Tag: Post-Modernism

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Losing the ‘Narrative’ Narrative?

 

Foucault mis readerIn the process of critically assessing the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” an author at The Spectator managed to misread Foucault. Please hang in there! I promise this is worth your while. I offer some helpful context for the “1619 Project,” and show that it is very vulnerable to attack from a post-modern icon. You need not trot out conservative arguments that fall on deaf ears. You can turn Foucault on the New York Times.

John Hinderaker, of Power Line Blog, offered a commonsense analysis of the NYT “racism” narrative:

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You’re not having a nightmare. You’re living in a nightmare. Reality has been replaced with a dark, surreal, obscene, and in some cases demonic dream from which you can’t shake yourself awake. If you were skeptical that the warnings about decades-long post-modernist ideology should be taken seriously and just something that an overexcited psychology professor from Canada is getting too worked up about, then consider this sick story out of Florida:

Most parents would assume that refusing to look at a naked child of the opposite sex goes without saying for any teacher, but a school district in Florida has opted to punish a male physical education teacher for attempting to avoid that situation.…

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Dennis Prager has a great article in The Daily Signal on how the progressive rejection of societal norms is driving their childish antics. Leftists are the only source of their values. Leftists not only believe they know what is right—conservatives, too, believe they are right—but they also believe they are morally superior to all others. […]

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The post-modernist obliteration of language to appease the latest oppressed identity groups marches on. The medical and healthcare professionals at Healthline.com, a site, much like WebMD, that offers information on myriad of ailments, diseases, and health risks that human beings can contract or should be aware of, have made the determination that the medical term […]

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Jordan B. Peterson and Camille Paglia are two very different people, alarmed by the same phenomenon in modernity. I like Peterson, even though I don’t agree with everything he says. He always leaves me with some new perspective that I had not thought of, and always challenges some of my lazy thoughts. Camille Paglia, similarly, […]

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Background — In May of this year, liberal professor Bret Weinstein, a molecular biologist, was surrounded and threatened by a motley group of belligerent and foul-mouthed Evergreen State College social justice student activists because he had published an email stating his refusal to leave campus and stop teaching on a day that was set aside for black students only. Weinstein, quite rightly, pointed out the problems with this new form of racial segregation. Google’s Human Resources department, which holds racially- and gender-based segregated workshops may want to learn from what took place at Evergreen.

In late July, Weinstein filed a $3.8 million lawsuit against the institution. From Reason.com:

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Yes, there are spoilers herein. If you are planning to see Dunkirk at a theater near you and don’t want to read about how the new Christopher Nolan film treats this historical event then you may be excused. Here’s a trailer of the film below that should serve as a visual break in this Ricochet […]

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shutterstock_173867810The pages of liberal, and especially feminist, commentary are awash with cursing. Just below the elite levels of the commentariat, cursing is as much a part of liberal discourse as “problematic,” “privilege,” and “narrative.” To read left-wing thought online, not merely in the comments sections but even in the featured pieces on websites like Salon and Slate, is to wade through cant peppered with curse words. In part, liberals use this vulgar lingua franca to establish their radical bona fides. Someone who regularly curses is manifestly not defined by the “establishment.” Despite their status among the cultural elite, the left is beholden to the imagery of radical chic. Comfort with cursing is a holdover from this stance and part of a deep-seated desire to relive the glory days of protest. All the same, there is more than radical posturing in the left’s love affair with profanity. The use of vulgar language is a logical extension of the pervasive grip popular post-modernism has in American culture and in its public discourse.

There is substance at the higher levels of liberal thought, but in its popular forms contemporary liberalism is the politics of symbols and emotion. Liberalism lacks an intellectual core, something we might trace to the great disillusionment with the failure of Marxism. In place of principles, liberalism has become an outlook of symbols. A liberal is what they support or what they espouse. See, for example, the absurd rise of #hashtag activism, perhaps the perfect distillation of symbolic politics. Holding events or episodes up as symbols of cultural malaise or depravity that need to be attacked is a core strategy for advancing the symbolic politics of liberalism. Kevin D. Williamson at NRO had an interesting piece on this notion recently.

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