One of the significant factors in the success of the Left in western countries over the past half century has been that their offensive has been decentralised. In the 50s it was easy to oppose the Left because it was monolithic – the Left’s objective was socialism and its objective was obvious.
By the 1960s the monolithic Left was fragmenting. This proved to be a huge advantage for them. Instead of having a single focus their agenda was increasingly advanced by an array of single-issue pressure groups which did not openly espouse socialism. The main pressure groups centred around multi-culturalism, LGBT-xyz issues, feminism and environmentalism although there were other smaller groups as well. These groups were able to disguise their real political agendas. Rather than talking about revolution and the overthrow of capitalism they were able to persuade people that all they wanted was “fairness” or “equality” or to save trees and cute furry animals. And how could any reasonable person oppose such high-minded intentions?
The name of the game now was socialism by stealth. Instead of saying they wanted Soviet-style centralised state control they manufactured environmental crises which apparently could only be dealt with by increased government intervention. They pretended that these measures were necessary as emergency measures to “save the planet.” Instead of openly admitting that they wanted to take control of education they justified increasing government encroachments on the grounds that all they wanted was to stop “bullying” or “oppression.” They undermined the family, not openly but by using the argument that women’s “rights” had to be protected.
This decentralised approach has been enormously successful, so successful in fact that most ordinary people still have no idea that their freedoms have been eroded and that the apparatus of a police state has been quietly and surreptitiously assembled.
The reason that conservatives have lost every single battle in the culture wars is that there has been no clear-cut enemy to fight. The culture wars have been conducted by the left by the methods of guerilla war, or 4th-generation warfare if you like. Conservatives might well have won if there had ever been an open fight but they had no answer to the Left’s methods of incremental struggle in which their ultimate objectives well always well hidden.
While this decentralisation has been the key to the Left’s success it may also provide a means by which conservatives can fight back. The fact is that the various pressure groups which comprise the modern Left are not as united as they seem to be. In many cases they are actually pursuing incompatible aims.
The most obvious case is multi-culturalism. Leftist politicians like Tony Blair thought they had pulled off a political master-stroke by importing a whole new electorate that would keep them in power forever. In fact they’ve imported a whole new electorate that is utterly hostile to many of their cherished schemes. Muslim immigrants in Britain and Hispanics in the US do not give a damn about homosexual marriage or climate change, and they are not exactly enthused about LGBT “rights” or feminism.
Sooner or later leftist parties like the Democrats in the US or the Labor Party in Britain will realise that hanging on to the votes of the immigrants in the long term will not be as easy as they thought. What if the immigrants start voting for their own political parties, parties focused much more explicitly on their own interests and actively hostile to much of the cultural marxist agenda? The only way to prevent this might be by quietly dropping support for LGBT rights and feminism and crazy green policies. If Hispanic voters or British Muslim voters outnumber the guilt-ridden gay-friendly environmentally conscious white liberals then those parties might decide to ditch their support for policies that immigrant voters don’t like.
When that happens the LGBT and feminist and green lobbies might suddenly find their enthusiasm for multi-culturalism evaporating.
One thing that has united all leftist groups is their absolute opposition to freedom of speech. The Charlie Hebdo shootings have been an unpleasant intrusion of reality into the leftist narrative.
The agendas of other leftist pressure groups are not necessarily compatible either. There have been some amusingly vicious cat-fights between trans “women” and feminists in recent years.
So there are a few cracks starting to appear in the leftist alliance.
At the moment multi-culturalism seems to be the issue most likely to cause these cracks to widen. Conservatives need to take advantage of this opportunity to split their opponents and to expose the hypocrisy and short-sightedness of the Left.