Cultural Marxism [aka The Frankfurt School] is another curious beast.
On the one hand:
Cultural Marxism is an ideology that drives political correctness.
On the other hand:
Cultural Marxism is a conspiracy theory associated with political correctness.
Cultural Marxism is an ideology which emphasizes culture as a main cause of inequalities.
Critics have seen cultural Marxism and its influence as an important cause of political correctness and as an important cause of a perceived decline of humanities, social sciences, culture, and civilization in the Western world.
A 21st-century conspiracy theory regards the Frankfurt School as the origin of a contemporary movement in the political left to destroy western culture, referred to as “Cultural Marxism” by theory proponents.
It advocates the idea that multiculturalism and political correctness are products of critical theory, which originated with the Frankfurt School.
Although it became more widespread in the late 1990s and 2000s, the theory originated with Michael Minnicino’s 1992 essay “New Dark Age: Frankfurt School and ‘Political Correctness'”, published in Fidelio by the Schiller Institute.
This ambiguity partly arises because The Frankfurt School don’t like to think of themselves as Marxists because they prefer cuddlier euphemisms like: critical theorists and post-modernists.
Cultural Marxism is a term used by critics and even self-admitted Marxists are unlikely to use the term to describe their own ideology.
Also, cultural Marxism has its origin in Marxist ideas but those promoting the ideas of cultural Marxism today may not always know of this or consider themselves to be Marxists.
Instead, promoters of cultural Marxism may use terms such as critical theory, postmodernism, deconstruction, or similar terms.
Many do not know the origin of their own somewhat cultural Marxist ideas and may, for example, describe themselves as social liberals.
This ambiguity also partly arises because Cultural Marxists tend to avoid discussing issues – preferring instead to dismiss their critics on psychiatric grounds [aka deniers, conspiracy theorists, extreme right-wingers…]
In an interview with Casey Blake and Christopher Phelps, historian Christopher Lasch criticized the Frankfurt School’s initial tendencies towards “automatically” rejecting opposing political criticisms on “psychiatric” grounds:
“The Authoritarian Personality had a tremendous influence on Hofstadter and other liberal intellectuals, because it showed them how to conduct political criticism in psychiatric categories, to make those categories bear the weight of political criticism.
This procedure excused them from the difficult work of judgment and argumentation.
Instead of arguing with opponents, they simply dismissed them on psychiatric grounds.
This technique of labelling and dismissing critics is employed by Wikipedia when, for example, it writes about Critiques of Cultural Marxism and Climate Change Denial.
According to Chip Berlet, who specializes in the study of extreme right-wing movements, the Cultural Marxism conspiracy theory found fertile ground with the development of the Tea Party movement in 2009, with contributions published in the American Thinker and WorldNetDaily highlighted by some Tea Party websites.
More recently, the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik included the term in his self-authored document “2083: A European Declaration of Independence”, which along with the Free Congress Foundation’s “Political Correctness: A Short History of an Ideology” was e-mailed to 1,003 addresses about 90 minutes before the 2011 bomb blast in Oslo for which Breivik was responsible.
Climate change denial, or global warming denial, involves denial, dismissal, or unwarranted doubt about the scientific consensus on the rate and extent of global warming, the extent to which it is caused by humans, its impacts on nature and human society, or the potential for human actions to reduce these impacts.
Several social science studies have analyzed these positions as forms of denialism.
Typically, public debate on climate change denial may have the appearance of legitimate scientific discourse, but does not conform to scientific principles.
But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry.”
Global warming conspiracy theories have been posited which allege that the scientific consensus is illusory, or that climatologists are acting on their own financial interests by causing undue alarm about a changing climate.
This technique was perfected in the Soviet Union.
There was systematic political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union, based on the interpretation of political opposition or dissent as a psychiatric problem.
It was called “psychopathological mechanisms” of dissent.
Cutting through the philosophical niceties it appears that Cultural Marxism is:
a) A psychiatric problem masquerading as an ideology
and / or [delete as appropriate depending upon your own perspective]
b) A psychiatric problem masquerading as a conspiracy theory.
Either way, it doesn’t really matter because Cultural Marxism is really just a euphemism [used by people who believe that Cultural Marxism exists] for Political Correctness which describes “language, actions, or policies” that are “calculated not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.”
Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct, commonly abbreviated to PC) is a ordinarily pejorative term used to describe language, actions, or policies seen as being excessively calculated not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.
The term had only scattered usage prior to the 1990s, usually as an ironic self-description, but entered more mainstream usage in the United States when it was the subject of a series of articles in The New York Times.
Wikipedia [very obligingly] leads us further down the recursive rabbit hole by explaining that Political Correctness is also a conspiracy theory believed in by those individuals who believe in the Cultural Marxism conspiracy theory.
