Examining Critical Theory Put Into Practice
Critical theory is the reflective assessment and critique of society and culture to reveal and challenge power structures. …In sociology and political philosophy, the term Critical Theory describes the Western Marxist philosophy of the Frankfurt School, which was developed in Germany in the 1930s.
Commonly referred to as Cultural Marxists (but only by “conspiracy theorists), although I find Antonio Gramsci to be the more appropriate communist thinker behind these ideas.
To explain, from Gary North:
Gramsci argued, and the Frankfurt School followed his lead, that the way for Marxists to transform the West was through cultural revolution: the idea of cultural relativism. The argument was correct, but the argument was not Marxist. The argument was Hegelian.
And from an excerpt of The Keys of this Blood by Malachi Martin:
While firmly committed to global Communism, [Gramsci] knew that that violence would fail to win the West. American workers (proletariat) would never declare war on their middle-class neighbors as long as they shared common Christian values. So the Italian communist — a contemporary of Lenin — wrote an alternative plan for a silent revolution. The main weapons would be deception, manipulation and infiltration. Hiding their Marxist ideology, the new Communist warriors would seek positions of influence in seminaries, government, communities, and the media.
Critical Theory Can’t Deliver because it can’t make Voltron from its crippled Christian Code, Paul VanderKlay (video; 1 hour, 45 minutes)
Yes, it’s a long video – this is what VanderKlay does, and this one is a real keeper. This post will also run a bit long, but I believe VanderKlay’s video is one of the best examinations of this current culture and these current protests that I have seen…well, given my worldview.
To offer a bit of clarity to the title, Voltron is an animated television show from the 1980s – I won’t spend time on making the connection in my post; if you are interested, I can only offer the video. The Crippled Christian code can be summarized by Nietzsche, in Twilight of the Idols:
When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet.
This is what makes for the “crippled Christian code” of today’s social justice warriors: a demand for Christian justice without Christianity. As Rene Girard and Tom Holland each offer, they use Christianity to criticize Christianity. With that, on to several points from the video.
He begins with a blog post that he wrote: Beaten Wives Matter. The play on words is obvious, and the point is simple (no, he is not an advocate of wife beating): which oppressed group gets to be on top? He comes to it later in the video: do any of you remember that June is Pride Month? I didn’t – not that I would ever think of it if it wasn’t put in my face, but that’s the point. Not one peep about it this month, as the oppressed Black Lives are higher on the oppression hierarchy than the oppressed rainbow-flag community.
VanderKlay explains: how does someone who voted for Obama twice (him) also find Jordan Peterson worthwhile? To add to this “confusion,” he grew up in Patterson, New Jersey and his father was pastor of a mixed-race Reformed church. It was in this climate that he was raised.
They practiced what Martin Luther King preached, about judging people not by the color of their skin but the content of their character – supposedly a racist dog-whistle today, but a quite Christian sentiment. They practiced love in the body of Christ, learning to submit to one another and serve each other.
Today’s society is significantly
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