The "Cultural Marxism" concept is used by conservatives to justify hatred towards ethnicities, feminists, immigrants, LGBT Americans, and all liberal ideas.
“I don’t know about Cultural Marxism,” I remarked to myself, “Let me just check it out.” The learning experience that followed wasn’t pleasant, but it was certainly enlightening.
I catch a lot of flak on Twitter these days. I’ve only been writing political perspectives for a few months now, but already there are plenty of people who tweet hatred at me. While it was a little jarring at first, I got used to it quickly. Indeed, it’s become a regular source of material.
So the other day, I got attacked because I tweeted an article about immigration. The account called itself End Cultural Marxism. Sure, whatever. I rarely engage these folks, there’s no point, although I do check out their feeds and get a feel for who they are and what they’re all about. This particular account ended up leading me down quite a rabbit hole.
“Cultural Marxism has been dubbed “the greatest cancer in the Western world” but few even know what it is.”
True that, hence the click on your link. Lay it on me.
Cultural Marxism: An offshoot of Marxism that gave birth to political correctness, multiculturalism and “anti-racism.” Unlike traditional Marxism that focuses on economics, Cultural Marxism focuses on culture and maintains that all human behavior is a result of culture (not heredity / race) and thus malleable.”
It came off as an anti-political correctness rant so I was going to close out when anti-racism caught my eye. If the site was against anti-racism, did it then support racism?
“Cultural Marxists have promoted ideas that white people, instead of birthing white babies, should inter-racially marry or adopt non-white children. Samuel P. Huntington maintained that Cultural Marxism is an anti-white ideology.”
Oh yeah. Racism supported. Unquestionably. While it claimed to be about “taking pride in the white race,” and preventing “white genocide,” it was a cesspool of hate and ignorance. It’s hard to argue someone isn’t racist when they post pictures like this:
And that’s just one image. There were plenty more.
So I decided to follow the ideology further. There’s a ton of sites out there dedicated to opposing Cultural Marxism, and the concept varies slightly from author to author, depending on the writer’s agenda. Pat Buchanan claims American culture is ebbing away due to Cultural Marxism, for instance. But it is used to demonize all ethnicities, feminism, immigrants, LGBT Americans, and liberal concepts.
The idea basically cuts right to the heart of conservative rhetoric about “taking America back.” We’ve all heard that line. And it also ties in to how Republicans talk about an idealized time when America was “good.” Family values. Church on Sundays. Wally and the Beav. All that.
That America never existed, not really. Post War America was Pre-Civil Rights. Senator Joe McCarthy and his Communist witch hunts were the undercurrent of society. If you were a white middle class man, then you were on top of the world. Everyone else? Not so much.
Even comic books of the day were sanitized. When you look through the issues of the late fifties, the picture painted is clean, crisp, and wholesome. But that’s by design, and it didn’t happen naturally.
Frederic Wertham was largely responsible for the implementation of the Comics Code Authority. The CCA largely eliminated violence, sex, and horror images as it apparently caused juvenile delinquency. What the CCA actually did was give corporate dominance to a handful of companies while eliminating their major competition. This helped make America “good,” remember.
But this is what conservatives point to when they talk about the country they want us all to go back to; a facade. “Leave it to Beaver” wasn’t real. It was a TV show. Nostalgia isn’t real. It’s good memories replacing history. The country conservatives are imagining is only a fever dream. That America only exists now as an incredibly sanitized Utopia of what never was, passing for what used to be.
“Cultural Marxists have taken over the institutions of the media, education, mainstream Christianity (conservative and liberal), law, and finance. Their goal is the annihilation of Western Civilization in general and white people in particular.”
So here you have this movement, blaming the disappearance of a non-existent “Father Knows Best” kind of USA on Cultural Marxism. This was planned, they argue. America has been taken away from white people. But by whom?
Again, the Cultural Marxist antagonist varies from site to site, although they are always liberals. Feminists, homosexuals, non-white ethnicities are among the enemy, yes. But who started this? Where did Cultural Marxism come from? The Jews.
From Bill Berkowitz, at The Southern Poverty Law Center:
“In a nutshell, the theory posits that a tiny group of Jewish philosophers who fled Germany in the 1930s and set up shop at Columbia University in New York City devised an unorthodox form of “Marxism” that took aim at American society’s culture, rather than its economic system.
The theory holds that these self-interested Jews — the so-called “Frankfurt School” of philosophers — planned to try to convince mainstream Americans that white ethnic pride is bad, that sexual liberation is good, and that supposedly traditional American values — Christianity, “family values,” and so on — are reactionary and bigoted.
With their core values thus subverted, the theory goes, Americans would be quick to sign on to the ideas of the far left.”
What do all people railing against Cultural Marxism have in common? They are white. They hold conservative values. Many of them call themselves Christian. And what policies do they support in order to “take America back?”
“The very term, “cultural Marxism,” is clearly intended to conjure up xenophobic anxieties. But can a theory like this, built on the words of long-dead intellectuals who have little discernible relevance to normal Americans’ lives, really fly?
As bizarre as it might sound, there is some evidence that it may. Certainly, those who are pushing the theory seem to believe that it is an important one.”
There’s no such thing as Cultural Marxism. That’s because Marxism is an economic argument against the capitalistic system. Therefore, if you aren’t dealing with capitalism, you aren’t dealing with Marxism. This whole thing is just a conspiracy theory used to justify White Pride. You aren’t racist after all, everybody else is racist against you!
The appeal of conspiracy theories is that they explain things from a specific viewpoint. They are informative only to those who subscribe to a specific agenda. The theorist does not see themselves as lying because in their eyes they aren’t. Instead they see themselves as serving a higher purpose.
These are the people who vote. They turn out for every election and primary. What makes people like this extremely dangerous is their absolute surety of moral correctness. They are right. They will not be swayed. If you oppose them, then you are the enemy. You are beneath them.
Essentially, this concept can conceivably be traced as the root of much conservative rhetoric. Resistance to change. Denial of facts. Refusal to compromise. Blind hatred of all things liberal. Fear and loathing of immigrants, non-white ethnic groups, homosexuals, and empowered women. It helps explain why people vote Republican even when it is economically harmful for them to do so. Hatred is a powerful motivator.
And, yes, it gets to to the roots of the rampant racism on the right wing. Look at all the hate groups that have sprung up throughout America since Obama took office. One would be foolish to say there is no connection. One would be even more foolish to ignore the dangerous potential of this situation.
It would be a stretch to say all conservatives subscribe to the Cultural Marxism fairy tales, but not untrue to say that very few liberals do. You can be sure Fox News is on in the homes of the hateful, and that a Gadsden flag has flown over their heads.
They may call it the Liberal Agenda or blame Mainstream Media, amongst other talking points, but all everything boils down to is fear and hatred of The Other, and the need to feel superior to everyone else. Blaming the nation’s issues on Cultural Marxism gives one the justification for all of that. Your issues are someone else’s fault.
Here’s the kicker, conservatives may not even be aware of the Cultural Marxism fantasy themselves. They just hate. Having someone to hate is justification enough. The Cultural Marxism story really only explains why many conservatives already hate as much as they do.
So, the next time you hear a Republican talk about “taking back America,” or complain about those who are “racist against white people,” think of that half-baked conspiracy theory. Yes, these people are willingly and terribly deluded. If they weren’t, they would have to face themselves.
In the meantime, there’s a subset of conservatives out there using a fallacy to justify racism. Now that you know about it, it will seem to apply to all of them.
‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin.