The Progressivist Left is getting very worried; their opponents are contesting the Cultural Marxism theoretical paradigm within which the Left’s ideology and much of their political activism are framed.
Consequently, they are now denouncing anyone who uses the term as far-right extremists and are even denying that anything called Cultural Marxism exists. …
There is … now an extensive Wikipedia entry for ‘Cultural Marxism Conspiracy Theory’, but no entry on Cultural Marxism, as such, presumably because that would imply it did have some form of existence. The ‘conspiracy theory’ entry verges on the hysterical:
Cultural Marxism is a far-right antisemitic conspiracy theory which claims Western Marxism as the basis of continuing academic and intellectual efforts to subvert Western culture. The theory claims that an elite of Marxist theorists and Frankfurt School intellectuals are subverting Western society with a Culture War. [The theory] is promoted by right-wing politicians, fundamentalist religious leaders, political commentators in mainstream print and television media, and white supremacist terrorists.
The entry then goes on to associate anyone using the concept of Cultural Marxism with Nazism, fascism, racism, antisemitism, the alt-right, the radical right, QAnon, the Illuminati, cultural bolshevism, religious fundamentalists, white supremacists, paleoconservatives, Neo-Nazis, terrorism, the Norwegian mass murderer, Anders Breivik, and to “a neo-Nazi child sex offender”. The entry is particularly eager to portray those who use the concept as violent anti-Semites, providing links to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Judeo-Masonic conspiracy theories, the blood libel, and even well-poisoning!
Predictably, the entry re-assures readers, “scholarly analysis of the conspiracy theory has concluded that it has no basis in fact.” Indeed, it insists that Cultural Marxism itself has no reality and is merely a conspiratorial phantasy of the far-right. …
The focus of the left has, since 1990, shifted from the working class to the fringe identity groups (or New Social Movements, NSMs):
This shift from class to NSMs as the focus of mobilization for radical change was predictable.
Viewed historically, it is clear that the modern revolutionary tradition that began with the French Revolution in 1789 has evolved in parallel with changes with its prospective revolutionary base…
During the period of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions and up to WWII, this was considered to be the Industrial Proletariat, in accordance with the economist model, while, during the ‘Long Boom’ of the post-war decades, 1945-75, it became the National Liberation movements of the Third World.
But then the USSR gave up, so their economic arguments just evaporated. The mission continued by different means:
Then came the culturalist shift within Marxism and the Revolutionary Subject was identified with a coalition of various NSMs, e.g., Radical Feminism, Black Power, LGBTI Rights, etc., joined after 9/11 by Islamism, which was interpreted initially not as a medieval form of religious fascism but as an anti-Imperialism NSM, and recently by the BLM NSM in the aftermath of the George Floyd shooting.
The common thread in the last century is the power-hungry left activists, who co-opt and pretend to champion groups in order to gain support. It’s difficult to gainsay the notion that these activists are mendacious parasites who hate western civilization.
hat-tip Stephen Neil