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The Left Suppresses Its Own History

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, 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




65 Responses to “The Left Suppresses Its Own History”

  1. Stephen Hamilton
    September 19th, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Ah, I see you’ve read Libertarian blogs, and thus, are completely uneducated on the subject of NeoConservatism. I’ll give you a pass on that, and offer a true historical aspect. No, they were not Wilson supporters, the term did not eve come into use until much later. And yes, the Krytols certainly took on the mantle of neoConservatism, but that is about the only thing you have gotten right. it’s interesting that while you rail against the NeoCons, you espouse instead the theories of the left, of the liberals that NeoCons actually fight against. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Libertarianism (Objectivism)..or what I like to call “Me First, screw you later”ism teaches that the chief end of man is…himself, and therfore is beholding to no one else. But this is not what our founders taught us, not what they believed, not what NeoCOns believe. So feel free to spout off about that which you obviously know so little, and I’ll keep thanking those NeoCons that have served our country so well, kept us safe, and yes, taken the battle where it should be taken…hey, sometimes even for oil (or economics if you prefer that term).

  2. ChandlersGhost
    September 19th, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    It means heteropatriarchal.

  3. Becca Lower
    September 19th, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    Breitbart is here then. 🙂

  4. Fareedi al Laayla al Qakhaul
    September 19th, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    Reckon I’m in the right place!

  5. Regular Right Guy
    September 20th, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    You know how a word’s right there on the tip of your tongue…?

  6. Regular Right Guy
    September 20th, 2013 @ 12:47 am

    Mm-hmm. A likely story.

  7. K-Bob
    September 20th, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    Apparently, being a Neo-Con means giving up all use of paragraph form.

  8. K-Bob
    September 20th, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    Yes. It’s like a magic pill: join the left, instant intellectual!

  9. asideofbacon
    September 20th, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    “The Left uses dishonest methods–false accusations–the Left cannot win if people know the truth.” –via @rsmccain

  10. Quartermaster
    September 20th, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    No, I don’t read Libertarian blogs. haven’t even read Reason in years. I just know the actual history of the neocon movement which now is returning to their actual roots in the Dimocrat party.
    If you want to be that sort of man, feel free. Just don’t expect the rest of us to follow your Pied Piper.

  11. Bob Belvedere
    September 20th, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Except that the pill in question is a combo of Angel Dust and LSD.

  12. Quartermaster
    September 20th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    We’re seeing the same over at NRO, and in just the last few days, I’m seeing it on The Washington Examiner site. They seem to have mods that share the same leftist viewpoint and allow libtards to dominate, but you can’t use anything like the same language with them as they allow the libtards. Both places are disgusting.

  13. rmnixondeceased
    September 20th, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    Check your email please …

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