Let's hope this footnote cures others, e.g. Joe, of lumping a genuine thinker like Gramsci with the happy HAM hookers of "Cultural Marxism". Thus the only conspiracy I see here is the crudity of Gramsci's editors (or the English translator Buttigieg) trying to buttress the link between Gramsci and Lukacs - implying to me that either they must themselves really believe the crude materialist BS in the Popular Manual, or wish to deceive their readers with such BS.
Just to be clear, the Cultural Marxism conspiracy theory is (to use Wikipedia's definition):
...a right-wing, antisemitic conspiracy theory, which claims that the Frankfurt School is part of a continual academic and intellectual culture war to systematically undermine and destroy Western culture and social traditions. As articulated in the 1990s, the supposed conspiracy means to replace traditionalist conservatism and Christianity with the counterculture of the 1960s to promote social changes such as racial multiculturalism, multi-party progressive politics, acceptance of LGBT rights, and political correctness in language.
Hmm... this website doesn't give much support to "traditionalist conservatism" or "Christianity", either. And we support multiculturalism, progressive politics, and LGBT rights.
Edit: as a discussion forum host, perhaps I should learn to be more polite. Claude, what would you see as the evidence linking Horkheimer & Adorno to the CIA-promoted sex, drug & rock'n'roll culture of the 1960's and beyond? I know they did propose a sort of program or project to prevent the rise of anti-semitic fascism in the USA. But I'd argue that the program they proposed, is hardly recognizable as what later materialized.