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Letters to a Young Conservative: Chapters 13-15

October 19, 2012 | Elizabeth

Hello NeW Blog Readers!

This week I am covering Chapter 13: Who Are the Postmodernists?, Chapter 14:Why Professors Are So Left-Wing, and Chapter 15: All the News That Fits.

What do you think of when you hear the word, postmodernist? I must admit when I first heard the word, I couldn’t give you the proper definition. It sounds like something studious, complicated and very philosophical to me. D’Souza explains postmodernism as:

Their fundamental claim is that here is no such thing as objective truth…it is a Western cultural construction that has no more claim to reality than anyone else’s cultural construction. (Page 108)

Too embarrassed to challenge the authority of science, some liberal scholars concede that facts are known, but they insist that values are relative. (Page 109)

He goes on to explain that whenever there is no clear conclusion, whether it be rational thought, science or religion, then there is no truth. This brings up the debate of where morality fits into politics, where values come into place. Are there such things as values? Are there moral truths?

As conservatives, we believe our values do have truth and there is morality.

Conservatives accept human nature for what it is, and are cautious about schemes to alter it. (Page 111)

Were/Are your professors at school liberal or conservative? Even if they didn’t come out and tell you, could you guess?

Each year the Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a survey of the attitudes of professors, including their political identification. Liberals outnumber conservatives by more than two-to-one, and the ratios are even greater in the humanities and social sciences…Do education and intelligence lead one to adopt the liberal viewpoint? (Page 113)

I had some constructive liberal teachers in college and some deconstructive. The constructive ones could put aside their beliefs and held an open forum for conservatives (me) and liberals to talk about different issues. I was often called, the conservative girl in class and would be asked my opinion on everything. At first I felt uncomfortable, but then I came to appreciate the fact that my teacher really wanted all views to be displayed. My deconstructive teachers were those that would only offer the liberal opinion and didn’t hold an open forum, it was hard for me to sit through those classes, as both liberals and conservatives can bring up good points, and without discussion, we can’t learn, grow and get places as a class and as a country.

The last chapter builds on the fact that liberalism is not only in schools, but dominates the media as well. You’ve probably heard what stations are conservative and what are liberal. DO you think it’s possible for media to be completely objective? Do you think there are any of these in existence?

For next week, Marian will cover Chapters 16 and 17. Happy Reading!

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