Herbert Marcuse on the Frankfurt School

In 1977 British television journalist Bryan MaGee interviewed Herbert Marcuse. He is considered the most influential figure of the Frankfurt School which was formed in the 1920’s to reinvent Marxism. Marcuse’s writings helped inspire a number of young New Left figures during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s including the revolutionary student movements at the time. However, the one thing people like Marcuse did not count on and attempted to combat was the anti-intellectualism that came about.

Pay attention to the later part of the interview when Marcuse discusses what has happened with the trendiness of Leftist groups. The elitism resulting from Marxism is the result of the philosophy itself since it is an attack on reason and central to environmentalism.