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Although much is made of the political and cultural left, few realize that this creature is long extinct. Once it stood for stronger unions, economic equality, better working conditions and organized labor. Such was its root, its reality, from which it has fully severed itself.

This means that the left now chases utopias — from multiculturalism to environmentalism and green initiatives, from the “rights” industry and intersectionality to gender-fluidity, from anarchism and communism to ever-morphing liberalism, from abortion and euthanasia to the cult of Trump-hatred by self-styled sophisticates. In each case, the logic is the same: Shoehorn reality into theory, and mold humanity into the confines of ideology.

And, because it is now rootless, the left is all things to many agendas, and thus stands for nothing. The only coherence it possesses is progressivism, whereby all that ails society is to be cured by economics and technology, whose anodynes are doled out by politicians in thrall to “experts,” who in turn cannot help but contradict each other.

For example, race and culture are declared inseparable (hence multiculturalism and its handmaid, cultural appropriation). But “race” is also said to be a social construct used to dominate the underprivileged. Which is it? How can cultures be the sacred property of ethnic groups when races don’t exist?

Likewise, gender is declared a social construct but gayness is said to be natural. But if gender is artificial and fluid, there is no basis for gayness, since neither masculinity nor femininity exist. Gender-fluidity also destroys feminism, for women cannot be oppressed because they can simply become men.

As for abortion, it is justified via legalese (body ownership and the definition of a human). But if a body belongs solely to the individual, why do others own the body of the unborn (no matter how it is defined)? And, if a fetus is killed because it is not human enough, then environmentalism, which seeks to protect all life, is contradicted. Even if legality denies the fetus its humanity, it is still life (since non-life cannot flip into life).

Then, there is the left’s penchant for the great “Freetopia” — free healthcare, free education, free childcare, a universal basic income, paid leaves and guaranteed work. All these grand plans are blissfully detached from the reality of economics. An old saying gives the best perspective: “Money does not grow on trees.”

In effect, the left is structured for failure because it always pursues the imaginary and then justifies everything by manipulating language.

Such abuse of language is made possible because absolutes, or primary ideas (truth, meaning, goodness, beauty — and their opposites, evil, falsehood, moral ugliness) are reduced to linguistic categories. Absolutes become mere words that can be interpreted in any way possible, because words no longer embody truth but are arbitrary symbols meant to keep things moving along, without purpose. Words can become anything you want them to say. Hence the ever-shifting re-definitions of reality (gender pronouns, climate change rather than global warming, no nations, no borders and so forth).

The left, therefore, possesses a degraded philosophy that has nothing to do with life (or being), because it extols what life should, or could, be (or becoming) – rather than what it really is.

If language manufactures reality, and life is merely word-play, then humanity is subjected to all kinds of tyranny: Control words and you control people’s behavior, thinking, expectations and their will (the strategy of corporate media and its news narratives).

This “logic” derives from the notions of Michel Foucault, whose influence, sadly, has been more profound than his scribblings warranted. It was he who popularized the “end of mankind” by arguing that there is no such thing as human nature because it is “constructed” by socio-cultural conditions. Change those conditions, and you change man. Foucault was hardly being original, for he was rehashing La Mettrie (machine-man) and Condilliac (man as a statue).

The left fiercely embraced Foucault as an oracle of the contemporary world, so much so that humanity itself has now been degraded to a linguistic category that can be rewritten, manipulated and refashioned to fit or justify socio-cultural whims, or even political needs. Mankind has been shattered in order that it might be built better by ideologues. The old dream of the New Man.

It might appear that the left is dominant. But notice its dominance depends only on its ability to spread its bad philosophy via the media-entertainment-education complex. Take away that dependence and the dominance collapses, for the left is not an organic growth from life itself, as all proper culture should be. Instead, it is an imposition by experts. Because agendas need the agency of institutions to sustain them, they have already failed.

This means that the left is hardly a threat, despite its bluster. For how long can reality be denied, and what civilization has mendacity ever built? Many have tried to fabricate the better human, the New Man. And they have all failed — and will always fail — because life is greater than theories, and humans are more than ideology.

“There are only two forms of conduct for people who are truly uprooted: Either they fall into a spiritual lethargy, much like death, or they hurl themselves into action, often violent, designed to uproot those who are not yet uprooted.” These words of Simone Weil sum up what the left is — rootless and unhinged from reality, promoting either lethargy or a violent hatred of those rooted.

Because there is no life without a root, the left is dead.

