While I was on vacation, one of the things that you missed is that we finally had enough of James Lindsay’s dishonest shilling for liberalism:
James Lindsay couldn’t handle the criticism.
He quote tweeted and blocked everyone who pointed out an inconvenient historical truth: the idea that liberalism is somehow opposed to wokeness is laughable.
The Frankfurt School was brought to America and bankrolled by liberal foundations. Herbert Marcuse worked for the OSS during World War II. The liberal establishment backed and adopted these Western Marxists who became critical of Joseph Stalin and the Soviets in the 1930s. The Frankfurt School also returned in triumph to postwar West Germany. Liberals and leftists have been political allies for generations which is the reason why this garbage took root in liberal institutions in the first place. In contrast, conservatives have been systematically pushed out of these institutions.
James Lindsay has resumed the argument from behind his Twitter blocks:
I’m exercising enormous restraint today to prevent myself from making fun of conservatives who think liberalism is the problem.— James Lindsay, too dangerous for the NYT (@ConceptualJames) September 4, 2020
According to James Lindsay, liberalism isn’t the problem. The fact that liberals were political allies with these people and hired them and promoted them within liberal institutions where they poisoned our culture for generations until Frankenstein turned on them means nothing!
It’s unfortunate because “liberal” (but not liberalism) can also refer to having a generally permissive attitude about things, which is the thing that they’re actually talking about.— James Lindsay, too dangerous for the NYT (@ConceptualJames) September 4, 2020
It is true that liberalism is a disintegrating force in its own right. This is why liberals and leftists are political allies though. They share the same goal of rotting and demolishing the foundations of society.
The silly gits don’t realize that conservatism has absolutely no moral authority left and can’t get it back in a postmodern world. The best they can hope for is a kind of shitty populism that isn’t inspiring or remotely principled but, I suppose, is at least fun.— James Lindsay, too dangerous for the NYT (@ConceptualJames) September 4, 2020
I strongly disagree.
Liberalism has exhausted itself and its flaws are increasingly apparent which is why it is under siege. There isn’t a “postmodern world” either. There is only a Modern world. Postmodernism is nothing but an extension of Modernism. It is Modernism pretending to be something new. The natural end point of liberalism and modernism will be reached when it has finally succeeded in unraveling and demolishing the very foundations of civilization and our society lacks the coherence to function because there will be disagreement and division about everything. Think of it as like a melting ice cube.
They also don’t understand just how fundamentally the progress of technology makes their ideas flatly unworkable. You can’t be a 1930s-style conservative when there’s the Internet. You just can’t do it. The internet will dissolve your every attempt.— James Lindsay, too dangerous for the NYT (@ConceptualJames) September 4, 2020
If anything is true, the internet has empowered us and dissolved the power of the “mainstream” to push a narrative and maintain a consensus. That’s exactly like saying that radio made fascism “flatly unworkable.”
The shape of society is determined by its various infrastructures, including technological, and the difficult job of politics is getting the prevailing ideology to match the underlying infrastructures (plural, yes) in a pro-social way instead of an anti-social one.— James Lindsay, too dangerous for the NYT (@ConceptualJames) September 4, 2020
The prevailing ideology that James Lindsay subscribes to, which is to say, Center Left progressive liberalism, matched the film and television era of the 20th century. Its heyday was in the 1950s and 1960s.
My lived experience has not been such that (American) conservatives have the slightest idea whatsoever between liberals and leftists. LMAO. Like, really? https://t.co/NTy8tN0UFT— James Lindsay, too dangerous for the NYT (@ConceptualJames) September 4, 2020
James Lindsay’s critics are fully aware of the difference. It is also meaningless. Politically speaking, liberals and leftists are partners who pushed the same values into the mainstream.