How many times have you read a movement Conservative's explanation of political correctness and critical race theory as the products of Marxism? A nice young man posted something on FB by William Lind along these lines. Years ago, Lind was working for the vulgarian Paul Weyrich, he co-authored a book on "cultural conservatism," which I ridiculed in a review. (Weyrich of course tried to get me fired for this and other sins against the unholy movement, but it would be years before the dead think tanker would get his revenge.). Neither Weyrich nor Lind amount to anything, but the equation of Marxism with all the intellectuals heresies of the past five centuries is dangerous--and stultifying--if only because it blinds us to the simple fact that Marx comes near the end of a long line of wreckers and destroyers who have been tearing down for five centuries what civilized men and women took millennia to create.
The only use such arguments have is to reveal how clueless conservatives are. Those who do not understand the causes, are able to contribute nothing to any solution. The book I am not going to write--what would be the point?--would trace the course of Western self-hatred from Montaigne (16th century) to the philosophes who wrote in praise of the Chinese, Persians, and savages, down to the culmination of this movement in the French Surrealists who inspired Fanon and all the other haters of the West since then. Why not write such a book? Because no one would read it. Mass education has rendered Americans not only ignorant and stupid but absolutely ineducable.