6 March, 2022

Still More About the New Left, for Newbies

Posted by Socrates in counterculture, Cultural Marxism, jewed culture, Jewed philosophy, jewed politics, Marcuse, Marxism, New Left, Paul Krassner, White philosophy, White thought at 2:29 pm | Permanent Link

There are things you need to know in life — like, “what’s that hangy-ball thing in the back of my throat?”

You also need to know about the origins of the New Left, which was much more radical than the Old Left.

The Jewish communist Herbert Marcuse (pronounced “Mar-CUZE-a”, sounds almost like “Cuba”; he was a member of the Frankfurt School), is the godfather of the New Left with his landmark 1964 book “One-Dimensional Man” [1][2]. Two other Jews, Max Horkheimer and Paul Krassner, can be considered co-godfathers of the New Left. Horkheimer remodeled and then ran the Frankfurt School from circa 1930-onward. The remodeled school produced Cultural Marxism as we know it today. If the Frankfurt School was a train, Horkheimer was the locomotive (the engine). Krassner almost single-handedly built the 1960s counterculture movement. A writer, activist, child-violin-prodigy and part-time stand-up comic, Krassner pioneered the use of political satire as a weapon with his magazine “The Realist”; Groucho Marx (also a Jew) was a fan of Krassner’s. You could think of Krassner as “an earlier, more-radical version of Saul Alinsky” (who wrote the 1971 book “Rules For Radicals” and was, yes, also a Jew!).

“We live in a crazy world today that seems to have gone off the rails. That’s because it is being driven by a broken logic, and, for all the flaws on the right, that broken logic is centered in the no-longer-tolerant left. The logic of the left today is overwhelmingly rooted in a single essay published in 1965 by the neo-Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse. That essay is “Repressive Tolerance.” The thesis statement of this essay can be boiled down to “movements from the left must be extended tolerance, even when they are violent, while movements from the right must not be tolerated, including suppressing them by violence.” This asymmetric ethic has been the heart and soul of left politics in the West since the 1960s, and we’re living in the fruit of that catastrophe now.” — political theorist James Lindsay, January 2021.


[1] From 1934–1942, Marcuse worked at the Frankfurt School at Columbia University in NYC.

[2] an anglicized pronunciation of his surname is “mar KYOOSS” (sounds almost like “root”)

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