Today thought crimes are being considered for possible prosecution and our First Lady encourages college students to spy on their parents and report incorrect actions and speech.
What is this totalitarianism we have encroaching on our freedom? It is called “Political Correctness” and its roots follow a progression of Marxist Theory.
Many of us laugh at the presumptions of political correctness; especially since the phrase originated in a comic strip and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious; actually, it’s deadly serious.
“Uncommon Differences”, The Lion and the Unicorn Journal
The term “politically correct” was used disparagingly, to refer to someone whose loyalty to the CP line overrode compassion, and led to bad politics. It was used by Socialists against Communists, and was meant to separate out Socialists who believed in egalitarian moral ideas from dogmatic Communists who would advocate and defend party positions regardless of their moral substance.
It is the great antithesis of freedom and it spreads like a disease; a disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, Eurasia, Russia, and China. A disease of ideology, political correctness is not funny: political correctness is a deadly plague being unleashed on Western culture.
Examine political correctness analytically and historically, and it becomes obvious, political correctness is Cultural Marxism and Cultural Marxism is the product of expressing the economic theory of Marxism as a cultural theory or the rationalization of why the European proletariat of the WW I era went to war instead of overthrowing the capitalists of Europe. It is not a bastard child of the 60’s hippie culture and the peace movement, this deformed evil child was born as a result of explaining why Marx’s theory was wrong about World War I.
During the mid-19th Century, Karl Marx predicted, in his “Communist Manifesto”, a violent international worker’s revolution, led by the proletariat, if a major war broke out in Europe. Pre-1914 Marxist theory maintained that workers from different countries would reject the war and work together to overthrow capitalism in the industrialized countries of Europe and replace it with International Socialism.
When the workers of Europe marched with nationalistic pride to the trenches, instead of revolting against Capitalism, Marxist intellectuals were bewildered. Marxist Theory was incapable of being wrong; consequently, there had to be some other problem that wasn’t readily apparent. His disciples were desperate to find an excuse for the failure; Cultural Marxism became the rationalization and during the 60’s Cultural Marxism began to evolve into American Political Correctness. Slowly, this new Political Correctness eroded traditional Western values until society confronted the Age of Obama and political correctness became a malignancy, eating away at the heart of traditional Western Culture and our freedoms.
There was a ray of hope and excitement, when the Bolsheviks seized control of Russia, but why didn’t the workers of Europe follow the Bolshevik example?
Why were the workers of Europe fighting each other instead of the capitalists of the world?
After the Armistice, two Marxist intellectuals, Antonio Gramsci in Italy and Georg Lukacs in Hungary, developed similar rationalizations independently, at the same time.
Gramsci an Italian Communist, was arrested during the Fascist reign of Mussolini, in 1926. He was sentenced to twenty years for an alleged plot to assassinate Mussolini. During the trial, when Gramsci was arguing convincingly of his innocence, the prosecutor countered: “We must prevent this brain from functioning for twenty years.”
A weak man with deformities, Gramsci died in prison, but while serving his sentence, he clandestinely wrote “Prison Notebooks” and had his writings smuggled out of prison. The book is basically a tome instructing dedicated Marxists to alter the means or strategy they employ to achieve the Socialist/Marxist Utopia in Western countries. He described and advanced the term hegemony; a term popularized by other Marxists.
Hegemony (UK /hɨˈɡɛməni/ or /ˈhɨdʒɛməni/, US /hɨˈdʒɛməni/ or /ˈhɨdʒɛmoʊni/; Greek: ἡγεμονία hēgemonía, “leadership, rule”) is the political, economic, or military predominance or control of one state over others. In Ancient Greece (8th century BCE – 6th century CE), hegemony denoted the politico–military dominance of a city-state over other city-states. The dominant state is known as the hegemon.
In the 19th century, hegemony came to denote the “Social or cultural predominance or ascendancy; predominance by one group within a society or milieu”. Later, it could be used to mean “a group or regime which exerts undue influence within a society.” Also, it could be used for the geopolitical and the cultural predominance of one country over others; from which was derived hegemonism, as in the idea that the Great Powers meant to establish European hegemony over Asia and Africa.
The Marxist theory of cultural hegemony, associated particularly with Antonio Gramsci, is the idea that the ruling class can manipulate the value system and mores of a society, so that their view becomes the world view (Weltanschauung): in Terry Eagleton’s words, “Gramsci normally uses the word hegemony to mean the ways in which a governing power wins consent to its rule from those it subjugates”. In contrast to authoritarian rule, cultural hegemony “is hegemonic only if those affected by it also consent to and struggle over its common sense”.
