Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Postmodern Ravages: archive

A related puzzle is explaining why postmodernists (...) are the most likely to engage in ad hominem argument and name-calling, the most likely to enact "politically correct" authoritarian measures, and the most likely to use anger and rage as argumentive tactics (...) calling (...) opponents of affirmative action bigots and lumping them in with the KKK (...) "all heterosexual males are rapists" (...) Why is it that among the far Left (...) only true champion of civility (...) we find that habit least practiced and even denounced?
-- Stephen Hicks, "Explaining Postmodernism" (Scholarly Publishing, 2004) (p. 86) Now available online

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This tweet, just picked up under the radar gives an excellent insight into the pomo mind and its approach to war, peace and ethics:
"What's with this Obama guy? He bombs Moon day he is nominated for Peace Prize then escalates Afghan war just before he is to go accept it." [sic]
It's again the result of sloppy logic of course, along the line of blaming spoons for making you fat. It's not just spoons that are immoral, it's weapons, atom bombs and any other neutral implement that may be used to issue a blow. The pacifism is given in by ignoring human free will, while at the same time preserving the ethics of good intent.

Peace isn't the absence of war or an end in itself, but the byproduct of a set of circumstances, for example a balance of power! The Cold War remained largely cold because of the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, just as a weak or a pacifist US President is an open invitation for international adventurism.

What would the self-respecting postmodernist do then? Wave the white flag and surrender his values? No, he just keeps on arguing that no such thing will ever happen. The opponent is a fearmonger and an alarmist, and goes on to foist the absolute truth of ClimateGate upon the rest of the world!

We've just started. Watch and hear also just how appalled Bill Ayers is with Barry O.

Dec. 4, 2009
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Dr Sanity: "GLORY TO POSTMODERNISM SCIENCE!"

From American Thinker, I found the link to this article in The New Scientist--which is absolutely astonishing (not in a good way, I might add):

If you want to get a message across to the public, don't obsess about facts. Just look at Al Gore's climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Olson says. The film contained more than a few factual errors, but it also had a profound influence on the world's attitude to climate change. Perhaps compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil...is this really the right way for scientists to go? With climate change, perhaps the end justifies the means... given Gore's success and the prevalence of scientific illiteracy, it remains an interesting path to consider.

In other words: truth is irrelevant, lying is perfectly ok, and "compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil" --particularly when it is some important issue like climate change...or any other issue deemed important for social policy by the political left. It is, after all, for our own good! A "greater good" !

Stephen Hicks in his book quotes Frank Lentricchia, a noted Duke University literary critic. Postmodernism, says Lentricchia, "seeks not to find the foundation or conditions of truth but to exercise power for the purpose of social change." (...) >>>

Oct. 7, 2009
~

Wilders' critics reveal a staggering capacity for dishonesty and equivocation. What's more, of racism ... theirs! In the process of dealing with Wilders as suffering from psychological trauma due to his "Indo roots", the criticism also once again lands one on the jaw of all "colonials," lumping them as a group with members of the Dutch Nazi party NSB. That was plain mean and dishonest. Simply ludicrous is the assertion that yet "others belonged to the far-right of the right-wing liberal party VVD" ... get your cognition around that insinuation!

NRC: "Geert Wilders' Indonesian roots define his politics, says anthropologist"

The rumour had been circulating for years: Geert Wilders is an 'Indo' (an Indonesian-European, an ethnic mix that originated when the Dutch colonised Indonesia). In June a genealogist said he had found several Indonesian ancestors of the populist Dutch politician known for his rabid anti-immigrant and anti-Islam ideas. Now anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen describes how his roots can be seen as the driving force behind his outspoken views.

In an article in the left-wing weekly De Groene Amsterdammer Van Leeuwen asks: "Is it possible that the post-colonial and family history have made Wilders what he and his politics are today?" The article is an intellectual attempt to analyse what drives Wilders to say that "all immigration from Islamic countries should be halted" and that "all fundamental problems in the Netherlands are related to immigration". The conclusion reached by Van Leeuwen is that these statements - plus the fact that he dies his hair peroxide blond - are indeed related to his genealogical link to the largest Islamic country. (...) >>>

Sept 4, 2009
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... and for those with the wrong set of genes, there's hope for you yet! Remember "One Flew Over"? It's back! "Parts of the brain can learn entirely new tricks. Neural pathways are not fixed, and even much of the damage done by deprivation in childhood can be repaired with the right circumstances of example, support and determination. We can shape our own brains to create new habits that we might have thought we were not capable of" ...

Dr Sanity: "PREPARE FOR THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT!"

All those people who noticed that these days we seem to be living Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, better prepare themselves for even worse. The anti-humans are now preparing us for the world of Rand's Anthem. In fact, soon the "scientific debate" about whether or not there is even an "I" will be declared over, at least according to this gushing article:

(...) There are two other areas of this new brain research which are arguably more important. First, we have much underestimated the social nature of the brain: how primed it is to recognise, interpret and respond all the time to the input of others and how that lays down patterns which govern our behaviour. We are herd-like animals who show a strong tendency to conform with group norms; what makes our brains so much bigger than other primates is this remarkable capacity for social skills such as empathy, co-operation and fairness. Instead of the old metaphor of individuals as discrete entities like billiard balls, we need to think instead of them as nodes in a relationship network. (...) >>>

Aug. 24, 2009
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Al Gore's hysteria mongering ... haven't we reached climax yet? What will they think of next? I believe we've done the Four Horsemen of the Apocalyps, right?

