Politics

The Postmodern Party

Republicans are regularly called "stupid" by Democrats, but there is one label that so comprehensively describes and predicts the political behavior of today's left-dominated Democratic Party that it deserves to be regarded as a meta-label: postmodernist.

Institutionalized, formal postmodernism is almost exclusively centered in higher academia; you will search in vain for an average man on the street who says, "I am a postmodernist."  However, academic postmodernism has long been reaching out from its lofty eyries via its "educated" acolytes, who have been busy for decades quietly worming their way into American life from top to bottom, including not just politics, but education at all levels, entertainment, journalism, corporations, foundations, even churches -- everything that affects you and me.  Postmodernism is much more than a philosophy; it is today's foundational cultural driver.

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The Politics of Post-Modernism

The Post-Modern Age has introduced countless changes to our experiences as human beings.  While Modernity had championed the rational, scientific, linear, ordered, functional world, post-modernism has almost effortlessly entered our Western culture and turned the modern European Enlightenment Project on its head.  Images have replaced language as our preferred tool for communication; relativistic, individualized little narratives have become champion over universal, social grand narratives; and linear, cause-and-effect notions of time have been challenged by the Zen-like notion that there is no time, no moment, before this one.

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Postmodern Politics – The Goal of Social Justice

Postmodernists long for a time when all of society’s ills and abuses will be eliminated and social justice will prevail. Richard Rorty elaborates his vision for America: “[Walt] Whitman and [John] Dewey tried to substitute hope for knowledge. They wanted to put shared utopian dreams—dreams of an ideally decent and civilized society—in the place of knowledge of God’s Will, Moral Law, the Laws of History, or the Facts of Science...As long as we have a functioning political left, we still have a chance to achieve our country, to make it the country of Whitman’s and Dewey’s dreams.”1

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What Is Postmodern Politics?

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Postmodern politics is, by definition, difficult to define and explain in a fully satisfying way. This is because one of the major conceits within postmodernism is that there is no universal "truth" and so no single definition can be used to act as the "truth." Within this difficult political construct, however, certain ideas can be seen as emblematic of postmodern politics, such as the lack of truth and definite structure to things. This type of political outlook can be fairly nihilistic in nature, seeing the political climate as incurably corrupt, or more positive by espousing that positive change can occur through individual and group action.

The basic idea of postmodern politics is an extension of fundamental postmodern thought and philosophy into the political arena. Postmodernism typically describes a world view that is considered symptomatic of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, though it may also be seen as an extension of many ideas proposed during the Enlightenment of the 1600s. Major ideas include the concept that no single "truth" can be established about anything, including good and evil, and that ideas should be deconstructed to find meaning.

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Postmodern Politics

By David Noebel

Introduction?

Richard Rorty gives us a great snapshot of Postmodern politics, "I see the 'orthodox' (the people who think that hounding gays out of the military promotes traditional family values) as the same honest, decent, blinkered, disastrous people who voted for Hitler in 1933. I see the 'progressives' as defining the only America I care about." ??As keen observers of the Postmodern condition, Steven Best and Douglas Kellner comment on the current status of Postmodern politics: "As with postmodern theory, there is no one 'postmodern politics,' but rather a conflicting set of propositions that emerges from the ambiguities of social change and multiple postmodern theoretical perspectives." Postmodern politics takes a variety of forms. On one end of the spectrum is the "anti-politics" of Baudrillard, a "cynical, despairing rejection of the belief" that politics can be used to change society. On the other side of Baudrillard's negative, nihilistic approach is a more affirmative one, outlined by Foucault, Lyotard, and Rorty, who suggest that the way to "enhance individual freedom" and bring about "progressive change" is to concentrate on the local level. ??Although there is a lack of consensus surrounding much of Postmodern politics, most agree Postmodernists fall on the left side of the political spectrum. Barbara Epstein, a self-proclaimed "moderate" Postmodernist, writes, "Many people, inside and outside the world of Postmodernism, have come to equate Postmodernism with the left." Stephen R.C. Hicks agrees, writing, "Of the major names in the Postmodernist movement there is not a single figure who is not leftwing in a serious way."

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