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.


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.

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.

120 Responses to “Trump’s Victory Is a Pivotal Turning Point in Human History”

  1. 1browndog on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:38 pm:

    Nicely polished!

    I said it before, and I stand by it – this needs its own post over at AOSHQ.

  2. 213times on Dec 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm:

    Hillary Clinton will never be president.

  3. 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.

  4. 4Max Power on Dec 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm:

    Nice work as always, Zombie. Good analysis.

  5. 5Deplorable 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.

  6. 6rjschwarz on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm:

    Hopefully Trump can get the economy pumping and all those kids that lean way left and that have mostly been out of the job market in this crap economy (that the MSM claims was great) may start to change their mindset.

  7. 7Bailey Yankee on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm:

    Let’s hope you’re right. BTW, Zombie, I think you’re one of the best commentators out there.

  8. 8Kuchuk on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm:

    Good cheer, Zombie, but I am cautiosly pessimistic. It’s still a strong con and still has a hold on many minds. We dodged a bullet because commies were weak. They had a lazy and dim stoner commie for a Chief Exec and ossified pols with uneducated Ivy League grads running the show. They had no plan and weren’t flexible. And Donald happened. Look at young Dem bullies on campuses — they are the next generation of the cult’s con masters. A combination of skill and luck may go their way some day.

  9. 9Scott Somerville on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm:

    Does this mean we will win and win until we get tired of winning?

  10. 10Mr. 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.

  11. 11Mr. Doug on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm:

    Kuchuk – They don’t need the skill and luck, we do. We still face long odds and need to keep fighting back, and hard, and relentlessly. One thing about the Left, they never give up. They take the long view and if they lose a few battles along the way, so what, just keep their heads down and keep pounding against the wall like those monsters in I Am Legend. We win one election and think we’ve reversed one hundred years of progressivist advances. I don’t think so, folks. Let’s not get giddy, we ‘re still at war.

  12. 12Angie on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm:

    BRAVO! Yes! Yes! Yes!

  13. 13Dantes on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm:

    California dreaming. Half of the country still prefer Clinton and institutionalized federal everything.

  14. 14Michael Kochin on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm:

    Angelo Codevilla claims in The Rise of PC t that the Left was defeated (for now) because they were not Gramscian enough.

  15. 15Robert Burke on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm:

    The solution is to defund Prog Ed in K-12, university, law-journalism-film-LEO-miltary schools; replacing the anti-republic pedagogy with Western Enlightenment. This fix fixes all things. Start with New York. Then defund Prog Ed in California.
    On 9/11, Terrorism, Solution, Absolution and Re-Constitution

  16. 16Jared Black on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm:

    Even BO’s $10T added debt couldn’t buy the election, although it did in CA.

  17. 17Cornfed 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).

  18. 18foo dog on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm:

    Here by way of Instapundit, Eds link.

    Brilliant essay, Zombie. Bookmarked for future reference.
    My only comment is we (moderates, conservatives) cant sit back and assume this is over-
    the Left WILL double down to push through the resistance. and the recent FakeNews headspinning is proof.
    Its their one and only tactic, and it has seemed to work for them.

    Therefore, Z, please keep writing, and expanding on this essay, detailing the history and effects as you have so far, to educate those young college students and others of Gen X and Z, who are smart enough to confront their own cognitive dissonance and awake from the brainwashing.

  19. 19Poppa Nuke on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm:

    One point of departure in discussions on the future is the shift of power motivated by demographics. My counterpoint is that discussion of a shift in power is not useful without insight to the Ideas that will develop and be propounded by these emerging power centers.

    I have elsewhere shared my insight to the replacement of old ideas (slavery, socialism, monarchy) with modern ideas of liberty, nationalism, and democracy that remain plenary over current countervailing ideas of sharia law/islam and globalism (and their associated socio-cultural constructs e.g. political correctness . . . or honor killings. . .)

    If zombie forecasts a new leftist paradigm . . . it will be useful to suss out its likely origins, its essential thesis, and supporting political memes.


  20. 20Mark Andrew Edwards on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm:

    Well said, my undead friend. And, let’s hope you’re right. Still gonna be a long war, I think.

  21. 21Archie 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.

  22. 22Yaridanjo on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm:

    Wait and see with Trump. He is still a member of the elite from NYC and has Israeli relatives.

    He beat Hillary in the electoral vote and she is only one level worse than Satan.

    The only true measure of our dislike of her were the small size of the crowds that rallied around her when she was campaigning.

  23. 23Dana on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm:

    Great read ZT! Paradigm shift, oh yeah, and a long time coming. The carnage will include academia and the remains of the Democrat-Media Complex.

  24. 24Dusty on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm:

    This may sound strange but I for one am firmly against a one party system. Id like to keep Democrats around for a token obstruction effort. After all, obstruction is a feature of American politics, not a bug…

  25. 25fiftyville on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:44 pm:

    Well and plainly said said. Bravo! Take ten bucks out of petty cash.

  26. 26Andrew X on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:49 pm:

    It’s a good analysis, but as I have written elsewhere to similar thoughts –

    All riiiight, Sarah!! That Terminator is FINALLY dead! Thank God, we can go back to not fearing for our lives. Tough bastard, he was, but we finally got ‘im in the end.

    Hey, how come there’s still an hour left in this movie??

  27. 27Sunset Paddy on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm:

    Trump is the imperfect vessel chosen by God to do I have no idea what.

  28. 28reader on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:04 pm:

    Although I’m not quite as hopeful for the future, I think the historical analysis here is exactly on target, and should be required reading for the whole country. People who appreciate this analysis by Zombie should check out Eric Raymond’s classic post on “Gramscian Damage” which covers much of the same ground:

    Gramscian Damage

  29. 29Len on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:16 pm:

    Eloquent excoriation of the “left”, but you miss the mark by not recognizing the truth – “Left” = “Right”.

