Aufheben der Dr. Seuss

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 23

Aufheben is a German word that, in Critical Theory, means to “abolish” or to “negate” in the way that Critical Theorists do. It’s a somewhat complicated term in that it means both to abolish and to keep or to keep safe, and the Critical Theory use taps into the so-called dialectical process to attempt to use aufheben to tear apart and, as the Marxists translated it, “sublate” whatever cultural artifact they are targeting onto a “higher” level of understanding, namely the one that empowers Critical Theorists and induces misery in everyone else. This process was widely pushed by the Critical Theorists of the Frankfurt School under a doctrine of Aufheben der Kultur, abolishment of culture, and it continues in the Woke movement today.
One of the latest big targets of Aufheben der Kultur is Dr. Seuss and his wide body of popular children’s literature. Why? Because of its success. Seuss becomes a cultural anchor point for hundreds of millions of children and adults, and by tainting Seuss, his legacy, and your own memories of him with accusations of racism and “harm,” they can abolish that shared cultural anchor and make more room to advance their own agenda, in which every text is “decolonized” and geared to indoctrinate you and your children into Critical Theory, especially Critical Race Theory. Join James Lindsay in this episode of the New Discourses Podcast to dig into the Critical Dr. Seuss academic literature to see where this Aufheben der Dr Seuss comes from and how it works.

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