sábado, 10 de agosto de 2013
Dialectic of Counter-Enlightenment: The Frankfurt School as Scapegoat of the Lunatic Fringe by Martin Jay
The History of Political Correctness
On August 18, 2010, Fidel Castro contributed an article to the Cuban Communist Party paper Granma in which he endorsed the bizarre allegations of an obscure Lithuanian-born conspiracy theorist named Daniel Estulin in a 2005 book entitled The Secrets of the Bilderberg Club. In an Associated Press wire story written by Will Weissert, which was quickly picked up by scores of sites on line, Castro's infatuation went viral, and suddenly Estulin was unknown no more. Soon after, he was invited to Havana for a meeting with his new admirer, who was untroubled by Estulin's ambiguous political affiliations, and before the day was out, the aging Cuban leader and his unexpected friend had declared that Osama Bin Laden was really a secret CIA agent and the United States was planning to destroy Russia's still potent military forces, if necessary by nuclear means. 
Here we have clearly broken through the looking glass and entered a parallel universe in which normal rules of evidence and plausibility have been suspended. It is a mark of the silliness of these claims that they even subjected to ridicule by Rush Limbaugh on his August 20, 2010 radio show. Even he had to point out that the Beatles were on the side of social change, not opposed to it. Limbaugh, to be sure, ignored the other most blatant absurdity in Estulin's scheme, which was attributing to the Frankfurt School a position precisely opposite to what its members had always taken.
Larouche and his followers have, to be sure, always remained on the fringe of the fringe, too confused in their ideology to be taken seriously by either radical left or right, with little, if any significant impact on the real world. But the germ sown by Minnicino was ultimately to bear remarkable poisonous fruit. The harvester was the Free Congress Foundation, a paleo-conservative Washington think tank founded by Paul Weyrich, who was also in on the creation of the Heritage Foundation and the Moral Majority movement. Much of the financial support came from his collaborator Joseph Coors, who knew how to turn all that pure Rocky Mountain water into a cash flow for the radical right. The FCF sponsored a satellite television network called National Empowerment Television, which churned out slickly produced shows promulgating its various opinions.
Ever since that lamentable broadcast I have often been asked how I fell among such dubious characters, and so let me beg the reader's indulgence for a moment to explain before moving on to the larger issues at hand. When I was approached for the interview, I was not informed of the political agenda of the broadcasters, who seemed very professional and courteous. Having done a number of similar shows in the past on one or another aspect of the history of the Frankfurt School, I naively assumed the end results would reflect my opinions with some fidelity, at least within the constraints of the edited final product.
There is a transparent subtext in the original CFC program, which is not hard to discern and has become more explicit with each telling of the narrative. Although there is scarcely any direct reference to the ethnic origins of the School's members, subtle hints allow the listener to draw his own conclusions about the provenance of foreigners who tried to combine Marx and Freud, those giants of critical Jewish intelligence. At one point, William Lind asserts that "once in America they shifted the focus of their work from destroying German society to attacking the society and culture of its new place of refuge," as if the very people who had to flee the Nazis had been responsible for what they were fleeing! Airtime is also given to another of Weyrich's colleagues at the FCF, Lazlo Pasztor, who is innocently identified as a "leader of the Hungarian resistance against Communism," but had already been discredited a decade earlier as a former member of the pro-Nazi "Arrow Cross," who had to leave the Bush campaign in 1988 when he was outed.
Talking about the Frankfurt School is ideal for not naming the Jews as a group (which often leads to a panicky rejection, a stubborn refusal to listening anymore and even a "shut up") but naming the Jew by proper names. People will make their generalizations by themselves - in the privacy of their own minds. At least it worked like that with me. It was my lightbulb moment, when confusing pieces of an alarming puzzle suddenly grouped to a visible picture. Learn by heart the most important proper names of the Frankfurt Schoolers - they are (except for a handful of minor members and female "groupies") ALL Jews. One can even quite innocently mention that the Frankfurt Schoolers had to leave Germany in 1933 because "they were to a man, Jewish," as William S. Lind does.
1. The creation of racism offences
2. Continual change to create confusion
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. The undermining of schools' and teachers' authority
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
7. Emptying of churches
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
10. Control and dumbing down of media
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family
Well, I suppose at least the second plank has been realized, with perhaps the self-inflicted help of the sixth. In this confused world, it is only a short step to blaming everything from Roman Polanski's lust for underage girls to the allegedly liberal curriculum at the Naval Academy to Obama's health care initiative—these are among many of the wild assertions one can find on line—on the sinister influence of Horkheimer and his friends. One site even asserts that the Fabian Society, the reformist intellectuals of late 19th-century British socialism, was "a division of the Frankfurt School," which suggests that linear chronology can be swept aside when it comes to exposing the work of the devil. The ultimate goal of "cultural Marxism" in their telling is thus far more than the leftist thought-control that denies alternative positions under the guise of restricting hate speech. It is the subversion of Western civilization itself.
 http://www.granma.cu/ingles/reflections-i/19agosto-34reflexiones1.html. Originally written in Spanish as La Verdadera Historia del Club Bilderberg, the book is translated as The True Story of the Bilderberg Group (Waterville, Or., 2007). In the English translation, all references to the Frankfurt School, Walter Lippmann and the Beatles are purged.
