From the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021.
The term ‘cultural Marxism’ has long proved controversial. Some insist that it helps explain a shift in left-wing thought from a materialist focus on economic transformation to a concern for cultural issues and identity politics. Others dismiss it as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory with its origins in Nazi attacks on ‘cultural Bolshevism’. Nevertheless, many accept that the Frankfurt School – the term given to the group of mainly German émigré intellectuals including the likes of Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse – did indeed launch a distinctive critique of post-war capitalism that put cultural issues front and centre. This talk assesses the emergence and the legacy of those critiques.
Lecture by Dr Tim Black, books and essays editor at Spiked
THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021.
To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3
For this lecture you may wish to read:-
- Dialectic of Enlightenment, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, 1947 https://amzn.to/3vDk3qL
- ‘Who’s afraid of Cultural Marxism?’, Tim Black, spiked, 1 April 2019 https://bit.ly/3q4QnBU
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