This was linked to by John Ansell. Karl du Fresne is one of the older journalists in NZ, and staunchly conservative. He is not really tolerated by the current elite, for they want everything to be fluid, and alternative views, as he notes, to be silenced.
In view of all this, it’s grimly ironic that a form of Marxism not only survives, but is rampant across the democratic Western World.
Some call it cultural Marxism, others neo-Marxism. However you choose to label it, it has perversely triumphed where Marx’s economic theories have deservedly been consigned to the dustbin of history.
Neo-Marxism draws partly on Marxist analysis but is equally influenced by a bunch of twisted 20th century French philosophers. It grows out of the assumption that Western civilisation, and all that goes with it, is fundamentally rotten and therefore must be dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up.
In the cockeyed illogic of the neo-Marxists, we should feel guilt and shame at having inherited a civilisation that has lifted untold millions of people out of poverty and introduced them to democratic government.
You can see Marx’s influence in neo-Marxism’s hostility to capitalism, its contempt for supposed bourgeois values – the family, for instance – and its emphasis on class and division.
But neo-Marxism takes classical Marxist analysis a whole lot further, examining every issue through the lenses not only of class but also of race, gender, sexual identity and any other potential point of difference that can be leveraged into a grievance.
It marches arm-in-arm with identity politics, seeing society not as a cohesive whole, sharing common interests and aspirations, but as a seething mass of oppressed minorities struggling for liberation – hence the ever-increasing number of aggrieved groups clamouring for special recognition. The result is polarisation and fragmentation.
Neo-Marxism also sets out to create a sense of continuing economic and social crisis, using this as justification for ever more intrusive state intervention and control. And it seeks to undermine our most basic understanding of human nature and society. How we see and interpret the world is dismissed by neo-Marxists as a social and political construct, a product of our conditioning.
Nothing is fixed, not even the sex we are born with, and nothing has any objective value.
Every belief and every value, no matter how soundly based in human experience and observation, is up for question.
Paradoxically, while the neo-Marxists attack some belief systems as oppressive – Christianity for example – they make excuses for others, such as Islam, although it’s infinitely more controlling. But don’t go looking for ideological consistency in neo-Marxism; you’d be wasting your time.
It all sounds laughable, but it’s taught in deadly earnest in our universities. Marxism may have been a wretched failure as an economic model, but the German radical Rudi Dutschke realised decades ago that its aims could be pursued by other means.
Inspired by the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci, Dutschke came up with the idea of the “long march through the institutions”. Drawing an analogy with the famous march by Mao’s Red Army through China in the 1930s, Dutschke envisaged subverting society by infiltrating the institutions of higher learning.
He couldn’t have imagined how successful his stratagem would be. It works by targeting the impressionable young, many of whom have a natural idealistic desire to do the right thing, and few of whom have any knowledge of the crimes against humanity perpetrated in the past in pursuit of a Marxist utopia.
And how do the neo-Marxists respond when anyone resists their nihilistic theories?
Typically, opposition is howled down as hate speech or met with sneering and ridicule.
There’s no room in the neo-Marxist world for dissent or freedom of expression.
Karl du Fresne, Stuff.co.nz
But this relativism, this insistence that all is power and all must conform to the narrative, corrupts. It silences those who would speak out. And eventually, it removes any prestige a group has. The BMJ this week notes that there are scandals within the medical aid system.
The international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is facing allegations of abuse of power by its staff in Africa, where using local women for sex is “blatant and widespread” and sexual harassment of colleagues is “endemic,” eight former MSF staff have said.
The female whistleblowers, who spoke anonymously to the BBC, described the misconduct that they had seen in different African countries, all involving non-medical staff. In Kenya, one whistleblower said that senior staff brought local girls rumoured to be sex workers back to the agency’s accommodation. “They’d been there for a long time and took advantage of their exalted status as Western aid workers,” she said.
At the time, the aid worker felt too intimidated to report what she’d seen. “There’s definitely a feeling that certain predatory men were too big to fail.”
Another former MSF employee who worked on the charity’s HIV programmes in central Africa said that staff paying for sex was widespread there. One whistleblower said that a member of staff in Liberia had bragged about exchanging medication for sex with children orphaned by Ebola, but the claim could not be verified.
Arie Sophie. Médecins Sans Frontières is focus of new sex scandal in charity sector BMJ 2018; 361 :k2788
In short, be not like them. Have some standards. Seek forgiveness when you break them.
Do not double down into the crazy and corruption.