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

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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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