NEW REPORT: Re-Remembering the Mis-Remembered Left: The Left’s Strategy and Tactics To Transform America©
By Stephen Coughlin and Richard Higgins
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“The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” — John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address,” January 20, 1961
“We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.” — Mao Zedong
“The abuse of political power is fundamentally connected with the sophistic abuse of the word, indeed, finds in it the fertile soil in which to hide and grow and get ready, so much so that the latent potential of the totalitarian poison can be ascertained, as it were, by observing the symptom of public abuse of language. The degradation, too, of man through man, alarmingly evident in the acts of physical violence committed by all tyrannies, has its beginning, certainly much less alarmingly, at that almost imperceptible moment when the word loses its dignity.” —Josef Pieper, Abuse of Language – Abuse of Power, 1974
“The American people have got to stop fooling around with just fighting communism in the abstract. They have got to know what the thing means, why they are against it, and how to fight it.” —Bella Dodd, Testimony to the HCUA, 1953
“And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.” —Machiavelli, The Prince, 1552
The rising hostility from the Left resonates with violence that, when associated with increased factional discord, is becoming a clear and present danger.
This paper will provide an estimate of the current situation that transcends well-travelled two-party political narratives. The objective is to provide a strategic understanding of the Left that baselines the current situation to enable directionality, predictability, and actionability. To that end, the estimate will use a political warfare analysis to reframe the political environment in order to provide timely anticipatory situational awareness in support of decision-making.
National policy has come under the influence of constructed narratives that mainstream and conservative leaders neither understand nor control. Lacking situational awareness to recognize the operational nature of information campaigns directed against national policy, responses tend to be tactically limited and predictably reactive along scripted action-reaction cycles built into the operational sequencing of information campaigns controlled by the Left. These powerful but misunderstood narratives drive policy.
At their core, these narratives are not American. Rather, they are dialectically driven Neo-Marxist memes that serve as mass line efforts that operate at the cultural level and are designed to power down into the political space.
This in turn furthers their political warfare efforts that seek to impose conformance resulting in the non-enforcement of laws by those tasked with their oversight and enforcement. As these narratives transition into prevailing cultural memes, non-enforcement becomes institutionalized and enforced by an opposition that increasingly comes under the control of those narratives.
As such, for the Left, political organizations like Congress simply become lines of effort in an execution matrix along which information campaigns are executed from outside and above.
• The political rhetoric driving American politics runs along well-trodden paths that reflect a political framework from a by-gone era incapable of coming to terms with the political movements threatening our constitutional system.
• Constrained by an archaic political rhetoric, mainstream and conservative players have been outmaneuvered in an information battle-space they hardly perceive; responding to current threats in under-inclusive manners.
• The otherism strategy developed by Marxists to destroy America focuses on the systematic destruction of identity leading to the complete and systematic disenfranchisement of Americans from America. It manipulates the issues of the “other”, yet it has nothing to do with the “other”. It is a classic dialectical negation along Hegelian lines. It is also a clear and present danger that will succeed if not countered. This analysis isn’t suggesting that this is a way to understand the left, it is stating that it is the only way to understand the Left and that it is 1) Marxist, and 2) dialectically driven.
• The dominant cultural narratives can best be summarized by the saying; “Political correctness is the enforcement mechanism of the multicultural narrative that implements Marxist objectives.” It is through these narratives that the left drives policy.
• Narratives that conservative leaders do not control or understand are driving national policy. When Republican leaders shrink from Constitutional principles for fear of being accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc., they are subordinating those principles to neo-Marxist narratives designed for that purpose. Though these narratives may have been imposed on them, Republicans will adopt them through usage—subjective awareness of one’s role in such a process is neither necessary nor required.
• In submission to these narratives, establishment Republicans become obedient to the Left, accommodating it through ‘words that work” that creates a gnostic illusion of opposition but which actually signals surrender in the information battle space. In that role, regardless of the mandates that elected them, establishment Republicans will tend to defend the issues that got them elected in deliberately under-inclusive manners that demoralizes their own base while conditioning their issues for dialectical negation. Having demoralized the base, the Left then disenfranchises them. In this role, establishment Republicans become the defeat mechanism of the Left (“Defeat Mechanism: The method of defeating the opponent.” Joint Publication 5-00.1, Joint Doctrine for Campaign Planning, January 25, 2002).
• A strategic understanding of the Left must recognize that it is dialectically driven. As such, the Left is a teleologically informed movement that executes through history and thought, along an arc, with a trajectory. It is Hegelian. It defines everything that “is” as fuel for “becoming” in a dialectical process that it then must seek to negate. “Change” “Perpetual Revolution” Analysis of the Left that fails to account for the dialectic will be under-inclusive and flawed.
• The critical theory of the Frankfurt School is classical Marxism dedicated to penetration and subversion that relies on Hegelian processes to achieve its objectives:
- It seeks the destruction of Western culture;
- It is focused on an “aufheben der Kultur” strategy based on “otherism” (that is nothing more than targeted applications of the dialectical principle of negation)
- It is fully integrated into larger political warfare efforts
• Frankfurt School leader Herbert Marcuse expressed his concurrence in the Gramsci Marxist plan of adopting a “long march” strategy in recognition of Mao’s political warfare strategy.
• Political Warfare, a Maoist Insurgency concept, recognizes the role narratives play in overwhelming a rule of law society that includes the formation of mass line movements and counter-state activities, that utilize narratives, at the cultural level, with the objective of powering down into the political space, where fidelity to the narrative will result in non-enforcement of law that, over time, will become institutionalized.
