Saturday, March 16, 2013

Shame on nobody

I was around in the Sixties, but unlike most of our ruling class who were also present in that period, I actually did grow up.  It was the great age of trashing all grown-up stuff, after all, and reality was replaced by the "Groovy Fantasy World" that the Peter Pan crowd inhabit still today.  The memes put into circulation back then — "Do your own thing," "Don't trust anybody over 30," crap like that — are still around, and have acquired a moral force.  One of the main principles of the Sixties Gang is that one should never be judgmental, except, of course, of judgmentalism.  Leftist thinking is inherently recursive and self-contradictory, so never mind that.  When you reject judgmentalism (which is itself an act of judgment, again, so again never mind), what you logically end up with is moral relativism, which is worse than a lack of morality, because philosophically, it's a lack of possibility of morality. Again, Gödelishly, except for the moral imperative that one must consider all moral systems to have equal validity.

And without judgment, of course you can't have shame, except for shame of the second order, where you're required to be ashamed when you've attempted to shame someone for violation of traditional morality.  And all of this is bound up with the concept of hypocrisy.  Matt Parrott elaborates:

Teaching Table Manners to Cannibals
Matt Parrott

Despite its pretensions, Modernity presents at least as many taboos and behavioral limitations as the stuffiest Victorian ball. One must never discriminate, one must never judge, and one must never be a dreaded hypocrite. If America’s social and political trajectory should be summed up in a pithy phrase, perhaps it could be “a complete lack of judgment.” To judge is to ascribe value to things, an intrinsically hierarchical, discriminatory, and anti-egalitarian exercise.

Not content to reduce Western Civilization to rubble, our oligarchs are hellbent on grinding the ruins into a perfectly uniform paste.

1 comment:

  1. [quote]In doing so, he deserves credit for performing the revolutionary act of identifying capitalism as a cardinal cause of our misfortune rather than the solution contemporary “conservatives” and libertarians imagine it to be.[/quote]

    Do libertarians claim that the market will solve all our social ills?

    I don't think so.

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