As a long time veteran of political internet wars, both between right and left and intra-right, I have observed that at times some really silly arguments get repeated over and over despite their flimsiness to casual inspection. People presumably see these arguments made by others, judge them to be effective and then mindlessly repeat them without thinking them through. Thus they get perpetuated, and you repeatedly have to deal with them despite their weakness. I would give some examples, but I don’t want to provoke an argument about the validity of those arguments and sidetrack this essay.
This essay is about one particularly bizarre contention that I have recently been seeing with increasing frequency. By addressing it here, in the future I’m just going to link back to this essay every time it comes up, and save myself the headache of addressing it anew each time.
If you follow the happenings in the conservative Christian world much at all these day, you will be aware that there has been an increasing tendency among conservative Christian celebrities, for want of a better word, to embrace “social justice” causes and link them to Christianity. One could speculate about what is driving this, and debate how Christians should address some of these issues, but those are the subjects for other essays. This embrace of “social justice” causes had created a backlash among some conservative Christians who see this as a very troublesome trend. (I will dispense with the quotes around social justice from here on out for the sake of simplicity, but I am not conceding the legitimacy of the concept as it is currently promulgated.)
Those who see this as a troublesome trend will often accuse the social justice advocates of embracing and advancing “Cultural Marxism.” Here’s where the bizarre argument comes in. Increasingly I am seeing many, whether those actively advocating social justice causes or supposedly neutral observers, attempting to dismiss the charge of Cultural Marxism by claiming that Cultural Marxism is not a real thing and does not exist. Left-wing Social Justice Warriors have long dismissed Cultural Marxism as a right-wing conspiracy theory. These are not who I’m addressing here. These are not people who are arguing in good faith. The people I’m addressing are Christians who are presumably arguing in good faith. They are making the pedantic semantic argument that there can be no such thing as Cultural Marxism because Marxism is entirely an economic theory and doesn’t deal with culture, therefore Cultural Marxism cannot be a thing. With this declaration, the charge of Cultural Marxism is dismissed with a wave of the hand.