Saturday, March 24, 2012
I have long forgotten those abstruse tomes by Marcuse, Lukacs and others; what I do remember are those witty analysis of popular culture artifacts such as the Donald Duck comics, demonstrating their repressive, capitalist, alienating message. Donald lives with three "nephews" who, obviously, are his sons but for some reason he never recognizes them as such. He has no wife but a girlfriend who lives apart and they never marry. Comic book heroes live individualistic lives, they never spend a minute in honest work and none is ever engaged in any socially constructive enterprise. In their view, the comics are a cultural tool to facilitate capitalist exploitation. I cant explain it now, but then it made sense to me.
Cultural Marxism is a vitriolic attack on standard morals and ideas, considered repressive and the cause of all psychic evils. But it is not Marxist at all because for Marx, culture is the superstructure that follows the underlying arrangement for material production. All Marxist regimes were and are highly repressive and authoritarian, just look at North Korea. There is no hedonism nor free sex in North Korea, there is hard work, discipline and sacrifice. Orthodox Judaism, Hassidism and all other currents are strongly disciplined and with harshly enforced rules. Cultural Marxism is more an outgrowth of Freud and Jung, who considered repression as the root of all mental and spiritual disease. To accuse Marxism of promoting hedonism is absurd.
Western hedonism has other roots (probably Greek paganism), and it carries the seeds of its own destruction. The Islam strongly opposes Western morals but in my opinion its solidity is cracking. Judaism, in its core, is also reacting and erecting barriers. The post-Marxist Chinese are indifferent to hedonism, they care for money alone. I think hedonism must be combatted and the only remedy is religion, including Christianity. The tragic paradox, typical of the Jewish fate, is that fanatic repressive Muslims as well Western reactionaries accuse us of fomenting hedonism, while at the same time, Orthodox Judaism is the very symbol of paternalism and reactionary repression.
Of course it is all nonsense. I learned to understand antisemitism from Kevin MacDonald: he says that the content of the accusations along the ages change and never make sense, but they make sense if seen as expression by disorganized, moronic, confused masses of the fear of Jewish evolutionary competition. Since I have no solution to this conundrum, I an only hope that the Mosshiach will arrive soon.