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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sunny skies - two days in a row! Yes, it is a beautiful day and already the temperatures are in the upper 50's which is about fifteen degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. I should be outside!

I promised that I would say more about the Cancel Culture today and what better way that to just jump in and start blasting. Cancel Culture and the WOKE folk are part of an ideology known as "Cultural Marxism". It sounds sophisticated enough, right? No! I call it more "menacing." For you see, Cultural Marxism is the current rage today among, well, Marxists!

What is Cultural Marxism? In it's simplest definition it is the revolutionary Left's idea that traditional culture is the source of oppression in the modern world. It has nothing to do with the downtrodden laborer or the exploited worker, as was originally espoused by Karl Marx. It is about canceling out the White, Male, Heterosexual, Conservative, Christian, born in the USA person because his privilege. Welcome to the PostModernist version of Communism.

It should be stated at the outset that "Wokeness", which is entirely wrapped up in what has come to be known as the cancel culture, is pure Marxism without the rifles and tanks. No one talks about killing the non-conformist. The cancel culture talks about making it impossible for him to work, to make a living, to have a roof over their heads and to walk in public without having bottles and bricks hurled at the heads.

The old communism, the kind Karl Marx dreamed up, was all about the working class, the sort of blue-collar worker who, ironically, voted for President Trump. But today’s Marxist couldn’t care less about the guy in the hardhat. He had his chance at revolution and blew it. Today’s Marxist is all about race, gender, and transgender rights.  Class is an afterthought. 

To understand this is to understand the Left’s takeover of the college campus and all the ills that takeover has spawned: from MeToo to Black Lives Matter to girls competing against biological boys. But campus culture has now metastasized into the culture of the whole society. As liberal writer Andrew Sullivan has put it: “We all live on campus now.”

Identity Marxism, or better "WOKE Communism" is first and foremost about division. Not just class division, but now race division, gender division, transgender division. Blacks and Latinos are in, whites are out. Women are in, men are out. Gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgenders are in; heterosexuals are out. Illegals are in, native-born citizens are out. 

One may think this is all part of the politics of inclusion, but to think that is to get only half the picture. The point, for the left, is not merely to include but also to exclude.

So, where did this woke communism come from? Meet Herbert Marcuse. 

Born in Berlin in 1898, Marcuse fled Germany at the dawn of the Nazi era. After stints at Columbia, Harvard, and Brandeis, Marcuse moved to California, where he joined the University of California at San Diego in 1965. You’d think that living in a paradise like Southern California with all the comforts and privileges of academic life, might have softened Marcuse’s Marx-like hatred of capitalism. But it was not to be. If anything, the more he prospered the more he wanted to bring the system down.   

He had a problem, however. A big one. Communism didn’t work in America. Life was too good. The working class in the US didn’t aspire to overthrow the existing order, they aspired to own a home. How could you foment revolution without revolutionaries? Classic Marxism had no answer for this. But almost a hundred years after Marx, Marcuse did. The answer was college students. They would be the recruits for what he termed the Great Refusal—the repudiation and overthrow of free market capitalism. 

Conditions were perfect. The students of the sixties were already living in what was in effect a Marxist commune—a university campus. Rather than being grateful to their parents for providing them with this opportunity to learn and study, they were restless and bored. Most importantly they were looking for “meaning,” a form of self-fulfillment that went beyond material gratification.  

Of course, as with all successful social movements, timing was critical. Here Marcuse was very fortunate. The sixties was the decade of the Vietnam War. Students faced the prospect of being drafted. Thus, they had selfish reasons to oppose the conflict. Marcuse and his acolytes turned this selfishness into righteousness by teaching the students that they weren’t draft-dodgers; they were noble resisters who were part of a global struggle for social justice.  

Marcuse portrayed Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Cong as a kind of Third World proletariat, fighting to free themselves from American Imperialism. This represented a transposition of Marxist categories. The new working class were the Vietnamese “freedom fighters.” The evil capitalists were American soldiers serving on behalf of the American government.

Marcuse found, in addition to the students, other groups ripe for the taking. The first was the Black Power movement, which was a militant adjunct to the Civil Rights Movement. The beauty of this group, from Marcuse’s point of view, was that, unlike white students, its members wouldn’t have to be instructed in the art of grievance; blacks had grievances that dated back centuries. Through another Marxist transposition, “blacks” would become the working class, “whites” the capitalist class.  Race, in this analysis, took the place of class.

Another emerging source of disgruntlement was the feminists. Marcuse recognized they too could be taught to see themselves as an oppressed class. This of course would require a further Marxist transposition: “women” would now be viewed as the working class and “men” the capitalist class; the class category would now be shifted to gender.

Marcuse recognized that educating and mobilizing all these groups— the bored students, the aggrieved blacks, and the angry feminists—would take time. But he wasn’t in a hurry. Soon enough the radical students would be the radical professors teaching woke communism to a fresh crop of impressionable recruits.

Over time, Marcuse believed, the university could produce a new type of culture, and that culture would then spill into the larger society to infect primary education, the news media, and entertainment. Even big business, the hated capitalist class, itself, would succumb.

He was right. Woke communism has arrived. It's called "Cultural Marxism" but its end game is to "cancel you out."

Enough said today. I have to go out and enjoy this nice weather. It will be the same tomorrow, but I have to work and -- you know.

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My life is boring. I read, I watch Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. I listen to Andrew Wilkow. I engage in some conversation with those who are willing to listen (they being masochistic and enjoy killing themselves with my banter).

I plan on just laying out the things that bother me and the things I love. Nothing in-between. I hope you find whatever I put here amusing.

Here are the Past Rants:

Mar 3 - Cancel Culture Communism

Mar 2 - Canceling Dr. Seuss? W.T.H?

Mar 1 - TIRED & RETIRED

Feb 28 - Waiting On A Call

Feb 27 - Inflation & Stuff

Feb 26 - "I Wanna Go Back"

Feb 25 - Dems: Come and Get Me!

Feb 24 - My Grandson Chandler

Feb 23 - Refusing to Rant Today

Feb 22 - A Pastoral Frame of Mind

Feb 21 - Facebook Censors Me

Feb 20 - The Globalist's Utopia

Feb 19 - Tolerance and Diversity

All the February Blogs

All the January Blogs

All the December Blogs

All the November Blogs

All the October Blogs