Benedict Beckeld

Benedict Beckeld

Benedict Beckeld is a philosopher and writer. His latest book, Western Self-Contempt: Oikophobia in the Decline of Civilizations, will be published on May 15, 2022 by Cornell University Press.

Herbert Marcuse and the Left’s Endless Campaign Against Western ‘Repression’

Herbert Marcuse and the Left’s Endless Campaign Against Western ‘Repression’

The Frankfurt School of social theory began about a century ago, in the Weimar Republic. It consisted in the main of a group of rather anti-capitalist, Marxist-light gentlemen who embraced oikophobia (the hatred or dislike of one’s own cultural home), and who were understandably disillusioned by the carnage of

Benedict Beckeld
Benedict Beckeld
8 min read
postmodernism
'Oikophobia': Our Western Self-Hatred

'Oikophobia': Our Western Self-Hatred

It was an Italian evening in late summer at the end of the previous decade, and I was having dinner outside in the shade of the Roman Colosseum—the emblem of a decadent Empire whose ruins were everywhere to be seen. One of my fellow diners, a young graduate student

Benedict Beckeld
Benedict Beckeld
7 min read
History