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All that matters is that Trump was the media’s Designated Enemy and yet he still won. They spent six decades "marching through US institutions" to prevent such an outcome-Zombie

12/19/2016, "Trump’s Victory Is a Pivotal Turning Point in Human History," Zombie, zombietime.com ^

"Donald Trump’s victory in November was not only the most important election result of our lifetimes, but ranks as one of the most significant events in recorded history, on par with the French Revolution or the fall of the Berlin Wall. And I’ll tell you why.  

Western society is super-saturated with leftist propaganda. 

Politically astute non-leftists see it everywhere and complain about it incessantly — because it is ubiquitous. In fact, most of our waking hours are spent noticing, commenting upon, getting outraged by and then futilely combatting the endless, relentless leftist slant to everything in modern culture. 

Every news broadcast. Every movie. Every lesson in every classroom. Every social signifier in public. Every poll. Every TV show. Every tribal shibboleth. In ways large and small, overt and covert, subtle and blatant, the society around us is infused with progressive ideals and agendas, whether you realize it or not. 

And it’s not just the entire preschool-through-PhD educational system, the entire media/entertainment complex, and most interpersonal environments; increasingly, under Obama especially, the federal government itself has become an inescapable agent of coercive progressive propaganda imposed on us with the full force of the state. 

But what is the purpose of all this propaganda?

The Goal of Indoctrination

The culture-wide brainwash we witness with chagrin every day is not designed to ignite a violent overthrow of the American political structure — long experience has proven that violent revolutions simply don’t happen in middle-class first-world countries. We’re too comfortable as a nation for that strategy to ever work. Instead, the ultimate goal of all this brainwashing and social intimidation is to make the general population VOTE as the Left wants us to vote.

Many of the progressives fighting (and seemingly winning) the “culture wars” may not even realize the ultimate purpose of their activism — most naively think that the goal of altering America’s social mores is merely to alter America’s social mores, and nothing beyond that. What other objective could there be?

The answer, of course, is obvious: Political change. While it is possible, I suppose, for a thoroughly left-wing society to accept being forever ruled by a conservative government, such a state of affairs never endures for long in the real world. Indeed, one of the core values at the heart of leftism (aside from the touchy-feely cultural stuff) is that the machinery of the state exists for the very purpose of imposing by force progressive ideology on the populace. So the “culture wars” can never be fully won until leftists have a firm grip on political power.

And how do you get political power in America? You don’t have a bloody revolution. Violent revolutions can only ever succeed in what were called “peasant societies” — czarist Russia, impoverished rural China, etc., where there were large populations of oppressed peasants — but never in industrialized countries, as Marx had incorrectly assumed.

Instead, in the United States of America, you gain power incrementally by winning elections. And the way you win elections is by changing the hearts and minds (and thus the voting patterns) of the hoi polloi.

The term for this process, in Marxist theory, is cultural hegemony, a phrase that was coined by communist philosopher Antonio Gramsci to describe how the political power-structure of a society is always determined by the cultural norms of that society. A conservative-minded populace will always vote for conservative-minded leaders, so the way to achieve communism in advanced nations, he argued, would be to first change the culture so that progressive ideals become dominant, and then people will simply vote themselves into communism without the need for a revolution.

And the way to change the culture, according to the theory, is to slowly infiltrate and then surreptitiously seize control of the “institutions” which shape cultural awareness — most importantly the mass media and the educational system. This process was strongly advocated by the influential leftist philosophers at the Frankfurt School, and was eventually given the catchy name “the long march through the institutions” by ’60s radical Rudi Dutschke. 

So, it’s no accident, nor did it simply happen naturally, that everything in society since the 1950s seems to have shifted wildly leftward toward political correctness; it is in fact a decades-long strategic plan to change the underlying nature of society to pave the way for an eventual socialist utopia. And while part of that plan is to deny it even exists, in reality modern academia spends most of its time these days openly discussing and debating how to best implement it.
 
The point behind Gramscianism and “stealth communism” (as I call it) is that the revolution in the United States should not and can not be a violent revolution, but instead a quiet revolution in which the populace imposes communism on itself willingly — what Bernie Sanders correctly dubs “democratic socialism” — that is to say, by electing socialist leaders democratically.

