Go to nearly any high school or college classroom
and proclaim that “reality” exists, that it is, indeed, possible to be
“rational” and “objective,” that one “should
be rational and objective,” that the meaning of our concepts is
“objective” and refers to the things classified by that concept, that
there is only “one valid morality,” that “it is possible and proper to
state that one person is wrong and another is right,” that “absolutes
do exist,” and you will be assured that, no, oh, no, such things as the
nature of “definitions” or “concepts” or “morality” or “judgment” is
all just “a matter of opinion,” that one person’s or culture’s or
nation’s “opinion” is just as valid as any other, that “it’s all
If you make a judgment about some policy or law or aspect of human
action or interaction, with profound seriousness, the students or
teachers will pronounce “that may be true for you but not for someone
else”; that “other countries believe in a different ethics”; that “no
one can judge another person or culture or group.”
This is, of course, pure and unadulterated
Try to declare that the latest tax increase at the local or state or
national level is simply another example of legalized theft...
Try to claim that victim disarmament — of any
kind and to any degree — is immoral and a violation of our rights...
Try to state that “might does not make right” or that “the ends never justify the means”...
Try to judge as evil those who want to tighten the noose around your
neck while pretending they are doing so “for your own good” or for the
“good of society”...
Try to point out that immigration restrictions violate freedom of association...
Try to explain that no one has a right to health care or a job or
retirement benefits or a home or an education or a car or food or
clothing or companionship or any good or service that is provided by
Try to argue that your life, your money, and your property belong to
you and to no one else, that they are your responsibility and you alone
get to decide how those values are or are not used...
Try to do any of this and these academics — and, to be honest, most Americans — will come down on you like the Hammer of Thor.
And these are the good
positions to hold. Try to
be racist or sexist, try to utter what “someone,” somewhere perceives
as a racial or ethnic slur, try to promote discrimination or hatred or
any other non-PC or actually negative position, and you may suffer
legal sanctions for what is your “opinion” that is not supposed to be
“judged” by anyone else and that is supposed to be just as “valid” as
the “opinions” of those who will gleefully and vigorously persecute and
prosecute you for your “opinion.”
Huh. Go figure.
(from Don't Get Me Started!