There’s another reason our “intellectuals” are the way they are, of course: They chose it.
Now we’re getting to the useful part.
Because its goals were impossible, The Revolution didn’t go as planned. For every two self-deluded fools who thought the Soviet Union was a new civilization, there were five who knew exactly what the Communists were about. Bomb-throwing anarchists had terrorized European cities for years before 1917, and Red atrocities during the Civil War were no secret. It was obvious to anyone who cared to look, then, that horrors like the White Sea Canal were features, not bugs, of Communism.
If you’ve read your Festinger, you know what happened next. The True Believers searched frantically for any “explanation” that wouldn’t invalidate their precious Marxism, and Antonio Gramsci gave it to them. Though he didn’t coin the term “false consciousness” (Georgy Lukacs did), Gramsci weaponized it. The reason the Bolsheviks are forced to do all that awful stuff — which we don’t admit they actually did! — is that The People lack the proper revolutionary consciousness. They still believe in stuff like “God,” “free speech,” “not getting starved to death while the Party fatcats drive around in limos,” etc.
And where do they get this “false consciousness,” comrades? Why, it’s the same place the Western proles get theirs, which is also why the Western proles haven’t joined The Revolution (yet!), in fulfillment of the scriptures. Gramsci called the false consciousness installation process “hegemony.” There are a zillion unread academic tomes covering all the nuances, but the basic idea is simple enough: The ruling class controls the institutions; the institutions transmit culture; therefore, the culture takes ruling class values for granted.*
The solution, therefore, is as simple as the diagnosis: Capture the institutions, change the culture.
I trust y’all see where this is going. 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.
That’s the enemy, gentlemen. If I were building some kind of movement-energizing mythology for Our Thing — and of course I am not; this is all hypothetical — the first thing I’d do is demonize the professors. Consider that you’ve got a group
- which is hated anyway;
- is inadequate, and knows itself to be inadequate;
- and preaches anti-civilization from behind the safest barricades Capitalism can build;
and you’ve got a crew that’s frankly begging for it. They’d love being the devils in your pantheon, because it’d give their sad, squalid little lives some meaning.
Best of all, anyone can contribute to the Great Anti-Egghead Crusade. If you’re a college student — hell, if you’re a high school student — you can find umpteen examples of anti-civilizational preaching in every single one of your textbooks. Just copy them down and circulate them. (If you want to be a briefly notorious shitlord, you can ambush them with it. Since you know Professor So-and-So wrote something horrible about killing off class enemies, you can stroll into her office hours, cell phone camera at the ready, and ask her about it. “Do you really believe, and I quote, ___”?).
If you’re long past your own college years — or you’re one of the smart ones who never went in the first place — pull your support. Most college sports programs don’t make money, but they’re invaluable for marketing. A 10% dip in viewership for the 2020 March Madness will bankrupt a bunch of schools by 2025.
Even if you’re one of the rare sensible ones who doesn’t watch sports, colleges are public institutions. They’re funded by taxes, which are passed by politicians. The education committee of your state legislature isn’t one of the glamour posts. They stick the dimbulb no-hopers there. Someone who’s a dimbulb by politician standards is a mouth-breather indeed; they’re exquisitely susceptible to pressure. Write them letters. LOTS of letters. Quote extensively from professors’ published works.
Most of all, just spread the word. Get on the listservs with the quotes our student friends have put together. Talk to your friends, the ones with kids or grandkids in the higher ed pipeline. Are you really going to go a second mortgage in hock for this?
If you want to get really nasty, Alinsky that shit. Find a target, freeze it, polarize it, personalize it. Being half-educated halfwits, our professors don’t know who Admiral John Byng was, but they can certainly be made to grasp the concept of pour encourager les autres. Again: These people publish these statements. Under their own names. What academic, I ask you, is going to complain when her never-read tome suddenly gets cited all over the place? That’s how you get tenure in the first place!
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.
And that’s just for starters! Feel free to add your own. Hypothetically, of course — this is all hypothetical.