America Didn’t Fall. She Was Pushed!
Modern Day Political Correctness Has Its Roots in Disenfranchised Marxists from the 1930’s.
The current insanity plaguing our educational, judicial, legislative, journalistic, entertainment and corporate structures did not spring from either the US Constitution or from the Judeo-Christian soil of the founders. Like an invasive choke-weed, political correctness was imported from Europe in the mid 1930’s and has gradually infested virtually every cultural high place since.
It began shortly after WWI and the failure of the Russian Revolution to spread globally. Marxists, like Antonio Gramsci in Italy and Georg Lukacs in Hungary, had expected the proletariat to rise up and overthrow their “oppressors” as Karl Marx had predicted would happen, when Europe went to war in 1914. When that didn’t happen, these Marxists dedicated themselves to discovering why. They concluded it was Western Culture itself—and in particular, Christianity—preventing the uprising they’d expected. Gramsci determined that Western workers were blinded to their true class interests by culture and religion. Lukacs wondered, “Who will save us from Western Civilization?”
Lukacs had a chance to practice his ideas when the Bela Kun government was established in Hungary in 1919. Appointed Deputy Commissar for Culture, his first act was to install sex education into the Hungarian schools with the goal of breaking up the family so that individuals would be dependent upon, and owe their first loyalty to, the state. Unfortunately for him, the Hungarian workers were aghast and repulsed by his sexual mores. They rejected the government.
In 1923 leading Marxist intellectuals assembled to form a think-tank in Frankfurt, Germany, with the goal of exploring how to translate Marxism from economic into cultural terms. This group formed the Institute for Marxism, but because they wanted to obscure their true objectives, they renamed it the Institute for Social Research.
The efforts of the institute remained conventional until 1930, when Max Horkheimer was appointed director. Horkheimer was a renegade, combining Marx with Freud. Historian Martin Jay, sympathetic to the Frankfurt School, writes, “If it can be said that in the early years of its history, the Institute concerned itself primarily with an analysis of bourgeois society’s socio-economic sub-structure, in the years after 1930 its primary interests lay in its cultural superstructure. Indeed the traditional Marxist formula regarding the relationship between the two was brought into question by Critical Theory.”
Critical Theory was Horkheimer’s brainchild. The theory is, quite simply, to criticize. Whereas traditional theory is oriented toward understanding or explaining a society or an aspect of it, critical theory is about changing it. This is accomplished by creative destruction—or, deconstruction—by which aspects of a culture are continually assaulted until it becomes impossible to popularly defend or support them. Under Saul Alinsky’s tutelage (Alinsky was a disciple of Theodore Adorno of the Frankfurt School, and was a tutor of Hillary Clinton), critical theory is not just applied to culture, but to individuals who support or defend the culture.
The 1930’s also saw the rise of the Nazis in Germany. Most of the members of the Frankfurt School were Jewish intellectuals. They fled Germany prior to WWII and emigrated to the United States, where they were welcomed with open arms by the progressive Columbia University in New York.
Following the war, several members of the Frankfurt School stayed in America, now directing their efforts toward changing American culture. Among them were Herbert Marcuse, Horkheimer, and Adorno. Horkheim
er and Adorno moved to LA, where they collaborated on The Authoritarian Personality, attacking male leadership in the home. Marcuse, in conjunction with Erich Fromm, developed a sexual aspect of critical theory and was one of the primary influences in the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s through his book, Eros and Civilization, where he argued for “polymorphous perversity.” Marcuse was responsible for the phrase, “Make love, not war.”
Due to the GI bill sending numbers of GI’s and their children to college, an entire generation was introduced to radical theories at odds with their American upbringing. Given the indolence of the sixties generation and the anti-Vietnam war movement, this created the perfect storm that brought America to the ledge. But the political correctness of the Frankfurt School pushed us over.
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