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Gramsci's Grand Plan
The New American ^ | July 5, 1999 | Fr. James Thornton

Posted on 01/15/2003 3:04:47 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

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1 posted on 01/15/2003 3:04:47 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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2 posted on 01/15/2003 3:06:52 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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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.

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It has long been my opinion that Chiistianity is easily adapted to and coopted into Marxism/socialism. It preaches a type of social servitude that can be gathered, institutionalized and eventually imposed by government. In the "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" business it instigates class hatred and resentment of those who prosper through effort. In its exhortation for unconditional love and not being judgmental it pushs people toward a condition of dangerous denial in which the basic corruption beneath the surface slogans of socialism are not recognized.

In my opinion George Bush exhibits a strong component of Christian Marxism. He is determined, for instance, to love Islam as a peaceful religion, when it is not. He issues statements that the wealth of the United States must be shared with other nations. He bears the mark of successful implementation of the theories here attributed to Gramsci.

Howl in protest over what I have said here, but it's the way the dice roll.

3 posted on 01/15/2003 3:45:58 PM PST by RLK
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The simple difference between Christianity and Marxism as that Christ exhorted his followers to give to the poor, while Marx exhorted his to steal from the rich. Christians believe in something Marxists never will: Free Will.
4 posted on 01/15/2003 3:49:50 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe (God Armeth The Patriot)
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Christianity has been the well-spring of the ideology of Freedom, because it believes in individual free will.

Marxism does not.

Great article btw. It explains well why marxism and communism is no longer an economic issue but a cultural one and why we have so many 'culture wars' issues ... because the Cultural left has had more success than socialists at subverting our institutions.

5 posted on 01/15/2003 4:18:02 PM PST by WOSG
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To: Doug Fiedor
Gramsciphile bump!

Gramsci would have been very proud of the patient incrementalism of the Left over the past several decades. Oh, occasionally they've eagerly overreached and gotten their wrists slapped by an unready proletariat--as in the Clintons' HillCare fiasco--but generally they learn readily and execute well, and the one-way ratchet of collectivism has never slipped.
6 posted on 01/15/2003 4:21:58 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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Gramsci laid out the plan for the culture war. It is being waged by the likes of Frankfurk School disciples who infest the education establishment and Fabian Socialists in the the US State Department.

We are losing without firing a shot.

Regards

J.R.
7 posted on 01/15/2003 4:30:41 PM PST by NMC EXP
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8 posted on 01/15/2003 4:40:57 PM PST by boris
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The first I ever heard of Gramsci and his profound strategies on subverting society was in Pat Buchanan's book Death of the West. Since then, I've noticed many articles regarding Gramsci posted on FR. I'm curious, who first shed light on this ignominious character? Was it Buchanan, or is it common knowledge that just happened to elude me all these years?
9 posted on 01/15/2003 5:07:58 PM PST by bob808
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I first heard of him while lurking on FR.
10 posted on 01/15/2003 5:08:48 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe (God Armeth The Patriot)
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While it is improbable that Huxley was familiar with Gramsci's theories, the idea he conveys of free persons marching willingly into bondage is nevertheless precisely what Gramsci had in mind.

Huxley had probably learned from Orwell, who had caught on to this in the 40's and 50's (Animal Farm, 1984, of course).

12 posted on 01/15/2003 5:46:53 PM PST by expatpat
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What is fascinating is that the average American liberal has never heard of Gramsci or the Frankfurt School, and would probably be shocked to realize the actual agenda. The phrase 'useful idiots' leaps to mind.
13 posted on 01/15/2003 6:02:41 PM PST by Artois
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To: Ohioan; junta; quebecois; Joe Hadenuf; WRhine; MacDonald14; Goetz_von_Berlichingen
Thought you gentlemen might be interested in this.
14 posted on 01/15/2003 6:04:09 PM PST by Artois
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Many thanks for posting this.
15 posted on 01/15/2003 7:25:30 PM PST by rimmont
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Thanks for the ping Artois. Looks interesting.
16 posted on 01/15/2003 8:08:13 PM PST by WRhine
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
One of your interests, as I recall.
19 posted on 01/15/2003 9:33:00 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Because there are a lot of people in power who are truly evil.)
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Gramsci just trots out the same tired old argument that "true Communism has never been tried".

All we need to do is kill a few million more "unenlightened" people, and it will be sure to work this time...

20 posted on 01/15/2003 9:52:20 PM PST by fire_eye
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