Trump’s tweeting more gibberish replete with nonsense and continues to tank the economy built by the previous administration. Ever the opportunist, Trump would have signed off on the recent “Justice and Open Debate letter in Harpers if they’d have put it in front of him. He’s defaulted to the same playbook given to him in 2017 about the “deep state” actors et al.
With the pandemic now revealing his incompetence, who could possibly trust Trump to manage anything that would actually benefit the nation. All Trump can do is demonize those who would protect human rights. His racism and now naked incompetence, continues to be propped up by toadies, particularly the ones he’s now freeing from prison. And then there’s the whining and the denial. It started in 2017:
The full memo, dated May 2017, is titled “POTUS & Political Warfare.” It provides a sweeping, if at times conspiratorial, view of what it describes as a multi-pronged attack on the Trump White House.
Trump is being attacked, the memo says, because he represents “an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative.” Those threatened by Trump include “‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.”
The reality is that recent events have made racism more vulnerable and their hateful institutions more real. Dissent has now been better organized as the corruption becomes more obvious in their deceit and duplicity. Trump can barely parrot the recoded tropes from Stephen Miller, among others.
If anything, Trump advocating the “control” of “cancel culture” resembles red-baiting McCarthyism which reminds us that however ironically, Joe McCarthy’s Roy Cohn mentored Trump. It’s the same paranoid thinking from the 1950s that Trump wants to reimpose. As if removing Confederate statues was a bad thing in terms of de-memorializing slavery.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 11, 2020
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 11, 2020
Weary we are of the same dog whistles of the past decade, made even more difficult by Biden being less of a target for nascent sadopopulists. Trump’s tweets are the worst kind of simplistic blather. But his base loves its pop culture ignorance. It’s the kayfabe of reality TV that mimics TMZ or the NY Post Page Six:
— Sam Rocha (@SamRochadotcom) July 12, 2020
The conspiracy theorists claim that these “cultural Marxists” began to use insidious forms of psychological manipulation to upend the west. Then, when Nazism forced the (mostly Jewish) members of the Frankfurt School to move to America, they had, the story goes, a chance to undermine the culture and values that had sustained the world’s most powerful capitalist nation.
The vogue for the ideas of theorists like Herbert Marcuse and Theodor Adorno in the 1960s counterculture culminated with their acolytes’ occupation of the commanding heights of the most important cultural institutions, from universities to Hollywood studios. There, the conspiracy says, they promoted and even enforced ideas which were intended to destroy traditional Christian values and overthrow free enterprise: feminism, multiculturalism, gay rights and atheism. And this, apparently, is where political correctness came from. I promise you: this is what they really think.
The whole story is transparently barmy. If humanities faculties are really geared to brainwashing students into accepting the postulates of far-left ideology, the composition of western parliaments and presidencies and the roaring success of corporate capitalism suggests they’re doing an astoundingly bad job. Anyone who takes a cool look at the last three decades of politics will think it bizarre that anyone could interpret what’s happened as the triumph of an all-powerful left.
“Cultural Marxism does not exist—not only is the conspiracy theory version false, but there is no intellectual movement by that name”.
This conspiracy theory is associated with American religious fundamentalists and paleoconservatives such as William S. Lind, Pat Buchanan, and Paul Weyrich; but also holds currency among the alt-right, white nationalists, Neo-Nazi organizations, and the neo-reactionary movement. It originated with Michael Minnicino's 1992 essay “New Dark Age: Frankfurt School and 'Political Correctness'”, published in a Lyndon LaRouche movement journal. In 1998, Weyrich presented his version of the Cultural Marxism conspiracy theory in a speech to the Conservative Leadership Conference of the Civitas Institute and then published the speech in his syndicated Culture war letter, wherein the term “Cultural Marxism” is identified as a synonym for political correctness. At Weyrich's request, William S. Lind wrote a short history of his conception of Cultural Marxism for the Free Congress Foundation. Lind defined “Cultural Marxism” as “a brand of Western Marxism…commonly known as 'multiculturalism' or, less formally, Political Correctness”. In the history, Lind identifies the presence of openly gay people on television as proof of Cultural Marxist control over the mass media and claims that Herbert Marcuse considered a coalition of “blacks, students, feminist women, and homosexuals” as a vanguard of cultural revolution.
There’s actually a theory for Trumpian mobster corruption: Racket Theory and it tells the truth about gangster politics such that it explains why the RWNJs would create a conspiracy theory for “cultural marxism”. First rule of kleptocrat club.
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