Antonio Gramsci became the founding father of the Italian Communist Party. Born in 1891, he founded a newspaper in 1919 called L’Ordine Nuovo (The New Order), wherein he stated that socialism didn’t go far enough because it lacked western appeal. What was needed, he argued, was a robust communist movement focused on changing western culture—one that would require a long march through the institutions of society. The goal would be to destroy these institutions from within society so that communism might fill the void.
Saul Alinsky, self-styled community organizer, writer, and activist, may be best known for his work Rules for Radicals. We may not agree with much of what Alinsky had to say, but we cannot deny that he profoundly influenced such politicians as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. As with these identified politicians, Saul Alinsky was no patriot. The only way to change American society, he argued, was to seize and hold all of America’s institutions. Radical takeover has been going on now since the 1960s —and there is good cause to say that this conquest is nearly complete. It is not hard to see the result of Alinsky’s and his followers’ efforts in the US military, national intelligence agencies, top law enforcement, American judiciary, media outlets, entertainment industry, and at every level of the American education system.
No American foundation has been more vigorously attacked than these institutions: family, church, and community service organizations … and it is because of the successes in destroying these foundations, American society has never been closer to achieving the so-called Mass State, which is itself needed in achieving a communist state.
We may look around us today and make the argument that communism in Russia and China was a complete disaster—and indeed, it was that— and if it was, then why should anyone fear its reemergence today? Let’s take a look at that failure, shall we?
The creation of centralized planning required by socialist ideology necessitated an enormous concentration of power. It would not be possible to allow the “old order” to wither on the vine; communists would require the authority to move the process forward. Along with this authority came the ability to coerce people into giving up their private property, and then control the production and distribution of goods and services. Famine and mass murder was the result of this authority.
The power necessary to establish and maintain communism in Russia and China in the early to mid-twentieth century attracted unscrupulous people; people not unlike any number of American politicians today who are working overtime to establish communism in the United States. These American politicians, like Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, are willing to do whatever it takes to establish their odious ideology here in America … such as confiscating firearms so that the people cannot resist abhorrent policies.
Today’s brand of communist radical, which is to say those who are leading the assault upon America’s institutions, is one who argues that modern communism can be far different than its 19th and 20th Century model. For example, such reasonable-sounding people will tell you that communism can work so long as a planned economy is democratic —and if the people do not like the communists who they previously elected to office, why— they can just toss the bastards out. We might pause at this point to ask, “How’s that working out so far in American politics?” How easy is it to get rid of someone like Senators McConnell and Schumer, or Representatives Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi?
A vibrant democracy requires effective resistance from the general population and from opposing political parties. There can be no effective democracy in a one-party state —but a one-party state is precisely what American leftists are working toward. It is not an accident that every established communist regime has suppressed opposition parties immediately after achieving power, and it is no happenstance that every communist government has stamped out its most valuable social institutions.
Return here again next week and I’ll pull the curtain back a little further. Thank you for reading Thoughts From Afar.