Sample Cultural Marxist Quotes

Given in the following are sample quotes and descriptions of some of the founders and implementers of Cultural Marxism, which is the direct antecedent of today’s progressivism, and its enforcement strategy political correctness.

Antonio Gramsci:  (1920s-30s)

Gramsci anticipated the Marxist revolution would entail “a long, multi-generational march through the culture.”

“…it is through winning hegemony over the minds of the people and in robbing enemy classes of their most gifted men that Marxism will triumph over all.”

“For though Christianity appeared on the surface to be strong, it had for some time been debilitated by unceasing attacks against the failing remnant of Christianity. … Marxists must change the residually Christian mind… so that it would become not merely a non-Christian mind but an anti-Christian mind.”

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”

From Malachi Martin’s Keys of This Blood, speaking of Gramsci, “…he needed to get individuals and groups in every class and station of life to think about life’s problems without reference to the Christian transcendent, without reference to God and the laws of God. He needed to get them to react with antipathy and positive opposition to any introduction of Christian ideals or the Christian transcendent into the treatment and solution of the problems of modern life.”

Georg Lukacs: (1920s-1960s)  Frankfurt School

“All the social forces I had hated since my youth, and which I aimed in spirit to annihilate, now came together to unleash the First Global War.”

“I saw the revolutionary destruction of society as the one and only solution to the cultural contradictions of the epoch.”

“The question is, Who will free us from the yoke of Western Civilization?”

“Any political movement capable of bringing Bolshevism to the West would have to be ‘Demonic’.”

“The abandonment of the soul’s uniqueness solves the problem of ‘unleashing’ the diabolic forces lurking in all the violence which are needed to create a revolution.”

“Woman is the enemy.  Healthy love dies in marriage, which is a business transaction….The bourgeois family gives off swamp vapors.”  “Politics is only the means.  Culture is the goal.”

Max Horkheimer: (1920s-1960s)  Frankfurt School

“Logic is not independent of content.”  (Basis for agenda-driven academic pursuits: something is “true” if it produces desired results.)

“Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also be silent about “Fascism.”

“The root of Nazi totalitarianism [is] the family.”

Wilhelm Reich: (1920s-1960s)  Frankfurt School

The organized religious mysticism of Christianity was an element of the authoritarian family that led to Fascism.

The patriarchal power in and outside of man was to be dethroned.

Revolutionary sexual politics would mean the complete collapse of authoritarian ideology.

Birth control was revolutionary ideology.

Man was fundamentally a sexual animal.

”Marriages fall to pieces as a result of the ever deepening discrepancy between sexual needs and economic conditions.  The sexual needs can be gratified with one and the same partner for a limited time only.  On the other hand, the economic tie, moralistic demand, and human habit foster the permanency of the relationship.  This results in the wretchedness of marriage.”

Theodor Adorno (1920s-1960s)  Frankfurt School

According to Adorno, America ….was ripe for its own, home-grown fascist takeover. Not only was the American population hopelessly racist and anti-Semitic, but it had far too acquiescent an attitude towards authority figures such as fathers, policemen, clergy, military leaders, and so forth. It was also far too obsessed with such “fascist” notions as efficiency, cleanliness, and success, for these qualities revealed an inward “pessimistic and contemptuous view of humanity,” a view that leads… to fascism.

Adorno et. al’s book Authoritarian Personality was one of the important books forming the basis of Critical Theory, which was essentially  destructive  criticism  of  the  main  elements  of  Western  culture,  including Christianity,  capitalism,  authority,  the  family,  patriarchy,  hierarchy, morality,  tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention and conservatism .  The grand scheme of Adorno’s message, along with his other co-conspirators, was to fundamentally rearrange the values of Western nations so that school children and youth would become walking mouthpieces of the Frankfurt school revolutionary characters, thereby bringing about the new man.

 Authoritarian Personality was  essentially  anti-God,  anti-Christian,  anti-family,  anti-nationalist,  anti-patriot,  anti-conservative,  anti-hereditarian,  anti-ethnocentric,  anti-masculine,  anti-tradition,  and  anti-morality; all of these are elements Critical Theory.

Theodor Adorno was the Frankfurt Schools lead figure on high culture – he began life as a music critic and promoter of Schönberg and his 12-tone formula for music composition. His view was that in the face of the “repressiveness” of bourgeois society, art could only be “true” if it were alienating, reflecting the alienated society around it.

Adorno: “A successful [musical] work…is not one which resolves objective contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.”

Herbert Marcuse (1920s-1960s)  Frankfurt School

Marcuse proposed sexual liberation through the cultivation of “polymorphous perverse” sexuality (which includes oral, anal and genital eroticism) that eschews a narrow focus on genital heterosexual intercourse.  Marcuse believed that sexual liberation was achieved by exploring new permutations of sexual desires, sexual activities, and gender rules – what Freud called “perverse” sexual desires, that is, all non-reproductive forms of sexual behavior, of which kissing, oral sex, and anal sex are familiar examples.

Marcuse himself was heterosexual, but he identified the homosexual as the radical standard bearer of sex for the sake of pleasure…..Marcuse, like other leading theorists of sexuality, such as Freud and Wilhelm Reich, argued that homosexuality was a form of sexuality of which everyone was capable – that in fact, everyone was fundamentally bisexual…

Dennis Altman’s Homosexual Oppression and Liberation (1971), one of the earliest theoretical discussions of gay liberation and sexual politics….relied extensively on Marcuse’s work….Like Marcuse, Altman also emphasized “polymorphous perversity,” the undifferentiated ability to take pleasure from all parts of the body.  “Anatomy,” Altman noted, “has forced the homosexual to explore the realities of polymorphous eroticism”…

Marcuse heralded what he called “liberating tolerance,” or “repressive tolerance.”  The Frankfurt School neo-Marxist urged “intolerance of movements from the Right and tolerance of movements from the Left.”

