September 21, 2015

Karl Marx’s Revenge: The Frankfurt School won, even though communism lost

Mindy AlterRebel Blogger

Want to know why conservatives face more than an uphill struggle these days?

A lot of it has to do with the insidious and pervasive influence of the Frankfurt School, a group of German thinkers whose nutty Marxist ideas have thoroughly infested academia, politics and popular culture.

Victor Davis Hanson reviews a new book on the subject -- The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Thinking and the Subversion of the West, by Michael Walsh.

Here's VDH, who calls the Frankfurt intellectuals “charlatans,” laying it all out for us:

Note that Republicans have taken back both houses of Congress, often win in the Supreme Court, have majorities in the state legislatures and governorships, and may win the presidency in 2016. And yet if one examines the schools and universities, Hollywood, the art world, what shows up on televisions and the news, whom the foundations are funding, what the clerks in government do — everything really from our monuments to poetry — it is hard not to confess that “we lost.”

In a word, relativism seems to have won. There are few standards left. Everything is negotiable, from the now fossilized idea of a traitor like Bergdahl to a neo-Confederate sanctuary city. A play, a movie, a building, a novel — anything really — cannot be assessed by absolute criteria, given that such “standards” are always set by oppressors of some sort, usually the children of capitalism and bourgeoisie consumerism who wish to enshrine their “privilege.” Take a sentence, chop it up into lines, and presto — a poem. By what standards is Chopin any more a genius than a Snoop Dogg? I thought of Walsh’s book yesterday when watching the various newscast reactions to the migration crisis in Europe and the deer-in-the-headlines faces of the European Eloi: Who are we to say that our culture is better than theirs? What is a border anyway? What even is a migrant? Whose values construct someone into the “Other”? Why do hosts enjoy privilege and guests do not?

Frankfurt intellectuals have done a lot of damage: from multiculturalism to postmodern art, they have destroyed the individual experience and made us cardboard cut-outs by their constant Marxist-inspired dumbing down, ending in a dreary predictable sameness. The past has become melodrama adjudicated by 30-year-old PhDs rather than muscular tragedy. When Obama decides to rename a mountain or brags that Trayvon looks like the son he never had or urges Latinos to “punish our enemies” and quips “typical white person,” he is more or less offering a paint-by-numbers version of the postmodernists who despise both the rich capitalist West whose bounty created their own leisure and subsidizes their nihilism, and the rest of us who lack their awareness and thus are unthinking cogs in a huge monotonous wheel. For the postmodernist, Middle America lacks the romance of the poor of the inner city that is never visited and the high culture of the Upper West Side or Georgetown that is prized...

You know how Karl Marx claimed that history occurs twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as comedy? I have to say that when you consider the tragic loss of life spawned by the Communist vision around the globe and, in our time, the unintentionally hilarious nonsense engendered by the Frankfurt School ("triggers," "microaggressions," "white privilege," the cult of victimhood and the rest of that crapola), you have to admit that old Karl kind of, sort of, got it right.

Ironically, though, it is these later lunacies, silly as they are, and not old school Communism (which went down to defeat decades ago, not long after a Republican implored a Communist to "tear down that wall!"), that are helping pave the decline and fall of the West.

In so doing, they are handing Karl Marx the posthumous victory that was snatched from his hands (symbolically, at least) when the Soviet Union fell.


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commented 2015-10-29 16:59:31 -0400
interesting read.
commented 2015-09-22 23:07:43 -0400
Just like the Soviet Union fell and China has changed so as to be unrecognizable to a resurrected Mao, so will this charade that we call the western world today collapse. It will collapse because like the former Soviet Union and China, it denied human nature and lived the lie. We as a culture have always had absolutes and truths, without them civilization would not be able to function. We are seeing the lull before the storm or the collapse (whatever you want to call it) . The signs are all there. The hipsters and liberals and armchair communists think that they have created their own nirvanas, but they are sadly mistaken. Those who deny the fact that the tide is coming in will be swept away by it.
commented 2015-09-22 19:26:46 -0400
It’s called political correctness but that’s just a cover for what it really is, Cultural Marxism. Its purpose was to destroy western societies. When Hilter came to power in the thirties, he closed down the Frankfurt school and chased the professors out of the country. Some fled to other parts of Europe where at least some were jailed, and others fled to the US where they were given jobs in universities teaching the teachers. That is how we in north America became infected with Cultural Marxism.
commented 2015-09-22 13:13:36 -0400
Sounds like a good book!
Too bad we have to hit rock bottom as per the conversation in the video – before people and students’ awaken!
I don’t like to have to admit it however, with my grandchild I can see the effect and manipulation from the professors’ in the university that affects these young people’s thinking! I am at a loss of how one would go about interjecting without getting the grandchild’s back up! Maybe I should buy a couple of books one for the grandchild and one for me?
What is to say she wouldn’t trash it and not tell me? Oh well I guess it is worth an effort!
I want to save what is precious, but I guess we are all in this precarious situation! Sure could do with some sound advice!
commented 2015-09-22 01:10:44 -0400
‘Economics experts? We don’t need no stinkin’ economics experts.’
Least-ways not Keynesians and Fellow Travelers.
I just received this little gem of an essay called, “Yes, you do understand economics.”, by Michael McKay (from the Austrian School it sounds like)

…“I really don’t understand economics and always have been confused by it.”
To which I surprised him with, “Of course you understand economics; it is the thought process you use every day to deal with three things: Scarcity, Property and Relationships.”…
commented 2015-09-22 00:44:24 -0400
“They use people’s ignorance against us.”
Yup, ‘low information voters’, ‘useful idiots’, ‘dupes’…
So Walsh suggests we restore the basic idea of education which is teaching – not indoctrination – and celebrate our rich history – that Common Core revisionists have hidden or lie about with the assistance of the Dept of Education and the centralization of education in America.
Yeah, that sounds like a good start…but the problem is ‘they’ have had the generations of our children since at last the hippy days to indoctrinate…generations!
“The Devil’s Pleasure Palace” sounds like a good read, he sure was talkin’ my language.
commented 2015-09-21 21:27:28 -0400
There are a couple of famous trolls who love to defend the left, where are they on this? I say when it comes right down to it, there just isn’t a defense of socialism.
commented 2015-09-21 19:03:17 -0400
And yet, one must ask what these pseudo-intellectuals (who apparently have tenure so they don’t have to dabble in reality) hope to gain from this? Qui Bono?
commented 2015-09-21 17:22:39 -0400
Good stuff.

Love “deer-in-the-headlines” – might have to steal that….