Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Reads

I am sure this will solve the dogs. v. cats debate.

Call me skeptica on the Esquith case.

Academia has been so poisoned with nutball ideas like postmodernism, even people on the "left" of the political spectrum are being heavily censored.

If you are a feminist, a real one, who opposes prostitution, pornography, and transgenderism, you will be censored at many colleges and universities in the country.

The country has turned insane:

Part of the problem is that a terrible (and manipulative) rhetorical coup has taken place in academia, where political and philosophical disagreement have been redefined as “disrespect” and “traumatizing” and “hurting their feelings,” such that the “victims” may have to dash off to a “safe space” to play with Play-Doh and watch videos of puppies. As the (highly problematical) professor and writer Laura Kipnis puts it, “Emotional discomfort is [now] regarded as equivalent to material injury, and all injuries have to be remediated.” A fearful college instructor observed, “Hurting a student’s feelings, even in the course of instruction that is absolutely appropriate and respectful, can now get a teacher into serious trouble.”

That is a rhetorical coup because it makes discourse impossible. Those who perpetuate or support this coup have made it impossible to talk about the subject (or, clearly, any subject, including the murder of the planet), because any disagreement on any “triggering” subject is immediately labeled as a lack of acceptance and as disrespect.

To be clear, if no one is allowed to disagree with any one particular group of people—whether they be Christians or Muslims or capitalists or those who support (or oppose) Israel or those who identify as transgender, or, for that matter, members of the chess club—for fear their feelings will be hurt, then there can be no reasonable discourse. And if the purpose of a college lecture series is to make sure that no one’s feelings will be hurt, there can be no speakers. Allowing any group to hold discourse hostage to their feelings is the death knell for pluralistic society. It leads to fundamentalism. It is a fundamentalism.

I was exposed to a little bit of postmodernism when I took philosophy class back in the 1980s, right before the insanity took hold in the 1990s. There IS such a thing as objective reality because reality is by definition objective.

It isn't a matter of your opinion or feelings.


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