Yet another headlined comment, here from Vivid answering Sc in the lab rats thread:
Vivid, 281: >>[Sc:] “I am aware of critical race theory but I honestly haven’t given it much thought. My gut tells me that there are some morsels of truth in it but that it is greatly overhyped as an explanation for things seen in society.”
[Vivid:] It is not overhyped it is the meta narrative of our age.
Here are some excerpts from a letter to a few friends several years ago.
“Once I came to understand Critical Theory everything became clear. I understand why Van Jones says white people have a virus that others don’t , I mean just wow!! I understand why even though I may not exhibit racist behavior I am a racist just the same, this right out of Kafka. That the more I claim I am not a racist is evidence that I am. I understand why institutions like the fire department or police department can be tagged in its totality as racist. I get it. The reason for this is I have come to understand Critical Theory, an ideology that dominates academia, the media and has been embraced by the culture at large. In many cases by those who are not aware of its ideological underpinnings and agenda.
Critical theory is the theory of hegemonic culture which is defined as anyone who is white, male, heterosexual, cis gender, native born American, Christian, and other various qualifiers ( the top of the intersectionality ladder) OR identifies with that group regardless of their color. From this theory flows the idea of intersectionality (those at the top of the ladder oppress those below) and group racist guilt. Critical Theory is more concerned with NARRATIVE rather than TRUTH, the facts don’t matter.
The Critical Theory I am addressing is of The Frankfurt School of Marxist critics which includes György Lukács, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse. Marcuse for instance held to among other things that tolerance of views are repressive and he can be called the father of intolerance and the cancel culture. I am being specific here and giving names for a reason, so that you can do your own fact checking. These scholars left Germany in the 30s [–> fleeing Hitler] and after a stop in Switzerland landed in America and taught at Columbia.
The big picture agenda of the Frankfurt School was to marry Marxian economic theory to Freudian psychoanalytic theory to explain the rise of fascism and put forth the reasons that the communist revolution was not taking place in Western democracies as Marx had predicted. Marx was a historical determinist. The Frankfurt School looked at systems of power in terms of how they exploited and oppressed the working class and more broadly the everyday citizen. One of the goals of the Frankfurt School was to address CULTURAL power. They decided that the reason the communist revolution had not yet been successful in the West is that something in Western culture must be preventing it. The goal of the Frankfurt School was to identify what those issues were and DISMANTLE them. You might stop for a moment and ask yourselves what is the basis of Western culture?
Western culture is based on The Enlightenment and Judaeo Christian values and principles, the ultimate TARGET of Critical theory is the JUDAEO CHRISTIAN culture and the BIBLE! Its target also is aimed at classic liberalism. This was one of the reasons I was so dismayed to hear talking points that flow directly from The Frankfurt School and resulting ideology which I will get to in a moment
Wikipedia The Frankfurt School
New Discourse Critical Theory
The Gospel Coalition The Incompatibility of Critical Theory and Christianity
Felluga, Dino Franco. Critical Theory:The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides). Taylor and Francis Kindle Edition
Neil Shenvi Intro to Critical Theory
The Gospel Coalition “Important Articles on Critical Theory”
Voddie Bauchan You Tube “Cultural Marxism”
I would like to now pivot to addressing Critical Race Theory, Critical Social Justice Theory, and White Complicity Theory.
Critical Race Theory:
Critical Race Theory( CRT) is a sub theory of Critical Theory that questions the very foundation of the liberal order, including equality theory. For instance if you pay attention to words you will notice that proponents of CRT substitute the word “equity” for “equality” two entirely different meanings. [–> doubletalk, doublethink, 1984 style] CRT also questions legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law. CRT argues that the axis of America social life revolves around race and systemic power, racism permeates everything and must be uncovered using critical methods. Critical race theory explicitly endorses historical revisionism such as the 1619 project[–> which is systematicallt tendentious about sound history] or eliminating historical monuments.
CRT is openly and aggressively anti liberal. Liberal [–> historically, often called classical liberalism] does not mean left wing. A liberal society aims to make sure that everybody is treated equally and works toward a society where barriers are removed that prevents that from happening. CRT views this as nothing more than the existing power structure maintaining its dominance (hegemony). CRT theorists reject color blindness as myths and illusions that allow white people to perpetrate their inherited privilege. CRT rejects Martin Luther King’s position that we should judge people on the content of their character not the color of their skin. CRT does not advocate color blindness but rather diversity narratives ,but not diversity of opinion , equity but not equality, and inclusion. In practice CRT holds that racism is subconscious in many cases.
