Traditional Marxism is a revolutionary doctrine about class struggle. After World War I, a group of Professors in Frankfurt, Germany proposed a broader form of Marxism, now called “cultural Marxism.” They started by analyzing why Marxist revolution had not been successful in the western nations. It was decided that the cultural institutions were too strong, such as Christianity, the traditional family, national patriotism, belief in the representative system of government, rule of law, etc. They also found that the media reinforced the institutions. So, they postulated that western societies could be prepared for revolutionary change by attacking the belief in such cultural institutions. They also decided that the media and the educational system were essential in reinforcing these institutions.
This group of professors was called the “Frankfurt School.” The professors of the Frankfurt School decided that Marxism should be generalized and practically any form of conflict in society can be used for subversion, not just class struggle of traditional Marxism. Oppression by society can be based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
The ideas of cultural Marxism and social justice spread among the universities, the media and even the churches. It gave rise to the various racial, ethnic and gender-based study departments in many universities.
Some of mostly Jewish professors of the Frankfurt School moved to the US after the Nazis came to power in the 1930’s and went to work subverting the system in the US. One of the most well-known, Herbert Marcuse, was a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Marcuse is credited with being a founding father of the “New Left” in the 1960’s and the sexual freedom movement.
Some say cultural Marxism is conspiracy theory. However it is an ideology, a set of ideas, not an organized movement. These ideas resonated with many pre-existing and future subversive groups, who have formed a loose, leftist coalition. To spread subversive ideas, it is very helpful to be able to categorize the idea and explain it in that context.
Likewise, to stop this ideological malady, it is necessary to be able to be able to diagnose it and give a name to it. Then the carriers of this infection, like House Speaker Boehner, can be labeled, isolated and quarantined, so to speak. Whether Boehner consciously thinks of himself as a cultural Marxist, or not, he is supporting and spreading the ideas of cultural Marxism and social justice in the Republican Party. He has also voiced support at times for amnesty for illegal aliens, which is also a key issue for cultural Marxists.
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