Which brings us to the main point: The entire purpose of 60 years of slanted media and slanted news and slanted education and social pressure and brainwashing and deception and indoctrination — all of it, everything we complain about every day, all day, for years and years and years the purpose of all this is to get people to vote for the most left-wing candidate in each presidential election.

The goal is to bring about a self-imposed silent revolution in America, a democratically elected socialist government voted in by low-information rubes unaware of what they’re doing.

And it has looked ever since Obama’s ascendancy in 2008 that this long-term strategy had reached a tipping point of success from which there was no return — no conservative could ever win another presidential election. With each passing year, the population was getting younger, more radical, more brainwashed, etc. (Midterm/off-year elections are a somewhat different story, as regional conservative outposts could still elect local representatives — but on a national scale, they were greatly outnumbered by burgeoning young generations of leftists.)

The results of these decades of indoctrination was plainly visible in the college students of today, who are all so left-wing by default that they consider standard Marxism too old-fashioned and conservative. Taking this into consideration, and remembering that the adults of today were the radical students of the recent past, it had seemed that these decades of indoctrination had been resoundingly successful, and that the U.S. electorate had swung wildly to the left, never to swing back, just as the Gramscian brainwashers had been planning and implementing for the last 50 or more years. 

Ooops

And then November 8, 2016 happened, and BOOM: It was all revealed to be a lie. Not only did the indoctrination fail, but the general impression that the relentless indoctrination had always been successful was itself a gigantic meta-deception. 

All the chatter and statistics and talk show “experts” proclaiming that America had forever swung Democratic? ALL LIES.

All the slanted polls, which were intended to convince everyone that Hillary was inevitable? ALL LIES.

The derision of Trump as a ludicrous fringe candidate and his supporters as wild-eyed extremists? ALL LIES.

And it’s not just that they were all lies — they were lies that had no effect. Somehow, without anyone noticing, a majority of the American populace had evolved a new immunity to progressive disinformation.

It doesn’t even matter what Trump’s actual political beliefs are or what his policies will be. All that matters is that he was the media’s Designated Enemy and yet he won
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This election didn’t merely expose the failure of six months of campaigning by the Democratic Party. This election exposed the failure of SIX DECADES of leftist propaganda to have any cumulative effect at all.

And the earthquake extends deep into the future as well. Thanks to Trump’s history-shattering victory, we now know that the Gramscian model and the Frankfurt School model don’t work

Every single thing the Left has done since the 1950s has been catastrophically wrongheaded and misconceived. It has all backfired. Which means that going into future, when they will (as they surely will) continue their failed strategy on autopilot, it will all be for naught. Why? Because these techniques only work if the victims don’t know they’re being propagandized. Yet the public in recent years has become much more sophisticated. Now we do know. And we can never un-know, once our eyes have been opened.

The Left has to now go back to the drawing board and come up with an entirely new playbook. And once they do, it will surely take decades to implement.

But the best part? The Left doesn’t understand any of this, and they won’t reformulate their playbook. They will stick to the same failed script, as we have already seen just in the last few weeks since the election. Years from now, and likely even decades from now, the Left will still be trying their stealth (and not-so-stealth) propaganda/indoctrination/bullying efforts, and they will continue to fail.

That’s why Trump’s victory is so historically significant: It is a major paradigm shift in the arc of history that completely destroys the leftists’ long-term game plan, past, present and future

To such an extent that now we’re playing an entirely new game with entirely new rules. But the left refuses to acknowledge this, and they will continue to play the old game. So they will lose. And lose. And lose. And lose. Over and over and over again until they too see the futility of the entire leftist worldview."

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Among comments

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"3The Political Hat on Dec 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm:

I’m not so optimistic. Trump’s election was a combination of Hillary being a worse candidate than anyone could imagine, the Obama administration and the Left in general overreaching after a premature victory dance, and the fact that this overreach involved poking far too many people in the eye.
The Leftward Gramscian march continues. One outcome went against them, but the fundamentals are still moving in their direction. It won’t be reversed until the underlying control of the social institutions is taken from them."

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5 Deplorable Jay Guevara on Dec 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm:


Zombie, this is a superb analysis, and one I hope is on target. The biggest factor has been the Internet. Back when, the Reds controlled the sources of information (yeah, I’m looking at the NYT, WaPo, Cronkite, and then Rather), but now there are alternative sources. Which take on events makes more sense to ordinary Americans? The answer is becoming increasingly clear. I hope that this election signals the inception of an ongoing trend to identify, ridicule, and destroy leftist propagandists.