New Discourses Critical Race theory
Cummings, Andre Douglas Pond “ A furious kinship: Critical Race Theory and the Hip Hop Nation
Delgado, Richard and S,Jean “Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge Third Edition
Payne, Hilrado. “The Role of of Critical Race Theory in Higher Education”
Thompson, Sherwood. “Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice
DiAngelo and Sensoy “White Fragility”
Voddie Bauchan You Tube “Cultural Marxism”
Critical Social Justice Theory:
“You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means” Inigo Montoya “Princess Bride”
From new discourse
“Social Justice is the ultimate “Trojan Horse”term, where it seems to mean one thing , a good thing, as most people would understand it, which is a more fair and equal society but it actually means something else in Critical Social Justice Theory. [–> doublespeak, doublethink] That something else is very specific, and most people, if they knew what they were encountering, would be unlikely to accept. The idea advertised by the phrase “social justice” doesn’t match the ideology and worldview bearing the seemingly identical name.
This is because the phrase “social justice”, here intentionally left in the lowercase, means something that most people in society can get behind, more fairness, equality, egalitarianism, less bigotry, [less] discrimination, disenfranchisement and the like. There are very few people today who would say they don’t seek social justice. Any disagreements are about how to achieve it and what it would look like. This is because most people in the West are broadly liberal, in the philosophical and true [classic] meaning of the word, not how it is used in American politics.
On the other hand , “Social Justice”, here intentionally capitalized, means something more specific, it means “Critical Social Justice”. That is, in fact, an ideology that very aggressively pursues the social, cultural, institutional, and political installation and enforcement of a very specific and radical understanding of social justice as derived from various critical theories. As such they do not necessarily seek to achieve “social justice” in the broad sense, or in the sense that many would assume of the term. Instead they seek to empower and enforce their own particular worldview that revolves around one narrow and authoritative interpretation which is hegemony, result of the processes by which one dominant culture, which is currently the Judaeo Christian, maintains its dominant position. Let me put it this way. If you’re a classic liberal and embrace Enlightenment principles or if you embrace Judaeo Christian values the mob is coming after you.
Critical Social Justice theory also does not advocate for equality which they see as an oppressive ideology. Instead it advocates for equity which I have mentioned means something different ie equal outcomes. Equal outcomes are what they mean by diversity as opposed to meritocracy.
Nor does it tolerate diversity of opinion. The enforcement of the meta narrative uses what is termed “canceling “or “cancel culture” to enforce conformity of thought. Last week alone we have seen the canceling of movies, TV shows and approximately seven editors of major media organizations canceled. The editor of the New York Times had to step down for allowing an op ed piece that went against the predominant meta narrative. A college football coach had to apologize for wearing the wrong shirt. American history is being cancelled, monuments are being torn down. One apology is never enough. And this is just the tip of the iceberg and is escalating. You cannot replace a culture without erasing its history.
Critical Social Justice Theory demands acknowledgement of white complicity as a first step, a necessary albeit not a sufficient step , as a requirement of challenging systemic racial oppression. This complicity arises from the nature of “white privilege”, which white people benefit from whether they want to or not.
In other words based on one’s color, without any evidence, one is accused of something based on the color of their skin, the opposite of MLKs position. I can think of nothing more racist than targeting an entire ethnic group with a collective crime regardless of the innocence or guilt of its individuals. Just last week Webster changed the classic historical definition to one more suitable to Critical Social Justice Theory which in a nut shell is that if you are white or “think white” you are a priori a racist because you are white or think white. For instance “thinking white”, whatever that is, creates an open season on any African American and opens them up to the most vile epithets, slurs and slanders because they are identifying with the current hegemonic culture. They are often portrayed as not being black or not being black enough. Thus you have racism without a racist.
