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Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:23 PM

Brazil's new performing arts chief in anti-left 'crusade'

By Jorge SVARTZMAN (AFP) 1 hour ago

Creating a "cultural war machine" in Brazil's performing arts is renowned theater director Roberto Alvim's mission as he seeks to eradicate progressive ideas from the stage.

Recently handpicked by President Jair Bolsonaro to head the performing arts center at the National Arts Foundation, Alvim's appointment is the latest salvo against artists since Bolsonaro took power in January.

One of Alvim's first acts has been a call to arms on social media to likeminded professionals in the sector to stop the spread of "cultural Marxism."

"I did not invent the cultural war. It has been brutally waged by the left for at least 30 years," Alvim, 46, told AFP.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:26 PM

1. Cultural Marxism? Wasn't that the thing Anders Breivik was screaming about as he was murdering kids?

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:52 PM

2. Can't remember! I'm struggling at it, but find the whole thing is kind of a blur, at the moment.

Never expected someone from what I had imagined to be an enlightened society to be so twisted.

I'll be thinking about that, for sure. Thanks.

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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 06:19 AM

3. Very glad to look for more on the Norwegian lunatic and Cultural Marxism, like this article:

'Cultural Marxism': a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim
Jason Wilson
Sun 18 Jan 2015 19.48 EST Last modified on Tue 13 Mar 2018 13.37 EDT

The culture war that so defines current debates between the left and right sides of politics has its history in the barmy theory of ‘cultural Marxism’

What do the Australian’s columnist Nick Cater, video game hate group #Gamergate, Norwegian mass shooter Anders Breivik and random blokes on YouTube have in common? Apart from anything else, they have all invoked the spectre of “cultural Marxism” to account for things they disapprove of – things like Islamic immigrant communities, feminism and, er, opposition leader Bill Shorten.

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The conspiracy theorists claim that these “cultural Marxists” began to use insidious forms of psychological manipulation to upend the west. Then, when Nazism forced the (mostly Jewish) members of the Frankfurt School to move to America, they had, the story goes, a chance to undermine the culture and values that had sustained the world’s most powerful capitalist nation.

The vogue for the ideas of theorists like Herbert Marcuse and Theodor Adorno in the 1960s counterculture culminated with their acolytes’ occupation of the commanding heights of the most important cultural institutions, from universities to Hollywood studios. There, the conspiracy says, they promoted and even enforced ideas which were intended to destroy traditional Christian values and overthrow free enterprise: feminism, multiculturalism, gay rights and atheism. And this, apparently, is where political correctness came from. I promise you: this is what they really think.

The whole story is transparently barmy. If humanities faculties are really geared to brainwashing students into accepting the postulates of far-left ideology, the composition of western parliaments and presidencies and the roaring success of corporate capitalism suggests they’re doing an astoundingly bad job. Anyone who takes a cool look at the last three decades of politics will think it bizarre that anyone could interpret what’s happened as the triumph of an all-powerful left.

The theory of cultural Marxism is also blatantly antisemitic, drawing on the idea of Jews as a fifth column bringing down western civilisation from within, a racist trope that has a longer history than Marxism. Like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the theory was fabricated to order, for a special purpose: the institution and perpetuation of culture war. We can even nominate an author for this lunacy: William S Lind, a polymath of the American hard right, who sought to put rightwing activism on a new footing as the cold war drew to a close.


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Now I really want to look more closely at this crappola, when time permits. Good grief!

Also read he was wild to deepen his self-crafted, home-made, customized "white guy" image of noble lineage by fashioning himself after historic characters:

Anders Behring Breivik had links to far-right EDL, says anti-racism group
Matthew Taylor

Tue 26 Jul 2011 11.45 EDT First published on Tue 26 Jul 2011 11.45 EDT

Anti-racism campaigners believe they may have uncovered evidence that Anders Behring Breivik, the man who carried out the mass killings in Norway, was in touch with activists from the English Defence League as recently as March.

Searchlight said the 32-year-old used the pseudonym of a 12th-century Norwegian king to communicate with people on the EDL forum before retreating to a remote farm to prepare for last week's attacks.

In one posting, on 9 March, the author called on rightwing activists in the UK to "keep up the good work".

"Hello. To you all good English men and women, just wanted to say that you're a blessing to all in Europe, in these dark times all of Europe are looking to you in such [sic] of inspiration, courage and even hope that we might turn this evil trend with islamisation all across our continent. Well, just wanted to say keep up the good work it's good to see others that care about their country and heritage. All the best to you all. Sigurd"


They will do anything to pretend they are not freaking, shabby, ignorant, hate-driven a-holes.

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