What is the Frankfurt School and Who is Max Horkheimer?

What is the Frankfurt School and Who is Max Horkheimer?

The Frankfurt School is virtually unknown. Many students – even those with PHDs –  have never read about it. They focused on the death penalty, abortion, medical marijuana and so forth. However, the Frankfurt School has recently come into the spotlight (thank you, Andrew Breitbart). The “school” was a cognoscenti of Jewish thinkers that left Europe after World War 1, came to the United States, and implemented the theories of Cultural Marxism (oppressor vs. oppressed). If you want to understand the far left, you have to understand the Frankfurt School.

We can trust Wikipedia for a definition (sometimes):

They were from Germany. That part was easy.

  • Founded during the interwar period, the School consisted of dissidents who felt at home neither in the existent capitalist, fascist, nor communist systems that had formed at the time.

The “interwar period” is between 1918 and 1939. That’s just the basic info, so let’s get into the nitty gritty of the school. Here is the biggest player…

Max Horkheimer

Horkheimer was the philosophical leader of the Frankfurt School:

  • “Max Horkheimer was born into a conservative Jewish family on February 14, 1895, the only son of Moritz and Babette Horkheimer.”

Horkheimer was Jewish. His acerbic approach to German culture – communistic in nature –  was a contributing cause to the rise of the Nazis: Hitler’s hatred for communism being well documented. Horkheimer disseminated Marxism through the press and academic institutions of Germany, creating fiction between the German business owner and worker. Needless to say, Hitler had some animosity toward Horkheimer. Max  saw the writing on the wall, fleeing to the United States prior to World War 2.

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Horkheimer arrives in the Big Apple, ready to start a  revolution.

Horkheimer brought economic Marixism with him to New York. Rather than be a mensch and get a real job (maybe a butcher like Lazer Wolf) he decided to pick up where he left off in Europe – causing revolution in the goyim nation. However, there was a problem: the US had a strong middle class, so Horkheimer’s brand of Marxism wouldn’t work in the land of hot dogs and hamburgers.

What kind of man would destroy a country that just saved his life? To call Max Horkheimer an ingrate is an understatement. He should have been grateful he wasn’t burning in the ovens of Auschwitz; instead, he started a culture war against the gullible goyim of America.

Horkheimer created Cultural Marxism with Herbert Marcuse (one of his fellow Jewish Frankfurters). Instead of owner vs. worker, the new conflict would be oppressor versus oppressed. The United States had historical wounds that could be capitalized on, such as slavery and segregation. So the Frankfurt School promoted identity politics, encouraging racial violence between the two groups. Some ten years after Horkheimer’s arrival, we see the growing movements of Dr. King, Malcolm X, etc. And even to this day, we see the seeds of Horkheimer’s work in the Black Lives Matter movement (funded by another revolutionary Jew in George Soros).

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You need to read some Max Horkheimer!!!

There was also the “war” between men and women to be capitalized on; there’s always a natural tension between men and women. Thus, the Frankfurt School began watering the soil for the feminist movement. Note that the feminist movement was not linked to any particular cause – such as suffrage – but was a broad theoretical claim of man (the oppressor) versus woman (the oppressed). This theory was disseminated through academia and the press the same way it was in Europe: note that Horkheimer moved to Pacific Palisades, where he had Jewish friends in Hollywood. Within a decade, thanks to Horkheimer and his connections, the term “American woman” became synonymous with the non-feminine.

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Patriarchy, patriarchy, patriarchy…oh yeah, and patriarchy.

Ironically, or perhaps not so ironic, nearly all the feminists from the 1970s were Jewish: Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Andrea Dworkin. These women never identified themselves as Jewish – much like Horkheimer – but pretended that their fight against the oppressed was a traditional American battle. Thus, American women came to believe that Gloria Steinem was “one of them,” when she was really an adherent to the Frankfurt School of Horkheimer. We can see the same thing today with Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook; she never proclaims her Judaism, yet she is clearly a traitorous part of the tribe. Everything she does is a recycling of the oppressor/oppressed model from the Frankfurt School.

