The post-modernist movement is a key factor in radicalizing protesters, widely implemented in colleges with disastrous consequences.
To hear liberals talk, postmodernism is something that is both difficult to define and a sign of enlightened superiority. Arguing that there is neither reality nor truth, their philosophy reflects a kind of nihilistic hall of mirrors where everything that exists and has ever existed is only a reflection. Invented and empty, imitative and devalued. Postmodernists want desperately to be unique because they pin their worth on being completely unlike any of their fellow human beings. Simultaneously, they argue that this is impossible and that whether it is a creative, cultural, political, or scientific field everything is mutable as well as derivative. The most a postmodern ideologue can hope for is acknowledging the derivative nature of things at every turn to appear “clever”.
It’s not as complicated as Leftist academia makes out. In the simplest terms, one could argue postmodernism amounts to commentaries of commentaries, criticisms of criticisms. In small doses and with the understanding that it is a tool and not an answer, it’s harmless enough. When people adapt superhero films or make noir throwbacks, that itself can be argued as a form of postmodernism.
The antithesis to ideological postmodernism comes from anything that asserts a degree of objective truth or argues evidence and reality matter. Science as a field is inherently opposed to postmodernism, as is well-conducted historical study, as is psychology. Thinkers like Carl Jung in particular run completely in contrast to postmodernism because they assert that there are reasons humans tend find common ground over shared experiences and emotions, that this is a positive thing based in evolution that can be studied. When postmodernists try to divorce people from what they understand and recognize in their quest to be different, it results in nonsense like feminist interpretive dance accompanied by bizarre hooting noises. And honestly, no one really likes that. By comparison when you make art about things people understand whether it’s falling in love or protecting a family, mourning loss or fearing whatever goes bump in the night, that shared connection among human beings becomes a source of celebration rather than shame.
There are many ways excess postmodernism can become dangerous. An easy example would be that, seeing no truth or reality, postmodern thinkers commonly believe that gender is exclusively a social invention. Therefore, rather than being male or female, they divorce from anything remotely recognizable in anatomy to identify as genderfluid, pangender, agender, bunny-gender, robot-gender, sparkle-gender, the list goes on with increasingly absurd pronoun expectations. People who identify as these things blame others who refuse to entertain their bullshit for any unhappiness, then demand laws to punish those who fail to refer to them as xe/xerself, glitter/glitterself, or something equally stupid.
This very scenario has happened in Canada already. Those curious need only look at what Jordan B. Peterson endured to see how deep the insanity goes.
Michael Shermer of The Scientific American reports on the subject:
“In an article for Quillette.com on “Methods Behind the Campus Madness,” graduate researcher Sumantra Maitra of the University of Nottingham in England reported that 12 of the 13 academics at U.C. Berkeley who signed a letter to the chancellor protesting Yiannopoulos were from “Critical theory, Gender studies and Post-Colonial/Postmodernist/Marxist background.” This is a shift in Marxist theory from class conflict to identity politics conflict; instead of judging people by the content of their character, they are now to be judged by the color of their skin (or their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, et cetera). “Postmodernists have tried to hijack biology, have taken over large parts of political science, almost all of anthropology, history and English,” Maitra concludes, “and have proliferated self-referential journals, citation circles, non-replicable research, and the curtailing of nuanced debate through activism and marches, instigating a bunch of gullible students to intimidate any opposing ideas.”
Students are being taught by these postmodern professors that there is no truth, that science and empirical facts are tools of oppression by the white patriarchy, and that nearly everyone in America is racist and bigoted, including their own professors, most of whom are liberals or progressives devoted to fighting these social ills. Of the 58 Evergreen faculty members who signed a statement “in solidarity with students” calling for disciplinary action against Weinstein for “endangering” the community by granting interviews in the national media, I tallied only seven from the sciences. Most specialize in English, literature, the arts, humanities, cultural studies, women’s studies, media studies, and “quotidian imperialisms, intermetropolitan geography [and] detournement.” A course called “Fantastic Resistances” was described as a “training dojo for aspiring ‘social justice warriors’” that focuses on “power asymmetries.”
If you teach students to be warriors against all power asymmetries, don’t be surprised when they turn on their professors and administrators. This is what happens when you separate facts from values, empiricism from morality, science from the humanities.”
By indoctrinating students into postmodernism, those students are encouraged to ignore their senses, evidence, anything running contrary to a particular narrative. After all, truth is imaginary from their perspective. Throwing Marxism into the mix only further divorces postmodernists from reality, instructing them to forget individual lives exist or matter at all. They see the world exclusively as a shifting landscape of oppressor and victim classes. When you throw intersectionality into the mix, all life experience is erased in favor of a very simple labeling system to grade how much someone has suffered or inflicted suffering without individual experiences or actions at all.
The whole ideology relies upon rhetorical traps, inexperience, and an immature sense of self. Young people are the perfect targets.
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