The Frankfurt School (Short bio sketch)

The Frankfurt School (Short bio sketch)

by Brannon S. Howse

In 1923, a group of German intellectuals started what has become known as The Frankfurt School. William Lind explains that the name originally planned for the institute had to be abandoned in order to conceal from the public its true agenda: 

The intended name for the Frankfurt School was the Institute for Marxism. The Institute’s father and funder, Felix Weil, wrote in 1971 that he “wanted the Institute to become known, and perhaps famous, due to its contributions to Marxism as a scientific discipline….” Beginning a tradition Political Correctness still carries on, Weil and others decided that they could operate more effectively if they concealed their Marxism; hence, on reflection, they chose the neutral-sounding name, the Institute for Social Research (Insitut für Sozialforschung).

The Frankfurt School was directly connected to Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, George Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche. Dr. Lind writes:

The Frankfurt School blended Marx with Freud, and later influences (some Fascist as well as Marxist) added linguistics to create “Critical Theory” and “deconstruction.” These in turn greatly influenced education theory, and through institutions of higher education gave birth to what we now call “Political Correctness.” The lineage is clear, and it is traceable right back to Karl Marx.

In 1933, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, many members of the Frankfurt School found refuge in America at the invitation of John Dewey (one of the radicals to whom I devote an entire chapter in Grave Influence). Dewey was on staff at Columbia University in New York and saw the opportunity to place these Marxists at leading colleges and universities around the country. He and his cohorts specifically targeted education and media as the means by which to inculcate their worldview into American culture. As Chuck Morse points out: 

The original strategy to destroy America, employed by the Frankfurt School, came from Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, who realized that in order to achieve a Socialist victory, cultural institutions would have to be infiltrated and subverted. Gramsci realized that America, steeped in traditions of freedom and liberty, would never to succumb to a frontal assault.


Gramsci seems to have obtained his ideas from the Catholic Jesuits. Catholic author George Marlin writes: 

Gramsci advised Marxists to achieve power by democratic means and then to use it to destroy Christian hegemony. “Gramsci’s principle,” French journalist Jean-François Revel pointed out, “was that [Marxists] must begin by influencing the culture, winning the intellectuals, the teachers, implanting itself in the press, the media, the publishing houses.” Somewhat surprisingly, Gramsci pointed to the Jesuits’ response to the Reformation as a model: Marxists had to create a cultura capillare (“capillary culture”) that would infuse itself into every nook and cranny of the body politic.

The phrase “make love, not war” shouted during the counter-culture revolution of the 1960s was coined by Frankfurt School faculty member Herbert Marcuse. The 1960s student rebels implemented strategies laid out by Marcuse in writings influenced largely by Gramsci. American campus radicals were inspired by Marcuse’s cultural revolution proclamations such as:

One can rightfully speak of a cultural revolution, since the protest is directed toward the whole cultural establishment; including the morality of existing society…there is one thing we can say with complete assurance. The traditional idea of revolution and the traditional strategy of revolution has ended. These ideas are old-fashioned…what we must undertake is a type of diffuse and dispersed disintegration of the system.



An all-powerful and intrusive government that robs you of freedoms is the ultimate goal of what you may know only as political correctness. It is, in general, a masking term for cultural Marxism.


Although people regularly laugh about political correctness, losing our freedom of religion, freedom of speech, property rights, and parental authority is no laughing matter. Thought control is not funny, and many Christians already have been prosecuted under hate-crime laws for sharing the Gospel and for publicly speaking out against homosexuality.


Cultural Marxism intends to destroy Christianity in all areas of American life. The elimination of the Christian worldview will create the chaos necessary for Marxism to have its day. Once chaos has reached a fevered pitch, the public will cry out for government to solve the problem, and people will welcome socialism. I believe our new financial system will be a mixture of socialism and capitalism called communitarianism. 


Another of the goals of Frankfurt School faculty was the promotion of feminism, which is closely tied to Marxism and Gnosticism. Dr. Gerald L. Atkinson, CDR, USN (Ret.), describes the attack on the American male through the propaganda of the Frankfurt School:


The Frankfurt school studied the “authoritarian personality” which became synonymous with the male, the patriarchal head of the American family. A modern utopia would be constructed by these idealistic intellectuals by “turning Western civilization” upside down. This utopia would be a product of their imagination, a product not susceptible to criticism on the basis of the examination of evidence. This “revolution” would be accomplished by fomenting a very quiet, subtle and slowly spreading “cultural Marxism” which would apply to culture the principles of Karl Marx bolstered by the modern psychological tools of Sigmund Freud. Thus, “cultural Marxism” became a marriage of Marx and Freud aimed at producing a “quiet” revolution in the United States of America. This “quiet” revolution has occurred in America over the past 30 years. While America slept! “The Authoritarian personality,” studied by the Frankfurt School in the 1940s and 1950s in America, prepared the way for the subsequent warfare against the masculine gender promoted by Herbert Marcuse and his band of social revolutionaries under the guise of “women’s liberation” and the New Left movement in the 1960s. The evidence that psychological techniques for changing personality is intended to mean emasculation of the American male is provided by Abraham Maslow, founder of Third Force Humanist Psychology and a promoter of the psychotherapeutic classroom, who wrote that “...the next step in personal evolution is a transcendence of both masculinity and femininity to general humanness.” The Marxist revolutionaries knew exactly what they wanted to do and how to do it. They have succeeded in accomplishing much of their agenda.

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