This is something that I have only just come across and haven’t had time to investigate further. Some might consider it rash and irresponsible to share something sensitive like this without further checks but I trust my readers to be adult about this. If you don’t like it you can ignore it, but if you’re interested then you can do your own investigations. The reason I am rushing with it is that it seems timely given the current state of affairs in the West. We all need to be getting up to speed with the possible reasons for and ramifications of cultural meltdown.
Here is my transcript [all mistakes mine] of about five minutes of the video below, starting about twenty minutes in:
György Lukács of Hungary and Antonio Gramsci of Italy, the fathers of cultural Marxism, taught that Communism was impossible in the West until both Western civilisation and Christianity were destroyed since they had blinded the working class to its true Marxist class interest. György Lukács recognised that the great obstacle to the creation of a Marxist regime was Western civilisation itself. As he said, “I see the revolution and destruction of society as the only solution. A worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones.” So there we have the agenda of cultural Marxism in a nutshell explained by one of its creators.
Antonio Gramsci, the other creator of cultural Marxism, argued that the West would have to be de-Christianised by means of the ‘long march through the institutions’. Now what he meant by this is that the culture must be the new battleground and all cultural barriers to the acceptance of Marxism must be removed or reconfigured according to Marxist principles. All cultural barriers to the acceptance of Marxism had to be removed or reconfigured, starting with traditional family, moving on to the churches, the Arts, cinema, theatre, literature, science, history, entertainment, schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, civic organisations, the organs of mass media, the newspapers, magazines, radio, now television, and so forth. Pat Buchanan comments on the long march, “In other words, they had to get into the culture and change the people’s way of thinking. And if people were thinking about patriotism and nation and God and country, that was too resistant to Marxism. It could never take hold. So you had to erode[?] and destroy that in the individuals. That began what is called the long march through the institutions, through the seminaries, through the churches, through the media, through Hollywood, and all the rest of it, to create an anti-Christian culture which would destroy Christian beliefs and convictions in the vast majority of the people so they would embrace the ideas they had rejected and would be open to a takeover, basically, by Marxists – not political Marxists but cultural Marxists.”
Now the great historian Christopher Dawson reflected on the consequences were a society to lose its common principles and ideals, which is exactly the explicit goal of the cultural Marxist. Christopher Dawson: “It is easy enough for the individual to adopt a negative attitude of critical scepticism but if society as a whole abandons all positive beliefs it’s powerless to resist the disintegrating effects of selfishness and private interest. Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition of common principles and common ideals. If it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members it must inevitably fall to pieces.”
Well, here we are, watching what precious little remains of Western civilisation falling into pieces. Or more accurately, being smashed into pieces. The question is how did this move from Marxist theory into the wider culture? How did we get here? Given the time [constraint], we only have the time to make a thumbnail sketch of the work of the Frankfurt School. It was founded in 1923 in Frankfurt, Germany, with the primary goal of destroying traditional Christian culture in Germany. When Hitler came to power in 1933 they fled to the United States since every single member of the Frankfurt School was not only a cultural Marxist but also a Jew. With the help of Columbia University the school re-established itself in New York City and changed its focus from destroying traditional Christian culture in Germany to destroying it in the United States. They realised that the American working class would not lead a Marxist revolution because it was becoming part of the middle class, the Bourgeoisie. Who then would lead the revolution? They sifted through our society, tried to find disaffected people and in the 1950s they settled on the idea of a coalition made up of blacks, students, feminist women and homosexuals. By crossing Marx with Freud they invented something called ‘critical theory’. Critical theory involves making the most destructive criticism of every possible cultural norm in order to destroy the current social order. For example, everyone who is successful in business or who has a position of power in the church or state is an oppressor. Those who are not successful are automatically victims. Somebody who defends the notion that there’s actually different social roles for men and women is a misogynist or a chauvinist or a fascist. Fathers and bishops are patriarchal tyrants. And so forth and so forth.
They took a long view, and their unfortunately influential writings continually poured out contempt on the different institutions; the traditional family, the churches, the Arts, cinema, theatre, literature, and so forth. In institutions of so-called higher education the cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School was more commonly known as multiculturalism or more loosely as political correctness. The Frankfurt School also adopted the technique of psychological conditioning – “Today, for example, when their foot soldiers want to do something like normalise homosexuality they do not argue the point philosophically. They just beam television show after television show into every American home with the only normal-seeming white male as a homosexual.” (The Frankfurt School’s key people spent the war years in Hollywood.) One author summarised specific recommendations of the Frankfurt School:
“1. Creation of racism offences
2. Continual change to create confusion
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
7. Emptying of churches
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
10. Control and dumbing down of media
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family”