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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Free Man's picture

It's revealing that "Cultural Marxists" support Israeli immigration laws which specify JEWS ONLY, while those same "Cultural Marxists" demand massive 3rd world immigration into the US & Europe.

It's also revealing that we don't see the "Cultural Marxists" criticizing Israel's very real WALL.


Mena Arkansas's picture

Is it any surprise Hitler wanted the jews to GTFO of Germany?

Free Man's picture

Why have supremacist Jews have been marketing the '6,000,000' lie since at least 1869?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

666 is the number of the talmudist's god

Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

And Luther 500 years before Hitler!

Martin Luther's Book suppressed for 500 years.

nevertheless's picture

For those who buy into everything you see, two great videos as to why you shouldn't:


This video is cool, but scary:

This video is just scary if you beleiev it, I certainly do:


Duc888's picture



This is an amazing interview and will scare the living shit out of you (or it should) regarding the dumbing down of our (mis)education system.

Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of Ronald Reagan. While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they're told.

Part one of our exclusive interview with Iserbyt breaks down how conditioning/training under a corporate agenda has replaced traditional education, leading to a deliberate dumbing down of Americans. Iserbyt further explains how Reagan signed agreements merging the U.S. and Soviet systems under the United Nations banner, turning over education and many other areas of public policy to global control.

This 74 minute exposé is a must see for anyone who wants to truly know why the education system is deliberately crafted to produce human drones with no critical thinking whose only skills are to be subservient, trust authority and follow orders.

She names names.

chiaroscuro's picture

Thanks for sharing. I look forward to watching the video you posted, and will in the near future. I wonder if Charlotte Iserbyt was inspired by C.S. Lewis when he wrote the following in The Abolition of Man:

"If they embark on this course the difference between the old and the new education will be an important one. Where the old initiated, the new merely 'conditions'. The old dealt with its pupils as grown birds deal with young birds when they teach them to fly; the new deals with them more as the poultry-keeper deals with young birds— making them thus or thus for purposes of which the birds know nothing. In a word, the old was a kind of propagation—men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda."

lolmao500's picture

These people are traitors. They are usefull idiots destroying western civilisation. They need to be deported to NKorea or just purged.

Just watch this ;

Yuri Bezmenov (former kgb) Psychological Warfare Subversion & Control of Western Society - Complete

RozKo's picture

The author needs to finish the puzzle for Ideological subversion (active measures):

1) Demoralization

2) Destabilization

3) Crisis

4) Normalization 

We are now fast approaching the point of crisis (when broken down further is either civil war or invasion) and all the social justice warriors are just another name for useful idiots. The snowflakes don't realize that when their Marxist masters are in control they will be eliminated too, they will be called counter revolutionaries. 

mc888's picture

Stage 3) Manufactured Crisis was 9/11. Result was the installation of the totalitarian police state.

Stage 4) Normalization has been the ongoing process since that time. Which has included not only further false flag attacks (Obama / CIA attacks on US citizens on US soil) to further grow and entrench the police state, but also the manufactured financial crisis to add the element of Mussolini-style fascism, aka Corporatocracy (Wall St., Clinton Machine).

This goes way beyond the wildest dreams of the KGB. With the addition of the crony capitalist Corporatocracy, the 'Party' made loads of money on it.

I think we're in uncharted territory here.


MuffDiver69's picture

They have an advantage....They stand against the old order and make it hip, though the end of that story has played out over and over and it's not pretty...

Doesn't really matter who becomes the latest version of doesn't work,so violence becomes prevalent...where a MAGA hat in certain areas and you will be attacked etc...

The only defense is the same...Live among like minded people and have adequate defense...The blue cities are going to burn either way, it is their way...MAGA

Duc888's picture


Scary shit

Charlotte Iserbyt

Her father and grandfather we members of the infamous Skull & Bones Society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000.

She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.

CardiacTrader's picture

Exellent article.  Excellent, excellent, excellent.  More should be said abgout Marcuse and A. Gramsci.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

To the Frankfurt School and those that contributed to it that wiped out nearly 60 million World wide so that a Western Central Bank could be in every corner of the globe 4 years later (!...


