Steve cites Austin Bay:
Obamaâ€™s Nobel is the result of the Leftâ€™s â€œlong march through the institutions,â€ a phrase encapsulating the route â€™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 â€œbourgeoisâ€ hegemony and bring about â€œtrue revolution.â€ If this sounds neo- or semi- or vaguely Marxist, well, indeed it is â€” 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.