Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's Gramsci week!

Putting an overwrought, over-rated Italian theorist in his place, Maggie rules.

However, the best dressing down of the Marxist with marinara sauce will always be ascribed in these corners to Eric Raymond, a real theoretician and anthropologist and...yes a libertarian.
On a different level, in the 1930s members of CPUSA (the Communist Party of the USA) got instructions from Moscow to promote non-representational art so that the US’s public spaces would become arid and ugly.

Americans hearing that last one tend to laugh. But the Soviets, following the lead of Marxist theoreticians like Antonio Gramsci, took very seriously the idea that by blighting the U.S.’s intellectual and esthetic life, they could sap Americans’ will to resist Communist ideology and an eventual Communist takeover. The explicit goal was to erode the confidence of America’s ruling class and create an ideological vacuum to be filled by Marxism-Leninism.
Gramsci was one ugly cafone!

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