An Emergent Cosmopolis

Educational Projects: Gramscian Memes

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:

  • There is no truth, only competing agendas.
  • All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West's history of racism and colonialism.
  • There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another; anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor.
  • The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable.
  • Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal; poor criminals are entitled to what they take; submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it.
  • The poor are victims; criminals are victims; and only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous. (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.)
  • For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified; it is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself. But 'oppressed' people are allowed to use violence anyway; they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors.
  • When confronted with terror, the only moral course for a Westerner is to apologize for past sins, understand the terrorist's point of view, and make concessions.


This is an exploratory study into unknown terrain. Treat it as such.