Gramsci maintained that capitalism allowed the bourgeoisie absolute power; consequently, the working classes were dominated by the bourgeoisie, thus affecting their aspirations and identity.
He stressed the need for the working class to develop its own culture and morality, and maintained that the oppressed and the intellectuals must identify with the proletariat to destroy the hegemony of the ruling elite.
Noam Chomsky describes Global Hegemony and the new elites who control our current elections and government. The audience doesn’t receive the Leftist pablum they were expecting.
The dominance of the banking industry has produced our bourgeoisie or as Noam Chomsky refers to them, “Masters of the Universe”, i.e. Goldman Sachs and others, who control our elections and our politicians. They have gained more than a threshold of absolute power and with the unfailing support of the media complex, they intend to maintain control by using the strategy of the Cultural Marxist, Political Correctness. Our so-called Capitalist Free Market government has taken this bloody tool of Marxism and has turned it upon the workers to maintain control, and our own freedom-loving countrymen unwittingly make the daily effort to obey the tenets of political correctness and subjugate themselves to be the dupes of our elite bourgeoisie, while the ‘Masters of the Universe” obtain unimaginable wealth and rob the middle class of their wealth, their freedoms, and their future.
Gramsci stated that it depends on the coercion of the masses and resistance against this coercion, whether and when it will result in an application of force. Thus an equilibrium between consent and the application of state violence or force takes the form of corruption.
(… it is difficult to exercise the hegemonic function while the use of force presents too many dangers); that is, the procurement of the antagonist’s or antagonists’ debilitation and paralysis by buying, covertly under normal circumstances, openly in the case of anticipated dangers – their leaders in order to create confusion and disorder among the antagonist ranks.
Gramsci was well versed in history, popular literature, the ideas of intellectuals, Machiavelli, and the Italian Risorgimento (the overthrow of repressive regimes within Italy as a result of the Napoleonic Wars and the reorganization of Italy into a complete modern state).
Culture is redefined in Gramsci’s writing: culture and socialism come together, creating an environment for freedom of thought. Capitalism tends to alienate the working classes from culture, but Gramsci saw each person as a philosopher through participation in culture and through the medium of language. Socialism should embrace culture to nurture intellectuals, provide political education to the workers and further advance the struggle for freedom.
Gramsci defined the distinction between the illusion of justice and the truth of justice. The image justice creates is decadent; an outward flourish of concern, concealing the abuse of power.
Describing the historical insurrections of Europe, Gramsci maintained that modern states exist in an equilibrium. The bourgeoisie remains in power, when the proletariat finds the system flexible enough. Acquisition of power transforms the essence of power differently for the various social classes. The productive classes normally define politics in the traditional sense: the intellectual defines politics as a continuum of rationality. It is these differences in philosophical idealism that can be explained in terms of historic relations. The relevance of history, revolution, and political theory may be used to discern our immediate realm. A consciousness of history is required to create the present. Understanding the past is necessary to interpret our analysis of the present. Breaking the link between the past and the present leaves man unable to comprehend the processes of perception, extension, and revival.
Gramsci’s Cultural Revolution was not to take place through violence, but by education, and through the gradual erosion of the fundamental ideas that undergird western capitalistic societies. Gramsci and others described a new form of “Social Research”. The ideas and concepts of traditional Western Culture would come under attack: the family, marriage, religiosity and sexual norms, and many others. The goal was to destroy the traditions of western societies to achieve the non-violent revolution. Gramsci, was not alone in describing the tactic for destroying Western Culture and in disseminating Cultural Marxism, but he laid the pathway.
It was Lukacs, considered the most brilliant Marxist since the drunken Karl Marx himself, who said, “Who will save us from Western Civilization?” Lukacs, like Gamsci wrote that the great obstacle to a Marxist Utopia is Western civilization.
Lucaks had the chance to test his theory in 1919, when the Hungarian Bolshevik party, Bela Kun, gained control. Lucaks was appointed deputy Commissar for Culture. He immediately introduced sex education into the Hungarian public school curriculum and almost single handedly lost the support of the Hungarian public for the short-lived Bela Kun Communist Party of Hungary.
In 1923, a think tank was initiated and later endowed as an institute, associated with Frankfort University in Germany, by Felix Weil, the wealthy son of a millionaire trader. Converting economic Marxism into Cultural Marxism became the primary goal of the institute. The original name of the institute was the Institute for Marxism, but the intellectuals decided it would be an advantage not to identify themselves as Communists and the institute became the Institute of Social Research. Political Correctness would not be so readily accepted by dupes, fools, and Useful Idiots, if they realized it was a form of Marxism.
