I caught a few minutes of Rush Limbaugh’s show this morning and he talked about how he’s come to the conclusion that Bill Ayers, ACORN, Jesse Jackson and all the rest have not just been trying to influence politics but have been working for decades to change a segment of the culture, to instill in them hatred for America. What Rush refers to is something called the Gramsci Effect. An Italian Marxist, Gramsci knew that the Communist revolution wouldn’t succeed unless they worked to change the culture of the democratic West.
Gramsci therefore argued for a strategic distinction between a “war of position” and a “war of movement”. The war of position is a culture war in which anti-capitalist elements seek to gain a dominant voice in mass media, mass organizations, and educational institutions to heighten class consciousness, teach revolutionary analysis and theory, and inspire revolutionary organization. Following the success of the war of position, communist leaders would be empowered to begin the war of movement, the actual insurrection against capitalism, with mass support.