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"10 Mr. Doug on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm:


Political Hat, I agree with you completely. The “long march through the institutions” is still intact. Let’s see how much Trump actually changes those institutions, or eliminates them. Wanna bet hardly or not at all? Wanna bet he grows government? I appreciate Zombie’s article and wish it were true, but what they’ve taken 100 years to build has not, as of now, changed one iota. And there is a LOT to be un-done that will take a LOT longer than 4 or 8 years. Nice analysis but way ahead of yourself. The Left’s accomplishments, as of now, are still FULLY in place."
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"17 Cornfed on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm:


Nothing wrong with spiking the ball in the end zone, but the game is far from over. And the assumption that this election is the result of some great awakening rebellion is a faulty read, IMO. People are pissed off about the economy, particularly in the Rust Belt, and the fact that the Democrats are more worried about gay wedding cakes than jobs and the economy. However, I do agree with the thesis that readily available information, due to the internet and a decentralized and diversified media, is blunting the effectiveness of the commie strategy. More and more people are on to them; meanwhile, the left has become truly loony. There comes a point at which no amount of clever explanation can convince people that the insane actually makes sense. People aren’t stupid (well, most of them aren’t)."

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 "21 Archie on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm: 

Go over to theconservativetreehouse and get an education on the Uniparty. The situation is more dire than Mr. Zombie illustrates since the GOP political apparatus is on the side of the leftists as well."

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Zombie comments: 

34 zombie on Dec 19, 2016 at 11:27 pm:
Thanks for the comments, everyone — dissenting opinions encouraged and appreciated!

I do think it’s important, however, to do what I have done here (which is similar to Trump’s strategy in the political sphere, now that I think about it), to stake out a maximal position, and then force the naysayers to dispute it. The Left almost always stakes out completely insane maximal positions (in the opposite direction, needless to say) and then we sit here trying to disprove them or swat them away.  

Trump is the first candidate in a very long time to come along and dare to out-negotiate the Left — like in the famous example of immigration, in which the Left, instead of negotiating the finer points of centrist compromise, uncorks the extreme starting gambit of “Let’s eliminate all national borders and allow all immigrants in with no restrictions.” 

Until Trump came along, the “compromise point” was thereby pulled ever leftward, because each concession by a centrist was once again met with the Left’s maximal demand. But Trump flipped the script and the conversation suddenly started going like this:

The Left: “Let’s eliminate all national borders and allow all immigrants in with no restrictions.”

Trump: “Oh really? OK, my counter-proposal is that we build a wall on the border.

The Left: “What??? Are you crazy? We repeat our demand: eliminate all national borders and allow all immigrants in with no restrictions.”

Trump: “If that’s your response, then my counter-proposal is to not only build a wall, but make it 12 feet high.”

The Left: “No borders. We insist.”

Trump: “OK, you had your chance. Now my proposal is to not only build a 12-foot high wall, but make Mexico pay for it.”

The Left: “You don’t understand — during the negotiation process, you’re supposed to compromise and move closer to our position; eventually, you will offer the position we wanted in the first place. So, we repeat: No borders. What is your reply?”

Trump: “Mexico pays for a 12-foot-high fence AND it’s electrified.”

The Left: “No borders.”

Trump: “…AND a moat filled with sharks.”

The Left: “No borders.”

Trump: “Snipers in guard towers every 50 feet”

The Left: “No borders.”

Trump: “OK then: every 25 feet.”
…etc.

In the same manner, the Left has declared progressivism and socialist ideology to be inevitable, natural, and inescapable as mankind’s future fate. And our response has been to sit here and try to talk sense with them, or to play on a battlefield in which their staked-out maximal position (that the game is already over and they have won) is already a part of the landscape.

Fuck that. I’m going to stake out the opposite position; at the very least, now the playing field is finally equal. And if they blink, now they’re forced to cope with our maximal analytical position (i.e. that their entire strategy had collapsed and they have lost.)

In the comments section we can discuss things sensibly. But someone needs to recalibrate the starting point of the discussion of the historiography of leftism, which is what I guess I ended up doing in this essay."


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