Times Online: "Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis"

Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis. The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change. He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions. (...) >>>

July 7, 2009
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As postmodern thought inevitably moves towards a thundering anticlimax, in a measure how the world has been turned on its head, one author has had the audacity to cast Gitmo inmates in the role of Dreyfuss, Bush in that of Hitler, and 'Islamophobia' as the new improved antisemitism - moral inversion made complete:

PJM: "German Daily: Bush Was Hitler", by John Rosenthal

(...) Beg
ley is “confident that the innocent Guantánamo detainees will one day be rehabilitated like Alfred Dreyfus finally was.” At Frankfurt’s Old Opera House, he apparently pleaded, moreover, for Germany to take some of these “innocent detainees,” “whose acceptance outside of America Begley described as a desirable act of friendship.” This is the totality of reality-negating absurdities coming full circle. Bush was Hitler. Guantánamo is the product of an “American Islamophobia” analogous to the German anti-Semitism that led to Auschwitz. But America can still redeem itself by “rehabilitating” the innocent Muslims incarcerated at Guantánamo, just as France eventually rehabilitated the falsely-accused Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus. And Germany can even help America to redeem itself, by accepting some of these innocent Muslims from Guantánamo, which would be an “act of friendship.” (...) >>>

June 29, 2009
~
The awareness test in the video is brilliant! It separates the subjective 'narrative' from the objective and shows that objectivity is not that hard to achieve (as opposed to impossible, as held by the Kantians and Postmoderns); it also makes plane, how close to a confidence trick Postmodern thought actually is. Funny enough, the author of the item is a subjectivist himself who brings up the video in evidence of the veracity of his claim: if that was so we wouldn't be able to see the moonwalking bear no matter how hard we tried (PJM as a whole seems to be losing grip) ...

PJM: "In Politics Today, It’s All About the Narrative", by Charlie Martin

The real political story right now, at the dawn of the Obama administration, is the competition between narratives. (...) Understanding the impact of the narrative is essential. If you control the narrative, you don’t just control what gets reported. You control what people see and hear. For example, have a look at this video. (...) >>>

Read the rest of the yada yada

Feb 7, 2009
~

... another case of hypercorrection ...

EURSOC: "Human Rights And Utopia"

Last week saw the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act, legislation which was meant to enshrine the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. (...) Few would argue with the words European Convention itself, but the implementation of laws introduced in the Human Rights Act (HRA) has been uniquely perverse. The HRA was presented by the new government led by Tony Blair as a symbolic gesture of shared idealism with our European partners: No-one in their right mind expected it to become a charter to defy everything from Britain's customary belief in natural justice to the Monarchy. (...) A system of justice upended, so the criminal sneers in the face of his victims; a populace led to believe that Human Rights are a sick joke by lawyers at the expense of the taxpayer; a government which intrudes on the privacy of individuals and households as never before; and presiding over all this, a document drawn up in the shadow of totalitarianism, used to smash apart an old consensus and replace it with a new Utopia. (...) >>>

Nov 19, 2008
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... mainstreaming pomo power ...

Conservative Strong AARM: "The Mainstreaming of Radicalism"
William Ayers will be on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to sell his book. What the hell happened to my country? They are normalizing this crap. That's the part that sickens me. Not Ayers. The people who are putting him on TV. The people who will buy his book. The people who will continue giving ABC advertising money. The fact that ABC is owned by Disney. They are mainstreaming RADICALISM!

I want to take action against ABC. Even if they do a tough interview, which they won't, it doesn't matter. They are helping him sell his books and helping to mainstream and legitimize him and his radicalism. That's the point of all this stuff. He's just another guy on TV now. Author of "The Obama Nation", Jerome Corsi, said in an interview for World Net Daily with Andrea Shea King "We've got here a guy who is, in disguise, running as a black rage socialist activist trained by Saul Alinsky. (...) >>>

14th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Welcome to Pomo Lingo: Alert John McCain"

In a recent post we explained that one Pomo way of shutting up an opponent is the racial slur, or any other expression of political correctness: it imposes self-censorship. A striking example from the campaign trail is the mindboggling chutzpah of Gov. David Paterson, referring to the McCain-Palin ticket as "vampires" and "blood suckers," while a day or so later accusing them of racism. Paterson has devised a delightful Postmodern thing no one has ever heard of: satirizing the profession of community organizing is "racist code"! (...) it works like positive discrimination: the more victimhood, the more speech rights (in tone, decibels, duration, weight and offensiveness). Paterson is very justified in his action because he - as a Democrat - is speaking in the name of all victimhood. John McCain - like the gentleman that he is - unawares of the booby traps set by Pomo lingo, has already fallen in line. (...)

