Dan Popp
What comes after post-truth? Weaponized fantasy
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By Dan Popp
January 31, 2021

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. – Richard P. Feynman

It's funny, isn't it? The ones who, only moments ago, were screeching, "There is no such thing as truth!" are now enforcing "truth."

Postmodernism was always an absurdity; a punchline. The proposition refutes itself: "Nothing is true" cannot be a true statement, by its own definition. And yet we had some very educated people believing this nonsense for a long time.

That time appears to be over. The disbelievers in truth have seen the light! Now they are the keepers of the Authentic and Only Verity, which (somehow) gives them the moral right to censor and silence anyone who would dissent. Social media platforms want to protect us from "dangerous" speech, which can be defined as "speech that doesn't conform to the approved narrative." Those in political power pretend metaphysical certainty about complex issues in which they have a vested interest, to put it mildly.

The hubris is beyond imagination.

We used to know the fable of the Blind Men and the Elephant. One sightless fellow grasps the elephant's leg and declares that an elephant is like a tree. Another touches the tail and pronounces definitively that an elephant is a kind of snake...and so forth. The moral is that our knowledge is limited, at best. As Thomas Edison said, "We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything." So perhaps we should hold our information a little loosely – maybe ease up on the whole infallibility thing.

Right now it cannot be stated without fear of punishment that the 2020 national election had some problems that should be investigated. All acknowledge that there were some irregularities, but we're assured that these minor hiccups did not affect the outcome. But logically, how can we know whether they affected the outcome unless we know their extent, and how can we know their extent unless we investigate? To ask that perfectly reasonable question is to commit heresy against State dogma.

It's like the COVID death count; we know that it's inflated, but we'll never know by how much. The number is a lie. There have been a lot of lies from the elites during all this. That's incontrovertible. But you'll be shouted down or shut down if you say it.

Or like the hideous GlobalCoolingWarmingChange monster. If it only exists in computer models – computer models that have been wrong for 40 years – is it really an existential threat to humanity? We're not allowed to ask.

All of these unquestionable narratives have one thing in common: They're designed to take resources and power from you, and transfer them to those who have resources and power. The rich get richer, the wealth gap grows, the power disparity increases. This, from the proponents of "equality."

That's quite a coincidence, don't you think – that all of the world's most terrifying problems have the same solution, which is to crush you and your children and grandchildren under the heel of the techno-theocrats?

Up until recently my understanding of postmodernism has been too narrow. I saw the war on "truth" as a denial of truth statements. That is, a witness relates that he saw a man kill a woman with a hammer. A highly educated juror says that maybe instead, it was the woman that killed the hammer with the man; or that men, women and hammers are things that may or may not exist. We just can't say.

But if we were to take the hammer to the juror's big toe, he might begin to change his view as to the existence of hammers. He might even attempt to make a true statement about what just happened.

You see, "truth" is another word for "reality." To deny the existence of truth is to say to the universe: "I am greater than you. My fantasy will defeat you, and drive you from the field. I will force everyone to confess that my precious fiction is reality." And this is what we see now from the Left: legislated make-believe. Weaponized fantasy.

The problem for all of us is that reality really does exist, and as President Biden and the country continue to bash our collective head against the stone wall of truth, it is not truth/reality that will fall.

© Dan Popp

 

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