Gramsci, shmamci

Everyone on the Right knows whom to blame, and perhaps not surprisingly, they got much of it wrong:

The best conspiracy theories are the ones that are actually true, and this one is. You want a grand conspiracy to destroy Western Civ? Here it is, laid out as openly as Marxist prose can express it, in excruciating detail. If anything, I’m being unfair to Antonio Gramsci. He put it all together in true kommissar style, but these ideas were everywhere on the Left in the early 20th century. In America, for instance, Progressives like John Dewey had been maneuvering to get control of elementary schools since the late 19th century. Progressives just looooove putting their hands on children. Have you noticed?

Every single insane, culture-destroying, gulag-enabling idea the Left has had in the last 200 years, starting with Karl Marx’s sub-Hegelian flatulence itself, can be traced directly back to some fucking egghead. I’ll repeat that: DIRECTLY. You can find their works, and quote them, because this stuff is in every syllabus of every Humanities class of every college in the Western world. The prose is opaque as only PoMo prose can be, but the main ideas are easy enough to decipher …

… I wrote “ideas,” but there’s really only one “idea.” Since The Revolution obviously ain’t gonna happen — it seems even Leftists can acknowledge one tiny aspect of reality, if you give ’em twelve decades and 100 million bodies — the Left’s entire program, top to bottom, stem to stern, is shit-flinging nihilism. Hey hey, ho ho, Western Civ has got to go — not because it’s Western, but because it’s Civilization.

How do you fight people like that? Give them something they will understand:

If you want to get really, really nasty, of course, you should get out there with the Bernouts and Trustafarians and agitate for the cancellation of student loan debt. Sure, sure, it’ll crash the economy so hard that the Great Depression will feel like a happy ending at an Oriental massage parlor, but that’s going to happen anyway. At least the blue-haired nose-ringers will starve first.

Not that Senator Little White Dove would ever admit the existence, let alone the universality, of the Law of Unintended Consequences.


  1. McGehee »

    9 May 2019 · 7:22 am

    Institutions exist to perpetuate themselves anyway. The creative destruction of the economic system the progressives dubbed “capitalism” would be well adapted to razing and replacing institutions before they can be captured and weaponized by the proverbial cabal of their enemies.

  2. hollyh »

    9 May 2019 · 10:03 am

    So student loan-debt forgiveness would crash the economy worse than the Great Depression. Yet the giant tax cuts passed last year, to benefit the top echelon of our taxpayers, will benefit the economy? It’s all a matter of perspective.

  3. McGehee »

    9 May 2019 · 10:30 am

    Except that the tax cuts did benefit the economy.

    And the problem with student loan debt is that, ultimately, the student loan program was an attempt to keep the 21st century’s version of the buggy whip industry — conventional academia — from going out of business.

    People who whine about how there’s too much money in politics might want to take a moment to consider how that has come to be.

  4. Severian »

    9 May 2019 · 7:10 pm

    Thanks for the linkage!

    @hollyh: Tax cuts are “cuts” to anticipated future revenue. Writing off student loan debt wuold take actually existing assets off the books. It’s the difference between “not allowing a bank to loan any more money” and “everyone withdrawing all their savings at once.” I trust you see the difference.

  5. The Other McCain »

    9 May 2019 · 7:42 pm

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