The Red Butterfly Collective, a Marxist faction of the Gay Liberation Front, also echoed Marcuse.  The group stressed the importance of a democratic socialist perspective.  “Human liberation,” is noted in its comment on Carl Wittman’s path-breaking Gay Manifesto (1969), “in all its forms, including Gay Liberation, requires effective self-determination, i.e. democracy, in all spheres of social life affecting the lives of people as a whole.”  The group adopted as its motto the final line from the “Political Preface” of the 1966 edition of Eros and Civilization: “Today the fight for life, the fight for Eros is the political fight.

Saul Alinsky: (1960s-1970s)

“Separating sex from morality is the best way to make kids Marxists.”

“The most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired results.”

“What if… the same hardheaded tactics used by unions could be applied to the relationship between citizens and public officials?”

“A reformation means that the masses of our people have reached the point of disillusionment with past ways and values. They don’t know what will work but they do know that the prevailing system is self-defeating, frustrating, and hopeless. They won’t act for change but won’t strongly oppose those who do. The time is then ripe for revolution.

“[W]e are concerned,” Alinsky elaborated, “with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace, cooperation, equal and full opportunities for education, full and useful employment, health, and the creation of those circumstances in which men have the chance to live by the values that give meaning to life. We are talking about a mass power organization which will change the world … This means revolution.

“The radical’s affection for people is not lessened when masses of them demonstrate a capacity for brutality, selfishness, hate, greed, avarice, and disloyalty. It is not the people who must be judged but the circumstances that made them that way.”

“Liberals fear power or its application.… They talk glibly of people lifting themselves by their own bootstraps but fail to realize that nothing can be lifted except through power…. Radicals precipitate the social crisis by action — by using power…. Liberals protest; radicals rebel. Liberals become indignant; radicals become fighting mad and go into action. Liberals do not modify their personal lives[,] and what they give to a cause is a small part of their lives; radicals give themselves to the cause. Liberals give and take oral arguments; radicals give and take the hard, dirty, bitter way of life.”

If the purpose of Alinsky viewed as supremely important the role of the organizer, or master manipulator, whose guidance was responsible for setting the agendas of the People’s Organization. “The organizer,” Alinsky wrote, “is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach — to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God.”

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it…. [T]here is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks.”  He held that the organizer’s task was to cultivate in people’s hearts a negative, visceral emotional response to the face of the enemy. “The organizer who forgets the significance of personal identification,” said Alinsky, “will attempt to answer all objections on the basis of logic and merit. With few exceptions this is a futile procedure.”

“A People’s Organization is dedicated to eternal war,” said Alinsky. “… A war is not an intellectual debate, and in the war against social evils there are no rules of fair play.… When you have war, it means that neither side can agree on anything…. In our war against the social menaces of mankind there can be no compromise. It is life or death.”

Betty Friedan: ((1960s-1970s)

Betty Friedman’s 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, asserted that the suburban homesteads of American housewives were akin to “comfortable concentration camps.”

Kate Millett: (1960s-1970s)

From Kate Millett’s 1969 book, Sexual Politics: “Traditionally, patriarchy granted the father nearly total ownership over wife or wives and children, including the power of physical abuse and even those of murder and sale.  Classically as head of the family the father is both begetter and owner in a system where kinship is property.

“A sexual revolution would require perhaps first of all an end of traditional sexual inhibitions and taboos, particularly those that most threaten patriarchal monogamous marriage: homosexuality, “illegitimacy”, adolescent pre- and extra-marital sexuality.”

Mallory Millett:  (not a Marxist)

Mallory Millett on her sister Kate: “It was 1969.  Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp.   They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising group,” a typical communist exercise, practiced in Maoist China.  We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a Litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church.  But now it was Marxism, the church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:

“Why are we here today?” she asked.

“To make revolution” they answered.

“What kind of revolution?” she replied.

“The Cultural Revolution”, they chanted.

“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” She demanded.

“By destroying the American family” they answered.

“How do we destroy the family?” She came back.

“By destroying the American Patriarch” they cried exuberantly.

“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.

“By taking away his power”

“How do we do that?”

“By destroying monogamy” they shouted.

“How can we destroy monogamy?”

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality” they resounded.

(Mallory comments:)

I’ve known women who fell for this creed in their youth who now, in their fifties and sixties, cry themselves to sleep decades of countless nights grieving for the children they’ll never have and the ones they coldly murdered because they were protecting the empty loveless future they now live with no way of going back. “Where are my children?  Where are my grandchildren?” they cry to me.

“Your sister’s books destroyed my sister’s life!” I’ve heard numerous times.  “She was happily married with four kids and after she read those books, walked out on a bewildered man and didn’t look back.”  The man fell into despairing, rack and ruin.  The children were stunted, set off their tracks, deeply harmed; the family profoundly dislocated and there was no “putting Humpty-Dumpty together again”.


Note: The Marcuse quotes plus all of the Feminist quotes are taken from powerpoint slides shown in a 2015 Paul Kengor speech at the Heritage Foundation.



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