In response to the recent A&E Duck Dynasty PR stunt (you have to ask yourself who benefits the most from this and the answer is obvious), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal nails the political correctness crowd:
“The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.”
There is a direct cause-and-effect for why one must be politically correct–or else. It is by design and progressives (aka Marxists) own it.
In October 2010, while I was doing some follow-up research on some of those who were no longer members of the Obama administration, I came across a post by Matt at the Conservative Hideout blog. He quoted from the 2007 book, The Culture-Wise Family: Upholding Christian Values in a Mass Media World by Theodore Baehr and Pat Boone, to explain “Cultural Marxism” and the origins of “political correctness” such as that espoused by Marxists (aka progressives) like Van Jones, Mark Lloyd, Cass Sunstein, Anita Dunn, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, and Barack Obama.
A commenter wrote September 9, 2009, shortly after avowed communist and “Green Jobs” Czar Van Jones’s midnight-departure from the White House: “Van Jones was a vocal practitioner of classic Frankfurt School incrementalism, and he even said so in a recent interview.”
In an April 2008 audio interview by “Uprising Radio” with Van Jones, Jones advocated incrementalism — the use of “minimum goals and maximum goals” — in bringing about a ‘complete revolution’ to combat the science fiction threat of Global Warming.”
The following transcript comes from the Freedom Eden blog:
VAN JONES: One of the things that has happened too often to progressives is that we don’t understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals.
Right after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, if the civil rights leaders had jumped out and said, ‘OK, now we want reparations for slavery; we want redistribution of all wealth; and we want to legalize mixed marriages,’ if that had been their…, if they’d have come out with a maximum program the very next day, they’d have been laughed at.
Instead, they came out with a very minimum program. You know, ‘we just want to integrate these buses.’ The students [inaudible] came out with a very minimum program. ‘We just want to sit at the lunch counter.’ But inside that minimum demand was a very radical kernel that eventually meant that from 1954 to 1968, complete revolution was on the table for this country.
And I think that this green movement has to pursue those same steps and stages. Right now we’re saying we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to some kind of eco-capitalism where you know, at least we’re not, you know, fast-tracking the destruction of the whole planet.
Will that be enough? No, it won’t be enough. We want to go beyond systems of exploitations and oppression altogether, but that’s a process. And I think what’s great about the movement that is beginning to emerge is that the crisis is so severe in terms of joblessness, violence and now ecological threats that people are willing to be both very pragmatic and very visionary. So the green economy will start off as a small subset and we’re going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.
Another blog called Jones the “master of incrementalism.” I decided then that this was something we needed to know more about and understand for future reference. More than three years later, many still do not get it.
The following three videos on “The History of Political Correctness” from the Free Congress Foundation about political correctness and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory are a good introduction.
The first clip provides a historical background dating to World War I:
In the second clip we learn about Cultural Marxism and political correctness’s “most fashionable cause,” environmental activism — then the most recent “cause” embraced by Van Jones.
The narrator, William S. Lind, Director for the Center for Cultural Conservatism of the Free Congress Foundation, mentions a work of the Frankfort School, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno’s 1944 book, Dialectic of enlightenment: philosophical fragments (available as a Google book here, notes on the book are here, and Marxism.com provides a chapter, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception,” here).
You may not recognize the name of Frankfurt School member, Herbert Marcuse, who taught at U.S. universities for decades until his death in 1979, and who in the 60s became the “guru of the New Left.” You should, however, recognize reference at the 6-minute mark to mention of “victim groups,” which Marcuse saw as necessary for a “politically correct coalition.” These “victims”, David Horowitz says in the clip, were students, Blacks, women, gays “or whatever it was” that fit into Marcuse’s “fluid Marxism.” These groups were to act as agents of revolution as a substitute for the working class.
In the third and final clip David Horowitz ties Political Correctness into the radical movement of which he was once a part.
Intellectual historian Martin Jay, of University of California, Berkeley, notes that Marcuse is responsible for the concept of “liberating tolerance,” meaning intolerance for ideas or movements coming from the Right and tolerance for any ideas from the Left — “a recipe for repression.”
