How the Postmodern Left Grabs Power Over You, on the Way to Global Governance. By Todd Huizinga, a United States diplomat from 1992 to 2012.
Without realising it, many Americans have succumbed to the relativistic worldview of postmodernism, in which truth is no longer authoritative and objective. Instead, truth is in the eyes of the beholder. A trickle-down form of postmodernism has become for many of us the implicit basis upon which we think.
A standard definition describes postmodernism as “characterised by broad scepticism, subjectivism, or relativism; a suspicion of reason; and acute sensitivity to the role of ideology in asserting and maintaining political and economic power”.
The postmodernists say “truth” is just a tool of those with power. Nonsense, and objectively so. That charge of the postmodernists is, however, simply projection. No wonder the postmodern left are so acutely aware of ideology. They are power-hungry parasites who would rule over the rest of us. After all, they know best — just ask them!
Postmodernist cultural change has transferred power from the competent to the postmodernists and their mascots, and their big government
This type of subjectivistic relativism, this suspicion that truth is not really truth but simply a tool to assert power, has seeped into virtually all areas of life. It is the heart of identity politics, and it is the heart of political correctness. Political correctness and identity politics are the two sides of the same postmodern coin. They both reject the idea that there is any truth claim that can command greater allegiance than the feelings or opinions of any individual or group, especially those that are deemed to be oppressed or disadvantaged. Reality itself is nothing more than what each individual or group feels it to be. …
- If I am a transgender person, I have the right to deny my actual gender and force everyone else to treat me in a way that corresponds to my chosen gender identity, as if my real gender were not real.
- If I am a man who is in love with another man, I have a right to marry him and to force everyone else to call it a marriage.
- If a pregnant woman expects to face difficulties in raising her child after its birth, she can choose not to call him or her a child, and to claim that it is her human right to abort another human life.
- If I want to seek a better life in another country, then it is xenophobic to support any immigration laws that stand in the way. …
Postmodern art makes sense. So nourishing and skillful. And obviously so much better than anything that came before.
The new world they are constructing around us suits them just fine:
In the last thirty years, political postmodernism has deconstructed and redefined political categories associated with modernity — such as, for example, the nation-state, national sovereignty, international law and human rights — in order to assert a new, post-national view of governance and a new kind of human rights corresponding on an international level to identity politics at a national level. …
The new human rights are based, like identity politics, on a denial of truth. No longer does “human rights” mean the right to live, speak and act in accordance with the unchanging truth about human nature — in accordance with that which promotes human flourishing. Rather, “human rights” now stands above all else for the right to choose; the right to choose one’s own, personal truth and thus to be liberated from the truth claims of others while imposing one’s own truth claim about oneself on everyone else. Just like identity politics.
And this so-called “right to choose” must be enforced by the coercive power of an ever-growing government. After all, in a world without the authority of objective truth, only those who hold political power have authority that is enforceable. In principle, no relativist is far from Mao Zedong’s famous dictum: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
Not surprisingly, the new human rights downplays the classical rights that protect the individual from government, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press, and favours rights that must be enforced by government, such as women’s rights …. children’s rights … LGBT rights … and unlimited immigrant rights. …
Everyone loves the new postmodernist global architecture.
As it happens, all “rights” that undermine the power of rationality, evolved tradition, and white men in their own countries. It’s all about power.
So government as guarantor of “universal human rights” expands to government as master. …
There are no constraints, no limits, neither geographical nor aspirational. There are no checks or balances to stand in the way of the good that can be accomplished by the global elite. The language here is almost messianic, ascribing a quasi-salvific power to politics and “governance”. It sets aside the West’s traditionally Judeo-Christian recognition of human fallibility for the notion that, via activist global governance, the world can be transformed and human beings liberated from the constraints of tradition, culture and religion.
Just like in the Soviet Union, comrades!
No wonder most of us voted against the EU (via Brexit), Hillary, Bill Shorten, Jeremy Corbyn, …
hat-tip Stephen Neil