From the campaign trail: the indignation about the fake accusation that Barack Obama is a "terrorist." Two things are happening here: para-exegesis and fake rage. The para-exegesis is the deliberate misinterpretation of the accusation. No one - except perhaps a hapless pundit giving way to prolonged provocation - has accused Obama of being a terrorist. The real morality behind the problem of hobnobbing with Ayers is the lack of judgment, promoting Sandinista type school councils (LSCs), making the Presidency vulnerable to blackmail, and showing a pattern of associating with the enemies of the land, a trait bordering treasonous behavior. (...)

... this entire thing of 'nasty McC and his mad followers' has all the hallmarks of a classic agitator set-up ... I'll tell ya, the media are either in the tank or exceedingly stupid (and no one would ever believe that) ... American Thinker: "Sabotaging GOP rallies", here in original: WSJ: "The Angry Right-Some disturbing--and embarrassing--behavior by McCain supporters" (...) >>>

11th Oct 2008
~

... includes a WSJ video confirming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been talking to FARC representatives ...

Politeia: "The New Radicalism of the Democrats"

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi going against standing foreign policy in meeting President Assad of Syria, there's more evidence of the Democrats shifting from Social Democracy to far more radical positions. (...) In their stance against Western values of Capitalism, limited government and liberal democracy they take up positions originating in Kantian relativist philosophy: anti-reason, anti individualism, and pro collectivism. Anyone reading Fascist tendencies in the way some of the followers behave, is a keen observer: it is the winning combination of pragmatism (will, activism) and dogma (true belief), no questions asked. Add to that, admiration for revolutionary tactics as a means to the collectivist end, and we have a powerful cocktail for which any reasonable person should shrink. (....) >>>

8th Oct 2008

Update Nov 19, 2008: Ground zero of the Dems shift from classical Social Democracy to Postmodernism has now been identified as Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel ...
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USA Today: "Obama, the postmodernist," by Jonah Goldberg

Asked to define sin, Barack Obama replied that sin is "being out of alignment with my values." Statements such as this have caused many people to wonder whether Obama has a God complex or is hopelessly arrogant. For the record, sin isn't being out of alignment with your own values (if it were, Hannibal Lecter wouldn't be a sinner because his values hold that it's OK to eat people) nor is it being out of alignment with Obama's — unless he really is our Savior.
- Caption: Illustration by Suzy Parker, USA TODAY -

(...) Obama is a postmodernist. An explosive fad in the 1980s, postmodernism was and is an enormous intellectual hustle in which left-wing intellectuals take crowbars and pick axes to anything having to do with the civilizational Mount Rushmore of Dead White European Males. (...) Obama gives every indication of having evolved from this intellectual soup. As a student and, later, a law school instructor, Obama was sympathetic to Critical Race Theory, a wholly owned franchise of postmodernism. At Harvard, Obama revered Derrick Bell, a controversial black law professor who preferred personally defined literary truths over old-fashioned literal truth. Words are power, Bell and Co. argued, and your so-called facts are merely myths of the white power structure. When Hillary Clinton criticized Obama for being all about empty rhetoric and no action, Obama mocked Clinton — "Don't tell me words don't matter!" — sounding like a sorcerer offended by the suggestion that magic incantations are mere sounds. One reason Obama seems arrogant is that he can never admit he was wrong (...) Obama sometimes literally gets exasperated with people who think his words can mean anything other than what he thinks they should mean. (...) he has this grating habit of prefacing his new positions with something like "as I said at the time." But he didn't say "it" at the time, he said the opposite of "it." But saying that he said "it" is, to him, the same as having said "it." (...) Post-racial is just another convenient term used to advance a left-wing agenda under the guise of some highfalutin buzzwords. (...)

The Obama campaign (...) relationship to reality is almost theoretical. Sure, the campaign has policy proposals, but they are props to advance the narrative of a grand movement existing in order to be a movement galvanized around the singular ideal of movement-ness. (...) "We are the ones we have been waiting for!" Well, of course you are. (...) Nuclear war? Feh. No, walls, walls are the danger. Of course, these new walls aren't real. Some might even say they're just words. But not Barack Obama. >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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Dr. Stephen C. Meyer explains that the Climategate MO has also been at work in other areas where dissent collided with dogmatic science. The Sensuous Curmudgeon provides us with an instant illustration of the derision and ad hominem's you find your way if you happen to disagree with the "scientific" dogma consensus.

Human Events: "Climategate Recalls Attacks on Darwin Doubters", by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer

Believers in human-caused global climate change have been placed under an uncomfortable spotlight recently. That is thanks to the Climategate scandal, centering on e-mails hacked from the influential Climate Research Unit (CRU) at England’s University of East Anglia. The e-mails show scientists from various academic institutions hard at work suppressing dissent from other scientists who have doubts on global warming, massaging research data to fit preconceived ideas, and seeking to manipulate the gold standard “peer review” process to keep skeptical views from being heard. Does this sound familiar at all? To me, as a prominent skeptic of modern Darwinian theory, it sure does. For years, Darwin-doubting scientists have complained of precisely such abuses, committed by Darwin zealots in academia. (...) >>>
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The editorial in one of the Dutch mainstays of multiculturalism is more informative than its actual content. Gist: matters of national identity should be swept under the carpet; we should all just pretend the balkanization of our countries doesn't exist. Not Sarkozy! Let's shed some sunlight on the big, fat elephant in the room! Burqas aren't French.