  30. 30Ed Minchau on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:18 pm:

    The Political Hat, Robert Burke -The point I think Zombie is trying to make is that the Long March through the institutions, and in particular Mr. Burke’s pet peeve of the education system, are suddenly irrelevant. People can still detect BS, and after decades of the long march through the media and education, the product is crap and people are going around them. They’re getting their news from Twitter and Facebook and blogs and podcasts and YouTube, they’re getting educations online from Khan Academy and online university courses. They’re seeing for themselves videos of Hillary Clinton staggering and being hauled into a van like a sack of potatoes, because everyone has a high def video camera on their phones and can upload to the internet instantly.

  31. 31PapayaSF on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:38 pm:

    Kudos, Zombie. I think the core problem for the left is that they have lost the plot. They think they are working for the poor and oppressed, but they only accept a narrow set of solutions: more government, and more group rights/identity politics. They are so committed to those hammers that everything looks like a nail.

  32. 32rosignol on Dec 19, 2016 at 11:07 pm:

    I hope you’re right.

  33. 33itsmeagain on Dec 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm:

    hi Zombie. Followed the link over from wretchard’s place. Pivotal turning point in human history? The world turns every day, I’m very egalitarian on points. Trump’s win is surprising on a historically significant magnitude, but I’m not ready to evaluate what comes next. Should we grant him a Nobel Prize now?

  34. 34zombie 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 built 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.”


    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.

  35. 35Rick on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:10 am:

    First article of yours that I’ve read and it was outstanding. Well written and right on point. The American people have become more sophisticated and many are aware of the brainwashing.

    Bookmarked and I’m looking forward to reading your archives.

  36. 36Jimmy Doolittle on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:33 am:

    Zombie for Press Secretary!

    … And the Wall will be doubled, with a 40 ft minefield in between!

  37. 37rickl on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:38 am:

    I sure hope you’re right, zombie.

    I think that Trump’s own personality was a big reason for his victory. Much like Breitbart, he went on offense against the media. I supported Trump in the primaries because I believed he was the only candidate who could beat Clinton. I didn’t see any of the other Republicans as having the necessary combination of charisma and combativeness. The closeness of the election bears me out, I think. The media threw everything at him but the kitchen sink. I don’t see how any other Republican candidate could have withstood such an assault.

    Two essential things that must be done in the next four years are to get control of immigration and implement ballot security measures. Otherwise I fear that 2016 will prove to be a temporary respite. This election was way too close for comfort.

    (zombie: I posted the above comment at the PJM link you gave at AoS earlier last evening, but I just checked again and your post is impossible to find from the PJM home page. I could only find it again by searching “zombie”.)

  38. 38Thomas Hazlewood on Dec 20, 2016 at 2:01 am:

    “But the best part? The Left doesn’t understand any of this”

    You think the Left does not understand. Why do you think they keep trying to silence Conservative talk radio and seeking to control the Internet?

  39. 39JasperAkbash on Dec 20, 2016 at 5:27 am:

    One variable that was left out – immigrants. It skews the dataset, in that those being admitted (legally or otherwise) are pre-disposed to leftist ideology. Just get them the right to vote an -viola – margin of victory.

  40. 40John on Dec 20, 2016 at 5:27 am:

    Interesting article.

  41. 41BuyTruth on Dec 20, 2016 at 6:19 am:

    The timely influence of the internet in world events cannot be overstated. That right there can be ranked as divine intervention.

    If we were locked up under three news channels, we would have become carbon-tax slaves years ago.

    There is a reason freedom of speech is in the first amendment.

  42. 42BackwardsBoy on Dec 20, 2016 at 6:27 am:

    Outstanding analysis, Zombie. We still have a lot of work to do to drive the Left back to the fringes of polite society where it belongs. This election was merely the beginning.
    And thanks for pointing out what I’ve been saying for a long time: this is being done to us against our will. None of it is organic. Every bit of the radical, far-left ideology we see in our society is the result of outside forces trying to control us, make us doubt our values and question our very own conscience.
    Keep up the good work, Zombie.

  43. 43Dances With Shotguns on Dec 20, 2016 at 7:06 am:

    It is said that the wizened Justice Ginsburg did not retire during Obama’s term because she was certain that Hillary would be appointing her successor. #Winning

  44. 44Forbes on Dec 20, 2016 at 7:34 am:

    It seems to me that, but for 100,000 votes in three states, out of 125 million votes cast, this post wouldn’t see the light of day. In other words, it was a close run thing–not a paradigm shift or a turning point in world history.

    I’m very pleased Trump defeated HRC, and a win is a win, but the necessary work for course correction begins now.

    Presidential elections are like the NFL in reverse. Winning the election is akin to winning the Super Bowl–the pinnacle of success. But then you have to play the regular season, and slog out victories game by game for four years–then history will define success.

  45. 45Publius Redux on Dec 20, 2016 at 7:38 am:

    Frickin’ brilliant Zombie. Absolutely. Frickin’. Brilliant.

  46. 46R.C. on Dec 20, 2016 at 8:12 am:

    I wish I could believe this was true.

    You’re correct to paint this as a triumph. But I think you’re missing some details. As a consequence, you risk complacency about what comes next, through optimism out-of-proportion to the evidence.

    You’re correct to say that “Western society is super-saturated with leftist propaganda,” and even more correct to note the “relentless leftist slant to everything in modern culture.”

    But, Zombie, you then add, “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…. 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.”

    No, Zombie.

    No they didn’t.

    Firstly, of course more voters selected Clinton than Trump, and most voters selected someone other than Trump.

