This is a research project in the functional specialty of Dialectic. It's purpose is to contrast two fundamentally different perspective, identify which is a position that can be improved and which is a counter-position that can only be reformed. The Gramscian memes reflect the current progressive mentality currently destroying Western society, while the Benedictine memes provide a Christian context. The contrast echoes two states of the good of order or the spirit of an age that serve as generative principles in currently operative is political and social affairs. The point is to come to know what the consequences of your choices will be.
A progressive mentality has embedded itself in Western culture. In an effort to understand both this way of thinking as well as its impact on the good of order, we start with an analysis of a set of Gramscian memes as possibly representative of such a world view. This is a critical component of any understanding of historical distortions due to various attempts to justify and rationalize the drive for power over others. Eventually we will compare the results of this analysis and evaluation with a comparative set of 'memes' derived from Benedict's Rule.
Understanding the dynamics of fake news requires a set of analytical and evaluative tools grounded in Lonergan's transcendental method and functional specialization.Our data set is a list of damaging memes that underlying the progressive democratic agenda in the United States. Our task is to work out the tools for understanding this memes, an exploratory exercise involving a certain amount of hit and miss as well as a lack of polish and presentation. Above all, this is an exercise at the third level of the human good, that level of reflective intelligence that draws upon the human capacity for mutual self-mediation on the road to deciding terminal value.
Our subject for analysis is Eric Raymond's let of Gramscian Damage memes originally posted on Armed and Dangerous in 2006. His list provides a specific list of core ideas well suited to detailed study. They are:
This is an exploratory study into unknown terrain. Treat it as such.
Educational Projects: Gramscian Memes
Entering Lonergan's Novum Organon