I think Hicks goes a long way to explaining the underlying forces in the debate. People are bad because they are good. It reminds me of the childish taunt: “You didn’t win you cheated.”
Any thoughts on this?
It’s interesting that the Left uses Nietzsche according to Hicks, especially since Nazis were fans. Maybe it’s not too surprising after all.
Regarding his critique of postmodernism, he’s surely correct that the failed, bitter Marxists needed somewhere to go and postmodernism is it. He’s also right to point out that visual arts led the way, starting with Duchamp’s urinal. This reminds me of Roger Scruton’s Why Beauty Matters, which will suck an hour out of your life but it’s totally worth it:
I like Hicks’s main point about how postmodernists hit Western civilization generally, and Enlightenment values specifically, where it hurts by attacking our virtues. They truly are evil.
No one can attack one’s virtues if one has confidence in themselves. That is the underlying problem today – few seem to have a real confidence in who they are and what they believe.
“…few seem to have a real confidence in who they are and what they believe”
This is true and undermining that confidence is part of the postmodernist program. But Hicks goes beyond that to explain that even baseless accusations cause problems for people. As he says, “The damage is done.”
Certainly it would help if people had more self-confidence. Trump has emboldened some by prying open the Overton Window. It’s easier to imagine that Google guy having the guts to stick his neck out if no one were pushing back on political correctness. Not that it necessarily worked out so well for him.
“Certainly it would help if people had more self-confidence.”
–This is one of our biggest problems. We need Republicans who will stand up and say unapologetically what we believe and why, and we need to be able to use ridicule as effectively as they do. Instead,the GOP in Congress backs down meekly every time. Mostly because they just want to keep the status quo probably.
Remember the hulabaloo on our side about “Leaning in?” I took it as girl “bullies*” were/are natural leaders and have confidence.
*not the correct word.
I read Leaning In, most of it anyhow because I was stuck somewhere within nothing else to read. The writing is subliterate. I don’t recall the details but remember thinking that this girl must have flunked English class.
The ideas, such as there were any at all, were banal.
But no one complained about the writing! Thanks for taking that slog so that I don’t have to read it.
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