In this series of blog posts I have tried to show throughout this essay that the postmodernist ideology is anti-philosophical and anti-human. Like most things that are mindlessly destructive, it can arise and lurk in dark corners where it hides out of sight.
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One of the first American intellectuals to identify the destructive and nihilistic philosophic trend of what has morphed into postmodernism was the American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand.
While the forces of conflict arising from minds returning to the Dark Ages are gathering, the challenges posed by the ideas and confusion of postmodernism are being addressed head on by enlightened people with minds committed to reason, logic, practical moral sense, and the recognition of the value of individual rights as the basis for a safe and flourishing society.
o ascribe to reason as a standard for pursuing desirable ends is taken by postmodernists as de facto evidence of one’s moral or ideological corruption.
Those who embrace the basic tenets of postmodernism possess a desire to both reject and accept logic at the same time. This blatant in-your-face contradiction and pretense is what makes postmodernism so confounding to understand, but also what makes it psychologically attractive to so many.
Postmodernism posits as a basic premise the rejection of reason as a Western superstition. It does not demonstrate that reason is akin to superstition, for the practical reason that an argument requires evidence or proof, and evidence and proof require an objective reality to establish evidential facts acquired from the foundational sensory evidence that forms the building blocks for the creation of higher-level concepts.
The defining feature of postmodernism and its variants is a psycho-epistemological requirement to short-circuit the mind by both accepting and rejecting logic simultaneously. It is an ideology that sets the human mind against its own nature. To abandon logic is to abandon the mind’s purpose as the causal link between desires and successful action.
Postmodernism has its roots in Marxism, and thus the obsession with power dynamics and identity grievances remains as a paradigm for social conflict as a means to bring about collectivism as a utopian vision of social control and do away with any recognition of individual rights and individual self-interest.
Postmodernism, when an attempt is made to adopt it as a functioning body of practical and life-sustaining ideas, leads to a form of cognitive impairment and debilitation.
Postmodernism is a body of ideas loosely packaged together and set forth to purposefully attack and fracture rational and scientific metaphysics and epistemology, leaving mankind damned to a lifetime struggle against absurdity, chaos, submission, and sublimation of the individual into the collective.
Postmodernism as a skeptical philosophy and ideology is all the rage in today’s culture and is becoming increasingly mainstream as people begin to pay attention to the causes of the confusing absurdities and disconcerting destabilizing events playing out in our political institutions, media, universities, communities, workplaces, and perhaps even our own households.
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