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Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 10:34 am
Relativism swings right

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)

By the way, here's a new conspiracy theory to add to the snake-bag: the reason the right started telling us, circa 1990, to abandon identity politics-based "political correctness" is that they wanted it all to themselves. We on the left pioneered postmodernism, but the right saw how useful it could be as a way to discredit The Enlightenment forever. And so along came Iron John, the beginning of an identity politics for rugged outdoorsmen, which led the way to the current neocon "situated victim" psychology. The covered-wagons-and-Bibles tradition in American history defeated the Enlightenment tradition written into the constitution. Next step: President Condi, the ultimate identity politics Republican! Then President Arnold, the pomo-synthetic president as global cybercop!


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andypop
andypop
rigid codes of hierarchical binarism
Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)

Don't know about a conspiracy, but yes, that is certainly how it's shaping up. Identity politics' flaws are in any case so glaring now that we'd have to abandon it anyway. It did appear to be a good strategy back in the 80s, but has massive inherent problems. In other words, it seemed like a good idea at the time, honest...

Iron John and Fathers 4 Justice and the why-is-it-wrong-to-be-proud-of-being-English thing are good examples of the ease with which it has been co-opted. But I do think most people regard all that as bullshit. I do see the point someone made earlier about how it's also been all too easy for the Right to co-opt relativism, but again it does make them look utterly desperate and it doesn't invalidate the valuable insights of critical theory - which need to be understood and incorporated into our politics if we're not to find ourselves up another dead-end.


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