UNDERSTANDING POSTMODERNISM


To really grasp the extent of this ideological disaster, Stefan Morawski’s The Troubles with Postmodernism is indispensable reading.

Just a few quotes from the Foreword by Zygmunt Bauman, to whet the appetite:

“Postmodernism obliterates the demarcation line between the authentic and nonauthentic, the natural and the artificial; it pulls high cultural values down from their pedestal and simply declares nature null and void.”

And:

“…postmodernism [sic] culture has rid itself of all authorities, abolished all hierarchies of value and eliminated all binding codes and norms.  It frees everybody from obligation to tradition, and ridicules Utopia.  Everything is possible and allowed.  Clashing values coexist in a state of passive indifference; they may be freely shuffled and exchanged.  Their meaning is interpreted according to context and circumstance.”

There is certainly much to be said for freedom of thought and action – indeed America’s founding ideals are based on it – but it is also possible to go much too far, to a state of being in which everything is so fluid and undetermined that nothing can be discussed and settled since all “streams of narrative” (i.e. opinions) count equally.  Societal paralysis ensues; and, in the end, only dictatorship based on raw violence can break it.  That, I think, is the ultimate danger in postmodernism.

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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