By most accounts we have entered a new intellectual age. We are postmodern now. Leading intellectuals tell us that modernism has died.
Postmodernism rejects the Enlightenment project in the most fundamental way – by attacking its essential philosophical themes.
It is a puzzle why among the far Left we find civility, tolerance, and fair play the least practiced and even denounced.
It makes perfect sense that to most postmodernists language is primarily a weapon. This explains the harsh nature of much postmodern rhetoric.
Postmodernism's relativism is part of a rhetorical political strategy, some Machiavellian realpolitik employed to throw the opposition off track.
A key part of explaining why the Left now advocates speech codes is that in recent decades the Left has suffered major disappointments.
The postmodern argument implies that free speech is what the Ku Klux Klan favours. Speech codes equalise the playing field.
Consider first a free-speech point dear to liberal hearts: that there is a distinction between speech and action.