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Release Date: 12/05/2019

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Postmodernism: an influential philosophical movement with important insight on the nature of language, knowledge, culture and reality itself? Or, as some would suggest, a thinly veiled Marxist movement pushing its agenda through academia and society at large?

Controversial professor Jordan Peterson has warned of postmodern neo-Marxism: a supposed ideology influencing academics to prioritize identity politics over truth and reason. As a matter of fact, for many postmodernists, ‘truth’ and ‘reason’ are not meaningful goals to be pursued. Peterson’s ideas are influenced by Stephen Hicks’ and his book “Explaining Postmodernism." In it, he argues that both the radical left and the radical right share common roots in the same philosophical linneage which brought us postmodernism.

In episode XXIX, we break down postmodernism - both the ideas themselves, and their possible political undertones. We discuss the evidence, including the writings of Foucault and Derrida, to see whether there is truth to this idea of “postmodern neomarxism.” And we take a look at what right-wing postmodernism might look like, and whether traces of it already exist in the alt-right, or even in the works of Peterson himself.

2:08 What is postmodernism, and what is modernism?
17:10 Foucault, the fundamental question of the left, and why postmodernists seek to understand the perspectives of the oppressed.
28:30 Why postmodernism is so frustrating to talk about
36:10 Is philosophy fundamentally political? Why there is no sitting on the fence in postmodernism.
43:12 Postmodernist pedophile conspiracy?!
48:00 Introducing Stephen Hicks-- and his critics.
58:40 Is all this criticism of Stephen Hicks just postmodernist propaganda?
1:02:15 Agenda-pushing, ideological possession, and gender politics.
1:06:56 Stephen Hicks’ argument: tracing the lineage of postmodernism, and the common roots of right and left radical collectivism.
1:21:40 Why is it socially acceptable to call yourself a communist, but not a fascist?
1:32:20 Is postmodernism a real philosophy, or just a leftist front?
1:37:00 Is Jordan Peterson really a postmodernist?
1:43:36 Imagining a right-wing postmodernism.
2:01:35 Does epistemology lead to morality? Furthermore, does libertarianism lead to fascism?
2:08:48 Is Jordan Peterson right about postmodern neomarxism?
2:14:00 Our 'final' takes.
2:30:45 Diagnosing Slavoj Zizek

REFERENCES & RESOURCES:

Stephen Hicks, "Explaining Postmodernism"
https://www.amazon.com/Explaining-Postmodernism-Expanded-Skepticism-Socialism/dp/B07JVJC55G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=explaining+postmodernism&qid=1575488445&sr=8-1

Cuck Philosophy, "A Critique of Stephen Hicks' 'Explaining Postmodernism'"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtvTGaPzF4

Contrapoints, "Jordan Peterson"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LqZdkkBDas

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