Cultural Marxism is an insidious device by means of which the left attempt to make their political ideas part of a country’s culture. The idea is to subtly weave Marxist ideology into the everyday life of citizens without them being aware of what is occurring. The left use many devices to do this. The education system is the primary influence. The news media is another big part of the scheme. An industry that I think has done the most damage is the entertainment industry, and mostly the television and movie sectors.
Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) was a founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy. He is notable for his theory that the cause of Marxism can be advanced by means of weaving ideas relating to that ideology (such as Critical Theory) into popular culture. So when citizens go to the theater or watch television and think they are being entertained, they’re actually being introduced to subliminal Marxist ideas.
I was watching a rerun of Mash the other night. Mash was a program that like so many in the same vein, started off quite innocently, and was good funny entertainment, but gradually (especially under the increasing influence of the odious Alan Alda) became a vehicle for cultural Marxism. The episode I watched just reeked with hidden references and implications tied to Critical Theory, and I thought of all of those who had watched this award winning series for so long without having the faintest idea of what they were really being exposed to.
In an article in The Hollywood Reporter, actress Morgan Brittany (of Dallas fame) relates her experiences as a Conservative in Hollywood-
Brittany told of building a friendship with actor Ed Asner, a sometimes activist for progressive causes, when the two starred in a stage-play together during the infamous Florida recount that put Republican George W. Bush in the White House over Democrat Al Gore. And she told how she lost Asner’s friendship due to politics.
“Every night he just loved me and came in and gave me a big hug,” she said. “Then one night he was going crazy about Gore and Bush and stealing the election. I’m backstage and I said, ‘Ed, chill, not everybody thinks the way you do’.”
“Well, where do I begin?” I swear. It was like a light switch,” she said. “He turned to me and said, ‘you’re not a Republican?’ I said, ‘yep.’ And he said, ‘I can’t even look at you. I can’t even talk to you’.”
“From that moment on, he never spoke to me again, except on stage,” she said. “This is what we’re dealing with. The intolerance of the left.”
She said that while a starlet in her 20s she met with the late Jay Bernstein, who managed the careers of Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers back in the day, but the meeting went awry after Bernstein noticed the cross Brittany wore around her neck. She said Bernstein told her: “You’re going to have to lose that, honey. In this town, you can’t be religious, and you can’t be conservative.”
“He was a star-making manager, but I couldn’t sign on with him,” Brittany said.
The article is well worth a read for its exposure of just how rigid the left’s control of Hollywood is today. Joe McCarthy must be spinning in his grave.
Critical Theory- Marxist inspired movement in social and political philosophy originally associated with the work of the Frankfurt school. Basically, it means constant criticism of a societies mores with the idea of breaking them down and replacing them with Marxist ideas.
Further reading- Harry’s Law.
Update- Jimmy Page Visits Cuba.