The mistaken belief among about fifty percent of the younger generations that socialism is superior to capitalism can be traced back to the indoctrination that passes for education on our college campuses. The roots of this indoctrination can be traced back to the destruction of objective truth, which was popularized by the Frankfurt School of Economics. Here is a definition of that school and documentation about its far reaching effects, from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Frankfurt School, known more appropriately as Critical Theory, is a philosophical and sociological movement spread across many universities around the world. It was originally located at the Institute for Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung), an attached institute at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The Institute was founded in 1923 thanks to a donation by Felix Weil with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany. After 1933, the Nazis forced its closure, and the Institute was moved to the United States where it found hospitality at Columbia University in New York City.
The academic influence of the critical method is far reaching. Some of the key issues and philosophical preoccupations of the School involve the critique of modernity and capitalist society, the definition of social emancipation, as well as the detection of the pathologies of society. Critical Theory provides a specific interpretation of Marxist philosophy with regards to some of its central economic and political notions like commodification, reification, fetishization and critique of mass culture.
One important take away from this quote is the fact the Frankfurt School moved to Columbia University, which houses one of the most prestigious schools of education and one of the most prestigious schools of journalism.
This American Thinker article documents the philosophies espoused by the Frankfurt School.
The Frankfurt School was a movement of far-left European philosophers who sought (among many other things) to apply the ideas of Marx in a social context. What developed from this school was Critical Theory, which is ultimately a re-envisioning of the way the world is seen. The Frankfurt School rejected objective truth and the historical records of humanity and objected to any form of objective knowledge.
As you can see from this next quote from the American Thinker article, Critical Theory had disastrous effects on science, and so much more.
There is no longer objectivity in the sciences or arts, and everything becomes an element of interpretation. Knowledge, according to Marxist thought, can be manipulated to serve a purpose, and that is what the left is actively doing. While this idea that objective knowledge is no longer accepted might seem like nonsense, these ideas are prominent in far-ranging academic subjects from the arts to the sciences. In turn, these ideas are captivating campuses and infecting students everywhere.
The author goes on to discuss how Critical Theory is the polar opposite of the philosophies at the heart of the founding principles of this nation.
Throughout Western history, society has been rooted in the principles of objective truth. The great philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Locke all believed in some form of objective truth that guided society and established principles to be followed.
Much of the modern Western world is based on the ideas produced by Judeo-Christian thought. Judeo-Christian thought is based deeply in objective truth and objective reality.
Natural Law, with roots that can be traced back to Cicero, is the very foundation our Constitutional Republic was built on. Critical Theory dismantled the foundation of this nation by dismantling Natural Law. Here is how Cicero defined Natural law in a quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero, Republic, The Laws,.
True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrong-doing by its prohibitions. And it does not lay its commands or prohibitions upon good men in vain, although neither have any effect on the wicked. It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to attempt to repeal a part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by Senate or People, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is, God, over us all, for He is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst penalties, even if he escapes what is commonly called punishment
No author influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution more than John Locke. His Two Treatises Of Government, which served as the bedrock of our Constitutional Republic, are entirely about Natural Law.
In this quote from Thomas Jefferson’s Argument in the Case of Howell vs. Netherland, it is obvious that Jefferson was a very firm believer in Natural Law
Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.
There is no better example to illustrate how Natural Law serves as the foundation of this nation than this quote.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
The Critical Theory produced at the Frankfurt School first infected Columbia University. Because Columbia was such a prestigious school of education the contagion was spread to other colleges of education, then on to just about every other college and university in this country. Critical theory is dismantling the founding principles of this nation.