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The Postmodern American Campus


Over at Campus Report, Sarah Morgan, a senior at Barnard College, examines the influence of postmodern philosophy on campus:

It is a combination of the increasingly popular anti-Iraq, anti-Bush, anti-U.S. politics of today and the philosophy of postmodernists like Derrida and Foucault, who became popular in the U.S. in the late 70s and early 80s. The postmodern student says that we all have our own versions of reality, so no one version is any better than any other; no one person (and no one nation) is in a position to judge or force a policy onto another.

The postmodernist concept ‘it’s all relative’ was a philosophy championed by many activists because it proclaimed that power (especially that of the West) was oppressive.

Now, on prestigious university campuses it has merged with reactionary, anti-interventionist politics to create a new sort of subculture and student leftism. University liberals once protested human rights violations and made the case that the U.S. needs to intervene in non-democratic countries to protect innocent civilians. Today, they are eager to listen to the dictators of the world. After all, from their perspective, who is to say that our system is superior to theirs?

More here.


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