The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – and how the far left still hasn’t given up

Posted by: ST on November 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm

As we (sans President Obama) celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, Melanie Phillips provides a painful reminder today that even though the wall is gone, the freedom-crushing tenets of far left ideologies are alive and well and constructing walls of their own:

But as communism slowly crumbled, those on the far-Left who remained hostile towards western civilisation found another way to realise their goal of bringing it down.

This was what might be called ‘cultural Marxism’. It was based on the understanding that what holds a society together are the pillars of its culture: the structures and institutions of education, family, law, media and religion. Transform the principles that these embody and you can thus destroy the society they have shaped.

This key insight was developed in particular by an Italian Marxist philosopher called Antonio Gramsci. His thinking was taken up by Sixties radicals – who are, of course, the generation that holds power in the West today.

Gramsci understood that the working class would never rise up to seize the levers of ‘production, distribution and exchange’ as communism had prophesied. Economics was not the path to revolution.

He believed instead that society could be overthrown if the values underpinning it could be turned into their antithesis: if its core principles were replaced by those of groups who were considered to be outsiders or who actively transgressed the moral codes of that society.

So he advocated a ‘long march through the institutions’ to capture the citadels of the culture and turn them into a collective fifth column, undermining from within and turning all the core values of society upside-down and inside-out.

This strategy has been carried out to the letter.

The nuclear family has been widely shattered. Illegitimacy was transformed from a stigma into a ‘right’. The tragic disadvantage of fatherlessness was redefined as a neutrally-viewed ‘lifestyle choice’.

Education was wrecked, with its core tenet of transmitting a culture to successive generations replaced by the idea that what children already knew was of superior value to anything the adult world might foist upon them.

The outcome of this ‘child-centred’ approach has been widespread illiteracy and ignorance and an eroded capacity for independent thought.

Read the whole sobering thing.

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  1. Joseph Brown says:

    Didn’t Kruschev say that he would bury us without firing a shot. Welcome to Obama’s world. If we don’t get rid of the leftists and Marxists in power today, I’m afraid Kruschev will be proven right.

    By the way, I fully believe Obama isn’t going to the celebration of the wall coming down is because it’s not about Obama and he can’t figure out how to make it about him.

  2. NC Cop says:

    I fully believe Obama isn’t going to the celebration of the wall coming down is because it’s not about Obama and he can’t figure out how to make it about him.

    Right you are, Joseph, but Obama did TRY to make it about him. Check out this quote from his taped address to Berlin:

    “Few would have foreseen … that a united Germany would be led by a woman from Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it,” Obama said.

    This arrogant ass is absolutely unbelievable.