The Lie Behind “Cultural Marxism” and a message to foolish Republican Nativists

Author: July 29, 2011 12:05 pm

From: http://hiphappy.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/marx-capitalism-collapse/

The term “Cultural Marxism” is used in an attempt keep fear of communism alive and well. It’s not just that people use the term to describe the abhorrent practices like the cultural revolution in China that killed millions of people, it is a term used to attack multiculturalism in the United States.

Like the nativist movements throughout U.S. history that fought to keep the nation pure, meaning White or Northern European (but not Irish), discussions of Cultural Marxism use fear to rile up the poor working class Whites against the impure elements. The historical list of the impure starts with the Irish, then Germans, Southern Europeans, Chinese and today it’s Mexicans and Muslims are the targets of their ire.

Nativists will use all sorts of logical fallacies to promote this fear. Nativists argue that immigrants are hostile to the native culture and their presence ruins their “purity of essence”. However, there is no evidence of cross contamination between recent immigrant cultures and White Europeans that hasn’t been mutually beneficial or at the least, accepted by the dominant White culture. Whites don’t complain when they eat Chinese food or enjoy cheap lettuce and strawberries picked by Mexican and Central American labor; it is only during times of economic crisis or when the most recent immigrants start to succeed and move into previously White (or other powerful ethnic ghetto) dominate areas that they became perceived as threats to the White, Christian, Anglo Saxon culture.

When there is a precipitous rise in the population of a new immigrant group, the dominant group will work to exclude these immigrants using legal means and pass laws against them such as The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the recently passed SB 1070 in Arizona that allows racial profiling at traffic stops. Detentions of legal and illegal immigrants is also prevalent today in Arizona, as it was during the a time of great Chinese immigration of the late 19th Century.  And when legal means to exclude immigrants don’t work, extra-legal means such as arson, lynching, threats and murder will be tried as in the case of burning of Black churches in the South, the attacks on the Labor Party in Norway for supporting immigration and attacks on Muslims in the United States.

“…nativist movements resulted at times when there were major social, economic, or political upheavals taking place in the U.S. It was at these times American nativists would blame recent arriving immigrants or ethnic/religious groups different from their own for the troubles that America was experiencing. As a result, it was not uncommon for racist attitudes to develop against these scapegoats.”  (link)

So when times are tough, working class Whites and other poor look for scapegoats for their troubles. The most recent immigrants have less political and economic power and are thus easier targets for discriminatory laws passed as a reaction to fear. Ultimately, these tactics are used by powerful political and economic elites not because the elites fear immigrants, but as a tool to keep the poor fighting each other. It’s a distraction technique that gets the elite’s staunchest allies, the Republicans, elected.  What Republicans won’t mention when passing racist laws is that large corporations use immigrants, illegal and legal, for cheap labor in this nation. So while they decry immigration using nativist language and decry the “Cultural Marxism” of groups that might accept and aid recent immigrants, they use immigrant labor to keep labor costs down and increase profits. And many poor Whites join in the chorus to attack those who came to this country to better their lives like most of our ancestors did.

Why can’t conservatives who don’t like the culture in the United States be like punk rockers in England of the seventies and create their own culture? The fact is, Christian conservatives do, and they have nothing to afraid of from us non-conservative, non-fear inducing multiculturalists. Quite the opposite. Like Anders Behring Breivik who killed dozens of people in Norway,  some who rail against this Cultural Marxism will use violence to make their point. The Klu Klux Klan, World Church of the CreatorHal Turner, and Aryan Nations 88 among some 1,002 such documented hate groups in the United States.

While much of the recent up-tic in hate groups has been fueled by a rise in Mexican immigration, another factor is the election of the first African-American President in the United States. The Souther Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups in the U.S., writes, Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 54 percent. This surge has been fueled by fears of Latino immigration and, more recently, by the election of the country’s first African-American president and the economic crisis.” (link)Threats of violence by these hate groups is justified on the grounds of defense of culture and the Christian way of life. It is further promoted by the ignorant ramblings of right-wing bloggers and journalists.

