Thursday, May 03, 2018

Diversity Thursday

For the regular readers of DivThu, over the years you have heard me use the term, "Cultural Marxism." Though I've provided countless examples and linked to multiple articles explaining it, in comments we see those suffering from severe cases of cognitive dissonance refusing to acknowledge not just the Marxist roots to today's Diversity Industry and its rent-seeking cadres, but that is even exists at all.

Well, perhaps a quote direct from the horses ... mouth might be of help. 

Check out the below quote from the disgusting apologia for Karl Marx in - of course - the NYT by the associate philosophy professor at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, Jason Barker.
The key factor in Marx’s intellectual legacy in our present-day society is not “philosophy” but “critique,” or what he described in 1843 as “the ruthless criticism of all that exists: ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.” “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it,” he wrote in 1845.

Racial and sexual oppression have been added to the dynamic of class exploitation. Social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, owe something of an unspoken debt to Marx through their unapologetic targeting of the “eternal truths” of our age. Such movements recognize, as did Marx, that the ideas that rule every society are those of its ruling class and that overturning those ideas is fundamental to true revolutionary progress.

We have become used to the go-getting mantra that to effect social change we first have to change ourselves. But enlightened or rational thinking is not enough, since the norms of thinking are already skewed by the structures of male privilege and social hierarchy, even down to the language we use. Changing those norms entails changing the very foundations of society.

To cite Marx, “No social order is ever destroyed before all the productive forces for which it is sufficient have been developed, and new superior relations of production never replace older ones before the material conditions for their existence have matured within the framework of the old society.”

The transition to a new society where relations among people, rather than capital relations, finally determine an individual’s worth is arguably proving to be quite a task. Marx, as I have said, does not offer a one-size-fits-all formula for enacting social change. But he does offer a powerful intellectual acid test for that change. On that basis, we are destined to keep citing him and testing his ideas until the kind of society that he struggled to bring about, and that increasing numbers of us now desire, is finally realized.
Again, those who relish the fruits of Marx - that begat the deaths of over 100 million people in the last century - are no better than those who apologize for Nazis.

Hat tip Ben Shapiro.

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