Marotta says that "Broccoli is Marxist"
From Wikipedia: "Broccoli is a result of careful breeding of cultivated Brassica crops in the northern Mediterranean starting in about the 6th century BC." Lysenko had nothing to do with the discovery or creation of broccoli. Neither Lysenko nor Stalin could alter the Darwinian theory of selection or the Mendelian theory of inheritance that govern the broccoli plant and how it arose from its wild mustard ancestor.
From Wikipedia: "Lysenkoism was a political campaign against genetics and science-based agriculture conducted by Trofim Lysenko, his followers and Soviet authorities. Lysenko served as the director of the Soviet Union's Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences. ... The pseudo-scientific ideas of Lysenkoism assumed the heritability of acquired characteristics. Lysenko's theory rejected Mendelian inheritance and the concept of the 'gene'; it departed from Darwinian evolutionary theory by rejecting natural selection. Proponents falsely claimed to have discovered, among many other things, that rye could transform into wheat and wheat into barley, that weeds could spontaneously transmute into food grains, and that 'natural cooperation' was observed in nature as opposed to "natural selection".
It was a kind of Marxist adaptation of Lamarkism forced upon a nation at gun point. Stalin supported Lysenkoism and more than 3,000 mainstream biologists were fired, imprisoned or executed.
The political correctness insisted upon by actual Marxists is about economic exploitation as the diffeence between the labor value and the market value of goods produced. It has nothing to do with evil white men.
Marotta does NOT understand political correctness. Maybe he has been busy with other things during this last decade while concepts like "White Privilege" have infected our culture.
There were self-avowed, professional Communists in Europe, back in the late twenties, who had adopted a form of "Gradualism" as preferable to a violent, sudden revolution: i.e., democratic communism. And, a group of them, decided that ALL major aspects of the culture needed to be transformed or it would be impossible to push out Capitalism and install Socialism. Their idea was that the co-existence of all the other cultural belief sets were a kind of glue that held onto Capitalism in some fashion.
These professors and activists acquired significant financial backing and opened the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory at Frankfurt University in Germany. The idea was to bring a harsh, critical approach to all things that were traditional in order to weaken their influence in the culture. Said simply, "shake up all the ideas and belief sets enough, and out of the somewhat chaotic results, change will be easier."
Things to be shaken up were the ideas on gender roles, ethnicity, religion, ethical percepts, the closeness of one generation to the next, parental authority, etc. They were having great success in pushing their theories but were interrupted by the ascension of Hitler. They fled Germany. First to Switzerland (for a short period), then Canada, and shortly after to Columbia University in New York where they found a permanent home.
They were Marxists and they formulated theories to advance core Marxist goals and the activities that they started, evolved, and continue in the United States today. They are responsible for political correctness as it exists today, and for using race and gender in identity politics.
Neither Stalin nor Mao referred to political correctness as anything other than a demand for strict adherence to the Communist party line - no matter what that line was. That is now just a small (but critical) part of political correctness. It now sets (and continually re-sets) the 'party line' as to wherever political correctness has advanced to this month.
Marxists joined the women's sufferage movement, and many of the battles against racial segregation - but they did so to agitate, to divide, to demonize opponents, to win followers and as part of expanding class warfare into identity politics.
Yes, Marotta, words have meanings and you can't just make up meanings to suit whatever floating abstraction you are enamored with. You can choose to side with this or that progressive meme, but not escape its history and its intellectual connections. You can't be a progressive AND an Objectivist.