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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Cultural Marxism and the Future of the West



Cultural Marxism represents a concerted and sustained attempted to subvert and destroy Judeo Christianity and the Western civilisation that is in large part a product of Judeo Christianity. Its ultimate objective is cultural genocide and the marginalisation of indigenous European races. These are not my conclusions. Rather they are the stated aims of the founders, intellectual fathers, and key proponents of cultural Marxism.[1]

In quotes:

The revolution won’t happen with guns, rather it will happen year by year, generation by generation. We will gradually infiltrate their educational institutions and political offices, transforming them slowly into Marxist entities as we move towards universal egalitarianism. – Mark Horkheimer

The Western world has been thoroughly saturated with Christianity for 2000 yearsany country grounded in Judaeo-Christian values cannot therefore be overthrown until those roots are cut…but to cut the roots, to change the culture – a Long March through the institutions is necessary. Only then will power fall into our laps like ripened fruit! – Antonio Gramsci

…to organise the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilisation stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose a dictatorship of the proletariat. – Willi Munzenberg

What Cultural Marxists Believe

Cultural Marxists believe that, congruent with Darwin’s theory of evolution, order arises spontaneously out of chaos. The destruction of the current organism, Western civilisation, is necessary for the future organism to emerge. The all powerful, all good, and all knowing State will arise from the ashes of our civilisation to shepherd humanity to the next stage of human social evolution – one which transcends and leaves behind outdated concepts such as gender, marriage, family, race, nation, faith, individuality, and capitalism. This belief has continued with minor variation from the early 20th century until now. It is represented in quotations in appendices one.

Importantly, cultural Marxism is not an odd historical relic but a very active political movement with many names operating on multiple fronts. At the time of writing the 10th International Critical Theory [aka cultural Marxism] Conference was taking place in Rome[2].

Cultural Marxism is the underlying force behind:

  • parenting philosophies that remove the authority of parents
  • various strands of radical feminism
  • the radical abortion agenda
  • the promotion of pornography
  • transgenderism ideology
  • the campaign to normalise aberrant lifestyles
  • legalisation of drugs
  • gay marriage
  • Islamisation
  • extreme immigration/open border policies
  • creation of politically motivated crimes such as ‘hate speech’ for expressing normal opinions
  • academic censorship
  • government censorship
  • the anti-Russian agenda[3]
  • anti-male sexism
  • anti-white racism
  • the intrusion of the State into every aspect of life

‘Political Correctness’ is the shorthand term for different aspects of cultural Marxism. The purpose of these agendas is not the agendas themselves, but the tearing down of the existing order to make way for the new order. What the new order will look like is not entirely clear, but our best historical reference would be Mao’s cultural revolution in China which sought to destroy traditional Chinese culture and replace it with the infallible State. In that revolution an estimated 40 million people died as a result of State policies. Innumerable others were tortured, imprisoned, or exiled for simply being who they were.

Origins of Cultural Marxism

Cultural Marxism arose because of the evident falsehood of Marx’ prediction that the workers would rise up in a violent rebellion against the capitalist class in Europe and America. It was this cognitive dissonance that led thinkers such as Antonia Gramsci to re-think the Marxist dialectic. Rather than seeing the struggle in economic terms, Gramsci re-framed the struggle in social terms. In this mode of thinking, capitalism could not be overthrown until all the social relations which were considered beneficial towards capitalism, were overthrown. This demanded a complete tearing down of the existing social order; specifically gender relations, sexual norms, faith, trust in authority, and national sentiment.  Gramsci was imprisoned by Mussolini and died in jail. His baton was taken up by philosophers of the ‘Frankfurt school’ at Frankfurt University in Germany in the 1930’s. Key thinkers included Theadore Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Mercuse. Their collective efforts are known today as ‘Critical Theory’. As atheist Jews, their continued existence at Frankfurt University became untenable and they moved to the United States. There they laid the groundwork for the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960’s in fulfilment of Gramisci’s original vision.

