Thursday, October 21, 2021

Why officials want to act on ‘anti-lockdown persona’


Recent anti-lockdown demonstrations in Melbourne have been met with a series of colorful accusations from authority figures in the state of Victoria, including “anti-vaxxers,” “conspiracy theorists,” “far-right extremists,” and “man Labels are included. -Baby Nazis.”

The labels draw parallels with Hillary Clinton’s infamous 2016 remark that supporters of US presidential candidate Donald Trump were “disappointing”.

The Melbourne protests, mainly involving blue-collar members of the Construction, Forestry, Marine, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), shook the spine of union leaders and Victoria’s State Premier Dan Andrews, who signaled Have started watching. An emerging coalition between unionized activists and right-wing activists.

John Setka (head of the CFMEU), Sally McManus (Australian Trade Union Council), Andrews and former federal labor leader Bill Shorten have all tried to curtail activity, while placing the blame on fringe groups claiming that union members was misled. by neo-Nazis.

However, the language being used has in some ways taken the heck out of how ideas outside the prevailing narrative are portrayed by progressives – which has its roots in the Frankfurt School and its neo-Marxist Can be traced back to work. Theory

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Members of the Victoria Police stand outside the CFMEU office on September 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Darian Treynor/Getty Images)

Herbert Marcuse of the school is well known for his role in spreading neo-Marxist ideas in Western universities. But the same cannot be said of Theodore Adorno, who had a role in spreading another strain of the neo-Marxist virus.

During its formative years in Germany, the Frankfurt School was largely inspired by the energies of ten leading theorists: with Adorno among this group.

Adorno’s (public) dispute with the Communist Party of Germany, and the school’s unrelenting criticism of the Soviet Union set the tone for the development of the Frankfurt School in a variety of neo-Marxism that liberals would see as benign.

This helped position the school and led it as a catalyst for the advent of the “New Left”, a strain of American-born Marxism that gained widespread popularity in North America and Western Europe.

Marquez, the “father of the new left”, wrote the book “One Dimensional Man”, which would become the basis of the movement, outlining progressive causes such as feminism, gay rights, abortion, and hippies.

Marquez flourished in the United States because he was 100 percent Americanized and could create a version of Marxism that resonated with Western audiences.

However, there was a second route by which the Frankfurt School neo-Marxist virus was transferred to America.

This passage was through Adorno’s highly influential book, “The Totalitarian Personality”.

Police spray capsicum for construction workers and protesters in the gardens around the Shrine of Remembrance during a protest against COVID-19 regulations in Melbourne on September 22, 2021. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

In many ways this second route was more insidious as it relied more on the works of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud rather than Marx, which meant that progressives could easily miss their strong neo-Marxist roots—it also piggybacked on the popularity of Freudianism. Will happen. United States and the West.

The authoritarian personality was a product of sociologist Paul Lazerfeld’s Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University and was funded by the American Jewish Committee which wanted to ensure that Nazism (or far-right) never rose again.

Lazarsfeld employed Marxist and non-Marxist refugees from Nazi Germany (himself a non-Marxist Jewish refugee), as well as members of the Frankfurt School.

Adorno’s team was hired to research why people became Nazis. His authoritarian personality was his interpretation.

From this emerged an idea that became popular among both Marxists and progressives, that they could use behavioral science to manage and control populations, while using the media to promote “good” (progressive) ideas and “bad” ideas. “Thoughts could have been done to shut down. .

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By appointing members of the Frankfurt School, the Lazarsfeld Bureau opened the door for their ideas to enter mainstream liberal American education, and facilitated the development of liberal and neo-Marxist ideas in the West.

So what did the authoritarian personality say?

The book suggested that some “bad” personality types were drawn to “bad” ideas such as fascism, nationalism, anti-Semitism, or traditionalism.

Adorno’s book used Freudian “psychology-speak” to conjure up a picture of problematic personality types that needed healing and fixation. From this emerged the idea of ​​a medical state with the right to intervene and heal “bad personality” and “bad thinking”.

Under communist rule, a parallel can be found in forced labor through the re-education camps of the Soviet Union’s Gulags and the Chinese Communist Party.

In the West, this has manifested through the welfare and nanny state, which has seen government institutions, including social workers or law enforcement, gain increasingly intrusive powers.

The book also suggests that people with bad personalities can be easily influenced by riot instigators, mass media, emotional appeal and populist propaganda. In addition, individuals are clearly susceptible to all kinds of “misconceptions” such as prejudice, ethnic-centered thinking, racism, and beliefs in traditional social hierarchies and values.

Because such individuals tend to have weak or damaged personalities, this causes them to allegedly obey leaders and submit to authority – the same allegation was made against Melbourne rallygoers, which claimed that individuals were forced to protest. Was “crafted” to do, or according to CFMMEU chief John Setka, “hijacked” by extremists.

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Protesters are seen walking down the Westgate Bridge after the state government announced the closure of construction on September 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

Adorno’s theory states that such distortions eventually needed to be corrected, possibly by therapists or social engineers trained at universities where they learned to think “properly”.

The result we are seeing to date is that individuals who advocate ideas outside the prevailing narrative – including vaccine mandates or lockdowns – are perceived as “abnormal” or as having serious personality or mental issues. Is known.

Without realizing it, we have allowed the authoritarian personality to be the guiding light of Western institutions.

On one level, it seems ridiculous to use the book to distort political opponents. At another level, there is a real danger of institutions and governments immediately intervening to “fix the pathetic problem” in society.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Eric Lou


Eric Lou is a retired professor in political communication with a career spanning South African and Australian universities. Prior to this, he was a former activist, journalist and media trainer under the African National Congress, where he worked on South Africa’s transition to the post-apartheid era. Louv is an expert in affirmative action, wealth redistribution and black economic empowerment policies. His Ph.D. Marxism, as well as later neo-Marxist theorists (Gramsky, Lukac, Althusser, the Frankfurt School, etc.) and were in the study of cultural Marxism. He has authored nine books, including “The Rise, Fall and Legacy of Apartheid”; “The Roots of Pax Americana”; and “Media and the Political Process.”


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