Because obviously your work isn't finished yet ( ( blaming it on "19 Arab hijackers" (with 2 airplanes destroying 3 buildings) in a vain attempt to control the rest of the World's energy with your currency 72 years later!!!

By the way... After trillions of that "One World Reserve Currency" to war and occupy everyone else with since you started your last journey of total conquest that has resulted in abject failure in every conceivable direction, that is rotting your institutions most important among them "education".... How is it working out for you and "YOURS"???!!!!

Krungle's picture

The gig was up long before these kooks showed up on the scene. Pretending like this was really when the subversion happened is just being willfully ignorant. By the time the Frankfurters arrived the system was already primed for this sort of nonsense, and lets stop pretending that the folks running the show were just asleep at the wheel while the sneaky commies took everything over. 

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communism = ideology version of judaism


marks the stinky jew simply copied judaism and parts of pisstianity and made the "das kapital"


das kapital is a fraud becuase its not covering money creation.

typical jew tries to scam idiots into some rubbish fag ideology



communims is also about removing ayran race (which jews call amalek - (they call everyone they dont like and want to be killed as amalek))

WillyGroper's picture

bf skinner.


old news.

blindman's picture

Jeff Sessions: CNN Host Can't Say What Law He Broke
is there a difference to the average thinking
human being between a fascist and an authoritarian
half wit of any stripe? where is the crime?
the 'crime' is the idiots in the press talking
stupidity at the direction of corporate marketers
of industrial products that no sane person cares for,
and, they are selling murder and pedophilia.
there is the crime and we are the consumers.

Mr. Crisp's picture

In 1962 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev said "The United States will eventually fly the Communist red flag...The American people will raise it themselves. We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism".

PatriotFirst1776's picture

I've been doing a lot of research about the effects of The Frankfurt School for about 30 years. I am very happy to see ANY article that exposes these bastards. NO, "bastards" is much too soft a term. They are the devil's children and purveyors of the diabolical, ancient Babylonian-Canaanite agenda.

The thought of them teaching our impressionable and precious children nauseates me daily. I first became aware of them when I was faced with sending our children to school. It was a mind numbing process. Since then, I have been quietly (and sometimes NOT so quietly) exposing these people.

This is an excellent article, thanks for posting it. Here is another article that expounds upon the info in this article:

The person who first exposed me to them was a songwriter from San Francisco who I saw playing at a club there. He had a song about "the beetles are coming" (or something like that) and I overheard him talking to a table of people he was sitting with where one person asked him about the meaning of the song. The jist was that he was singing about the diabolical underbelly of liberalism that had crept into American culture (specifically the "hippie movement) and American schools. I forgot his name and the song title, but I remember him being very demonstrative about a "Frankfurt School"..... and I proceeded to do some research about them and was shocked about what I discovered.

During this research I also discovered Mullin's book, "The Curse Of Canaan".....I recommend this book to everyone.

Folks, we are surrounded by evil everywhere and these people are using our goodness, our dedication to hard work,  our families and to God .... against us and the time is NOW to fight back....not TOMORROW.....NOW! I say this, because these people spend every minute-of-every day entrenching and promoting their influences and diabolical agenda. Get To Work!



SHRAGS's picture

William S Lind on the Origins of Political Correctness

christiangustafson's picture

The two best professors I ever had were fierce critics of the Frankfurt School.

Of course, they are both dead now.

Aristofani's picture

What do you mean? The Frankfurt School were responsible for them not living forever? They died from neurosis and stress?

Versengetorix's picture

The lies and fabrications of historians, publishers and academics have mangaed to keep a glaring reality hidden from public knowledge.  Of the 60 members of the original Politburo of the emerging Soviet Union, 43 were Jewish.  With the Chairman, also Jewish - that was 44 of 61.  The Frankfort School was even more heavily Jewish.  Until the internet came along, these type sof data and the truths they represented were easily buried, supplanted by fabricated stories, always making the Jews out as victims.  The lies continue, but they are becoming harder to conceal.

