Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion. Aristotle
Advocate research is foundational to postmodernism. It is the cubic zirconia of research because it is research in name only. This is how it works. Individuals who are of one political bent engage in ersatz research by parading personal opinions as empirical evidence. Research poseur A offers vagaries in support of some brand of ism and refers to the published personal opinions of fellow ideologue B. B then refers to ism specialist C who, in turn, refers to A’s unsupported opinions. Then, a group of their ideological and ethical soul mates pretends to analyze and evaluate this collection of arbitrary and subjective opinions, emotional appeals, and sophistry; afterward, they rubber-stamp it as a body of research. Sycophants cobble groups of these fabrications into an ideology that deserves Study. Marginally employed professors of hyphenated-ismstudies use postmodernism’s disinformation and propaganda to hide that taxpayers pay them for not doing anything useful.
Clearly, postmodernism and deception are synonymous. Paul Jacobsen writes that postmodernists have been busy for decades quietly worming their way into American life from top to bottom, including not just politics, but education at all levels, entertainment, journalism, corporations, foundations, even churches. Postmodernism is much more than a philosophy; it is today's foundational cultural driver. Thanks to the Bartaverse for this article.
Public schools and mainstream media are the primary carriers of postmodernism’s message of statism and progressivism. They claim that objectivity and rationality are tools of oppression. Truth and morals are inventions; any group’s version of these phenomena is as equally worthy and valid as any other. Apparently, Asian infanticide to weed out firstborn females, shabby treatment of women under Sharia law, and the Muslim practice of female genital modification are proper under postmodernism's doctrines of cultural and moral relativism. That might trouble postmodern feminists, except for their aversion to rationality.
Postmodern arguments that pre-literate cultures have contributed equally to Western medical advances that combat breast and cervical cancer, to agricultural improvements boosting nutrition, or to environmental knowledge derived from space exploration are specious, if not foolish. Postmodernism is the language of progressivism; it is an outrageous fraud cleverly covered up by a fog of arcane gibberish and deceitful, euphemistic code words that permit its adherents to imagine that they are members of a superior, elite gnostic coterie. Those beliefs are delusional, and their actions prove it.
Because they cannot create factually accurate plausible arguments by rationally deliberating issues, they reply to reasoned, linear arguments with boilerplate and logical fallacies. When those arguments fail, they resort to speaking louder and faster with both validity and intellectual acuity present in those arguments in inverse proportion to the decibel level of their claims. Finally, they resort to swearing and ad hominem attacks. They believe that louder is righter.
At this point, they have become like children sticking fingers in their ears and shouting to avoid hearing inconvenient information. In public discourse, they use bullhorns to shout down opponents, engage in sloganeering, chanting, rhythmic hand clapping, hooting, howling, and all manner of noisemaking to prevent the public from hearing logically persuasive arguments from their opponents. They are bullies who cringe if they are treated as they would like to treat others.
Robert A. Hall offers The Statist Dictionary in which Civility in Discourse [means that] No one may speak harshly of a Statist. Statists may, however, call their critics terrorists, racists, homophobes, sexists, Islamophobes, hostage-takers, or "son of a bitches" who must be "taken out." Since Statists are, by definition, morally superior to you, they may say any nasty thing about you without being uncivil. You may not reply.
Democrat. A person who opposes those foundations of democracy such as the secret ballot or measures to eliminate fraudulent voting.
Economic Stimulus. Money borrowed from your grandkids to reward public employees and other interest groups for supporting Statists.
Everyone must chip in. In this case, Everyone means the 5% of the people who already pay 60% of the federal income taxes, who must chip in even more to allow the Statists to buy more votes from the 47% of the public who pay no federal income taxes.
The rhetoric of postmodern, progressive statists is comprised of propaganda and disinformation. It is employed by people who try to determine how other people live and covet their legal, social, economic, and political resources. They cannot bear to be treated as they want to treat others and refuse to acknowledge the inconvenient truth. For progressives, words only mean what they mean when it is convenient. It is little wonder that they attack the meaning of language to hide their activities.
May your gods be with you.