Can anyone recommend a book on the Frankfurt school, especially after the members came to America? I'm interested in knowing how their philosophies impacted American culture and attitudes. I've seen this bunch mentioned in other books, would like a bit deeper understanding. Thanks.
Answer by MiketheImpaler
I'm reading Martin Jay's "The Dialectical Imagination", it's a history of the Frankfurt School, he's a fan but can't hide the fact that the FS was the progenitor of our current problems. Antonio Gramsci created their 11 point plan for the West's destruction, all of them have come true; very frightening stuff."To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution – but giving us no ideas about their plans for the future – the School recommended (among other things):"1. The creation of racism offences.2. Continual change to create confusion3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.6. The promotion of excessive drinking7. Emptying of churches8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime9. Dependency on the state or state benefits10. Control and dumbing down of media11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family"
Answer by Macsen
I thought Breitbart gave a good overview in his last book...
Answer by Bienveillant
In One-Dimensional Man, Marcuse offers a critique of industrial society, whose "social controls exact the overwhelming need for the production and consumption of waste; [and] the need for stupefying work where it is no longer a real necessity..."
As I understand, he laid some of the philosophical foundations to the leftism of the 60s and onward.
Answer by grotiushug
Rolf Wiggershaus, The Frankfurt School: Its History, Theories and Political Significance. MIT Press, 1995 (translated from German)