NRC: "French identity debate is getting out of control"

The French government has successfully instigated a national debate on the French identity, but it is escalating into a free-for-all. (...) >>>

Dec. 22, 2009
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This tweet, just picked up under the radar gives an excellent insight into the pomo mind and its approach to war, peace and ethics:
"What's with this Obama guy? He bombs Moon day he is nominated for Peace Prize then escalates Afghan war just before he is to go accept it." [sic]
It's again the result of sloppy logic of course, along the line of blaming spoons for making you fat. It's not just spoons that are immoral, it's weapons, atom bombs and any other neutral implement that may be used to issue a blow. The pacifism is given in by ignoring human free will, while at the same time preserving the ethics of good intent.

Peace isn't the absence of war or an end in itself, but the byproduct of a set of circumstances, for example a balance of power! The Cold War remained largely cold because of the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, just as a weak or a pacifist US President is an open invitation for international adventurism.

What would the self-respecting postmodernist do then? Wave the white flag and surrender his values? No, he just keeps on arguing that no such thing will ever happen. The opponent is a fearmonger and an alarmist, and goes on to foist the absolute truth of ClimateGate upon the rest of the world!

We've just started. Watch and hear also just how appalled Bill Ayers is with Barry O.

Dec. 4, 2009
~

Dr Sanity: "GLORY TO POSTMODERNISM SCIENCE!"

From American Thinker, I found the link to this article in The New Scientist--which is absolutely astonishing (not in a good way, I might add):

If you want to get a message across to the public, don't obsess about facts. Just look at Al Gore's climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Olson says. The film contained more than a few factual errors, but it also had a profound influence on the world's attitude to climate change. Perhaps compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil...is this really the right way for scientists to go? With climate change, perhaps the end justifies the means... given Gore's success and the prevalence of scientific illiteracy, it remains an interesting path to consider.

In other words: truth is irrelevant, lying is perfectly ok, and "compromising on accuracy is a necessary evil" --particularly when it is some important issue like climate change...or any other issue deemed important for social policy by the political left. It is, after all, for our own good! A "greater good" !

Stephen Hicks in his book quotes Frank Lentricchia, a noted Duke University literary critic. Postmodernism, says Lentricchia, "seeks not to find the foundation or conditions of truth but to exercise power for the purpose of social change." (...) >>>

Oct. 7, 2009
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Wilders' critics reveal a staggering capacity for dishonesty and equivocation. What's more, of racism ... theirs! In the process of dealing with Wilders as suffering from psychological trauma due to his "Indo roots", the criticism also once again lands one on the jaw of all "colonials," lumping them as a group with members of the Dutch Nazi party NSB. That was plain mean and dishonest. Simply ludicrous is the assertion that yet "others belonged to the far-right of the right-wing liberal party VVD" ... get your cognition around that insinuation!

NRC: "Geert Wilders' Indonesian roots define his politics, says anthropologist"

The rumour had been circulating for years: Geert Wilders is an 'Indo' (an Indonesian-European, an ethnic mix that originated when the Dutch colonised Indonesia). In June a genealogist said he had found several Indonesian ancestors of the populist Dutch politician known for his rabid anti-immigrant and anti-Islam ideas. Now anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen describes how his roots can be seen as the driving force behind his outspoken views.

In an article in the left-wing weekly De Groene Amsterdammer Van Leeuwen asks: "Is it possible that the post-colonial and family history have made Wilders what he and his politics are today?" The article is an intellectual attempt to analyse what drives Wilders to say that "all immigration from Islamic countries should be halted" and that "all fundamental problems in the Netherlands are related to immigration". The conclusion reached by Van Leeuwen is that these statements - plus the fact that he dies his hair peroxide blond - are indeed related to his genealogical link to the largest Islamic country. (...) >>>

Sept 4, 2009
~

... and for those with the wrong set of genes, there's hope for you yet! Remember "One Flew Over"? It's back! "Parts of the brain can learn entirely new tricks. Neural pathways are not fixed, and even much of the damage done by deprivation in childhood can be repaired with the right circumstances of example, support and determination. We can shape our own brains to create new habits that we might have thought we were not capable of" ...

Dr Sanity: "PREPARE FOR THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT!"

All those people who noticed that these days we seem to be living Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, better prepare themselves for even worse. The anti-humans are now preparing us for the world of Rand's Anthem. In fact, soon the "scientific debate" about whether or not there is even an "I" will be declared over, at least according to this gushing article:

(...) There are two other areas of this new brain research which are arguably more important. First, we have much underestimated the social nature of the brain: how primed it is to recognise, interpret and respond all the time to the input of others and how that lays down patterns which govern our behaviour. We are herd-like animals who show a strong tendency to conform with group norms; what makes our brains so much bigger than other primates is this remarkable capacity for social skills such as empathy, co-operation and fairness. Instead of the old metaphor of individuals as discrete entities like billiard balls, we need to think instead of them as nodes in a relationship network. (...) >>>

Aug. 24, 2009
~

Al Gore's hysteria mongering ... haven't we reached climax yet? What will they think of next? I believe we've done the Four Horsemen of the Apocalyps, right?