BY: Nirmal Dass

Nirmal Dass is a former university professor specializing in the Early and High Middle Ages. His areas of research are philosophy, history and ancient languages. He has written several books and is actively engaged in literary translation.

 

 

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    Jim · 20:47 07/03/2018
    Liberals (Progressives) are Sick, Hideous, Satanic Demonic Beasts that ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BE EXTERMNATED FROM OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH...Period ! End Of Story !
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    Maxwell · 07:18 07/02/2018
    LiberHATERS are the bullies ---- LOOK at antifa. Unemployable mutants, fat, scrawny, ugly, stupid, seething with hate for the kids that were athletic, scholarly, healthy. Social outcasts for being creeps., these losers dye their hair green, tattoos, piercings everywhere, wear mismatched trashy clothes, to try to attain an "identity" that they will never achieve. Their outward sideshow appearance is an attempt to distract from the ugly rotting soul within. Soulmates of school shooters and child molesters. They are the poster children of HATE.
    ..The LiberHATERS make a big thing of "standing up to bullies" and "accepting people no matter what" screaming "End the HATE" at their "rallies". They rail against attacking people over their appearance ------- as they wave their little Precious-Pony-Rainbow flags that are SUPPOSEDLY proving their acceptance of ALL opinions, but in FACT are statements that ONLY THEIR opinions are valid.
    They scream "tolerance" but they are INtolerant.
    They scream "HATERS" but look at their twisted faces and spittle dripping mouths.
    They scream "democracy" but they refuse to accept the will of the MAJORITY.
    http://investmentwatchblog.com/american-liberals-are-intolerant-bigots/
    They have ZERO concern for the RIGHTS and FEELINGS of their Fellow Citizens, So I see ZERO reason to give a Flying FIG about theirs.
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      Rabbi Bitberg · 13:17 07/02/2018
      My reply was lost when lightning knocked the power off. Maybe it was an act of Jah? Well, if they are so mangy and pathetic, then shouldn't that be your cue to help them?
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    Jimmy · 14:12 07/01/2018
    All left deserve to be whacked in the back of the head with a baseball bat
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      Rabbi Bitberg · 22:07 07/01/2018
      Or when they gleefully talk about causing personal injury to people based on their political beliefs. I mean, there's your definition of an extremist, right there.
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        Maxwell · 07:19 07/02/2018
        that is Domestic Terrorism by their own definitions .... and when the Bitch followed Sanders to another restaurant it became AGGRAVATED. Remember Threats are how the RECIPIENT interprets them.
        * U.S. Code of Federal Regulations: "...the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives" (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).
        * Current U.S. national security strategy: "premeditated, politically motivated violence against innocents."
        * United States Department of Defense: the "calculated use of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or intimidate governments or societies in pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological."
        * British Terrorism Act 2000, defines terrorism so as to include not only attacks on military personnel, but also acts not usually considered violent, such as shutting down a website whose views one dislikes.
        * 1984 U.S. Army training manual says: "Terrorism is the calculated use of violence, or the threat of violence, to produce goals that are political or ideological in nature."
        * Brian Jenkins: "Terrorism is the use or threatened use of force designed to bring about political change."
        * 1986 Vice-President's Task Force: "Terrorism is the unlawful use or threat of violence against persons or property to further political or social objectives. It is usually intended to intimidate or coerce a government, individuals or groups, or to modify their behavior or politics."
        * James M. Poland: "Terrorism is the premeditated, deliberate, systematic murder, mayhem, and threatening of the innocent to create fear and intimidation in order to gain a political or tactical advantage, usually to influence an audience."
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    Rabbi Bitberg · 14:02 07/01/2018
    I would say the problem with this piece is the same problem I have bothered Hal about to do with the Jews: the cardinal error here is lumping people together. Yes, there are some people on the left who will contradict each other, but the right is just like that too, and so has every other political movement in history, because even though groupthink is very strong, there will always be individuals and differing opinions. There are crackpots on the left, like Peter Fonda, but there are clearly crackpots on the right too, like when they gleefully talk about slaying large numbers of their fellow humans and not shed a tear over it. Rather than representing these people as 'THE LEFT' or as 'THE RIGHT', which I know is a lot more convenient and involves less thinking, if you look at people as individuals and you look at ideas instead of rhetoric, what you get is a world where people aren't paragonal representatives of an enemy tribe, just individuals like you. Do you understand what I am saying? I am saying that people on the right are just as guilty as what this piece claims for people on the left.

