Are you tired of winning the skirmish but losing the war? You’re not alone. For a long time, the left had a strategy to capture the culture, and we did not. That was then… this is now.
Anyone who has been watching the cultural goalposts shift over the last few decades will notice a trend. The left will NEVER willingly cede ground it has ever claimed as its own, ratcheting every cultural win as the new baseline as the hill they will willingly die on.
The right, on the other hand has given us an endless series of tactical retreats vowing that the NEXT battle is where the real ‘last stand’ must be made, before that one, too, caves under the swell of uncomfortable opposition.
This process has a name, the Long March Through The Institutions. Here’s a basic sense of what that means. If you want to know more, you can look up Rudi Dutschke, who is credited with coining the phrase.
The Dictatorship of Woke Capital provides the best account so far of how finance capital ended up on the woke side of the culture wars. The book’s great strength is tracing the lineages of woke back to their sources. Soukup identifies two principal streams.
The first, an all-American affair associated with progressives such as Richard Ely, Woodrow Wilson, and John Dewey, gave rise to the administrative state and the creation of a class of professional administrators unaccountable to voters and “trained in the ‘science’ of administration to manage society more rationally and carefully than the masses would, if left to their own devices.”
The second has its origins in Europe, with an assortment of Marxists and post-Marxists such as Antonio Gramsci, György Lukacs, and the Frankfurt School. It then proceeded, in the words of the German 1968-er Rudi Dutschke, on “the long march through the institutions,” the New Left successfully colonizing virtually the entire American system of higher education. –Federalist
The right was oblivious to the transformation happing under their own noses and had no effective counter until the damage was done. It took figures like Andrew Breitbart to remind us that this battle of ideas isn’t fought on the campaign trail, or in policy think tanks.
It is fought in the shaping of culture itself. It took their side a lot of hard work to capture these institutions, our side will have to be just as dedicated to liberating them from their captors’ failed ideas.
Our side is finally treating this problem with the seriousness it deserves. Governor Scott Walker sits down with Ted Cruz and Micheal Knowles for about half an hour to share about what that will look like going forward, as well as some key issues of the day.
That, together with a few other conservative initiatives, is a modest beginning. But the best any of us can do in a journey is start from where you are standing now.