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The Devil's Pleasure Palace - The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West-logo

The Devil's Pleasure Palace - The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West

Michael Walsh

In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world's premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, burgeoning trans-national elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war's refugees but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of "critical theory." At once overly intellectualized and emotionally juvenile, Critical Theory-like Pandora's Box-released a horde of demons into the American psyche. When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a central-European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States. In The Devil's Pleasure Palace Michael Walsh looks at how Critical Theory took root in America and came to affect nearly every aspect of American life and society-and what can be done to stop it.

In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world's premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, burgeoning trans-national elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war's refugees but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of "critical theory." At once overly intellectualized and emotionally juvenile, Critical Theory-like Pandora's Box-released a horde of demons into the American psyche. When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a central-European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States. In The Devil's Pleasure Palace Michael Walsh looks at how Critical Theory took root in America and came to affect nearly every aspect of American life and society-and what can be done to stop it.
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In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world's premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, burgeoning trans-national elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war's refugees but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of "critical theory." At once overly intellectualized and emotionally juvenile, Critical Theory-like Pandora's Box-released a horde of demons into the American psyche. When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a central-European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States. In The Devil's Pleasure Palace Michael Walsh looks at how Critical Theory took root in America and came to affect nearly every aspect of American life and society-and what can be done to stop it.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

44:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

51:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

32:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:17