How The Cultural Marxists Of The Frankfurt School Subverted American Education

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Via Beau Albrecht of,

Perhaps you’ve wondered why so many college professors are so left-wing.  In your freshman year, you might have noted with dread—as I did—some of your fellow students “going with the flow” and molding their beliefs to fit in.  Perhaps one of them was you, before you grew up and snapped out of it!  The Frankfurt School is the answer to why so many universities are Social Justice Warrior factories.

The origins of the Frankfurt School

Institute for Social Research

The Institute for Social Research, associated with the Frankfurt School

They began as a Communist think tank at the Goethe University Frankfurt.  They noted that the masses didn’t rise up during the First World War to overthrow capitalism; instead, the citizens fought for their countries.  Only Russia became Communist, a place they didn’t expect Communism to take hold.  Since they took the writings of Marx as gospel, all this was quite shocking.  They decided they needed to prepare the way by breaking down traditional social ties—country, family, and religion—and afterwards the masses would embrace rule by a global Communist state.  That’s not working out too well lately, but all that’s another story.

They found themselves unwelcome in Germany during the 1930s, and one of the two reasons was that all of them were Communists.  They moved to the USA, settling down in Columbia University.  How did they repay the country that gave them refuge?  By subverting it, of course.  If all this sounds like McCarthyist alarmism, note that the Communists themselves claim them.

Because the proletariat just wasn’t interested in revolution, they rebranded Communism, taking out the elements of class struggle, and adding contributions from Freudian theory.  This was a mistake; Communism emphasized hard work and heroism; that much is respectable even if the rest of the ideology is badly flawed.  If you compare the Motherland Calls statue to Trigglypuff, you’ll understand.

How cultural Marxism took root


“You see, what Antonio Gramsci called ‘hegemony’ is, like, the value system of the Establishment, man! So don’t trust anyone over thirty, dig?”

They had two strategies:  ensconcing themselves into academia, and the criticism of society (hence “critical theory”).  Ultimately, this meant ideological subversion and basically badgering society to death.  (It seems incredible that they did so much without picking up a single rifle.)  They stressed moral relativism and the “question everything” atmosphere that became the 1960s counterculture zeitgeist.  A few of their books, such as Eros and Civilization by Herbert Marcuse and The Authoritarian Personality by Theodor Adorno, have become classics in academia.

Many of their students graduated and became professors elsewhere, just in time for the 1960s.  Young people are at the most impressionable time of their lives, so indoctrinating college students was a very effective strategy.  It’s little wonder that campuses became hotbeds of student activism!  College draft deferments surely helped them reach more students sympathetic to their message.

Further, the ideological seeds of the Frankfurt School—along with the Communist Party USA—fell onto fertile ground.  There were several groups that they—cultural Marxists and garden variety Communists—infiltrated and subverted, for instance:

  • There was already a feminist movement, mostly moderate and mostly simply about equal rights (a goal which was nearly complete by then).  Under leftist influence, second wave feminism began, which was anything but moderate and effectively about deconstructing society.
  • There was already a beatnik counterculture.  With a little encouragement, this became a much larger youth counterculture, the hippies.  Having a significant toehold in academia put the Critical Theory folks in a very good position to influence the young Baby Boomers.
  • There was already a civil rights movement, which the Communists had put a lot of effort into influencing.  This included figures such as W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Stanley Levison (MLK’s top advisor), and Frank Marshall Davis (called “Pops” in Obama’s autobiography).
  • The gay movement was heavily influenced in the beginning by the Mattachine Society, founded by Harry Hay, of which most members were Communists.

Connecting the dots


KGB: the Committee for State Security

Earlier I had assumed that the Frankfurt School was an independent movement, with no particular encouragement or guidance from the USSR.  Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that.  Franz Leopold Neumann, identified by the Venona decrypts as a Soviet spy, was in contact with leading figures Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and also the spy Hede Massing, the wife of Paul Massing (another Frankfurt school figure).  Later, he became a professor at Columbia University, where all his buddies were.  Does the picture look a little clearer now?

Here’s another gem I found.  KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov noted that only 15% of the KGB’s efforts were spying; the other 85% went into ideological subversion; this is what he was assigned to do in India, until he got disgusted with it and escaped.  He explained,

It’s a great brainwashing process, which goes very slow[ly] and is divided [into] four basic stages. The first one [is] demoralization; it takes from 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years which [is required] to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, exposed to the ideology of the enemy. In other words, Marxist-Leninist ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged, or counter-balanced by the basic values of Americanism (American patriotism).


