Definition of Cultural Terms

Capitalism; an economic system based on private ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, prices, production, and distribution determined by competition in a free market. Freedom to achieve, own and enjoy what you work hard for. Equality of opportunity, not equal outcome.

Socialism (Liberalism); an economic and political theory advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. The first stage in Marxism. The idea that suffering is caused by the unequal distribution of money and goods, etc. Therefore, equality must be achieved by forcing re-distribution of money and goods, etc. Equality of outcome not equality of opportunity. 

Marxism; a social, political, and economic philosophy named after Karl Marx, which examines the effect of capitalism, labor, productivity, and economic development and argues for a worker revolution to overturn capitalism in favor of communism. It promotes the collective over the individual; there are no property rights, those who work hard share what they have with those who don’t work. Big government takes care of the people. In essence government replaces God.

Marxism’s core ideas are that the world is divided into classes, the workers and the rich capitalists who exploit the workers, a class conflict that should ultimately result in socialism, and then communism. The plan or scheme of Marxism is to create division, chaos and struggle so there will be compromise to their side and belief system. 

Quotes by Karl Marx; “My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”  

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” 

To achieve Marxism in society Christianity and capitalism must be destroyed. The Marxist playbook offers two fundamental strategies to undermine capitalism and Christianity: 

1. Co-opt Christianity from within, corrupt it, and thus render it no longer an opponent of Marxism, but a willing participant in fulfilling the goal of the Marxists. 

2. Create a coalition of victims and create “offenses” in order to “prove” the oppressors of the coalition of victims are Christians and capitalists. By doing so, Christianity and capitalism can be effectively demonized as the source of all suffering and oppression.

Communism; The final stage of Marxism. A totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party or individual (dictatorship) controls state-owned means of production. No private ownership of land or goods. Everything belongs to the “people” (the ruling class) and distributed for the common good. There is no freedom or liberty. The individual is controlled by the state. Communism has NEVER produced what it claims. It has always ended in poverty, oppression, starvation, persecution and death by the millions. 

Sustainable Development; A global socialist ideology that seeks to centralize and standardize all systems for the purpose of inventorying, monitoring and controlling all natural resources and human activity. 

Sustainable Development requires the reconciliation of Environmental Justice, Social Equity (Justice), and Economic (Zero impact) demands.  This is referred to as the Triple Bottom Line or Three Pillars. ‘Sustainability’ is achieved when the three pillars are reconciled.  The “plan of action” for achieving Sustainable Development is distilled within the 17 Sustainable Development Goals/Global Goals. 

Critical Race Theory: The view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. A belief that racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interests in labor markets, politics and all spheres of society, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities. CRT approaches issues such as justice, racism, and inequality, with a specific intent of reforming or reshaping society. CRT is a tenent of Marxism.

Cultural Hegemony; Gramsci theorized that the ideas of the ruling class come to be known as the norm, the hegemonic system. These norms are perceived to benefit everyone but only benefiting the ruling class while exploiting and manipulating the lower class. Today’s perceived American Hegemony: white, male, heterosexual, Judeo-Christian, able-bodied, gender binary (the idea that there are two genders), cisgender (gender identity matches the sex assigned at birth). According to the Cultural Marxist, the hegemony is inherently oppressive and racist. 

White Privilege (White Supremacy): A term coined by Noel Ignatiev a member of the Communist Party USA (an organization that was backed by the Soviet Union in the ’60’s) and a Maoist group called the Provisional Organizing Committee to Reconstitute the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party. Mr. Ignatiev has a fundamental belief that whites are morally defective. The belief that society is controlled by white people (white people being “privileged” and a “supreme race”) that control society and enslaves people of color. White Christian males are the main culprit. A tenant of Marxism. 

Social Justice; Originally a Catholic term. The concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. Equality among rich and poor, white and black, etc. is good and must be enforced. The capacity to organize with others to accomplish ends that benefit the whole community. It is somewhat vague and defined a little differently among groups. A tenant of Marxism. 

Interfaith Dialogue; A cooperative, constructive, and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions; Christian, Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. Used to cause unity among these different doctrinal beliefs. A step toward ecumenicalism. 