    Secondly, Trump’s campaigning never ever based itself on the kinds of principles and ideas which are the opposite of leftism. Some of them were borrowed from leftism. While Trump may have been a secret ideological conservative all along, the persons who voted for him cannot be said to have selected conservative ideas over leftism when that’s not what Trump campaigned on.

    So, no, there are signs of increasing resistance to the propaganda in THIS generation. But what about the next? They will have to fight their way out of the cultural propaganda ALL OVER again.

    And then — Zombie, I like ya’, so take this as kindly criticism with a smile — then you say, “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…. 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.”

    Sorry, but that’s ridiculous.

    You’ve already described how it had massive cultural effects, and culture matters! Culture is our default worldview unless and until we consciously oppose it!

    Culturally, the left holds ALL the high ground: News Media, Television Industry, Cinema Industry, Gaming Industry, Music Industry, Wall Street’s Boardrooms, Finance, Fashion, Elementary Education, Teenage Education, Legal Profession, Medical Profession Collegiate Education, Postgraduate Education, Tenured Academia, Literary Community, Children’s Literature, Teen Literature, the Artistic Community, Tech Industry, Labor Interests, Psychiatric and Counseling Industry, Mainline Denominational Headquarters, Mainline Seminaries, “Seeker-Sensitive” Evangelicals drifting into Therapeutic Deism and Emergent Churches with Bible-nullifying doctrines, Catholic clergy who criticize traditionalists but scandalize the faithful by hobnobbing with heretics, Jews who practice everything except faithful Judaism, and the overall decadence and libertinism of High Society in D.C., in New York, in Atlanta, in L.A., and everywhere else.

    You already admitted as much. Don’t you see what that means?

    Here’s the deal: Each generation has to re-learn conservatism.

    But most fundamental ideas are “caught, not taught.” If a kid is formally taught conservatism by his parents, but absorbs nothing but leftism from his culture, 80% of the time he will become an adult who is a leftist or an inconsistent mishmash between the two, not a conservative.

    And only those who are “mugged by reality” will be shaken out of their leftism and “convert” to conservatism as an adult. For every one person who does this, two or three will not.

    So when you say, “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,” I disagree entirely. It does, sadly, work.

    The evidence that it works is the way that the left always takes over our institutions, and the right so rarely takes any institution back except temporarily. The National Council of Churches? Used to be conservative. The YMCA? Used to be conservative. The Girl Scouts? Used to be conservative? Hollywood? Used to be conservative, at least about some things. Our universities? Mostly used to be seminaries!

    We are still very much on the defensive.

    Zombie, if you were right, then the Trump election would be a sign that the Left would be permanently on the defensive going forward. The Left would be constantly finding conservatives taking over the National Organization of Women, and the ACLU, and the DNC. They would constantly fight an exhausting twilight struggle to keep their kids from becoming priests and missionaries and Hasids and homeschooling parents of ten children.

    When THAT happens, Zombie, I will join you in thinking that the war is over, and we’ve won.

    Until then, I will keep fighting what I expect to be a long, hard slog.

  47. 47Insufficiently Sensitive on Dec 20, 2016 at 8:32 am:

    Saludos to Zombie for the analysis, but the caution of Political Hat and Mr. Doug is warranted. From here it seems that the cumulative effect of six decades of that propaganda is a very heavy mass with plenty of remaining momentum. Gramsci and Frankfurt own millions of acolytes who are now furious, easily apparent to those of us inside the social media of the arts world. The outrage and unfriending of heretics, if continued in an expanding and organized trend, may be early warnings of disturbances leading at an extreme to civil war.

    But Trump’s successful jiu-jitsu campaign, counter to MSM’s arrogance, is one ray of light – how they hate the word Breitbart! And his nominees to WH and Cabinet posts may form a nucleus to a tsunami of new energy, perhaps a DOJ-spearheaded reverse-Gramsci New Deal, if bureaucratic internal resistance can be overcome, and Congress plays up. We’ll just have to see, and may those outraged rumblings not blossom into armed mobs.

  48. 48D S Craft on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:09 am:

    Zombie, this a superb analysis, one I’ve been saying for years to anyone who would listen. Politics is downstream of culture and the key to controlling culture is to capture the minds of the youth via higher education and entertainment. Education to plant the seeds, entertainment to reinforce ideas and cultivate those seeds. Except that it’s been going on for more than 60 years. The progressive movement penetrated higher education and entertainment (Hollywood) over 100 years ago and have slowly been corroding our institutions ever since. And The Political Hat is right; the march continues unabated. Every year our universities crank out wave after wave of marching morons indoctrinated with left wing ideology and feeding the organs which make our society. Eventually it will overtake society. We just caught a break this time. If we are going to reverse this eventual inevitability we are going to have to take back higher education. I don’t know how that is to be done but that’s what it’s going to take.

  49. 49geoffb5 on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:28 am:

    A 2009 graph illustrating the “Long March.”

  50. 50Caesar North of the Rubicon on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:35 am:

    When the voter dropped off her child at a school where the Department of Education was more concerned about bathroom and locker room policy than it was about education, drove past the Home Depot parking lot full of men whom the Department of Homeland Security was trying to legalize and make citizens, men who spoke a foreign language and lived here in a foreign culture and who were now doing the jobs that used to be done by her union carpenter father and men like him, war veterans abandoned by the Department of Veterans Affairs, then got to the polling place and saw the ballot posted in four languages by order of the Department of Justice, how could she do anything but say, “My God, what happened to my country?” and vote Trump.

  51. 51zombie on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:35 am:

    Reply to #46 R.C.:

    You make many good points, and well stated. And I don’t dispute most of them.

    HOWEVER — and perhaps this is my fault for not saying this clearly enough in the original post — one of the main thrusts of my essay is to note that even though (as you correctly note) the “long march through the institutions” was indeed successful, and even though the Left MAINTAINS their iron grip on most of those institutions, somehow, incredibly, that did not translate into enough votes to win an election.

