Monday, February 16, 2009

Neoconservative Antidote to the Postmodern Left

Dr. Sanity has a big post up offering some musings on Barack Obama's faux post-partisanship and the ever-attendant fawning media, plus some historical perspective on presidential greatness (will George W. Bush win history's vindication?). But frankly, I think Dr. Sanity's just getting some stuff off her chest, and as neoconservative I can fully relate:

The left deeply fears neoconservatism and the economic and political freedom that it supports, and will stop at nothing to discredit its ideas. But they cannot do it using reason, reality, and truth; so these impediments they must abandon.

Neoconservatism is far from perfect. After all, neocons are ordinary human beings - as opposed to Obamacons who are perfect beings of pure (and vague) "hope and change" postmodernism. As I noted in
"What the World Needs Now":
The problem is countering the source of this pervasive nihilism, promulgated and promoted by the West's own intellectual elites under the pseudonym of postmodernism.

And the only intellectual remedy brought forth in the last five decades to nullify postmodern philosophy and rhetoric is neoconservatism.

If you listen at all to the MSM, you might begin to think that neoconservativesm is either in
dissaray, dead and abandoned by all its former adherents.
Indeed, the left said pretty much the same thing even before Ronald Reagan got elected in 1979. It was wishful thinking then, and it is wishful thinking now.

Today's left is a nothing more than the hallow shell of what was once known as "liberalism"; and it is held together by the empty and meaningless rhetoric of postmodern intellectual nonsense, otherwise known as political correctness and multiculturalism (or, cultural relativity).

Neoconservatism as an intellectual theory actually arose from the observation in the 1960's that classical liberalism had been hijacked by the left and its essence literally reconstructed to suit the needs of socialists and communists who were beginning to realize that the jig was up for them.

All over the world it was becoming apparent that political and social collectivism was an abject failure. Where implemented, such policies led to intractable poverty and misery economically; and unbelievable oppression and the crushing of the human spirt politically and morally.

I have discussed elsewhere how the recent revival of socialism and its collectivist/totalitarian agenda in the late 20th and early 21st century was made possible by
the adoption of postmodern epistemology, rhetoric and politics by western intellectual elites ....

The rise of neoconservatism represents the only modern intellectual counter and the only known antidote to the infection of postmodernism and its resultant toxic effects on philosophy, rehtoric, and politics.

In order to succeed in undoing and undermining the clear and unambiguous evidence of socialism's and communism's utter human toxicity, the totalitarians of the political left had to undermine nothing less than reality, reason, and truth. Furthermore, they had to deconstruct and invalidate human consciousness, making sure that the everyone understood that the only apparatus available to humans for perceiving reality - the mind - was completely unreliable, and that the evidence of the senses must the refore be discounted. This intellectual strategy resulted in a pervasive cultural relativism and intellectual nihilism that permeated all aspects of society and intellectual thought. Words and language were redefined to mean whatever one wanted; history was deconstructed - ostensibly to expose it's lies, but really to render it meaningless; and the ideas and values that were the foundation of Western civilization were mocked and shown by postmodern "logic" to be no better than any other random ideas.
So today's polls seriously presented as meaningful and full of import by a somber MSM at the behest of their political masters is nothing more than an attempt to hijack history and historical analysis. To strip it of its very meaning in the true postmodern tradition, and to ensure that it cannot be used by true scholars to expose the pathetic lies, abject economic failues and horrific human legacy of leftist thought.
Read the whole thing at the link.

5 comments:

Ted said...

Obama’s stealing the census from Congress has suddenly awakened and enraged the Republicans. Maybe this will arouse them as well to challenge Obama for stealing the Presidency itself. They surely know he is not an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (which is more than merely being a 14th Amendment “citizen”) by virtue of either Obama’s birth to a dad of Kenyan/British citizenship or birth in Kenya itself — as manifested by his unwillingness to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal.

Donald Douglas said...

Ted: Yeah, I think you've said that a few times now...

JBW said...

Don, by "a few times" I assume you mean "over and over, constantly, ad nauseum, so much so that it's annoying even those who hate Obama as much as Ted does"? Talk about a one trick pony...

Donald Douglas said...

JBW: I'm just going to delete Ted's comments if that's all he can come up with here on out, LOL!

courtneyme109 said...

Well, one cool thing about neoconservatism is that it's the first variant of American conservatism in the past century that is "American made."

It is hopeful, not bummed out, angry, or handwringing; forward-looking, not nostalgic; cheerful and optimistic not grim or whiney.

It's optimistic.

Also, most Americans agree with the ideals of neoism - even if they don't know it. Think American exceptionalism - many cats can't define it - yet they live it.

And neoconservatism evolves, upgrades and is as ready to answer issues in the new millennium as it was back when it 1st got started.

Traditional thought was stymied on 911 and is now making a serious attempt at resurgence (after years of dissing neocons in a Roman style argumentum ad hominum) - yet the ideals are as hollow and played as they were pre 911.