Wow, if you can keep up that level of pith throughout a hard cover you’ll gain fame as one of the greatest authors of conservative social commentary. It is sort of a psychoanalysis of political motivation (take that as a compliment, even if psychoanalysis in the clinical sense is tarnished). Another FReeper suggested submitting this essay to a periodical? Have you done that? Seems like a appropriate stepping stone. Glad to have you in the Great Inland Northwest (I think that’s where you are).
Yes, I live north of CDA and south of Sandpoint. Nice area.
About the book. I hardly even mentioned Antonio Gramsci in this essay. I’ve got an entire chapter with the working title, “Like Gramsci’s Ghost...,” an obvious play on the recurring ghost of Banquo from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Gramsci never lived to witness the success of his memes and their destructive power. But he would have nodded his ghostly head in warm approval of how far his ideas and his methods have brought us to the edge of our own civilization’s destruction.
It’s coming together slowly. Btu it’s getting there. How it will be received - who knows? I’m not a scholar, per se, just an observer.