It never ends. It rains upon you from every possible angle, from every possible source.

It's the drumbeat of the left. It is political, philosophical, theological, and social. It pervades every activity. It is post-structural, post-modern, post-everything in the parlance of the day. It is tolerant, diverse, non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, egalitarian, politically correct, multicultural, globalist, and collectivist. It insists that there are no rights and wrongs, no moral absolutes. It turns everything upside down in its looking glass world. It denies the correctness of all that produced what our culture revered before the deconstruction of the world in accordance with the tenets of cultural Marxism...

20 posted on 09/22/2008 11:26:46 PM PDT by nutmeg (Imagine Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama... appointing US Supreme Court justices)
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To: nutmeg

THis article is the must read of the decade. It’s been posted here since its original date of publication, but it cannot be posted enough. I’ve forwarded it to all my right thinking friends. It has put into words how I feel. Brilliant.


21 posted on 09/23/2008 6:55:45 AM PDT by Hildy ("We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.")
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To: nutmeg

BTTT


22 posted on 03/05/2009 10:13:40 AM PST by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: nutmeg

BTTT


23 posted on 06/28/2010 9:58:11 PM PDT by nutmeg (All bed sheets are ordered flown at half mast for two days in honor of Sen. Robert KKK Byrd)
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