Video: Talk Countering Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory, “Cultural Marxism”

Here is the video from my talk on Monday, November 29, to Bündnis Gegen Antisemitismus Köln (Alliance Against Antisemitism, Cologne, Germany). I enjoyed the discussion and hope that this explanation of the conspiracy theory of “cultural Marxism”–which is not just about opposition to the Frankfurt School’s ideas, but repackages the conspiracy theory of Judeo-Bolshevism for a post-Cold War context–will prove helpful. I also discuss the growing convergence of conspiracy theories targeting “cultural Marxism” and “Critical Race Theory.” Both right-wing reactionary responses, I argue, are rooted deeply in defensiveness designed to protect denial. (I have been thinking a lot lately about the role that “denial” and “denialism,” as psychological/emotional reactions, play in white supremacy and fascism. I have an article on that topic coming out next week in an open-source psychoanalytic journal, which I’ll link on this site when it becomes available.)

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