It’s hard to express how absolutely odious and offensive this little “piece of advice” from Charlie Kirk, an uneducated demogogue, is. But just as he has the right to say it, I’m going to exercise my right to call it out as the antisemitic dog whistle that it is.
Declaring that “Jewish Democrats, or Jews in general” have to make a decision, Kirk let fly.
“Until you crush the cultural Marxist lens of which they view the world, you will never actually be able to build support for Israel,” he declared. “You cannot subsidize support and play footsie with cultural Marxism and have a future for the state of Israel.”
What is “cultural Marxism”? It is a far right wing conspiracy theory which contends that Jews are wrecking American culture and waging culture wars to “de-Christianize America.”
According to SPLC, “cultural Marxism” is this:
Right-wing ideologues, racists and other extremists have jazzed up political correctness and repackaged it — in its most virulent form, as an anti-Semitic theory that identifies Jews in general and several Jewish intellectuals in particular as nefarious, communistic destroyers. These supposed originators of “cultural Marxism” are seen as conspiratorial plotters intent on making Americans feel guilty and thus subverting their Christian culture.
In a nutshell, the theory posits that a tiny group of Jewish philosophers who fled Germany in the 1930s and set up shop at Columbia University in New York City devised an unorthodox form of “Marxism” that took aim at American society’s culture, rather than its economic system.
The theory holds that these self-interested Jews — the so-called “Frankfurt School” of philosophers — planned to try to convince mainstream Americans that white ethnic pride is bad, that sexual liberation is good, and that supposedly traditional American values — Christianity, “family values,” and so on — are reactionary and bigoted. With their core values thus subverted, the theory goes, Americans would be quick to sign on to the ideas of the far left.
This is what Charlie Kirk is selling on his podcast — an antisemitic theory that Jews are destroying American society. And in his little rant today, it got worse than just a conspiracy theory. The language he used is unmistakably eliminationist and antisemitic.
And Jews have been some of the largest funders of cultural Marxist ideas and supporters of those ideas over the last 30 or 40 years.
Stop supporting causes that hate you.
Now you might say, well, you know, how is one thing applied to the other?
If you train a generation, if you do everything through an oppressor-oppressed lens, they will apply that lens to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The same way that they apply it to the police issue, the gender issue, good guy, bad guy, somebody on top, somebody on bottom.
Until you cleanse that ideology from the hierarchy and the academic elite of the West, there will not be a safe future.
I’m not going to say Israel won’t exist, but Israel will be in jeopardy as long as the Western children, children of the West, are being taught with primarily Jewish dollars subsidizing it to view everything through an oppressor-oppressed dynamic.
Until you shed that ideology, you will not be able to build the case for Israel because they view Israel as an oppressor.
These hard-right wingers like Kirk don’t know what they’re talking about, but it sounds scary and that’s all they need to stoke fear and loathing of a group who has experienced more of their share of that already.