Obama’s Communism- hiding in plain sight
As I consider the reaction to my statement that Obama is a communist, I realize how thoroughly the Obama faction’s media claque takes advantage of the ignorance even of those who are supposed to be educated and sophisticated spokespeople for conservative views. In this respect I am somewhat disadvantaged by my relatively small stake in this ignorance when it comes to political theory and ideology. For instance, people tend to associate the term “communist” with the violent takeover of government and society. Yet a thoroughly committed communist like Italy’s Antonio Gramsci developed an understanding of the nature of political control, and therefore the path to power over a society, far more sophisticated than Marx’s economic determinism. (Or was it in fact a more sophisticated understanding of economics?) It was therefore better suited to understanding and exploiting the “ideological” (i.e., spiritual and moral) vulnerabilities of the opponents of communism. In particular, his theories allowed for far greater use of cultural influences (the news and entertainment media, churches and other religious institutions, movements like “gay rights” that contribute to the destruction of moral institutions like the family, etc.) than some people associate with the term “communism”. They helped later leftists to understand, explain and avoid (by learning from and adapting the enemy’s tactics) defeats like those that fascism inflicted on mid-twentieth century communism in Italy and elsewhere.
Reading Gramsci, one senses that he is looking at the intellectual framework for the Obama faction’s secret strategic plan. As Sherlock Holmes knew, there’s sometimes no hiding place more secure than one that is in plain sight. Especially in an era when the leftist takeover of education produces fewer and fewer people in each generation who bother to read books, especially the ones without pictures in them. (There’s a good summary of Gramsci’s thinking at http://www.theory.org.uk/ctr-gram.htm)