    You say that “Culture matters! Culture is our default worldview unless and until we consciously oppose it!” And that is exactly the purpose behind the Gramscian project to impose Leftist “cultural hegemony” on us. But here’s the amazing thing: They successfully took over the culture long ago, and by now have had generations to brainwash everyone. By all rights, the entire country (except for a handful of octogenarians) should be radical leftists.

    But somehow, despite the Left’s Total Victory in the culture wars and the Long March — a total victory which has already happened — they still lost. And this loss (i.e. Trump’s victory) exposes that something is deeply deeply insufficient in the very theory of cultural hegemony.

    Although I didn’t state it clearly in the essay, I believe the flaw — the fatal flaw — in their entire plan is this:

    The Left is fighting against human nature — a human nature that simply can’t be changed. The entire field of Leftism (as pointed out in Stephen Pinker’s book The Blank Slate) is based on the fundamental principle that human nature can be changed by cultural indoctrination — what Lenin called “The New Soviet Man” — because they assume that EVERYTHING is a “social construct,” and thus every bad ideology or tendency can be wiped away and every “correct” ideology and personality trait can be implanted through the aforementioned brainwashing.

    But this election, I believe, has proven this wrong. (It has been proven wrong in other ways as well, of course, but this election really brings it into focus). The Left can brainwash (or attempt to brainwash) the entire population all day long, for decades upon decades, and yet somehow, after all that, they still lose. It would seem impossible. But because they’e fighting against human nature, it could very well be that they will NEVER be successful. Most human traits, it turns out, are NOT “social constructs,” and try as you might, you can’t alter them.

    You act fearful of the future because of the Left’s cultural dominance. But your dreaded future already happened long ago — and proved to be ineffectual.

    The Left already turned the knob up to 11. They turned that knob back in the ’60s. Oooooh, what are they gonna do now — turn it up to 12?

  52. 52Frank P on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm:

    Just one pedantic quibble with this excellent essay: it is not ‘the hoi polloi’ . Two definite articles there. Hoi polloi means ‘the proletariat’.

  53. 53Joe on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm:

    During the 1980′s we as a country, started purposely shipping jobs to Red China, a communist country. Our rational was ,”If we don’t do it, Europe will beat us to it”. This was a “quick profit” business decision made without consideration of the future, by business leaders, (CEO’s), that were for the most part, right of center.

    We then spoiled our children with cheap goods that ended up filling our landfills. Those same children that said things like, “I don’t do restaurant work, gardening, or other meaningless work”. We then imported illegal labor to build, pick, clean and in general, do “meaningless” work to fill the void left by our spoiled kids. (If you think this is untrue, drive by Home Depot and count the number of white or black Americans that are jumping into the back of your truck for $10 – $12 per hour). Maybe we should have been picking our own strawberries. Maybe we should have been picking our own cotton. Maybe we should start thinking about the unintended consequences of our “quick profit” decisions.

    OK, now that we have that out of the way, lets start our discussion about how bad Obama was, and how good Trump will be. Let’s look at a very narrow time frame so we can continue to lie to ourselves and pat ourselves on the back.

    How soon we forget.

  54. 54NateWhilk on Dec 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm:

    I hope Zombie is right. But like others, I’m unsure. Hillary won the popular vote.

    What has changed with Trump’s success is that now we on the right know we’re not isolated. We know there are more of us than anyone thought. They tried to demoralize us, but they failed. I don’t know what to do next, but we have an opportunity. Trump’s priorities should be: no more “refugees” from the Middle East, build the wall, register foreign visitors from radical Islamic countries, and get his nominees on the Supreme Court.

  55. 55D S Craft on Dec 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm:

    A few people have mentioned that Clinton won the popular vote which means we as a nation are in trouble. She did – technically. Outside of California Trump won the popular vote in the remaining 49 states by 1.7 million votes, but Clinton won big in California by over 4 million votes, so it appears she won the national popular vote. Really, she won just California by a lot. California is a leftist paradise so the question is will the rest of America eventually look the same. Maybe, maybe not. Maybe California is just a moonbat magnet that drains the rest of the country of some of their flakes and is not necessarily indicative of what the nation will look like in 15 or 20 years. One can only hope.

  56. 56pre-Boomer Marine brat on Dec 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm:

    Thank you for this, Zom.

  57. 57Joan of Argghh! on Dec 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm:

    I’ve never lived in a time with so many wild-cards in the deck. Who can suss out the various combinations of rural, urban, foreign, assimilated, Einsteins, morons, Bilderbergs and Bannons, and the indoctrinations of social media? I don’t think anyone knows what’s going to happen next.

  58. 58exposenwo on Dec 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm:

    No Clinton did NOT win the popular vote. If you subtract the illegal alien votes, the dead people votes, the duplicate votes and out right fraud in the electronic voting machines Trump won by an absolute LANDSLIDE.

  59. 59ahem on Dec 21, 2016 at 7:15 am:

    We can best battle Marxism by, first, becoming thoroughly familiar with its history and ideology and, second, by resisting and disproving its fundamental premises at every opportunity—its belief in human perfectability, its belief in historical inevitability, its fatalism, its disbelief in transcendent values, its reliance on imperfect humans, etc….

  60. 60G6loq on Dec 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm:

    Here: Taleb opines on fanatics

  61. 61Frank N. Blunt on Dec 22, 2016 at 10:39 am:

    Great commentary, and I hope you are correct. We need to keep the pressure on the left, and purge them and their “ideas” from academia, bureaucracy, and media…just as they have tried to do with us. Re-blogged this @ our humble site:

  62. 62phoenixgirl on Dec 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm:

    well done zombie!

