Great post !!!The Left as used on TOL is not clearly defined. The Left seems to be understood as being an ido9logy which is not Marxist, but some other vague set of ideas. The Left has been called "liberalism." In fact Michael Save wrote a book he called "Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder."
But the social scientists - a psychiatrist, a couple of historians, a sociologist a psychologist or two - Herbert Hendin, Christopher Lasch, Daniel Yankelovitch and Michael W. Doyle - who studied the Counterculture of the Sixties and Seventies were aware that there was a Marxist influence upon that movement. Most of them were also aware that the Counterculture, especially in the sixties, came as much out of the Beat Poets, the Art Bohemians and the LSD drug movement as from the New Left, which was Marxist.
Keven MacDonald, a psychologist, has been more specific in his study of the influence of Marxism upon the Counterculture of the sixties and seventies. He has pointed out that the Counterculture grew out of the Frankfurt School's Transformational Marxism. The Political Correstness movement of the Marxist Left which is so dominant in the politics of the Democratic Party and used over and over by the contemporary younger Leftists comes out of Transformational Marxism and more specifically out of the Frankfurt School's interest in anti-semitism, and the causes of the authoritarian personality - Christianity and the family - racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamic-phobia and etc. Identity Politics is another name for Political Correctness.
The possible alliance between the Islamic jihadists and the present day Marxist Left is politically incorrect to mention and even more politically incorrect is talking about a possible connection between high level Democratic operatives and Pedophilia. Any talk of Pedophilia and the Marxist Left is "Made Up" and "Fake News."
Marxism is fundamentrally anti-Christian. Marx turned Hegel, who was not ant-Christian "on his head<' and made Marxism very anti-Christian. Marxism is a form of the spirit of anti-Christ of I John 4: 3.
"Once the earthly family is discovered to be the secret of the
heavenly family, the former must be destroyed (annihilated), in theory
and in practice." Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis #4
"In the eyes of the dialectical philosophy, nothing is established for
all time, nothing is absolute or sacred." (Karl Marx)
But the Left people of 2016-2017 know nothing or very little of the Beat Poets and the Art Bohemians. Almost none of the present day Leftists who are under 40 would know who Lawrence Ferlinghetti is. He was born in 1919 and is still alive.
Our Mass Media had been so taken over by the Marxist Left that even wikipedia had an article on the Leftist bias of that Mass Media. The public approval rating of the Mass Media had dropped drastically in the last few years.
"September 14, 2016.
Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low..... Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year."
We are still in the era of "Fake News."