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    The Frankfurt school has been influential on the New Left, most likely because it did not fall into the Old Left's anti-revisionism and sat well with the counter-culture of the 1960s.

    Of course their works are critical of Western society and structure. They would not be Marxists or socialists if they were not. However I think there is too much of a belief on the right that the Frankfurt school is an all powerful conspiracy to 'destroy the west'.

    'Political Correctness' exists, but amongst all masses and movements. Talk about how Hitler wasn't a nice man and you'll get the usual crowd of revisionists ganging up on you on this forum for example. Political correctness was not invented by the left, political correctness is the result of the mainstream moral and political views.

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    I studied a unit called "The Frankfurt School and Habermas" at uni about 15 years ago, so I consider myself qualified to add a few disjointed comments on this topic. At the time, the feeling I got was that the Frankfurt School (FS) stream of thought in the academic community was a bit of a cottage industry, and if ever the knives came out to slash the education budget, that it would be one of the first to go.

    Erich Fromm was one of my favourite writers at the time, and within the course itself I found myself finding fault with most of the other FS intellectuals and attempting to promote Fromm's ideas in the class. They were osbcurant poseurs - Adorno, Horkheimer and co. - compared to Fromm (though Marcuse I ranked as second favourite behind Fromm).

    Regarding the course's setting within the university, my great bugbear was the extraordinary amount of attention Post Modernist theory was recieving at the time - and if ever there was a pack of obscurantist poseurs, it was these theorists, and most of their predecessors. I came to be very hostile towards PM theory, because I saw it as a diversion from the important issues. At the very least they were earning a living pretending to be concerned about social causes while studiously avoiding lifting a finger towards changing the world for the better - the monied class could not have bought themselves a more ineffective leftist intelligensia. At least the FS attempted to address important issues, whereas PM theory delighted in its ultimate obliviousness towards real-world problems.

    Yet both these groups (FC and PM) were little more than a cottage industry within the university system - basket weaving with a cigarette, and dark clothing, I felt - so it is surprising this many years later to hear the FS characterised as an insidious threat to the entirety of humanity. It's interesting to see everthing I know about the Frankfurt School turned around by people like Kevin MacDonald and used to confirm things I have only learned in more recent years about the historical activities of the Jewish tribe. His critique has its merits, but strikes me as being overly simplistic in many respects - but maybe that's just me being reluctant to admit I've wasted a lot of time thinking about wrong-headed ideas...

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    Thank you for this thread. Many helpful sources have been posted, and a myriad of important points have been made on the topic of Cultural Marxism. Once again, I appreciate your efforts, as they have ultimately improved the clarity of my mental depiction of Cultural Marxism, and I don't doubt they have served the same purpose for others.
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    What is Cultural Marxism?

    As I often read this term but without having any clear definition in mind, here is one:

    In his columns on the next conservatism, Paul Weyrich has several times referred to “cultural Marxism.” He asked me, as Free Congress Foundation’s resident historian, to write this column explaining what cultural Marxism is and where it came from. In order to understand what something is, you have to know its history.

    Cultural Marxism is a branch of western Marxism, different from the Marxism-Leninism of the old Soviet Union. It is commonly known as “multiculturalism” or, less formally, Political Correctness. From its beginning, the promoters of cultural Marxism have known they could be more effective if they concealed the Marxist nature of their work, hence the use of terms such as “multiculturalism.”

    Cultural Marxism began not in the 1960s but in 1919, immediately after World War I. Marxist theory had predicted that in the event of a big European war, the working class all over Europe would rise up to overthrow capitalism and create communism. But when war came in 1914, that did not happen. When it finally did happen in Russia in 1917, workers in other European countries did not support it. What had gone wrong?

    Independently, two Marxist theorists, Antonio Gramsci in Italy and Georg Lukacs in Hungary, came to the same answer: Western culture and the Christian religion had so blinded the working class to its true, Marxist class interest that Communism was impossible in the West until both could be destroyed. In 1919, Lukacs asked, “Who will save us from Western civilization?” That same year, when he became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun government in Hungary, one of Lukacs’s first acts was to introduce sex education into Hungary’s public schools. He knew that if he could destroy the West’s traditional sexual morals, he would have taken a giant step toward destroying Western culture itself.

    In 1923, inspired in part by Lukacs, a group of German Marxists established a think tank at Frankfurt University in Germany called the Institute for Social Research. This institute, soon known simply as the Frankfurt School, would become the creator of cultural Marxism.

    To translate Marxism from economic into cultural terms, the members of the Frankfurt School - - Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Wilhelm Reich, Eric Fromm and Herbert Marcuse, to name the most important - - had to contradict Marx on several points. They argued that culture was not just part of what Marx had called society’s “superstructure,” but an independent and very important variable. They also said that the working class would not lead a Marxist revolution, because it was becoming part of the middle class, the hated bourgeoisie.

    Who would? In the 1950s, Marcuse answered the question: a coalition of blacks, students, feminist women and homosexuals.

    Fatefully for America, when Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, the Frankfurt School fled - - and reestablished itself in New York City. There, it shifted its focus from destroying traditional Western culture in Germany to destroying it in the United States. To do so, it invented “Critical Theory.” What is the theory? To criticize every traditional institution, starting with the family, brutally and unremittingly, in order to bring them down. It wrote a series of “studies in prejudice,” which said that anyone who believes in traditional Western culture is prejudiced, a “racist” or “sexist” of “fascist” - - and is also mentally ill.