    How would you like it if I saw one of you wearing a MAGA hat and I came up to you and started complaining about how the Nazis worked my ancestors to death? You wouldn't like that. Why would you? It happened before you were born, and you had nothing to do with it. So why would you put a leftist in that same situation of blaming an individual for the actions of a group they had little to nothing to do with?

    Here's something way more useful for all of you to do with your time: why don't you devote a little bit of time to thinking about why it is millions of your fellow citizens feel so disenfranchised? Could there be something you missed, some vital detail that would complete the puzzle? Be careful, though, that requires thought. Why would you do that when you can turn on a TV? Aren't there some big play-offs happening right now?

    P.S. Don't forget that Foucault's arch-enemy is Jewish Noam Chomsky.
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    James Mathews · 12:00 07/01/2018
    I believe it’s only going to get worse and worse. To what end? Until they - the left win or the right fights back and backs them down. Either way it could destroy the country...........
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    Gifford Rodine · 11:41 07/01/2018
    The leftists and progressives are crazy.

    And here Professor Dass states its underpinnings: You have to be crazy to be a leftist.

    The political age is over because when the "crazies" are over 50% of the population they will control over 50% of the narrative giving it "any assigned value they want for the language." Political negotiation is the result of narrative and the meaning of words, language. There is no narrative with rootless crazy people, there is no political solution.

    Sarcasm Alert: We rational people may believe in political solutions, the "crazies" believe in your death, ask Scalia, Vince Foster and about 45 others on the clinton's, podesta, comey, storzk, brennan, wray, et al hit list. oooops....... tooooo late! Back to reality: And with ample Judicial Watch evidence, sessions does nothing, because he is a politician first, not a lawyer. He most likely thinks it will be solved "politically"

    It will get very ugly.

    By the way, I do not think there is a way the libertarian positions of Shapiro, Alex Jones, etc will be successful. They allow "crazies" their corner of society and the world. Why? Because rational people may believe in political solutions, the "crazies" want your death. Maybe not so sarcastic after all.
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    Jeffrey Spinner · 09:44 07/01/2018
    The author of this article makes the same mistake as so many others ASSUMING at face value, the professed ideology of the communist left is believed by the communist left, when it's nothing more than social warfare weapons.

    These identity politics weapons WERE USED IN RUSSIA in the run up to the communist revolution, circa 1917.

    Did you know the USSR had FACT CHECKERS TOO!? They had a phrase that, "There's no Izvestia in Pravda and no Pravda in Izvestia" or visa versa, meaning doesn't change.

    The communist left are still running their infiltration and destruction program for the USSR even after the USSR ended.

    What you see and hear from them are nothing than word and social weapons, it comes from, as best summaries by Saul Alinsky, a devil (he literally believed in the devil) worshiping communist writer, who taught many of the current Democrat operatives. It wasn't by chance Hillary wrote a thesis on him. Read "Rules for Radicals."

    We have been at war for a long time by infiltration, subversion, and recently last few decades, outright sedition and treason. McCarthy WAS RIGHT, and the declassified KGB docs in the 1980s proved it was WORSE than he thought.


    Learn to recognize when people want you dead, ffs...or is it already too late for you and now me, because a few men can't take an army. Tyvm, genius.
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    Tom · 09:23 07/01/2018
    WOW!!!! That summed it up better than anything I have ever heard. I will change my attitude towards philosophers. Thank You Nimal Dass for writing this and Thank You Hal for posting it.
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    XFiles Cigarette Man · 06:37 07/01/2018
    Left Wing behavior is now considered to be a mental illness. Look for this to possible show-up in DSM Vl, but many psychologists, sociologists, political science types and Doctors are noticing aberrant behavor patterns amongst these deranged people.

    Check it out; 'Is Left Wing Politics a Mental Disease?'
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      Jeff spinner · 09:30 07/01/2018
      You misjudge the pseudoscience of psychology and psychiatry. The DSM 5 (Idk if they're up to 6 yet) is an encyclopedia of absolute bullshite. Eating healthy is a mental disorder, telling any authority, hey, wtf? Is a mental disorder, but cutting your balls off and putting in fake tits is ok by them.

      These same people, that provided the basis of decriminalizing homosexuality, circa 1973, and the same MAN (!) has been working on decriminalizing pedophilia, because if a homosexual man doesn't have access to boys, homosexuality ends. Ask Milo. The reason why homosexuals were killed on sight, "in all of recorded history," was because THE FATHERS WERE PROTECTING THEIR SONS. You don't get taught that in school, do you? I was surprised too, I investigated wth it mattered at all, and whoopsie, well that's danger deep.
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