This is a follow up to:
- Post Modernist attack against muslims, darkies, India, America and the world
- Post Modernism
- Post Modernism in India
- Tariq Ali on the Afghan Resistance
A much longer article on post modernism is planned. For now, please see Professor [Dr.] Stephen Hicks’s 153 minute summary of how post modernism emerged from European Enlightenment, Modernism, Kant, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche, Marx, the failure of Marx’s economic predictions 1800s to 1950s (about the gradual reduction in the number of middle class, rich people; and the stagnation of proletariat wages), the moral catastrophe created by Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev’s 1956 revelation of Stalin’s atrocities communist regime atrocities.
For the record Professor Hick’s acknowledged that his short summary is a very inadequate and incomplete summary of the foundations of post modernism. For example the roles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ferdinand de Saussure and Freud are not mentioned.
I would start watching 1 hour 17 minutes to 22 minutes. In the 1950s four bright very far left academics [Leotard, Foucault, Derrida, Rorty] tried to create a new left [also called post modernism] to revive the globally devastated leftist brand image.
Start watching again 1 hour 42 minutes in as Prof Hicks discusses the internal logical inconsistencies of post modernism. I would slightly modify the good professors’ arguments and summarize these inconsistencies as follows:
- post modernists say all truth is relative yet imply their cultural ethnocentric view is true
- all cultures are equally deserving of respect yet Eastern Arya culture and to a lesser degree western culture are especially destructive and bad
- values are evil yet sexism, different perspectives on LBGTQ and racism are really evil
- Technology is bad and destructive, yet it is unfair that some have more technology than others
- Tolerance is good and dominance is bad, yet when in power political correctness (a lack of freedom of art, thought, intuition and feeling) dominates
Foucault is described 2 hours and 1 minutes in as a pro Maoist socialist. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche is described 2 hours 3 minutes in as in some ways the inspiration for post modernism. However if he were alive today he would likely be strongly opposed to post modernism’s celebration of victimization, slave or weakness mentality.
On the whole this is a very informative presentation on post modernism. You can also watch this video by Stephen Hicks (who many consider to be part of the intellectual dark web):