Conservative writers use meaningless code words to scare their readers into joining their cause against the immigrant. Linda Kimball, wrote in 2007 on the site American Thinker that, “…the New Left lacked cohesion it fell apart as a political movement.  However, its revolutionaries reorganized themselves into a multitude of single issue groups.  Thus we now have for example, radical feminists, black extremists, anti-war ‘peace’ activists, animal rights groups, radical environmentalists, and ‘gay’ rights groups.  All of these groups pursue their piece of the radical agenda through a complex network of organizations such as the Gay Straight Lesbian Educators Network (GSLEN), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), People for the American Way, United for Peace and Justice, Planned Parenthood, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), and Code Pink for Peace.” (link)

Ever noticed that conservatives can’t just write the word “feminist” without the term “radical” attached to it? But I digress. Ms. Kimball is against gay rights, peace, sexuality, justice, and civil liberties. She lists well recognized, evil organizations that promote multiculturalism and she does not need to explain to her audience what is bad about them. Working for equal rights of immigrants and minorities is a scary and “radical” agenda. It is understood in the ultra conservative sphere that groups that don’t live by a White, Christian agenda are all evil. The blogger on right wing websites such a FreeRepublic and Red State Reader use code words like “feminist”, “liberal”, “socialist”, “peace” to signify that these groups are working against their culture and are “Cultural Marxists”. Explaining the actual problems these organizations pose to our society would involve work, and you know how conservatives are lazy and aren’t willing to do the intellectual work to make a logical, cogent argument, right? They just want to live off the hard work of liberals online such as us.

Another great technique is demonstrated in the article by Ms. Kimball, guilt by association. If Ms. Kimball can compare the organizations listed, those working for the rights of Americans, to Soviet Communists, then her job is done. Most of us would agree that Soviet style communism was bad, and thus, these organizations must be bad as well because they are communist. It is easy to get people to fear all social programs when they are not educated in the difference between the Soviets and Social Security.

Many of these hard core cultural conservatives ask, “Who stole our culture?” Well, no one, really. (link)

If you live in a traditionally conservative family, you have the right to got to church, to watch conservative, Christian appropriate television programming, and to read the Bible and related literature. Christian culture is a available everywhere, from the Internet, to the Christian Broadcasting Network, to gospel records, Sunday Sermons on television and in churches all over American, cruises for Christians, Christian singles clubs, and so forth.

So, you don’t like Harry Potter and its promotion of witch craft. Then don’t read the books or watch the movies. I don’t like the religiosity of the Chronicles of Narnia, so I don’t watch the movies nor read the books. No one is forcing their culture on anyone. Culture happens organically, and in our market dominated economy, what sells is what become predominate in the media. Thus, Lady Gaga is a big part of the mainstream culture, like her or not. Evangelical and far-right conservatives want to promote free markets and free speech, until it leads to speech they don’t like.

There are a lot of media from television programs with gay characters to songs that sing about oral sex, that some Christians find objectionable. And yes, they are ubiquitous. But how can you really test your faith if you aren’t tempted? What about the tribulationsthat the Bible says all Christians must go through?

I don’t like all the war propaganda  in the news and in movies, but I mostly ignore it. It’s called freedom of speech, and it’s part of the United States. If you want to live in a theocracy, Saudi Arabia and Iran would gladly accept you, if you become Muslim. Or get into your time machine and go back to the 12th Century and join the crusades where you can kill for God and country.

Attack the poor and minorities as you are told and be a loyal foot soldier for the United States elites that would just as well see you die as prosper. Or you can put down your sword, love thy neighbor, and get on with your life.

