By controlling the ideological cultural apparatus—that is, academia, mass communications, religion, the legal system, corporate culture, the arts, and the entertainment industry—Gramsci has correctly seen that the best way to win the revolution is to eliminate the need for it by delivering its goals via cultural subversion.
(Bob MacGuffie & Antony Stark – Renew America) It is impossible to understand the so-called cultural clash in the United States without understanding the paradigm within which it has played out for over half a century. That paradigm is a very clever and pernicious construct that has been created and nurtured by the political Left since the mid-twentieth century.
As the Cold War began, the struggle between the two major victorious powers of the Second World War for ideological supremacy was clear: the Capitalist West, led by the United States, squared off against the nations in Eastern Europe that were under the total control of the Marxist-socialist Soviet Union. The Communist powers were joined within 10 years by China and their own satellites in North Korea and, to a great extent, revolutionary groups fighting in Southeast Asia, especially in Vietnam.
But this struggle, which periodically heated up to a point just short of nuclear war (especially in 1962) was, despite Marxist insistence on its inevitable, historically mandated victory, increasingly seen as a stalemate. The prospect of two essentially equal nuclear powers blundering into mutually assured atomic destruction caused many intellectuals on the Left to look for another, less dangerous path to overcoming the power of the Capitalist West other than direct conflict or violent revolution.
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