Times Online: "Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis"

Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis. The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change. He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions. (...) >>>

July 7, 2009
~

As postmodern thought inevitably moves towards a thundering anticlimax, in a measure how the world has been turned on its head, one author has had the audacity to cast Gitmo inmates in the role of Dreyfuss, Bush in that of Hitler, and 'Islamophobia' as the new improved antisemitism - moral inversion made complete:

PJM: "German Daily: Bush Was Hitler", by John Rosenthal

(...) Beg
ley is “confident that the innocent Guantánamo detainees will one day be rehabilitated like Alfred Dreyfus finally was.” At Frankfurt’s Old Opera House, he apparently pleaded, moreover, for Germany to take some of these “innocent detainees,” “whose acceptance outside of America Begley described as a desirable act of friendship.” This is the totality of reality-negating absurdities coming full circle. Bush was Hitler. Guantánamo is the product of an “American Islamophobia” analogous to the German anti-Semitism that led to Auschwitz. But America can still redeem itself by “rehabilitating” the innocent Muslims incarcerated at Guantánamo, just as France eventually rehabilitated the falsely-accused Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus. And Germany can even help America to redeem itself, by accepting some of these innocent Muslims from Guantánamo, which would be an “act of friendship.” (...) >>>

June 29, 2009
~
The awareness test in the video is brilliant! It separates the subjective 'narrative' from the objective and shows that objectivity is not that hard to achieve (as opposed to impossible, as held by the Kantians and Postmoderns); it also makes plane, how close to a confidence trick Postmodern thought actually is. Funny enough, the author of the item is a subjectivist himself who brings up the video in evidence of the veracity of his claim: if that was so we wouldn't be able to see the moonwalking bear no matter how hard we tried (PJM as a whole seems to be losing grip) ...

PJM: "In Politics Today, It’s All About the Narrative", by Charlie Martin

The real political story right now, at the dawn of the Obama administration, is the competition between narratives. (...) Understanding the impact of the narrative is essential. If you control the narrative, you don’t just control what gets reported. You control what people see and hear. For example, have a look at this video. (...) >>>

Read the rest of the yada yada

Feb 7, 2009
~

... another case of hypercorrection ...

EURSOC: "Human Rights And Utopia"

Last week saw the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act, legislation which was meant to enshrine the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. (...) Few would argue with the words European Convention itself, but the implementation of laws introduced in the Human Rights Act (HRA) has been uniquely perverse. The HRA was presented by the new government led by Tony Blair as a symbolic gesture of shared idealism with our European partners: No-one in their right mind expected it to become a charter to defy everything from Britain's customary belief in natural justice to the Monarchy. (...) A system of justice upended, so the criminal sneers in the face of his victims; a populace led to believe that Human Rights are a sick joke by lawyers at the expense of the taxpayer; a government which intrudes on the privacy of individuals and households as never before; and presiding over all this, a document drawn up in the shadow of totalitarianism, used to smash apart an old consensus and replace it with a new Utopia. (...) >>>

Nov 19, 2008
~

... mainstreaming pomo power ...

Conservative Strong AARM: "The Mainstreaming of Radicalism"
William Ayers will be on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to sell his book. What the hell happened to my country? They are normalizing this crap. That's the part that sickens me. Not Ayers. The people who are putting him on TV. The people who will buy his book. The people who will continue giving ABC advertising money. The fact that ABC is owned by Disney. They are mainstreaming RADICALISM!

I want to take action against ABC. Even if they do a tough interview, which they won't, it doesn't matter. They are helping him sell his books and helping to mainstream and legitimize him and his radicalism. That's the point of all this stuff. He's just another guy on TV now. Author of "The Obama Nation", Jerome Corsi, said in an interview for World Net Daily with Andrea Shea King "We've got here a guy who is, in disguise, running as a black rage socialist activist trained by Saul Alinsky. (...) >>>

14th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Welcome to Pomo Lingo: Alert John McCain"

In a recent post we explained that one Pomo way of shutting up an opponent is the racial slur, or any other expression of political correctness: it imposes self-censorship. A striking example from the campaign trail is the mindboggling chutzpah of Gov. David Paterson, referring to the McCain-Palin ticket as "vampires" and "blood suckers," while a day or so later accusing them of racism. Paterson has devised a delightful Postmodern thing no one has ever heard of: satirizing the profession of community organizing is "racist code"! (...) it works like positive discrimination: the more victimhood, the more speech rights (in tone, decibels, duration, weight and offensiveness). Paterson is very justified in his action because he - as a Democrat - is speaking in the name of all victimhood. John McCain - like the gentleman that he is - unawares of the booby traps set by Pomo lingo, has already fallen in line. (...)

