CONSERVATIVES like to use the Frankfurt School (of neo-Marxists) and their "critical theory" as punching bags. Not to mention as the source of all our problems.
Yes, it's true that all the cruel and unjust ideological repression against conservatives through the application of what we call "political correctness" seems to issue from the ideas of the Frankfurt chappies like Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and second-stringer Herbert Marcuse.
But in my view it is better for conservatives to study and understand the ideas of the Frankfurt School than to stigmatize and reject them as, for instance, the excellent Bill Whittle does here.
That's because if conservatives want to win the culture war we need to be able to understand and transcend the ideas of the left. We need to grasp the kernels of truth in their critiques of bourgeois society, and then go on to show how they completely miss the point.
Let's take Max Horkheimer's definition of
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