Remember that CBC story about Paul Weyrich, the American who calls Canada “liberal and hedonistic” and uses the term “cultural Marxism”? You may recall the reporter offers this mild corrective:
A U.S. right-wing strategist says Canadians are “so liberal and hedonistic” that Stephen Harper can’t hope to change their philosophy of “cultural Marxism” right away.
Given time, however, the Conservative prime minister-designate may straighten them out, Paul Weyrich writes.
…The pessimistic view was that Harper, lacking a parliamentary majority, can do little to make Canadians “adopt a more reasonable view of the United States” and abandon Marxist principles “such as same-sex marriage and abortion on demand,” Weyrich says.
He does not say how these things are linked in his mind to Marxism, a doctrine better known for concepts of class warfare.
Well, his colleague and ally, William Lind, is happy to spell it out, and has been for years. Political correctness, he argues, isn’t just overzealousness; it’s part of a concerted, deliberate attempt to bring about the end of western culture as we know it.
Feminism, lesbian and gay activism, environmentalism — they’re part of a left-wing ideological network aimed at critiquing capitalism and the society it supports without offering an alternative. And it all started in the 1930s, he says, with a group of Jews known as the Frankfurt School:
How does all of this stuff flood in here? How does it flood into our universities, and indeed into our lives today? The members of the Frankfurt School are Marxist, they are also, to a man, Jewish. In 1933 the Nazis came to power in Germany, and not surprisingly they shut down the Institute for Social Research. And its members fled. They fled to New York City, and the Institute was reestablished there in 1933 with help from Columbia University. And the members of the Institute, gradually through the 1930s, though many of them remained writing in German, shift their focus from Critical Theory about German society, destructive criticism about every aspect of that society, to Critical Theory directed toward American society.
While that excerpt comes from a speech he has given to various Accuracy in Academia conferences, Lind made the same claim — with the same link to Jews — in a speech to a holocaust denial conference.
Racially-charged politics are no stranger to Lind, who is a senior official at Weyrich’s Free Congress Foundation. He had earlier published an article claiming that the U.S. would be better off if the South had won the Civil War:
The real damage to race relations in the south came not from slavery, but from Reconstruction, which would not have occurred if the South had won. And since the North would have been a separate nation, the vast black migration to northern cities that took place during World War II might not have happened.
A little context about what “cultural Marxism” is all about would, and should, have put Weyrich’s comments into ugly perspective.