Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Cry Havoc!: The Great American Bring-Down and How It Happened

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Cry Havoc!: The Great American Bring-Down and How It Happened

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CRY HAVOC!: THE GREAT AMERICAN BRING-DOWN AND HOW IT HAPPENED by Ralph de Toledano Anthem, 254 pages, $18

G.K. Chesterton's fantastic tale The Man Who Was Thursday warns of "a purely intellectual conspiracy" that would "threaten the very existence of civilization . . . [T]he scientific and artistic worlds are silently bound in a crusade against the Family and the State."

Cry Havoc!, the final book by the late conservative journalist Ralph de Toledano, claims that all this has already occurred and largely succeeded. The villains are the intellectuals of the neo-Marxist/neoFreudian clique known as the Frankfurt School. A project of the Communist International, intellectual subversion was only one part of the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt University, but it was where the institute had its greatest success-far beyond what Willi Muenzenberg and the other founders hoped for.

Academic ne'er-do-wells like Herbert Marcuse, Theodore Adorno, Wilhelm Reich, Kurt Lewin, and Max Horkheimer provided the mental muscle for the institute, and their influence rose when John Dewey brought it to America in 1938, where Columbia University's Teacher's College provided an ideal platform for the dissemination of its theories-which followed the young Marx's call for the "ruthless destruction of everything existing. …

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