Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance said as much in a speech a few years ago:
“Have no doubt that we are engaged in a cultural battle for the soul of Britain. Failure to defeat the ‘last bastion of Fabianism’ will lead to the return of a Labour lead Government within three years, most probably propped up by the former Social and Liberal Democrats.”
In my opinion they should have dropped the ‘Liberal’ not the ‘Social’ word, as they are an avowedly interventionist, Fabian Social Democratic Party.
If you thought the Brown/Blair years were bad for Civil Liberties, the much further left leaning Ed Milliband Labour Party, backed by UNITE will be far worse. The Stalinist Balls will be offered a significant role, possibly Chancellor, and we will see a State directed siege economy favouring the Nationalisation of the remaining two major High Street Banks not under State ownership, Barclays and HSBC, and the public sector and large corporations being the major employers. The Kulaks of the private sector will be forced to the wall, or reduced to servants of the public sector.
In Cultural Revolution, Culture War – Hampden 2003 now in reprint, Gabb shows how the Conservatives lost Britain:
An Anglican Bishop nearly arrested for stating Church doctrine. Villagers actually arrested for making fun of gypsies. Museums stripped of “imperialist” symbols. This is life in the England of today. “Political correctness gone mad” some will say.
Not so, says Sean Gabb. In this book, he explains how England in particular, and the English-speaking world in general, have been conquered from within. We face a new ruling class made up of the student radicals of the 1960s and 70s. Now in power, they are creating in their own behaviour all the corruption and bigotry and hypocrisy that they falsely alleged against the liberal democratic rulers they have replaced.
This being so, the leading writers of the “New Left” Antonio Gramsci, Louis Althusser, and Michel Foucault become highly relevant for conservatives and libertarians. They are relevant not because their analysis of liberal democracy was correct, but because it explains what their disciples are trying to do. Before we can change the world, we need to understand it. This book helps towards that understanding, and suggests what needs to be done to give England back to its people.
This is a largely rewritten and much expanded version of a book first brought out in 2003. It went through five reprints, and is now rewritten by popular demand.
I was a mature student of twenty six when I was first exposed to the Italian Marxist Gramsci, and Althusser by over excited messianic left leaning university lecturers. It has formed the basis of our cultural life in this country in the intervening quarter century, much in the way that the French left bank Agrarian Socialists influenced Pol Pot in Cambodia in the seventies.
The idea being that the ‘people’ were truly happy and contented living as pre capitalist peasants. The result being that millions died. Notice how National Socialism and Communist Socialism and the recent agrarian Socialism always ends up with a mass body count?
Therefore Culture Wars do count, and the left has been hugely successful in winning these cultural wars.
Back to the BBC. In the aftermath of the Kelly affair the BBC got rid of its Chairman and CEO in a coup organised by Alistair Campbell, since then it has been the obedient mouthpiece of Fabianism.
Despite a state of near national bankruptcy and political corruption, the nightly fare of the BBC at both national and local level has been the ‘ devastating cuts’ and the special pleading of essential public services.
Last night, for regional viewers in the West, it was the RSPB (I thought they were a Charity, not a quango). They were saying that if Government subsidies were not maintained, all the birds in this or that particular marshland habitat would perish and die.
The Insolvency Service has promised Vince Cable an 11% cut in costs but no redundancies !! So the default position is that it has been run in an incompetent manner for the last ten years if they can come up with 11% cuts overnight. Most private business have already cut costs to the bone and have had to make redundancies.
Government spending is always justified by saying it is protecting us; it is not, it is a vast job creation scheme.
Dave – there is no point going to India promoting Britain, when the bulk of our population is now working for the State in some form or other. You cannot export paper pushing and call centres, the Indians do this far cheaper than we do.
I suspect that most of the captains of industry on this trip will be thinking ‘ Blimey we need to export more of our back office staff functions out here’.
It baffles me why the British Taxpayer is still giving financial aid to India, a country with its own space program and nuclear weapons.
Dave, you are not a businessman, just stop it and come home and start fighting the Culture Wars. The Left has lost the election, but is fighting a rear guard action every night on our TV screens.
The State is currently only slowing down its rate of growth, not cutting back despite the nightly broadcasts by the Gramsci BBC, propounding cultural hegemony that the cuts are ‘devastating ‘ for essential services.
The ConDem may have lost the battle before it started. Why ? because Dave was a policy free zone from day one.
Friends of Libertarianism have literally months to start turning the tide, before the ‘endarkening’ of Fabianism becomes ‘Millibandism’ a welding of trade union money, and Hampstead Millionaire Socialism.
Deal with the BBC now because in a year it will be far too late to break up this expensive monolith.