Peace,
Tex Shelters


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  • Is China xenophobic? Is Japan? Europeans are the only race that are told it’s wrong for them to not want to be minorities in their own countries.
    At the present time, people of European racial background make up approximately 8% of the world’s population, and that figure is shrinking. Even though Europeans are one of the world’s three primary racial groups, we are now an endangered sub-species. Yet media publicity of racial and cultural extinction is almost always focused upon non-European ethnicities. We Europeans are a racial minority in the world! As a minority group, like any other, we have a natural right to ensure our own cultural and racial survival. Any Multiculturalist who disputes this natural right, for our people to simply survive, is a racist (a real one).

    • I wasn’t talking about Japan or China, I was talking about the United States and how people use the lie of “Cultural Marxism” to divide us and control us.

      I don’t want to be like Japan, a very homogeneous country with lots of xenophobia. One thing that allows the US to exist is because we have immigrants from all over that help our economy thrive.

      China is very multi-ethnic, so they don’t fit as an example. http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c4ac0717-3d32-4235-873d-c17afbd82622

      So what if Europeans are 8% of the world? Why all the fear? Who cares? We still control more of the worlds resources and wealth than other regions.

      You care about “white” survival, so have more babies.

      I don’t care at all. I care that racists are using this idea of white power to divide us, control us, and discriminate.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  • Henry Rinehart

    Tex, I love your sense of humour, and the only thing I find appalling here is how so many truly insane people got into our political system that they now can hold it hostage to their own insane demands.

    As to the question of who stole our culture, the sad truth is that Americans gave it away, because we didn’t care enough to hold our politicians responsible for their actions and their lies. Now the inmates have the keys to the asylum, the few sane people who survived are huddled in one little room in the basement behind an armored door hoping the crazies will go away, and there’s no ‘Bruce Willis’ character extant to deal with the crazies and rescue the poor, ‘helpless’ sane people.

    The problem with the so-called “conservatives” is that they are not really conservative, they are afflicted with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) and are busy violating the civil rights of everyone else that they see–that is, everyone who is not a rich white male.

    The problem with so-called “christians” is that they are not really Christians, and have never been. What they actually are is a group of poorly educated, fearful, misogynistic bigots who have grasped at an ethical construct beyond their understanding in a doomed effort to be a good member of the herd. However, because they do not, and indeed refuse to understand what they claim to be, they can never be “good”–just a member of the herd.

    The problem with self-elected grammar nazis is that, as you so cogently stated, they have no sense of humor. Tex, in the future just ignore them–unlike Republicans, if you ignore a grammar nazi he or she will generally go away. And, please understand, I am poking fun at myself here as well, since today was my turn to be a definition nazi: but I did it with a sense of humor.

    Thanks for your patience and humor with what I wrote here, and other places on AddictingInfo. I have a high regard for your caring and involvement in both the articles and posts, and pray with all my might that you, Rosario, and the rest might wake enough people up to what’s going on that we can take our country back.

    God help us all.

    Henry D. Rinehart

    • Clearchannelzionist

      People have the right to be bigots in America. Jewish and Christian Zionists are bigots, but people who criticize Zionism or Israel become targets of bigotry for expressing their own bigotry.

      Criticism of bigotry is another form of bigotry.

      Blacks, Whites and Asians in America coexisted long before Karl Marx ever put pen to paper and formed his schemes for rigging societies for the benefit of a new aristocracy.

      “a group of poorly educated, fearful, misogynistic bigots”

      This is a form of bigotry.

      You’re all a bunch of bed-wetting ASPD’ers! How’s that for bigotry!

  • Tex, I forgot if you want someone to proofread I’m available. Leave me a message on the blog…Poor Bastard’s Gazette.

    • I think I can handle it; I just had a computer crash and am using a new system without the settings I used to use to check my material.

      And, I would have to wait when sometime my material is time sensitive.

