Viral Hysteria Exposes how Postmodernism has Trained Us to Tolerate Tyranny

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What Exactly Are We Being Collected Into?

Richard Bledsoe “The Collective” acrylic on canvas 30″ x 30″ 

I’m grateful to Jordan Peterson. He’s raised awareness of the real viral infection which is destroying civilization: Postmodernism.

In a way I was fortunate to be in art school in the early 1990s. Enduring changes start in the arts, and college art programs of the time were among the academic breeding grounds for this toxic ethos. I was exposed to Postmodernism by name, and experienced firsthand all its contradictions, absurdities, and abuses, played out in the form of art. Little did I understand at the time what made for some really bad and ridiculous art would come to be the organizing ideology for the globalist New World Order.

Not Sensational: Postmodern Art from the 1990s

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I’ve written before on how elitists push this ideology because it makes an effective tool of oppression. To be Postmodern is to be relativistic, cynical, narcissistic, and conformist. We see the results of decades of Postmodern indoctrination in a sizable part of the population, who are swallowing without question the wildly inflated and inaccurate models and expectations pushed by the Postmodern apparatchiks embedded in our government, media, corporate and academic institutions,

As I watch some of my fellow citizens wandering about, the latest designer masks bunched up under their noses, valiantly trying to virtue signal they are down with the latest versions of the continually shifting diktats being hurled at us, I worry about another disease: a sickness of the soul. There’s a lot of that going around these days, thanks to the effective elitist  PSYOPs that saturate our society.

In my book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization, I analyze how Postmodernism corrupts:

The Spiritual: Craven Conformity

 “So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines instead of thinking machines. All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking, and then they thought that, too.”

—Kurt Vonnegut, American Writer (1922-2007)

 Postmodernists are parasitic. They are so other-directed, they can’t lead an independent existence.

Postmodernists rely on a mob mentality to support and reinforce their irrational ideas and behaviors. As their intellects cling to group identification instead of independent thought, and their stunted emotions merely mirror groupthink expectations, Postmodernists are primed to sell their souls to fit in. They deny there is any such thing as a soul anyway, so it’s easy to give it up.

The price doesn’t even need to be high. Postmodernism is a poverty-stricken ideology, so its practitioners have meager expectations. Most will never live the jet-setting lifestyle of their globalist masters. These influencers don’t have to operate within the perimeters they inflict on others. Postmodernists strive for the opportunity to bask in the reflected glory of their controllers.

As Postmodernists are in thrall to the limiting collectivist fantasies of Marxism, it makes them anxious followers. They want to be in with the in-crowd, part of what they are assured is the inevitable winning side of history. It is the dream of every progressive to join the most favored status clique, where their ilk gets to call the shots. This conceit plays into the leftist assumption that in the utopia to come, some animals will be more equal than others, as Orwell predicted. They acknowledge no God that created all men equal.

Leftwing rhetoric of fairness for all is just hype designed to deceive. Once triumphant, the radicals will punish their enemies and reward their friends, just like Postmodernist President Barack Obama urged them to do. Postmodern minions want to make sure they are in good with these brutal inquisitors. Postmodernists will commit acts of senselessness and violence when top-down social pressure is applied.

The Postmodernists have stolen the forms of religion to serve their aims. Original sin is now race, or carbon footprints. Indulgences can be purchased by reciting the catechisms of social justice. To prove loyalty to the cause, the SJWs eagerly throw blasphemers into the fire. Since they don’t know history, Postmodernists don’t see the predictable Marxist pattern that today’s obedient flock will be tomorrow’s barbeque.

The spiritual life of Postmodernism has been misdirected from transcendental and enduring values to ponderous politics. Nothing is sacred. There is no sense of continuity; only the needs of the moment matter. Where there should be a human spirit engaged with the eternal choice between good and evil, Postmodernists substitute slavish devotion to those who reduce morality to dominance.

Some new sins have been added to Progressive dogma. Apparently not wanting to destroy our prosperity based on calculated lies is a bad thing. Also, not cooperating with the new totalitarian overlords that are popping up all around us is very bad manners. But what I see here isn’t a final consolidation of their power. What I see is a desperate kamikaze style assault on a culture which is rejecting them.

There won’t be a “new normal,” at least not on the terms demanded by our New Aristocracy of the Well Connected. There will be “normal,” enhanced by the knowledge that all those who claimed to be our betters, aren’t. They’ve tried to camouflage their greed and incompetence with a deceptive mentality dedicated to destruction rather than creation.

Postmodernism is beyond dead. The woo hoo floo exposes Postmodern rigor mortis; all it can do is restrict and decay. But we who live will grow beyond the reach of this expired ethos. The Remodern Era has already begun.

 

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12 thoughts on “Viral Hysteria Exposes how Postmodernism has Trained Us to Tolerate Tyranny

  1. You are right. This all reminds me of the year 1485. Gutenberg’s press has been around for about 30yrs the age of sail, exploration, and reason was about to begin and socially Feudalism just simply went poof, everything changed seemingly overnight, government, art, everything. Well enough babbling.

  2. Bravo Richard. Brilliantly expressed! Loved the line ” Postmodernists don’t see the predictable Marxist pattern that today’s obedient flock will be tomorrow’s barbeque”.

  3. This is a little confusing. I get what’s wrong with postmodernism. I think of it this way. It’s kind of like a teenaged anti-parents, anti-adult, anti-authority, anti-past mentality. It desperately needs to grow up. What whole anti-West, anti-America, anti-artists, anti-art, anti-skill, anti-white, anti-male, anti-family, anti-stright thing is way overboard. Postmodernism found sompe problems with modernism, the West, the patriarchy, and so on. But instead of just seeking to adjust those things, it wants to replace it all with itself in a radical revolution that is suicidal.

    By the way, Jordan got pretty much everything he knows about Postmodernism from Stephen Hicks. I read Hicks’s book years before Peterson ever heard of it. But I am also aware that Hicks is a conservative and doesn’t really know shit about art, as much as I agree with him. He confuses de Kooning and Duchamp, for example. So, while I really like Hicks, I know that he’s hitting on one side of the net, and if one only listens to him, one will not get the whole story. Peterson only knows the anti-postmodern view. In short, he’s in a confirmation bias echo chamber.

    I’m not really clear what you mean about people “virtue-signaling” by wearing masks. The so-called hysteria about the virus isn’t coming from Postmodernism, it’s coming from science: rock hard, objective, evidence-based, no bullshit, SCIENCE.

    So, I’m confuse about how people who are listening to science are connected to Postmodernism.

  4. I hope you’re a young person. My grandchildren need you. They are in danger of public school’s poisonous mental indoctrination’s that you addressed here. Thank you!

  5. You mean there won’t be any rainbow stew and Benetton unicorn utopia as we all sing hymns of praise to globalist pimps?
    Waaaa! I want Hillary to hold me and the nightly teleprompter reader Bolshevik rat loves me comrade.
    I’m calling 1-888-IMA-NAZI to report your wrongthink Deplorable Kulak Untermenschen!
    Keep your distance for the good of the collective you non-conformist heretic.

  6. “Viral Hysteria Exposes how Postmodernism has Trained Us to Tolerate Tyranny”

    Speak for yourself.

  7. It’s been interesting to say the least (the last week). Richard you’re going to need a bigger canvas to draw up all of this.

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