By David Truman
Cultural Marxism is the ideological driver behind Political Correctness.
Shortly after the Russian Revolution, in 1919 the Bolsheviks founded Comintern (the Communist International) to “fight by all available means … for the overthrow of the international bourgeoisie for the creation of an international Soviet republic.”
Two Marxist theorists, Antonio Gramsci of Italy and Georg Lukács of Hungary, concluded that the Christianized West was the obstacle standing in the way of a communist new world order. Gramsci said that Christianity had corrupted the working class and the West would have to be de-Christianized by a “long march through the culture” – starting with the traditional family and completely engulfing churches, schools, media, entertainment, civic organizations, literature, science, and the presentation (and revision) of history.
In 1919, Georg Lukács became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun regime in Hungary. He immediately set plans in motion to de-Christianize Hungary, by undermining firstly Christian sexual ethics among children, then the hated patriarchal family and the Church. He launched sex lectures in the schools and graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority.
In 1923 Lukács established the Institution for Marxism in Frankfurt – later known as the Frankfurt School. Lukács said “I saw the revolutionary destruction of society as the one and only solution. A worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones by the revolutionaries.”
The Frankfurt School spawned Critical Theory – the DESTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF WESTERN CULTURE, including Christianity, Capitalism, Authority, The Family, Patriarchy, Morality, Tradition, Sexual restraint, Loyalty, Patriotism, Nationalism, Heredity, Ethno-centrism, Conservatism.
The Frankfurt School followed the diktat of MOSCOW CENTRAL COMMITTEE laid down in 1943:
“Members and front organizations must continually embarrass, discredit and degrade our critics.
“When obstructionists become too irritating, label them as fascist, or Nazi or anti-Semitic…
“The association will, after enough repetition, become ‘fact’ in the public mind.”
Critical Theory repeats over and over this mantra of alleged Western evils: Racism, Sexism, Colonialism, Nationalism, Homophobia, Fascism, Xenophobia, Imperialism, and of course Religious Bigotry (only applied to Christianity).
UNDER CRITICAL THEORY …
Anything emanating from the West is to be libelled and attacked.
All blame for societal and economic ills is to be shifted to the West.
This would lead to ‘Cultural Pessimism’ – when a person grows to loathe the society which nurtured him and provided him unprecedented levels of success.
The Marxists figured out that, because of their positioning as theorists, they could work their way into university faculties. They abandoned the working class. Marxism had always been the champion of the working class. But the Marxist professors were part of the bourgeoisie, which Marx hated. In the 1960s they realized that advanced capitalism was not going to collapse as a historical inevitability.
In 1950, Theodor Adorno of the Frankfurt School proposed the idea of the ‘authoritarian personality’ – claiming that Christianity, capitalism, and the traditional family create a character prone to racism and fascism. Thus, anyone who upholds traditional moral values and institutions is both racist and fascist, and everyone raised in the traditions of God, family, patriotism or free markets needs psychological help.
During the Second World War, the Frankfurt School relocated to various campuses in the USA.
The Frankfurt School were frustrated at the persistent lack of interest by the Western working class in revolt.
Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School said explicitly: “Marx was wrong: Marx believed that capitalism would immiserate the working class, but in fact it allowed them to build a better life.”
And so these Marxists switched tack, away from the working class and into building inside the elite institutions, in particular the colleges and universities. They started to colonize the faculties and the administration, under banners like academic freedom, and the claim that they were just teaching social theory and economic theory.
Herbert Marcuse asked the question: Who could substitute for the working class as the agent of revolution? His answer was: marginalized groups, including black militants, feminists, homosexual militants, the asocial, the alienated and third world revolutionaries represented by the mass murderer Che Guevara.
Cultural terrorism – now called POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – was to be waged against white, Christian, capitalist, heterosexual males (to be called racists, bigots, Nazis, homophobes ,Islamophobes, etc).
So VICTIM GROUPS were to be defended: Gays, blacks, women, also now Muslims as alleged victims of “racism“ and “genocide” and also, more recently, the environment (being raped by white capitalists). Together, these constitute THE POLITICALLY CORRECT COALITION.
These Victim Groups are the basis of the Gay studies, Black studies, Women’s studies, Peace and Conflict studies, etc departments now infesting universities, along with the “Green Left”. None of these departments encourages genuine critical thought: they peddle only a one-sided agenda of destructive pessimism about Western culture.
Marcuse’s book ‘Eros and Civilization’ (1955) promoted Free Love and the Pleasure Principle – giving rise to the mantra of the late 1960s onward of “Make love not war” and “If it feels good, do it”. This in turn led to the drug counterculture of the 1970s – “turn on, tune in, drop out”. This is very subversive of traditional values like the work ethic and the pursuit of excellence.
The Cultural Marxists in the universities slowly created conditions under which they could push out conservatives and preferentially admit progressives. And over the course of just thirty years they were able to massively change the composition of universities from tilting conservative to now tilting very strongly left. And that has been an accelerating process. Cultural Marxism now riddles the institutions of Western society – universities, and especially the public media.
Australia’s ABC is a cast-iron case in point
In the ABC’s case, the march was led by Alan Ashbolt, a self-confessed Marxist, whose troops effectively took over the ABC with support from the Whitlam government from 1973. He began an inexorable process of hiring left leaning ideologues, who then hired other left leaning ideologues. Once they are in control – which they most certainly have been for many years, the institution is captured by the left in perpetuity. So, it is irredeemable. It must be deleted. If the institution is actually necessary for society, it must be completely rebuilt.
Cultural Marxism’s tactic of Political Correctness – linguistic fascism – now intimidates and suffocates much public discourse. It afflicts both the major parties, not only the Left.
The advance of Cultural Marxism has been hugely helped by the spread of postmodernist nihilist ideas, including the denial of absolute truth; denial of absolute standards; cultural, religious and moral relativism; assertion that life is meaningless; “tolerant” non-judgmentalism (which means refusing to defend any standards!); and a deterministic view of life.
Cultural Marxists teach that truth and morality are relative; that the end justifies the means; that the bedrock institutions of society are merely “power relationships”; and that people’s status and fortune in life is determined by class, gender, etc and that they have no free will or ability to take moral responsibility for their own life decisions. This promotes a “victimhood” mentality and encourages parasitic dependency.
The “social justice” agenda bought by so many people from Cultural Marxists is a smoke screen. When hardliners and their “useful idiots” talk in the schools and elsewhere about social justice, they’re not teaching about free enterprise and capitalism and individual responsibility and all the things that made America and Britain and Australia great. They’re promoting all the things that made the Soviet Union, leftist Europe (eg France) and China so bad.
A SHORT DEFINITION OF CULTURAL MARXISM
The destructive criticism and undermining of all institutions of Western civilization and the traditional values underpinning it.
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* Link to Laura Kimball’s article on Cultural Marxism –
* Links to the 3 parts of Paul Weston’s excellent article How to destroy a country –