The result? The result you can see. Most of the people who graduated in the sixties (drop-outs or half-baked intellectuals) are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, [and the] educational system. You are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them. They are contaminated; they are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind[s], even if you expose them to authentic information, even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still cannot change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words, these people… the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To [rid] society of these people, you need another twenty or fifteen years to educate a new generation of patriotically-minded and common sense people, who would be acting in favor and in the interests of United States society.

Memetic warfare

Yersinia Pestis

Yersinia Pestis multiplying

Even though the Soviet Union fell apart twenty five years ago, the memes they launched are still out there.  Many of the students the Frankfurt School taught became teachers and professors, who taught another batch of teachers and professors, and they’re now indoctrinating our youth.  Some others became ensconced in the media or in government positions.  This is what Italian Communist theoretician Antonio Gramsci called “the long march through the institutions.” Only a fraction identifies with Communism, but they still practice the party line even if few are aware of where their views originated.

If you’ve ever wondered where all of today’s Social Justice Warriors came from, now you know the story.

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Rich Monk's picture

Thank the marxist, communist, fascist, atheists Jews, dual-citizenship Jews who now control America all for the benefit of a terrorist state, Israel.

vato poco's picture

incorrect. that's like getting mad at cockroaches for doing what cockroaches have always done. 

the real recipient of our 'thanks' should be the proto-deep state/bankster/plutocrat cabal of the late 19th & early 20th centuries. they're the ones who sponsored, nurtured, and paid for the gramscian program that has so grievously damaged our country. all so they could go back to feudalism. because, I guess, they weren't happy having just most of the money - no, they hadda have it ALL.

cheka's picture

avoid mixed race school districts AT ALL COSTS

why?  admin gets raises/bonuses based on how well they narrow the gap between white and minority test scores

so what do they do?  they spend ALL of the resources on the minorities to try and narrow the gap

but it gets worse.  they also do what they can to bring white scores down.  this is THE most effective way to narrow the all-important gap

end the dept of edu

vato poco's picture

#StarvetheBeast #HomeSchool #Pizzagate

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) vato poco Mar 5, 2017 10:21 PM

The same people behind Marxism are behind ZIONISM or Apartheid IsraHell.

J S Bach's picture

The great irony of all this is in the word "education" itself.  It means to "enlighten".  In truth, today's "educators" only darken young minds purposely cloaking them from the common-sense light of truth.

Nemontel's picture

By now the entire university system needs to be demolished and rebuild from scratch.

eforce's picture

The Protocols explains the reasoning, the idea is to promote false ideologies so they ruin the state and cause artificial scarcities which eventually agitate the population to a point that they purge the lot of them (lefties/moneychangers etc.) and the real elite will take a more direct form of rule.

prime american's picture
prime american (not verified) eforce Mar 6, 2017 6:22 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Urban Redneck's picture

Another great irony of this is all of the KGB's other efforts to discredit the establishment, which are usually swallowed hook, line and sinker by the tinfoil hat crowds, most of whom have never actually seen the Leviathan from the inside.

The author's analysis is really juvenile and one-sided. It's really scary that 'Muricans are so generally unenlightened that it can pass for adult diatribe today.

Maybe I should troll some tea-baggers and patriot movement useful idiots and point out that they're being used as the useful idiots of the KGB/FSB.  

Oh, wait the leftist loons are already doing that... the gasbags may dilute the amount of truthiness in their accusations to small grains within a torrent of bullshit, but that doesn't change the truth, it only makes it less visible to the casual observer.

If you discover a formula for enlightenment, please share it.


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brianshell's picture

School vouchers. Let parents decide.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Eurotrash Sorehead Mar 5, 2017 10:05 PM

Look at these insane brainwashed college students.

They did this to them, they destroyed their minds and they can't even get work after that.

Jubal Early's picture

Ed at Outer Dark goes into this and describes how the idiots have been conditioned to only hear what they want, a form of perfect confirmation bias:

5 Things We Know about Ideological Subversion

Tarshatha's picture

(((Cultural Marxists)))

unsafe-space-time's picture

This guy explains what transformational /cultural Marxists did to this country.

TheEndIsNear's picture

What possible justification could you have to include atheists who have no religion and no particular political beliefs, into your hate group?

