May 6, 2002
Cultural vs Economic Marxism
Alden has a few things right. Cultural Marxism IS a large and
ascendant force embracing feminism and other elements.
What is important here is that CULTURAL Marxism -- including but
not at all limited to feminism -- is just that (cultural, NOT
economic), and it HAS WON, generally as Alden suggested (though,
granted, she is a rabid, ignorant, doctrinaire twit... e.g.
blaming Carl Rogers!).
Meanwhile the *ECONOMIC* Marxist program, in whatever of its
flavors -- redistributing wealth, or redistributing the
means/opportunity to/for wealth, or even just exercising some
*token* control over the corporations and super-rich -- is dying
and entering rigor mortis, the protestations of right
Libertarians, Republicans, et alia, notwithstanding. It never
really got underway, in the U.S.; the "New Deal" was a piece of
fakery instituted mostly to prevent a real populist revolution.
And now we are embarking on a New Age (ug) of global
turbo-capitalism (or is it neo-feudalism?) in which essentially
the entire planet will be enslaved, and the middle classes
decimated, in the service of the economic elites. And those elites
not only tolerate, but actually promote, for their own ends, the
cultural Marxist agenda of feminism, multiculturalism,
"anti-racism", etc. -- all traditional institutions and social
structures that might interfere with the functioning of the global
In the strangest of perversions, cultural Marxism has actually
*aided* in the destruction of economic Marxism and in the further-
enthronement/consolidation of the global plutocracy (as I and
others have written recently; feminism [cultural marxism] as
"capitalist conspiracy", etc.)
The problem with Alden and her ilk is not that they are wrong
about the broad outlines of what they are saying as regards
cultural Marxism. It is that they are using their force in the
service of an economically-reactionary right-Libertarian,
Republican and neo-con agenda.
(In this post I used the term "economic Marxism", I hope clearly
enough, as a proxy-term for fairness, equality of opportunity,
dissolution of unnatural concentrations of wealth, control of
corporate hegemony, etc., etc. -- not "Marxism" of a totalitarian
sort, with total socialization of all assets, and rigidly-enforced
equality of *outcomes*.)
Hope that wasn't too wordy!
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