In short for the Critical Social Justice advocates the whole system is rotten to the core, it is “systemic” and we must dismantle the “systemic” dominant culture, which is the Judaeo Christian culture with a new secular one. This is why a certain dominate player and strong advocate of Critical Race and Social Justice theory (BLM) states on their web page statement of beliefs “we are dedicated to transgender rights and the disruption of the classic Western nuclear family”. From what book is the Western nuclear family derived ? Critical Social Justice Theory as distinguished from true social justice, wants cultural revolution not reform. [–> hence, red guard mobs roaming streets, fuelled by rage and backed by power]
Sensory, Ozlem, and Robert DiAngelo “Is everyone really equal?” An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education, first edition. Teachers College Press:New York, p.xviii
Adams, M.,et al (2016). Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice. New York: Routledge. P.1
Bell, L., (2013) Theoretical foundations. In M. Adams, W.J.Blumenfeld, C. Castaneda,,H.W Hackman, M.L,,Peters, and X. Zuniga. (EDS), Readings for diversity and social justice. New York: Routledge
Lemisko, Lynn “Unpacking Presuppositions for Social Justice” “Un packing and Repacking Generative Concepts in Social Justice Studies” Todd A Horton and Lynn Lemisko Ed’s Sense Publishers , 2015
Black Lives Matters Official Website “What we believe”
New Discourses Critical Social Justice Theory
The Gospel Coalition “ Social Justice, Critical Theory ,and Christianity : Are They Compatible
Voddie Bauchan You Tube “Cultural Marxism”
Whiteness Complicity Theory:
The white complicity claim echos the claims made by Critical Social Justice theorists which maintains that white peoples, through the practices of whiteness and by benefiting from white privilege, contribute to the maintenance of systemic racial injustice, the failure to acknowledge such complicity will thwart whites to dismantle unjust racial systems.
Recognizing that one is complicit is a necessary, albeit not sufficient, condition of challenging systemic racial oppression. Most significantly, since the white complicity claimant presumes that racism is often perpetrated through well intended white peoples, being morally good may not facilitate and may even frustrate the recognition of such responsibility. White complicity is the claim that white people can reproduce and maintain racist practices even when, especially when, they believe themselves to be morally good. People who think they are morally good and think they are not racist are the most deceived and are the major problem.
The white complicity claimants maintains that all whites are complicit in systemic racial injustice. This takes the form of “all whites are racists”. When white complicity takes the latter configuration “all whites are racist” what is implied is not that all whites are consciously racially prejudiced, rather that all whites participate in and, often unwittingly , maintain the racist system of which therefore they are part of and from which they benefit.Thus white complicity is the idea that all white people, regardless of their intentions, are complicit in racism and white supremacy and thus bear some responsibility for it.”
Silence is not an option in White Complicity Theory, everyone must bow the knee. If not done, one’s silence is proof of one’s racism (Kafka again). This is stuff right out of Solzhenitsyn’s experiences and what he wrote about in “The Gulag Archipelago”. White complicity carries a responsibility to identify, analyze, and challenge a system of racism and one’s participation in it continually, and you are never done. Let me repeat, you are never done because if you are white there is nothing you can do about your whiteness. This is frightfully reminiscent of the so called “struggle sessions” in communist China which resulted in the death of untold millions. “>>
Marxism is the evergreen heresy of our civilisation and we must be ever willing to expose it and its ruinous tendencies. END
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Vivid’s comment on Critical [Race] Theory i/l/o the clash with truckers — what culture form marxists do with power
CRT is the complete bastardization of history without a single shred of evidence to support it. It is a racist ideology that carries with it strong anti-Semitic teachings. When Jewish people, even those who have no ancestry in Europe, like Ethiopian Jews, are written off as all being white and all white people are considered inferior with Asians taking a close second, since they are never mentioned as a minority and discriminated against in universities, among other places.
All the ills of society have been placed on European ancestry and Asian ancestry. There is no talk of man’s inhumanity to man existing anywhere outside Europe and Asia, when pressed to admit the racial views include Asia. The archeological evidence supports a very universal example of man’s inhumanity to man before Europeans and Asians went anywhere.
The Carib were a cannibal tribe that spread out from South America into the Caribbean before anyone from Europe or Asia stepped foot outside either. They were viscous warriors who conquered and ate anyone who got in their way.
CRT, as one example of just how wrong it is, considers American colonial slavery to be the worst examples of the African slave-trade. The Arabs castrated black male slave, something that did not happen in Colonial America.
BR, through newspeak, racism has been redefined as top down oppression on the social pecking order. Whites can be and inevitably are racist. Their victims are anti racist. See where so called intersectionality leads. KF
PS, from Roots, Kunta Kinte was offered the choice between his foot and his posterity. He chose his posterity.
A few comments.
1) best description I’ve seen of CRT.
2) why is it a “white” issue? Most of the planet is non white or non European. One would think the supposed earthly paradise would have arisen somewhere else.
