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September 22, 2014

In the 1930s members of CPUSA (the Communist Party of the USA) got instructions from Moscow to promote non-representational art

so that the US’s public spaces would become arid and ugly.
Americans hearing that last one tend to laugh. But the Soviets, following the lead of Marxist theoreticians like Antonio Gramsci, took very seriously the idea that by blighting the U.S.’s intellectual and esthetic life, they could sap Americans’ will to resist Communist ideology and an eventual Communist takeover. The explicit goal was to erode the confidence of America’s ruling class and create an ideological vacuum to be filled by Marxism-Leninism.
- - Gramscian damage

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 22, 2014 7:45 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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They did that with the Teachers Unions and controlling the syllabus.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2014 2:52 AM

I recall this senator and his investigation into communist subversion in our military and government ranks. He got stymied at the time because so many commies were deeply embedded but when the KGB collapsed some info was sent across that substantiated many of his suspicions.

This from Wiki:

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2014 4:19 AM

Tailgunner had his sights zeroed. That's why the uproar occurred.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2014 6:43 AM

Joe McCarthy wasn't up to the task. The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be viciously attacked but to be inexpertly defended. We're all communist now. I pledged allegiance. So did we all.

Posted by: james wilson [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2014 8:47 AM

Good one VW. (one of those ones, I wish I'da said that).

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 24, 2014 10:01 AM

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