January 21, 2015
One of the reasons I am opposed to heavy indulgence in conspiracy theories, as a rule, is that there are so many facts available that there is no need for theories, and when we do indulge in conspiracy theories, the establishment can then claim that things that are documented fact that we talk about are actually somehow theoretical.
Such a thing happened in the Guardian this week when a Mr. Jason Wilson claimed that cultural Marxism is a “conspiracy theory.” The article, entitled “‘Cultural Marxism’: a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim” is so bizarre it is hard to even grasp, as he goes through and explains historical facts, which are available on Wikipedia or anywhere else, and claims that they are a theory.
After claiming that anyone who “believes” in cultural Marxism is like Anders Breivik somehow, he goes on to outline this situation.
The tale varies in the telling, but the theory of cultural Marxism is integral to the fantasy life of the contemporary right. It depends on a crazy-mirror history, which glancingly reflects things that really happened, only to distort them in the most bizarre ways.
It begins in the 1910s and 1920s. When the socialist revolution failed to materialise beyond the Soviet Union, Marxist thinkers like Antonio Gramsci and Georg Lukacs tried to explain why. Their answer was that culture and religion blunted the proletariat’s desire to revolt, and the solution was that Marxists should carry out a “long march through the institutions” – universities and schools, government bureaucracies and the media – so that cultural values could be progressively changed from above.
Adapting this, later thinkers of the Frankfurt School decided that the key to destroying capitalism was to mix up Marx with a bit of Freud, since workers were not only economically oppressed, but made orderly by sexual repression and other social conventions. The problem was not only capitalism as an economic system, but the family, gender hierarchies, normal sexuality – in short, the whole suite of traditional western values.
The conspiracy theorists claim that these “cultural Marxists” began to use insidious forms of psychological manipulation to upend the west. Then, when Nazism forced the (mostly Jewish) members of the Frankfurt School to move to America, they had, the story goes, a chance to undermine the culture and values that had sustained the world’s most powerful capitalist nation.
The vogue for the ideas of theorists like Herbert Marcuse and Theodor Adorno in the 1960s counterculture culminated with their acolytes’ occupation of the commanding heights of the most important cultural institutions, from universities to Hollywood studios. There, the conspiracy says, they promoted and even enforced ideas which were intended to destroy traditional Christian values and overthrow free enterprise: feminism, multiculturalism, gay rights and atheism. And this, apparently, is where political correctness came from. I promise you: this is what they really think.
Again, all of that information is documented history. It is just what happened. Wilson is apparently implying that the theoretical part is that these people had influence on the modern university system. Or is he suggesting that it is a theory that the university system has great influence on society as a whole?
This is how Wikipedia describes Adorno’s The Authoritarian Personality:
The Authoritarian Personality is a 1950 sociology book by Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel Levinson, and Nevitt Sanford, researchers working at the University of California, Berkeley, during and shortly after World War II.
The Authoritarian Personality “invented a set of criteria by which to define personality traits, ranked these traits and their intensity in any given person on what it called the ‘F scale’ (F for fascist).” The personality type Adorno et al. identified can be defined by nine traits that were believed to cluster together as the result of childhood experiences. These traits include conventionalism, authoritarian submission, authoritarian aggression, anti-intellectualism, anti-intraception, superstition and stereotypy, power and “toughness”, destructiveness and cynicism, projectivity, and exaggerated concerns over sex.
Though strongly criticized for bias and methodology, the book was highly influential in American social sciences, particularly in the first decade after its publication: “No volume published since the war in the field of social psychology has had a greater impact on the direction of the actual empirical work being carried on in the universities today.”
Herbert Marcuse is introduced thusly:
Herbert Marcuse (German: [maʀˈkuːzə]; July 19, 1898 – July 29, 1979) was a German American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist, associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Born in Berlin, Marcuse studied at the universities of Berlin and then at Freiburg, where he received his Ph.D. He was a prominent figure in the Frankfurt-based Institute for Social Research – what later became known as the Frankfurt School. He was married to Sophie Wertheim (1924–1951), Inge Neumann (1955–1972), and Erica Sherover (1976–1979). In his written works, he criticized capitalism, modern technology, historical materialism and entertainment culture, arguing that they represent new forms of social control.
After his studies, in the late 1960s and the 1970s he became known as the preeminent theorist of the New Left and the student movements of Germany, France, and the US. Between 1943 and 1950, Marcuse worked in US Government Service, which helped form the basis of his book Soviet Marxism (1964). Celebrated as the “Father of the New Left”, his best known works are Eros and Civilization (1955) and One-Dimensional Man (1964). His Marxist scholarship inspired many radical intellectuals and political activists in the 1960s and 1970s, both in the U.S. and internationally.
It simply cannot be logically denied that Critical Theory – which is the combined ideological and philosophical work of the Frankfurt School team – is the basis of modern liberalism. It is a fact, that no one in any liberal arts school would debate.
This Guardian article is simply another example of this new journalistic technique of just saying the complete opposite of what is true, while knowing that anyone can Google it and find out that it is simply a lie. It is a form of psychological warfare, plain and simple, as the idea of just outright lying about such simple things – in this case, literally laying out a history and then at the end calling it a crazy theory – is beyond the normal person’s capacity to process.
I have called this the “peaceful protester” method of journalistic reporting, a reference to Obama referring to both the violent overthrow of the Ukrainian government and the riots in Ferguson as “peaceful protests,” even as the public was able to see, right in front of their eyes, the violent mobs burning down bitches.
The rest of the article just goes on to say how horrible it would be if people “believed this theory,” that is, looked it up and found that it was just historical fact. He says it would lead to even more Antisemitism and cause more evil Whites to do a Breivik.
He also says there isn’t actually a program to indoctrinate university students with leftist ideology, which again, is retarded on the face of it.
This new method of journalism must be going to backfire. I just can’t imagine people are not going to start noticing it.