The Key to Understanding Contemporary Western Society (and whats happening in UK politics today)

A number of times I have used the phrase ‘cultural Marxism’.  After my piece on why we should not celebrate the birth of Karl Marx went viral I was asked what this phrase means?   It is actually very important and helps explain some quite extraordinary goings on in British (and indeed American and European politics).

Working Class Tories and Chardonnay Socialists

This week a poll revealed that for the first time in a long time the Tories have a lead amongst working class voters, while Labour have considerable support amongst the prosperous professional middle class.  This latter is explained by what I pointed out in the Marx article – that he has become the go to prophet of the liberal Middle classes.  These same groups tend to be fanatically pro-EU (. I made the mistake this week of commenting on a pro-EU article and was swamped with furious liberals ranting pro-EU memes – although I am thankful that a couple actually had a sensible conversation, the scary thing is how these ‘educated’ (as they informed me) people were so emotive, irrational and full of contempt for those who didn’t follow their political view.  Except of course for many it is not a political view – it is an idol.  It is a religious view which must be followed with absolute devotion (incidentally that can go for other political points of view as well – including nationalism, pro and anti Trump and pro-Brexit etc – my concern here is not with the issue per se, but with the fanatical devotion to it).

Likewise with the devotion to cultural Marxism.  In today’s world the minute you mention something that acts as a ‘trigger’ you get the immediate response from those who don’t like it and refuse to think about it.   So as soon as the phrase ‘cultural Marxism’ is mentioned – we are immediately told ‘it doesn’t exist and if you believe it does you are ‘alt-right’.  And thus with simple bit of name calling your opinion and thoughts are completely dismissed and those who are cultural Marxists can stay safely ensconced in their safe space, assured that they, and they alone, have The Truth.

What is cultural Marxism?

The key to understanding it is to grasp that it has nothing to do with economics and the inequality between rich and poor.  Indeed whilst the middle class academics/journalists/politicians who espouse cultural Marxism speak often of their concern for ‘the poor’, the one thing they do not want to do is upset the established economic order, which creates or feeds off the poor in the first place.  No – our new Marxists have a whole new vocabulary, which we all have to learn.   They are not concerned about an economically unequal society based on corporate capitalism – they are concerned about a racist, sexist, misogynist and hetero-normative society.

(Trigger warning – I am about to mention a politician who immediately draws contemptuous mocking cries.  But I am of the old-fashioned school – I will cite people who I think have something interesting to say – whether I agree with them on other issues or not – I just don’t do that identity politics!).    Anyway Michael Gove is quoted in today’s Australian (finally I have found a paper in Australia that takes more than five minutes to read!) in words that are worth repeating:

“sympathetic academics have revised Marxism as primarily a cultural rather than an economic movement.  In place of anger at traditional capitalism, scorn was directed at the reigning values of the West…..the broader left moved its arena of struggle increasingly away from economic arguments and towards cultural ones.”   The revolution is no longer about manning the barricades, or defending the poor.  It is about infiltrating key institutions and winning the battle of ideas.

As a result we have ended up with identity politics, victim groups, virtue signalling, trigger warnings and political correctness being used to enforce this ‘progressive’ ideology and destroy as much as possible of the Judaeo Christian foundations of Western society.  

Educational Indoctrination

The lack of knowledge of history (which is being re-written to suit this new ideology), combined with a move away from rationality, logic, truth, science and civic discourse is resulting in a climate where liberal elites govern through money, media and mob rule.   This is seen in the latest progressive campaign – the desire to rewrite what humanity is as male and female and turn us into an effectively genderless humanity.   One of the founders of the Safe Schools programme (what an oxymoronic Orwellian title – the last thing schools will be for our children with this programme is safe!),  Roz Ward is a great example of this cultural Marxism.  She declared; “only Marxism provides the theory and practice of genuine human liberation” and she admitted “Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity, not about stopping bullying”.  

This ‘Marxism in suits’ results in an attack upon education – where equality of outcome is way more important than equality of opportunity.   Watch this brilliant parody of modern ‘educayshun’ from Australia!

