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Political Correctness is part of a Neo-Marxist Culture War

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By Vinay Kolhatkar

August 12, 2016

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Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

The Matrix (1999), screenplay by Lana (formerly Larry) and Lilly (formerly Andy) Wachowski.

At first glance, political correctness seems like a good thing. Do we really want to go back to a world where terms like nigger, faggot, darkie, chink, and slut were bandied about, as if language had no consequences? And don’t we want a world where silly stereotypes (“blondes make good secretaries,” “nurses cannot be male”) no longer restrict our choices?

But political correctness is not really about politeness, the giving or taking of offence, or freeing us from stereotypes. That’s the cover. Political correctness is part of a culture war, the roots of which go back to the 1920s. The culture war’s full-blown manifestation is what we are witnessing today; it has been ninety years in the making.

Neo: No. I don’t believe it. It’s not possible.
Morpheus: I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.

 

 

 

Before we dismiss the grand theory, we should also ask if there is any alternate hypothesis for how political correctness came this far. The answer is that there is none. So it behooves us to pay close attention to this hypothesis.

What is this culture war about? Let’s delve into a bit of history first. Karl Marx was credited with laying the foundation for Communism—a society in which the State controlled almost everything. The communists thought that the United States and West Germany would collapse, because their grand teacher, Karl Marx, told them that capitalist societies carry the seeds of their own destruction.

But this didn’t happen. Instead, Soviet Russia and East Germany collapsed. Even Communist China was forced to adopt market reforms in order to feed its people.

Well before that, the spread of communism stalled in between the two world wars. In this inter-war period, scholars got together at Goethe University in Frankfurt at the Institute for Social Research. The scholars were dissatisfied, not only with Capitalism, but even with Soviet-style Communism. Among others, they studied Freud, Kant, and Sartre, and created a new paradigm that sought to explain history.

The cultural Marxists have a Marxist worldview, but it’s applied more broadly—

  1. An uncontrolled society always divides its people between the powerful and the weak, but, for cultural Marxists, the division is not limited to economic power. Genders, races, religions and ethnicities all have divisions by way of the oppressors and the oppressed;
  2. The whole of human history can be seen as a struggle between unequal parties;
  3. Every unequal outcome is caused by oppression. So culture communists love affirmative action and quotas, even if they discriminate against minorities like Jews and Asians that do better than average; and
  4. They are so convinced of the superiority of their worldview, that, like the armed communists of old, they will use any means to achieve their ends.

The paradigm of analysis became known as Critical Theory. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a “Critical Theory” must be explanatory, practical, and normative, all at the same time—it should explain what is wrong with current social reality, identify the actors to change it, and provide both the standards for criticism and achievable practical goals for social transformation.

And, with that, the neo-Marxists were born. The sons and daughters of Marx and Sartre, the grandchildren of Kant and Freud.

And, with that, the neo-Marxists were born. The sons and daughters of Marx and Sartre, the grandchildren of Kant and Freud.

Even in their philosophy of music, which was Theodore Adorno’s, one can see the hatred of pleasure—Adorno “argued that radical art and music may [only] preserve the truth by capturing the reality of human suffering.” “Adorno despised popular music, viewing it as part of a culture industry that contributes to the present sustainability of capitalism by rendering it ‘aesthetically pleasing’ and ‘agreeable’

Two neo-Marxists—Antonio Gramsci and Georg Lukacs (refer Bill Lind’s work The Origins of Political Correctness at Accuracy in Academia)—came to believe that their utopian society where everyone was equal in every respect was only achievable by minimizing all sources of differences—gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, and so on, via a cultural takeover. Lukacs theorized that “the great obstacle to the creation of a Marxist paradise was the culture: Western civilization itself.”

The neo-Marxists became humanities academics all over Europe and the U.S. They spread the ideas of cultural Marxism first on campuses, and, then, as the young they taught became older—in the media, in literature, the arts, and in politics. Have a look here, here, and here, if you have any doubt that academe is dominated by neo-Marxists. See also, “Hitler and the Death of Free Speech.”

Cultural Marxism is not formally self-identified as such. This is deliberate. Very few in the West would vote for a political party that called itself “The Cultural Communists.”

They hide. In India, the Communists band together under the title “Civil Society,” refer “The Communist Comrades and their Civil Society.” Manipulative intent likes to hide and obfuscate: the structure of language itself, grammar, must be attacked, as should all meaningful terms—human rights, liberal, capitalism … until they are devoid of meaning.

Names like Critical Theory may sound scholarly and innocuous, but the ideas are explicit. At neo-Marxist conferences that thousands attend—many of the preachers are academics—but the locations not Moscow, East Berlin, or Beijing. Read the agendas here—Melbourne, London, and Chicago. Here you find everything from treating Islamophobia as a real disease, corporates as inherently evil, the U.S. as imperialistic, and the ideas of false feminism.

The goblins are out of the closet now, but they fancy themselves as “social justice warriors.”

The media narrative must portray Israel as an oppressor and Palestine as the oppressed—always, regardless of the facts. The blatant contradictions of supporting all minorities regardless of values are brazenly ignored. Christian men can be quickly derided as being sexist or gay-haters, their preachers assumed to be pedophiles in the court of public opinion, but Islam is off limits, because it is a minority religion in the West. Even to talk of the subjugation of women and gays in the Middle East is off limits. Why?

Campus racism that discriminates against Jews, Whites, and Asians is rife.

