Fabianism & The Gradual Acceptance Of The Socialist Agenda
Where are we as a nation? To most people on the right it seems that we are teetering on the edge of full-blown socialism, open borders and gun confiscation. While this is certainly the goal of the hard left, we are not quite there yet. Many people attribute this to Donald Trump. They feel he is the only thing standing between us and the Democrat’s goal of fundamentally re-making this country. This isn’t to say that the election of a Democrat in 2020 wouldn’t usher in their realization of a Socialist America, it most likely would. It would also, in all probability, initiate a less than desired backlash from the nation’s center-right majority. A back lash the left would rather avoid because it would be an unwinnable mess. What is going on then? What is the purpose of the hard drive to the left the Democrats have taken? This writer would argue that it is a Fabian agenda to make the more moderate left acceptable and move the right in their direction. This is exactly what is happening.
Most people are familiar with socialism; however, they probably have never heard the term Fabianism. This is a method of implementing leftist policies through democratic means as opposed to all out violent revolution. Fabian Socialists tend to view the state as a necessity for implementing their agenda; whereas Marxists usually view the state as something that needs to be abolished because it is the instrument of exploitation. Fabians also believe in the incremental approach to avoid the counter-revolution which would most certainly come in response to the abrupt initiation of Marxist Socialism. They believed they could move people towards the acceptance of socialism by getting them involved in the Democratic process through voting, protests and bringing pressure to force reforms on what they viewed as the unjust capitalist system. In other words, this is a step by step, inch by inch approach to transforming a nation and it is accomplished so steadily most people don’t even realize it.
“Evolutionary socialists (read Fabian socialists) were optimist about the founding of socialism through democratic methods. The logic of the democratic method appeared to the evolutionary socialists irresistible. They were also optimist that revolution or armed struggle or violence can ensure temporary benefit or relief but in the long run revolution may cause disastrous results such as it may destroy the good or normal relations among various sections of people, or it may cause havoc.
For these reasons the Fabian socialist laid stress on the democratic methods. Such methods are absolutely gradual in nature. In gradualism, it has been asserted, there is no place of abruptness. The socialists will proceed step by step and in every step, people will participate in the gigantic task of building socialist society. The workers will fight for the extension of democratic rights such as franchise, periodic election etc.”
Much of this philosophy stems from Antonio Gramsci’s prison notebooks, otherwise knowns as the Long March Through the Institutions. Gramsci was an Italian Marxist who rejected the authoritative views of Lenin and Stalin and believed that all men could be brought to contribute to the development of a socialist system. This would be done through a slow, gradual infiltration of the institutions that make up society and re-educating the population to adopt a socialist consciousness. One of the main areas of focus was of course, the education system. Today, we have generations of people who possess this “socialist consciousness” whether they realize it or not. They have been indoctrinated against the founding principles of the nation and into acceptance of big government power on one level or another. At the very least many of us accept government as our leaders and simply follow along with their dictates. Where does all of this leave us now? We have a Democratic party that has moved so far left they appear to be criminally insane. Many talk show hosts refer to congresswomen like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and her band of communist radicals as a gift to the conservative movement, almost ensuring Donald Trump a win. Again, this idea that the 2020 election is the most important of our lifetime is permeating our consciousness. We must back Trump or lose our country forever. Trump’s the only thing between us and socialism. Is this true? Whether Donald Trump is America’s savior or even a true conservative is debatable, at best. Many people are at odds with this position because they are so conditioned to the “us vs. them” argument and the prospects of a Hillary Clinton presidency were grim indeed.
“There’s another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.” (Alinsky, Rules for Radicals)
While many people would argue that Donald Trump has accomplished great things it is hard to argue that on several key policy issues, nothing has changed. Obamacare is still in place. He has accomplished more in the way of gun control than Obama could have dreamed. Most gun owners still have no idea how deeply the bump stock ban will affect the second amendment. The ATF unconstitutionally redefined the term machine gun in the 1968 National Firearms Act. Across the country states are passing unconstitutional Red-Flag gun confiscation laws after the president signaled his support from the oval office. There is still no wall and illegal immigrants are being deported at a lesser rate than the previous administration. We are once again looking at the prospects of another unwinnable, middle eastern war. Conservative Americans are being led to believe that we must accept these things, swallow our pride and support Donald trump or lose our country. Maybe so, but we will be left with a nation where Red-Flag laws and the loss of due process are accepted as normal, a border that is still wide open and a nation that has accepted Obamacare is here to stay. Whether it was done purposefully as part of a master plan or not, Trump has moved the center-right to the left. They will accept all the things mentioned above if they believe the radical left has been defeated, and they will believe the country has been saved.
This is how Fabian socialism works. It is such an incremental process, being initiated one small step at a time. In most cases, the propaganda being fed the nation causes people to get involved and advocate for things that contribute to socialisms advance, and they don’t even know it.
Article posted with permission from David Risselada