Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson on Relativism

Relativism, of course, is also not new. We all know also that various manifestations of postmodernism are now embedded within the larger culture—everything from situational ethics, moral equivalence, utopian pacifism, and multiculturalism that share a common belief that absolute standards of judgment are a myth. But whereas in the past, arguments might have been waged over the validity of standardized tests, affirmative action, or the Western literary and artistic canon, they now have been superimposed onto critical issues of national security, if not our very survival in a time of war. And we are seeing the terrible results in the furious invective of an Al Gore, the mainstream acceptance of a Michael Moore, or the pass given to those who talk of killing the President.

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