Quote of the day—Sam Jacobs

Marcuse is perhaps the most influential of the Frankfurt School thinkers in the United States. Anytime you hear a leftist explain why tolerance actually means intolerance, they’re channeling Marcuse.

Sam Jacobs
October 2020
Cultural Marxism’s Origins: How the Disciples of an Obscure Italian Linguist Subverted America.
[Jacobs is referring to a concept advocated in Herbert Marcuse’s A Critique of Pure Tolerance in 1969 which can be summarized as:

Tolerance should only be applied to left-wing groups and ideas, while right-wing groups and ideas should be mercilessly suppressed.

That idea has certainly taken root.—Joe]


9 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Sam Jacobs

  1. And I’m sure they’ll fail to understand why traditionalist groups (aka, The Right) responds in kind.

    Jeff B.

    • It will come as a complete surprise to Leftists just what the phrase, “mercilessly suppressed” will entail for them.

    • That’s the plan – provoke, provoke, … Then any response will be called terrorism that demands the state take action.

  2. I think applying the word “thinker” to Marcuse is an insult to people who have actual functioning brains.
    What he said is certainly a very clear one-sentence summary of Stalinist practice.

    • Was he trying to plagiarize Immanuel Kant’s “A Critique of Pure Reason”? It didn’t work. Nobody uses that book in Philosophy NOW and they won’t in two hundred years.

      • by “that book” I was referring to Marcuse’s “Critique of Pure Tolerance.” It’s fifty years old, and seems to be getting attention only because anybody with some books to sell wants to list them on Amazon, no matter how old, irrelevant, or harmful those books may be. See Clayton Cramer’s critique of Amazon, which for years had books by National Man-Boy Love Association. but was, more recently, slow to list Larry Elder’s “Uncle Tom” until it became apparent they were passing up money.

  3. It (“leftist” or “Progressive” thinking) was largely and very effectively implemented among American university faculties by the end of the first decade of the 1900s. Woodrow Wilson, during his stint at Princeton, had it all fully articulated, and the plans for using public education as a tool for cultural change toward Progressivism were all laid out before the turn of the 20th Century. You’ll have to look much farther back in time to find its roots. Karl Marx began writing his communist theses in 1844, well before the American Civil War, and so the ideas were necessarily older than that. In fact they’re much older. Eventually you must take your search back into the Dark Ages, where you find the full implementation of that which we’ve come to call “leftist thinking”.

    The Dark Ages are the model, the living example, for what’s coming once again, now that the Protestant Reformation has been essentially abandoned and is reversing. One big difference of course is that the powers-that-should-not-be have perfected the high art of psychological manipulation, plus they (the “criminal class” as we’ve referred to them here on this blog) have some amazing technology and infrastructure to back up and enforce their power. They’re now so good at what they do that American patriots are already prepared to believe wholeheartedly that failure and loss are in fact success and victory.

    Bertrand Russel wrote about this phenomenon in the 1950s, wherein he predicted that the art of psychology would become so well developed that it could be used to convince a significant cross section of the public that snow is black. He furthermore suggested that the art would be perfected to such a state that it would become possible to calculate the actual cost savings of settling for convincing those same people that snow is merely dark grey.

    And so; here we are. But of course the moral, philosophical and spiritual standards of the Dark Ages are but the continuation of ancient Roman, Greek, Medo/Persian, and ultimately Babylonian, systems. It would be amusing if not for the deadly seriousness of it, how so many of us think of history as being a series of separate, disconnected events and cultural influences. The fact remains however that we didn’t get here in America, after Columbus, with a blank slate, somehow unattached from and unaffected by the events prior. No; cause leads to effect, which leads to causes and effects, all pointing farther back in history to their roots. We can no more consider ourselves unaffected by Babylonian thinking and Babylonian religion than the leaves in a high treetop can disregard the deepest roots of the tree as having no relevance to their situation.

    Once we realize what’s happening, and why, we’ll either hate it or love it, but we’ll never think the same way, nor see history in the same light, ever again.

    And so the angel’s cry; Come out of Babylon! “Come out of her my people…that ye receive not of her plagues…” — Rev 18:4
    And once again; “her” (a woman) always refers to a church, in prophetic terms. In this case, “her” (“she”, that whore of Babylon) it is a church/state system, and it wants your worship, else you be killed.

    • The model for the structure of the agencies, the agency law is the unified system that was in practice before the American “Separation of Powers” system. From the kings of the time of the American Revolution, as far back in history as there are records, the law maker, the law enforcement, and the law interpretation were all embodied in a single person, the King. Far from being progressive, this system is as regressive as possible and still work in an interconnected technologically advanced society.

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