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The face of evil? Pretty much…

And finally, there was a national conflict to be capitalized on: America “the oppressor” versus the “oppressed” parts of the world, such as Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, etc. American strength made it an ideal target for the Frankfurt School, since they could become the new bourgeoisie. Ironically, at this same time, American soldiers were dying to save Jewish lives in Europe. They were also working tirelessly with Great Britain to make Israel a nation. While Americans were fighting for European Jews, Horkheimer was figuring out ways to destroy the United States.

Again, what kind of man does this?

The Man and His Writing

The most striking thing about Horheimer’s writing is the ambiguity. You can always tell a charlatan by the evasiveness of the prose. Here is a typical excerpt:

  • “…emancipatory action is said to depend on correcting problems of thought first, such that Horkheimer would stress thought for thought’s sake. Correcting these problems would require freeing reason from instrumentality, which would mean eschewing formalism. But this does not mean eschewing reason.”

This sentence highlights a great danger in modern education—incomprehensibility. If the average person cannot understand a writer, then we must conclude that the writer is a potential criminal. Opaqueness is the attribute of a thief—you never know what he/she is saying until it’s too late. The used car salesman, for example, is vague in his approach for a reason – he’s trying to manipulate the buyer. Horkheimer relies on the vague because if he was to lay his plans clear, we would see the traitorous intent.

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I have no idea what this means, but Professor Goldstein says it’s important

Conclusion

This is a topic that deserves far more analysis. I think a few more postings are required here, seeing how the tentacles of Cultural Marxism are well entrenched in modern US culture. Take the Chicagoan Saul Alinsky for example, author of Rules for Radicals. Alinsky was a major influence on President Obama and the President has frequently displayed an oppressor/oppressed mindset when talking about issues. We can clearly see the seeds of the Frankfurt School in the discourse of Barrack Obama.

So I’ve got more research to do. I’ll be back with a few more postings on this topic, which I hope you enjoy; so until then…Mavel Tov!

 

 

 

How Do I Become More Successful?

How Do I Become More Successful?

You are what you do. This is some good advice from Mike Cernovich over at Danger and Play. To quote the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” You can talk about what a great Dad (or Mom) you are, but do your actions match up? You can talk about how rich you are, but what do your finances look like? And so on and so forth…

It’s a nice way to center your mind – focus on topics of action, as opposed to gossip. Of course, this will remove 90% of the conversations that occur, since most of these are centered around he said/she said. But no worries…you’ll be left with more time. You won’t waste your minutes on topics that go nowhere. And you can use this extra time to become better centered on your goals.

So how can you make this happen? Well, let’s start with a few reminders….

1.) Get in Touch with Your Selfishness

Ask yourself, “What do I want to do?” Focus on this for the first part of your day. Work on your writing, hit the gym, get your reading done, etc. This should take you at least half a day, minimum. Forget about what other people want you to do. When we focus our attention too much on others, then we become lost.

This hints at a larger issue, of course; do you know what you want to do? If you don’t know, then you have a problem. This is especially true the older you get. The longer it takes you to center on a skill or passion, the greater the likelihood that you never will. That’s why young people should be relentless about honing their skills. Try should try different endeavors, seeing what they are good at. Finding your bliss is an imperative goal.

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Philosophers call this enlightened self-interest. You are being selfish for the benefit of your mental and physical health; your selfishness isn’t done to deliberately hurt others. You maintain a “you” centered existence to be a productive individual, to be healthy and well-balanced. Remember: if you can’t help yourself, then you can’t help others.

2.) Stay Centered on Your Daily and Yearly Goals

You can’t know what to do if you don’t have a plan. Making a set of goals (both daily and yearly) is essential. You should save these to areas that are easiest for you to access. For some people this might be on their phone, for others on a laptop: wherever you spend the most amount of time is a good place to store the information.

“I just take life as it comes” is a horrible philosophy. You are the creator of your reality, not others. You decide what your destiny is. Letting something this critical be decided by the wind is pure foolishness. Whenever I meet somebody that states this, or something to this effect, I know that I am in the midst of a time waster – the sooner we part ways, the better.