 

Kevin Donnelly (author of How Political Correctness Is Destroying Australia) writes in the Australian – Students are no longer to look at classics such as Shakespeare , or the great art and musical classics because they disguise the power relationships involved in the new trinity of “gender, ethnicity and class”.  Instead teachers and lecturers must feed the new group think to their pupils.  This works out in lots of ways….I saw Michael Russell, the Scottish Government’s EU minister rejoicing that 96% of Irish students were now pro- EU!  It doesn’t seem to strike him that it is only dictators or cults who get 96% results!  But that is what we are doing in our Universities, who belying their name, now largely (especially in arts and sociological subjects)  teach only one point of view.

LedeIf you want an example of how bad this is becoming have a look at this article from Teen Vogue which mentions Marx as ‘the anti-Capitalist scholar’ and an antidote to Donald Trump, yet manages to say nothing about the 100 million deaths that resulted from his teaching.  Imagine the fuss if Vogue did a similar feature on Hitler without mentioning the Holocaust!  This is how bad the unthinking group think has become.

These are Donnelly’s apt remarks as to where this cultural Marxism is leading us:

” The attack on liberal education is also illustrated by the argument that a curriculum drawing on Western civilisation is guilty of promoting ‘whiteness – described as leading to ‘different forms of domination and marginalisation – such as racism, sexism, classism, historical injustice and prejudice based on religion’.  The irony of course, like Lenin’s useful idiots, is that those in education deconstructing and undermining Western civilisation are destroying the very institutions, beliefs and values that guarantee their freedom to mount a critique in the first place”

 

The Christian Alternative

the-front-of-the-station-140756-smallAs I walk to work in Moore College I walk through Newtown and the Sydney University Campus.  When I come out of Redfern station and walk with hundreds of students – I cannot help but think that they are like lambs going to the slaughter – being placed in a situation where they are discouraged from thinking,  and encouraged to make sure they have all the ‘right’  cultural (Marxist) attitudes so that they can be ‘useful’ members of society.

I contrast that with what I experienced last Friday night at St Thomas’s Anglican church – where around 100 young people gathered for a Q and A discussion session that went on for two hours.  Not only that but some of the year 12 girls were so enthusiastic they had downloadbrought some of their classmates along, who were not Christians, and we spent an extra 45 minutes beforehand – where they asked all kinds of fascinating and brilliant questions.    How ironic that the Church, which is according to atheists supposed to be the centre of indoctrination that needs taken out, is a safe space where people can ask and discuss the most important subjects and be permitted to have a wide variety of views; whereas the university and much of the education system has become a centre of indoctrination in cultural Marxism, where no deviation from the group think or The Party line is allowed!

There are some encouraging signs of a backlash against this cultural Marxism – but I question whether any of our politicians, academics or media have the courage and ability to take on what is a rather vicious and intolerant ideology.  We shall see.  Personally I think without a renewal of Christianity in the West it is not just the Strange Death of Europe we will see.  It will be the end of Western civilisation – destroyed from within.

8 thoughts on “The Key to Understanding Contemporary Western Society (and whats happening in UK politics today)

  1. David, I think you are performing an essential service here, in telling it just exactly as it is. I don’t think it is any kind of accident that Christianity (real Christianity) has been attacked by derision, marginalisation, infestation and any other of the weapons of information warfare that the Cultural Marxists can lay their hands on. CM is indeed a secular religion – an idolatry directly stemming from a scientific refinement of that old Luciferian houbris, the perfectibility of man outwith God’s salvation.

    It is not so long ago that Christianity (real Christianity, not that Vichy collaborator with the Enemy) was apparently declining into antique irrelevance. Not any more, and your own clear understanding of the battle-lines that are emerging will really help in what is to come. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott indeed, and I am quite clear now that He will, as the Bible tells us, become the only Burg to turn to. Illuminating the Opposition as you are doing, may also illuminate the way back home for some. So thank you.

