Yesterday we covered what postmodernism is. While it may be hard to grasp, it’s important as it underpins a lot of thought on the far left and is much more widespread than most realize.
Perhaps most salient is the belief that cultures are constructs such that none is better than any other. When you strip away cultural explanations, the only possible explainers are power and oppression – two favorites of the far left.
This translates to “think pieces” at places like Vox, Slate, and others, that put any gap to being caused by oppression.
The cultural relativism also leads to an inability to even criticize Islam, even when looking at cases like the objectively horrible treatment of women and LGBT individuals in places like Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Let’s harken back to where do we get absurdity.
Another tell-tale sign is critiques on meritocracy, success, and those who are successful. Indeed, some have branded meritocracy as a microaggression. Closely related to this are calls that will-power is a myth and other broadly nihilistic mindsets.
Sadly, even the view that science is a social construct can be seen through the more extreme parts of the far left. Perhaps we shouldn’t concern ourselves with these, but it’s hard to ignore calls that math and science are racist because white people came up with them, that being fat is actually healthy, that fitness trainers are like nazis, we’re too obsessed with rationality, and of course the blockbuster: men and women are basically the same, men give birth to babies, and much more.
While it is true that, for now, most people who would consider themselves Democrats don’t believe much of this. But the extreme does, and it is spilling over as Democratic politicians cater to it (just as some Republicans do to some of its more extreme partisans). As we’ll cover tomorrow, our universities have been infected with this line of thought for over a decade, and it is now spilling over into industry as well, especially within tech.
There’s a lot more that could be said on how postmodernism manifests itself in some of today’s political and cultural scene, but we’ll leave it here for now. Go take a look at some of the gems sourced above!