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Not to be confused with Neocommunism, Neosocialism, or with the fictional ideology of Neo-Bolshevism

"One of the most important characteristics of any group that is developing towards dominance is its struggle to assimilate and to conquer “ideologically” the traditional intellectuals, but this assimilation and conquest is made quicker and more efficacious the more the group in question succeeds in simultaneously elaborating its own organic intellectuals."[7]

Neo-Marxism is an ideology that seeks to incorporate new elements from other intellectual traditions into classical Marxism, such as psychoanalysis, critical theory, and sometimes existentialism. Broadly speaking Neo Marxism incorporates Max Weber's understanding of social inequality into Marxist Philosophy. Some of the Most famous Neo-Marxist concepts are Theodore Adorno's and Max Horkheimer Idea of the Culture Industry where they proposed that popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized cultural goods—films, radio programmes, magazines, etc.—that are used to manipulate mass society into passivity, and Antonio Gramsci's theory of Cultural Hegemony. He is the arch enemy of Jordan B. Peterson.

Overall, Neo-Marxism is a broad ideology and umbrella term for a diverse range of heterodox Marxist ideologies, philosophies and schools of thought, including Eco-Marxism, Situationism, Structural Marxism, Marxist Feminism, Analytic Marxism, Post-Marxism, Western Marxism, Hegelian Marxism, Freudo-Marxism, the Frankfurt School, Neo-Marxian Economics, Autonomism, and many others.


As with many uses of the prefix neo-, some theorists and groups who are designated as neo-Marxists have attempted to supplement the perceived deficiencies of orthodox Marxism or dialectical materialism. Many prominent neo-Marxists, such as Herbert Marcuse and other members of the Frankfurt School, have historically been sociologists and psychologists.

Neo-Marxism comes under the broader framework of the New Left. In a sociological sense, neo-Marxism adds Max Weber's broader understanding of social inequality, such as status and power, to Marxist philosophy. Examples of neo-Marxism include analytical Marxism, French structural Marxism, critical theory, cultural studies, as well as some forms of feminism. Erik Olin Wright's theory of contradictory class locations is an example of the syncretism found in neo-Marxist thought, as it incorporates Weberian sociology, critical criminology, and anarchism.

Neo-Marxists often philosophically synthesis Marxism with other schools of thought as well, usually continental philosophy. Post-Modernism, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Nihilism (especially active nihilism), Deconstruction, psychoanalytic theory, branches of Hegelian and Freudian thought as well as many others have all influenced different modern Marxists and their theories which fall under the umbrella of neo-Marxism.


Neo-Marxism developed as a result of social and political problems that traditional Marxist theory was unable to sufficiently address. This iteration of thinking tended toward peaceful ideological dissemination, rather than the revolutionary, and often violent, methods of the past. Economically, neo-Marxist leaders moved beyond the era of public outcry over class warfare and attempted to design viable models to solve it.

There are many different branches of neo-Marxism often not in agreement with each other and their theories. Following World War I, some neo-Marxists dissented and later formed the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt School never identified themselves as neo-Marxists. Toward the end of the 20th century, neo-Marxism and other Marxist theories became anathema in democratic and capitalistic Western cultures, where the term attained negative connotations during the Red Scare. For this reason, social theorists of the same ideology since that time have tended to disassociate themselves from the term neo-Marxism. Examples of such thinkers include David Harvey and Jacque Fresco, with some ambiguity surrounding Noam Chomsky, who has been labelled a neo-Marxist by some, but who personally disagrees with such assessments. Some consider libertarian socialism an example of rebranded neo-Marxism.



How to Draw

Flag of Neo-Marxism
  1. Draw a ball
  2. Color it grey
  3. Draw a big yellow Hammer And Sickle in the middle
  4. Draw the eyes

You are done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Grey #666562 102, 101, 98
Yellow #FCF800 252, 248, 0




  • Trotskyism - Gramsci didn't like you very much but you two did look quite similar.
  • Italian Left Communism - We share credit for Gramsci, although I wish you weren't so dogmatic and factionalist.
  • Futurism - I like your commitment to being progressive, but you moved a bit too close to him for my liking.
  • Marxism–Leninism - You're cool, just a bit too authoritarian.
  • Maoism - Similar to the above.


  • Conservative Socialism - For the last time, I am NOT them! They also constantly complain about how I "poisoned" the left with "wokeism" and "identity politics". At least they like Lasch, and for the most part Gramsci.
  • National Bolshevism - Even worse than above, definitely a red fascist that misunderstands communism!
  • Nazism - "Cultural Marxism" is obviously a conspiracy theory that comes from the Nazi concept of Cultural Bolshevism! Just ignore the writings of some of my theorists.
  • Petersonism - An absolute clown who doesn’t understand post-modernism or Marxism. Zizek won that debate.
  • Alt-Lite - Lobster Fans, you claim not to be fascist, yet you refer to me and my comrades by a name invented by the fucking Nazis!
  • Capitalism - Your culture makes the proletariat passive!!!!
  • Alt-Right - Zoomer Neo-nazi troll.
  • Traditionalism - The source of all bigotry and oppressive institutions.
  • Conservatism - Basically your work is to preserve the above to the maximum extent possible.
  • Reactionaryism - Basically your work takes us back to the past.
  • Neoreactionaryism - Same as above but technophile and geek, your theories are retarded.
  • Reactionary Liberalism - Peterson on crack, steroids, and other drugs okay maybe that was too cruel but aside from his problems it is true.
  • Fascism - The worst thing that humankind has ever created! And stop interrupting me when I sp-----

Further Information




  1. Wikipedia page for Cultural Marxism as of 5th September 2014
  2. The Critique of Domination by Trent Schroyer (Origin of the term)
  3. Antonio Gramsci & The Socialist Intellectual Ecosystem by ShortFatOtaku (Video explaining the history of Gramsci's ideas, and how they influenced socialist thinkers of both the twentieth century and of today)
  5. Althusser was inspired by multiple Enlightenment philosophers, such as Rousseau and Spinoza.
  7. Selections from Prison Notebooks, page 142
  8. Gramsci is heavily interrupted by Benito Mussolini halfway through the speech.