Karl du Fresne on the long and constant march of cultural Marxism

Karl du Fresne writes about cultural Marxism and its never-ending long march: Quote:

As an economic model, Marxism stands totally discredited. The few remaining outposts of communist ideology, such as North Korea and Cuba, are economic basket-cases, as well as notoriously repressive.

And of course Marxism?s record has been irrevocably blighted by two of the most monstrous figures in history, Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao ? proud Marxists who carried out mass exterminations without blinking an eye.End quote.??

Don’t forget Venezuela?? another Marxist economic basket case where the only benefit has been the elimination of obesity for everyone except Nicolas Maduro. Quote:

In view of all this, it?s grimly ironic that a form of Marxism not only survives, but is rampant across the democratic Western world.

Some call it cultural Marxism, others neo-Marxism. However you choose to label it, it has perversely triumphed where Marx?s economic theories have deservedly been consigned to the dustbin of history.

Neo-Marxism draws partly on Marxist analysis but is equally influenced by a bunch of twisted 20th century French philosophers. It grows out of the assumption that Western civilisation, and all that goes with it, is fundamentally rotten and therefore must be dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up.

In the cockeyed illogic of the neo-Marxists, we should feel guilt and shame at having inherited a civilisation that has lifted untold millions of people out of poverty and introduced them to democratic government.

Billions have been lifted out of poverty, whereas Marxism has condemned billions to poverty over the 200 years since Karl Marx was born. Quote:

You can see Marx?s influence in neo-Marxism?s hostility to capitalism, its contempt for supposed bourgeois values ? the family, for instance ? and its emphasis on class and division.

But neo-Marxism takes classical Marxist analysis a whole lot further, examining every issue through the lenses not only of class but also of race, gender, sexual identity and any other potential point of difference that can be leveraged into a grievance.

It marches arm-in-arm with identity politics, seeing society not as a cohesive whole, sharing common interests and aspirations, but as a seething mass of oppressed minorities struggling for liberation ? hence the ever-increasing number of aggrieved groups clamouring for special recognition. The result is polarisation and fragmentation. End quote.

Cultural Marxism creates grievances which MUST be redressed once they are they found, or create more grievances. Quote:

Neo-Marxism also sets out to create a sense of continuing economic and social crisis, using this as justification for ever more intrusive state intervention and control. And it seeks to undermine our most basic understanding of human nature and society. How we see and interpret the world is dismissed by neo-Marxists as a social and political construct, a product of our conditioning.

Nothing is fixed, not even the sex we are born with, and nothing has any objective value. Every belief and every value, no matter how soundly based in human experience and observation, is up for attack.

Paradoxically, while the neo-Marxists assail some belief systems as oppressive ? Christianity for example ? they make excuses for others, such as Islam, although it?s infinitely more controlling. But don?t go looking for ideological consistency in neo-Marxism; you?d be wasting your time. End quote.

And you can find the biggest inconsistency in the left-wing’s hostility towards Israel, and their embracing of terrorist organisations who use religion to persecute homosexuals, subjugate women and murder unbelievers. Quote:

It all sounds laughable, but it?s taught in deadly earnest in our universities. Marxism may have been a wretched failure as an economic model, but the German radical Rudi Dutschke realised decades ago that its aims could be pursued by other means.

Inspired by the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci, Dutschke came up with the idea of the ?long march through the institutions?. Drawing an analogy with the famous march by Mao?s Red Army through China in the 1930s, Dutschke envisaged subverting society by infiltrating the institutions of higher learning.

He couldn?t have imagined how successful his stratagem would be. It works by targeting the impressionable young, many of whom have a natural idealistic desire to do the right thing, and few of whom have any knowledge of historic crimes against humanity perpetrated in pursuit of a Marxist utopia. End quote.

More people have died under Marxist ideology than any other. Quote:

And how do the neo-Marxists respond when anyone resists their nihilistic theories? Typically, opposition is howled down as hate speech or met with sneering and ridicule. There?s no room in the neo-Marxist world for dissent or freedom of expression. End quote.

Witness the increasing use of lawfare by academics against anyone who dares to challenge their views. Quote:

The tragedy is that neo-Marxism is triumphing because the institutions of liberal, democratic government are too weak, too na?ve, too complacent or too uncertain of the worth of their own values to put up a fight.

Neo-Marxism has now extended its influence far beyond universities, reaching deep into government, schools, the media, the arts and even the churches. The result is a society that is losing confidence in itself, which is precisely the neo-Marxists? aim ? because a society that has lost confidence in itself is easier to intimidate and control. End quote.

The vacuum is being filled by the very hateful ideologies the cultural Marxists have sought to empower, like Islam.