 Daniel Estulin and Fidel Castro, "Humanity Must Preserve Itself in Order to Live for Thousands of Years," Granma Internacional, Tuesday, August, 31, 2010.
 http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ixj3s-khJwpcfPSqYbjoTDn-q20aAD9HM2NVG0. Castro's paraphrase of Estulin reads as follows: "The responsibility of devising a social theory of rock and roll fell to the German sociologist, musicologist, and composer Theodor Adorno, 'one of the leading philosophers at the Frankfurt School of Social Research…' Adorno was sent to the United States in 1939 to direct the Princeton Radio Research Project, a joint effort between Tavistock and the Frankfurt School with the aim of controlling the masses, which was financed by the Rockefeller Foundation and founded by one of David Rockefeller's trusted men, Hadley Cantril…" One of Estulin's main players in the Bilderberg conspiracy, it should be noted, is the Tavistock Institute for Social Relations in London.
 Michael Minnicino, "New Dark Age: Frankfurt School and Political Correctness," Fidelio, 1(1991-1992); reprinted by the Schiller Institute http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_91-96/921_frankfurt.html
 Ralph de Toledano, Cry Havoc! The Great American Bringdown and How it Happened (Washington, 2007).
 In later incarnations of his narrative, Lind would elaborate this point, arguing in a chapter of a 2007 book edited by Pat Boone and Ted Baehr, The Culture-Wise Family: Upholding Christian Values in a Media-Wise World: "The Frankfurt School was well on the way to political correctness. Then suddenly, fate intervened. In 1933, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, where the Frankfurt School was located. Since the Frankfurt School was Marxist, and the Nazis hated Marxism, and since almost all its members were Jewish, it decided to leave Germany. In 1934, the Frankfurt School, including its leading members from Germany, was re-established in New York City with help from Columbia University. Soon, its focus shifted from destroying traditional Western culture in to doing so in the United States. It would prove all too successful." www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55833.
 www.stormfront.org/forum/t633959-3/. For a similar anti-Semitic rant, see www.thejewishquestion.com/.../jews-created-spread -political-correctness-to-destroy-western-civilization.
 www.stormfront.org/forum/t633959-3/. Although it's not clear that the website really represents a group or just a lone psycho, he is clearly not alone. For similar anti-Semitic rants against the Frankfurt School, see www.thejewishquestion.com/.../jews-created-spread-political-correctness-to-destroy-western-civilization; and buchanan.org/.../kevin-macdonald-pat-buchanan-is-censored-by-human-events-3754. Kevin Macdonald, a Professor of Psychology at California State, Long Beach, has written several unapologetically anti-Semitic books blaming the Jews for the fall of Western civilization, in which the Frankfurt School figures prominently.
 Timothy Matthews, "The Frankfurt School: Conspiracy to Corrupt," Catholic Insight, March, 2009 www.scribd.com >Research> Humanities.
 When the invasion took place, I was asked to support a commission set up in Belgium by Lieven de Cauter on the model of the Russell Tribunal during Vietnam to have a public trial of the perpetrators, who turned out in the first version of the initiative to share certain ethnic traits. When I pointed this out to de Cauter, he publically acknowledged my warning. See his blog of March, 18, 2003: www.mail-archive.comJnettimefirstname.lastname@example.org/msg00582.html
 Estulin, La Verdadera Historia del Club Bilderberg, p. 15, footnote 25.
 See Savage's show on You Tube entitled "Liberalism and Frankfurt School Marxism" where he blames Obama on the influence of the evil Herbert "Marcoosee."
 See the incredulous response to one of the more prominent conservative voices, Andrew Breitbart, in the May 24, 2010 New Yorker by Rebecca Mead and the internet piece by John Knesel on May 18, 2010: trueslant.com/.../who-let-andrew-breitbart-into-the-critical-theory-section-of-the-book-store/ . They focus on Breitbart's claim that Obama was a tool of the Frankfurt School, but do not comment on the larger phenomenon.
 David Jenemann, Adorno in America (Minneapolis, 2007) and Thomas Wheatland, The Frankfurt School in Exile (Minneapolis, 2009).
 Leo Lowenthal and Norbert Guterman, Prophets of Deceit: A Study of the Techniques of the American Agitator (New York, 1949).
 For an example of the link, see James Simpson, "Frankfurt Reigns Supreme at Notre Dame," American Thinker, September 8, 2010: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/ frankfurt_school_reigns_suprem.html