Many have been misinformed regarding the work of the Frankfurt School, and by association 'Critical Theory' generally. Far from being some 'Cultural Marxist' group seeking to control the population, the Frankfurt School is a group of old white guys who were most concerned with the unjustified domination of the weak by the powerful. I don't know how their work became so twisted in the minds of Americans, but they did NOT espouse a top down method of control!
These old white dudes were "dissidents uncomfortable with existing capitalist, fascist or communist systems. Many of these theorists believed that traditional theory could not adequately explain the turbulent and unexpected development of capitalist societies in the 20th century. Critical of both capitalism and Soviet socialism, their writings pointed to the possibility of an alternative path to social development." - wikipedia
"Their emphasis on the "critical" component of theory was derived significantly from their attempt to overcome the limits of positivism, materialism and determinism by returning to Kant's critical philosophy and its successors in German idealism, principally Hegel's philosophy, with its emphasis on dialectic and contradiction as inherent properties of human reality." - wikipedia again.
So if you think you understand the Frankfurt School, if you think 'Cultural Marxism' is even a thing, please go and study Kant, and Hegelian philosophy. These giants are the roots of the Frankfurt School, more than Marx by far in my opinion.
Thinking critically, who is behind this misinformation campaign to describe the frankfurt school guys as a bunch of 'Cultural Marxists'? (again not a thing)
Thinking critically, who would want us to ignore the Frankfurt School, these philosophers and social theorists who only wanted us to be critical of the dominant institutions, and dominant economic ideologies?
Who would benefit from the ignorance of such a group of writers? Obviously, the oligarchs in charge of our economic system, who print money and bail out banks, who enable globalism and globalization on THEIR terms, not on the terms of the locals. The Frankfurt School provides a philosophical framework for analyzing those who seek to dominate your point of view, your family, and your opportunities to thrive. The Oligarchs are behind these talking heads on your youtube who foam at the mouth about 'cultural marxists' but have never read a single thing the Frankfurt School guys wrote.
Don't be afraid, and stop listening to the fucking paid shills who want to deceive you.