The West is well aware of Russian actions in Ukraine that began with Russian armed forces annexing the Crimean peninsula in Marchas well as initiation of the war in Donbas, which unfortunately is still ongoing Shares By L. Ambassador Donald Lu has had a long and polarizing history in Albania. Todd Wood There are some truths that I strive to preach, for lack of a better word, in today's information-culture wars propagated in our corrupt mainstream media.
The inescapable conclusion is that subjectivity, relativity and irrationalism are advocated [by Richard Rorty] not in order to let in all opinions, but precisely so as to exclude the opinions of people who believe in old authorities and objective truths.
The relativistic theory exists in order to support an absolutist doctrine. We should not be surprised therefore at the extreme disarray that entered the camp of deconstructionwhen it was discovered that one of the leading ecclesiastics, Paul de Man, once had Nazi sympathies.
It is manifestly absurd to suggest that a similar disarray would have attended the discovery that Paul de Man had once been a communist -- even if he taken part in some of the great communist crimes.
Sharp fluctuations of moral absolutism and moral relativism are also among the attitudes of intellectuals revealed in this study.
The moral absolutism is reserved for the stern judgments of their own society, while a pragmatic moral relativism appears when they give the benefit of the doubt to certain dictators and their political systems as long as they find them fundamentally praiseworthy and well intentioned.
It follows that the centrality and consistent use of the critical faculties of intellectuals has often been overestimated. The outcome is expressed in the words of Karl Kraus: Selected Essays, Basic Books,p.
The form of moralistic relativism would be evident in an assertion like this: Enklinobarangus It is not unusual to find theories, and people, insensibly shifting back and forth between moralism and moral aestheticism.
Since there actually are separate domains of value, it is difficult to deal with life from absolutely consistent moralistic or morally aesthetic viewpoints. Today this is most conspicuous in doctrines, which are often political ideologies, that present themselves in relativistic and morally aesthetic ways i.
The heteronomous relativism of recently popular historicism -- which condemns societies that absolished slavery, e. It is the fundamental paradox of trying to use the descriptive principles of relativism as absolute moral injunctions.
Paul Craig Roberts characterizes the resulting attitudes [of Western and American intellectuals] as a "fusion of moral scepticism with the demand for moral perfection In other words, the intellectuals discussed alternate between moral absolutism and moral relativism. Moral aestheticism, relativism, and scepticism are used to defend what is favored by a political writer.
The argument is then that whatever is favored is allowed because nothing can be morally disallowed.
On the other hand, moralism, absolutism, and dogmatism are used to attack what is not favored by a political writer.
This is done less often by way of argument that by deploying a battery of emotionally charged epithets -- racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc. The irony and irrationality of these contradictory strategies is further explored by Hollander: Another way to highlight these contrasts is to note that American intellectuals, even the most severe social critics among them, harbor high expectations about their society, and it is the frustration of these expectations which often turns into bitterness and rejection.
I had argued elsewhere, that the broad historical background against which such expectations are played out is that of secularization. As Roberts put it " It has been pointed out often enough that politics takes on religious overtones when religion proper withers, at any rate among intellectuals.
Along these lines Doris Lessing observed: There are certain types of people who are political out of a kind of religious reason They are in fact God-seekers, looking for the kingdom of God on earth There is a close and obvious connection between the embrace of Marxist socialism and the social critical impulse.
Marxism is a philosophy of intense moral indignation -- a worldview that helps to organize and systematize moral passion and which provides a seemingly scientific foundation for protesting social injustice. Marxism performs additional religious functions by pointing towards a better future which will arrive as a combined result of both the inexorable forces of history and the freely chosen effort of individuals who achieved the proper understanding of social forces.
Leszek Kolakowski concluded his monumental study of Marxism as follows: The influence Marxism has achieved, far from being the result or proof of its scientific character, is almost entirely due to its prophetic, fantastic and irrational elements Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb the spiritual certainty of the faithful In this sense Marxism performs the function of religion The result is an oxymoronic "secular religion" which duplicates and magnifies all the evils identified in secular critiques of religion itself.
The Spanish Inquisition, usually regarded as the most monstrous example ever of religious fanaticism and tyranny, thus pales besides the tortures, brain washing, purges, murders, slave labor, concentration camps, massacres, and genocides perpetrated by Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho, Pol Pot, and all the other secularized and politicized Saints and Saviors of the Twentieth Century.The Hollywood Reporter is your source for breaking news about Hollywood and entertainment, including movies, TV, reviews and industry blogs.
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As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo.
Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from ashio-midori.com Education has always played an integral part in the lives of every single child in the country and in the world. This is not surprising as it is education that gives children the knowledge to think, evaluate and be able to identify a problem and solve it.
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