Cultural Marxism: “Marx would be happy about today's conditions”

Cultural Marxism: “Marx would be happy about today's conditions”

Cultural Marxism “Marx would be happy about today’s conditions” The economics professor Antony Mueller on the claim to power of Marxism, its present manifestation and its destructive effect on bourgeoisie, capitalism, market and freedom. Professor Mueller, the fall of the Berlin Wall before 30 years was a historic, political and economic break. At that time, the hopes of Marxists to defeat capitalism exploded. What is left of Marxism today? We should not underestimate the potency of Marxist ideas. The failure of the GDR and the Soviet Union does not mean that Marxism and its representatives have abandoned the struggle against bourgeois society and capitalism. Marxists exist only in North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela. In public, Marxism is usually associated with revolutionary movements such as those of Lenin, Mao, Castro or Chavez. But revolutionary Marxism is only a variant of Marxism … … which has crashed. The revolutionary Marxism has set on the workers. The revolt of the proletariat was intended to transfer private property into the hands of the state. But the proletarians had no interest in overthrowing the situation. They wanted secure jobs and rising wages. Therefore, revolutionary Marxism was only able to assert itself by force. In many countries, Marxists prevented people from leaving the country, as in the GDR. But there is another, more successful variety of Marxism. The Academy of Sciences was the socialist elite forge. But the graduates of 1989 suddenly had to assert themselves in capitalism. Some managed that amazingly well. Which? The cultural Marxism. He does not rely on revolutions, but on reforms. His addressees are not the workers, but the intellectuals. Marx himself was an intellectual, not a labor leader. In his Thesis on Feuerbach he wrote: “The philosophers interpreted the world only differently; it’s about changing it. ” It is the philosophers, the intellectuals, to whom Marx assigns the task of changing the world. The most important thought leader of cultural Marxism was Antonio Gramsci. You mean the philosopher and co-founder of the Communist Party of Italy? Yes, Gramsci lived from 1891 to 1937. His strategy was to win over intellectuals to Marxism and use them to undermine the culture and institutions of the bourgeoisie, schools, universities, churches, the legal system and the media. So Marxism should win the ideological hegemony. Gramsci saw socialism as “the very religion Christianity must overcome”. He realized that every society needed an ideological pillar. In the bourgeois society of the West, this is traditionally Christianity. Gramsci wanted to replace it with socialism, thus destroying bourgeois society. Gramsci is long dead. But his ideas are alive. In the 1960 years, the Marxist philosophers and sociologists of the Frankfurt School, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse and Jürgen Habermas built on Gramsci’s ideas. The Critical Theory developed by the Frankfurt School aims to criticize the capitalist system from A to Z, to speak badly about capitalism and turn its success into negative. For example, people’s tremendous consumption opportunities for consumer terror are being reinterpreted. Through such negative connotations and the permanent criticism of existing conditions, people’s trust in the capitalist system should be undermined. The ideas of the Frankfurt School are still powerful today, not only in Europe. Where else? In the US, for example. There is the movement of the Democratic Socialists of America. Her figureheads, the old communist Bernie Sanders and the activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, enjoy enormous popularity. It will only be a matter of time until this movement spills over to Europe and becomes more important here. Marxism no longer comes in army boots today but on velvet paws. How to capitalize on Karl Marx content “Marx would be happy about today’s conditions” Discourse sovereignty of cultural Marxists Read article on a page Now on wiwo.de You want to know what drives the economy? Click here for the latest articles of WirtschaftsWoche. © Handelsblatt GmbH – All rights reserved. Acquire usage rights?
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