27 February 2006
The Conspiracy

Ken Windschuttle (via A&L) talks about the modern left:

For the past three decades and more, many of the leading opinion makers in our universities, the media and the arts have regarded Western culture as, at best, something to be ashamed of, or at worst, something to be opposed.

Meanwhile Eric S Raymond talks about the damage done when the Soviets stated reading Gramsci:

The Soviets consciously followed the Gramscian prescription; they pursued a war of position, subverting the “leading elements” of society through their agents of influence. (See, for example, Stephen Koch’s Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Munzenberg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals; summary by Koch here) This worked exactly as expected; their memes seeped into Western popular culture and are repeated endlessly in (for example) the products of Hollywood.

And RottyPup (noting how Gramsicians and Islamists seem to be best buddies nowadays) supposes that:

To most Gramscians, the bearded crazies are simply next in line for an extinction-event after all those pesky rich, white males have been dealt with.

(Though he thinks the crazies may have other plans)

A few thoughts:

  1. I am pretty sure there is a conspiracy out there and that it is aimed at the destruction of Western civilisation.  It helps explain a lot of what the left say and do.
  2. I don’t think it’s the sort of conspiracy carried out in hushed tones in dark, smokeless rooms.  No, it’s more one where the actors, having read a bit of Gramsci don’t have to be told what to do and when to do it.
  3. I am never quite sure whether to mention it or not.  It’s really for internal (right-wing) consumption only.  I rather feel that arguments have to be won on their merits.  I am also aware that the Gramscians get a lot of support from people who have never read Gramsci - people who are convinced by the arguments - or whatever it is that they are convinced by.  I am not sure it’s helpful to tell these people that they are nihilist cat’s paws.
  4. Gramsci was jailed by Mussolini.  Say what you like about the bald Italian dictator but he knew a bad ‘un when he saw one.

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  1. It’s Keith Windschuttle, not Ken.

    P.S. Still no plans for a full-text RSS feed. Sorry!

    Posted by Scott Campbell at Blithering Bunny on 06 March 2006 at 07:40pm

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