From battles over what our kids should be taught, to whether men should be allowed to play in women’s sports, we are in the throes of a cultural Cold War. That’s an argument made by Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Kaufman says traditional cultural liberalism is being challenged by the rise of what he calls “cultural socialism.”
The following is a transcript of a report from "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson." Watch the video by clicking the link at the end of the page.
Eric Kaufmann: Now, what it is, it's a clash between I guess what I'd call "cultural liberalism," which is free speech, equal treatment, due process, rational science, on the one hand, objective truth — against "cultural socialism," which is really about, you know — the most important value is protecting these minority groups from any kind of psychological harm, and we need equal outcomes. If we don't have, if there's any race gap, gender gap, that's automatic evidence of white privilege, and patriarchy, and white supremacy. You know, so this is sort of the ideology that's challenging cultural liberalism, which has been really the sort of operating model for our societies.
Sharyl: Did you come up with the term "cultural socialism"?
Kaufmann: Yeah. I just think this is the best term to describe what we're talking about, which, in simple terms, is about transposing the oppressor-oppressed radical transformation framework from Marxism onto a cultural plane of identity groups. So, it's not about class anymore, but it's about race, gender, sexuality. And that's sort of the simplest way to understand what we're in.
Sharyl: There's so much dominant culture talk, in the United States at least, about these social movements, whether it's promoting awareness and advocacy for transgender agendas, or Critical Race Theory, these sorts of things. What are you finding? Is that a majority opinion, when you take polls, that believe these are front and center issues, and agree with them; or are these minority opinions?
Kaufmann: As a general rule, it's two against for every one in favor of these positions. Now, what's a bit worrying, at least from my perspective, is if you take people under the age of 25 or under the age of 30, it's more like one to one. We’re getting a younger generation that is more intolerant, and more steeped in this ideology of cultural socialism. And this is why I tell people we haven't reached peak woke actually, we're only at the beginning of a journey. This is going to become more, not less, important in our politics.
Sharyl: How do you explain — if it's generally a minority view, a position to advocate for all of these causes that some people think are fringe —
Eric Kaufmann: Right.
Sharyl: Then why is it so dominant in our culture, our politics, our celebrity, and our society?
Kaufmann: Well, I think that the institutions where it's worst tend to be the most left-leaning institutions, like universities, Hollywood, publishing houses, and so on. The second thing, of course, is that the nature of the taboos that exist in our society around race, around sexism, around homophobia, et cetera — the powerful taboos create an uneven playing field, particularly in institutions. So, even a small group can play on these taboos to actually frighten people and gain the moral high ground. So, the nature of those taboos creates a terrain that's favorable to small groups of activists and gives them a lot of leverage to sort of multiply their power.
Sharyl: What do you think is the appeal of these movements and these ideas?
Kaufmann: Well, I think that these ideas, they’re building on previous waves of, you could call it indoctrination, you could call it education. So much of our morality has been based on this idea of, you know, defending the weak against the strong and the cult of victimhood, and the valorization of historically marginalized groups. The stories, the movies are about slavery and holocaust, which of course is fine, except we don't get movies and stories that we know about the cultural revolution, and the atrocities committed by socialist regimes. And so people only get one kind of inoculation and not the other kind.
Sharyl: What is your observation about, in the big picture, where this leads, what impact it has?
Kaufmann: Well, I think it has enormous impact. It's not just about loss of freedom of speech, which of course it has. What that then also leads to is polarization and division. So, if you can't really talk about immigration levels, controlling the border, dealing with violent crime, incarceration, in an effective way that would reduce crime, if that is seen as racist in some way, and mainstream politicians won't go there, then the only people who will go there are the populists. We saw that with Trump on the border, we see that in Sweden democrats, just to take a populist party here in Europe on immigration levels. That's just a couple of examples of where then populists can exploit the silence of the mainstream, the consensus, which is very narrow.
Sharyl (on-camera): Kaufmann plans to publish a book on the topic: The Rise of Cultural Socialism.
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Colin A. Lee says
Just an FYI:
• There are over 31,000 gun-related deaths per year.
• Of that # above, 26,000+ are suicides.
• That leaves about 5,000 in gun-related deaths excluding suicides (so, Mass shootings, accidents, homicides, etc.).
