posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 02:22 PM
I am sure you will benefit a lot -if you haven't already- from delving into Antonio Gramsci's concepts of "hegemony".
Gramsci was a marxist thinker of the early 20th century, founder of Italy's communist party and put in jail for contesting Mussolini's fascist
His great contribution to the history of ideas, was precisely the concept of hegemony: that is to say, the way that the elites impose their worldview,
values, and conducts into the 'lesser' classes, so as to make them act and comply with a worldview without them even questioning it, because of this
"way" of things being so evident.
This represents not only political and economic control, but also the ability of the dominant class to project its own way of seeing the world so that
those who are subordinated by it accept it as 'common sense' and 'natural'. Common sense, suggests Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, is 'the way a
subordinate class lives its subordination'. In this framework, hegemony becomes a straightjacket for the mind, our mind.
Keep on thinking the way you do, mate! And really, really read Gramsci. His ideas are fascinating, enlightning and liberating.