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Is Cultural Marxism a Real Thing?

In a recent essay, Yale law professor Samuel Moyn claimed that cultural Marxism is merely the product of alt-right imagination. But in today’s Martin Center article, Allen Mendenhall pushes back, arguing that it is all too real and has run wild, particularly in many college English departments.

After an extended analysis, Mendenhall concludes:

The point, however, is that cultural Marxism exists. It has a history, followers, adherents, and left a perceptible mark on academic subjects and lines of inquiry. Moyn may wish it out of existence, or dismiss it as a bogeyman, but it is real. We must know its effects on society, and in what forms it materializes in our culture. Moyn’s intemperate polemic demonstrates, in fact, the urgency and importance of examining cultural Marxism, rather than closing our eyes to its meaning, properties, and significance.

I suggest reading the whole thing.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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