• There are over 400,000 Black-on-Black crimes- higher than White-on-Black & Black-on-White crimes. (Still, the B-on-W crimes are higher than W-on-B crimes).
• Caffeine kills 4,012+ people per year.
So, will Biden ban caffeine now?
We do NOT have a gun problem! We DO have a "mental illness" problem with either background checks not being done, or those who own guns or in possession of a gun, who have a mental illness.
Meme Used (White t-shirt with Black font) for All Lives Matter (below):
Christian Lives Matter | Male Lives Matter | Female Lives Matter
Transgender Lives Matter | Disabled / Handicapped Lives Matter
Veterans Lives Matter | Elderly Lives Matter | Children Lives Matter
Embryo Lives Matter | Sex Abuse Victims & Survivors Lives Matter
Financial Extortion Lives Matter | Organ Donor Lives Matter
Blood / Plasma Donor Lives Matter | Homeless Lives Matter | Poor Lives Matter
Rich Lives Matter | Police Lives Matter | Black Lives Matter | White Lives Matter
Red Lives Matter | Yellow Lives Matter | Green / Martian / Alien Lives Matter
Illegal Immigrant / Undocumented Lives Matter | Human Lives Matter
What part of "ALL" do you NOT get?
Meme Used (Black with White font) for All Lives Matter rebuttals (below):
Think about it!
“Black Lives Matter” is EXCLUSIVE!
“All Lives Matter” is INCLUSIVE!
It’s not about “skin color”. It’s not about “racism”.
1. You not getting in trouble with the law.
2. You listening to the commands of the police officer(s).
3. You not hanging out with the wrong crowd.
4. You not whining and complaining about others (and their success).
5. You thinking that others who are “light-skinned” are automatically
“White Privileged” or “part of the problem”.
If you support or defend the BLM organization –
that is YOUR iniquity and sin – not ours.
Don’t complain to us about the sin YOU have committed.
Don’t try to bring us into YOUR line of thinking.
Therefore, if you support or defend the BLM organization -
YOU are “part of the problem”, NOT US.
There are beautiful men and women from all ethnic backgrounds
who love you, support you, forgive you, pray for you,
that will fight for you, and will help you.
Stop your idiotic Satanic anger with fueling the fire of racism,
and start loving everyone, forgiving everyone, and praying for everyone.
You will then show much more maturity and intelligence,
especially when you leave the “Left Democratic Party”
and join the “Right Conservative Republican Party”.
"Life is not about you; it's about what you can do for someone else."
Colin A, Lee,
Careful there, don't go giving Biden any ideas about banning caffeine.
I believe FBI statistics will show that out of 100 Black v White Crimes, 93 result in Blacks killing white people and 7 involve Whites killing Black People. I said believe because I am not sure if they are still being kept because a certain group of people will not like the truth.
James Eigel says
I've shared this link numerous times. I hope you read it. It's called Cultural Marxism. It's been around since about 1900. Bela Kuhn regime in Hungary. While I'm thrilled he trying to spread the word, this smug jackwagon academia professor thinks he is sharing some kind of ground breaking insight when he is just showing he is ignorant of history. This article is from 2007! 15 years ago. All this division is an intentional attempt to separate kids from their parents to erase cultural norms that provide cohesion to a countries citizens. Read former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov's Love Letter to America. It's about destroying the country in an attempt to establish Karl Marx dream of a communist revolution that would establish Global Communism. Thank you for your effort to expose this assault on Western Civilization. I hope you read what I've referenced in this message. I know you are busy.
There exists an ARCHITECT,
yet Christian Whitey is so
emasculated by ITS demonic
influence, they commit suicide
My note to firebrand/truth-
teller, Naomi Wolf :
Forwarded Message :
Dear Naomi et al.,
Yet, you are unable to
connect rat poison
being injected into U.S.
water supplies; and toxic
chemicals sprayed into
U.S. Skies ( actually,
controlled HAARP ); and
MSM ( used by Medical
Mafia to FATTEN rats, to
drugs ) in all food—
connect those EVILS
to the “skullduggery” of
PORN everywhere !,
and VIOLENT Videos
everywhere !, and SSRI
drugs everywhere !, driving
all children ( and adults ) to
INSANITY ? !
Anyone paying close
attention ? :
It is MSG, not
Greg Frech says
Just watch the Chris Rock video of how to get along with police.