Democrats are evil; but they’re also smart. They patiently took over American culture for several generations, starting with college campuses, then public schools and eventually mass media, entertainment, sports, corporations and, of course, state and local governments (especially all the major cities). The leftist radicalism on college campuses of the 1960s morphed into the political correctness of the 1990s and, eventually, the Obama-Biden takeover and consolidation of dictatorship culminating in the events of 2020-21.
We now know that even President Donald Trump was no match for an ENTIRE CULTURE overtaken by the statist, irrationally anti-individualistic and thoroughly anti-capitalist, anti-liberty and anti-individualist point-of-view. Cultural elites are a minority, and not even all Democrat-voters are rabid, Communist leftists. But their party is, and it was a movement and establishment that takes into account what many conservatives never considered: That culture disproportionately influences a society. The elites of a culture, including a corporate culture, are more powerful than even 75 million Americans who think and feel otherwise — if not for all time, certainly in the short-run.
Today’s Communist China is rooted in a Maoist “Cultural Revolution” that sounds awfully familiar when you consider the present state of America today.
If you still think “it can’t happen here”, then stop to consider … that it’s already happening. Look at what Mao Zedong imposed on a compliant China back in the 1960s and 1970s.
“The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a decade-long period of political and social chaos caused by Mao Zedong’s bid to use the Chinese masses to reassert his control over the Communist party.
Its bewildering complexity and almost unfathomable brutality was such that to this day historians struggle to make sense of everything that occurred during the period.
However, Mao’s decision to launch the “revolution” in May 1966 is now widely interpreted as an attempt to destroy his enemies by unleashing the people on the party and urging them to purify its ranks.
When the mass mobilisation kicked off party newspapers depicted it as an epochal struggle that would inject new life into the socialist cause. “Like the red sun rising in the east, the unprecedented Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is illuminating the land with its brilliant rays,” one editorial read.
In fact, the Cultural Revolution crippled the economy, ruined millions of lives and thrust China into 10 years of turmoil, bloodshed, hunger and stagnation.
Gangs of students and Red Guards attacked people wearing “bourgeois clothes” on the street, “imperialist” signs were torn down and intellectuals and party officials were murdered or driven to suicide.
After violence had run its bloody course, the country’s rulers conceded it had been a catastrophe that had brought nothing but “grave disorder, damage and retrogression”.
Party officials, teachers and intellectuals also found themselves in the cross-hairs: they were publicly humiliated, beaten and in some cases murdered or driven to suicide after vicious “struggle sessions”. Blood flowed as Mao ordered security forces not to interfere in the Red Guards’ work. Nearly 1,800 people lost their lives in Beijing in August and September 1966 alone. [Source: The Guardian]
Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason