Less than 10 years ago, those promoting this ideology were shunned not only in the political sphere but also in Hollywood. Yet in 2020, we have seen the mainstream news and entertainment quick to support — if not outright adopt — Marxist-friendly content and personalities.
In some cases, Marxist content is adopted through the premise of race or social issues. In other cases, it comes with the denial that Antifa is more than an idea — and a violent one at that.
However, whether it is done to survive a culture war, cancellation or otherwise avoid risking the wrath of consumer groups, media outlets are rolling out the red carpet for Marxist ideology, albeit reshaped itself to appear palatable for the 21st century audience.
We saw the same with Islamism, which went from leaning on religious supremacy to marking itself as a vulnerable minority group at risk of oppression.
The latest promotion of this ideology comes courtesy of Warner Bros TV, which just signed a deal with the self-proclaimed “trained Marxist” Patrisse Cullors. In 2013, Cullors co-founded Black Lives Matter (BLM). In 2015, Cullors confirmed in an interview that she is a “trained Marxist.”
The proposed show follows a trend of big media contributing to the psychological unraveling of shared codes of law and social norms, which (whether intended or not) soften the public to accept an alternate ideology.
For example, the new Amazon show White Slaves reverses racial discrimination while openly relishing in ideological vulgarity and human depravity. Another Amazon show, The Boys, posits a world where heroes are subverted by rogue vigilantes desperate for justice taking their place.
These shows are not so different from the real world where terrorists like the Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are featured on the cover of The Rolling Stone magazine; Islamists and antisemites like Linda Sarsour, who invoke the language of resistance to justify their agenda, are feted by universities and others; and newspapers of record like The New York Times devotes thousands of column inches to arguments against the right to free speech.
Clarion recently explored how the media is becoming a social contagion for radicalization, meaning that repeat exposure to an idea activates absorption and acceptance.
In addition, we explored how all of these trends may be part of a push toward cultural hegemony. Whether or not we label this cultural Marxism can be debated. However, what cannot be debated is the fact that Marxism has always sought to gain control of the “organs of culture” including newspapers, magazines, media and so forth.
The question remains: Are what we are seeing by these industries an attempt to appease a consumer base and stay viable in a culture that has become dependent on virtue signaling as a means of marketing, or is it coming from a real ideological agenda?