The significance of this short history is that the social unravelling that took shape as the post war generation was entering college was not coincidental; rather it was planned.

Strategies of Cultural Marxism


Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left… it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as word. – Herbert Marcuse – from is essay Repressive Tolerance.

Based on communist writings of the 1920s and 1930s cultural Marxists adopted the following 13 specific strategies to demoralise and tear down the host society:

  1. Mass immigration and one-sided race offences to destroy identity and social cohesion
  2. Attacking love of nation or race as pathological and criminal
  3. Encouraging rebellion against any form of authority (except their own)
  4. Removal of parental authority
  5. Destruction of the family as being mother, father and children
  6. Encouraging promiscuity and aberrant lifestyles
  7. Teaching homosexuality and promiscuity to children
  8. Promoting drug and alcohol addiction
  9. Promoting militant atheism to marginalise faith
  10. Dumbing down state education
  11. Mass censorship
  12. Economic dependency on the State
  13. Dividing society along as many lines as possible – worker against employee, women against men, queer against straight, black against white, etc.[4]

‘Political Correctness’ is a short hand term for these strategies. For an insight into tactical organisation and strategy see Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals 1971. 

Had this agenda been announced publicly to the world at large it would have been rejected in the 1950’s. Marxists therefore adopted an intergenerational strategy of cultural subversion focussed on capturing the minds of the post war generation. They presented their agenda as progressive academic theory. This is known as ‘critical theory’ because it relentlessly ‘criticises’ or deconstructs the existing order. Once the theory became accepted in Western academia it made its way rapidly into the liberal arts curriculum and into state schools. Once established in the minds of thought leaders of the post war generation it could then inform and animate a raft of social change movements.  The ‘Safe Schools (sic) Program’ is the latest manifestation of cultural Marxism in public schools.[5]

Why these Strategies have been Effective

It would be easy to list reams of statistics from male suicide rates, to rates of STDs, to fatherlessness, that bear stark witness to the effectiveness of these strategies. However, this should already be well known since even a cursory examination of Western societies in 1950 compared to 2000 is sufficient.  How could a small number of depressive atheist philosophers from Germany have so effectively damaged our civilisation in one lifetime?

The extant critical literature on cultural Marxism has failed to answer that question, but an answer is needed. Having spent 10 years working with activists on the social left the answer, to this author, is clear. Cultural Marxism succeeded because:

  1. It promises a messianic form of secular salvation
  2. It attracts fanatics
  3. It attaches itself to legitimate grievances

It gained a ‘foot in the door’ because the establishment church and conservatives of the 1950s and 1960s were disinterested in, or actively opposed to, several key social causes – gay rights, women’s rights, and worker’s rights.[6] The establishment failed to denounce militarism, and could not advance a constructive sexual ethic for the post contraceptive generation. This created ‘space’ for cultural subversives to attach themselves to legitimate social grievances and aspirations and radicalise them. Having found this strategy to be effective, cultural subversives then infiltrated other social movements including the church[7], NGOs, and the civic institutions of society. Once subverted, otherwise legitimate social movements were used to engender social conflict. The outcome of each conflict would be a compromise that moved society further to the left. This is known as a ‘Hegelian dialectic’ because it was first described by the German philosopher Hegel. This strategy was adopted with great effectiveness by the gay liberation movement, which used it with remarkable cynicism. An analysis of their campaign is found here.

Thus for example, campaigns for women’s rights became an attack on fatherhood[8]. The personal and social difficulties experienced by a very small number of genuinely transgender individuals became a reason to teach primary school children that there is no such thing as gender.[9] The desire of some homosexual people to have their relationships recognised became a ‘no-holds barred’ assault on religious freedom. Environmental concerns became a reason to advocate de-industrialisation, one world government and the abolition of private property.[10] In this way, legitimate issues and concerns are subverted as tools to divide and weaken society.

