There is an x-factor in America’s so-called culture war that I don’t believe either side fully understands. That is because both sides are looking at their conflict through primarily a political lens. The deeper conflict is a clash of worldviews—with one worldview in particular dominating the arena of ideas in the American mainstream.
That worldview is post-modernism.
Because of post-modernism, we on the Right recognize that mainstream America is the most hostile to moral absolutes, chains of command, and objective truth than it has ever been before. But what the Left fails to recognize is that is true to the post-modernist regardless of which side is peddling their wares.
Post-modernism was originally introduced into the American mainstream by progressives seeking a philosophy capable of tearing down cultural institutions that embraced traditional Americana. But once unleashed on a society, post-modernism is like an airborne contagion that cannot be contained. Using post-modernism as a weapon in a culture war is like enlisting a swarm of locusts. Once the locusts devour the target the insatiable swarm then becomes intent on devouring whatever is left, even if what’s left is who originally set it loose.
Neither conservatives nor progressives are immune to post-modernism. No religion or philosophy is immune to post-modernism. As a worldview it is neither friend nor foe to any ideology, but rather is an enemy of anyideology that seeks to impose itself at the top of the moral and philosophical food chain.
Post-modernism is anarchy, which neither conservatives nor progressives want. That explains the surge in libertarianism in America, especially among the youth. They were equipped with post-modernism as a worldview by progressives in government schools, and then turned the tables on those progressives by questioning their orthodoxy right after the progressives’ finished airing their skepticism of conservativism.
First, let’s be clear not all types of libertarianism are birthed in post-modernism. In fact, many of those who call themselves libertarians today are really what we used to call “classical liberals” at the time of America’s founding.
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