As a conspiracy theory
This theory, which holds that political correctness originates from the critical theory of the Frankfurt School as part of a conspiracy that its proponents call “Cultural Marxism”, is generally known as the Frankfurt School conspiracy theory by academics.
So let’s forget about labels.
Let’s concentrate upon “language, actions, or policies” that are “calculated not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society”.
This is where it gets interesting because in North America it appears [after 40 years of feminism and 25 years of political correctness] women are less happy whilst there is a silent epidemic in male suicides.
Suicide in men has been described as a “silent epidemic.”
It has a disturbingly high incidence and is a major contributor to men’s mortality.
In British Columbia, suicide is one of the top three causes of mortality among men aged 15 and 44. Among men of all ages in Canada, suicide ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in 2007
The silent epidemic of male suicide
Dan Bilsker, PhD, Jennifer White, EdD
Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 53, No. 10, December 2011, page(s) 529-534 Articles
Women are less happy nowadays despite 40 years of feminism, a new study claims.
Despite having more opportunities than ever before, they have a lower sense of well-being and life satisfaction, it found.
The study, The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, said the same was true for women of different ages and whether or not they were married or had children.
The study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research found that while post-war era happiness surveys found women were noticeable happier than men, the difference had eroded to ‘zero’.
Its authors, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers of the University of Pennsylvania, found that in the U.S., women’s happiness had fallen ‘both absolutely and relatively to that of men’.
Women are more unhappy despite 40 years of feminism, claims study
The Daily Mail – Olinka Koster – 1 June 2009
The women’s liberation movement was a loose agreement of women and feminist thinking that emerged in the United States and other developed countries during the late 1960s and persisted throughout the 1970s.
Thomas Sowell (born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author.
While often described as a black conservative, he prefers not to be labeled, having stated, “I prefer not to have labels, but I suspect that ‘libertarian’ would suit me better than many others, although I disagree with the libertarian movement on a number of things”.
He primarily writes on economic subjects, generally advocating a free market approach to capitalism.
It seems there might have been a role reversal because men now feel they are “ f**ked”.
“My generation of boys is f**ked,” says Rupert, a young German video game enthusiast I’ve been getting to know over the past few months.
“Marriage is dead.
Divorce means you’re screwed for life.
Women have given up on monogamy, which makes them uninteresting to us for any serious relationship or raising a family.
That’s just the way it is.
Even if we take the risk, chances are the kids won’t be ours.
In France, we even have to pay for the kids a wife has through adulterous affairs.
“In school, boys are screwed over time and again. Schools are engineered for women. In the US, they force-feed boys Ritalin like Skittles to shut them up. And while girls are favoured to fulfil quotas, men are slipping into distant second place”.
The Sexodus, Part 1: The Men Giving Up On Women And Checking Out Of Society
Breitbart.com – Milo Yiannopoulos – 4 Dec 2014
Unsurprisingly, there is a growing level of push back focussed upon Cultural Marxism, Political Correctness or whatever you choose to call “language, actions, or policies” that are “calculated not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society”.
It is not enough anymore to simply continue pointing out the insanity of political correctness; we must also take useful steps toward reversing the destruction already wrought.
And so, here are my solutions, which must be enacted by individuals in their daily lives regardless of the potential backlash.
Do you have leftist leaning friends or family members?
It doesn’t matter.
Are you employed in a workplace crawling with social justice ideologues?
Stop seeing them as part of the equation because they do not matter.
Worried about losing a relationship if you make a stand?
Say good riddance.
This is what must be done by free thinkers if they are to counter and reverse the collectivist nightmare of cultural Marxism.
Feel no shame: …
Do not self-censor: …
Realize there is no such thing as white privilege or male privilege: …
Demand facts to back claims: …
Do not play the game of “unconscious bias”: …
Let cultural Marxists know their fears and feelings do not matter: …
Demand that society respect your inherent individual rights: …
Maintain your rights; they do not hurt other people: …
Refuse to deny the scientific fact of biological gender: …
Deny the illusion of Utopian equality: …
If you are a man, embrace your role: …
Home-school your children: …
How To Stamp Out Cultural Marxism In A Single Generation
Alt-Market.com – Brandon Smith – 23 October 2015
But in general I’m disinclined to moderate the language I use against the scum in Tobacco Control.
And I want pure, undiluted, in-your-face macro-aggression, not wimpish ‘micro-aggression’.
So I’m going to keep calling them filthy stinking bastards, and worse.
Frank Davis – “Politically Correct” Is Politically Incorrect – 23 Oct 2015
My perspective is that we are just stuck with central planners playing divide and rule.
In politics and sociology, divide and rule (or divide and conquer) is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.
The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller power groups from linking up.
They always have, they always will and we always fall for it.