In the 1960s, two major civilisational value shifts occurred in Western countries. Postmodernist intellectuals shifted our traditional political and moral values away from objectivism, towards subjectivism. This means that the truth is all about what you feel, rather than having any real compelling objective weight and force. You’ve probably seen a lot of sanctified idiots whingeing about how they have a ‘right to an opinion,’ or even saying ‘this is just an opinion.’ We all know, of course, that opinions are not worth very much; because an opinion, when all is said and done, is merely that. An opinion. Nothing more.
Socrates and Plato noted that knowledge and opinion are two very different things.
And how right they were!
Stating that you have an ‘opinion’ is merely an excuse to assert something, without providing a reason. Mere opinion, in Greek, is ‘doxa.’ Whereas knowledge is ‘episteme.’
Aside from the move away from objective truth, the Western elites moved away from universalism to relativism. Instead of the classical view that what is right in London is right in Lhasa, and what is wrong in Jerusalem is wrong in Geneva, right and wrong came to be purely matters of context. Cultural diversity, religious diversity, theological diversity, sexual diversity… Everyone is equally right; so presumably, also, nobody is right at all any longer. If differences are generally positive and generally require to be ‘celebrated,’ as though being different were somehow meritorious in itself (cf. Terry Eagleton’s book “Ideology, an Introduction,” and my review on GlossyNews.com), then the natural consequence of this is a policy of outright denialism and negationism of right and wrong in any remotely meaningful sense of the word.
The headlong anti-civilisational plunge into moral relativism and post-truth barbarism and savagery created a proliferation of oppressed ‘communities.’ This process of endless severing, fission and divisive sectarianism can be aptly named ‘community spiralling.’ There have to be more and more new ‘communities’ of ‘oppressed’ people. Just as firemen will go out of business if they are too proud to commit arson, so also do social justice warriors need fresh pretexts for contaminating and infecting the body politic with their metropolitan high dudgeon and bourgeois outrage. Read more Bitterness Isn’t Working: The Decline of Radical Autism & the Rise of the Autistic Dark Web