When I took Critical Theory in college (it was a requirement,) the professor said that Cultural Studies was what took over in the universities among Marxists after the fall of the Soviet Union. I watched a dyed in the wool commie professor tell a well-known Queer Theory professor that she was plagiarizing Marx. The phrase “Cultural Marxism” is a perfectly accurate description, and within academia people make no bones about being indebted to the Frankfurt School. Hell, I’ve read my fair share of Marcuse and Adorno, because they’re still being assigned in schools.
I guess no one should be surprised when Lefties are disingenuous, but it’s strange that they would deny the influence of the Frankfurt School on their contemporary thought. Here’s Lee Stranahan’s working definition:
Cultural Marxism is a branch of Marxism advocated by the Frankfurt School of philosophers such as Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse that focuses on cultural factors as agents for social change, as opposed to the traditional Marxist view that focused on economic factors.
Which works for me. Basically, Cultural Marxism uses the class struggle between the bourgeoisie and proletariat as its framework, and substitutes economic class with race, sex, religion, etc. It’s still an oppressor vs. oppressed thing, but the true goal of destroying capitalism, which is always the ultimate goal, is hidden in a humanitarian framework.
The general rule works something like this: the new bourgeoisie is always white, almost always straight, usually male, and not confused about the nature of its private parts. There are bonus points for having money, but it’s not necessary. The proletariat is everyone else, which is why straight white women and white lesbians sometimes fall into the bourgeoisie category.
I’ve picked out an article from one of my Lefty college friends’ Facebook feeds to illustrate what Lefties say to each other when they think no one is looking.
This one is special in that it also brings in psychoanalysis, making it a twofer on discredited theories on human behavior. Here black football player Jonathan Ferrell plays proletariat to a police officer’s bourgeoisie, in much the same way that Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman played similar roles in the media.
Feel free to try this experiment out on any news story, magazine article, novel, short story, or video game. Or anything else. It’s shockingly easy and can get you a Ph.D these days.
If your kids want to major in English or a related field, do yourself, them and society a big favor and slam their heads in a car door a few times.