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I do not want to underestimate the tool for the dissemination of knowledge that the Wikipedia encyclopedia represents, nor its usefulness as the first source of information when it comes to introducing us to a subject, but I think we should agree that it is not the pinnacle of wisdom in the history of humanity, nor is it characterized by its rigor, thoroughness or precision when it comes to going deeper into certain subjects. Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, it is the first and sometimes only source of information for millions of people around the world, especially for the students who entrust themselves to it every time they have to hand in a class assignment. Although I doubt that their leftist professors (excuse the pleonasm) would assign them homework on cultural Marxism.
I do believe that when any young person encounters for the first time, and surely by chance, the expression “cultural Marxism” in some article, talk, meme or even in the video of some youtuber, what he will predictably do is to inform himself about it by googling it. The first result he will find is that of Wikipedia, which will explain to him that “cultural Marxism, in its modern use, is a conspiracy theory spread in conservative and extreme right-wing American circles since the 1990s”.
In other words, Wikipedia, explains to you that cultural Marxism does not exist, that it is only a conspiracy theory, and if that is not pejorative enough, it emphasizes that it is not an innocent conspiracy theory, but one of the extreme conservative right! Furthermore, if you believe in its existence, the online encyclopedia labels you as a tinfoil hat crazy person, as well as anti-semite and islamophobe, simultaneously, xenophobe, homophobe, misogynist and some other phobias and hatreds that, coincidentally, the left has been coining and instrumentalizing throughout the last decades.
But what is cultural Marxism? The freely accessible virtual encyclopedia states that those of us who use the expression “cultural Marxism” are referring to a supposed form of Marxism that has been infiltrating Western societies in a coordinated manner through agents in universities and schools, religions and spiritual movements, the media, literature, cinema, music and every form of entertainment or pop culture, with the aim of destroying traditional institutions and subverting Western values such as the family, private property, individual freedoms, natural rights and capitalism.
Antonio Gramsci, the influential Italian Marxist theorist, considered one of the fathers of cultural Marxism, said that “the seizure of cultural power is prior to that of political power and this is achieved through the concerted action of the so-called organic intellectuals infiltrated in all the media and academia”.
He also stated that the key was to “take control of the world of ideas, so that ours are the ideas of the world”. Reading this, it seems that Wikipedia imitates another famous Marxist -of the only Marxism I consider harmless-, the brilliant Groucho Marx, who said: “Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”
As if this infiltration that they explicitly address did not exist, and as if one could not see its effects on the minds of millions of people, -and sadly- on an ever-increasing proportion of young people, who harbor in their heads only radical leftist ideas and are conditioned to demonize any other thought or opinion that differs from what the hegemonic cultural left defines as the only morally correct and superior.
The concepts that young people receive, everywhere and on a daily basis, are predominantly socialist ideas. From their music idols to sports idols, from novels and comics to movies and video games, from celebrities and influencers to journalists and intellectuals. They constantly receive these ideas even from Pope Francis, from their university professors, their teachers at school, their caregivers at the daycare center and even from their own parents.
I am aware that one of the main and strongest arguments against any conspiracy theory is the so-called “Whistleblower Question”: how many people (and what kind) must be loyal conspirators for it to work? The more people involved, the more difficult it is that there are no whistleblowers or defectors to uncover the conspiracy among so many celebrities, politicians, businessmen, teachers or, as I have stated, even parents themselves!
To this question I answer with another question that perhaps makes us reflect on the ease of coordinating many people, for a long time, in the persistence of a very big and obvious lie: Does Santa Claus, the Three Wise Men or the Tooth Fairy exist? Is not it a conspiracy of millions of adults telling a huge lie to all children? We are not trying to judge whether it is a positive or negative tradition for raising a child, but it can make us understand that there is a huge planetary conspiracy in which everyone participates, actively or passively, to sustain it.
As children we all believed the deception. I believed it. When I was a child I could see Santa with my own eyes on television and in the mall.
Nobody, for almost ten years, spoke out, and if any child or adult snitched, you knew he would be treated like a “Grinch” and would be immediately “cancelled”. During my childhood, the Internet did not exist, but if you google “do the Three Wise Men exist”, when you clicked on the first result, The Three Wise Men exist, you would find all the necessary information to continue believing in them fervently.
With cultural Marxism something similar happens, but in reverse. If we click beyond those first links that define it as a conspiracy theory, and we begin to detect it in the majority of the content that arrives for daily consumption, we will see that it does exist.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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