Eventually, the institute became the even more innocuous Frankfort School.
Max Horkheimer, considered a renegade Marxist because of infusing Freud into the theory of Marxism, became the director of the Institute in 1930. Moscow declared the Frankfort School academics to be heretics, but Horkheimer managed to describe the evolution of Classical Marxism Marxism to Cultural Marxism and infused them with Freudian Theory. This matrix became known as Critical Theory and inspired radical feminism, women’s studies, gay studies, and black studies.
Of course, the theory lies in the methodology to bring down Western Culture by criticism. They have no alternatives; their argument is that they live under repression and no one can visualize a free society while living under the oppression of capitalism. Critical Theory champions victimology with Freudian Theory through unrelenting criticism.
There were several other members of the Frankfort School who became well-known heroes of the Left: Theodore Adorno, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse. Fromm and Marcuse introduce the sexual element into Political Correctness. Marcuse led interference with his unique societal concept of ‘polymorphous perversity’ his view of the future and he was writing of the need for sexual liberation. Fromm was writing of how masculinity and femininity were not reflections of essential sexual differences, as described by the Romantics, but merely differences in biological functions, in part determined by society. Sex and sexual differences are constructs of society.
We must remember the era and the concurrent rise of the the National Socialists. All of the Frankfurt School members were Marxists and they were all Jews. The Nazis gained control in 1933 and the Frankfurt School was closed. The members fled to New York and the Frankfurt School was reestablished with help from Columbia University in 1933. The focus of the Frankfurt School shifted from Critical Theory and destruction of German culture to Critical Theory and destruction of American society.
After the advent of WW II, some of these intellectuals started working for the government. Herbert Marcuse became a prominent figure in the OSS, forerunner of the CIA, and others, including Horkheimer and Adorno begin working in Hollywood.
The student unrest of the 60’s and the Vietnam War allowed a quantum leap for the Frankfurt School’s strategies of Critical Theory and Political Correctness. The Frankfurt School provided the logic behind draft resistance. Das Kapital was beyond the grasp of the majority of students, but Marcuse provided the impetus for the student rebellion in the form of a book that could be read and understood by intellectual lightweights, “Eros and Civilization”. This book became the bible of the SDS and other reactionary groups. It is subtitled, A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud, but it is covertly based on Marx. The citizen is repressed and plagued with neuroses and other problems because his sexuality is repressed. The libido and eros must be liberated if we are to realize a utopia in the future.; destroy the oppression and we exist in a world of “polymorphous perversity” where you can “Do your own thing,” without the need to work, and play as much as you want.
Make Love Not War
The Baby Boomer generation was coddled and pampered by a generation that had lived through the horror of WW II. They were never supposed to worry about anything and grow up to college educated, and prepared to step into the corporate world, but a wrench was thrown into the gears and they raised a generation led by lazy malcontents and skim milk revolutionaries.
Marcuse appealed to those who were willing to shake off their pampered upbringing and adopt the persona of the homeless hippie: “Do your own thing,” “If it feels good, do it,” and “Make love not War” (Marcuse’s personal contribution) became the mantras for those who were incapable of reading Marx and gullible enough to follow Marcuse. Marcuse defines “liberating tolerance” as intolerance of anything from the Right and complete acceptance of everything from the Left.
We are currently experiencing Obama’s transformation of America into an ideological totalitarian state. Political Correctness has become a governing factor as the Useful Idiots of the Left and the government directed media chastise anyone who speaks out against any of the causes of the Left. We can no longer laugh off Political Correctness as the silliness of effete Liberals or Communists who call themselves Progressives; Political Correction was responsible for the deaths of millions in Russia, China, and Italy, but the prepared Marxists have an answer to these tragedies, their leaders were “imperfect Communists”; unfortunately, the millions who were killed, under the guise of Political Correctness, will find little solace in this meaningless rationalization that hardly qualifies as a platitude.
Educational institutions have become the vehicles of indoctrination of
the orthodoxy of the cultural Marxists; the imposition of Marxist thought and behavior with the student accepting totalitarianism unknowingly and becoming a useful Idiot of the Marxists. Today in America, Marxists have recruited tens of millions of Marxists who struggle daily to become more politically correct and even more tragic, we have teachers who take their indoctrination of students through political correctness as a serious duty without the slightest clue that they are Marxist revolutionaries.
General George Casey, America’s Top Army Officer
“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” Casey said.
Epilogue: Saul Alinsky, the political hero of both Obama and Hillary Clinton wrote the play book or strategy to implement Cultural Marxism, “Rules for Radicals”. His strategy is being used without resistance because our politicians and the public is afraid to speak out with the truth.