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Today we start with a general theme. That general theme could be titled Gramsci’s long march through Christendom. Naturally, the original phrase is “the long march through the institutions” and was coined long after Gramsci’s passing.
Before we start, I would just like to mention that I prefer making the positive case for the Catholic Faith, since it is the one OBJECTIVELY TRUE “belief system” that He provided to His creation. On a rational intellectual level, the Catholic Faith can defend itself, thank you very much.
Yet in a situation like we find ourselves in presently, the complete environment needs to be brought into the wider discussion. So this creates the need for making the negative case about the opposition. This need arises from the fact that the Faithful Catholic needs to understand what he is up against and how to combat it.
So today we do a post about the Frankfurt School, Antonio Gramsci and “the long march through the institutions”. We start with this very good video below:
The actual “march” phrase comes from a German radical from the 1960’s named Rudi Dutschke. Here is the Wikipedia entry:
The long march through the institutions (German: der lange Marsch durch die Institutionen) is a slogan coined by student activist Rudi Dutschke to describe his strategy for establishing the conditions for revolution: subverting society by infiltrating institutions such as the professions. The phrase “long march” is a reference to the prolonged struggle of the Chinese communists, which included a physical Long March of their army across China.
The man responsible for the ideology behind the “long march” is named Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Marxist who lived in the first half of the 20th Century. What differentiated Gramsci from the other Marxists is that he seen another avenue to overthrow Western Civilization, since by the 1920’s, the violent revolution just wasn’t panning out. Here is how Wikipedia describes Gramsci and his proposed approach:
Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how the state and ruling capitalist class – the bourgeoisie – use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies. The bourgeoisie in Gramsci’s view develops a hegemonic culture using ideology rather than violence, economic force, or coercion. Hegemonic culture propagates its own values and norms so that they become the “common sense” values of all and thus maintain the status quo. Hegemonic power is therefore used to maintain consent to the capitalist order, rather than coercive power using force to maintain order. This cultural hegemony is produced and reproduced by the dominant class through the institutions that form the superstructure.
The reason why Gramsci should be of interest to us as heirs of Western Civilization and also to us as Catholics, is that Gramsci did not limit the “long march through the institutions” just to the cultural, political or governmental institutions. The Gramscian march included all aspects of society, and that included the seminaries and the institutional church likewise. One can also infer that without the Gramscian march, Vatican II would not have had the impact that it eventually had.
Case in point. Notice how enigmatic language introduced into Vatican II documents, with a claim that the changes weren’t really changes, and if they were, were in fact benign, turned out to be the gateways through which the overthrow of the entire order of the Catholic Faith took place. Here is one example of changes, that no rational faithful Catholic, and giving the VII neo-Modernists the benefit of the doubt, could have foreseen at to time of the promulgation of the various Vatican II texts.
So today, I have embedded a good overview video of this Marxist movement that later became known as the Frankfurt School, and that preceded and laid the groundwork for the rise of post-Modernism in the 1960’s. What needs to be understood is that without the groundwork of corrupting the Western institutions done by first Gramsci and then the Frankfurt School, the post-Modernists would have been laughed out of any serious institution of higher learning when they first proposed their mad theories.
And just to provide CONTEXT as to how this “long march through the institutional church” is progressing presently, here is how it looks in real time.
But so as not to leave you dear reader despondent and with a bad taste in your mouth, I have embedded another video at the top of this post, this time from Dr. Jordan Peterson. The reason why I am presenting this video is that in it, Dr. Peterson provides some insights into how this TRANSRATIONAL disease of post-Modernism can be fought at the level of Academia.
Without going too far into the long grass, the part that is of most interest is where Dr. Peterson describes how Artificial Intelligence technology can be used to test texts and determine whether their content is post-Modernist or rational.
This new technology will no doubt lend itself in the future, to test which texts have been infected with Modernism, neo-Modernism and post-Modernism, and separate those from the true Catholic ones.
So the future is looking rather bright, folks!
And naturally, your humble blogger will be keeping a close eye on these developments and relaying them as they happen to my dear loyal readers.
And in real-time to boot!
So leaving off, I would like to leave you with one thought, and a happy one at that:
… the post-Modernst’s days are numbered.