Helicopter Rides's picture

you're incorrect, all states are terrorists, not just Israel

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Nostradumbass Mar 5, 2017 10:08 PM

not some but ALL of them were Jews.

Mini-Me's picture

End education subsidies and watch the college scam implode on itself.  The collapse can't come soon enough.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mini-Me Mar 5, 2017 10:17 PM

50% of student loans aren't paying now.

safe space the teachers defend is really "stay away from my lab rats"

GUS100CORRINA's picture

I am very familiar with information in this article ... looked into this years ago.

I arrived at one conclusion: We need to strengthen the American family and their faith in GOD. Children belong to the parents and not the state.

We have many decades of poor education practices to unwind/eliminate.

Educational choice needs to be the main mandate ... education subsidies need to be tappered back and eventually eliminated.

taoJones's picture

Whew! I'm so glad I left school after kindergarten... whodda thunk I would come out ahead because of that...

Lazane's picture

Those rascally Pharisees always seem to gum up the goy works

negatratoron's picture

I'm so glad transgender youth are finally able to begin their transition in the privacy of their public school, without the discomfort of even needing to tell their parents!

wisehiney's picture

Miserable bunch of weasels.

Gonna beat their heads against the wall all of their lives.

And never achieve a damn thing.

Before long they will massacre each other.

As they are run out of other peoples money. 

Spinkbottle's picture

>writing this article

>not naming the Jew

snodgrass's picture

Communism and cultural marxism are both Jewish in origin. But it attracted the attention of other third world losers who also wanted power. The only thing the communists are good at is violence and killing. They destroy everything they touch and leave a wasteland in their wake. The CIA funded the women's movement in the US. It's since been taken over by dykes and transgender fuck ups.

fleur de lis's picture

The dictionary should include CIA as a synonym of psychopath. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

There's an interview of Yuri by G. Edward Griffen on YouTube. In it, Yuri stated that Indoctrination is "Generational."

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

I think we are somewhere between the "destabilization" and the "crisis" phase...interestingly enough the destabilization phase is 2-5 years and the crisis phase only six weeks...after that the "normalization phase can be infinite in time

WillyGroper's picture

folks here focus on 2 religous groups.

miles mathis was correct in his lincoln assasination essay, but failed to take it a step further.

scrubbed from the congressional record.  2nd picture tells you all you need to know.

see the secret treaty of verona on yt admitted to the congressional record in 1917 Sen. Owen - OK.

rulers of evil/

Razor Burn'd Capitalist's picture

"folks here focus on 2 religous groups."


Indeed. Ignorance is bliss some say...


For those of us connecting the dots.....all roads of tyranny lead to Rome.

Another good way point on the path:

WillyGroper's picture

yup.  belief systems are a toxic religion that shuts out all other information.

listening to Jim Willie's latest he made a comment about dt being of the scottish rite.

Bill Cooper said it's always been the freemasons vs vatiCON.

jesuits are very doubt the beneficiary's of book burnings thru the ages.

with over 700 ex-jesuits, there's a reason they quit & i doubt it's celebacy.

drs Malachi Martin & Alberto Rivera are 2 examples with plenty of yt's of them calling out the satanic takeover.

the common thread/control mechanism in all of these organizations is the pederast.

when popery controls the un & queenie wears black in deference when meeting him, it's not too hard to see that pyramid.

ussa = military arm.  city of london = banking.  is ra hell = religion.

the crusades never ended.

SmackDaddy's picture

LMAO there Schlomo; I smell a (((rat))).  If you mean to say the (((Jesuits))) were subversive infiltrators, then yes, I suppose I agree.


WillyGroper's picture

so you start with ad hom & next "if."

do you have a comprehension issue?

mtanimal's picture

Anyone with children, or planning to have children, read Charlotte Iserbyt and John Taylor Gatto to start. After that, you will never hand your children over to the mental conditioning institiutions known collectively as our "education system". Homeschool, don't vaccinate or at least vaccinate very slectively, don't fluoridate, teach them proper nutrition, and for god's sake teach them how to think critically.

Razor Burn'd Capitalist's picture

John Taylor Gatto is an example of Alpha Male in action, great human being.

unsafe-space-time's picture

Also keep them from tv and monitor their internet. And don't let them hang out with libtard kids.

Nobodys Home's picture

I haven't been wondering at all.

Free Man's picture

Agreed. We know exactly who the parasites are.