We have been talking a lot lately about the Cultural Marxism/Frankfurt School conspiracy theory. With this conspiracy theory, there is a lack of original references about cultural marxism from the Frankfurt School’s own texts. (This is common in a lot of conspiracy theories besides the cultural marxism conspiracy theory.) If you want to know what happens when you ask for an original source reference from cultural marxism conspiracy theorists, take a look at what happened when Boxer tried asked for a original source reference on the subject. (This was after another person who tried to pass off a youtube video as “proof” of the cultural marxism conspiracy theory which didn’t reference any original sources.)
Boxer, knock off the faux-scepticism. The Frankfurt School’s influence on Cultural Marxism is undeniable. They literally *invented the term*; they talk about it in their papers. The idea that it’s a conspiracy theory is Leftist whitewashing, and an attempt at covering their tracks to delude the masses.
Boxer then asks for the specific source where the Frankfurt School invented the term, “cultural marxism”. After that the conspiracy theorists do nothing but throw links at Boxer that have no references to any original source material and attack Boxer for asking for references to original source material. Boxer describes what is happening with an excellent analogy.
Citing sources that you’ve never read is a problem, no? It’d be like arguing that the author of Dalrock blog is a misogynist who has written articles on his blog encouraging men to play grab-ass with random chicks on the street. When (and it’d be when, not if) the claimant was asked for a source, he’d post links to Amanda Marcotte and Manboobz, who made that claim.
The problem with all these conspiracy theories is that the sources are mostly online, free for anyone to read. You’re going to run into people like me, who have read them all and written peer-reviewed journal articles on the original sources, who will have to say “he’s an internet kook” when people wonder where you’re pulling all this nonsense from. Sadly, it makes everything else you say suspect.
Whenever you ask a conspiracy theorist for a reference to original source material, they will almost never provide it. Instead they will give you youtube videos and other links that provide no references to original source material. They love youtube videos because they are trying to hide the fact that what they are saying has no connection to original source material. In the rare cases, you get a reference to a piece of original source material, one of two things will happen. Either the original source material never existed, or the original source material says something completely different.
Boxer makes an apt comparison to feminism. Feminists want you to “listen and believe” instead of investigating and evaluating evidence. Conspiracy theorists want you to “listen and believe” instead of investigating and evaluating evidence, too. This is another example of how feminism and conspiracy theory is similar. Never listen and believe. Always demand evidence and original source material. If someone whether a feminist or a conspiracy theorist refuses to produce references to original source material or produces false references to original source material, assume they are lying because most likely, they are.