October 30, 2014

Disregard for Truth Is No Accident

Victor Davis Hanson: “Such disregard for truth and facts is no accident, but the fruit of postmodernism. So-called ‘after modern’ thought was a trendy late-20th-century way to reduce facts to stories. Progressives believed that because traditional protocols, language and standards were usually created by stuffy old establishment types, the rules no longer necessarily should apply. Instead, particular narratives and euphemisms that promoted perceived social justice became truthful. Bothersome facts were discarded. So far, political mythmaking has become confined to popular culture and politics, and has not affected the ironclad facts and non-negotiable rules of jetliner maintenance, heart surgery or nuclear plant operation. Yet the Ebola scare has taught us that even the erroneous news releases and fluid policies of the CDC can be as likely based on politics as hard science. If that is a vision of more relativist things to come, then we are doomed.”

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