In my continuing series on exposing the evils of Socialism, I will show a video interview with with James A. Lindsay, co-author of Cynical Theories: How Universities Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody.” Lindsay is no “right-wing” Christian. Besides being an atheist, he’s a cultural libertarian, more along the lines of a classical liberal, which is where I think we can find common ground with his views on the cultural evils of Socialist ideology.
As Lindsay explains on the video, what he calls “cynical theories” are the critical theories mostly made about identity (Critical Race Theory, Critical Gender Theory, etc.), and all the other theories that came from the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School would be included, but also the deconstructionism of postmodernism (which came from neo-Marxists in the 1970s, like Foucault and Derrida).
Lindsay say that the idea is they weave cynicism into their theories, where nothing is good and everything must be overturned. It overstates the problem with racism by saying it’s the ordinary state of things. Progress isn’t really happening, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s changed nothing, etc. This is where it’s similar to the deconstruction of postmodernism. Of course, Marx himself advocated “the ruthless criticism of all that exists.”
Lindsay gives a fascinating historical overview of these critical theories and how they are closely tied to neo-Marxist ideology.
For instance, Marxist and black activist, Angela Davis, led the precursor to today’s version of critical theories in the 1960s. She was a PhD student of Frankfurt School’s Herbert Marcuse, and was a pioneer of the prison abolition movement and of the current “defund the police” movement.
Davis also inspired a generation of Queer black feminists (like the leaders of the BLM organization, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza) to start looking at the gender theories, feminist criticism, and black liberation criticism—from the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory to identity politics in society today.
Lindsay summarizes three key components of these critical theories from a 1937 essay by one of its founders, Max Horkheimer:
- It has to have a normative vision for society. In this case, the creation of a society similar to a neo-Marxist state.
- It has to identify how society in its systems have failed that normative vision.
- It has to inspire what Karl Marx called praxis, which is the fusion of putting theory into practice. So, it’s theoretical-driven activism.
Lindsay makes a great point that the modern application of critical theories cannot rightfully be considered a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Critical Race Theory is the inversion of the values that we saw from leaders like Martin Luther King and others. With Critical Race Theory, the color of your skin is all that matters but, apparently, your character doesn’t matter.
When asked what kind of society is created by these cynical theories, Lindsay responded by saying, “A sick society…filled with emotionally sick people.”
“If you’re constantly focusing on the negative, and you’re constantly putting the blame on systems outside of your control, psychologists call that an External Locus of Control. You become less and less and less emotionally and mentally capable of dealing with the challenges of life. And that transfers into society…”
I would say we’re seeing this sickness already manifesting because of the insane policies of the “woke” left who seem to be at war with reality. What we may be waking to is a dystopian nightmare none of us could even imagine five years ago.
I agree with Lindsay. These people won’t stop until they destroy America as they keep pushing to create their pipedream of some imagined utopian state—the new feudalism where the enlightened globalist elites rule over the ignorant peasantry (the rest of us). That’s why these theories must be exposed for the culturally toxic poison that they are before it’s too late.
Lindsay also mentions the school of thought behind fascism: “The idea with fascism is that you’re going to marry state power with corporate power….then we’ll have total control over the economy….” (Sound familiar?) That’s a subject for another time.
It’s a very informative interview. Well worth watching.