Inspiring an unfounded fear of leftwing takeover helps those who have secured political control to keep it
Most of my students would struggle to name any “cultural Marxists”. The work of social theorists such as Theodor Adorno, pioneer of the so-called cultural turn in post-war Marxist studies, is barely taught in humanities and social science departments these days. But listen to both the mainstream and fringes of the political right and you’d get the impression that “cultural Marxism” is the reigning religion of the west. The term – the ideological enemy of rightwing terrorist Anders Breivik – has become a shorthand for a supposed leftwing takeover of everything, relentlessly invoked by politicians and commentators.