Cultural Marxism – an enemy of our generation

Do you remember the “good old days?”  Gun control meant having a good aim.  The chief problems in school were chewing gum, running in the halls, and talking out of turn.  People stood up for God, family and country and were ready and willing to fight for them.  The family was the backbone of our society, and Christian faith and morals were it’s foundation.  We now hear of regular school shootings, divorce and spouse unfaithfulness.  People are becoming ignorant of our history, and how our freedom was won.  In recent years, we have seen the rise of homosexuals, feminists, animal rights groups and radical environmentalists.  What has happened to our culture?  Why has it changed so much in the small span of a few decades?

In two words the answer is, Cultural Marxism.  Today I will give you a brief history of Cultural Marxism, the teachings and dangers of this doctrine, and what we as Christians must do to combat this enemy.

The man who started it all, Karl Marx, lived from 1818-1883.  His self stated goal in life was, “to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”  He cannot be described as either an atheist or an agnostic, for he knew that God existed, but hated Him.  Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto, which laid the foundations for Marxism and Communism.  He dreamt of a utopian society, where everything would be controlled by the government, and be devoid of God and the economics of capitalism.  In his book, he laid out the 10 planks of Communism.  Once these were reached, Communism would reign.  While his theories were never realized in his lifetime, they continue to grow in strength and popularity.

In 1923, Marx’s followers founded a base of operations in Frankfurt, Germany, called the Institute for Social Research, also known informally as the Frankfurt School.  It’s purpose was to train next-generation Marxists, and make plans for spreading Communism.  But, to their surprise, the people were resistant to a Communist revolution.  Therefore, Marxists Antonio Gramsci, and later Max Horkheimer, decided that they needed a new approach.  Charles A. Reich summarized their new strategy in his book, The Greening of America. “There is a revolution coming.  It will not be like revolutions in the past.  It will originate with the individual and the culture, and will change the political structure as it’s final act.  It will not require violence to succeed, and cannot be successfully resisted with violence.  This is the revolution of the New Generation.”  Thus, their focus was removed from Marx’s economics and transferred to culture.  They needed to change the people’s mind before their revolution would occur.  As Gramsci said, “Marxise the inner man… to alter the Christian mind and turn it into it’s opposite in all it’s details so that it would become not merely a non-christian mind but an anti-christian mind.”  How did they propose to do this?  Horheimer provided the answer.  He was also very interested in Freud, and he took many of Freud’s ideas and married them with Marx’s.  The result was Critical Theory and Psychological Conditioning.

The first, Critical Theory, is basically what it’s name implies.  It is simply merciless criticizing of your opponents views.  However, in so doing, you never mention what you stand for.  Only what you are against.  Critical Theory is used by most of America now, but it is not called Critical Theory.  It now goes by the name of Political Correctness.  The way that it is practiced is that people take offense at everything.  Usually things that aren’t offensive.  Let me ask you a question.  Are you afraid to share your beliefs, or speak the truth in love because someone might take offense?  If so, then Political Correctness has accomplished it’s goal.

The second, Psychological Conditioning, is much more subtle.  Lenin described it perfectly when he said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”  Marxists are careful not to throw the whole lie in our face at once.  They feed us little bits at a time, slowly desensitizing us to their lies.  But how are their godless deceptions disseminated throughout the U.S.?  The Marxists have gotten into our universities, schools, Hollywood and the media.  Through the schools they are able to indoctrinate the next generation.  Then they can desensitize everyone else through the entertainment and media.

The Marxists biggest enemy has always been the family.  So it is not surprising to see that many of their teachings were aimed at destroying the family.  Shulamith Firestone wrote in 1970, “Marx was onto something more profound than he realized when he observed that the family contained within itself in embryo all of the antagonisms which later develop on a wider scale within the society and the state… [U]nless revolution uproots the basic organization, the biological family… the tapeworm of exploitation will never be annihilated.”  We see other evidences of this in Cleon Skousen’s book, the Naked Communist.  In this book, he listed the 45 goals that Communists had for America, many of which have been reached.  A few are; #17 – Get control of the schools.  Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current communist propaganda.  #22 – Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.  #25 – Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.  #26 – Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy.’  #41 – Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.  Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.  And finally, #41 – Discredit the family as an institution.  Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.  As you can see, all of these, especially the last few, were aimed at destroying the family.  Unfortunately, they have won a great victory in this area.

Now the question we must ask and answer should be, “What are we to do about it?  What is our battle plan?”

First, we must diligently study the Bible.  It is impossible to grapple with an enemy if you don’t even know where you stand.  This difficulty is only heightened when you are against an enemy that is slowly desensitizing you to their evil.

We must also be diligent in teaching the next generation Biblical truths.  This is so vital.  None of us will live forever, and someone must take our place when we are gone.  It is essential that these replacements be armed and ready for the fight.  If they are not equipped, they will be in a dangerous position.  Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Next we must recapture the mediums that the Marxists are exploiting so effectively.  However, unlike some hope, infiltrating Hollywood, newspapers, news stations and universities is not going to work.  Our enemies are very cunning, and have anticipated this move.  I can assure you, that if you were to try this tactic, they would be able to silence you very easily.  They are quite capable of eliminating those who do not agree with them.  Classic examples of this were seen in the new movie Expelled by Ben Stein.  Several times in the documentary, Mr. Stein spoke with professors who were quickly and effectively hushed after promoting a worldview contrary to their superiors.  Many lost their jobs.  So, you can see that infiltrating the enemy stronghold would be useless.

What must be done instead, is to create our own education and entertainment industries, built on strong Biblical foundations.  My parents have already taken the first step by homeschooling my siblings and I.  This way, we are being trained by them as Deuteronomy commanded, instead of sending us to the Marxist government schools for indoctrination.  Also, HSLDA started Patrick Henry College to cater to homeschoolers, and to be a university contrary to the Cultural Marxist norm.  As regards entertainment, a man by the name of Doug Phillips is already working on this by hosting the annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.  This festival’s purpose is to train Christians how to make good quality films independent of Hollywood.  This past January, they gave away the largest cash grand prize ever in the history of independent film.  Because of this festival, many Biblically based films have been made and are in the works, providing us with good solid entertainment without any of the bad stuff thrown in.  All of these are giant steps in the right direction.  But it is important that we continue furthering this vision.  We must no longer go to the godless Marxists for our education and entertainment.

Finally, we must destroy Political Correctness.  It is imperative that we see it for what it truly is, which is the progeny of Critical Theory and godless Marxists.  Thus, it is not something to be laughed at, for it is deadly serious.  But, beating it is easier than you might think.  The way to beat the Political Correctness game is simply, not to play.  Don’t give into the pressure to suppress your beliefs.  If they are offended by the truth, that’s not your fault.  It’s theirs.

Time is of the essence.  We have already lost two generations to these false philosophy’s.  The time to act is now.  What are you going to do to take back our culture?

 

(This is a persuasive speech that I wrote for the 08/09 season.  Hope you enjoyed it, and that it caused you think! ~Tee-Kaye)

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