Aristofani's picture

Wow, I've never seen so many demented paranoiacs in one place sprouting absolutely absurd commentary about a philosophical movement. So many dumbarse assertions and brain farting.

The best one, that they support the exploitation and repression. Please pull year heads out of your arses, or maybe you dont realize in your paranoia you are looking in the mirror about yourselves with this moronic assertion?

You should entitle your bullshit as being about the FRANKFURTER, as in sausage, school. Next you will be telling us that the neo-cons are a creation of the Frankfurt school.

Omni Consumer Product's picture

Well, you definitely convinced me.

Maybe you and Paul Krugman should write a book together?

Aristofani's picture

Kultural Marx.  He is the founder of the Frankfurt School of witchcraft and wizardry and his satanic dialects directly led to the death of a billion people, all because he didnt understand BASIC ECONOMICS and didnt watch stefan molyneux.

You can shove krugman up your arse with molyneux.

just the tip's picture

no, they went to the Frankfarter School.  some were even in the same classes as yourself.

chosen's picture

This article is bullshit.  Being anti-establishment does not mean one wants communism or socialism.  It generally means wanting less government and more individual freedom.

hobo with a shotgun's picture

Cultural Marxism is a meaningless term invented by con artists who need to distract you while they have their hand in your pocket. The real waste of resources is endless war, not transgender bathrooms.

Reaper's picture

Professors profess knowledge, but that doesn't validate that knowledge.   Professors and Progressives offer themselves as replacements for mom and dad, with conditional love becoming servitude.

Don't trust anyone.  Life's a jungle.  Everything is suspect.  Everything is danger.  Predators set traps. Beware of all prophets and their professed gods.

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

This conversation can't be complete without stating that the introduction of a new course called Social Studies being introduced in the '50s was part of the plan. I was witness to the parents, including mine, who were screaming at those from the school board who came to placate the parents. I had never before seen a group of angry people yelling. What were they yelling? "What is wrong with teaching our kids reading, writing, math and constitutional government of the founding fathers?" "You are not going to teach our kids communism!" They were lied to by the school administrators, who were sent out knowing there would be push back, with the kind words of, "We are not going to teach communism, we are just going to show how much better your kids have it compared to other nations." Very innocuous. It was the proverbial "Camels nose under the tent." And so, enter into our schools socialism but let it not be said there was not a fight to prevent it. At least, not what I witnessed as a boy. Now it's degraded so far that the American heroes are vilified. Home schooling or perhaps an awakening but it won't come at the hands of govt indoctrination schools.

just the tip's picture

holy fucking shit.  that is fucking amazing.  i had to re-read that  a couple of times.  that was a mistake.  every time i re-read it, it scared the shit out of me more than the first time i read it.  holy fucking shit.

oh yeah, i did give you an upvote.  i think.  holy fucking shit.

metanoic's picture

Always irks me how very few people have even heard of the Reece Committee much less Norman Dodd's findings...It's plain as day.

Ms No's picture

That's the funniest part, that they don't know where their ideas originate.  If you confront them about it they will deny it.  They also think socialism is not linked to communism or marxism.  They know that communism democided in every circumstance so they like to think they are differentiated but they are not.  They will twist logic in every way trying to distance their beliefs from their known source and repercussions.  They will figure it out when they are over the ditch. 


Aristofani's picture

It's pretty clear where your "ideas" originate from.

Ms No's picture

Socialism, Communism, Marxism and Leninism are the same thing and have the same origins. "Give us centralized control and we will give you free shit.  It will be a utopia.  We will steal from the evil oligarchs and give it to you."

As Anthony Sutton's research revealed the same people also funded the Nationalist Socialists/Hitler as well as FDR and the Bolsheviks.  FDRs socialist programs were extremely similar to Stalin's five year plan and Hitler's four year plan, because they came from the same people.  Lets see how free shit and centralized power works out.