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  2. Having a lifelong admiration for the Aussie super group the Seekers , I have lately despaired , while glancing at the regular Australian soap that passes for lunch time entertainment , and thought , “Can anything good come out of Australia” Glad to know that not only , it can , but that they may well have something to teach us about teaching !

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  3. “Cultural Marxism” academically speaking, is defined by 3 groups of neo-marxist theorists (labelled The Frankfurt School’s ‘Cultural Marxism’, The Birmingham School’s ‘British Cultural Marxism’, and E.P. Thompson’s ‘Thompsonian Cultural Marxism’) – all of whom critiqued aspects of “mass culture”.

    The Frankfurt School started it all by describing The Culture Industry. Adorno writes things like this in his critique of The Culture Industry:

    “The dependence of the most powerful broadcasting company on the electrical industry, or of the motion picture industry on the banks, is characteristic of the whole sphere, whose individual branches are themselves economically interwoven.” Source

    They were the first thinkers to realize there was a ‘corporate media’ which pushed it’s own corporate values and agenda. Adorno says things like:

    “The Culture Industry not so much adapts to the reactions of its customers as it counterfeits them.”

    The Frankfurt School didn’t like pop-culture at all, the Culture Industry Wikipedia page says “Adorno and Horkheimer especially perceived mass-produced culture as dangerous to the more technically and intellectually difficult high arts” – so they believed pop-culture was a risk to Western Civilization.

    The Birmingham School came after The Frankfurt School and quite liked British Working Class culture. The founders of The Birmingham School were WW2 vets, and their complaints focused on the ‘cultural drift’ away from the strong, local, community based cultures which they loved, and towards a more bland globalized culture (a process they called “massification”).

    Other theorists such as Max Horkheimer (of The Frankfurt School) rallied against the application of science without morality. He called this “instrumental reason” and took the Kantian moral position that reason without morality could cause nightmares (such as the application of science during the Holocaust).

    The Frankfurt School were big against the Holocaust, and contributed to the Nuremberg Trials… which later led to the creation of modern medical ethics boards.

    This has all somehow been misconstrued as their attack on Western Civilization – even though The Frankfurt School were specifically trying to protect the arts from pop-culture.

    …later Frankfurt School theorists such as Jurgen Habermas, and Nancy Fraser have specifically critiqued things like Post-Modern relativism and even Identity Politics.

    The term “Cultural Marxism” has since become a right wing misrepresentation of the (left wing) Frankfurt School. It’s now tied into the theory they were “International Jewish Communists” trying to “Destroy American Academia and Hollywood”. You can judge whether that’s true for yourself.

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    1. But we are not just speaking about ‘academically’ – we are talking about the reality of what has happened in Western politics where Marxism has been replaced by a cultural Marxism which allows David Cameron and Theresea May to be declared ‘progressives’ and some old left wing and communist politicians being declared ‘right wing’! And no it is not just a right wing misrepresentation and anti-Jewish thing. Its funny how people try to shut down the discourse by demonising others. Cultural Marxists (if you wish call them cultural ‘progressives’) are expert at shutting down any discussion…

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  4. I’m glad to see somebody referring to the Frankfurt School but maka has a rather positive view of the School, something which no anti-Marxist or believer in the ideals of western civilisation would have. The School was, indeed, the origin of cultural Marxism. It was born out of a recognition that the proleteriat in western countries were just not interested in revolution. So the cultural Marxists came up with the idea that to succeed, Marxists had first to destroy western civilisation. One of their founders started implemmenrting ‘sex education’ programmes in Hungary. The sort of sex education that we see being promoted in this country. It was designed to destroy the family as a social institution.
    Here are some useful YouTube videos on the Frankfurt School.
    History Of The Frankfurt School – Political Correctness and Cultural Marxism

    The Architects of Western Decline – A Study on the Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism

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  5. there is a Catholic speaker in Ireland who speaks about stripping people of their ability to think independently. And although I don’t think Catholicism has the answers because of the lack of authority the Bible has in that tradition, John Waters has a keen intellect.
    He is courageous to go against the grain publicly and worth listening to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxFpb7WnWE

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