In the early 20th century, Antonio Gramsci noted that the West simply was not “buying” Marxism. When World War 1 erupted the proletariat did not rise up and overthrow their oppressors in the industrialized West. (They did to some degree in the much-less developed easy in Russia and China.) Therefore, Gramsci decided to “tweak” Marxism. The class conflict necessary to bring about a workers’ utopia was not really between economic classes, but rather between cultural classes, he thought. An entire culture, an entire worldview, had to be chipped away, undermined, mocked, hated, questioned, assaulted, and ultimately brought down before the brave new world of the socialists could be birthed.
What exactly needed to be attacked and replaced? Gramsci believed that the traditional nuclear family (a married father and mother and children in the same home), religion (a belief in God who gives transcendent absolute moral truth), and nation-states (countries with identifiable borders, a common history and language, and a stable elected government that practices the rule of law), were all oppressive and had to go.
Gramsci thought that Western Civilization was embedded with the economic system of capitalism. In order to destroy capitalism (a free exchange of goods and services), the socialists had to infiltrate education, the media, and government…and teach a new generation that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience actually enslaves other people.
Gramsci wrote: “In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing culture via infiltration of schools, churches, and the media by transforming the consciousness of society…”
“Socialism is precisely the religion that must kill Christianity.”
“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born. It is the time of monsters.”