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Jul 25 2013

Ginni Thomas and Phyllis Schlafly

Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is trying to be an interviewer. Here she interviews Phyllis Schlafly and they talked about “cultural Marxism.” She wants to be taken seriously and she’s using a silly phrase like that.

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    Dear Lord,
    Why did you make so many awful people? I know your wisdom is infinite, and your power, too, but that just seems like a dick move.
     
    Yours truly,
    Modusoperandi

  2. 2
    composer99

    Wait, wait, let me try some wingnut-style “logic” here.

    You know who else uses the term “cultural Marxism” a lot? That’s right, Anders Breivik!

  3. 3
    smhll

    According to Wikipedia, “cultural Marxism” is a buzzword that’s all tangled up with a few other buzzword. From down near the bottom of the page:

    In current politics, the term has also been associated by Conservatives with a set of values that, it is claimed, are in simple contradiction with traditional values of Western society and Christian religion.[9] Undermining these is believed to be the true purpose of Political correctness and Multiculturalism, which are then identified with Cultural Marxism. This approach elides the significant philosophical and political differences between the thinkers associated with cultural Marxism and proposes that cultural change is brought about by a covert conspiracy of academics rather than, as cultural Marxists argue, by deep-rooted social, political and economic forces. This usage originates with a 1992 essay in a Lyndon LaRouche movement journal, and is covered in Frankfurt School conspiracy theory.

  4. 4
    smhll

    Today, I am a snarky, Wikipedia-quoting fiend. Since Schlafly said in the clip that she lived through the Great Depression and didn’t need any help from the government, I thought I’d look her up and see how much money her family had.

    I think it’s interesting that when Schlafly’s father was out of work, her mother got a job, working for local government. (OK, not Federal.)

    Schlafly’s great-grandfather Stewart, a Presbyterian, came from Scotland to New York in 1851 and moved westward through Canada before settling in Michigan.[4] Her grandfather, Andrew F. Stewart, was a master mechanic with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.[5] Schlafly’s father, John Bruce Stewart, was a machinist and salesman of industrial equipment, principally for Westinghouse. He became unemployed in 1932 during the Great Depression and could not find permanent work until World War II.[6] He was granted a patent in 1944 for a rotary engine.[7]
    Schlafly’s mother was the daughter of attorney Ernest C. Dodge. She attended college and graduate school. Before her marriage she worked as a teacher at a private girls school in St. Louis.[8] During the Depression Schlafly’s mother went back to work as a librarian and a school teacher to support her family.

  5. 5
    Synfandel

    smhll, thank you for the secondary research. So, “cultural Marxism” has absolutely, unequivocally nothing to do with the writings of Karl Marx or with modern Marxism. It’s a “covert conspiracy of academics”. Whence the name, then? Is it just another term for “stuff I don’t like”, as in Muslim-socialist-atheist?

  6. 6
    Zeno

    Did their husbands give them permission to do this?

  7. 7
    Randomfactor

    “Dear Lord…not THAT ridiculous.” –Voltaire.

  8. 8
    Abdul Alhazred

    People who talk about “cultural Marxism” a lot are generally full of shit, but it’s not an altogether invalid concept.

    You think about that while I put some Pete Seeger records on my hi-fi. :)

  9. 9
    Raging Bee

    Schlafly’s father, John Bruce Stewart, was a machinist and salesman of industrial equipment, principally for Westinghouse. He became unemployed in 1932 during the Great Depression and could not find permanent work until World War II.[6]

    …when the economy was revived by government demand, to fight a war against bigoted fascists like Schlafly.

    He was granted a patent in 1944 for a rotary engine.[7]

    …by a government, pursuant to a clause in the US Constitution.

    During the Depression [that was largely exacerbated by unregulated speculative business practices] Schlafly’s mother went back to work as a librarian and a school teacher to support her family.

    So much for Big Gummint undermining people’s freedom to support their families, eh?

    Just more proof that the Republicans’ model of small-government causing maximum growth and prosperity is pure fiction, flatly disproven by the entirety of US history.

  10. 10
    Raging Bee

    People who talk about “cultural Marxism” a lot…

    …don’t know squat about either culture or Marxism.

  11. 11
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Well she’s an expert on economic Groucho Marxism.

  12. 12
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Zeno:
    Thread win.

  13. 13
    Dave Maier

    I’d say “cultural Marxism” isn’t too bad as a label for the Frankfurt School — they’re generally lefties w/o any fantasies of proletarian revolution or whatever — but if Ginni Thomas knows more about Habermas or Adorno than does your average elm tree I’d be *very* surprised.

  14. 14
    bushrat

    Jesus H Christ it’s a female Stewart Smallie. “America, you’re smart, you’re beautiful, everybody wants to be with you, you have the most freedom and prosperity, you’re the greatest place to be and dog gone it you’re a nice country…” Obviously, her hairdo has affected blood flow to her brain or something.

  15. 15
    Area Man

    “During the Depression Schlafly’s mother went back to work as a librarian and a school teacher to support her family.”

    Moocher, living off the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. I’ll bet the government didn’t even steal her pension.

  16. 16
    exdrone

    Clarence Thomas: “Would you like something to drink, dear? A can of Coke, perhaps?”
    .
    Ginni Thomas: “Sure, thanks. … Oh wait! Let me get it.”

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