Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stolen, or rather, squatted, premises

From OneCosmos, which has been very good lately.

Michael Polanyi felt that the secular left had succumbed to the two diseases of modernity, which are rooted in two false ideals, 1) detached objectivity as the ideal of knowledge, which eventually leads to the denial of the role of tradition, belief, and faith in the acquisition of all knowledge, including scientific knowledge, and 2) a strident hunger for moral perfectionism with regard to social and economic conditions, or Judeo-Christian religious impulses in the absence of religious structure.

You will note that these are contradictory ideals in the first place, being that belief in (1) undermines the basis for any belief in (2), that is, objectively knowable moral imperatives. This is one of the enduring contradictions at the heart of leftism, but as always, they are clueless to the fact. They are always "in your face" with their insane moral demands, even though they have no epistemological or ontological basis for having such demands.

Polanyi's term for this ubiquitous phenomenon was "moral inversion," and it is one of the things that makes the left so annoying. For example, if there is no objective morality and human behavior is simply guided by the lust for power, on what basis can they condemn Israel for merely defending itself from Arab savagery? Likewise, if President Bush is engaging in war merely to somehow advance the interests of his "corporate friends," isn't he doing exactly what their simplistic worldview predicts?

3 comments:

marginalizedactiondinosaur said...

Is this like how Pete Townsend sang

"The morals that you worship will be gone"

Then He'll sue your ass off after "those morals" are gone if you download his music.

Actually it would have been Daltry but whatever,

Anonymous said...

Likewise, if President Bush is engaging in war merely to somehow advance the interests of his "corporate friends," isn't he doing exactly what their simplistic worldview predicts?

Very perceptive. Yes he is practicing exactly what they preach. You probably didn't notice because he was talking all Bibley and swaggering around like big, tough cowboy, but Bush is nothing but a socialist demagogue. The feigned moral superiority of his allegedly Jesus-sanctioned murder and theft is in no practical way any different from the allegedly Karl-Marx-sanctioned murder and theft committed by the politicians pretending to be his ideological opponents.

You nailed it. Same game plan, different colored jerseys.

Mike said...

MAD, in context I think that lyric is tongue-in-cheek!

Anon, delightful response.