Posted onFebruary 13, 2018byifnm|Comments Off on Why the origins of political correctness should frighten you
Instead of taking lessons from the “loving Left” on political correctness, let’s call out the troublemakers and make them acknowledge their own origins of upending the social order.
It’s commonplace to hear liberals complain about conservatives denouncing them for being too politically correct. Usually, the classic response from the Left has to do with stressing the importance of “empathy” or “protecting marginalized people.” That’s a very Rousseauian way of thinking, common among liberals — an appeal to emotion. Recently, however, I’ve noticed leftists are taking a bit of a different path: accusing us on the political Right of engaging in safe space culture and having our own version of political correctness, calling it “conservative correctness.”
This argument is either some tenacious assertion that political correctness isn’t really a phenomenon or that the political Right has its own equivalence. It may sound reasonable, but upon further inspection, it is anything but reasonable. When one understands the origins of political correctness and its inherent relationship with left-wing politics, these arguments are clearly exposed as a deceptive attempt to both beguile and harm open debate on college campuses.
Posted onFebruary 11, 2018byifnm|Comments Off on Why Antonio Gramsci is the Marxist thinker for our times
The late Italian philosopher’s concept of hegemony was startlingly prescient.
At the trial of Antonio Gramsci in 1928, the prosecutor declared: “We must stop this brain from working for 20 years.” Gramsci, the former leader of the Italian Communist Party and a gifted Marxist theoretician and journalist, was sentenced to two decades’ imprisonment by Benito Mussolini’s fascist government.
Yet confinement marked the flowering, rather than the decay, of Gramsci’s thought. He embarked on an epic intellectual pursuit with the aim of an enduring legacy. His Prison Notebooks, as they became known, comprised 33 volumes and 3,000 pages of history, philosophy, economics and revolutionary strategy. Though permitted to write, Gramsci was denied access to Marxist works and was forced to use code to evade the prison censors. In 1937, having long been refused adequate health care (his teeth fell out and he was unable to digest solid foods), Gramsci died, aged 46.
Yet he has achieved the intellectual afterlife that he sought. Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks were smuggled out by his sister-in-law Tatiana and published in Italy from 1948-51. After Gramsci’s work was translated into French, German and English in the 1970s, he became the foremost influence on the anti-Stalinist Eurocommunists. Gramsci is now quoted routinely by commentators who recall his most memorable aphorism (“pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will”) and his description of the 1930s: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”
Posted onJanuary 20, 2018byifnm|Comments Off on Fr. Paulo Ricardo – Cultural Marxism and Cultural Revolution – 02 – Historical Overview (Video)
As seen in the previous lecture, Marx had already identified a cultural problem in the alienation of the proletariat by saying that religion is the opium of the people. This was analyzed more systematically by Antonio Gramsci, who experienced all the theoretical crisis of communism after the First World War. This crisis of Marxism generated two children: fascism and cultural Marxism, each with a clear proposal to reach its objectives of domination.
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So what inspired Rectenwald, a former self-declared “longtime communist” and “ex-leftist,” to crusade against the screeching menace of campus leftism?
Michael Rectenwald — the PC-bashing, “deplorable” New York University professor behind the Twitter handle @antipcnyuprof — is suing NYU and four of his colleagues for defamation, alleging that he was subjected to a campaign of ostracism and harassment when he criticized campus political correctness.
Rectenwald’s suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, alleges that current and former NYU faculty members used official email distribution lists to defame him in May of 2017, calling him a “right-wing misogynist,” an “asshole” and “Satan” in messages sent to over 100 NYU faculty and administrators.
When contacted by The Daily Caller, John Beckman, New York University’s chief spokesman, brusquely dismissed the allegations. “The suit is without merit,” Beckman stated.
At a great capitalist founded institution, Communism is being celebrated Red Square style.
Vladimir Lenin was said to have boasted that capitalists would give his communists the rope to hang them. The self-anointed keeper of the Marxist flame, co-namesake of history’s deadliest ideology — Marxism-Leninism — would have chortled at what’s happening at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2018, this prestigious university, named for two of history’s wealthiest capitalists, freshly infused with a huge quarter-billion-dollar-plus estate gift from industrialist William S. Dietrich II, and where students are hit for $70,000 per year, will be celebrating the birth of Karl Marx.
The year 2018 is Marx’s bicentennial, and his proponents at Carnegie Mellon are not forgetting. Quite the contrary, they are celebrating. And if you think “celebrating” might be too strong of a word, well, go online and watch the inaugural “Marx at 200” lecture (assuming it isn’t scrubbed from the website after this article appears), with opening remarks by the dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Richard Scheines, followed by presentations from faculty members Kathy Newman and David Shumway. A warning: if you’re a Carnegie Mellon student, alumnus, faculty member, board member, or donor who has friends and family that escaped the Iron Curtain, Fidel’s Cuba, Red China, Ceausescu’s Romania, Vietnam, Cambodia, or any other Marxist despotism, you will not be pleased.