Ecumenicalism; A movement promoting cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity that eventually ends with a one world religion. It promotes a false John 17 unity. A tenant of Marxism. 

Intersectionality;the concept that all oppressions are linked. Racial oppression is linked to gay oppression which in turn is linked to the oppression of women and workers. This is a modern expansion of the Marxist idea that “capitalism” oppresses not only workers but racial and gender groups as well. All “oppressions” intersect. They are not treated as separate problems. The main problem is not just capitalism, but white racist sexist capitalism. A  principle of Marxism. [The belief that there are multiple sources of discrimination in people’s lives. The Cultural Marxist believe to the extent that you share no characteristic with the hegemony (the oppressive norm) is to increase your victimhood credentials. For instance, if you are black, female, non-Christian, bisexual you have 4 ‘intersections’ of discrimination.] 

Liberation Theology; developed by Jesuit priests in Latin America. A combination of Christian theology and socio-economic concern for the poor and oppressed using political reforms to “liberate” the poor and oppressed. 

Black Liberation Theology; Similar to Liberation theology with the focus on the black population. Used more often here in the United States. 

Equity; Equal outcomes (not equal opportunity). A concept tied to “critical theory,” which slices up society into identity groups based on race, gender, sexual proclivities, and other factors, while dividing the groups into oppressed and oppressors, similar to how Marxism labels people as oppressors or the oppressed based on class. In political parlance, equity commonly refers to equality of outcome, rather than equal treatment. The ideology assumes that if an “oppressed” group on average gets a worse life outcome, it’s primarily because of “systemic” discrimination by an “oppressor” group.


Agender: A term for people whose gender identity and expression does not align with man, woman, or any other gender. A similar term used by some is gender-neutral. 

Androgynous: Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine. 

Bigender: Someone whose gender identity encompasses both man and woman. Some may feel that one side or the other is stronger, but both sides are present.

Binary: The gender binary is a system of viewing gender as consisting solely of two identities and sexes, man and woman or male and female. 

Cisgender: A term used to describe someone whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth.

Dead name: How some transgender people refer to their given name at birth. 

Gender dysphoria: Clinically defined as significant and durational distress caused when a person’s assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. 

Gender expression: The external appearance of a person’s gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined masculine or feminine behaviors and characteristics. 

Gender fluid: A person who does not identify with a single fixed gender, and expresses a fluid or unfixed gender identity. One’s expression of identity is likely to shift and change depending on context. 

Gender identity: A person’s innermost concept of self as man, woman, a blend of both, or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. Gender identity can be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth. 

Gender non-conforming: A broad term referring to people who do not behave in a way that conforms to the traditional expectations of their gender, or whose gender expression does not fit neatly into a category.

Gender questioning: A person who may be processing, questioning, or exploring how they want to express their gender identity. 

Genderqueer: A term for people who reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as genderqueer may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.

Misgender: Referring to or addressing someone using words and pronouns that do not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify. 

Non-binary: Any gender that falls outside of the binary system of male/female or man/woman.

Passing: A term used by transgender people which means that they are perceived by others as the gender with which they self-identify with. 

Queer: An umbrella term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations.  

Sex: The classification of a person as male or female at birth. Infants are assigned a sex, usually based on the appearance of their external anatomy.

Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural and social expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. 

Transitioning: The social, legal, and/or medical process a person may go through to live outwardly as the gender with which they identify, rather than the gender they were assigned at birth. Transitioning can include some or all of the following: telling loved ones and co-workers, using a different name and pronouns, dressing differently, changing one’s name and/or sex on legal documents, hormone therapy, and possibly one or more types of surgery. 

Transsexual person: A generational term for people whose gender identity is different from their assigned sex at birth, and seek to transition from male to female or female to male. This term is no longer preferred by many people, as it is often seen as overly clinical, and was associated with psychological disorders in the past. 

Two-spirit: A term that refers to historical and current First Nations people whose individual spirits were a blend of male and female. This term has been reclaimed by some in Native American LGBT communities to honor their heritage and provide an alternative to the Western labels of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.