The last hundred years has seen a profound change in the outlook of the Left. A hundred years ago it was undeniable that the Left stood for something. What it stood for was misguided and deeply wrong, but nonetheless it has to be admitted that the Left represented a very strong belief in something.
And it was a belief in a positive something. It was always going to lead to disaster but the intentions were at least positive and even rational. Looking at the Left today it is extremely difficult to discern anything positive and it is completely impossible to find even a vestige of rationality. Leftist beliefs today are so self-evidently irrational and contradictory that Leftist thought can be more accurately characterised as a psychiatric disorder rather than a coherent political doctrine.
How did this happen? It happened because cultural marxism gradually became the predominant strand in Leftist thought. Cultural marxism has been spectacularly successful and that very success has been fatal. Cultural marxism was supposed to be a means to an end but it has become an end in itself.
One hundred years ago socialists were among the most optimistic inhabitants of our planet. They were absolutely certain that their success was guaranteed. Marx had told them that capitalism leads to communism with the inevitability of a law of nature. And Marx could not possibly be wrong about anything. The evolution was just around the corner.
The First World War seemed like a godsend. While socialists morally disapproved of the war (it is a bizarre but true fact that socialists were once very moral people) it seemed certain that the stress of war would hasten the downfall of capitalism. The working class of one country would never fight the working class of another country. They would refuse to fight a capitalist war and would rise up and destroy the capitalist system. It was a sure thing. You could put money on it.
Of course in fact the working classes did fight the war. And they conspicuously failed to rise up and destroy the capitalist system. Even more perplexingly the one revolution that did eventuate eventuated in the wrong place. If capitalism inevitably leads to its downfall then logically the revolution should come somewhere where capitalism had reached a very advanced stage. Somewhere like Britain, France, Germany or the United States. When the war started going badly for the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary, they become the most promising sites for the revolution. Germany being more advanced industrially than he Austro-Hungarian Empire Germany became the red hot favourite.
The failure of the working classes to rise up at the beginning of the war had been bitterly disappointing but now everything was going to work out satisfactorily. Except that it didn’t happen. But it did happen in Russia, and any good marxist could have told you that Russia was nowhere near advanced enough along the capitalist road to be a possible candidate for a successful revolution.
All this was going to requite some careful consideration. One thing was certain. The working classes could not be trusted. And Leftists ever since have regarded the working classes with a mixture of contempt and fear. The revolution would have to be brought about by the middle classes. Yes, if the proletariat was going to refuse to murder the bourgeoisie then the bourgeoisie would have to be persuaded to commit suicide.
And the revolution was certainly not going to be the joyous bloodbath that socialists had been looking forward to. There would be revolutionary bloodbaths aplenty but they have all taken place in backward countries. Such an eventuality seemed disappointingly unlikely in the advanced capitalist nations of western Europe and North America. A different method would have to be found. Thus was cultural marxism born. The long march through the institutions would be the road to revolution.
Cultural marxism has, in many ways, been successful beyond the wildest hopes of its inventors in the 1920s. But there have been a few problems. The idea of cultural marxism was to demoralise and undermine the entire superstructure of western civilisation. The resulting chaos would then lead inevitably to the glorious socialist revolution that socialists craved so badly.
The first problem is that social chaos is more likely to lead to more social chaos rather than to the socialist utopia. The second and bigger problem is in the very nature of cultural marxism. In order to achieve social chaos cultural marxism would need to be destructive. It would need to create a climate of hatred. In order to do that it would be necessary to create a climate of violent self-hatred within the middle classes. Ugliness, misery, blind destructiveness, jealousy, viciousness, selfishness, mistrust and self-loathing, always more and more self-loathing, these are the qualities that cultural marxists have encouraged and nurtured. With immense success.
With so much success that there has been no room left for any positive emotions. It is therefore not surprising that modern Leftist thought is entirely negative. It is entirely focused on strategies for destroying society. The family must be destroyed. Religious belief must be destroyed. Moral standards must be ridiculed and overthrown. All traditional values must be mocked and ultimately swept away. Respect for law and order must go out the window and when crime then starts to thrive that’s no problem since it is yet another useful tool for destruction.
The nation state and all sense of meaningful community must be erased. Mass immigration is one of the most effective ways to do this and if the immigrants happen to be people who loathe and detest western civilisation and glory in barbarism then that’s another bonus. More social chaos will result.
Since Leftism as it now exists in the West is almost pure cultural marxism it’s hardly surprising that Leftism is now pure nihilism. Leftists have forgotten how to believe in anything that isn’t destructive. There is no room for any positive beliefs.
It is no surprise that this kind of political philosophy (or this brand of madness as it would be more accurate to call it) not only corrupts its own adherents, it also attracts those who are motivated by their own psychological weaknesses and personal inadequacies. Those who started out as political idealists become self-hating nihilists while they are joined by countless others who have never ben motivated by anything other than hatred.
The more that cultural marxism succeeds, the more it fails.