• In a Mass Line strategy, political engagements meet the people where they are. Through gentle nudges over time, passive participants become active. At first, a target may only be asked to sign a petition or provide an email or mailing address. From that point, the subject becomes the recipient of sustained communications related to the issues of the originating petition. While an individual may not be politically active, that person—through the supporting consumption of mass market media—will become more susceptible to activist messaging and discontent. The overarching goal of this line of effort is the development and reinforcement of a mass line as it builds the counter-state within the state; complete with its own replacement legal, cultural, and social norms that operate in parallel with that of the host culture’s.
• The reason America’s current toolbox of responses is perilous is because it accepts mass line concepts of America as the terms of engagement. When, for example, mainstream Americans are manipulated into responding to mass line narratives from within those narratives, a (dialectical) paradox sets in where the highly ideological thrust of the Left’s ambitions are made to sound normal while mainstream defenses of America sound shrill, rigid, and even ideological.
• The Left focuses on cultural and institutional power by communicating its ideological initiatives in terms of “values” while targeting the placement of cadre throughout the mass line so they can enable those “values” by converting them first to norms, then to policy, and finally to law.
• What is popularly called “fake news” and the “deep-state” are better understood in a political warfare analysis as propaganda and the counter-state. In the process of transitioning to such an analysis, political warfare further recognizes a method, process and directionality that “fake news” and “deep-state” simply does not capture. By their nature, media terms such as “fake news” and “deep-state” are structured to ensure that analysis remains fixed on the surface of events.
• Our national aversion to recognizing threats beyond the strictly military, especially the aversion to ideological threats in the political warfare arena, has for some time been recognized by those hostile to America as an existentially exploitable strategic vulnerability.
• The Left uses dialectically determined political warfare concepts to drive a core set of narratives that inter-operate at the tactical level while integrating at the strategic. Narratives are associated with the pseudorealities (or second realities) they seek to establish and enforce. They are called narratives because they are stories—fictions—that seek to supplant the real with the unreal. Narratives are directional, they have velocity, and there is always a target.
Saying that “the Left moves dialectically, through time, on a trajectory” simply recognizes that the Left is a movement in history defined by its movement through history; that its backward trajectory defines its forward movement; and that failure to recognize this arc leads to error. It is for this reason that this assessment emphasizes historical events, conditions and movements that have defined the Left from the Hegelian dialectic, to Marx, to Wilson’s progressivism, to the early Frankfurt School, to Mao’s Long March, to Marcuse’s thoughts on tolerance, to political correctness.
This is how the Left should be understood. Hence, it would be a mistake to treat the historical elements of this assessment as little more than background material. Assessing the Left as if Hegel and Marx simply provide interesting historical context to today’s events is the failure to recognize that for the Left, Marx was yesterday and Hegel the day before. Between the two, they are the source code of today’s Left. To emphasize this point, a recent Daily Caller article is included as Appendix E to demonstrate just how relevant historical awareness of the Left is to understanding today’s Left.Download PDF Report
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary 2
Background and Political Climate 6
Part I — The Left: Dialectically Informed Marxism 10
All Roads Lead to Hegel 14
Scientism – a Hallmark of the Dialectic, a Weapon of the Left 16
Enter Woodrow Wilson 21
On the Strange – The Hegel not Taught in your Philosophy Class 23
On the Strange – Redefining God has Political Consequences 25
On the Strange – Marx Defined by Hegel 29
The Circular Helix in the Interfaith 31
The Dialectical Drive for Convergence 36
Resonating Alliances – Marx and Freud 37
Marx—Swapping out Hermeticism for Nihilism 39
The Fabians—A Brief Sketch 46
America and the COMINTERN 49
The Institute for Social Research (aka: the Frankfurt School) 53
Georg Lukács 56
Max Horkheimer 57
Herbert Marcuse 61
Marcuse’s Repressive Tolerance the Language of International Forums 67
Liberating Tolerances Itemized as “Others” and Positioned to Negate the Repressive 69
Frankfurt Joins the “Long March” 71
The Strange—Leveraging Psychoanalysis 74
Wilhelm Reich 76
The Return of Max Horkheimer 78
Closing Thoughts on the Frankfurt School 81
The Left’s Vision of America? 85
The “International Order”? 87
This is the Left We’re Talking About! 90
Part II — Political Warfare; the Maoist Insurgency Model 93
A Concept Primer: The Counter-State and Political Warfare 93
Maoist Concept of Political Warfare 94
An Illustrative Example: The Colorado Democracy Alliance 98
Estimate of the Situation 101
Grievances: Economic 102
Grievances: Social 104
Grievances: Political 106
Overall Strategic Appreciation 108
The Left’s End State [ENDS] 110
Secondary Effects of the Left’s End State 116
The Left’s Lines of Effort and Operation [WAYS] 118
The Political LOE 121
The Alliance LOE [United Front] 125
The Violence LOE 130
The International and Sanctuary LOE 132
The Non-Violent LOE 135
The Left’s [MEANS] 140
The Left’s Use of Narratives 142
Tangibles – Objectively Measurable Events and Activities 148
Intangibles – A Subjective Measurement – Primarily Through Polling 149
Current Response to the Left 150
Current End State 150
APPENDIX A: Bertrand Russell Cracks the “Complexity” Code 155
APPENDIX B: Unpacking Pre-Reflective Thought – The Hermeticism in Hegel 163
APPENDIX C: Organizations Mentioned in Paper 179
APPENDIX D: Recommended Reading 190
APPENDIX E: December 2018 Daily Caller article on ANTIFA activities of a Democrat operative 195