  63. 63@Harry_Bergeron on Dec 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm:

    Great work again, Zombie.
    I stumbled across a book that laid much of this back-story out in 1979.
    It was a best-seller at the time, but the message didn’t have legs.
    I alway put the start of modern Libtardity at the Wilson administration,
    but Christopher Lasch traces it to the 19th Century, where it belongs,
    in “The Culture of Narcissism”, available second-hand for a few $$$.

  64. 64Scott on Dec 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm:

    I’m finding out all about this Trump phenomenon, Zombie, and I think you are mostly correct, I was a Cruz supporter in the primaries, but understand now that not only would Cruz have lost against Hillary (had he pulled it out against Trump), he also would have played this game politically. Trump is more brilliant than I could imagine; he can manipulate the manipulators and turn them into babbling idiots. The Dems’ “you’re a racist, bigot homophobe!” diatribes are met with exactly what you describe in the era of Trump: “We’ll build that wall, higher and larger and make the Mexicans pay for it!” The left doesn’t know what to do with that. Their mouths are agape. It’s fascinating to watch. The biggest weapon the Democrats have, the MSM, is unraveling in front of our eyes. And the American public–particularly those who were disconnected from the Bushes, the Clintons, the Obamas…are coming out in favor of a gauche Billionaire who speaks plainly to them.

    Ben Shapiro said indignantly post election day “well, Trump only got about the same number of votes that Romney and McCain had the last rounds”. Sniff. Heh. Consider that there were (by my conservative estimate) at least 5 million people who went into the voting booths and didn’t pull the lever for EITHER candidate! Trump still won! That’s a powerful statement.

    As to winning the culture wars, I really think the Left has overstepped their boundaries so much in the past 5 years that the safe spaces, transgender bathrooms, re-writes of lovely Christmas songs, and lecturing from the stages of popular musicals is starting to backfire on them. Americans, even those who are normally tolerant and willing to go along to get along, are abandoning any pretense of tolerance for the left’s intolerance.

    I think the younger generations are beginning to instinctively become conservative as they see the indoctrination attempts in their video games, classrooms, bathrooms, and beyond. Heck, even the leftist professors of the “The Whole World’s Watching” era are aghast at the craziness of their SJW monsters. It’s time for the pendulum to swing back, and swing back hard. Trump is simply giving it a big push. I for one am enjoying this ride.

  65. 65Winslow on Dec 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm:

    —with apologies to Lewis Carroll

    ‘Twas ‘lection, and the squabbly pols
    Did squawk and tweet with freakish voice.
    All balky was the Ballotboy,
    ‘Bout such a bleakish choice.

    “Beware the Hildebeast, my son!
    The Chappasquaw! The Nihilqueen!
    Beware the Bubbadog, and shun
    The humious Abedin!”

    His ballot-hand he did restrain;
    He was with trepidation fraught.
    He turned his brain to the Trumptrump train—
    And shuddered at the thought.

    But lo! he spied a sight obscene:
    The Hildebeast, devoid of shame,
    Came strutting on the telescreen,
    And cackled as it came!

    The psychic pain drove him insane;
    He reeled within the ballot booth.
    He voted for the Orange Mane—
    Then guzzled some vermouth.

    “And hast thou quashed the Hildebeast
    That slouches forth from Chappaqua?
    Beware! ‘Twill come again—to feast
    Upon America!”

  66. 66maddogg on Dec 24, 2016 at 5:26 pm:

    Hi Zombie!
    I enjoyed the post. Read it at PJ media. I pray you are right.

  67. 67fizziks on Dec 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm:

    Do you consider opposition to free trade agreements to be the left wing or right wing position?

    If left wing, then you must accept that probably the biggest reason for Trump’s victory in the three crucial Rust Belt states was his adoption of a left wing position. Not very promising for your ‘Trump’s victory has rhetorically defeated the left’ argument.

    If right wing, then you must accept that the left wing position is, at least some of the time, the one that is less communist and more consistent with a free market.

  68. 68George on Dec 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm:

    You silly boy.
    The left don’t act due to being “wrong headed” or “misconceived”.
    It’s absolutely deliberate cultural indoctrination operated with outstanding success in junior and senior school by the spear point Teacher’s Union..

    Alinsky is their tactician. “Rules for Radicals” is compulsory reading to know your enemy and use his tactics against him, as the Donald has done with spectacular success.

    Hillary was de-normalised.The Stockholm Syndrome Republicans could never achieve this…. it took a third party of one man.

  69. 69JimmyLeeHaggerty on Dec 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm:

    What gold has been struck in the article itself and the comments which follow. I am enlightened and grateful to read is what I have perceived but without the elucidated insight of most all of you. What I would like to contribute is this. I suggest you all read the ‘Art of War’ to see the genesis of our President Elects book ‘The Art of the Deal’ and the tools of his artful battle to defeat our political enemies become CRYSTAL CLEAR! Everything Mr. Trump has done to win the Election, and the hearts and minds of our National Psyche became clear to me, as in an epiphanie.

  70. 70Angela Hale on Dec 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm:

    It ain’t over. This is just the beginning of the war. We have been fighting since the Patriot Act came into being and the fight has grown as we lost battle after battle. We were betrayed by the Republicans and we still fought.
    Trump is our weapon but we have to keep fighting and utilizing whatever weapons we can find and wield or we’ll lose in the long run.
    The Left is rabidly determined to usher in their Socialist Utopia. In 2020, they may well run a Bernie Sanders or someone who can excite the masses with freebies.
    The Left will continue to scream and denigrate everyone and everything that threatens their goals. Our only real hope is that Trump is able to pull off the policies he has outlined; a strong economy, no more endless wars, revamping education including college and deporting illegals will go a long way to helping us win.
    People who have hope —people who see a future –are less likely to want to shake up the status quo.
    Our job will be to push back on the Propaganda Press and to remove anyone who stands in the way of the Trump renovations.
    We have to be prepared to stand in the gap and bring about change when and where we can. That includes flexing our monetary muscles.
    We cannot rest.
    We cannot shift into “park”
    We have not won. Not yet.

