on Culture (Cultural Marxism)

1. Monsters from the ID: The Rise of Horror in Fiction and Film, E. Michael Jones, 2000.
2. Stewardship of Aslan, commentary on C.S. Lewis’s Magician’s Nephew.
3. Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America’s Favorite Movies, Paul Buhle and David Wagner, 2003.  H/t to Charles Burris.
4.  Hollywood Vs. America: The Explosive Best Seller that Shows How and Why the Entertainment Industry Has Broken Faith with Its Audience, Michael Medved, 1993.
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FILM
1. Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre, Ryan McMaken, 2012.
2. The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty Versus Authority in American Film and T.V., Paul A. Cantor, 2012.
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CULTURAL MARXISM
1. The Authoritarian Personality ( Studies in Prejudice), Theodor W. Adorno, 1950.  Paul  Edward Gottfried (find his books here) made the best assessment of the group who founded Cultural Marxism, the Frankfurt School:

The best known English work written in this vein, The Authoritarian Personality  (1950), an anthology of polemics warning against “prejudice” in American life, was sponsored by an emphatically liberal but also anti-Soviet sponsor, the American Jewish Committee. The same patrons also sponsored Commentary magazine. Among many others, distinguished sociologist Seymour Morton Lipset hailed TAP (and the series to which it belonged, Studies in Prejudice) as a blueprint for rebuilding American society. Contrary to what some may believe, Lipset was only slightly left of center politically. Even more interestingly, as cultural historian Christopher Lasch points out, Lipset praised the work spearheaded by Adorno in the U.S. as a means of fortifying the U.S. internally to fight Communism as well as the ideological vestiges of Nazism.

2.  Erich Fromm.   

Frankfurt School pioneers like Eric Fromm became popular authorities on psychological well-being and had their works distributed through Book of the Month clubs.

3.  Herbert Marcuse is an effing pervert.  
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The whole concept of former prejudices becoming approved, even privileged groups like gays, comes directly from the Cultural Marxists here in America.  Gottfried explains

the plans and proposals of The Authoritarian Personality are easily discernible: e.g., combatting through sustained political indoctrination antifeminist and homophobic prejudice and isolating the putative Christian poison that has infected the body social. These now familiar initiatives are driven not so much by the claim to be protecting us against mental sickness (although that too has been advanced) as they are by the themes of fairness and “fundamental rights.” 

Gottfried ends with this great passage:  

Even self-described conservatives now deplore the unwillingness of the Russian and Serbian governments to allow gay pride parades to take place in their cities, a civic event that I could hardly imagine having been encouraged in the America I grew up in sixty years ago. And I couldn’t imagine even the founders of the Frankfurt School going quite so far in their embrace of “gay rights” as to welcome what we now hail as part of a new political consensus, including the affirmation of gay marriage as a human right and family value. These ideas are admittedly derivative from an older Cultural Marxism, but I can’t find anything here that I would pin specifically on Marx.

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