I see that my earlier post today has already sparked a bunch of comments to the general tune of “all is lost; they’ve won the Gramscian march through education and there’s nothing to do about it.”
I was going to respond in the comments section there, but then I thought a brand new post just might be the best way to handle it.
Since the election I’ve noticed a very gloomy and defeatist mindset circulating on the right, and not just on this blog. Those who hold that view tend to think they’re merely being realistic, however.
To a certain extent I share the gloom, and why not? After all, not only did I fervently want Obama to be defeated by Romney, but I spent many a long hour writing on this blog in order to do my small although probably insignificant bit to further that goal. I even understand the realism of the idea that it may be too late.
What I don’t understand, and don’t share, is the view that it’s not worth it to try. Education is one of the most important—perhaps the single most important—front in this battle. I am speaking in particular of education in the fields of history and government (or what used to be called “civics”), as well as the general leftist domination of the entire educational enterprise. If the right gives up that battle, it may be that nothing else the right does will ever do a particle of good.
Since when can a long-term campaign only be fought on one front? Does trying to take back education, bit by little bit (beginning, I believe, in grade schools and with school boards and textbooks especially in red and purple states), preclude other options and other approaches? Of course not.
And speaking of “bit by little bit,” whatever happened to patience? Remember that the phrase “the Gramscian march” usually contains the adjective “long,” as in “the long Gramscian march.” When the left began that endeavor, it probably looked impossible, but they were undaunted and they were very, very, very patient.
And before you say “but the situation is different now—the right was asleep then and the left is not, and the left knows exactly what they’re doing and will fight tooth and nail” let me just say that I am aware of that. But if the right has no stomach for a fight, even a very difficult one, then all is most definitely lost.
Let’s hear from Churchill, who was talking about a different fight:
If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.