Puritanism is back, and not just the #MeToo sort. The drama of the damned and the saved, of public accusation, confession, absolution, and condemnation for every sort of social, political, or environmental sin, has become downright tiresome.
Derrida is currently enjoying a new vogue as a kind of demon king in the theology of the movement led by such people as Jonathan Haidt, Jordan Peterson, and Camille Paglia against the irrationalism that has swept through the humanities in the English-speaking world, with Peterson describing Derrida as the “chief villain” in the story.
I find it very odd when people keep telling me that “the left” is doing something bad with regard to wokeness and applied postmodernism when so many of the people opposing identity politics, cancel culture, collective blame, language policing, deplatforming, and censorship by the Critical Social Justice faction are, in fact, on the left.
Though I’m no history buff myself, that history was part of why I was so excited to get to take the trip and, while there, to set aside time to take a leisurely tour of the National Archives, which I haven’t had a chance to visit since I was a kid.
It is nearly beyond dispute that the Civil Rights Movement, second-wave liberal feminism, and Gay Pride were liberal projects, both in the broad philosophical sense and in the narrower meaning that arises within contemporary politics.