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'''Relativism''' is the post-modern idea that there can be no absolutes.  20th century [[philosopher]]s, and especially [[liberal]]s, expounded on a theory of [[moral relativism]], that there is no absolute right or wrong.  Unfortunately, this moral weakening is dangerous, and teaches, in essence, that nothing is wrong, setting mankind [[Ethics|ethically]] adrift.
 
'''Relativism''' is the post-modern idea that there can be no absolutes.  20th century [[philosopher]]s, and especially [[liberal]]s, expounded on a theory of [[moral relativism]], that there is no absolute right or wrong.  Unfortunately, this moral weakening is dangerous, and teaches, in essence, that nothing is wrong, setting mankind [[Ethics|ethically]] adrift.
  
Some people, who really ought to know better, have on occasion confused relativism with the scientific [[theory of relativity]].
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[[Liberals]] sometimes try to give '''relativism''' credibility by citing the scientific [[theory of relativity]]. For example, [[Harvard]] Law School Professor [[Laurence Tribe]] argued that the [[theory of relativity]] justified finding a right to [[abortion]] in the [[U.S. Constitution]].<ref>L. Tribe, "The Curvature of Constitutional Space," Harv. L. Rev. (1989)</ref>
<ref>L. Tribe, "The Curvature of Constitutional Space," Harv. L. Rev. (1989)</ref>
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In a relativistic system, the definitions of words are malleable rather than fixed (see [[Orwell]]).  Many liberals exploit this malleability to appropriate the means of discourse, causing a word to lose its fixed meaning and instead be arbitrarily assigned a new meaning in keeping with the agenda of the appropriator.  For example, the term "racist" once meant someone who discriminated against another based on their race.  Due to relativist discourse appropriation, the term has been twisted to mean "one who oppresses other races simply by benefiting in a system that at some point was influenced by racism."
 
In a relativistic system, the definitions of words are malleable rather than fixed (see [[Orwell]]).  Many liberals exploit this malleability to appropriate the means of discourse, causing a word to lose its fixed meaning and instead be arbitrarily assigned a new meaning in keeping with the agenda of the appropriator.  For example, the term "racist" once meant someone who discriminated against another based on their race.  Due to relativist discourse appropriation, the term has been twisted to mean "one who oppresses other races simply by benefiting in a system that at some point was influenced by racism."

Latest revision as of 03:08, May 18, 2021

Relativism is the post-modern idea that there can be no absolutes. 20th century philosophers, and especially liberals, expounded on a theory of moral relativism, that there is no absolute right or wrong. Unfortunately, this moral weakening is dangerous, and teaches, in essence, that nothing is wrong, setting mankind ethically adrift.

Liberals sometimes try to give relativism credibility by citing the scientific theory of relativity. For example, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe argued that the theory of relativity justified finding a right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.[1]

In a relativistic system, the definitions of words are malleable rather than fixed (see Orwell). Many liberals exploit this malleability to appropriate the means of discourse, causing a word to lose its fixed meaning and instead be arbitrarily assigned a new meaning in keeping with the agenda of the appropriator. For example, the term "racist" once meant someone who discriminated against another based on their race. Due to relativist discourse appropriation, the term has been twisted to mean "one who oppresses other races simply by benefiting in a system that at some point was influenced by racism."

Deceitful nature

An example of how relativism is deceptive is the manner leftists exploit it to promote the U.S. "Party-switch" myth by claiming that the early Republican Party was "liberal" in the sense that they were supposedly "liberal in the context of their time". In using the term "liberal" in an extremely broad sense while also giving the impression that it refers to the traits of modern-day liberalism, it ignores the fact that the actual policies of the early Republican Party were conservative and parallels the present-day party.

See also

References

  1. L. Tribe, "The Curvature of Constitutional Space," Harv. L. Rev. (1989)