Posted on | September 19, 2013 | 65 Comments
Lee Stranahan has an excellent article about how the Left has attempted to hide the truth about its own ideological history, so that anyone who uses the phrase “Cultural Marxism” to describe the crucial influence of the Frankfurt School (Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, et al.) is accused of being a “conspiracy theorist” or worst:
The charge that discussing the Frankfurt School is anti-Semitic gets raised a number of times by those like the Southern Poverty Law Center wishing the bury the truth, so let’s dispense with it as soon as possible. In short, the Jewish heritage of the Frankfurt school is irrelevant. It’s equally true that the major figures at the Frankfurt School were all Jewish and also that some of the major figures exposing the Frankfurt School such as Andrew Breitbart and David Horowitz are also Jewish. Anti-Semitism is a false, collectivist view that has no more place in any legitimate argument than any other form of actual racism trotted out by tribal mentalities. However, in exactly the same way that it would be invalid to criticize the ideas of the Frankfurt philosophers on the basis of them being Jewish, it’s equally invalid to exempt them from any criticism for that reason.
The SPLC throws in the charge of anti-Semitism in its attempt to hide the truth about the Frankfurt School for one reason; it’s exactly the kind of politically correct smear that is the modus operand of the SPLC throughout their work. It’s no small irony that it’s the exactly the technique made possible by the Frankfurt School ideology.
You should read the whole thing. For the contemporary Left to stigmatize its opponents as Jew-haters is the exact opposite of truth. The Left — what used to be called “the far Left,” or “the extreme Left,” or simply Commies — has always been willing to exploit anti-Semitism when it suits their purposes. And in recent decades, as the Democrat Party has increasingly fallen under control of the Left, you see more and more Democrats aligned with the enemies of Israel, and using the term “neocon” as a sort of dog-whistle code word for “Jews.”
This what I mean when I refer to the “Sirhan Sirhan wing of the Democrat Party.” The increasing dominance of the Left — ideologues who share the dangerous views of extremists like Bill Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright — shares less in common with Bobby Kennedy than they do with his assassin. But try asking anyone under 30 about who assassinated RFK (correct answer: a Palestinian nationalist) or who assassinated John F. Kennedy (correct answer: a pro-Castro communist named Lee Harvey Oswald) and you immediately discover that young people have been taught no facts about history.
The names and motives of Sirhan and Oswald are not obscure bits of trivia, but these facts are deliberately suppressed by the Left (whose control of academia, especially in the humanities and social sciences, is hegemonic) because if young people were taught the truth about history, they would oppose the Left’s worldview and oppose the Left’s policies.
Is it a “conspiracy theory” to say that the Left uses its influence within institutions to advance its own aims? Of course not. In fact, this is the exact opposite of the truth: The Left’s claims of how society works (e.g., that the rich become rich by defrauding and exploiting the poor) is itself a conspiracy theory, as are its constants charges that conservatives are secretly acting from corrupt motives or hateful beliefs.
The Left uses dishonest methods, including false accusations against its enemies, because the Left cannot win if people know the truth.
By the way, Lee Stranahan has resigned from Breitbart.com, making him all least the third person (including Dana Loesch and Mandy Nagy) to exit that organization in recent months.
People have asked me about what this means, and I honestly am unable to explain this phenomenon except to say that this is how news organizations operate. People come and people go, and disagreements between journalists are nothing unusual. I’ve witnessed many a shouting match in the newsroom, and even participated in a few myself. It is probably a mistake to interpret these events as demonstrating anything other than human nature in a stressful industry where strong personalities and strong opinions are by no means a rarity.
So I don’t know what else to say, except good luck to Lee Stranahan, and good luck also to my many friends at Bretibart.com.