  71. 71Jack on Dec 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm:

    We are far from done fighting the left. The internet and the recognition of propaganda by a swath of the population are big wins but it’s still dicey out there.

    For God’s sake don’t let the GOP establishment try to push through entitlement reform. That will finish off the GOP. We need to close the borders and stop immigration for a couple generations so that the bolus of new immigrants can be assimilated. In addition we need more economic autarky, including tariffs if necessary. I really hope the GOP, through its recent near-death experience, stops trying to sell the $hit $andwich offered up by the country club set to the rest of the nation. Concentrate on raising wages, and if the shareholder class has to eat it then so what. We will have saved our country.

    The GOP really is the stupid party. They were destroying their own base for a few extra bucks. Thank God for Trump and keep the GOP establishment on its heels.

  72. 72Todd on Dec 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm:


    I have always admired your work. Exposing the truth is admirable.

    But please remember one thing: Remeber 2018.

    Then we can discuss this essay.


  73. 73No Brainer on Dec 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm:

    It seems the next step for the left is to gain control over social media and online media so they can force-feed their lies to the population. We are still in danger…as long as the press is under leftist rule.

  74. 74Matt on Dec 26, 2016 at 9:29 pm:

    What a wonderful essay and some (virtually all) of the follow up posts are fantastic!

    This article is exactly what I’ve been looking for, I just don’t see much information from the Conservatives about what the next move is. I certainly don’t think the battle has been won, I think it’s only just begun – and this is our first and last shot at bringing down the left. The election really opened my eyes as to just how many institutions the left has control over. How do we reverse that? How do we take back control? I imagine that the education system, Hollywood and the MSM are the first things we need to take back. How did we lose control in the first place? Why did we give it up so easily and without a fight?

    I’ve heard absolutely nothing from the right about this subject – we are all riding high on a wave of confidence but we need to focus. The left will double down on their tactics and we have 4 years to reverse 60 years of leftist brainwashing. Just reading through the posts to the article and we are all on the same page, we can see the problems and we know we have a fight on our hands….The only thing I didn’t read here are any tactics or strategies on how to take back control? Where do we start? How can each one of us contribute? What can we do to ensure that the left never again has control over us?

    I certainly agree that our best weapon is the internet – it really is a game changer and for the first time we have a news outlet that cannot be controlled by anyone. The internet is our best weapon, the only problem is that the left know this and they are already implementing plans to take it down. Like most of you, I was horrified when I read that Facebook are now editing the news articles they display to their users. This is a disgusting move from the left which is blatant censorship and it will cripple our ability to reach out to the general public and give them an alternative to the MSM. I read somewhere that 60% of people get their news from Facebook….How can we stop the left from censoring Facebook?

    So to sum up, great article and follow up posts…..We know the issues we are about to face, we just need some workable battle plans that we can use against the left to wrestle back control over the various institutions. Any ideas?

  75. 75Arturo Cuenca on Dec 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm:

    Utopia Is The Medieval Ideal Of Thanatic Enslaving Of Live In Nature: Communism Is It Jesuit Modern Reincarnation: Democracy Is It Only Way To Be Elected Into The Republic To Destroy It From Inside

  76. 76Hector on Dec 27, 2016 at 5:20 am:

    The one thing that a lot of the pessimistic commenters here seem to have forgotten is that the Democrats are losing massively on the state government level also, not just on the national level. The Democrats have lost over a thousand political offices on the state level since Obama became president in 2008. So Trump’s election is not just a speed bump in the Left’s “long march through the institutions”.

    The other item to mention is that the people of the United States also have the Internet to turn to for alternate news sources besides the awful NYT, WaPo, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, or other like sources. Now we have, and the irony is palpable here, the Russian Times, Sputnik News, and others that give a genuinely different point of view of the same world events. I remember talking with a British friend of mine one time about the American Revolution. Boy, did he blow my hair back with a totally different take on that event! But the interesting thing was that he made some valid points that had me rethink a lot of things that I was taught in school about the American Revolution. But the main point is that the Left has permanently lost control of the narrative and they’ll never get that control back.

  77. 77Dan on Dec 27, 2016 at 6:51 am:

    Great, great, great article.

    I wrote and published through Author House two fiction books in 1999 and 2000 spoofing liberal Hollywood. The books touch on your points, but WE WIN. Please note, I am NO writer, they were self-published, and contain not a few errors in grammar. They are pretty funny though and rightists will love them. Hollywood! Must Be Destroyed. And the sequel, The Lies That Blind. Available at Amazon.

    Please keep up the great writing and analysis!

  78. 78MaxMBJ on Dec 27, 2016 at 8:34 am:

    Here’s the beauty of the Left’s failure: Trump, in being their piñata, discovered who the real good guys are. He is now a different man having run through the left’s gauntlet. He now realizes the evangelicals and the coal-miners and the working stiffs are his friends, trusted friends.

  79. 79Jim Pinto on Dec 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm:

    Thank you for better verbalizing and explaining what I’ve been saying also – that the cultural indoctrination incorporates every and all manner of outreach: entertainment, education, daily news.

    People my age (60s) growing up in the 1950s and 60s find it amusing, alarming and rather disgusting that so powerful have all the tools become, that today so many people are the same!
    Everyone tries to be like everyone else: hand-held gadgets, pushing buttons, speech/phraseology, dress/appearance. Now a couple of generations of younger people are images of each other.
    This social conditioning makes ‘cookie cutter’ people all thinking and speaking alike.