If one wants to say it’s white influence that’s preventing this, then isn’t this an admission that somehow European heritage was somehow superior. Why is European heritage inhibiting?
What’s it about European heritage that is different? It’s certainly not intelligence since several Asian groups are superior on this characteristic and superior intelligence is present in every ethnic group.
Is it culture that makes a difference? Then if so what is in European culture that is different? Where did it originate?
3) Obviously I believe CRT is nonsense and the people who propose it are deluded. But why propose such nonsense.
It seems to me that it is a philosophy of against as opposed to a philosophy of for. But what are they against? Obviously Christianity but that is only part of it.
They are also against freedom because that is the difference that arose first in European Christian societies. But not in all European societies. Two hundred years ago the Swedes who are today exemplars of enlightened society were mixing the bark off of trees to supplement their diets. They were not a free society but certainly a Christian one.
So I would look to freedom as the focus.
The most insidious thing about Cultural Marxism (or CRT) is that it wants automatons for their paradise. People who are not free but assent willingly to the elites for what they have to do.
A modern form of Bread and Circuses.
Aside: maybe Canada now makes sense. They have scared a large percentage of their people to give up freedom for security. The people demanding freedom are the bad guys.
But freedom is what built the modern world.
This was just part of a letter I sent to a few friends and because who knows who will read it I need to include this part.
“I have borrowed from the website newdiscourses , Black Lives Matter official website, Voddie Bauchan, Ligonier, The Gospel Coalition, Wikipedia and others .I have included sources at the end of each topic. As an aside in doing this research I found Google to be an unreliable gatekeeper of information and had to dig into footnotes to find my way around. I don’t even know how I found new discourses, I think it was from something I read from Quilette. Much of the material for example, from new discourse are long and very technical, so I made an attempt to distill the ideas into a more manageable read. Also I thought you might be more receptive to reading something addressed to you rather than go to the various websites and source documents. If anyone wants direct links let me know I will send them to you, I am hardly scratching the surface here”
This is all to say that all I tried to do was distill to my friends the results of my research but I borrowed heavily and in many instances used the exact words of others, especially James Lindsay and the Newdiscource site.
One final thought. If you understand Critical Theory and it’s sub theories everything starts to make sense, like I said it was my road to Damascus moment. It makes sense why Van Jones says white people have a virus, or Biden saying “If you don’t vote for me you ain’t black” or Trudeaus exceptions for marginalized groups to his “ Marshall Law” but jackboots the truckers.
BTW my experience with Google was quite an eye opener.
“What’s it about European heritage that is different?”
The left wants revolution to do that you must first destroy the foundational principles of the old order., this is what the Frankfurt school recognized. They determined Marx was focusing on the wrong thing, it’s not about economics or class struggle it’s about culture. The foundational principles of western culture is what must be replaced. European heritage is a product of the enlightenment and Judaeo Christianity principles. You cannot build a new foundation without digging up the old. We are witnessing the Wests version of MAOs cultural revolution with struggle sessions that employees and students go through constantly.
PPS I think what we are witnessing in Western countries looks more like Facism than Marxism but the tactics are the same.
Vivid, fascism is a kissing cousin. KF
This is what is going on in the US
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini
Vivid, there is much more, as it is a revision to marxism, wedded to the cult of the nietzschean superman above ordinary law and morality who rescues the victim group in the face of unprecedented crisis and is a utopian political messiah claiming an ultimate blind loyalty. As for the corporations and institutions, it sets up a devil’s bargain that turns them into pensioners of the state. The media, obviously, are mouthpieces of the one permissible narrative, in our current terms. It is totalitarian, setting out to order all of life: all in the state, nothing outside it, nothing against it. And yes, that is a paraphrase of Mussolini. Thus, we see lawless ideologically driven oligarchy and political messianism. Regrettably in Roman Law, there is an institution of the dictator in face of crisis, and in fact the Empire grew out of the ruins of the Republic as a more or less permanent dictatorship in the face of the wave of crises that Octavian finally resolved. That heritage haunts our civilisation. KF
Important article about control of people. We are use to thinking of monopolies in terms of finances, but the real threat is control of information by monopolies.
The interesting question is that the Tech monopoly allows the Cultural Marxists to control academia and certain other areas but do they think the same? Do they want the same things?
What do they have in common? Who do the Techs believe will win in a showdown?
Also by Sacks, see Vivid’s comment on Canada thread.