From Our New Zealand Counterparts comes an excellent post.
Critical Theory– the unrecognised force subverting the West
BY REDBAITER on AUGUST 5, 2015
If you’re opposed to the attempted tyranny of the Progressives, then you need to understand the concept of “Critical Theory”.
I should have paid it more attention myself. Like Fabian socialism, or Socialist Internationale, its a powerful force that does much to affect change but lies below the surface of the political battle. Like Cultural Marxism, its even in most cases completely unrecognised by its main proponents, who act according to its rules without understanding where the main push is coming from.
Critical Theory is actually a cousin to Cultural Marxism. As the latter camouflages itself in so many ways, so is Critical Theory unseen as it really is, but its actually been pumped into mainstream western thinking by left wing academics for decade after decade, and the fractured and decaying societies we see today are the result. There is virtually no one in the last thirty or fourty years who hasn’t suffered some degree of indoctrination in Critical Theory either in public and private schools, or in universities throughout the West. Those smart enough to resist indoctrination have not succumbed. Unfortunately, a very large part of our society has yielded to this evil and we pay a heavy social and political price for this infection.
What is Critical Theory? In simple terms its the need to criticise everything possible concerning our traditional society. This is not to say that everything in society before the evolution of Critical Theory was perfect. A civilised society will improve itself as time goes by. T9hat’s not the point of Critical Theory. The real aim of this corrosive ideology is the gradual destruction of our traditional society. Is must be razed so that it can be rebuilt as the Progressives want.
Those led mostly unknowingly into following this corrosive thought pattern are also in the same unknowing way completely ignorant of any counter arguments. Notice how much criticism there is of our traditions today? If you listened to the Progressives we’ve been doing everything wrong for centuries and in a complete inversion of reality, the white civilized man is now the author of all of the world’s misfortunes. There’s nothing good. Its all bad.
Allegations of racism are for a variety of reasons currently rife across the western world, and this is a good illustration of how Critical Theory works. Take NZ for example. Youth have been told for decades now that what happened to NZ when it became part of the British empire was a terrible injustice. We should all be deeply ashamed of what happened at that time and in ensuing events. Most Progressives firmly identify with this position. Its why we have the Waitangi Tribunal and millions of dollars in taxpayer’s money being handed out in gross ineptitude as a means to try and allay that shame.
Then there’s the second part. After successfully generating a complete reversal of reality in our minds, the Critical Theorists then ensure that any good that came of that time is buried. History is ignored or perverted to frame what happened as a harm rather than a good. So our traditions and history are made worthless in the eyes of the indoctrinated, and only a new society can provide the solution. Not only was there no good in our past, it was simultaneously all evil.
If you just stand back and take in the wide view for a moment, the horror of the whole scenario becomes apparent. Our societies have been deeply infected by this disease. Critical Theory is rampant. Among other allegations- Our societies are unequal, they’re racist, they’re sexist, women are subjugated to men, men are responsible for family violence. Homosexuals, transsexuals and every other damn gender are subjugated and treated unfairly. Immigrants are victimised. We’re destroying the planet to the extent we’re even responsible for bad weather. We’re war mongers. We support a destructive system in capitalism. Our democracies are unrepresentative. The rich are exploiting the poor. The West is exploiting the under-developed countries. We’re mercilessly killing our wildlife. Driving numerous species to extinction. We’re driving barbarians to justifiably attack us. These are just a few examples off the top of my head. The criticism actually runs much much deeper and wider.
All of these criticism are happening not because the subject problems exist in any reality, but because of the infection of “Critical Theory” that is rampant in our societies today. Implanted there by a politically corrupted education system that works at primary secondary and tertiary level to infect the brains of our youth with this destructive ideology. Working hand in hand with Cultural Marxism to corrode our Western societies from the inside.
I urge all who find this subject interesting to research it. In the most cases, parties that claim to be Conservative appear powerless to stop it. Because we do not identify and isolate the enemy or the weapons he uses.
If the Progressives are to be stopped in their march toward their new utopian tyranny, then we must understand their strategies. If you already know of and understand Cultural Marxism, then you should also know and understand “Critical Theory”. I’ll finish with a passage on this subject from Bill Lind, from an article on Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness on his site “Accuracy in Academia”
“The stuff we’ve been hearing about this morning – the radical feminism, the women’s studies departments, the gay studies departments, the black studies departments – all these things are branches of Critical Theory. What the Frankfurt School essentially does is draw on both Marx and Freud in the 1930s to create this theory called Critical Theory. The term is ingenious because you’re tempted to ask, “What is the theory?” The theory is to criticize.
The theory is that the way to bring down Western culture and the capitalist order is not to lay down an alternative. They explicitly refuse to do that. They say it can’t be done, that we can’t imagine what a free society would look like (their definition of a free society). As long as we’re living under repression – the repression of a capitalistic economic order which creates (in their theory) the Freudian condition, the conditions that Freud describes in individuals of repression – we can’t even imagine it. What Critical Theory is about is simply criticizing. It calls for the most destructive criticism possible, in every possible way, designed to bring the current order down. And, of course, when we hear from the feminists that the whole of society is just out to get women and so on, that kind of criticism is a derivative of Critical Theory. It is all coming from the 1930s, not the 1960s.”
Read more here- Bill Lind, The Origins Of Political Correctness
And here- Politically Short, Cultural Marxism
Interesting and actually fairly dead on as to timing. I had not heard this term before as I have been out of university more than a little too long. However, if you follow timelines back, this was certainly a pivotal period for the world. It was the period when most modern “isms” were born from out of the ranks of the angry mobs of suppressed and oppressed.
We in the Sixties were a product of people who formed these ideologies and in turn began to pass them along refining, planning, and indoctrinating in enclaves of protected university professors and political leaders. I can recall at my small university just such mentors and fringe professors though in that area of the country such radical behavior was frowned upon and the person asked to leave the staff.
I see many examples in online reports, blogs, and media where the lessons learned are ruining students and morphing them into sheep following these same “criticisms”, often without rhyme or reason. Now it’s being taught in preschool. Recent information posted on nonmainstream sites warns certain textbook writers and universities are calling for a complete rewriting of history at all education age levels.
Each generation since the 1930’s bears blame, like an avalanche picks up speed and destructive force, these ideas have been multiplying unchecked until now. This malignant desecration can no longer be ignored but must be dealt with. “Animal Farm” can not exist within any society for long before the chaos consumes the entire world.