by Al Benson Jr.
How many have ever heard of the Frankfurt School? Probably not too many, although there are pages and pages of material on the Internet concerning it, many of them having to do with how this institution has affected public education in this country. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourselves and see what is out there. If you are patriotic Americans concerned about the education of your kids, particularly if you have them in public school, you will not be thrilled with what you find.
Joanne Lewis, writing for http://www.allrightmagazine.com stated in an article published in January, 2011 that: “The Institute for Social Research was founded in 1923 under the direction of Carl Grunberg, an avowed Marxist. This institute, which operated in conjunction with the University of Frankfurt, was financed by yet another Marx admirer: Felix Weil, the son of a wealthy German merchant. Modeled after the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow, it would later come to be known as the Frankfurt School. Grunberg retired in 1929, and the following year Max Horkheimer became director. It was under the directorship of Horkheimer that Cultural Marxism and Critical Theory started to take flight. :Horkheimer brought in additional scholars to assist with his concept development. He recruited Theodur Adorno, Eric Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Lou Lowenthal and Jurgen Habermas et al.” Do a couple of these names sound a little familiar–like Fromm and Marcuse, both of whom have been widely known on college campuses in our day.
However, when Hitler rose to power in 1933 those affiliated with the Marxist Frankfurt School decided that discretion was the better part of valor and they left Germany. Lewis continued: “A few months later, with the help of John Dewey, a professor at Columbia, and Edward R. Murrow, the Assistant Secretary of the Emergency in Aide of Displaced German Scholars, the Frankfurt School was relocated to New York City. Subsequently, the members were able to obtain prestigious positions in Universities such as Columbia, Princeton, Brandeis and Berkeley of California.” Does this scenario also sound familiar? How about socialists and communists fleeing from Germany after the socialist revolts back in 1848 and coming to America, where many of them found refuge as teachers, journalists, Union army generals and members of the newly formed Republican Party (see Lincoln’s Marxists, Pelican Publishing, Gretna, Louisiana, July, 2011).
These devotees of Marxism from Frankfurt had an agenda, as did the “forty-eighters” from Germany and other European countries that came almost a century before them–the creation of a socialist America.
To accomplish this agenda the Christian heritage and culture of the country would need to be done away with. They felt that as long as the Christian faith persisted they would never be totally able to promote their concept of socialist revolution. The Frankfurt scholars, therefore, had an agenda which included the neutralization and/or destruction of the church.
Lewis observed: “In addition to destroying the Church, it was felt they would need to encourage government dependency, vastly increase immigration to confuse identity, undermine parental authority, create racial offenses, promote disrespect for authority and attempt to break down the contemporary family.All these objectives and more were directed at the utter destruction of Western Culture and civilization.” Does any of this sound familiar?
How many parents in this country have spent big bucks so their kids could go to fancy colleges–only to be taught there by the progeny of the Frankfurt Marxists? When their kids came home they hardly recognized them anymore and the kids had been inculcated with the idea that their parents were “the enemy” because, after all, they were over thirty!
Please take note of a few things here–interesting parallels. A wealthy Marxist admirer helped to finance the Frankfurt School. The same thing happened in the 1800s when Engels helped to finance Karl Marx. You have to wonder what so often makes the wealthy fund those who are supposedly interested in their destruction. Is it a guilt complex because of their wealth, or do some of them realize something most of us do not–that Marxism is not really opposed to wealth and profit, depending on who controls it. If they can control it in the mystical name of “the people” then it’s okay.
In both 1848 and the 1920s, the radical socialists and Marxists had a problem with the Christian faith. Part of their problem was the Biblical truth of original sin. They hated the thought that man was inherently a sinner and therefore accountable to a Holy God for his actions. If man could be made accountable to no one, then they thought they could create the perfect man, responsible only to themselves. In other words, they wanted to play God.
As to where the National Education Association comes into all this, stay tuned for the next installment. However, if you noted John Dewey’s name in this article you will know there is a connection with the NEA.
To be continued.