Douglas Hill
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Long march Through Our American Culture

As the traditional Christian values that have formed the underpinning of this country since its founding, and which inform our founding proclamations of freedom, liberty and individual rights, are supplanted by the moral relativism of secular humanism and cultural Marxism that increasingly forms our culture, so are individual rights sacrificed to the collective. In a reversal of founding principles, the good of the state now supersedes the good of the individual. No more are the self-reliant, sturdy individualists that once peopled New England and America, replaced by a society of victims for whom there is a government program for everyone.

The denigration of Christian values and traditional American values by the new culture is not accidental.

In the 1920s two Marxist theorists separately concluded that for Marxism to be successful in the West, Christianity and its value system needed to be subverted.

“Antonio Gramsci of Italy suggested that the means to de-Christianize the West would be a “long march through the culture.” He reasoned that the new battleground must be the culture, starting with the traditional family and completely engulfing churches, schools, media, entertainment, civic organizations, literature, science and history. He suggested that the new proletariat be comprised of criminals, women and racial minorities.

Georg Lukacs, a Hungarian Marxist thinker, reasoned that if Christian sexual ethics could be undermined among children, then both the hated patriarchal family and the Church would be dealt a crippling blow. In 1919, as Deputy Commissar for Culture in the Bolshevik Bela Kun regime in Hungary, he immediately set plans in motion to de-Christianize Hungary. Lukacs launched a radical sex education program in the schools. Sex lectures were organized and literature handed out which graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority. They were fed a steady diet of values-neutral, radical sex education while simultaneously encouraged to rebel against all authority. .” (Linda Kimball, “Cultural Marxism”)

It is no coincidence that this same philosophy was propagated by Marxist activists within the university/college system to foment the counter-culture of the 1960s, many of whom were radicalized into a cultural Marxist belief system by default. Self-indulgent and pampered by the Greatest Generation who had fought with pride and courage in theaters in Europe and Asia to preserve the American way of life, the counter-culture’s response to the call of their country was, “Hell no, we won’t go.” The sloganeering “reject authority,” “free love,” etc. was right out of Lukacs’ play book, fed and fomented by Marxist activists, who supplied the ideological rationalization for those turning their backs on their duty and their country: the moral relativism of secular humanism and cultural Marxism. The new ideology of anti-Americanism and deconstruction of American values not only provided its incipient adherents with a face-saving justification for their self-indulgent behavior, it conferred upon them their own sense of moral superiority.

The peace movement was less a moral repudiation of the war than it was a repudiation of personal risk. It was the prospect of personally being placed in harm’s way that set afire the ire of the protesters – the disagreeable call to duty, and all that implied. The majority of students – kids, really – became caught up in the excitement of the cause celebre. Political discussion then, as it continues to be now, was formulated on the basis of personal interest. The vast majority of students did not come to independent judgments on the issues of the Vietnam war (other than for a personal preference not to go) – they chanted slogans, wore peace signs, did some drugs, got laid, missed some classes and generally enjoyed themselves in their role. The cause made many otherwise undistinguished adolescents feel important, while having a good time. The formerly unpopular were suddenly accepted, and reinforced in their defiance by their peers. They parroted the word as it was handed down by the fomenters of the movement. Their vacuity became a purposeful repository for the cultural Marxism of the anti-American, radical left, which infests American culture to this day.

The new creed was forced upon colleges and universities by riot and demonstration until the cultural revolution took root in a brow-beaten academia.

In the space of less than a decade the cultural revolution transformed a 1950s Ozzie and Harriet culture of traditional American values into Woodstock, where sex, drugs and anything goes was the mantra of the new values-neutral ideology.

The Marxist counter-culture of the 1960s percolated through academia, indoctrinating succeeding generations of students and spilling into classrooms across America, where histories continue to be revised, and where intellectual diversity and integrity are no longer tolerated, as strict rules controlling thought, speech and behavior, in the form of Political Correctness, permeate academia, government and public institutions. The similarities to the Chinese cultural revolution are striking.

“Political Correctness is a Machiavellian psychological “command and control” device designed to impose uniformity in thought, speech and behavior; as is Critical Theory another psychological “command and control” device for deconstruction, utilized in an ongoing and brutal assault of vicious criticism relentlessly leveled against Christians, Christmas, the Boy Scouts, Ten Commandments, our military, and all other aspects of traditional American culture and society. These ideological strategies were developed at the Frankfurt School, a Marxist think-tank in Weimar Germany, by Marxist thinker Theodor Adorno in 1950, and are collectively referred to as his theory of the “authoritarian personality.’” (Linda Kimball, “Cultural Marxism”)

The implication of the aphorism, “You can’t legislate morality” is seemingly lost on those who choose to denigrate and reject our traditional Christian belief system and traditional American values in favor of a values-neutral secular structure of laws sans beliefs. It is precisely the absence of a core value system that results inevitably in the continuing dummying down of social mores to its ultimate reduction to moral anarchy and nihilism.

Gramsci’s long march through our culture has found its fulfillment in our fair city as we direct our minor-aged children to the school’s clinic for fistfuls of contraceptives, a clean change of panties, and send them off with a little pat on the butt.

My country exists increasingly in memory only as yet another spike is hammered into the coffin of America.
Henry David Thoreau

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