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"Cultural Marxism?" What the holy hell are you talking about?
—Any liberal when exposed to the term for the first time

Cultural Marxism refers to two things:

  1. First — extremely rarely — "Cultural Marxism" refers to the general application of Marxist ideology and/or Critical Theory to the social sciences.
  2. Second — about 99.9% of the time — "Cultural Marxism" is a snarl word used to attack anyone with progressive tendencies. The term alludes to a conspiracy theory in which sinister left-wingers have infiltrated media, academia, and science and are engaged in a decades- or centuries-long plot to undermine western culture.

The conspiracist usage originated in Nazi Germany, where Kulturbolschewismus ("Cultural Bolshevism") was used to abuse political opponents.[1] The Nazis being the Nazis, they decided that Bolshevism was a plot by the Jews. In order to prevent sexual/gender degeneracy, the Nazis also invented the feverish concept of "sexual Bolshevism" — in which secretly-communist Jews set out to fan the evil flames of sexual permissiveness.[2]

If anyone rants about "Cultural Marxists taking over culture!", feel free to remind them that they're literally spouting Nazi propaganda updated for the modern era.


[edit] Academic usage

Come back with me to a time when men were men, women were women, and self-avowed Cultural Marxists were self-avowed Cultural Marxists.
Cultural Marxists have long supported social equality. Beware!

In legitimate academic circles, Cultural Marxism was originally a criticism of the lack of revolutionary Marxism at the Frankfurt School by more orthodox Marxists and Historical Materialists; it remains an informal term for the school.[citation needed]

The term "cultural Marxism" was first sighted around 1973, in The Critique of Domination: The Origins and Development of Critical Theory by Trent Schroyer.[3] Schroyer originally coined the term as an accusation that some theorists were failed Marxists: merely cultural "Marxists" who had been subsumed by middle class capitalism. Later, people like Fredric JamesonWikipedia's W.svg went so far as to propose renaming Cultural Studies as "Cultural Marxism" to bring the Marxism back in, though this didn't stick. The term did see some use, however, in particular being retrospectively applied to one stream of cultural studies popular in British academic circles from the 1960s through to the 1980s.

Marx himself never wrote at any length about culture (what he deemed "the superstructureWikipedia's W.svg"), and the fact that cultural theorists have often used the lens of class, alongside other factors such as race, gender, and sexuality to analyze culture doesn't necessarily relate to Marxist classifications and is more likely to have come from the Chicago SchoolWikipedia's W.svg of Sociology's emphasis on crime and criminal statistics as a source of sociological data.

[edit] Cultural conservatism in Nazi Germany

A History of Nazi Germany describes how the Weimar Republic brought about increased freedom of expression with modernism described by critics as decadent and irrational. Traditionalist Germans considered that this was causing German culture to decay and that society was heading towards a moral collapse.[4]

The Nazis labelled the rejection of modernism and nihilistic forms as "Cultural BolshevismWikipedia's W.svg" with another concept of their ideology being Jewish BolshevismWikipedia's W.svg as in the claim that Jews were mainly behind the Russian Revolution in being the main power among Bolshevicks.[4]

This cultural counterpart of a Jewish-led Bolshevist assault was described by Adolf Hitler as a disease that would weaken the Germans and leave them prey to the Jews, with Marxism being perceived as just another part of an "international Jewish conspiracy".[4]

An ideological objective was thus the cultural and moral purification to eliminate alien influences to conserve German culture and produce a vibrant people.[4]

Despite this the notion that Nazis were conservative and reactionary is rejected in being seen as radical.[4]

The ZOG conspiracy theory and accusations directed at Jews for controlling banks were consistent with fascist ideology's complicated relationship with capitalism[5] as mainly attacking Finance capitalismWikipedia's W.svg, or the international nature of banks and the stock exchange, as Mussolini praised so-called Heroic capitalismWikipedia's W.svg but rejected a deteriorating so-called SupercapitalismWikipedia's W.svg.

There are several clues indicating that the totalitarian Fascist and Nazi regimes cross-influenced each other. The March on Rome[6] most like influenced the Beer Hall Putsch[7] as in a failed coup or "March on Berlin" against the Weimar Republic government. The elimination of the worker-based anticapitalist Strasserists[8] during the Night of the Long Knives[9] corresponded with fascism's characteristic repression of criticism or opposition.

[edit] Right-wing usage

In current wingnut usage, the term is a favourite of Pat Buchanan and, to the most dangerous extent, Anders Behring Breivik. It is a Cold Warrior's way of decrying "political correctness" or "multiculturalism."[10][11]

It's become a favorite term of many of the nuttier Gamergaters—demonstrating the movement's attraction of many anti-Semites, white supremacists, and MRAs — to explain why those bitch slut whores won't shut up about sexism in video games. They got their collective jockstraps in a knot when discussions on Wikipedia pre-dating their obsession with the term resulted in the "Cultural Marxism" article on Wikipedia being redirected to the "Conspiracy theory" section of Frankfurt SchoolWikipedia's W.svg, restored after appealing to the God-King, no consensus after that, then deletion and redirection back to the conspiracy theory.[12]

The term is odious enough that people wanting to use it now apologise in advance,[13] much as nobody behaving in a blatantly racist manner will accept the label "racist".

[edit] Origin

The first usage of the phrase "cultural Marxism" in the conspiracist sense was by William Lind of the Free Congress Foundation in a July 1998 speech, "The Origins of Political Correctness", to right-wing group Accuracy in Academia, in which he described "political correctness" and "cultural Marxism" as "totalitarian ideologies" that were turning American campuses into "small ivy-covered North Koreas, where the student or faculty member who dares to cross any of the lines set up by the gender feminist or the homosexual-rights activists, or the local black or Hispanic group, or any of the other sainted 'victims' groups that revolves around, quickly find themselves in judicial trouble." Lind gave this speech many times; a 2000 version sets out his thesis:[14]

Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.