Posted onJanuary 9, 2018byifnm|Comments Off on Fr. Paulo Ricardo – Cultural Marxism and Cultural Revolution – 01 – Historical Overview (Video)
This is a series of lectures that seek to compile, in a systematic way, the theme of Cultural Marxism that is diffused in several videos and lectures on the website padrepauloricardo.org. The intention is to present the cultural revolution within the Church or, rather, a systematic study of the roots of Liberation Theology and its actuation within the Catholic Church.
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Posted onJanuary 2, 2018byifnm|Comments Off on Laurier Professor Shocked by Postmodernist Claims (Peterson | Haskell | McNally) – Video
Dr. David Haskell, Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism / Religion and Culture and Dr. William McNally, Associate Professor of Finance at the School of Business and Economics (both of Wilfred Laurier) joined Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at University of Toronto, for this discussion (December 19, 2017) about Dr. MacLatchy’s response to the scandal surrounding TA Lindsay Shepherd.
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“They are using my culture to present their dumb ideology of Aztlán”
Chicanos go into Mexico and violate Mexican laws
Re: “Who does Chicano Park belong to?” Neighborhood News.
An embarrassment of Chicano park and the Anti-American sentiment: I feel sad for Chicanos and immigrants who participate in this act of hostility.
Not all Mexican Americans feel this way. I grew up back in the days when Chicanos didn’t speak to immigrants. I remember taking Chicano studies and telling myself They are using my culture to present their dumb ideology of Aztlán. I see their ideology as crying over spilt milk. The Aztec Empire did the same thing.
Mexico is looking toward a better tomorrow. Chicanos need to get over this. Chicanos go into Mexico and violate Mexican laws and then they start crying to go back to the States for protection.
Not all Mexican Americans are anti-American. I was born in Mexico and grew up in L.A. I thank this country for allowing me to be part of it. The USA and Mexico both have dark histories. We don’t like it, but we learn not to repeat them. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are not heroes — people need to read about them. The murals are beautiful, but when it gets political it’s wrong.
“The People’s Republic of China tops the list, with 76 million lives lost at the hands of the government from 1949 to 1987.”
Before the question, how about a few statistics? The 20th century was mankind’s most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to 116 million lives.
The number of war dead pales in comparison with the number of people who lost their lives at the hands of their own governments. The late professor Rudolph J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii documented this tragedy in his book “Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900.” Some of the statistics found in the book have been updated at http://tinyurl.com/y96tqhrl.
The People’s Republic of China tops the list, with 76 million lives lost at the hands of the government from 1949 to 1987. The Soviet Union follows, with 62 million lives lost from 1917 to 1987. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German government killed 21 million people between 1933 and 1945. Then there are lesser murdering regimes, such as Nationalist China, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico. According to Rummel’s research, the 20th century saw 262 million people’s lives lost at the hands of their own governments.
Posted onDecember 23, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on Russia Has Abandoned Cultural Marxism; America Is Embracing It
Historian Srdja Trifkovic explains why the Nikki-Haley American elites hate Russia:
” … The most significant trait of the Bolshevik terror during the civil war and in the ensuing decades was the promotion of a quasi religious forma mentis based on anti-Christian zeal, and the parallel insistence on the creation of a New Man divorced from his ancestors, his naturally evolving communities, and his culture. As Trotsky wrote in 1924,”
Man will make it his purpose to master his own feelings, to raise his instincts to the heights of consciousness, to make them transparent, to extend the wires of his will into hidden recesses, and thereby to raise himself to a new plane, to create a higher social biologic type, or, if you please, a superman.
“Today, Russia is in recovery, while America’s dominant elites are gripped by a rather similar kind of madness. Abroad, ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia has been pursuing conventional, national-interest-based policies, while the United States has pursued global hegemony. ‘History has called America and our allies to action,’ George W. Bush announced in his Leninist 2002 State of the Union Address. ‘We’ve come to know truths that we will never question.’ The same principle has been reiterated enthusiastically in Obama’s Reagan-plus ‘vindication of the idea of America,’ and reluctantly by Trump in the aftermath of his defeat by the Swamp.
I watch Hollywood awards ceremonies where a supposed artist screams out for punching people in the face for political disagreements, and the entire horde of Botoxed brain zombies leaps to their feet in an ungodly and unholy howl of rampant bloodlust approval.
“We can call it Cultural Marxism, but at the end of the day, we experience it on a day to day basis, by that I mean a minute by minute, second by second basis. It’s political correctness and it’s multiculturalism.” – Andrew Breitbart