A Word on “Cultural Marxism” Reply

By Sean Gabb

Andrew Percy is a Conservative Member of Parliament and is the “co-chair” of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. Writing in The Jewish Chronicle on the 24th November 2020, he said this about the term Cultural Marxism:

I wrote to all Conservative MPs some time ago with a briefing note produced by our secretariat, the Antisemitism Policy Trust, having previously already spoken to a number of them about use of the phrase.

It seems that Conservative politicians are now forbidden to use the term Cultural Marxism. The alleged reason is that it describes a Jewish conspiracy theory. The Cultural Marxist hypothesis traces the rise of political correctness and the growing use, both formal and informal, of political censorship to a group of neo-Marxists collectively known as the Frankfurt School. Since these neo-Marxists were mainly Jewish, the claim is that anyone using the term has to be anti-semitic. I accept that some who use the term have ethnic origins uppermost in their minds. Most, however, do not, but are trying to understand the connection between ideas and political action.

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