How does all of this stuff flood in here? How does it flood into our universities, and indeed into our lives today? The members of the Frankfurt School are Marxist, they are also, to a man, Jewish.

The conspiracy theory was also pushed around this time by Paul Weyrich's Free Congress Foundation, who spent the 1990s railing against "political correctness", culminating in the 1999 video tape Political Correctness: The Dirty Little Secret, attacking the Frankfurt School.

Pat Buchanan, at an October 2000 campaign stop in Denver for the Reform Party, accused Native Americans attempting to block a Columbus Day parade of "cultural Marxism" in the Rocky Mountain News.[15][16] In his 2001 book The Death of the West, he described "cultural Marxism" as a "regime to punish dissent and to stigmatize social heresy as the Inquisition punished religious heresy. Its trademark is intolerance."

"Political correctness" had become the popular snarl word of choice after a 1991 speech by George H. W. Bush, with ensuing press coverage and a Washington Times op-ed by Laurence Jarvik of the Heritage Foundation decrying "storm troopers" attacking "Western culture."[17]

[edit] Tenets of the theory

it [sic] slowly started off by homosexuality becoming acceptable,now [sic] its [sic] starting to justify pedophilia, and eventually will lead to accepting beastiality [sic] and necrophilia in the future. America ,europe,australia [sic] and the whole world is doomed. cultural marxism [sic] is the best weapon the jew[sic] has ever used so far, after realizing communism[sic] will not win.
—YouTube comment on young boy twerking at a Gay Pride parade (with grammar corrections).[18]

The associated conspiracy theory asserts that the Frankfurt School, instead of being the relatively arcane strain of academic criticism that it was, actually was a Marxist plot to destroy the capitalist West from within, supposedly spreading its tentacles throughout academia and indoctrinating students to hate America and freedom. Thus, rock'n'roll, the Sixties counterculture, the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, homosexuality,[19] modern feminism, and in general all the "decay" in the U.S. and elsewhere since the good old days of the Fifties are literally products of this conspiracy.[20] It's also the work of the Jews.[21][22]

[edit] Debunking

Despite its widespread popularity among the hard-right, many both on the right and left have thoroughly debunked the concept as not being Marxist at all, including Christian Dominionist Gary North[23] and actual Marxist Michael Acuña from Common Ruin.[24][25] How to Paint Your Panda has debunked it as well.[26]

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See the main article on this topic: I'm not racist, but...

[edit] Present day media

[edit] Wartime posters

[edit] John, Paul, George, Ringo and Theo

I hope that's all completely clear with everyone.

Although it doesn't get brought up much these days, similar conservative cranks frequently denounced the Beatles as a communist plot in their heyday.

But separately, there's also a conspiracy theory that Theodor Adorno, leading light of the Frankfurt School, secretly wrote all their songs.[36] And in fact all the songs for the British Invasion of the 1960s.

This theory seems to have originated with supposedly ex-MI6 crank John Coleman, in his 1991 book The Committee of 300.[37] Adorno is claimed to have worked with the Tavistock InstituteWikipedia's W.svg (an organisation he had no links to outside conspiracy theories), at the behest of the Jesuits rather than the Jews.

Henry Makow further theorises this as the work of the Illuminati, but then of course he would.[38]

Back in consensus reality, the music Adorno was actually into was Schoenberg's twelve-tone stuff, the main influence on his own compositions. He hated jazz and popular music in general.[39] And particularly disliked the Beatles:[40]

What can be urged against the Beatles ... is simply that what these people have to offer is ... something that is retarded in terms of its own objective content. It can be shown that the means of expression that are employed and preserved here are in reality no more than traditional techniques in a degraded form.

Oh well.

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[edit] References

  1. See the Wikipedia articles in GermanWikipedia's W.svg and EnglishWikipedia's W.svg.
  2. Naturally, anything but civilization-wide, religiously enforced sexual conservatism is assumed to be an effective method of destroying society.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 A History of Nazi Germany: 1919-1945 by Joseph W. Bendersky
  5. See the Wikipedia article on Fascism and ideology#Capitalism.
  6. See the Wikipedia article on March on Rome.
  7. See the Wikipedia article on Beer Hall Putsch.
  8. See the Wikipedia article on Strasserism.
  9. See the Wikipedia article on Night of the Long Knives.
  10. Bill Berkowitz. Cultural Marxism Catching On. Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report, Summer 2003, Iss. 110.
  11. Anders Behring Breivik. How It All Began -- Political Correctness is Cultural Marxism, in Breivik's Manifesto, 2083: A Declaration of European Independence. (This will probably be analyzed by criminal studies professors for years to come.)
  12. Archive of "Cultural Marxism" Wikipedia article
  15. Robert Weller (October 9, 2000) "Buchanan Criticizes Parade Protest"
  18. Duffy, Nick.Watch: Little boy twerks at Pride parade and upsets homophobes, Pink News. Accessed 15 June 2015.
  19. Jeffrey T. Kuhner explains why the gay agenda is Cultural Marxism!
  20. This Daily Bell article sets out the claim pretty unambiguously.
  21. James Jaeger makes documentaries about Cultural Marxism
  22. William S. Lind implicates the Jews
  23. Cultural Marxism Is an Oxymoron,
  24. Michael Acuña. On the Myth of "Cultural Marxism",
  25. Michael Acuña. My Final Word on “Cultural Marxism” ,
  26. Cultural Marxism, Cultural Conservatism and the Frankfurt School: Making Sense of Nonsense,
  40. [1] Akzente, Summer 1965
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