The Devil is in the Details…of the Left

by David Norris4/6/16

Garth Kant’s recent article from World Net Daily (WND) about Michael Walsh’s new book is a fascinating introduction to yet another intelligent voice in the opposition to modern Marxism (progressivism) and its war against the United States and the West.

The Devils Pleasure Palace is based on a hero’s tale, which is contained in Schubert’s unfinished first opera.  The author asks the question: What is the relationship between culture and politics?  Using two cultural ‘totems’ — Paradise Lost, by Milton, and Faust by Goethe — Walsh sets out to explore this question.

The work outlines how Cultural Marxism became the mainstream philosophy in American academia, even as economic Marxism was being thrown onto the ash heap of history as an utter failure.

Walsh’s grasp of history, along with his travels in the former Soviet Union and East Germany, give him a unique insight to the nature of the disease that has infected western civilization and American society.

In his article, Kant wonders how this could have happened. How could the American elite have fallen for the philosophy of the losers?

“Walsh maintains, following World War II, the cultural Marxist philosophers of the Frankfurt School who emigrated from Germany and entered American academia persuasively peddled an illusion: a utopian paradise on earth, meant “to tempt and and seduce Western civilization into self-destruction, with shame and doubt as its principal snares.”

Also check out this companion video where Walsh gives more background as to how and why he wrote the book.

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9 Responses to The Devil is in the Details…of the Left

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I suspect this sort of thing is an occupational hazard for intellectuals, particularly those in the humanities and social sciences. Ivory tower theories come naturally to them, and unless they’re more careful than most intellectuals are willing to be, they don’t notice how well (or more likely how poorly) they work in reality. But no doubt the immigration of large numbers of high-status leftist intellectuals from Europe greatly helped the process along.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    In his article, Kant wonders how this could have happened. How could the American elite have fallen for the philosophy of the losers?

    I find Kant’s pondering very strange, or perhaps he is being somewhat provocative. Cultural Marxism had established firm roots in American academia long before the fall of the Soviet Union. Does Kant not understand this?

    “Walsh maintains, following World War II, the cultural Marxist philosophers of the Frankfurt School who emigrated from Germany and entered American academia persuasively peddled an illusion: a utopian paradise on earth, meant “to tempt and and seduce Western civilization into self-destruction, with shame and doubt as its principal snares.”

    The Frankfurt School had its origins in the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. This was founded in 1923 by Friedrich Pollock , Carl Gruenberg and financed by Felix Weil, who was from a successful trading family.

    Early influential members of the institute included:

    Friedrich Pollock,
    Max Horkheimer,
    Leo Loewenthal,
    Walter Benjamin,
    Otto Kirchheimer,
    Franz Neuman,
    Erich Fromm,
    Herbert Marcuse,
    Ernst Bloch,
    Theodore Adorno,
    Siegfried Kracauer

    Interestingly, all of the above men (including the founders) were of Jewish origin, with the exception of Adorno who was 1/2 Jewish.

    The school claimed it developed critical theory with the aim of developing a critical perspective in the study of all social practices, but one would be naive’ to let that claim stand.

    What Critical Theory did was to view culture, society and civilization through a Godless, Marxist view of life. It didn’t simply wish discussion of social practices, it had a goal in mind.

    Given the sometimes sad history of European Jewry, it is perhaps not surprising many Jewish intellectuals had as their goal the destruction of Western culture founded upon Christianity.

  3. GHG says:

    The Fabian Society had already made inroads at high profile American universities long before the end of WW2. The Frankfurt school emigres found collectivist kindred spirits awaiting them.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Philip Crane pointed out the influence of Fabian socialism — at least its methods of infiltration of communications and education — in The Democrats’ Dilemma.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Not only the Fabian society. One could make a case that American universities started adopting methods from German universities in the later 1800’s. Many Americans studied in these schools where new social theories, which had nothing to do with the way we had viewed society and man’s place in it, were being developed.

      I believe the Frankfurt School has been so successful spreading Cultural Marxism because it was born in the chaos after WWI. European society was exhausted and cynical. A loss of faith left a gap which the Marxists were trying to fill. The Frankfurt school was the first Western institution which developed a systematic and “respectable” method for the promotion of radically changing Western society. Of course there had been the Bolshies and other revolutionaries for years, but most of them were “wild-eyed” radicals. And while the Fabian Society had pushed its agenda for some time, the Frankfurt School was much more organized and serious. I think of George Bernard Shaw as a somewhat vain dilettante.

      During the post war years, the leaders of the school had time to develop their theories and spread them among the disenchanted of Germany. When Hitler came to power the leaders of the school had to leave Germany and many went to the U.K. and the USA. Marcuse comes immediately to mind. These people laid the foundation for the expansion of Cultural Marxism in the USA.

      In the aftermath of WWII, CM was a pretty easy sell, what with the Soviet Union having been our glorious ally and victor over those “right-wing” Nazis.

      Perhaps most important, everyone felt guilty and outraged about the Final Solution, so people were looking for answers. The Frankfurt School claimed to have them.

      • GHG says:

        I mentioned the Fabian Society already having established a beachhead in America not so much from the standpoint that there was coordination or cooperation between the two – but to suggest that that avant-garde thinking had already softened up the underbelly of the American academy so cultural Marxism could slide right in.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          You are absolutely correct. I just wanted to go back even further and confirm what you said. Work to destroy Western Culture had been going on for many years.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Ultimately it goes back to the French Revolution, in which every past tradition was destroyed — even the systems of measurements. Edmund Burke noticed this and commented on it — that the American Revolution took place within its culture, whereas the French version sought to eliminate its culture and replace it with something totally new.

  4. David N. says:

    If what you folks are saying is true, then this “long game” that Walsh mentions goes back further than 100 years in the playing. So who is that fills the ranks of the ‘globalists’, the grandchildren, the great grandchildren, the great great grandchildren of those who began this whole enterprise?

    I found another interesting video of his that relates to this discussion and offers some prescriptions for where we are now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZw1oAvTCjQ

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