Vaguely Marxist, My Ass
Bill Quick

Required Reading

Steve cites Austin Bay:

Obama’s Nobel is the result of the Left’s “long march through the institutions,” a phrase encapsulating the route ’60s hard left political radicals took to gain control of universities, media, religious organizations, arts and literary associations, and businesses in order to break the chains of “bourgeois” hegemony and bring about “true revolution.” If this sounds neo- or semi- or vaguely Marxist, well, indeed it is — secular utopians dedicated to creating paradise on earth once the politically correct people are in control.

There’s nothing “vaguely Marxist” about that phrase at all.

It comes from the work of Antonio Gramsci, an avowed Marxist. And this is not an obscure fact, but one well-known to anybody with even a rudimentary knowledge of 20th century political history. Which is why the mischaracterization of the phrase and its genesis by a public intellectual like Bay irritates me so much.

Bluntly, Gramsci was a communist, and his tactics, including the quite famous “long march” have been the bible of Marxist cultural takeovers for nearly a century now.

Bay does himself no honor, and us no favors, by sugar-coating or obscuring Gramsci and his tactics. In fact, one might almost say that Bay’s inability to call a spade a spade (or a communist a communist) here is evidence of the triumph of Gramscian tactics in the ongoing Marxist subversion of America and her institutions and culture.

And by the way, there is a direct link from Gramsci to Alinsky to Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton, for that matter) – if you’re interested in making sense out of President Obama’s assault on our culture and institutions.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Vaguely Marxist, My Ass — 5 Comments

  1. Certainly no secret but why do “intellectuals” such as Bay seem oblivious?

    He’s not oblivious, he’s gutless. One of the greatest triumphs of the Leftwing Liars Machine was to take the fact that Joe McCarthy was a pig, and spin that into the commonly-held belief that any accusation that anybody is a communist anywhere, at any time, indicates an insane smear artist out to destroy good peoples’ lives.

    Never mind that McCarthy’s overarching thesis – that the Soviet Union was going all out to plant spies, saboteurs, agents provocateurs, and agents of influence everywhere they could was 100% correct.

    So today, if you call a commie a commie, you run the risk of being called a loon by “respectable” thinkers. Hence, Bay’s gutlessness.

    Either that, or he really is an ignoramus.

  2. “One of the greatest triumphs of the Leftwing Liars Machine was to take the fact that Joe McCarthy was a pig, and spin that into the commonly-held belief that any accusation that anybody is a communist anywhere, at any time, indicates an insane smear artist out to destroy good peoples’ lives.”

    Like I said…

    ;)