    Most importantly, the Frankfurt School crossed Marx with Freud, taking from psychology the technique of psychological conditioning. Today, when the cultural Marxists want to do something like “normalize” homosexuality, they do not argue the point philosophically. They just beam television show after television show into every American home where the only normal-seeming white male is a homosexual (the Frankfurt School’s key people spent the war years in Hollywood).

    After World War II ended, most members of the Frankfurt School went back to Germany. But Herbert Marcuse stayed in America. He took the highly abstract works of other Frankfurt School members and repackaged them in ways college students could read and understand. In his book “Eros and Civilization,” he argued that by freeing sex from any restraints, we could elevate the pleasure principle over the reality principle and create a society with no work, only play (Marcuse coined the phrase, “Make love, not war”). Marcuse also argued for what he called “liberating tolerance,” which he defined as tolerance for all ideas coming from the Left and intolerance for any ideas coming from the Right. In the 1960s, Marcuse became the chief “guru” of the New Left, and he injected the cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School into the baby boom generation, to the point where it is now America’s state ideology.

    The next conservatism should unmask multiculturalism and Political Correctness and tell the American people what they really are: cultural Marxism. Its goal remains what Lukacs and Gramsci set in 1919: destroying Western culture and the Christian religion. It has already made vast strides toward that goal. But if the average American found out that Political Correctness is a form of Marxism, different from the Marxism of the Soviet Union but Marxism nonetheless, it would be in trouble. The next conservatism needs to reveal the man behind the curtain - - old Karl Marx himself.

    (The Free Congress Foundation’s website, www.freecongress.org, includes a short book on the history and nature of cultural Marxism, edited by William S. Lind. It is formatted so you can print it out as a book and share it with your family and friends.)
    Source: http://www.marylandthursdaymeeting.c...al.Marxism.htm

    See also: https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty...ralmarxism.pdf

    OK, it seems duplicated, there is an entire thread here: https://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=112119

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    To translate Marxism from economic into cultural terms, the members of the Frankfurt School - - Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Wilhelm Reich, Eric Fromm and Herbert Marcuse, to name the most important - - had to contradict Marx on several points. They argued that culture was not just part of what Marx had called society’s “superstructure,” but an independent and very important variable. They also said that the working class would not lead a Marxist revolution, because it was becoming part of the middle class, the hated bourgeoisie.
    Max Horkheimer- On February 14, 1895, Horkheimer was born the only son of Moritz and Babetta Horkheimer. Horkheimer was born into a conservative, wealthy, and orthodox Jewish family.

    Theodor W. Adorno (alias: Theodor Adorno-Wiesengrund) was born as Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund in Frankfurt am Main on September 11, 1903, the only child of Oscar Alexander Wiesengrund (1870–1946) and Maria Calvelli-Adorno della Piana (1865–1952). His mother, a devout Catholic from Corsica, was once a professional singer, while his father, an assimilated Jew who had converted to Protestantism, ran a successful wine-export business.

    Wilhelm Reich-His father was by all accounts a cold and jealous man.[20] Both parents were Jewish, but decided against raising the boys as Jews. Reich and his brother, Robert, were brought up to speak only German, were punished for using Yiddish expressions and forbidden from playing with the local Yiddish-speaking children.

    Eric Fromm- was born on March 23, 1900, at Frankfurt am Main, the only child of Orthodox Jewish parents.

    Herbert Marcuse- was born in Berlin, to Carl Marcuse and Gertrud Kreslawsky. His family was Jewish.

    Do you see any similarities with these Frankfurt School people? There are actually more of them that are also jewish.

    Yet, the mainstream media( jewish owned ) is always telling us that the jew is the good guy and that all of the cultural marxism is for our own good.

    If there is one reason why Americans should be mad at Hitler and the NSDAP is that they did not do a good enough job at detaining these individuals from the Frankfurt School. Given the USAs agricultural and industrial might it allowed these ideas of cultural destruction to spread all over the world and it is the primary reason we are in the mess that is our modern time.
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    Most persons critical of the US ignore the fact that the ideologies that have driven American foreign and domestic policies since the 1930s originated in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    Most persons critical of the US ignore the fact that the ideologies that have driven American foreign and domestic policies since the 1930s originated in Europe.
    Yes, but all of the good things about America also came from European ideas. Mainly our founding laws are based in Anglo Saxon common law, including free speech and the right to bear arms.
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    'cultural-marxism' is the earthly doctrine of Lucifer, i.e. the serpent, the fallen god, the covering cherub, etc.
    'Militia est vita hominis super terram [The life of man upon earth is a warfare] (Job 7:1).'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    Most persons critical of the US ignore the fact that the ideologies that have driven American foreign and domestic policies since the 1930s originated in Europe.
    But your ancestors originated in Europe, too.

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Cutural Marxism is neither Marxism nor can it be dismissed as a conspiracy theory. It borrows Marxist means of critiques to a very different ends and as such is a subversion of leftism not part of it. Identity politics was actually pushed to undermine the Old Left (potential Soviet influence) more than to oppose the right.

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