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

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Thu, Mar. 24th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)

Yes, that occurred to me too, and I think it's a classic example of what I called, a couple of days ago, the Intentional Fallacy. The neocons have a kind of "manifest destiny" idea that they cannot fail, that the world will fall into line with their intentions (which they will realise with power, money, influence and violence). They believe this because of a kind of protestant sense of predestination, combined with realpolitik, combined with a deeply binary way of thinking. If they combat the enemy (and the enemy for them is still communism, really, and confirms that communism is still an operating principle in world politics today, very much alive, the same kind of "spectre" the Communist Manifesto described it as all that time ago, capitalism's evil twin) they think nothing bad can happen to them. They don't realise that the second law of thermodynamics applies: there's only one way that things can go right, but thousands and thousands of ways that things can go wrong. They think that relativism can only benefit Creationism, but in fact it opens a whole Pandora's Box of alternative views. Perhaps they think that by using the legal system to regulate academia, they will guarantee that the perspective of the rich prevails (for only the rich can afford to sue). But it's not at all certain. George Soros might sue them. There are liberal billionaires.


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