From the campaign trail: the indignation about the fake accusation that Barack Obama is a "terrorist." Two things are happening here: para-exegesis and fake rage. The para-exegesis is the deliberate misinterpretation of the accusation. No one - except perhaps a hapless pundit giving way to prolonged provocation - has accused Obama of being a terrorist. The real morality behind the problem of hobnobbing with Ayers is the lack of judgment, promoting Sandinista type school councils (LSCs), making the Presidency vulnerable to blackmail, and showing a pattern of associating with the enemies of the land, a trait bordering treasonous behavior. (...)

... this entire thing of 'nasty McC and his mad followers' has all the hallmarks of a classic agitator set-up ... I'll tell ya, the media are either in the tank or exceedingly stupid (and no one would ever believe that) ... American Thinker: "Sabotaging GOP rallies", here in original: WSJ: "The Angry Right-Some disturbing--and embarrassing--behavior by McCain supporters" (...) >>>

11th Oct 2008
~

... includes a WSJ video confirming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been talking to FARC representatives ...

Politeia: "The New Radicalism of the Democrats"

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi going against standing foreign policy in meeting President Assad of Syria, there's more evidence of the Democrats shifting from Social Democracy to far more radical positions. (...) In their stance against Western values of Capitalism, limited government and liberal democracy they take up positions originating in Kantian relativist philosophy: anti-reason, anti individualism, and pro collectivism. Anyone reading Fascist tendencies in the way some of the followers behave, is a keen observer: it is the winning combination of pragmatism (will, activism) and dogma (true belief), no questions asked. Add to that, admiration for revolutionary tactics as a means to the collectivist end, and we have a powerful cocktail for which any reasonable person should shrink. (....) >>>

8th Oct 2008

Update Nov 19, 2008: Ground zero of the Dems shift from classical Social Democracy to Postmodernism has now been identified as Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel ...
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USA Today: "Obama, the postmodernist," by Jonah Goldberg

Asked to define sin, Barack Obama replied that sin is "being out of alignment with my values." Statements such as this have caused many people to wonder whether Obama has a God complex or is hopelessly arrogant. For the record, sin isn't being out of alignment with your own values (if it were, Hannibal Lecter wouldn't be a sinner because his values hold that it's OK to eat people) nor is it being out of alignment with Obama's — unless he really is our Savior.
- Caption: Illustration by Suzy Parker, USA TODAY -

(...) Obama is a postmodernist. An explosive fad in the 1980s, postmodernism was and is an enormous intellectual hustle in which left-wing intellectuals take crowbars and pick axes to anything having to do with the civilizational Mount Rushmore of Dead White European Males. (...) Obama gives every indication of having evolved from this intellectual soup. As a student and, later, a law school instructor, Obama was sympathetic to Critical Race Theory, a wholly owned franchise of postmodernism. At Harvard, Obama revered Derrick Bell, a controversial black law professor who preferred personally defined literary truths over old-fashioned literal truth. Words are power, Bell and Co. argued, and your so-called facts are merely myths of the white power structure. When Hillary Clinton criticized Obama for being all about empty rhetoric and no action, Obama mocked Clinton — "Don't tell me words don't matter!" — sounding like a sorcerer offended by the suggestion that magic incantations are mere sounds. One reason Obama seems arrogant is that he can never admit he was wrong (...) Obama sometimes literally gets exasperated with people who think his words can mean anything other than what he thinks they should mean. (...) he has this grating habit of prefacing his new positions with something like "as I said at the time." But he didn't say "it" at the time, he said the opposite of "it." But saying that he said "it" is, to him, the same as having said "it." (...) Post-racial is just another convenient term used to advance a left-wing agenda under the guise of some highfalutin buzzwords. (...)

The Obama campaign (...) relationship to reality is almost theoretical. Sure, the campaign has policy proposals, but they are props to advance the narrative of a grand movement existing in order to be a movement galvanized around the singular ideal of movement-ness. (...) "We are the ones we have been waiting for!" Well, of course you are. (...) Nuclear war? Feh. No, walls, walls are the danger. Of course, these new walls aren't real. Some might even say they're just words. But not Barack Obama. >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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... guess again, Tobe ...

The Spectator: "Status Anxiety," by Toby Young

(...) one area that has been neglected is the impact it (the internet) has had on the egos of journalists. (...) I mean the terrible wounds inflicted on people like me by the ‘comments’ that appear beneath our articles. (...) Every time you return to the relevant page on the paper’s website, there’s a new outpouring of vitriol. (...) by far the most spiteful are (...) readers of the Guardian. If you thought that Guardian readers were gentle, woolly-jumper-wearing types, think again. Judging from their ‘comments’, they are a barbarian horde of Orc-like savages, intent on crushing the skulls of anyone who dares to set foot in the media spotlight. (...) What takes your breath away is the sheer scale of their anger (...) an all-consuming rage. In my mind I can see this army of furious readers, eyes popping out of their skulls, knuckles white with strain as their fingers fly across their keyboards. What accounts for this level of animosity? (...) Indeed, one of the ironies of this sort of feedback is that discovering who your supporters are is often more alarming than finding out who your enemies are. Sympathetic or hostile, the ‘comments’ produce the overwhelming impression that most newspaper readers are complete nutters. (...) My theory is that a lot of them are frustrated journalists and, as such, they are angry about the fact that it is you who is being paid to air your opinions and not them. The rage they feel is the rage of impotency (...) >>>

