Thursday, February 15, 2007

From behind 2.19

There's also the fact that we live in a cultural milieu dominated by postmodernism. Broadly speaking, it attempts to deconstruct power and its narratives. It tries to rescue the marginalised. A noble intent, but because it doesn't believe in truth, anything goes. The tyranny of orthodoxy has been replaced by the tyranny of relativism. You are supposed to believe in nothing; hence nihilists and atheists are suddenly rather chic. Postmodernism has taken tolerance to the extremes, where extremists thrive. It's a dangerous form of appeasement.
Tobias Jones, "Meet the new totalitarians", Guardian Weekly Jan 12-18 2007, p.13

Let's review: postmodern = deconstruction = margins = relativist = nihilist = tyranny = appeasement. A donkey doing its sums doesn't make a spring, or however a nihilist might put it...

Oh and atheists "are suddenly chic" ? Man, where have you been?!

Of course the "new" world order is to be blamed on Derrida, Foucault, et al. They totally slipped up with their ethics and opened the door on those extremist outrages (surely a Guardian word of choice?)


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