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We have to be militaristic about our use of time, especially in today’s world. We are preyed upon by a malicious media that  uses art as a weapon of cultural subversion. If you allow yourself to become a passive receptacle for these influences, you will find yourself becoming spiritually poisoned. We can no longer allow our consciousness to be crafted by the demonic directors of Hollywood.

3.) Connect with Other People that are Doers

This is very important, and it’s perhaps the most challenging. We get better by surrounding ourselves with great people; conversely, we get worse by surrounding ourselves with toxic individuals. So it’s imperative that we connect with individuals that are high achievers, people who are working on lofty goals and achievements.

There’s the rub…where to find these people? As you get older, you find your associates disappearing. Some drift off to marriage, others move to different states. In addition, it becomes difficult to connect with people in many big American cities where neighbors are not in close quarters. In Los Angeles, for example, many people pull into the driveway, shut the garage door, and don’t come out until the next morning when they head back to work.

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Nothing good comes easy. You have to force yourself into better social circles: go to events, be more social, approach people you think are interesting. One thing is for certain – great people are not going to knock on your door and give you million dollar advice. It’s up to use to go out into the world and connect with people.You have to make the effort – not them.

Conclusion

Everyday is a fight…a war against the battalions of apathy and indifference. We create our reality – we decide what’s important and what’s irrelevant. And we are besieged with a million narratives, trying to steer us into an infinite number of directions.

The solution is simple: know thyself. You goal is your own self-discovery. That is your journey, your path. You daily actions should work to serve this goal. And you should be unwavering in your pursuit of this.

Great men will clutch their destiny like a pit bull clutches his chew toy. You have to stay centered and you cannot let go.

Nature Does Not Believe in Equality

Nature Does Not Believe in Equality

This is a central point from Will Durant’s excellent book, Lessons of History:

  • Since Nature (here meaning total reality and its processes) has not read very carefully the American Declaration of Independence or the French Revolutionary Declaration of the Rights of Man, we are all born unfree and unequal: subject to our physical and psychological heredity, and to the customs and traditions of our group (p. 19-20).

Let’s go through his list here, and see if it holds weight.

1.) Physical heredity – Clearly, people are not equal in this regard. For example, some children are born premature and spend the rest of their lives with health issues. Others are born to crack mothers, or are Aids babies. These children come into the world with a weakened physical state. Thus, nature has not made them “equal” to all the other children.

2.) Psychological heredity – Again, people are not born equal. There are children born with various degrees of mental retardation. In addition to the more extreme forms, we have the lighter – yet still troublesome – afflictions like Asperger’s or Autism. These psychological afflictions play havoc on the child as he/she becomes an adult. The inability to maintain positive relationships, as well as maintain a high-paying job, reduce the person to a veritable ward of the state.

3.) Group Customs and Traditions – True again. Group customs create inequality in people, long before they reach adulthood. Various Muslim groups remove the clitoris of their daughters, Jews remove the prepuces of their boys, etc. These procedures are done to dull the sexual experience, leaving the individual with a handicap that is outside of their control.

Durant’s theory is controversial because Western culture has a cult of egalitarianism. We insist on the idea of equality, even when all evidence contradicts it. Equality has become, on some level, like “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” story. All the adults agree upon a lie, and only the child can see the obvious.

The more we persist with the idea of equality, the more work we create for ourselves; we have to continually defend a theory that contradictory to the will of nature.

1 Dead in Ohio, 1 Dead in Ohio

1 Dead in Ohio, 1 Dead in Ohio

Classic rock fans will remember the song “Ohio” by Crosby, Still and Nash. Who can forget the chorus?

“Four dead in Ohio, four dead in Ohio…”

They were commenting on the Kent State shootings of 1970, of course.

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Now, 45 years later, Ohio has witnessed another murder on its college campus – only this time, the killer is a Muslim refugee as opposed to a local policeman.

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Baby boomers…where do we start? Newsflash: One generations “fight” is meaningless to the next. Cultural winds are temporary, so expect your Weltanschauung to be challenged. At this point, the “legendary” generation is flawed. They continue to address today’s problems with the solutions that worked 50 years ago.

Don’t expect them to self-reflect either…expect them to double down.