It’s back to college time. Millions of young people will be going off to retraining camps to get their minds right. What will they encounter? Is there an agenda?
Not every professor is trying to steal your child’s mind, but there are enough of them out there that tens of thousands of young people are seduced by purposeful transforming worldviews. It’s been going on for a long time. These radicalized graduates make their way through academia training future generations, politicians, economists, journalists, and judges.
Alinsky never would have approved of taking it to the streets like we’re seeing in Ferguson, Missouri. His tactics were much more subtle and insidious. He’s not the only one.
The radicals knew it would be necessary to capture the institutions without ever firing a shot or blowing up a building. Roger Kimball captures the tactic well in his book The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America: “The long march through the institutions signified in the words of [Herbert] Marcuse, ‘working against the established institutions while working in them’.
By this means—by insinuation and infiltration rather than by confrontation—the counter-cultural dreams of radicals like Marcuse have triumphed.”
Before Alinsky and Marcuse there was Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937).
Gramsci broke with Marx and Lenin’s belief that the masses would rise up and overthrow the ruling “superstructure.” No matter how oppressed the working classes might be, their Christian faith would not allow such an overthrow, Gramsci theorized. Marxists taught “that everything valuable in life was within mankind.”
Gramsci began his re-imaging of Marxism by dropping the harsh slogans. “It wouldn’t do to rant about ‘revolution’ and ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ and the ‘Workers’ Paradise.’” Instead, Marxism would have to put on a new face and talk about “national consensus,” “national unity,” and “national pacification.” Sound familiar?
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