Despite Critical Race Theory’s (CRT’s) clearly established roots in the Frankfurt School’s neo-Marxist thought of the 1930s, many politicians, civic and educational leaders, and most dangerously, Pentagon officials, are woefully ignorant of the basis and motivations behind CRT and other related woke ideas. Because of this profound ignorance, critical race theory is fast becoming America’s new institutional orthodoxy.
Yet most Americans have never heard of it — and of those who have, many don’t understand it. In a nutshell, the neo-Marxists and leftist radicals simply substituted ‘race’ for ‘class’ in traditional Marxist theory to create a new revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories. Hence the left’s current race warfare has replaced class warfare.
To explain critical race theory, it helps to begin with a brief history of Marxism. For an in depth understanding of how CRT is rooted in Marxist thought, and how it is infusing and subverting the U.S. military, please read the fantastic new book, ‘Irresistable Revolution, Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military, by recently fired Space Force officer, Matthew Lohmeier.
I wrote about Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier’s controversial firing, after denouncing Marxism at the Pentagon, here.
But for a quicker intro, the New York Post (NYP) provided a great summary. While it unfortunately skips CRT’s original roots in the 1930s Frankfurt School, and fast forwards to the 1960s, and later 1990s, it is solid on the rest. It explains:
Originally, the Marxist left built its political program on the theory of class conflict. Karl Marx believed that the primary characteristic of industrial societies was the imbalance of power between capitalists and workers. The solution to that imbalance, according to Marx, was revolution: The workers would eventually gain consciousness of their plight, seize the means of production, overthrow the capitalist class and usher in a new socialist society.
During the 20th century, a number of regimes underwent Marxist-style revolutions, and each ended in disaster. Socialist governments in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Cuba and elsewhere racked up a body count of nearly 100 million people. They are remembered for gulags, show trials, executions and mass starvations. In practice, Marx’s ideas unleashed man’s darkest brutalities.
By the mid-1960s, Marxist intellectuals in the West had begun to acknowledge these failures. They recoiled at revelations of Soviet atrocities and came to realize that workers’ revolutions would never occur in Western Europe or the United States, which had large middle classes and rapidly improving standards of living.
Americans in particular had never developed a sense of class consciousness or class division. Most Americans believed in the American dream — the idea that they could transcend their origins through education, hard work and good citizenship.
But rather than abandon their political project, Marxist scholars in the West simply adapted their revolutionary theory to the social and racial unrest of the 1960s. Abandoning Marx’s economic dialectic of capitalists and workers, they substituted race for class and sought to create a revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories.
Read the full NYP piece here, but I will also expand further on The Post’s summary of CRT in other pieces to follow.