Karl Marx’s greatest trick was gussying up his bargain-bin, Hegel-lite, junk philosophy as “science.” With the stroke of a pen, grave character defects were transformed into high virtues — envy and hatred were now just a dispassionate analysis of the dialectical materialist Forces of History, and ever since, Leftists have claimed that their every opinion is a scientific fact. They’re not just spouting whatever bullshit will let them get their momentary virtue fix; they’re telling it like it is.
The problem is, of course, science doesn’t work like that… and not even liberals can deny it anymore. So what comes next? They’re not going to give up self-congratulation — that smugly superior smirk is the only thing holding their faces together. They’ll have to find some new way to be comprehensively Better Than Us.
It’s not as easy as it sounds. They can’t, for example, turn back the clock to the 18th century and go all Romantic on us. That whole Sorrows of Young Werther bit might seem to fit the bill, but remember: The Left have used the cover of science to impose their preferences on us. Liberal jurisprudence — just to take one of the more important examples — depends entirely on the notion that Lefty’s whims du jour are objectively true. The landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, for instance, overturned the “separate but equal” doctrine, not on Constitutional grounds — Plessy v. Ferguson was pretty tightly argued — but because segregation hurt Black kids’ self-esteeeeeeeem. I wish I were kidding. (Brown v. Board was decided in 1954, lest you think this “self-esteem” junk is new).
So what’s next? We’ve been instructed by all the institutions that matter — courts, media, academia — for over a century that science demands this, the evidence demands that, you’re a bitter troglodyte science-hating fundie if you don’t support the other thing. Pretty soon — the over/under is July 2019 — we’re going to be told by all the institutions that matter that science itself is irreparably rayciss, sexiss, etc. (this is already happening, of course; it just hasn’t hit critical mass yet). What’s going to be the new thing we’re supposed to bow down to?Loading Likes...