In this, cultural Marxists were greatly assisted by the Soviet Union. It is not widely understood today that 85 per cent of the budget of the KGB was spent, not on traditional espionage, but on cultural subversion. While differing in ideology, cultural Marxists and the KGB shared a common goal of bringing Western societies to a state of ‘demoralisation’ or chaos as a precursor to the creation of a Marxist society. Social ‘progressives’ were (and are) animated by a woolly notion of a fairer and better society in which patriarchy and capitalism would be tamed or extinguished. The KGB regarded ‘progressives’ as “useful idiots” who would be shot once a Marxist-Leninist state was established.[11] Either way, by the time the Russian people finally overthrew the Soviet Union and sacked the KGB, the process of demoralisation in the West had begun in earnest. The students of Marcuse and Adorno and their disciples were now in key positions in government, the media, and academia, with deep roots in the social democratic parties of the West.[12] Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama were personally mentored by cultural Marxist activists, and implemented much of their 13 point plan when in office.[13]

Thus, when a normal citizen wakes up and finds that their young children are being taught homosexuality in school, their suburbs have been taken over by another race that is culturally incompatible, political parties are hostile or indifferent to their values, and stating evident truths is illegal, they should not be surprised. This is merely the opening stages of the processes of demoralisation which was described by critical theory and weaponised by the KGB.

The Marx / Muslim Connection

2017 saw the spectacle of white American feminists protesting Trump’s alleged misogyny by wearing ‘pussy hats’ while kneeling in the street to an Islamic recitation in solidarity with legal and illegal Muslim migrants.[14] To the uninitiated this defies all logic. However, logic has nothing to do with social Marxism which deconstructs logic anyway. Let me explain. While Marxists and radical Islamists might appear to be natural enemies, they have three important things in common:

  1. A desire to infiltrate and ultimately overthrow the current society, government and constitution[15]
  2. A pathological hatred of Christians and Jews, and of Judeo Christian culture
  3. A doctrine of deception which considers anything moral that advances the cause

For leftists who believe their own propaganda, all people are innately good, thus all Muslims are innately good, therefore terrorism, mass rape or other criminal conduct must be the fault of the host society. For their part, Muslims are simply using the left as ‘useful idiots’ to provide political and legal cover for mass immigration and Islamisation. How leftists are treaded in Muslim countries today is a clear indication of their future should demographic trends reach a tipping point. While leftists seem unable to make the obvious connections, true Marxists believe that radical Islam can be both weaponised and contained.[16]

While most people see the nexus between the left and Muslim migrants as a case of the naive helping the opportunistic, there is a deeper geopolitical aspect. The relationship between Islamist organisations and the US and British secret services date from the 1950’s. The Bush family has had a close relationship with Islamic terrorists since the 1980’s and the Clinton’s have had a close relationship with Islamic terrorists since at least the 1990’s. Islamisation in Europe is a direct and intentional outcome of Hillary Clinton’s policy in Libya and Syria. When the current President tried to moderate this policy, elements within the security establishment began actively working against him using assets within the media.[17] The entire Western security apparatus has failed to stop the Gulen network, which is legal, public, and seeks to create Islamic governments across the world. The network operates and benefits from hundreds of educational institutions and businesses across 110 countries, and is a major donor to the US Democratic Party.[18] It has enormous power within Turkey, which, as a NATO member, is the open door for the Islamic invasion of Europe. It is likely in the near future, that cultural Marxists will ally with Islamists to physically supress or eliminate patriotic elements within Western societies.

Political Islam and Marxism are both totalitarian creeds and both see their future opportunity for power arising from the ashes of a broken and demoralised West. The current marriage of convenience therefore makes sense on the basis that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, the enemy in this instance being normal patriotic citizens with traditional cultural values.

Following is a quote from Mr Gulen. Note the similarity to the previous quotes from Marxists:

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions…

It follows that pushing back against cultural Marxism ipso facto weakens the hands of the Islamists.

