Category: Food for Thought

Cultural Marxism – the ultimate post-factual dog whistle

An alt-right meme referencing 'cultural Marxism', a debunked concept that flourishes online. The wording co-opts fears ...

“They label movements for LGBT rights as ‘Marxist’ in the hopes that this will frighten people into voting against things like gay marriage,” McCarthy says.

A still image from a YouTube video that falsely claims that concepts such as social justice and feminism, among others, …
A still image from a YouTube video that falsely claims that concepts such as social justice and feminism, among others, are “cultural Marxism.” Photo: Youtube/EuropeanUnity565

“This is a clever rhetorical strategy, if dishonest or, charitably, simply deeply confused.”

McCarthy makes a firm distinction between Marxist theorists originating in the 20th century and today’s concept of “cultural Marxism”.

An alt-right meme referencing ‘cultural Marxism’, a debunked concept that flourishes online. The wording co-opts fears …
An alt-right meme referencing ‘cultural Marxism’, a debunked concept that flourishes online. The wording co-opts fears about demographic change in the world today. Photo: Supplied

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Where is our democracy heading? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Kyran O’Dwyer In terms of the changes facing modern society, the process of change by erosion presents as the greatest threat, in my opinion. We have had an erosion of trust in our public officials, caused by their all too frequent abuses of the very trust upon which they are reliant. We have had…

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Does writing matter?: Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture | The Monthly

Every day we hear grim and grimmer news that suggests we are passing through the winter of the world. Everywhere man is tormented, the globe reels from multitudes of suffering and horror, and, worst, we no longer know with confidence what our answer might be. And yet we understand that the time approaches when an answer must be made or a terrible reckoning will be ours. Perhaps this is what BuzzFeed meant when it featured an article with the title ‘Ten Shitty Alternatives to Drinking Yourself to Death’.

Source: Does writing matter?: Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture | The Monthly

War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

On July 28, London’s Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, aka “the Old Bailey,” announced the conviction of Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on charges of “inviting …

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Israeli War Crimes: ‘In An Endless War On Terror, We Are All Doomed To Become Palestinians’ | Cognitive Liberty

Review of Jeff Halper’s Book Halper’s new book sheds light on the arms industry, arguing that Israel is now the go-to nation for armies and police forces around the world. For 18 years Jeff H…

Source: Israeli War Crimes: ‘In An Endless War On Terror, We Are All Doomed To Become Palestinians’ | Cognitive Liberty