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Cultural Marxism

 

 

Walter William’s Profile

 

“Bread and Circuses”: After the Roman Republic, that’s how Rome kept the masses happy. Does Circus ring a bell for you given the state of the American politics today?

To many, Identity Politics is the way to salvation; to others, a three-ring traveling show (race, gender, politics) that’s lost its entertainment appeal. IP disputes have snowballed into fights over our national narrative and the roles of police and national defense.

“Whatever” on the specifics, a Cultural Marxism has crept into Western society since the 1980’s that’s certainly influencing our social unrest. As a result, we all need to understand Cultural Marxism and how it contrasts with Christianity. To Marxists, life is all about economics; to Christians, it’s about one’s relationship with God. That’s the basic difference.

 


 

Our last Member’s Corner post introduced the concept of Cultural Christianity. Of course, today’s post introduces Cultural Marxism. While various versions of Christianity and Marxism do not have to be in conflict, we believe that the mainstream versions of Christianity and Marxism are diametrically opposed.

What’s different now is the extent to which Cultural Marxism has moved from the halls of the Academy and the studios of the Media, where it was harmless, to Mainstreet, USA, where it’s not. It will be increasingly difficult for these two worldviews to exist in the same “social space.”

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Christianity is the largest theistic worldview and Marxism the most influential atheist worldview. Everyone who cares about the West’s future must understand their differences.

 


 

Five of our recent A Journey posts dealt directly with Marxism and the Russian Revolution of 1917, beginning with this one. The four-and-a-quarter page article linked here by Antony Mueller, entitled Cultural Marxism Is the Main Source of Confusion – and It’s Spreading (October 2018), offers a tight explanation of Cultural Marxism and how it grew out of the Russian Revolution, World War I, and World War II and then spread to America.

Marxism “threatened America” throughout the 20th Century during various historical stages. However, when industrial workers rejected international revolution during WW I and II in favor of nationalism, many felt America had dodged a government takeover of free enterprise. The final nail in Marxism’s coffin appeared to be the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc beginning in 1989.

But Marxists redefined their worldview inside the “commanding heights” of American culture by claiming good and proper Marxism (socialism and communism) has never been instituted, China being still a work-in-progress. Granted, there’s an ongoing debate about whether the Scandinavian countries are socialist (we believe not), which brings the definition of socialism into question.

To address a definition of socialism, we offer the two Praxis Circle videos above, featuring Walter Williams.

 


 

We all know the polls indicate socialism is gaining favor in the minds of the Gen Z and Millennial generations, most of whom were not alive in 1989; they have no real time memory of State Socialism. In addition, federal and local law enforcement today tolerates outright challenges to instituted government much more than in the 1950’s and before.

November’s national election should have a big impact on resolving these issues – maybe.

 


 

After reviewing the Mueller article, the logical follow-up question is this: How has Cultural Marxism produced such a forceful impact recently? The article by Larry Taunton linked hereUnderstanding What is Happening in America: A Christian Response (July 2020), connects Cultural Marxism and BLM to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (1971) in a connect-the-dots fashion. We observe that many who may have tended to reject most “conspiracy theories” before 2020 are changing their views now.

While Taunton’s article summarizes Alinsky’s basic rules, we also highly recommend Alinsky’s book itself. It’s short and written in a way that all can understand. After such a read, one could not be confused about what can happen when Cultural Marxism gets organized and funded.

 


 

Our last recommendation is the brand new 24:43 interview shown below between Mark Tooley and Sam Goldman, A Conversation About Cultural Marxism. Mark is the President of Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), and Dr. Goldman is an Associate Professor at George Washington University, both in Washington, DC.

The IRD focuses on Christian orthodoxy and produces an excellent blog, Juicy Ecumenism. It addresses current topics straddling links between Mainline and evangelical issues; it’s extremely informative and even entertaining.

Dr. Goldman offers an overview of Cultural Marxism and its impact today. Importantly, he  cautions that it’s not the sole cause of America’s civil unrest. In a sense, he dials back some of the observations of the Mueller and Taunton articles, suggesting that our civil unrest has many causes – some legitimate in fact and others more ideological – but all coming in a multitude of ways out of the crazy 1960’s.

 

 

In the end, we’re sure Austin Powers would agree with Dr. Goldman and the rest. Carnivals (“carnies”) also scare him. It’s a final reminder: We all need to keep our senses of humor while social distancing and protesting under the tent.

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2021

3 responses on "Cultural Marxism"

  1. Great Article by Taunton. This reminds me of another current issue in America right now with a similar blueprint: the eradication of indigenous traditions and history. While I was OK with re-naming the Redskins (I personally find it racist only because you could not get away with Whiteskins, Blackskins, or Yellowskins), the underlying agenda is to erase indigenous tradition and history– they are simply using the Redskins as an excuse to label any HONORING of Native American tradition racist. This is now on full display as the KC Chiefs have now banned native headdresses, the tomahawk chop, and face paint. This is not about righting moral wrongs, this is about re-writing history and a power grab. The linked article by Larry Taunton lays this out wonderfully. Although I find myself SLIGHTLY left of many positions espoused by Praxis Circle, the culture war has reached a breaking point, and I am on the Right side of that split, even if I do find myself slightly left of Praxis.

    • Glad the post was helpful. So are your comments much appreciated! We’ll see how the NFL does in the future. We don’t think politics mixes well with sports in the fan base or in “entertainment,” for that matter.

      Praxis forces us into binary situations where we must choose. No one would have chosen the carnage that was Shiloh just a year before the battle, especially U.S. Grant. Today is nothing compared to the 1850’s to 1870’s. Sadly, we are losing our historical knowledge and analytical foundation for thinking about history. The terms “Left” and “Right” are political categories manipulated for political gain that present a false dichotomy. These terms are outmoded terms . . . hangovers from the French Revolution era. The very idea of “progress” today is being rendered absurd. Crazy world, as ever!

  2. William Garnett CarsonSeptember 18, 2020 at 5:18 pmReply

    true, the dichotomy is not very useful. Progress is one of the most distorted words in the political realm. However, as Elon Musk recently tweeted “the Left is losing the Middle.” although we understand the paradigm to be very flawed, there is something happening that his Tweet highlights.

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