by David Norris 4/6/16
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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