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.
The many religions’ track records of squashing artists, scientists, and other free-thinkers in economics, politics, and philosophy is terrible.
Renounce the principles of the major Western religions, and you can have a modern free society. But then you have also renounced religion.
How does one defeat an enemy with such a mindset? In the West, we have had our religious fanatics – but we tamed them.
We are getting better at thinking about religion, individually and socially. Compared to centuries past, more people now know how to think.
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