The American university is restructuring itself along the lines of Liberal foreign policy in that it seeks to utterly destroy the enemy – in this case, conservatism and nationalism. The strategy depends upon a take-no-prisoner approach that shuns debate and crucifies dissenters in order to turn America into an authoritarian socialist state.
It has become something of a cliché among many American parents to relay stories about the moment when their children return home from their first semester at college. These radicalized youth, exposed to the social justice curriculum of leftist teaching, shock their elders with a sense of shame, anger and guilt not only over their history and country, but, if they happen to be white, their own skin color. As a result, Thanksgiving dinner with our freshly woke offspring has become mission impossible, and with the latest shaming of Jesus Christ it looks as though the yearly ‘White Christmas’ festivities will soon be just as tedious.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; the immediate priority is to survive the current season of discontent, which, following the killing of George Floyd by a white cop, has witnessed violent protests, complete with the toppling of ‘white supremacist’ statues, and a call to defund and disband police forces. It would be premature to blame the current madness on ‘racism in America’ – not nearly as bad as the sensationalist media would have us believe, especially when it is considered that almost 50 percent of the enrollment in Black Lives Matter derives from white members. The far more likely culprit is simply poor policing methods and training. So what is the real source for this outpouring of hatred aimed at ‘the patriarchy’ and ‘white privilege’? It derives directly from our liberal universities, the breeding ground for ‘Cultural Marxism’ that has conquered college campuses with its diabolical message. But what does that term actually mean, and from where did it derive?
A radical arrival
At the height of World War II, a group of social scientists from the Frankfurt School made their way from Nazi Germany to the United States. Much to their dismay, however, they realized that the possibility of triggering a worker’s revolution in their new homeland would be nearly impossible. Americans were simply too content. In the post-war ‘golden age,’ the U.S. middle class, protected from the voracious capitalists by vibrant worker unions and decent factory jobs, was beginning to enjoy the material benefits of capitalism. In other words, the Marxists needed to find a new method for ‘flipping’ the country.
Instead of manipulating the timeless owner-worker schism, capitalism’s Achilles heel, these radical philosopher-revolutionaries from the Frankfurt School (also known as ‘Critical Theory’) devised a ‘philosophy’ to fracture society along its many various cultural lines in order to usurp the capitalist order.
Wendy Brown, professor of political theory at the University of California, Berkeley, explained that the Critical Theory of the new arrivals “exceeded the Marxist emphasis on the realm of production to include language, the psyche, sexuality, aesthetics, reason, and thought itself.”
Speaking about the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse, one of the luminaries of the movement, Brown explained that he undertook to work against “masculinist radical politics” and a “dreamless liberal egalitarianism.”
“This unemancipatory rationality was the terrain that the Frankfurt School worked from every direction, as it upturned the myth Enlightenment reason … attacked positivism as an ideology of capitalism, theorized the revolutionary potential of high art, plumbed the authoritarian ethos and structure of the nuclear family … and took philosophies of aesthetics, reason, and history to places they had never gone before,” Brown wrote.
Reading that line it is not difficult to see where the first seeds of identity politics and political correctness got its start.
Marcuse, in one of his discussions on the subject of the women’s liberation movement, which went on to inflict untold damage on sexual relations, summed up feminism as a “revolt against decaying capitalism.” This is a slight variation on another pithy communist slogan that promised the proletariat would eventually “control the means of production.”
Dress however you please.
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
So where is feminism today, to say nothing about the proletariat? Both have been consumed by the very ideology that gave them birth. Women and their assumed ‘oppressed’ status have served their purpose and have now been displaced by another project of the Cultural Marxists known as the transgender movement. Feminism has come full circle as the females who once heaped criticism on their male ‘oppressors’ are now the subject of scorn by ‘transgender women,’ that is, biological males who now identify as females. The progress that women were making in various fields, like in business and sports, is threatened to be overtaken by transgender women. Now the feminists are in the rather strange position of being forced to align themselves with conservatives in an effort to separate transgender women from biological women in places as diverse as the bathroom and changing facilities to the boardroom.
And woe to anyone who challenges the leftist consensus on the matter. But the main point here is how the Cultural Marxists were so quick to alienate one of their primary ‘clients’ once another victim group arrived on the scene. These purportedly oppressed groups were only used to further alienate and atomize Americans, as well as create additional fissures in society that will ultimately serve the means to the end, which is the destruction of the ‘American way’ in favor of a socialist authoritarian state.
Had the college campuses not been adverse to discussion and debate, they would have possibly been reminded about several critical chapters of American history when the ‘white supremacists’ freed the slaves, granted suffrage to minorities, threw their massive support behind the civil rights movement, as well as endorsing Affirmative Action and the Welfare State. While none of that will ever expunge the stain of slavery from America’s past, it does prove that racism in America is a grossly exaggerated lie, put in motion by individuals and their protégés who have no other wish than to destroy the nation.