  80. 80Abu Lahab on Dec 28, 2016 at 8:29 am:

    I am not so optimistic. For starters, much of Trump’s success was based on an alliance between pro-Zionists, like most of those who are Zombie fans, and outright Nazi types, like Richard Spencer. This is not a longterm coalition. For example, check this post on this thread:

    “22Yaridanjo on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm:

    Wait and see with Trump. He is still a member of the elite from NYC and has Israeli relatives.He beat Hillary in the electoral vote and she is only one level worse than Satan. ”

    Or this dispute over the inaugaral ball. Do any of my fellow Zionists want to party with a creep like this?

    Or this dispute…

    Don’t get me wrong, I DO believe that Trump is a Zionist and will support Israel. But many of his supporters who really believed he hates Jews are going to be sorely disappointed and will turn on him.

  81. 81Ken on Dec 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm:

    Really quite brilliant. Thanks for codifying what happened

  82. 82rayj on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm:

    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.

    Sorry Zombie, we won on a Hail Mary and we have four years blunt an otherwise inevitable victory on their part. I really hate to be a buzzkill but have only won a temporary reprieve.
    I hope we don’t throw it away.

  83. 83rayj on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm:

    If we were locked up under three news channels, we would have become carbon-tax slaves years ago.

    So you’ve been around long enough to understand that. Damn few people realize how much worse it was before cable news and the internet.

  84. 84Howard Nelson on Dec 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm:

    Thank you all for the education.
    First steps for taking lessons from our past and present for our future:
    1. At the local, citizen level, organize with your neighbors to review your children’s textbooks, teachers’ course syllabi, and teachers’ qualifications? How do they teach critical thinking? How do they engage with students’ controversial opinions?
    2. When and how do we recover our language from its corrupters and our actions from our aparthies?
    When do we begin to consistently call ‘fake news’ — lies?
    When do we begin to consistently call Progressives what they truly are — regressives, atavists, or simply, Wrongs?
    When do we refer in our writings to PC as: PissC, or BC (Bullying Crap), CC (Cowardly Corruption), …
    When do we begin to demand lie detector tests to be taken by our vote winners and politicians? This will help cull the congenital liars and muck-makers from the ranks of the remaning competents and sociopaths — questionaires and questioners need to be competent.
    When do we begin to drop the unreal term, Islamophobia, for the real, pertinent term Islammetusia ( Metus is Latin for rational fear)? By now, we should all be Islammetusics.

  85. 85Sir Publius on Dec 31, 2016 at 10:31 am:

    Good article. I agree on the authors assessment of who the left are and what they have been doing for decades. I wish more people understood this about the left, about cultural marxism. It’s very real. Whether its a concerted effort or not, it’s still real and happening. I do know one thing. It took the progressives 100 years to get where they are now. And the author is correct. They did undergo a slow march through the institutions the last 50 years. Logically, to undo this, wouldn’t it take the same efforts or more? In other words, the cluster we are in today will not be easily undone, or quickly…sadly…if ever. I’m not being a defeatist by saying that. I’m not giving up here. I’m just saying. People need to recognize the long haul here, and that liberty is never, never won for good. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. This election may be a tipping point. If that’s true, the work is not finished. It has rather just begun.

  86. 86Bob on Jan 17, 2017 at 11:11 am:


    you wrote this almost a month ago & I have no idea if you or anyone for that matter will see my comment. Do you think peoples access to more information via the internet became the fatal flaw in this leftist propaganda policy? and is what is now seeing the rise in alt right new outlets? it’s hard to propagandize a population if you don’t control what they are watching right? and ultimately this election showed the power of democracy over socialism/communism by giving all citizens equal access to all information.

  87. 87JoeCon on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm:

    This could be the beginning of a rersurgence of Western Civ, but it would be just that…..a beginning. It is time for our Long March!

  88. 88OmniKanami on Jan 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm:

    Zombie -

    I was wondering where you have gone. We have needed you and your photo essays.

  89. 89Scott on Jan 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm:

    To Bob: I see the leftist (at least in the context of the 2016 election) condescending attitude as their fatal flaw. They have been harping about racists, misogynists, homophobes, Islamophobes, etc…for more than a decade now, “otherizing” regular Americans who not only prefer NOT to be labeled and classified, but also feel strongly that indeed they are none of those things.

    “Fly over” country is a real place where Americans have been ignored and spat upon for years. The media has pushed their agenda (and continues to…check out David Frum’s article today about how Trump is the worst person to take the presidency since the slave-holding presidents…BTW Mr. Frum? George Washington was a slave=holding president. If it wasn’t for George Washington, there would be no United States of America and probably no David Frum). Frum is just one of many arrogant, over-educated but under learned people who hold positions of power across our nation, and think they are better. They’re smarter, better looking, better educated, richer, and therefore their opinions matter more. And he was a speechwriter for Bush!

    This is the reason for their apoplectic reaction to President Trump. It’s going to be a long 4 to 8 years for these people, and their contempt will not subside. But the more they act like screaming babies, the more they call regular Americans “deplorable”. the harsher their criticism of Trump and Pence, the more marginalized they become. To me, Bob, they created Trump. They are the reason we have a president Trump. To that extent, we regular folks are indebted to them. May they marginalize themselves long into the future!

  90. 90pre-Boomer Marine brat on Jan 22, 2017 at 8:47 am:

    To Bob (Jan 17th): The Internet’s important, as an unrestricted communications medium, but Scott’s comment on the 20th absolutely nails it. Without what Scott writes about in his first paragraph, the Internet’s conservative dialogue would have been ultimately ineffectual, because of a lack of a fire beneath it.

    Without 8 years of Obama, et al, we’d never have had the Trump “phenomena”.

    Bill Ayers quipped (in mid-2008, IIRC) that he rises every morning thinking, ‘this is the day I destroy Capitalism’. NO ONE is watching him, to see what the look on HIS face is like nowadays. RATS!

