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The Frankfurt School vs True Freedom

After the end of World War I (1914-1918), various Communists in Europe were disappointed that the “proletariat,” or workers in their respective countries, didn’t “rise up” and throw off the “chains” of their middle class, or “bourgeois,” masters. Instead, they had fought against one another. Some Communists began to theorize that the grip of culture, meaning patriotism and tradition, was too strong, and mused, like a renovator who decides it’s simply better to build a new edifice rather than attempt to repair the old, that the whole culture had to go. The first Marxist to propose “a long march through the institutions” was an Italian, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937). Simultaneously, in Frank

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