Numbers   Charts   Ideas

Frankfurters for Breakfast

THESE days the Frankfurt School is conservative Enemy #1, on account of “Cultural Marxism” and political correctness. But I have been reading a book about Horkheimer and Adorno written in the 1970s, The Frankfurt School: The Critical Theories of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, by Zoltán Tar.

Those were the days before the fall of the Soviet Union and before the ideas of the Frankfurt School had been enthusiastically taken up by every lefty activist in the culture war on everything to do with ordinary middle-class culture.

Horkheimer was the long-time head of the Frankfurt School -- the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt in Germany -- starting in 1931, and Adorno was his colleague and collaborator.

Dr. Tar views the head of the Frankfurt School as a straying Marxist, a guilty haut bourgeois intellectual with independent means infected by the pessimism of another bourgeois intellectual with independent means, Arthur Schopenhauer.

But Tar's bigger problem with Horkheimer is the central argument of Dialectic of Enlightenment, that domination is the problem in human society, whether domination of man by man or domination of nature by man. You can see why. The whole point of the leftist program is that political power and domination are needed to counter the domination of the market and the capitalists. But is it? There is no doubt that the market bosses everyone of us around. But is that worse than politicians and activists bossing us around? Or kings and noble lords? Our lefty friends just assume that they are on the side of the angels, and that their program will usher in an age of justice, emancipation from domination and liberation from work: in a word, equality.

More ...

Christopher Chantrill Follow chrischantrill on Twitter

Christopher Chantrill is a writer and conservative, and author of Road to the Middle Class. He runs usgovernmentspending.com, the go-to resource for government finance data, is a frequent contributor to the American Thinker. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Click for more.


“I love this guy.” — Steve Ballmer
 
 
Books
Road to the Middle Class shows how people change their culture from country to city. Price: $0.99 at Amazon.
US Government Spending 2016, from usgovernment-spending.com. Price: $0.99 at Amazon.
An American Manifesto, a vision of the good society after the end of liberalism. Download free draft.
 
Media Content

American Thinker

Weekly opeds starting in late 2003.

American Manifesto

Blog and book. What should America be like in the life after liberalism when civil society replaces the administrative welfare state?

Road to Middle Class

Blog and book. People get into the middle class with the cultural capital of religion, mutual aid, education, and law.

I Want a President...

Yearnings for a wiser ruler.

Rare.us

Blogging from October 2013 to February 2014.

 
Sites

Government Spending

Numbers, charts, analysis of government spending in the US. You can make your own spending charts and download spending data.

Government Revenue

Numbers, charts, analysis of government revenue in the US. You can make your own revenue charts and download tax data.

Government Debt

Numbers, charts, analysis of government debt in the US. You can make your own charts of debt over the years and download data.

Federal Budget

Numbers, charts, analysis of the US federal budget. You can create your own custom charts, and look at budget projections and compare estimated with actual.

Spending 101

Take a course in government spending. It’s free!

UK Public Spending

Numbers, charts, analysis of public spending in the UK. You can make your own spending charts and download spending data.

UK Public Revenue

Numbers, charts, analysis of public revenue in the UK. You can make your own revenue charts and download revenue data.

US President Elections

Results of United States presidential elections.

US Midterm Elections

Results of United States House and Senate midterm elections.

Stuck on Stupid

What went wrong in the nightmare of the Great Depression? For ten long years, American was stuck on stupid.

US Federal Bailout

We all know about TARP at $700 billion and change. But did you know that the total financial bailout of 2008, in spending and guarantees, amounted to over $20 trillion?

 •  Contact