Daniel Greenfield on The Culture War: We Are Being Conquered – We Will Continue to Resist
The remnants of the establishment are no threat to the left. The Republican Party and mainstream leaders don’t even know there’s a war on.
The left wasn’t afraid of John McCain. It was afraid of Andrew Breitbart.
Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish blog published this very important piece on the ongoing culture war for America.
The culture war begins by attacking abstract ideas. Then it attacks organizations. Then it attacks people.
By attacking the ideas, it undermines the organizations based on them so that it can seize control of them or destroy them. Once that’s done, it controls a sector of society and begins enforcing its conformity agenda on individuals. Much of that is underway. The war is drilling down to the individual level. We are approaching the tyranny threshold.
At the individual level, the goal of the culture war is to destroy your will to resist them. The left has many tools for doing this.
It will shame you. It will bully you. It will cause you to despair. It will convince you that your cause is hopeless. It will urge you to turn on each other. It will use your children against you. It will show you that what you believe in is a lie. It will make you question your sense of right and wrong.
All of these serve their evil ends.
The most important thing to understand about this phase of the culture war is that the left’s goal is to break you as an individual, to take away your values and to replace them with their own. If it cannot do these things, it will try to destroy you and even use you as a cautionary tale to warn others.
This war may be fought with social media or in classrooms, it may be fought by bureaucrats with pens and by movie stars in front of cameras, but it’s not all that different from a conqueror and his army of brutes riding into a village and enforcing his own rule of law. The forms are different, but the underlying dynamic is the same. We are being conquered. And we continue to resist…
…We are reaching the point where the left is running out of Republican “organizations” to fight. There is no conservative organization on a large scale. Only a hollow business party, its crony capitalist attachments and its stunted media. The left will have to fight people if it wants to completely win.
It will have to stamp out all opposition to secure its totalitarian rule. That is what it’s doing now.
Above all else, maintain your own values and your own sense of self-worth in this conflict. The left cannot win until it has destroyed your morale. To win this war, it has to finish the job of breaking the society by destroying any sources of resistance that might coalesce into a new organization.
That is why it was so threatened by the Tea Party. That is why it is so obsessed with destroying and controlling decentralized religious groups. The remnants of the establishment are no threat to it. The Republican Party and mainstream leaders don’t even know there’s a war on. They’ve already lost.
The left has outmaneuvered GOP commanders. They still have plenty of troops, but no initiative. Their command lacks flexibility. They don’t know how to use their forces and they’re still playing by outdated rules of chivalry that the other side does not follow. They’re a 19th century European cavalry formation and the left is the Viet Cong. They have long ceased to be a threat to the left.
What the left is worried about is that some of the remnants of the army that they shattered will gather together into new organizations with new tactics and strike them hard using guerrilla tactics. It’s not afraid of the conservative establishment. It remains worried about a populist right that stops worrying about being nice or following the rules and hits them unpredictably and remorselessly.
It wasn’t afraid of John McCain. It was afraid of Andrew Breitbart.
Read the whole thing when you have time here.