61,911,000 Murdered: The Soviet Gulag State 

35,236,000 Murdered: The Communist Chinese Ant Hill 

10,214,000 Murdered: The Depraved Nationalist Regime

38,000,000: Mao famine 

"The highest death tolls that have been documented in communist states occurred in the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, in the People's Republic of China under Mao Zedong, and in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. The estimates of the number of non-combatants killed by these three regimes alone range from a low of 21 million to a high of 70 million."

Aristofani's picture

beware of voltairenet because voltaire was the first neo-liberal globalist shithead.

metanoic's picture

This article is without a doubt half assed. Paints 1/100th of the picture and leaves the reader seriously under-informed. Here's a great Sutton link where he attempts to roughly present the whole of his research in 40 minutes :

Victor999's picture

Get off this 'communism' shit.  It is a massive distraction.  World Communism failed in WWI as the people (the proletariat) did not rise up as the communists expected they would.  The Frankfurt School was born of that failure, recognising that the only way to successfully rebuild human society into a proper Jewish world was to destroy it first.


Communism and Cultural Marxism, as well as Zionism, are all Jewish led efforts to implement what their Talmud teaches is a goal to go out into the nations and destroy afer which those nations will fall into submission to their Jewish rulers.  This is no conspiracy theory - it is a holy mission on the part of the Jewish Rabbinical society worldwide.  It is a two-pronged effort - Cultural Marxism to destroy the nations of the world, their sovereign borders, their cultures, their historical roots, their morals, their religions, their educational systems - al designed to make the world one borderless society of compliant Gentiles.  The Gentiles will readily and gratefully accept the New World Order as they sink into chaos.  Zionism, on the other hand, is meant to establish the rule of the New World Order, the Nation of Israel which will rule over all the 'Nations' (Nations = Gentiles).


If you can't, or won't identify your true enemy, you can not hope to win this war.  And it IS a war - against all Gentiles.

Ms No's picture

The problem there is that you are separating the two.  You can't ignore Marxism because that's their tool and It's killing us right now.  Without Marxism and their social movements you wouldn't get Globalism.  Globalism is the Marxist/Zionist end game. They created the system and the philosophies.  We can't ignore the banking end either.  Marxism and banking are incestuous also.  The Marxism provides the debt and the disintegration of the target culture or nation.  If you separate the entity from it's primary weapons then people wont understand it.


Teja's picture

Marxism and banking are incestuous also

I like that. Of course, no banking, no Marxism. And who invented banking, back in the early Middle Ages, when no good Christian was allowed to lend money with interest?

And if you think of Christianity and even Islamism (created by Zionism, in a sense) - the only ism the Jewish Marxists did not invent seems to be Feudalism...

In a way, depressing, how un-creative the non-Jewish non-Marxists are. The only thing they seem to invent all the time is conspiracy theories.




Victor999's picture

Marxism is not an 'entity'.  It is an ideology.  The entity is the Jewish Tribe - specifically, the Jewish Rabbinical order of the world, not the ordinary Jew.  The Jew created Marxism.  The Jew created banking.  The Jew created Zionism (the modern Pharisee).  The Jew created World Communism based on Marxism.


Are you getting the point here?  Who is creating all this?  Who is the real enemy?

quasi_verbatim's picture

Their plan has been a bit fucked by the other tribe of pork, foreskin and graven image avoiders, don't you think?


wdg's picture

This has all been thoroughly documented by Professor Kevin MacDonald in his books, particularly "Culture of Critique". The Frankfurt School is a Jewish endeavour to subvert the foundations of Christian Western Civilization - religion, family, marriage, racial distinctions and sexuality. And looking around at the Western World today, it appears they have been mostly successful. Unless there is a great awakening, Western Civilization and the European peoples that built this civilization are on the road to dispossession and ultimately genocide. To understand the motivation, just read the Talmud which is a diabolical text...even compared to the satanic verses in the Koran.

Rocco May's picture

Marxists, socialists, leninists, maoists, lefties, etc.-
who cares how they all call themselves.
They are all fucking Communists and Communism is just the label.