How bad is The Great Stupid, the frenzied effort by radical cultural revolutionaries on the far Left, emulating Chairman Mao as they try to take full advantage of the supine sane as they cower in fear of the George Floyd Freakout mobs?
This bad: John Sexton writes about John Lindsay, ” one of the people woke academics most love to hate because of his work hoaxing woke journals. He also has a site where he regularly writes about the strange new world of woke academia.” Lindsey trolled the purveyors of Critical Social Justice ideology by asserting as fact that 2+2=4, and challenging the Woke and Widiculous to prove otherwise. Incredibly, or maybe not so incredibly in the grip of The Great Stupid, some academics actually tried to do it. Lindsay wrote:
[P]ostmodernism, particularly in the hands of the ideology of Critical Social Justice, is not at all interested in truth. It is only interested in power, which it will establish through its attempted revolution, which it in turn knows it can only achieve by turning otherwise intelligent, well-meaning people into “accomplices” by manipulating their good will, charity, fear of being disliked or ostracized, and, especially, unawareness of what is actually going on beneath the rhetorical tricks they’re being served up with intentionally limited context.
To achieve this revolution, postmodernist Critical Social justice is centrally interested in destabilizing meaning so that those it anoints as sufficiently virtuous can decide what is “true” and so that no one has any grounds upon which they could disagree, even in principle. It is a direct assault on reason itself by means of destabilizing the meaning of meaning with the purpose of installing its own priestly caste of arbiters of how things will be according to the rubrics it lays out.
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