      Thanks.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  • Tex, Again, I commend you on one of your articles. I too am all over the abuse of language and/or punctuation. However, living with another intelligent, well read Texan I feel the message is far more important than the language/punctuation issues. Intelligent, critical thinking is far more important in this age of the trivial, inane,and uneducated and to be held in high esteem. Whether one agrees or not it is nice to hear a voice with a well reasoned argument rather than a voice that is generated from undisciplined emotion and has no rational argument. Thank you for adding your sane voice and taking the time to write the articles you do. Few have an understanding of what it took to produce this article in thought and time.

  • Kathryn Lyle

    I find it fascinating that you call the right ‘misogynist’ after the left’s continual attacks on any conservative woman, namely, Palin & Bachman. Seems the left dislikes any successful woman who manages to have a family, career, is Prolife.

    And, considering that the US elected Obama in the 1st place belies your claim of a racist US.

    Try some independent thought instead of barfing up tired liberal tirades.

    • You pointing out the fact that Palin and Bachmann are women shows YOUR sexism.

      We attack them because they’re idiots, just like we attack Gingrich, Cain, or our FAVORITE target (according to your right-wingers); George W. Bush, NOT because they’re women. The fact that you see their sex as the issue shows sexism on your part, not ours.

      • Amen Matthew. I am a woman, independent, own my own business, have done the family, career thing & I am pro-life. The difference is my pro-life stance is not the kind that dictates to others that they must not have an abortion because I wouldn’t. My pro-life stance is I don’t believe in capital punishment or allowing my fellow humans to die because I may have to make a sacrifice and give up something in order for them to live.

    • I love Barbara Boxer, and other women who have had family and are actually long time successful politicians. You are, of course, stereotyping liberals.

      The half-term governor doesn’t really count, does she?

      It’s not about her sex. I mock Boehner and Cantor as well. It’s about the illogic of their comments and the lack of compassion, along with the anger and vitriol toward those that aren’t like them, i.e. conservative and Christian.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  • Okay Daz, I fixed those 6 errors, one unnecessary comma, “got” instead of “go” and a missing “that” in the beginning. http://texshelters.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/the-lie-behind-“cultural-marxism”-and-a-message-to-foolish-republican-nativists/

    Thanks.

    Now, what did you think of the content, other than not getting the joke? I suggest you get out more and read some right-wing web sites and you will appreciate my mocking of them a little more.

    Peace,
    Tex Shelters

  • While on the one hand I like the main point of this article, on the other I have two major problems with it.

    The first is a combination of tone and language, especially in the latter part of the article. You’ve even bolded the worst part for me:
    “…you know how conservatives are lazy and aren’t willing to do the intellectual work to make a logical, cogent argument, right?”

    That is a generalization, and a gross one. While it may be true that many conservatives avoid doing the hard work of backing themselves up, blanket statements which state that “[implicitly: all] conservatives are lazy” is a dangerous trap to fall into. It makes you look closed-minded, prejudiced and hate-filled — all of the things that liberal intellectuals should try to avoid. Secondly, it is in itself LAZY writing: it is much easier to write an unbacked blanket generalization than it is to more carefully word a more politically and intellectually correct sentence.

    The second problem I have with this article is its grammar. Please, self-edit or find yourself an editor. The plethora of easily-rectified dropped or added letters, subject/verb disagreement, pluralization issues, et cetera, greatly diminish the quality, professionalism, and dignity of this article. It is very difficult to take seriously a piece which is not at all carefully written or edited, and furthermore, the fact that Addicting Info published this piece as-is damages the credibility of the website.

    • *making blanket statements

      (See that? That’s called editing.)

    • Okay, so you found some errors. I do my best to edit them out and sometimes, I miss them. I really don’t see them, but you say they are there, so…

      And, you have no sense of humour, do you. Apparently, you don’t know the history of Republicans and conservatives calling liberals “lazy”. I was mocking them by calling them lazy.

      Perhaps I need an editor (are you volunteering?), but you need a humour transplant.

      And yes, humour, with the our, is a common spelling in England.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

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