Postmodernism is the Root of the Current Campus Madness
“Students are being taught by these postmodern professors that there is no truth, that science and empirical facts are tools of oppression by the white patriarchy”
This is a tad bit lengthy, but worthy read discussing postmodernism as the root of the current campus insanity crisis.
An excerpt from Scientific American:
How has it come to this? One of many trends was identified by Weinstein in a Wall Street Journal essay: “The button-down empirical and deductive fields, including all the hard sciences, have lived side by side with ‘critical theory,’ postmodernism and its perception-based relatives. Since the creation in 1960s and ’70s of novel, justice-oriented fields, these incompatible worldviews have repelled one another.”
In an article for Quillette.com on “Methods Behind the Campus Madness,” graduate researcher Sumantra Maitra of the University of Nottingham in England reported that 12 of the 13 academics at U.C. Berkeley who signed a letter to the chancellor protesting Yiannopoulos were from “Critical theory, Gender studies and Post-Colonial/Postmodernist/Marxist background.” This is a shift in Marxist theory from class conflict to identity politics conflict; instead of judging people by the content of their character, they are now to be judged by the color of their skin (or their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, et cetera). “Postmodernists have tried to hijack biology, have taken over large parts of political science, almost all of anthropology, history and English,” Maitra concludes, “and have proliferated self-referential journals, citation circles, non-replicable research, and the curtailing of nuanced debate through activism and marches, instigating a bunch of gullible students to intimidate any opposing ideas.”
Students are being taught by these postmodern professors that there is no truth, that science and empirical facts are tools of oppression by the white patriarchy, and that nearly everyone in America is racist and bigoted, including their own professors, most of whom are liberals or progressives devoted to fighting these social ills. Of the 58 Evergreen faculty members who signed a statement “in solidarity with students” calling for disciplinary action against Weinstein for “endangering” the community by granting interviews in the national media, I tallied only seven from the sciences. Most specialize in English, literature, the arts, humanities, cultural studies, women’s studies, media studies, and “quotidian imperialisms, intermetropolitan geography [and] detournement.” A course called “Fantastic Resistances” was described as a “training dojo for aspiring ‘social justice warriors’” that focuses on “power asymmetries.”
If you teach students to be warriors against all power asymmetries, don’t be surprised when they turn on their professors and administrators. This is what happens when you separate facts from values, empiricism from morality, science from the humanities.
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The last time we were in the dark ages the White Patriarchal leader would hang bodies on the castle wall. If they had a better way to “argue” with irrational people they probably would have done it.
This is a shift in Marxist theory from class conflict to identity politics conflict; instead of judging people by the content of their character, they are now to be judged by the color of their skin
Marxist theory was never about “judging people by the content of their character”; it was about the “producers of value” (i.e., laborers who produce stuff) being “exploited” by those who don’t produce anything. That’s about as close as Marx ever came to “judging” anything. He showed little interest in character, and in fact wasn’t even slightly concerned about just any old identifiable groups such as infest the political landscape today—”marginalized peoples”, “communities of color”, or even “the poor”. In Karl’s day “the poor” were the exclusive province of the Church. So much for modern Leftoid fantasy—they can’t even play Marx straight, but have to pervert his every intent to their own ends.