The original theorist who started cultural Marxism stated their goal (refer the Breivik Manifesto)—“to corrupt Western Civilization from within.” That’s why.

A civilization based on individualism celebrates the power of human beings to excel and to tame nature. It celebrates differences. Its antithesis is scorn for all differences among human beings, including those acquired through diligent effort.

The outcomes of this culture war are far too many to list them all, but here are some:

  1. Admission quotas at universities and corporations not based on merit;

Campus racism that discriminates against Jews, Whites, and Asians is rife. See here.

  1. A fake climate scare to smear technology and increase state power;

They created a “global” problem that requires global agreements, delivers scientists and corporates into their hands as putty, makes humans feel guilt, smears Capitalism, and undertakes scaremongering on a global scale—all in one hit. It started with the Club of Rome. The Club of Rome think-tank was founded in 1968. Now, almost fifty years later, no major corporation can afford not to give lip service and ransom to the green agenda.

  1. The ascribing of all gender and sexual orientation to “learnt behavior,” and IQ differences across national/ cultural/ racial cohorts to “programming,” rather than admit any biological factors;

Consider this:

(a) Jessica Lynch was a 19-year-old supply clerk in the U.S. Army; the Humvee she was in accidentally detoured into Iraqi territory on March 23, 2003;
(b) Following an ambush, many soldiers were killed. Lynch was knocked unconscious by an explosion as she lay down praying and scared, without firing or taking a shot; and
(c) Lynch was taken prisoner. Nine days later, the U.S. Army rescued her.

Given these set of facts, Lynch was not a hero.

Yet, two days after her rescue, the Washington Post published a sensationalized world exclusive on its front page, reporting that Lynch had fought fiercely and shot several Iraqi soldiers until she ran out of ammunition, fighting to the death as she did not want to be taken alive, even after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, even as she watched several of her colleagues getting killed, and even as she herself was shot and stabbed.

Lynch’s photograph appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, but when the editors found out it wasn’t her who was the hero, they never bothered to publish a story about Don Walters, a father of three, who, in all probability, was the real hero.

You see, the Lynch case fitted the female combatant hero narrative far too well. Reality got in the way, says Professor W. Joseph Campbell, author of “Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.”

There’s more:

  1. Revising history to conform to the oppression theory;
  2. The changing of language to create a unisex lexicon;
  3. Propagation of the fixed-size economic pie myth—naturally, anyone who makes a lot must be making more than their fair share;
  4. Pushing a populist view of a 1% class (e.g. Big Oil, Wall Street) that must always take the fall for all economic ills regardless of the belligerent manipulation of the economy by government agencies;
  5. The deliberate twisting of key political words and phrases to smear their true meaning (e.g. “human rights” in the UN, the word liberal in the U.S.); and
  6. The dismantling of art and literature to celebrate guttural mishmash as though it’s high art, and bestowing literary prizes on meandering, meaningless narratives—see “Emptiness and Nausea in Modern Art” and “Ayn Rand and the Cognitive Science of Narrative”—the idea is to destroy self-esteem and self-confidence—political elites find dispirited souls much easier to manage.

 

The followers of Marx have acquired large tracts of territory by stealth, without ever lifting a gun.

The ideas for a cultural takeover were developed at Goethe University (the Frankfurt School) from the 1920s to the 1950s. The goals were exceptionally ambitious. Yet, the followers of Marx have acquired large tracts of territory by stealth, without ever lifting a gun.

In most major democracies today, there are two major political parties, most often split as one left-leaning socially progressive, and the other right-of-center religious conservative. Across the globe, both such major political parties have signed up to cultural Marxism.

Quite simply, Cultural Marxism is the biggest, ugliest, and the most dangerous political and cultural force today. And most people don’t even know its name, let alone its origins.

Morpheus: They are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors, they are holding all the keys. Which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.

 

Politeness, and being sensitive to the feelings of others is a good thing. But don’t let that stop you from discovering and stating the truth.

“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth”—Isaac Newton.

 

 

 

 

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  • Great essay. We can see the attack on language all around us. You’re right about the goal being to destroy the idea of meaning, that words have or should have meanings.

  • klausbert

    Very concise article.
    BTW It’s either “…screenplay by Larry and Andy…”, or Cultural Marxism, too. Just saying 😉

    • Thank you. Good one … I do remember them as Larry and Andy. Well, I understand they officially changed their names, so we can use the new ones. Whether one or both brothers were motivated by Cultural Marxism is for them to answer. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Matrix, but many of the dialogues are excellent, and the parallels so good, it was hard to resist.

  • Jackson Black

    Brilliant! You do such good work.

  • Stanley L Cates

    Wow – what I have been trying to tell my democrat friends who drink in Obama’s trough.

    • Thank you. But they will call it a conspiracy theory unless they are truly wanting to understand.

      • Stanley L Cates

        That’s the problem. Most live in their lifestyle bubble, and rarely look around. Their happy space must be disturbed before the get curious.

  • Stanley L Cates

    Have to revisit this great piece every month. Hoping for the Trump era to end the Obama experiment with pigmentation politics.

  • DatBus

    That was GREAT. I wish someone in the Black Community would educate us about this poison. I grew up surrounded by these marxist nutjobs in Oakland and its even worse now. It’s so ironic that Black Americans place more value on cultural marxism than freedom. It’s EVERYWHERE and to speak against it is guaranteed rejection and attack.

  • Rolando Albrici

    And that is what is happening. Obsolete PHILOSOPHY meets modern BIOLOGY. Biology, that which most Liberals are clueless about.