Cultural Marxism

In discussing current events with an historian friend of mine we naturally look back to political events and social schemes for answers as to why our Western culture is under assault and changing so rapidly.

We Americans have had our share of social upheavals and crises—just in my lifetime: the Great Depression, World War II, the ‘Cold War,’ hot, foreign wars in Asia, natural disasters, never-ending racial turmoil, street riots, Islamist attacks in the States, and Middle Eastern wars. But even more disturbing threats deliberately plan to destroy our very culture.

David Kupelian in his 2015 book, The Snapping of the American Mind, has investigated the “bizarre” government and culture that now causes anxiety in millions of Americans: “depression, despair, addiction and self-destruction in a multiplicity of guises.” He writes:

(The) daily roller coaster of scandal and crises, as well as the multiple threats facing the nation during (and often because of) Obama’s presidency, would be daunting enough. But add to them a pervasive and wantonly perverse culture that celebrates mindless narcissism and wild sexuality while openly mocking God, morality, and the over-arching transcendent sacredness of life that preserved our national soul in previous eras. The result is that Americans today are being affected by political and moral chaos in unprecedented and transformative ways.

Most disturbing is that few people understand how this has come about. It didn’t happen by chance or through some naturally evolving process. It was planned and it’s called “cultural Marxism.” William S. Lind, resident historian at the Free Congress Foundation ( describes the history of this movement.

It began in 1919, just after World War I. It’s a branch of western Marxism, but unlike the old Soviet-style that was not popular in Europe or America, it’s now concealed in terms such as “political correctness” and, especially, “multiculturalism.”

When the working class failed to rise up to overthrow capitalism and replace it with communism—as Marx and Lenin predicted they would—Marxist theorists changed their game plan.

Antonio Gramsci in Italy and Georg Lukas in Hungary figured that Western culture and Christianity had to be destroyed if the working class was to accept communism. Lukas who became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the Hungarian Bolshevik Bela Kun government introduced sex education into the public schools. He reasoned that this would destroy Western culture.

In 1923 a group of German Marxists founded an Institute for Social Research at Frankfort University, known as “The Frankfort School.” Their mission was to “translate Marxism from economic into cultural terms.

In the 1950s Herbert Marcuse, an important member of the School, decided that because the white working class would not lead a Marxist revolution a coalition of blacks, students, feminists and homosexuals could form the core for revolution. By that time the Frankfort School had left Germany and established itself in New York City.

Unfortunately for America, these people have been focusing on the destruction of Western culture here for the past 60 or so years. These subversives developed what is called “Critical Theory.” The plan is to criticize every traditional institution, especially the normal family. They have “studies in prejudice.” The tactic is to label all who support Western culture “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobe” or other negatively preconceived, judgmental terms.

Key people in the Frankfort School infiltrated Hollywood during the WWII years. They questioned our traditional ideas of right and wrong and indoctrinated young people with the insidious idea that all beliefs have equal value—sometimes called “moral equivalency.” The modern leftist retort to reason, logic and evidence that refutes their worldview: “Well, that’s only your opinion,” illustrates the point.

Saul Alinsky in his 1971 Rules for Radicals recognized that the new Marxists had to change the culture that opposes them before they could bring about radical societal reform. “It is most important for us who want revolutionary change to understand that revolution must be preceded by reformation.” That reform included the tactic of psychological conditioning.

Mr. Lind writes that “the Frankfort School crossed Marx with Freud.” For example, modern cultural Marxists desperately want to “normalize” sexual deviancy. He explains one way they do this: “They just beam television show after television show into every American home where the only normal-seeming white male is a homosexual.”

Leftist radicals have been selling the American public “corruption disguised as freedom” for decades.

David Kupelian in his 2005 book “The Marketing of Evil” has written—in investigative journalism-style—a devastating revelation of how America has been sold “gay rights”; the “Myth of Church-State Separation”; sex and rebellion to children; “Multicultural Madness”; “The Campaign to Destroy Marriage”; and “Fraudulent Science.”

Other chapters in his book include: “How Radicals Have Hijacked America’s Education System”; “How the Press Creates a World of Illusion We Think is Real”; “How Marketers Sold America on Unrestricted Abortion”; and “The Fall and Rise of American Christianity.”

William Lind concludes his essay on the history of cultural Marxism:

After World War II ended, most members of the Frankfort School went back to Germany. But Herbert Marcuse stayed in America. He took the highly abstract works of other Frankfort School members and repackaged them in ways college students could read and understand. In his book “Eros and Civilization,” he argued that by freeing sex from any restraints, we could elevate the pleasure principle over the reality principle and create a society with no work, only play (Marcuse coined the phrase, “Make love, not war”).

Marcuse also argued for what he called “liberating tolerance,” which he defined as tolerance for all ideas coming from the Left and intolerance for any ideas coming from the Right. In the 1960s, Marcuse became the chief “guru” of the New Left, and he injected the cultural Marxism of the Frankfort School into the baby boom generation, to the point where it is now America’s state ideology.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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