  91. 91MSimon on Jan 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm:

    Could some one please explain the warm embrace of a thoroughly leftists idea, Prohibition – forcing people to behave the way you want at the point of a gun, by a significant part of the Right?

    Let me quote:

    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 when did the right decide that FORCE is OK for its goals?

    It has nothing to do with left/right. It is about Power and Control.

  92. 92Scott on Jan 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm:

    For pre boomer Marine brat, indeed the unrestricted Internet is important. This is why there is such danger in having the UN “own” it. But the Internet gave rise to alternative voices that the MSM and the radical left (Obama in particular) resent. It proves that black, gay, lesbian, Hispanic, Jewish, etc…conservatives are out there. Yea! They are Americans first. Precisely what Trump says.

    To MSimon: If I understand your concerns, the right is undoing the left’s “force” and Trump’s actions are precisely an illustration. For example, at the (figurative) point of a gun, the left imposed “health care” on the population. But some Americans don’t want it. Some cannot afford it. We were told healthcare for all was going to lower prices and make ours a more compassionate society. Everyone was going to be covered. What happened? Well, MORE people are covered, sure. Not everybody. Many opted out to pay fines. But that hill is getting steeper to climb. And even if the fine payers flip to “coverage”, the deductibles are so onerous that they cannot afford treatment! And we all pay more in premiums to cover those in need of subsidies. Therefore, in the end, Obamacare is really theft.

    The left forces babies to be butchered in utero, and they are defenseless. And taxpayers have to subsidize it! That particular coercion is at the hands of a court decision…not even a piece of legislation written by “we the people”. That’s pretty tyrannical.

    The left seeks out “malpractice” in the lending industry using an unrestricted CFPB to bilk banks out of millions, and all of us pay more in fees and higher APRs. But the government gets theirs. BTW, the mortgage crisis? Created by leftist policy in government starting as far back as Jimmy Carter. Again, at the point of a figurative gun, “Community Reinvestment” was foisted on Banks, where they had to lend money to the incapable. It reached a fever pitch in the 2000s (underwritten by GSEs) when the bubble became untenable. Barney Frank said “no big deal” when the “right” (Republican Congressmen) asked him about the possibility of a meltdown of the mortgage market. He said “no way! They’ve got collateral that always gains value!” Fall 2007: mortgage security meltdown. By law. Written by and for leftists. We all paid in our pensions, 401ks, and with jobs lost.

    The “right” just wants our country back. One where the rule of law is followed, instead of ignored or ignored, like Obama did with the GITMO detainees or lack of enforcement at the borders. The real tyranny is when there is all of this screaming about misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, etc…when most of the “right” abhors all of that. We want EVERYONE to adhere to the laws, we DON’T want a rogue president to use his phone & pen to restrict our freedoms, and we want to be free to walk the streets without fear of some Islamic or BLM fanatic assaulting us at least, and killing us at worst. Freedom is what we’re after…you, assuming you are a leftist, will benefit from the enhanced freedom promoted by Trump and his followers. Undoing tyranny is “force” that benefits all Americans.

  93. 93Jeffrey Wilson on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm:

    Very rarely do I read long editorials like yours, but yours was worth reading. It’s very good and very interesting and it gives me hope. Thanks for all you do.

  94. 94Meremortal on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:44 am:

    We got incredibly lucky due to one man named Trump reawakening the Reagan alliance with blue collar labor. Dems are in disarray, but their far left wing still has punch. Most Republicans are already on board with much of the left’s agenda. The battle has taken a turn for the better but is still in doubt. There is much to be done. As Americans continue to see the blue cities deteriorate hopefully the left’s failures will become even more obvious. I’ll feel better after Trump gets two new Judges on SCOTUS. The mid-terms coming up will be important also. Good luck America, you aren’t out of the woods yet, but you are positioned for greatness instead of suicide.

  95. 95AL on Feb 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm:

    I just found this site via freeper post. I am very impressed with your acumen and erudite worldview. I hope Steve Miller and Steve Bannon are tuned into your blog. You are the New Media that will finally show the country the TRUTH about the world and their “leaders”. Thank you very much.

  96. 96Eric Gonnason on Feb 16, 2017 at 6:41 am:

    This is all quite valid, except for one big problem: these people, leftists, feminists, socialists, Marxists, communists never, ever will admit they were wrong or  “see the futility of the entire leftist worldview.”  They are true believers unto death, and no matter how many tens of millions of fatalities they may cause, even of their own; they are far too arrogant to change their minds.  At this point their only option, their “Trump” card – is, as we are already seeing, violence and brute force.  And, intrigue. The trajectory of the French Revolution was exactly the same, with democratic maneuverings and campaigns working insidiously and perniciously toward a goal – until Camille Desmoulins shouted “To arms!” and let loose the torrents of blood for which that great horror is notorious.

    Desmoulins and many of his freres would ultimately pay for their excesses with their own lives, never even hinting at having erred.  One writer’s chapter on this period is titled “The Revolution Eats its Children.”

    Nothing new in any of this.  Chou En-Lai was quoted in reference to the French Revolution’s ultimate result: “It’s too early to say.”

    Eric “Those who learn History are doomed to watch helplessly…” Gonnason

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  98. 984Choice on Mar 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm:

    When I was elected in 1980 my peers always asked, “How will this affect the Jewish vote?”
    Today the analytics tell us the CHRISTIAN vote put Trump in office. Patriots like David Barton (Charis Bible College School of Practical Government), Regent and Liberty Universities 10yr quest to return America to its Judeo-Christian roots bore fruit. The formula was EDUCATION – countering the liberal lies. They first re-educated pastors.

    Ignorance is satan’s primary tool. Read the introduction to our first public education law “The Old Deluider Satan Act“.
    Our best weapon is TRUTH.

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