Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Triumph of Marxism in America

"From its outset, the Cold War that began at midcentury was a conflict fought on two fronts at once: a political and military struggle abroad and a political and cultural struggle at home. By the end of the twentieth century it was apparent that the side that had won abroad had lost at home--and vice versa. In the external conflict, the forces of democratic capitalism, led by the United States vanquished the forces of Marxism-Leninism, embodied by the Soviet Union. But in the internal conflict, the cultural left prevailed, not by destroying the right but by compromising it irredeemably. The counterculture of the 1960s had by the 1990s effectively become the dominant culture. As Eugene Genovese has explained, the debacle of 1989 may have "exposed the false promises on which the Left has proceeded, but it has done so at a time in which the Right is embracing many of those premises, notably, personal liberation and radical egalitarianism." Or, as Gertrude Himmelfarb, reflecting the chagrin of many Cold Warriors, has observed: "Having been spared the class revolution that Marx predicted, we have succumbed to the cultural revolution."

Andrew Bacevich American Empire pages 81-82

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1 comment:

A. B. Caneday said...

Well said. Far better said than what I have attempted to say.