Also see William S. Lind’s The Roots of Political Correctness, November 19, 2009, following the massacre of soldiers at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Hasan. Published in The American Conservative, Lind attempts to explain how this happened and sums up a lot of the material covered in the above video clips.
When people “wake up,” or are questioning the differences between what they see, and what they have been taught, they frequently ask, “How did this happen?”
People see others being rewarded for failure, or penalized for success. Politicians lie, and lie egregiously. People that tell the truth are vilified. Professors and public school teachers consistently and persistently teach against our nation and heritage, and penalize those who do not “go along.” Too many of our citizens believe that it is appropriate to confiscate the wealth of another to subsidize their own failed lifestyles. Our president apologizes for our nation’s defending freedom, and others blame us for terrorist attacks that take the lives of thousands of innocent people. Our children are not educated-they are indoctrinated. Our children are over sexualized, by their schools, by their peers, and by the entertainment industry. They know little of our nation and government, but they know how to put a condom on a banana. The list could go on and on. One thing is clear, our nation has changed, and it continues on a frightening course.
To describe what has happened to our nation, and more importantly, our culture, we have to look at the architects of that change. The fact is that our culture has been targeted for decades, and most Americans are completely unaware of the nature of this attack. It has been incremental, and has impacted all of our institutions.
I think it’s easy to see that the long march through the institutions has been largely completed, and the steps to taking political power are well underway. They have education, law, media, and many other related fields. Considering that they want to do away with alternative media, ban home schooling, and use law to accomplish both, the intent becomes clear.
This is one of the big lies of the left. Anyone who believes in freedom is a “fascist.” Anyone who believes in doing what the Marxists or Fascists actually did, are progressives! This doesn’t actually present a way of thinking and doing that might be better, it’s about silencing and discrediting dissent. If you can discredit a person, than you discredit their ideas. The progressives have to avoid discussing ideas, especially when the ideas are superior to what they are trying to do.
Matt’s conclusion provides an answer for those who still cannot understand how we got to where we are today. He writes:
So, when we are referred to as racists for questioning Obama’s policies, we know why. When there is no outrage when Van Jones is an avowed Communist, we see through the ignorance. When an untold number of protesters swarm Washington DC, and the MSM minimizes it, we see the cause. When our children are indoctrinated, we see the purpose.
They infiltrated the institutions, just as they said they would. They have since trained/indoctrinated generations of people. Think for a moment… why are so many in the MSM are ignoring Obama’s lies, his czars, and the ACORN story? They were indoctrinated! They went to the universities! The Cultural Marxists occupied them first! Why are so many public school teachers towing the line? Same thing! They went to the universities! The list is virtually endless. They have turned education into a leftist indoctrination machine, allowing them to then infiltrate every other institution in our nation.
This ties together with other topics that we have discussed. For example, the Alinsky Method seems to be nothing more than a playbook for Critical Theory and tolerant repression. It is a method to achieve the end. The media’s ignorance and lies serve as well. All of the indoctrinated institutions seem to act in the same way to work towards the goals, and circles the wagons for defense.
Where does this leave us? We are in a precarious situation. Our institutions are in the possession of people that would fundamentally change our republic. The vast majority of them have no clue that they are working towards Marxist goals. That is the evil brilliance of cultural Marxism. The minions work towards the end goal, one of which they unaware. But, we are aware, and that is a start.
An extended 197-minute DVD is available from Original Intent. Regarding the Frankfurt School, Original Intent writes:
The Frankfurt School is the name given to the social engineers that fled Nazi Germany in order to set up their Marxist experiment in the United States. In the 1960s, while the BabyBoomers were ripe for cultural transformation, cultural Marxists such as Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Erich Fromm and Charles Reich practiced “critical theory,” “androgyny” and “cultural pessimism” in their “long march through the cultural institutions” — institutions such as the arts, cinema, theater, literature, universities, public school system, clergy and today what’s become known as the mass media. Find out how the culture you are now living, sleeping, eating and breathing in has been bastardized by cultural Marxism, also known as “political correctness.”
Surprised? You’re supposed to be. Incrementalism is the watch word. Just ask Van Jones.