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August 2012

The following is the text from an audio version of Paul Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil.” You will see that Antonio Gramsci was on target and his radical heirs have been successful: “If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree – Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United

States. I’d subvert the churches first – I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please. Do as you please.’ To the young, I would whisper, ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach them to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art 
in Washington …’ “And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors on how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest 
with pills. “If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war with themselves, and nations that war with themselves; UNTIL each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline

emotions – just let those run wild, until before you know it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography – soon I could EVICT God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money… “If I were the devil I’d TAKE FROM those who have, and give to those in want until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to PROMOTE gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d keep on doing what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, 
good day.”

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