Updated: 2nd Aug. 2008
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Front Page: "Assorted Nuts"

Jesse Jackson has always been known for his oratory. This week was no different, though for once his words revealed the content of his character and the temperament of the modern leftist warrior. Over a hot Fox News mic, the good reverend whispered his assessment of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “Barack been [sic.] talking down to black people,” he said. “I want to cut his nuts out.” (...) Yet today the far-Left is the home of the most noxious racism. Further explicating himself, Jackson told a reporter Obama “is cutting off his you-know-what with black people.” Polls show Obama receiving 90 percent of black support. Yet there festers a continual debate – exclusively the province of the Left and of black racists – that asks, in the words of Time magazine, “Is Obama Black Enough?” (...) More importantly, it should underscore the Left’s viciousness, very much a corporate character trait. Rev. “Hymietown” has exposed his fallen side before. However, his seeming bloodlust – punctuated on video by a head-thrust and hand gesture – is a shared quality of the Left. (...) When no one is yet ill, the Left often openly vents its bloodlust. (...) racialism and anger were all-too real. >>>

Updated: 11th July 2008

Update:

... the passing of Tony Snow provides more where that came from - no wonder the psychological coping mechanism of projection is a riot with Leftists: unbridled hatred ... but we also need to take into consideration that politeness, etiquette and restraint on someone's character after passing, is just part of the 'corrupt' culture of the white patriarchal power structure - we don't expect blacks to behave like latter day versions of Lord Byron, so why think postmoderns will conform to 'old guard' mannerisms?

- Bald-Headed Geek: "Tony Snow, 1955-2008"
- Front Page: "Goebbels With Better Hair"
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Times Online: "David Cameron tells the fat and the poor: take responsibility"

David Cameron declared yesterday that some people who are poor, fat or addicted to alcohol or drugs have only themselves to blame. He said that society had been too sensitive in failing to judge the behaviour of others as good or bad, right or wrong, and that it was time for him to speak out against “moral neutrality”. In a conscious shift of strategy, the Tory leader said he would not shirk from discussing public morality and claimed that social problems were often the consequence of individuals’ choices. “We talk about people being ‘at risk of obesity’ instead of talking about people who eat too much and take too little exercise,” he said. “We talk about people being at risk of poverty, or social exclusion: it’s as if these things — obesity, alcohol abuse, drug addiction — are purely external events like a plague or bad weather. (...) >>>

Updated: 8th July 2008
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Townhall: "Return of the Math Wars," by Debra J. Saunders

1997 saw the height of the Math Wars in California. On the one side stood educrats who advocated mushy math -- or new-new math. They sought to de-emphasize math skills, such as multiplication and solving numeric equations, in favor of pushing students to write about math and how they might solve a problem. Their unofficial motto was: There is no right answer. (Even to 2 plus 2.) They were clever. They knew how to make it seem as if they were pushing for more rigor, as they dumbed down curricula. For example, they said they wanted to teach children algebra starting in kindergarten, which seemed rigorous, but they had expanded the definition of algebra to the point that it was meaningless. On the other side were reformers who wanted the board to push through rigorous and specific standards that raised the bar for all California kids. Miraculously (...) >>>

Updated: 22nd June 2008
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... as a matter of record pomos take everything literally. As they have an armory of linguistic and rhetorical tactics to choose from I'm not aware if this is done intentionally or not. It may be an influence of Derrida's 'close reading' which has a revolutionary approach to texts ...

MRCMRC: a nonsensical mettaphor sems like a delicious literary device, and can lure the unsuspecting reader and author into believing that have done something magnigficent . Look they say they say i have used a nmetaphor this must be good , weell it isnt and yiou arem=nt. every night when you go to bef=d thaank whtever god you pray to for having his owwn oprivate afffirn=mative action plan. you evidently need it. im afraid crap i crap even if yiou spell it krap.

Townhall: "Metaphors for Dummies*," by Mary Grabar

It appears that my use of war metaphors in the opening paragraph of my last column confused a number of people, including someone who blogs at both the American Spectator and the Huffington Post.* * My sentence, “Obama’s advance troops have already taken over our college campuses, have bound and gagged our conservative professors, have ravished our virgins, have pillaged our stores of wisdom, and have ensconced themselves in the thrones of power in deans’, presidents’ and department heads’ offices” was circulated around the blogosphere and set off a chorus of chortling (...)

I can tell you that conservative thought in most humanities departments has just about been banished. And I could count in numerous ways how this has been done. (...) The strategy of the leftists is to cast their critics as alarmist exaggerators. But those who have managed to escape academia and are safe in their journalism jobs also seem incapable of understanding how widespread the rot is. (...) Referring to conservative and intellectual in the same breath is likely to bring derisive laughter from humanities professors. The radicals are winning this war. We need the help of the public and our political leaders to break through the barricade. (...) >>>

Updated: 15th June 2008
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... pomos and their creative imagination when it comes to equivalencing their opponents ... wherever do they get the gross lingo ... call themselves Christians too ...

