Monday, 3 March 2014

What was actually accomplished by the Left's post 1960s "long march through the instutitions"? A lot more destruction than subversion

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Since the triumph of political correctness through the 1970s and 80s, the cultural Right has recognized that the Left's modus operandi was no longer the advocacy of take-over by revolution, nor even by the ballot box; but by the 'long march through the institutions' - that is, the take-over and subversion of the legal system, civil administration, Christian churches, education, health services, the police, military and so on.

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This is the standard view, and it is correct in a way - the Left has indeed taken over these institutions and has indeed re-directed them to serve primarily Leftist functions.

But this analysis misses one very important fact: which is that all of these institutions have been severely weakened by the Leftist takeover.

So the Left has not, in the end, been primarily subversive but instead primarily destructive.

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If the Left had been primarily subversive, then they would have taken over the running of government offices, the courts, schools and universities such as to maintain their strength and influence - but would simply have re-directed these institutions.

Yet, the most striking fact is that each and every one of these institutions has radically-declined in effectiveness, efficiency, status, cohesion - declined in every functionally-relevant way.

So the primary result of the long march through the institutions has not been to subvert, but to destroy, all of the functional social institutions.

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How and why this should be the case has two levels of answer: the first and deepest answer is that the Left is now revealed as being primarily and fundamentally destructive: the Left's deep motivation is now apparent: and it is destruction The Good and all specific goods.

In a nutshell, the Left is simply the main organized embodiment of evil in the Western world.

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But at a more proximate level; the way the Left works can be seen by the one-and-only example of an institution which has actually grown in power, wealth, effectiveness and efficiency over the past three decades: the modern Mass Media.

I have argued that the modern Mass Media is in fact the centre of Leftism and the central power in modern society - the Mass Media is the primary social system; and dominates all other social systems.

And the modern Mass Media has zero social function - it is overwhelmingly destructive in its net effect - it destroys cohesion, it destroys all other social systems, it encourages a psychological state and social mechanisms which are intrinsically and open-endedly anti-functional.

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The modern Mass Media is a parasite, a malignant neoplasm, a cancer - whose growth has no intrinsic constraint, but (unless extirpated by external surgical resection) will continue and continue growing and growing until it kills its host: which is the whole of modern society.

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So the long march through the institutions has turned-out to be nothing more than the long-term, serial and systematic destruction of the institutions - all of the institutions, that is, except the Mass Media: which is now the origin and source of destruction.

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