The flip side of mass Islamic immigration is that many migrants have conservative social values and completely reject cultural Marxism. This reached the state of high farce in Australia where the Islamic community allied with the Christian right and voted against homosexual marriage en mass to such an extent that the ‘no’ vote was 75 per cent in Muslim dominated electorates in Western Sydney. Left leaning journalists (of the ABC) were terminally incapable of admitting that ‘their’ migrants had voted against ‘their’ gay rights policy and tried to blame the result on private schooling.

Since the Islamic community is diverse and complex there will be multiple contradictions, and alliances between both the left and the right.

The Fatal Flaw

The deep flaw in social Marxism is that it attacks a foundational human need – the need for identity, and replaces it with alienation. This is unsurprising since Marx himself was a deeply alienated individual. He wrote about alienation and projected his personal dissonance onto capitalism. Indeed, only a deeply alienated individual could seek to destroy the society that birthed and nurtured them. Social Marxism at best offers a temporary and conditional social belonging that is predicated entirely on group hostility toward ‘the other’. Cultural Marxism both creates and feeds off alienation. The cycle of hatred and alienation is unending, dividing society into ever smaller hostile groups. So for example, when fatherhood is marginalised a generation is alienated. An alienated generation is more easily recruited to the cause. A generation lacking connection is also more easily provoked to political violence. Thus, while cultural Marxism offers liberation, it delivers only conflict and misery. It will ultimately fail. The only issue is whether it will cause the West to fail too.




Communism Revisited – Old Ideas in New Heads


Editor Comments: Saul Alinsky was a community organiser and life-long friend of and mentor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. He was a social democrat whose book Rules for Radicals is a seminal and amoral technical account of how to get power for the ‘have-nots’. The following are quotes.

Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals 1971


Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.


"Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people [Ed - ‘demoralisation’ in KGB parlance’]. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system…"

"Men will act when they are convinced that their cause is 100 per cent on the side of the angels and that the opposition are 100 per cent on the side of the devil. He knows that there can be no action until issues are polarized to this degree."

"To attempt to operate on a good-will rather than on a power basis would be to attempt something that the world has not yet experienced."

"The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it" [Ed - as with the current attacks on President Trump].



Editor Comments: Foster, a hard core communist, sets out the stages of revolution from socialist to capitalist, to the gradual destruction of the culture, to the subversion of democracy, and then the creation of a totalitarian State. In the new State, faith is no longer tolerated and “reactionary classes” such as Christians and business owners are “eliminated”. Finally, the State itself is taken-over by a global dictatorship that sees all nations destroyed and humanity as a single polyglot. In Foster’s progression, we are now at the stage of destruction of the culture and subversion of democracy.  Note the approach to education, sex and religion.

William Z Foster Towards a Soviet America 1932

Between capitalist and Communist society there lies a period of revolutionary transformation from the former to the latter.

At this lower stage Communist society only just emerges from capitalist society and bears all the economic, ethical and intellectual birthmarks it has inherited from the society from whose womb it is just emerging… Being the product of a definite level of productive forces, they will disappear as rapidly … the dictatorship of the proletariat will produce a whole series of restrictions of liberty in the case of the oppressors, exploiters and capitalists…Only then will be possible and will be realized a really full democracy, a democracy without any exceptions. And only then will democracy itself begin to wither away…

In the U.S.S.R., as part of the general cultural revolution, religion is being liquidated. Religion, which Marx called, “the opium of the people,” has been a basic part of every system of exploitation that has afflicted humanity… Religion is the sworn enemy of liberty, education, science.

Such a monstrous system of dupery and exploitation is totally foreign to a Socialist society; firstly, because there is no exploited class to be demoralized by religion; secondly, because its childish tissue of superstition is impossible in a society founded upon Marxian materialism; and thirdly, because its slavish moral system is out of place, the new Communist moral code developing naturally upon the basis of the new modes of production and exchange.

Religion is now in deep crisis throughout the capitalist world. The quarrels between “modernists” and “fundamentalists” in American churches are one form of this crisis. Religion, born in a primitive world, finds it extremely difficult to survive in a world of industry and great cities… In the U.S.S.R., as it must be in any Socialist country, religion dies out in the midst of the growing culture. As the factories and schools open the churches close.

Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are the following; the schools, colleges and universities will be coordinated and grouped under the National Department of Education and its state and local branches. The studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic and other features of the bourgeois ideology. The students will be taught on the basis of Marxian dialectical materialism, internationalism and the general ethics of the new Socialist society. Present obsolete methods of teaching will be superseded by a scientific pedagogy.

The churches will remain free to continue their services, but their special tax and other privileges will be liquidated. Their buildings will revert to the State. Religious schools will be abolished and organized religious training for minors prohibited. Freedom will be established for anti-religious propaganda.

The whole basis and organization of capitalist science will be revolutionized. Science will become materialistic, hence truly scientific; God will be banished from the laboratories as well as from the schools.

The future Communist society will be Stateless. With private property in industry and land abolished (but, of course, not in articles of personal use), with exploitation of the toilers ended, and with the capitalist class finally defeated and all classes liquidated, there will then be no further need for the State.

A Communist world will be a unified, organized world. …. In such a society there will be no tariffs or the many other barriers erected by capitalism against a free world interchange of goods. The raw material supplies of the world will be at the disposition of the peoples of the world.

Politically, the world will be organized. There will be no colonies, no “spheres of influence,” no hypocritical “open doors.”

Once the power of the bourgeoisie is broken internationally and its States destroyed, the world Soviet Union will develop towards a scientific administration of things, as Engels describes. There will be no place for the present narrow patriotism, the bigoted nationalist chauvinism that serves so well the capitalist war makers.

[1] For a short and helpful summary of cultural Marxism see here: https://youtu.be/xnqIj8C2Aek
[3] President Putin has publicly rejected cultural Marxism and official Russian policies reflect this. This is one of the key reasons for the current propaganda hate campaign directed towards Russia in general and Mr Putin in particular.
[4] This is my summation. A more comprehensive list is included in appendices one.
[5] A co-founder the program in Australia is Roz Ward who is on record as stated that the program “is not about bullying” (https://youtu.be/egefPQOppl4)  and that gender identity is a product of capitalism (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/miranda-devine-marxist-agenda-a-red-flag-for-not-so-safe-schools/news-story/7e1ee74bd8b682f188333828ce5e374e.) Ms Ward received an honourable mention in the 2016 annual report of Equal Opportunity Tasmania.
[6] Note that they were not opposed to environmental causes or to civil rights. Ground breaking reforms such as removal of segregation, the US Wilderness Act, and creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, occurred with bi-partisan support in the three decades after 1950.
[7] See further: Liberation Theology
[8] The ‘Promise Keepers’ movement has been described as ‘The greatest threat to women’s rights in America’
[9] See further the ‘Safe Schools Program’.
[10] See further: ‘Agenda 21’ and the ‘Lima Declaration’
[11] For a detailed and comprehensive explanation see KGB defector Yuri Brezmenov’s 1984 lecture here: https://youtu.be/5gnpCqsXE8g
[12] The current Critical Theory Conference refers to the “third generation” of cultural Marxists.
[13] Saul Alinsky was a lifelong friend and mentor to Hillary Clinton. Alinsky trained activists trained a young Barack Obama. See further: http://www.discovery.org/a/24921 Obama’s personal and family connections included an extensive network of Communists of Communist sympathisers. See further: http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/obamas-top-adviser-valerie-jarrett-her-dad-maternal-grandpa-and-father-law
[15] The Gulen network is an example of this. Mr Gulen is an Islamist who operates a global network focussed on Turkey. He resides in the United States and backed Hillary Clinton for President.
[16] They have this in common with the Western security establishment and the Neo Conservative network which engineered the current catastrophe in Syria and Libya and the refugee crisis in Europe.
[17] Notably the Washington Post, New York Times, and CNN – also known as the Clinton News Network. See further: http://3ptraining.com.au/infowars/us-psychological-operations-now-and-then/

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