Front Page: "Anglican Bishop: Global Warming Skeptics = Child Molesters," by Mark D. Tooley

The May 31 article began: “The Bishop of Stafford has compared people who ignore the effects of climate change to the Austrian child sex monster Josef Fritzl.” In all too common fashion for Global Warming alarmists, the Anglican bishop recently employed a pastoral letter to liken dissenters on Global Warming to Josef Fritzl, who fathered seven children by his daughter, who was locked up in the basement across two decades. (...)

The Rev. Mursell’s apocalyptic understanding of climate change is woefully common among left-wing Western church officials, ever eager to replace their own depleted faith with the new political cause du jour. That new cause nearly always involves vast expansions of state power at the expense of personal liberty. Such demands for massively centralized regulation can only be morally justified by cosmologically immense potential catastrophes, scenarios on which Global Warming alarmists, especially on the Religious Left, are expert at portraying on a biblical scale. >>>

Updated: 4th June 2008
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Politeia: "Pomo Exegesis for Dummies"

(...) you should know that most of mainstream Christianity is up to its eyeballs in it. Whether it is the Emergent Church, the Purpose Driven Life, or the Contemporary Church Movement, almost all of us are trying to make our story the central theme of the Bible in some way or another."

Which is why only evangelism, Roman Catholicism and the Eastern Churches may survive the Pomo onslaught. Laugh what you will at their moonbatting: in respect of Operation Western Deconstruct they've been exceedingly successful in relatively no time. >>>

Updated: 26th May 2008
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Politeia: "Pomo's Inside-Out, Upside-Down World of Moral Inversion"

The forces of Postmodern rhetoric have now produced an opus that harbours within its bosom all the applications language has to offer by way turning the truth on its head (...) Who thought that Adolf Hitler was (...) the lowest moral pit that man can stoop to, or that justice had finally caught up with the likes of Rousseau enactors Stalin, Lenin and Pol Pot had better think again! All along it were the perfide Brits - incarnated in the person of the old bulldog, Sir Winston Churchill - who are the real bad, black dogs of history! (...) Read an excerpt from Human Smoke: "The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization," by Nicholson Baker >>>

Updated: 13th May 2008
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Politeia: "Too Good to Pass Up: Live Pomo Lingo"

In the B. Barack Obama campaign we find a real live example of the Postmodern attitude towards speech (sound waves may be weapons), truth and ethics (there is no 'wrong', just 'difference'), and the push towards the redistribution of speech rights (...) >>>

Updated: 29th Apr. 2008
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Politeia: "Fitna: of Farce and Fall-Out"

Their invective consists of the usual talking points: pairing nonsensical platitudes about misnomers as Islamophobia, with nihilistic assaults on logic and attempts at farce without humor, all oozing contempt for anyone other than their own particular proteges whom - by an act of inversion - they now try to pass off as the new Joos. (...) >>>

Updated: 30th Mar 2008
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Politeia: "The Primacy of Politics"

But then, the result of relativism is invariably a (deliberate) confusion of ideas and definitions, imprecision and fallacies against reason; revisionism and the erasure from the collective memory of pre World War II history, coupled with the debilitating influence emanating from generations of people rendered permanent wards-of-state: they would not recognize an ukase if they were to fall over one. (...) >>>

31st Jan.2008
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Right Wing News: "The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes of 2007"

39) "I'd say something about John Edwards, but if you use the word 'f*ggot', you have to go to rehab." -- Ann Coulter

5) "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? ...Today, before Congress and the American people, General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us." -- MoveOn (...) >>>

Updated: 2nd Jan. 2008
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Politeia Articles: "Series: Pomo Lingo"

As far as the tactics in the language and attitude department are concerned we have identified: fibs and lies (technically don't exist for Subjectivists: no truth, no lie), gross exaggeration and hyperbole, posturing, genuine or faked hatred and hysterics (rage, rage, rage), emotional blackmail, incitement to violence, sentimental whining, false analogy and equivalence, (reversed) sophistry, manipulation, in your face tactics and ad hominem attacks, para-exegese (deliberate mis or over explanation): angry is being unreasonable, doubt is denial, aversion is hatred, phobia is hatred, etc.) - another fallacy as a result of massive imprecision, the lack of orthologics, and the unremitting (and sometimes deliberate) confusion of terms: very often the tactical mixing of facts and opinion.Here are the instalments and their key words: >>>

Updated: 27th Dec. 2007
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Enter Stage Right: "The ultimate progressive prophet: Jean Paul Sartre", by Michael Moriarty

Sartre charted the eventual fate of all Progressives, that of falling in love with humanity's greatest villain, Mao Tse Tung; to carry on a secret passion for the unapologetic tyranny and homicidal mania of Mao. Mao Tse Tung made even Joseph Stalin look like an amateur of evil. Mao's "great leap forward" far surpassed the death rate of Stalin's purges. Even the madmen of Cambodia and North Korea, Pol Pot and Kim Jong Il, tried to surpass Mao's body count, but … well … >>>

(Updated: 5th Nov. 2007)

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