The real (but almost never spoken) conservative message about liberalism
In your reply to “A critic of Zinn who misses the point,” you wrote:
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In reality, the Zinn-type cartoonish reduction of the world to guilty oppressors and virtuous victims is the dominant idea of modern liberal society. It’s what forms our educational curricula, our entertainment (with the biggest grossing movie of all time, Avatar, expressing that precise theme). It’s what drives feminism and the diminishment of men. It’s what drives Global Warmism. It’s what drives the surrender of the white West to Third World immigration and Islam.
THIS IS THE TYPE OF STATEMENT THAT SHOULD BE SHOUTED FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS. IT SHOULD BE CONSTANTLY COMING FROM THE LIPS OF ANYONE WHO CALLS HIMSELF CONSERVATIVE!!!
Alan Roebuck writes:
You said, correctly, that
… the Zinn-type cartoonish reduction of the world to oppressors and victims is the dominant idea of the modern age.
Most people, even those who go along with it, act as if they’re unaware of the ubiquity of this idea. It’s become a presupposition, and few people identify, let alone examine, presuppositions. Presuppositions are to discourse as water is to fish: taken for granted and therefore unknown.
Challenging presuppositions usually elicits puzzlement or rage, so they’re better left alone. It’s acceptable to challenge a leftist’s academic competence, but not his presuppositions.
Rick U. writes:
The lack of the conservative voice which Irv P. laments is a sad commentary of contemporary America. I wonder how many average Americans realize how close we are to the liberal end game. In my view, we just dodged a huge bullet with Obamacare. When will conservatives learn that if we don’t use our rights to free speech we are willfully surrendering them?
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 10, 2010 03:37 PM | Send